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?