Android 4.4.3 KitKat available for Nexus device users today

After a number of leaked documents from both Google and T-Mobile were made public, Google has confirmed that the latest iteration of Android in the form of Android 4.4.3 has now started rolling out to Nexus devices. This will be the latest iteration of KitKat, replacing the current version of Android 4.4.2.

XDA Developers reported that the Nexus 7 2013 edition Wi-Fi only variant will be the first Nexus device able to receive the update. Android 4.4.3 KitKat is now available over-the-air for the Nexus 7, allowing users on unlocked Nexus devices the ability to quickly download and install the update.

This update is coming with build number KTU84L. The update itself is approximately 74MB large and will come with multiple security enhancements and fixes to various OS related bugs.

It is expected that the Android 4.4.3 update will begin rolling out to other Nexus devices such as the Nexus 5 over the coming days. This will likely be followed by Google Play editions of other devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. T-Mobile has already stated they have begun rolling out the update to Nexus 7, Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 devices with their network. Users on the T-Mobile network should be able to access the update right now.

Google noted some of the fixes coming with the Android 4.4.3 update. The update is to fix the “mm-qcamera-daemon” crash currently effecting some Nexus 5 devces. This bug has also caused issues with battery drainage. Google claimed that the higher CPU horsepower utilized by the “mm-qcamera-daemon” bug has lead to the battery running out faster than it should. This bug is not exclusive to the Nexus 5, affecting all KitKat based Qualcomm CPU powered devices.

With the Nexus 7 being one of Google’s most popular tablets and devices period, it seems logical for the company to release the Android 4.4.3 update on that device first. It shouldn’t be very long before other Nexus users will be able to download the update. In terms of major new features, there aren’t really many at all. However, the fixes are definitely worth the upgrade.

A leaked document also suggests that Samsung is experimenting with Android 4.4.3 on the Galaxy S5 and S4, though when this will release is still unknown.


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