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Whoa: Android 4.4.4 Factory Images Posted as Build KTU84P (Updated)

Umm, so yeah, Google just posted Android 4.4.4 factory images as build KTU84P.

We are seeing files for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) WiFi, and Nexus 7 (2012) Mobile.

The new 4.4.4 binaries are there too. 

I would be lying if I said that this move wasn’t surprising. We just got an OTA update on almost all Nexus devices to Android 4.4.3 a couple of weeks ago. I would imagine that another OTA update is imminent. Any guesses as to what it will fix?

If you are interested in flashing Android 4.4.4 factory images, hit up these instructions.

Update:  My Nexus 4 is now running Android 4.4.4. So far, not seeing anything new in particular.

Update 2:  According to Sprint, the update is nothing but a security fix.

Update 3:  If you are prompted with an OTA file, don’t forget to grab the URL of the file.

Via:  Factory Images | Binaries
  • killerdo

    Does this look infected?

  • Joshua Rewerts

    M7 GPE just updated OTA to 4.4.4

  • Roger W Turner

    4.4.2 or something thereabouts totally knackered my N4 (battery, speed, crashes). 4.4.3 shows no improvement. Maybe 4.4.4 …

    • bigfire

      Yeah, I’ve been noticing the utter stupid battery issue with my Nexus 7 (2013). Lets hope 4.4.4 helps out.

  • T_Dizzle

    How long before Verizon updates the M8 & S5? I’m sure it will be by year end.

  • crackersauce

    These fixes have been built into my 4.4.3 CM Rom since June 6th.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Usually a week to ten days for me on my N4. I can live with that.

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  • Wall Breaker

    Prepping for 4.5 Google I/o next week.

  • Jacob Dagenais

    I hope 4.4.3/4 isnt any indication on how soon the n7 LTE is going to get android 4.5/5.0 is released….

  • KPunk
  • Hothfox

    It would be fanfuckingtastic if they’d update the 2013 LTE Nexus 7. So glad it’s compatible with Verizon 😐

    • droidrazredge

      Verizon found a way to screw up another Nexus device. The funny thing is that it isn’t even using their CMDA and still doesn’t get updated.

    • jimt

      Verizon has to do lots of testing before it can accept any updates to protect its network from bad things, you will thank them later. I dumped them 6 months ago for not getting a Nexus for similar reasons.

  • jamaall

    Hey Motorola, so you skipped the 4.4.2 update for the droid maxx because 4.4.3 is around the corner…. Um what about 4.4.4?

  • Simon Belmont

    Ha. This is great.

    I demand a minor point update everyday until I/O begins. So that would be Android 4.4.4, Android 4.4.5, Android 4.4.6, Android 4.4.7, Android 4.4.8, and Android 4.4.9.

    • Jason Kahn

      Don’t change anything just release an update that changes the version number

      • Simon Belmont

        Exactly. I just want to see it go all the way up to Android 4.4.9.

        THEN, instead of giving us Android 4.5 next week, Google should give us Android 4.6 or 5.0. Just to troll us.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I just got the 4.4.3 on my Nexus 7 (2012) two days ago. I’m hopeful this fixes some of the speed issues I’ve seen since.

    • duke69111

      Mine seams to be slower as well.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I guess if it doesn’t, I’ll reset to factory after I get 4.4.4. Or maybe I’ll wait until after I/O next week and see if they are going to release 4.5 or 5, and if the Nexus 7 (2012) will even get that.

        • Simon Belmont

          It might. There’s always a chance.

          Google has stated 18 months in the past, but the 2012 Nexus 7 is already well passed that and it’s gotten Android 4.4.3 and, now, Android 4.4.4. They’ve also stated in the past that they’d support Nexus devices with updates as long as the hardware will work well with it, so there’s that, too.

  • Makes me wish I had a Nexus but man I couldn’t imagine not owning a high end device.

    • Trevor

      Other than the camera, I don’t see how the Nexus 5 isn’t high end. Yeah, it doesn’t have Quad HD and 3 gee bees of RAM, but with the speed at which mobile technology has been evolving lately, the Nexus 5 is pretty “old.” I guess you could say it’s not top of the line, but I still consider it pretty high end. It definitely performs awesome.

      • The Rock

        The camera is really good now and has been ever since 4.4.2

  • Tony Byatt
  • Adam Mercer

    Also looks like it includes an updated radio for the Nexus 5, 4.4.3 included whereas 4.4.4 includes

    • Jason Kahn

      I had noticed since the update to 4.4.3, more bars but weaker signal as reported by the signal meter under status

    • Trevor

      Hopefully this helps the phone hold onto LTE better. Mine likes to ditch it in favor of HSPA a little too often.

  • coolsilver

    AP saying it is the OpenSSL MITM fix

  • Tony Byatt

    “Our first suspicion was Towelroot, but it looks like 4.4.4 is mainly fixing something else. According to a Googler, the security fix in question is related to CVE-2014-0224, which is an OpenSSL bugallowing a man-in-the-middle attack. It’s actually a fairly serious bug, and distinct from Heartbleed (fixed in 4.4.3). There are other tweaks, but we’ll have to wait and see what the official word is. An AOSP push should show up soon and we can see what was addressed.”


