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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update for Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 & Nexus 10 Cancelled Due to 4.5 Lollipop?

We’ve been writing about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for some time now and there have been a lot of rumors about it, one of them coming directly from one of our sources who told us that it will come on May 23. Unfortunately that proved to be wrong and we’ve been told that Google delayed it and no more information is available for the moment.

In this article I am going to make some assumptions about Android 4.4.3 and why Google takes so long to start rolling it out on the Nexus devices. Google I/O is only one month away now and most likely a new Android version will be released.

We’ve been seeing a lot of leaked screenshots with a new design for Google’s Android apps and that makes me think that the redesign will come with a new Android versions, which might be 4.5 Lollipop.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat was only meant to fix some bug fixes and improve some things, which means it wouldn’t come with any new features or changes to the operating system. It’s possible that Google decided to cancel the Android 4.4.3 update and integrate everything directly in Lollipop in order to make it easier for phone makers and carriers.

Android 4.4.3 was expected to roll out initially on the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, which come with a stock Android experience and don’t rely on carriers for the update. This means that only Google is at fault for not rolling out the update.

Though I might be wrong, as many other leaks indicate that Samsung, along with other phone makers are already testing Android 4.4.3, though nowadays it’s hard to believe it until you see it.

If I’m right, then we should get an all-new Android experience by the end of June, which should roll out initially on the Google Nexus devices and later on those that are still eligible for update.

There is also a third option here for Google. They could release Android 4.4.3 along with Android 4.5 and offer the first one to OEMs who aren’t planning to update their smartphones to an all-new version. As 4.4.3 comes with just bug fixes and minor improvements, it will be much easier to implement than Android 4.5 and all devices running 4.4.2 should get it.

What do you think about Google’s plans with Android in the near future?

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  • Uronfire

    Really, again another pointless article based on assumptions. Waste of time and space

    • Duff Stong

      Stop being so damned bitter. He makes no secret that it’s all an assumption.

      Don’t like the page? Don’t read it.

      Grow up.

      I like the idea of just rolling out 4.5

      • Dean

        So how does one know if they’ll like an article before they’ve read it then?

        There’s no point publishing such pointless information. Waste of everyone’s time.

        • evilclown13

          I have to disagree Dean, yes its been written about before but this article actually gives an idea of what might happen and makes sense as only Google knows but I think he may be right

  • Teresa Michele

    Wish Google would let us know what’s really going on and why the big secret? Frustrating because I have a n5 and I’ve been waiting for signal fix for few months and still nothing . .next month I’m eligible for my jump upgrade so I may have no choice but to go another device if Google isn’t fixing this issue or at least confirming what to expect am tired of rumors .

    • bored_ohio_tech

      What signal issue? I’m on t-mobile and have no issues.

      • BrazGoalie

        There is a bug to some nexus(if not all) that you not be able to receive calls unless you reboot the phone

        • bored_ohio_tech

          That’s awkward. Factory reimage doesn’t fix it? I mean downloading the AOSP image and reinstalling it, not just a built in factory reset. I had not heard of this.

          • BrazGoalie

            That unfortunately does not work. The only way is with the update… i didnt encounter this problem yet(at least that I know) but many have encountered it ans it is annoying to them(if that happened multiple times to me i would also be annoyed).

          • bored_ohio_tech

            That is indeed a troubling problem, I do hope the get it fixed and I hope I don’t run into a similar problem. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of good information out there about what’s causing it from what I can tell. (granted, I didn’t do a whole lot of digging because I’m not experiencing the problem) Thanks for answering 🙂

      • ronald


        • bored_ohio_tech

          Well Ronald, I was asking what signal issue she was talking about and it was implied that I thought maybe it was carrier related. It was stated by BrazGoalie that there is a bug with not being able to receive calls in response to my question. You can’t just gripe about something and expect people who haven’t had that problem to know what you’re talking about if you’re being vague.

          Additionally, bad trolling is still trolling and you should feel bad.

          • ronald

            Nice clean up if i do say so myself,,,but i misunderstood your comment to Teresa M. and i do apologize bored_ohio_tech! P.S,…what does trolling mean?Just curious. Thanks.

    • Arne Hermansen

      I also here a weak wifi signal compared to my HTC M8

  • Adnan Zavery

    I got my kitkat update on 22nd may for note 2.. thank you

  • Leopold

    This seems true. I have a email from from Google customer support stating they don’t know anything about 4.4.3 KitKat update

    • Chazz Matthews

      tell them to look at all the leaked screenshots. 🙂

    • Darth Darth Binks

      “Support” will be the last place to learn about any upgrades. They are trained to be ignorant of anything not in their scripts.


