Android 4.4.2 factory images arrive, unofficial changelog reveals security fixes

Google has released new factory images based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. This comes a couple of days after the search giant rolled out the latest update for its mobile operating system.

The Android 4.4.2 factory images allow users of said Nexus devices to install, and upgrade to, the latest KitKat version without waiting for the OTA update to arrive. They also come in handy for installing individual bits, like the radio, kernel or recovery, alongside third-party distributions.

Google has not provided an official changelog for Android 4.4.2. However, an unofficial one reveals that the latest version of KitKat fixes two security issues, since Android 4.4.1, relating to the initial setup and SMS messages functionality, and two others as well: "Reduce logging of flattened Preferences" and "Put fragment in specific activity's whitelist".

You can grab the Android 4.4.2 KitKat factory images from the Google Developers site. The new files are available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, 2013 Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Nexus 7, 2012 Wi-Fi and 3G Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

You can install, or upgrade to, Android 4.4.2 using the latest factory images by following the guide I wrote for using the Android 4.4 factory images. You can go through the same steps as detailed in the story, but using the latest available files instead.

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