  • Tojen1981

    Still waiting on 4.4.3 for my nexus 7 lte.

    • yeah, wtf

      Seriously… Wtf, Google?

    • Alberto

      I think our LTE had very few sells so it’s something like dead…. every nexus updated but this… and still no news over the internet…

      • Tojen1981

        I’d would imagine it sold better than thab the 3g 2012 model which is getting the update. Especially with the tablet special t-mo ran earlier this year. Does it have something to do with Verizon perhaps?

  • John Davids

    This must be a Towel Root patch. Hell even directly from geohot:

    “Possibly invited: Every Android phone with a kernel build date < Jun 3"

    It is probably hacking a core element of Android. Google rushed to patch. The guy probably got a job offer letter from Google as a result.

    • I think 4.4.3 didn’t support Towelroot on anything but Nexus devices. Jun 3 suggests 4.4.2 I believe.

    • bozzykid

      The kernel didn’t change. This update is not a fix for Towel Root.

  • I’m willing to bet that the “Security Fix” is to prevent #towelroot from working on 4.4.4. 🙂

    • bozzykid

      I’ll take that bet.

  • This would be the only acceptable reason the Verizon Moto X hasn’t seen 4.4.3 yet since unlocked versions got if weeks ago. If carriers held off for security fixes, I’m OK with that.

  • Kevin

    Can’t wait for

    • Connor

      Android not quite 5.0

  • Jason Kahn

    Maybe T-Mobile VOLTE support? Or “wideband” LTE

    • Franklin Ramsey

      How would that have anything to do with the Android version?

      • Jason Kahn

        Other people who have installed are reporting a new radio is included in the update.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Yes, a new radio. That wouldn’t have anything to do with T-Mobile as they aren’t all T-mobile devices though.

  • coolsilver

    Still no Nexus 7 2013 LTE (Deb/Razorg) :S


  • Tony Byatt

    Kellen, try to run Towel Root on your Nexus 4…

    • grumpyfuzz

      confirmed working by androidpolice

      • Tony Byatt

        Yeah I saw it…

  • Craig



    • Kevin

      Google sure doesn’t want to move away from 4.

      • YuYu Elsalmi

        I think they want to move to 5 when the OS is prepared in terms of bugs/security/performance
        It might be a whole different thing who knows

        • Tommy2chinz

          I think moving from Dalvik to ART in the next update is big enough to warrant a 5.0

          • Michael Pahl

            they want the little pie graph to begin to look nice…

      • Patrick Crumpler

        5.0 would probably be a major release and probably the last big big update for a couple of years. The 5.0 label typically means “this is our best”.

        • Chris

          5.0 in this case would mean ‘next major version after 4.0’. I doubt 5.0 as a number has any real significance.

    • CasperTFG

      And my toro Nexus is 7 updates from the latest = 4.2.2. Thank God for Xposed.

    • jamaall

      Well, ice cream sandwich was the biggest change since gingerbread, they’ve just been improving it over the past two years. I’m really curious what’s coming with the major 5.0 jump, though I won’t expect a huge UI change since the experience is great as is at the moment. Probably more polish and a newer fresh look, and most likely the same experience on all devices feature will come soon.

    • terrorist96

      You forgot 4.1.1. My DNA had that.

  • Sam Del Valle
    • TC Infantino

      +1 for the Doctor Who meme

  • JSo

    Whaaaaaaaaaattt…….NEED TO UPDATE!!!!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Well seeing that after my 4.4.3 update my phone went into random reboot hell after a week until I wiped it…… There may be something to fix.

    • Federico Simionato

      Me too!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Yup. sht just went crazy. It’s a lot better after the hard reset though.

  • Ray

    Oh great now my phone is 2 updates behind

    • simongeorgebrown

      I’m still on 4.4.2 as well.

  • jonzey231

    Someone flash this already!!!!

    • Suicide_Note

      I flashed it. The changes are a fix for OpenSSL.

  • James

    Countdown to Moto X update…

    • Paul Hansen

      Right? Lol

    • Ralph Bretz

      Hopefully the Verizon Edition will go straight to 4.4.4. if there’s enough bug fixes.

      • tu3218

        That’s what we can hope. Especially if it’s a security fix. I’d think they’d make it more of a priority. One can hope at least.

      • Jason Purp

        No OEM is allowed to release their phone unless it has the most current Android update at that time.

        • MrOrange645

          Says who?

          • Jason Purp

            Says Google. They made that a rule a few months ago.

          • MrOrange645

            Source please

          • Jason Purp

            I don’t even know what keywords I would search for to easily find the articles about what I’m talking about. You can try yourself if you don’t believe me. I believe Droid Life even had an article on it. A device like the new Amazon phone doesn’t need to release with the most up-to-date Android version because Amazon doesn’t ship the phone with Google Play Services. But everyone else needs to do so.

            Sorry I can’t be arsed to find a link.

          • MrOrange645

            Sprint Kyocera Hydro Vibe just released with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, which is obviously even close to the most recent version of Android. AND it has access to Google Play Services.

