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Here Comes Android 4.4.3 – Factory Images and Binaries Posted

Google just posted factory images and binaries for Android 4.4.3. T-Mobile was right, the update is coming today.

We are seeing Android 4.4.3 images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi and Mobile. The Nexus 5’s Android 4.4.3 will be build KTU84M, while the rest will see KTU84L. 

To flash a factory image, you will find instructions here.

Links:  Factory Images | Binaries

  • deadpenguins


  • Mason Decker

    I have a Nexus 5 and the update hasn’t showed up for me. Any ideas?

    • Brandon Rosonina

      It’s available via side loading (loading yourself). I was confused about this when 4.4.2 came out i was like what the h***! When 4.4.2 was announced and everyone was talking about it, it was still yet another week – week and a half until it was downloadable as an update through the phone. Best bet is to wait unless you want to tinker with your phone.

  • Mason Decker

    I have a Nexus 5 on T-Mobile and I haven’t received the update yet. Any ideas?

  • fufusppatritck

    my buddy’s
    step-mother makes $63 an hour on the internet . She has been laid off for ten
    months but last month her check was $12020 just working on the internet for a
    few hours. why not try here

  • Kavan Leon

    update not available yet?

  • On different sites/forums, I’m reading different instructions on how to flash factory image and I’m all confused now. This is my current device status –

    Stock 4.4.2 ROM
    Unlocked, Rooted
    XPosed Framework + Module
    Franco Kernel latest

    How do I flash the 4.4.3 factory image so that at the end, everything above remains same except I bump up to stock 4.4.3? Please help.

  • rectangularcircle

    gotta say i am really let down by both google and the android community that frequent message boards.

    let me explain.

    have been using android for years. came over from iphone and loved it. My first android was the htc sensation followed by the htc amaze, galaxy s3, note 2, nexus 5 and now moto x. the nexus 5 and moto x just happened within the last two months.

    here’s why i am letdown,
    For years, or as long as i can remember most of the android community have had a very deep dislike of skins. (touchwiz, sense, blur etc) They have always claimed the superiority of stock android, for various reasons. no matter what website or blog i went to, if there was a mention of android skins there would be a ferver of posts proclaiming hate and inferiority of that said skin.
    so i got in the mood to get a new phone. I went and got a nexus 5. after about 10 days of disappointment in stock android i decided to get another phone. I heard great things about the moto x and heard that it was a slightly modified version of stock android. So I got it. Yet still i sat around for almost a month trying to figure out what the big deal is. As far as i can tell stock android just might be the most inferior OS on any smartphone.

    why do i say that? because in 2014 mobile OSes should be equipped with certain features as standard. the answer to everything should not be to “download a third party app” if i am having to download a 3rd party app than that means that functionality is not provided to me in my OS, or a better version awaits me from someone else. you might have seen me post this before but i am not getting the answers i am looking for

    -automatic rejection of a phone number. i have to create a contact? and save it?!? seriously??!?
    -notification quick toggles, no i should not have to swipe down and then press something just to get access to be able to turn off or turn on basic functions of a phone by holding it down. one swipe and tap is much more convenient and better.
    -volume controls are specific to the task that the phone is currently doing. being able to control the volume of the ringer, media, and notification is way more convenient and better than the stock android way.
    -notification badges are not present in stock. thats just stupid. my last flip phone had that!
    -sms….too much to say, in short, just about every alternative is better and more feature rich than the stock version

    the fractional speed difference in the stock vs skins is not enough to validate everything a person gives up by moving to stock

    i could go on and on, but i hope we can have a clear discussion about this instead of fanboism taking over. so help me out here, what am i missing about stock that everyone else sees? if i were to eliminate the generic answer of “you can download this app or this launcher” what argument could the stock enthusiast provide?

    • calculatorwatch

      People get used to certain things and then it’s hard to switch. For you, it’s tough losing functionality that HTC and Samsung add in. For me, I’ve always had stock Android phones so most of the stuff you mentioned doesn’t really seem necessary to me (except the volume controls, I completely agree with you there). The thing I can’t give up is the clean and simple look and feel of stock Android. Except for the newest version of Sense, everything else is just ugly to me even if you cover it up with a launcher. For example, I prefer notification toggles to be hidden away because I don’t like all the extra stuff on top of my notifications. So basically, I think for most people it’s a matter of aesthetics taking precedence over functionality, but you’re correct in saying that stock Android lacks functionality.

      A few extra points:
      -Android skins have come a long way since the people started hating on them. Like I said I think the Sense 6 looks just about as nice as stock, and even Touchwiz has gotten a whole lot more attractive with the Kit Kat update. Of course Touchwiz is still a tiny bit slow, but all the other skins are very fast now and comparable to stock. So most of the hate I think is residual and not reflective of the current state of these skins.

      -I got an LG tablet this year and while I expected to put a stock rom on it right away, I actually ended up liking some of the features LG’s skin adds (mainly knock-on) so I’m still using their skin and for the most part it isn’t bad. I still find their UI pretty ugly sometimes, but being able to press the volume buttons and change any volume level is really nice.

