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Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, and other Supported Devices Could Be Released Within Weeks

The first reports suggesting that Google is on the verge of releasing the Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, and other supported Nexus devices surfaced a few weeks ago, showing that we might be dealing with bug-fixing update rather than a major one. New sources quoted by Android Police claim that Google has started Android 4.4.3 KitKat dogfooding, meaning that the new firmware is has “entered internal testing outside of the core Android team.”

Anyway the final release won’t be made available for public right away, as most of us will have to wait a few more weeks.

The same source says that Android 4.4.2 aka KitKat MR2 (the Android 4.4.1 and Android 4.4.2 updates were labeled KitKat MR1) is now being made available for 1% of Google employees that are not a part of the Android team. For the time being, the dogfooding is only available for Nexus devices, but it’s also expected to show up on Google Play Edition terminals, and Moto X.

If you’re wondering what devices are set to receive the Android 4.4.3 update in the first wave, I remind you that the Nexus line-up (Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 10) is Google’s main priority, followed by Google Play Edition devices (Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Moto G, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7, and HTC One M8), and most likely Motorola’s flagship for 2013, the Moto X, a handset that received KitKat updates very early.

At the moment, there’s no knowledge of new features introduced by Android 4.4.3 KitKat, but the update is expected to bring a number of bux fixes for data connection, camera, Bluetooth, random reboots, USB debugging, WiFi, MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN, and many more.

Even though the folks at Android Police gave the Android 4.4.3 rumor a confidence rating of 9/10, we are advising you to take it with a pinch of salt as nothing is official until Google says so. The bottom line, however, is that you shouldn’t expect the Android 4.4.3 OTA update to hit your device just yet.

  • tatzuk

    I’m really happy if they are gonna fix bugs and make the system more stable. On my Nexus 5 apps tend ro crash from time to time (Simpsons: Tapped Out crashes the most often; all the time).

    • Neil Next Nexus

      I heard Simpsons tapped out is a really buggy game that crashes regardless of platform. My nexus 5 is superb and although dubious when I first bought it, I have no need for any ‘bug fixes’ as I haven’t found any real bugs 🙂

  • Sachin

    Eagerly waiting for an update….:-)

  • @ScoreboardSteve

    Does anyone know if my Nexus 4 shutting off and restating at random times is due to bugs in 4.4.2 and something that should stop with an Android 4.4.3 update? My Nexus 4 shuts off and restarts a lot when I’m using snap chat as well.

    • Prescose

      Snapchat is the worst. They have openly said that it is Google’s problem and there is nothing they can do on their end… Also, VSCOcam tends to crash and restart my phone very often as well…

      • Karan

        I’m sorry, but snapchat had no problem with XenonHD rom i was using, as soon as i switched to stock ROM. My nexus4, starting rebooting on snap chat. And yes as, Steve said, it reboots a lot, mostly randomly, and on snapchat also.

    • Aaron Yiow

      Same here!

    • Deadsoulginger

      Most likely. 4.4.3 is supposedly just one big bug fix. Obviously they’re fixing that damn camera, crashes of wifi and lots of other reported bugs; such as device crashes.

    • Krisztian Adrian Barna

      Not only Nexus, all android devices is restart by RAM issue..so you should check to reset your device to factory default .. And of course make some backup first …

    • MichaelScott

      There’s a good chance they won’t update the Nexus 4…but here’s hoping!

    • Brian Snapp

      The random reboot will be fixed with 4.4.3

  • Steve Truffer

    Here’s to hoping it resolves the moto x’s fuse-burning bootloader.

  • Anthony Johnson

    I have heard this thing from so long that they are going
    to launch Android 4.4.3 Kitkat soon in order to remove the bugs in its 4.4.2
    kitkat. I have read somewhere that the launch would be somewhere around the
    second week of April but that too almost gone now. Hope they will launch it
    soon as I am still facing quick battery drainage problem in my Nexus 5 even
    after updating Skype. For this, recently purchased a wireless charger for it from
    Amazon by CHOETECH at reasonable range to keep it fully charged in order to
    stay connected with the world.

  • Waheed

    I was also having restating problem with vedio call softwares …….the solution is simple make ur n4 flash in other words flash ur mobile…. Go to servy center n say ur problem they will fix it…. I to do it n now my n4 don’t restart on vedio call

  • vladimirpinchaloafsky

    4.4.2 ruined my brand new Note 3, texting unreliable , camera terrible battery bad, no mms at all! dreadful terrible, tmobile i trusted you!