The 10-inch Nexus 10 was launched by Google in collaboration with Samsung after the success of the Nexus 7. It had a dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A15 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage, a 5 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front facing camera and ran on Android 4.2. Google have now started rolling out Android 4.4 for it. The Nexus 10 is one of the few devices to get this update so soon. The update is already available via OTA. However, if you are having problems installing it by OTA, you can follow the below steps to update your device manually. The update can be installed by either of the two methods mentioned below, depending on whichever suits you the best.

Nexus 10

Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.

Pre-requisites and Backing up your Nexus 10:

Method 1 (via Custom Recovery):

Requirements:

  • Nexus 10 must be running on Android 4.3 JWR66Y
  • OTA Survival must be disabled if you’re using SuperSU v1.69 or older
  • Nexus 10 must be rooted
  • Bootloader unlocked
  • Custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP installed
  • Official Android 4.4 update zip file

Steps:

  1. Download the official Android 4.4 update zip file and copy it to the root of the internal storage of your device.
  2. Turn off your device and boot into recovery.
  3. Now select “Install Zip”, then “Select Zip” and choose the official Android 4.4 update zip.
  4. After the installation is complete, reboot your device.

Your Nexus 10 has been successfully updated to Android 4.4.

Method 2 (via ADB):

Requirements:

Steps:

  1. Download the official Android 4.4 update zip file to your computer.
  2. Reboot your device and while it is booting up, press and hold the Volume Down button.
  3. The fastboot menu will now appear on screen. Keep on pressing the Volume Up button until you see Recovery and then press the Power button to enter it.
  4. You will now see an Android with a red exclamation point. Press Volume Up and Power buttons together and select “apply update from adb”.
  5. Connect your tablet to your computer via USB.
  6. Now go to the location where you downloaded the official Android 4.4 update zip file and open a command window there by pressing Shift button of the keyboard and Right Click button of your mouse.
  7. Type the following command:
    adb sideload 279e5e2396480cbffd97943a5db5bbc743ef7e77.signed-mantaray-KRT16O-from-JWR66Y.279e5e23.zip
  8. The installation process will now begin. After it is completed, reboot your device.

Your Nexus 10 has been successfully updated to Android 4.4.

Note: The new Android Runtime (ART) is not included in the update for Nexus 7 and so users will have to do with the traditional Dalvik runtime.

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