            So again, Source?

          • MrOrange645
        • Jared Denman

          Then why are phones getting the 4.4.2 update still? Your argument is invalid.

          • Jason Purp

            Google made it a rule that when OEMs release a phone, it needs to have the latest software up to that date of release. If an update comes out a week after release, for example, then the OEM can take as long as they want.

          • Gaurav Mehta

            He said Google ‘just’ so lets look at current gen and he’s not wrong.

          • MrOrange645

            He is wrong actually. Google Kyocera Hydro Vibe and see what it ships with.

        • anezarati

          i dont think they have to be current on the date they actually release. it has to be on the newest version when it goes up for certification probably. you cant expect a phone that is months of development to be the most up to date if an os update is released a week before launch.

          • MrOrange645

            Yeah, phones are released all the time running older versions of Android OS.

      • tlingitsoldier

        Nope, the Verizon Moto X will get 4.4.3 sometime this summer, and will get 4.4.4 just in time for Christmas.

  • Justin

    ART is ready to roll!

  • Can we flash these just like we flashed 4.4.3?

  • Zachary Wood

    What will happen after android update “Z” is announced? will they start over again?

    • CaptainHowdy13

      That’s a long ways off. Maybe they will go numbers like Android #.# 7UP

    • Anonymous

      Android $.alpha

    • Mark Mann

      My guess is AA, apple avocado or something similar

  • Tony Byatt

    My Nexus 5 is waiting…

    • “ready”…. “My Nexus 5 is ready”.

      • Sam Del Valle

        My Nexus is Ready

  • Preston Mueller
  • Zachary Wood

    something small until Android 5.0 (Lollipop) is announced?…

    • True Radiant Free

      Maybe this means 5.0 won’t be announced until July 31 like last year and not at Google I/O

  • Damian

    4.4.3 just hit my OG Nexus 7 last night

    • BigBucs731

      Mine too. Just got the OTA yesterday afternoon..

      • Jprime

        what affects that? I got it a few days ago. Is it regional?

  • True Radiant Free


  • droidrazredge

    I don’t care what it does I just like when my Nexus says update ready to download!

    • Dr. Steve

      Took me a week to get 4.4.3 on my N5. Looks like another agonizing wait.

      • bozzykid

        This is a small update so it will probably roll out quickly.

        • jamaall

          I am now 4 updates behind on my droid maxx. Yet these updates will probably change nothing for me.

          • Anon

            As a Droid MAXX owner who has had every version of the OS, I can say that the original 4.2.2 was still the best. It had the best 4G-LTE signal strength, the best wifi, the best Bluetooth, and some would say the best battery life (hasn’t been an issue for me.

            I still love the phone, but hope 4.4.3 really brings the magic back.

          • jamaall

            The only thing I found better on 4.2.2 was Bluetooth connection for ford sync, but that’s about it. 4.4 has definitely made the phone faster, and my old RAZR M got much faster with it. My Droid Maxx with Google Now Launcher works perfectly for me, and will be great paired with a Moto 360 for more Google Now goodness.

      • Eric R.

        My n7 still doesn’t have it

      • michael arazan

        My N7 2012 just got 4.4.3 last night ota wifi

      • Simon Belmont

        I just updated my N5 ten minutes ago. I grabbed the OTA zip.

        Here you go: http://www.droid-life.com/2014/06/20/download-android-4-4-4-ota-update-nexus/ . Took me five minutes to sideload. Easy peasy.

  • grumpyfuzz

    Wonder if art is default? probably in the next major release, though.

    • TechnologyIsMyName

      I just flashed 4.4.4 to my Nexus 5 and checked the runtime… it is Dalvik. We won’t see ART as the default runtime until a big release, such as 5.0.
      +0.0.1 = a bug fixer in most cases.

  • Qbancelli

    I don’t even care anymore.
    Sick of 4s, give me some 5s, Google!

    • CaptainHowdy13

      iPhone is 4s and 5s, not android 😛

      • Nathan Borup


    • Ian

      You just want the numbers to change?

    • 4.4.5?

  • yahyoh


  • Jeremy

    Something wrong with 4.4.3 then?

    • I’ve noticed some occasional hiccups… especially when I hit the back button in rapid succession to close an app. I also heard some folks were still experiencing some of the bugs 4.4.3 was meant to address, so I’m betting this will cover them.

      • Moses

        Yeah I get that same bug on my N5 with the back button. Kinda annoying but I could live with it.

    • Mr Glass

      Towel Root?

      • jonzey231

        Could be a fix for it the security hole that towel root exploits. Probably a very good guess.

      • Gaurav Mehta

        This is just epic. TR!! FTW

    • True Radiant Free

      Not sure here. But randomly my Z Ultra GPe rebooted out of nowhere lol

    • Jprime

      exactly what i was thinking

  • o.O

  • jonzey231


  • Ben Murphy

    It’s happening! Not sure what exactly, but yeah…

  • Paul Hansen

    Bug fixer

  • Moses

    So does this mean ota update is rolling out now/soon?