It’s been a matter of days since Android 4.4.1 was uploaded to AOSP, and now the build has been replaced by 4.4.2 in the AOSP repositories. Google has uploaded the files under the release tag android-4.4.2_r1, and the build version is KOT49H.
The release of the latest build followed 4.4.1 by only a few days, so there aren’t a tremendous amount of change to report here. The changelog for this particular build is only a few lines long, and features bugfixes and minor tweaks, including fixing the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 Class 0 SMS DoS vulnerability.
Whilst there’s not a lot of exciting new features in 4.4.2 (4.4.1 had a lot more interesting changes), we’re assuming that Google found a fairly serious bug and rolled out the update quickly to counter it. Still, now that 4.4.1 is no more, it’s unlikely we’ll ever know the reason for the rushed update.
The availability of the very latest flavour of Android on the AOSP site may not mean much to most Android users, but for those in the custom ROM scene it means a whole swath of updates heading your way soon. It won’t take long for 4.4.2 to arrive in ROMs based on CyanogenMod, AOKP and OmniROM.
Those who haven’t gotten their 4.4.2 update on their Nexus devices yet may want to look for a manual download, and sideload the update themselves. Those who are running 4.4.2, let us know if you spot any interesting changes!