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Is Google Readying an Android 4.4.3 Update?

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While the rumor mill has already started for Google potentially preparing an L-release Android update for I/O 2014, it appears we may not be quite done with Kit Kat yet. According to a new report out of Myce, Google employees have been spotted running new builds of Kit Kat on both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

The latest build spotted on Hammerhead, aka Nexus 5, is version KTU83, and this update will hopefully bring a fix for the camera’s battery-draining bug some users have reported. By Google’s naming scheme for deciding a build number, we can assume that this build is running Kit Kat and is from March 24, 2014.

Nexus 5 Hammerhead Android 4.4.3 KTU83

The Nexus 7’s last appearance on the Android 4.4.3 radar pegs the build number as KTU79, which means the build date for this one is likely March 21.

Nexus 7 2013 Kit Kat Flo KTU79 4.4.3

Considering that Android 4.4.3 (if it ever does indeed come out) is a 0.0.1 version bump up from the latest public version, not much is expected from the release except to squash bugs.

We’ll update you as we learn more information.

Via: Myce
  • Samuel Serafim

    4.4.3 will be super expansive to company markets. Sure it wont release. Its just 4.4.2 fix.

  • Bill Hill

    I don’t even have 4.4.2 on my G2 yet ;(

  • Shane Brown

    I have a note 3 and it’s awesome in 4.4.2 :) I love it

  • huskerhog

    Here is an updated list of improvements Frequent data connection dropout fix
    mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
    Camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
    Power Manager display wakelock fix
    Multiple Bluetooth fixes
    Fix for a random reboot
    App shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
    USB debugging security fix
    App shortcuts security fix
    Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
    Other camera fixes
    MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
    Stuck in activation screen fix
    Missed call LED fix
    Subtitle fixes
    Data usage graph fix
    Internet telephony fix
    FCC compliance fix
    Miscellaneous fixes
    http://androidandme.com/2014/03/news/list-of-android-4-4-3-improvements-leaks-out/

  • Defenestratus

    Please fix HCE support for NXP chipsets. KKTHNX

  • kamkid279

    frequent data connection dropout fix

    mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes

    camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes

    Power Manager display wakelock fix

    multiple Bluetooth fixes

    fix for a random reboot

    app shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update

    USB debugging security fix

    app shortcuts security fix

    Wi-Fi auto-connect fix

    other camera fixes

    MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes

    stuck in activation screen fix

    missed call LED fix

    subtitle fixes

    data usage graph fix

    Internet telephony fix

    FCC compliance fix

    miscellaneous fixes

    • Charles Walker

      Says who?

      • Tyler

        Says android police and other sites, I have the link somewhere in this comment section.

  • Faryaal Butt

    My battery goes from 90% to 40% in seconds (random shut downs), always have to charge it, even if I don’t use it the battery finishes in seconds T_T. I wish I carried a wall outlet with me everywhere lol hopefully the 4.4.3. comes out fixing the battery drainage bug, if it doesn’t soon then time to buy a new phone :/

  • Ghgore

    Lets hope the Nexus 7 (2012) will be able to update :D

    • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

      this

    • ScoobySnack

      My OG N7 could not possibly operate any slower than it does now! Restarts to a crawl until every app eventually crashes requiring a full out reboot, repeat.

      Is there any low level memory format available? Clearing cache, forcing a TRIM, etc, does nothing anymore.

      • rcasmus

        I have nexus 7 (2012) and there is a memory fix. Check xda developers. I will try to find thread but you must have a rooted tablet with a custom ROM I know that. I will repost when I find xda link

      • Ghgore

        Mine seems fine other than a lag problem here and there

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. I have no doubt that the OG N7 will get Android 4.4.3.

      I’ve actually had no issues with mine and I’ve had it since the fall of 2012. Great tablet to this day.

  • Den Dolansky

    If they fix bluetooth I will be so happy.

  • bluefolder

    Moto X DE sill on 4.4. Anyone know how to stop the 4.4.2 update reminder screen from popping up while I wait for 4.4.3?

    • Noname

      Apps > Google Services Framework > Unchecked show notifications.

      Note that you will need to check to see the notification for.3 when it does get released.

  • stephano

    Looking and waiting for the droid RAZR HD new update stuck on the 4.1.2

    • Tyler

      I know right, I recommended that phone to my mom and am baffled it is still on 4.1. That phone needs an update pretty bad to improve slowness.

    • Arty McBert

      Trust me, you’re better off. Just load a 4.3 ROM and you’re good.

      • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

        any reccomendations…i gave that phone to my dad i was runnin a carbon but its been glitchy as hell for him n i been lazy to fix it but i ened to lol

  • Tyler

    Not to say this article isn’t informative/good but Android Police have a nice write up that lists more specific and worth looking at. http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/03/28/first-android-4-4-3-details-come-to-light-here-is-what-you-should-expect-to-see-fixed/

  • ckeegan

    Sweet, I figure my S4 will see 4.4.2 around Christmas or so, so 4.4.3 should totally be here by next Easter.

  • Tony Byatt

    Bring it on…

  • Arty McBert

    Dear Google,

    Please, please, PLEASE fix the SD card issues (stop forcing the cloud on us like you do with G+, SD cards are here to stay), bring back the text reflow/text wrapping feature and remove the Chromium webview on third party web browsers and apps. Why you removed it, I’ll never know, but I’m betting it was another dumb decision that’s been going on like your other questionable decisions in the past year and a half.