      -Buttons, if there’s one reason I do stock-ify my tablet it’ll be this. Stock Android has three buttons, back, home and multitasking. Until this year, pretty much every non-stock phone has messed this up (Samsung still hasn’t gotten the order right). I think I should be able to switch between Android phones without having to re-learn button layouts. I hate having to hold the home button to multitask and there’s no reason for a menu button when Android already has a standard for in-app menu buttons. Finally OEMs are starting to figure this out.

      So yeah, I think it comes down to how you use your phone. If you like using all the extra features that manufacturers add to their skins, there’s no longer any real reason not to use whichever skin you choose. If you want a simple, consistent, and aesthetically pleasing experience, that is where stock Android really shines.

      • rectangularcircle

        thanks for your reasonable response. i posted on a couple of other threads and was told
        “go back to apple”
        “quit talking about ios on android websites”
        “your stupid”
        “your an apple fanboy who’s trolling”

        which i expected to some degree but barely anyone has actually countered the points i made, so i appreciate your response.

        • calculatorwatch

          Haha, no problem. I thought a well thought out comment deserved a well thought out response.

          Unfortunately it’s true that most people in any comment section would rather try to insult someone they don’t agree with than offer a legitimate reply.

    • DainLaguna

      Considering the stock android SMS app is hangouts, this is a strange argument

      • rectangularcircle

        hangouts has some issues and is very bare bones compared with other messaging apps

    • geedee82

      You know there is a power control widget in stock that you can place on a home screen to give you quick access to toggle things on and off (wifi, bluetooth, etc.) Also, if you swipe down on the notification bar with two fingers instead of one, it will take you directly to the quick settings panel.

      • rectangularcircle

        i understand the widget and the two finger swipe down. just in case you were being sincere in trying to help i appreciate it. but that was not the purpose of my post. the purpose was to ask those who claim stock android superiority how stock can be so much better when i have to go through extra steps vs a skin to do basic things. it was to ask them why basic features are missing if its supposed to be so much better

        • geedee82

          No I understood your post, all your complaints are certainly valid. Personally, I almost always run custom Roms, they address some of those issues, but that’s pretty much the main reason I buy Nexus devices – for the unlockable bootloader. Hopefully Google will address more of those issues in the future though. Until then, just do what you gotta do. But I was just pointing out some quicker ways to toggle functions on and off rather than pulling down on the notification bar and then hitting the button for quick settings like you mentioned.

    • Menger40

      My wife has a Note 2, and while I respect the phone, I find touchwiz is pretty much intolerable. Why does Samsung have to hide settings in a bunch of different pages instead of just letting me scroll down? Why does a skinned phone come with so many garbage apps that I never asked for and can’t delete? Why can’t I get rid of the ugly preset quick toggles in the notification shade (or even just change their color to be less ugly)? Why can’t I use android beam instead of stupid S-beam that isn’t compatible with non-samsung phones? Why can’t I just fastboot oem unlock? (Okay, that last one is not exactly a touchwiz thing, but it still bothers me).

      See? I’m used to stock android and the differences between it and Touchwiz annoy the heck out of me. The opposite is true for you, and that’s okay. The beauty of android is that we can both get what we want.

      • rectangularcircle

        i actually came over from the note 2 when i grabbed the nexus 5. you can use android beam instead of s-beam. ive done it. but i am trying to understand your point of view, and trying to see how “intolerable” fits into it. few questions for you
        -swipe down and tap to turn on/off wifi with one finger vs swipe down, tap to go to another page, then holding down the wifi icon
        -im not sure about which of the garbage apps your referring too but if its the duplicate apps like gallery. you can always set it to only open one instead of the other. (i do agree on the redundancy)
        -the settings part i agree with you. before 4.2 samsungs settings menu was just a long page that you could scroll down

        please dont take this as me attacking you or telling you that your wrong, considering the way you responded you are not who my post was aimed at. my post was aimed at those who in profess in absolution that stock is better in every way. i wanted to ask those people how. considering the examples i have given it is clear that some things in stock are lacking and require more steps to do.

        • Menger40

          I get that you’re not trying to be hostile, and I appreciate it. Of course I’m exaggerating when I say “intolerable,” but those things do annoy me.

          For toggles, I use an app that lets me put very customizable toggles on the main notification shade, so it’s the same number of taps as the stock samsung notification toggles with the added benefit of total customization (colors, icons, which toggles to use, how many rows, app shortcuts, etc). Using this app on a samsung phone would leave you with two sets of toggles, which is not ideal. If you want to check out the app, it’s here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.j4velin.notificationToggle

          My wife’s AT&T note 2 came with a bunch of pre-installed apps that she doesn’t use. I don’t have a list of them, but there are a bunch and some can’t be deleted without root. They just clutter up her app drawer. Some are AT&T branded apps, some are Samsung, and some were just random 3rd parties that AT&T had deals with.

          I think the “stock is always better” camp arose back when nexus phones offered a visibly smoother experience in menus and home screens. Now, everything with a good processor is pretty darn smooth, so a big disadvantage skins used to have is now gone.