    If this Bluetooth issue isn’t fixed with this update this will be my LAST google phone..just like I will never own another Samsung POS…don’t put out crap and expect me to clamor in for more crap…stick the crap back up your buttocks google..perhaps a sony xperia is in my future, would rather pay more money for a phone that FREAKING WORKS

    • bored_ohio_tech

      What is this bluetooth issues you speak of? I also don’t know what this signal issue is that everyone is talking about either. I’m on T-Mobile with my Nexus 5 and don’t have any issues with the phone at all!


        In the middle of a call it drops Bluetooth signal to earpiece (and reverts to handset)or car stereo after doing this 5-10 times Bluetooth turns off and u must reboot phone for it to be able to turn on again that’s good for a couple hours before it does it again very annoying for someone who uses Bluetooth heavily

        • bored_ohio_tech

          That’s very odd, hadn’t heard of this. *fingers crossed* hopefully it gets resolved for those of you experiencing it.

        • mbt

          I have the same problem on my Nexus 4 and am hoping the next update (4.4.3 or 4.5) fixes it.

          In the mean time, you can make it work by turning off wifi when you get in the car and turning it back on when you are done with bluetooth calls.

          It is awkward, but less awkward than trying to talk to someone with constant interruptions from the signal disconnecting. Hopefully google fixes this soon!

    • a victim of xperia

      Not sure what problems you’re facing, but DO NOT GET A SONY , I repeat, DO NOT GET A SONY .. I am known to be heartless and dry-eyed all the time , yet I wept like a freshly widowed old lady from the pain Sony xperia caused me.

      • HamzaEzzaidane

        hhhahahhahah u made my day 😀

      • Google last chance formymoney

        what type of issues did you have with your Sony Xperia?

  • Bryar

    Maybe 4.5 will be a paid upgrade while 4.4.3 will be free

    • derk p

      fat chance

    • BrazGoalie

      No way google will do that

  • Amanda L-S

    Ugh for me its battery drainage! I used to be good all day (lg nexus) with a good amount of use..got the 4.4.2 update (4.4 was fine) and now I have to carry my charger everywhere because on a full charge I can run out in as little as 4-6 hours! Like DRAINED..its ridiculous! I used to LOVE having the lg Google nexus but now I’m considering ditching my plan and just buying a new HTC or Samsung…

  • john morris

    My friends GNEX got the update today

    • derk p


  • Drew Didriksen

    I switched from a Samsung to a Nexus to avoid this kind of thing, I thought that if something was wrong in Android and you had a Nexus device then you wouldn’t have to wait very long for a fix to be pushed out. My Nexus 5 continually drops network and frequently doesn’t make me allow to make or receive calls which I find extremely frustrating. I’m sure it’s me not being patient enough but we’ve had nothing but rumours for 2 whole months and now people are saying that I might have to wait until the end of June for an update just to make my phone usable all of the time.

  • MAGOR8

    If battery problem not fixed with KitKat 4.4.3 … I will never have any Google device again ????

    Nexus 7 (2013)

  • Frank

    What I think about Googles android plans in the future are great. The problem I have is with the service concerning the Nexus 5. Two months and no network except 2g once in a while. I damn sure will not be getting another nexus anything, because of the lack of service.

  • HamzaEzzaidane

    actually i was waiting for the new update 4.4.3 from google cuz i really need it to fix that f***ing problem all nexus 4 has it ( can’t connect to the camera ) amd im one of them with my nexus 4, i was disappointed of what google’s release and that kind of problem they make :/ i start hate google products so what about u people?

  • spicymeatball

    If Nexus 4 is getting 4.5 then skip 4.4.3. Otherwise you’re going to have to do 4.4.3. I would really like to know why it’s taking so long. It indicates that the problems are pretty hard to fix.

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  • girl000

    My nexus 5 can’t receive calls and keeps dropping signal. I am waiting for the 4.4.3. upgrade, but my patience is wearing thin. I am so ready to ditch this phone if Google has no plans on fixing the issues! And I won’t be buying a Google phone again.

  • c Johnson

    I’m very frustrated with my Nexus 5. I’ve been having issues with WiFi, MMS and signal drops for months now. I’m eligible for jump next month as well and I’m getting the S5.

  • Darth Darth Binks

    Why can’t Google just announce a date and roll it? All the delays and guesses and “leaks” are just pìssing off their customer base.