    • rstat1

      Why get rid of the Chromium webview? It’s better in almost every way than the old not-Chromium webview. Also on phones SD cards are dead. Move on.

      • Arty McBert

        For the fact that it gets rid of the text wrapping feature, it makes uploading files on a website impossible on most browsers (except maybe Chrome, which I don’t use), it only gives me a link of only a thumbnail when I try to open image links in a new tab/background tab and the lack of Flash player.

        >>”Also on phones SD cards are dead. Move on.”

        Get the hell out, Google Cloud employee/Larry Page.

        • The Motto

          Feel free to buy a 64GB iPhone.. Nobody is forcing you to use android.. The new SD card support is here to stay.. If you really want it go dive into rooting and roms.. SD cards in phones aren’t dead.. their use was just changed from a file system to expandable storage for apps to use..

      • Arty McBert

        For the fact that it gets rid of the text wrapping feature, it makes uploading files on a website impossible on most browsers (except maybe Chrome, which I don’t use), it only gives me a link of only a thumbnail when I try to open image links in a new tab/background tab and the lack of Flash player.

        >>”Also on phones SD cards are dead. Move on.”

        Get the hell out, Google Cloud employee/Larry Page. Nobody likes your cloud.

        • rstat1

          LOL I wish I was a Google employee.

    • Defenestratus

      Eh. SD cards are dinosaurs. I have 4 devices linked to my google account… all of my content is on the cloud so I can access it whenever I want from whatever I want. I have a 64gb card in my Note 3 that doesn’t have jack squat on it and I wonder why I even decided to buy it (going to put it in my point and shoot camera probably)

      Local storage is silly… in this day and age of always-on broadband internet connections, then there’s no need to have all your crap locally on your device where you can’t actually do anything with it except with that device.

      • Adrynalyne

        I record a lot of 1080p video, which no amount of cloud storage will help me with. I need the space.

        • p4

          Also, some ppl have data plans .. 2G a month of data for $50 or whatever .. orrrrrr .. buy a 64G sdcard for $50 .. Ill take door #2

      • bionicwaffle

        There are a lot of reasons to use SD via USB or MicroSD if you have it. One main one though is you don’t need signal!!! There’s no argument against that.

      • Jacob

        There’s NOT broadband everywhere, City Boy.

  • Richard Giordano

    plz let this fix the battery bug that my Droid Maxx has on 4.4 because before i use to get at least 20-24 plus hours on a single charge now every since i got the 4.4 kitkat update since the soak test im barely pushing 14-16 hours on a single charge.

    • Michael Luscher

      THANK YOU!
      4.4/19.5.3/12-6-13 is getting old
      I miss the battery life my phone had the day I got it, And it’s only been 4 months
      I do however enjoy Google TTP

  • west

    Does anyone have any problems with their screen display rotation? Mines all of a sudden doesn’t rotate anymore. Already checked the settings on it and its good. The screen won’t display in a horizontal angle.

    • mrjackson

      I have that problem on and off, a reboot fixes it.

  • Nexoduss

    These comments and article are cracking me up lol

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Yea, I’m itching to flash a new version on my N5. It’s been long.

  • Ryan N

    Please restore my moto x battery!
    Damn camera glitch!

    • rq3747

      I’m glad I don’t have that problem with my MotoX 4.4.2 on T-Mobile! I regularly get 2+days of moderate usage, including daily camera use, before needing to plug-in and charge.

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        how i miss those days..

  • MaxxThunder

    Perhaps that is why the Droid line has not been updated to 4.4.2 yet? Verizon(mainly)/Motorola wanted to save two updates back to back?

    • JSo

      Coming from Verizon, All I can say is that they suck with updates.

    • BrianLipp

      The Droids get updated later because they have more Verizon software that needs to be updated, and being Droid branded Verizon is going to be extra OCD about bugs in the updates. Most (if not all) of the Moto X versions have already been updated, even Verizon. The only real difference between them is the extra Verizon stuff.

      • Daniel Dlugos

        FWIW – The Verizon Moto X was the first X variant to get the 4.4.2 update

  • Qbancelli

    I’m ready!

  • Jonathan Williams

    My GNex is on 4.4.2. I think 4.4.3 might kill it.

    • wh1te_mag1c

      No it won’t, but I hope you can ditch the GNex soon, you poor soul.

      • Jonathan Williams

        I got the zerolemon beast battery to get me through the day. Just exploring my options with which phone I’m posting full retail for.

        • wh1te_mag1c

          You will have numerous excellent choices when that time comes. I went with the Nexus 5 and it is really impressive. The aesthetics are the only drawback, imho.

          • Jonathan Williams

            I actually like the feel of the Nexus 5 and the G2.

          • 4g63mark

            The G2 is bad ass

        • spickle

          i also still have my G-Nex but i just bought a G2 off of Swappa.com and saved money instead of buying it at full retail. give it a look

          • Jonathan Williams

            Cool. Thanks.

          • CasperTFG

            Still rocking mine on 4.2.2 with Xposed.

    • Maxim∑

      Might be time to upgrade

      • Blue Sun

        You aren’t going to suggest to him to upgrade to an iPhone?

        • Maxim∑

          iPhone would be one of the good choices, but not specifically no. At this point especially since this is droid life I would lean more toward recommending the M8 or N5

    • Droid Ronin

      My Xoom runs like a champ on 4.4.2, but could use some more improvements. Bring on 4.4.3!