    • leandro

      Is not this the beauty about android? Yo are able to customize you device as you want. I mean, yes stock lacks of lot of things and I agree with you. Probably the widget to turn on/off things is the most annoying for me. But I still prefer have an android, that allows this type of personalization which changes your experience completely.

      • rectangularcircle

        i am with you and i feel you may have taken this the wrong way. never once did i say android is terrible or i hate it. what i said was that STOCK android is very inferior to the the skins out there and do not understand the love that stock android constantly gets. this was directed at the people who always have nothing but praise for stock and nothing but hate for skins, counter some of my points and tell me why your stance is what it is and why i should reconsider mine.

  • ok, i’m ADB sideloading on nexus 7 2012 wifi only and getting signature verification failed errors. any help?

  • mcdonsco

    That was about the quietest android version release i can recall?

    Still no OTA on my N7

  • Brandon Rosonina

    so far so good… don’t notice any real changes…praying it fixes my battery life….

    • Brandon Rosonina

      Nope, Android still Destroying my batter!!!! Any help??

  • jaredgreenwald

    What about the mobile-enabled Nexus 7 2013

  • Rod

    Whoever sideloads this, please comment about the camera focus issue.

  • Damien Luna

    So….do these factory images get rid of root, im currently rooted and running a modified stock rom on my Galaxy Nexus 5. Or should I just wait till a modified stock with root shows up on XDA?

  • Patrick Smithopolis

    If you use the Nexus Root toolkit to install the image will it wipe the phone?

    • Blue Sun

      Yes it will wipe the device. I believe it should also lock the bootloader & unroot your device.

  • jstew182

    I wonder if this has anything to do with the Moto X soak test for Tmobile that leaked out last week.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Anyone having trouble with the YouTube app though?

    • Nick Haug

      Nope, what problems are you experiencing?

      • Al-Burrit0

        Keeps freezing in the middle of the videos. I try taping for pause, forwarding, rewinding or exiting the video but unresponsive. I either close the app or eventually get the “youtube isn’t responding window.” Restarted my phone one video did work but started happening again.

        • Nick Haug

          That was happening to me when I went on YouTube on my desktop computer a couple of hours ago but that hasn’t happened on my phone yet

          • Al-Burrit0

            Wow on desktop too? I haven’t tried it there. Still happening on my phone. I noticed it happens when I already forwarded once the second time i try to foward it just freezes it.

  • droidrazredge

    An Apple today does not keep Google at bay.

  • jhawkkw

    No LTE Nexus 7 image yet. Damn you Verizon.

  • JSo

    Now to get this phone setup to actually update. The only thing that sucks about modification. lol

    • Nate

      just fastboot the new images and ur done no need to take a ota

      • JSo

        The whole image or just certain parts. I don’t want my phone wiped either. This is my first update with this phone. lol

        • Boblank84

          you can try to do a system only flash in fastboot but it may get hung up. just do nandroid first and give it a shot

          • JSo

            I went ahead and just wiped everything and started fresh. It’s probably good to do that every now and then anyway with all the stuff I put on it. lol. Thanks though.

  • Nate

    yea no more root LOLOLOL.. just kidding #trollish?

  • blahblahblah

    Lol people cheering and don’t even know why. Most of you have no idea what 4.4.3 even brings with it.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Exactly what I was going to say.

      “Security Enhancements. Various Bugfixes.” THRILLING!!! 😉 I just hope it fixes my phantom battery drain which just reared its ugly head two weeks ago.

      • EdubE24

        Or the “Can’t connect to WiFi unless I’m standing next to the router” bug!!

      • Mine was doing the battery drain thing too for a couple weeks out of nowhere. Turned out it was falcon pro draining away. I deleted the app unfortunately but my battery has been better than ever.

    • lamorpa

      It’s as though you think it is your place to judge others or something…

  • Guest

    I love Google for doing this on Apple’s day, (Hugs Andy Plush)

    • Maxim∑

      yeah a X.X.1 update has stolen the light from Apple

      • Guest

        Stolen? No, but it’s made me happy. It’s like a parent breaking off a piece of their Kit Kat bar and sharing it on a day that was mostly about the neighbors brat. A small happy gesture.

        • Maxim∑

          I’m happy for both companies. Despite the occasional hate lol

  • Sam Del Valle
    • Al-Burrit0

      Lol looking at everyone’s different reaction.

  • Paul

    Where are the VZW GNex images?!? /s

    • For our large base of readers still using a Galaxy Nexus, we recommend immediately upgrading devices in order to take advantage of the newest features on Android. 🙂

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


      • CasperTFG

        Kinda hard when you don’t have an OPO invite.

      • Paul

        Genius! Why have I not thought of that before?

    • Eric Hare

      Google Voice integration?!?!?

      • cadtek91

        It’ll come at I/O most likely. Only a few more weeks 🙂

    • CasperTFG

      And where the hell is our pogo pin docking station?

      • Paul

        Yes! That too!

    • Menger40

      Baldwinguy77’s Shiny build for Gnex will probably be out before I get the OTA for my Nexus 5. 😛