3 days ago, my Nexus 4 smartphone started to update its Android version from 4.3 to 4.4. During the update process, there was an internet problem. Because of that, I guess the new version 4.4 Kitkat was not completely installed. Some functions are missing; some of them are installed.

Can anybody tell me what to do?


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What you describe can't happen. The Android updater downloads the whole update before doing anything. Only after it's finished downloading does it offer to restart and install, and no internet connection is required for the installation procedure.

Perhaps what's happened is simply that the Android update has completed successfully, and you're waiting for some apps to update themselves. New functionality like the Play Newsstand app is separate from the OS update, so you might have to wait a little longer for that update. Also, if you're expecting the new home screen, with a Google Now page and transparent effects, be aware that that also isn't part of the OS update: the new launcher is only on Nexus 5 devices for now, and you'll be able to download it from Google Play soon.

When you're trying to get help with a problem, describe the actual symptoms you're seeing, not just what you think caused the problem. We could give you much more specific answers if your question were more specific than "some functions are missing".

  • Completely agree. The fact of the matter is that Google decided to release the google now launcher only on the Nexus 5, presumably to unroll to all further down the line, or not if they are going the Apple route in future. You probably have the full update, just not what you were expecting. Your question is too vague, so can't tell what you are missing. Google newsstand, keyboard, search etc are all apps that can be downloaded, they are not rooted in the OS itself anymore. This is part of the attempt to de-fragment Android going forward. (Mind you, nexus 5 exclusives don't help that).
    – RossC
    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:41
  • @RossC Google has already announced that the new launcher will be on the Play Store "soon", even for older Android versions.
    – Dan Hulme
    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:58
  • Aha! I didn't see that, thanks for the update Dan! I've got it installed over 4.3 on S4 and 4.4 on Nexus 4. I don't like it to be honest, but a device wide roll out would be great, as then they can start to improve!
    – RossC
    Nov 29, 2013 at 11:34

I agree with Dan regarding the atomic operation of the update.

I read a news article saying that Nexus 4's update does not bring all the features that are seen in Nexus 5. Read this article for more info.

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