Google's Android team has reportedly rolled out the new v4.4.3 KitKat update on air to select Nexus devices.
The news comes just the day after the company released the factory images (manual downloading files) of aforementioned software to same devices (via PC). Now with the OTA (Over-The-Air) update, users can directly download the firmware on their phone. [Note: Wi-Fi is recommended for smooth installation process for large 440MB plus size file]
[Update: Android v4.4.3 KitKat has now been released to Google Play Edtiion (GPE) devices- HTC One (M8 & M7), Galaxy S5, S4, Sony Xperia Z Ultra in USA; since update is rolled out in phases, other GPE devices are expected to get updated later]
To check for update:
Go to Settings >> About Phone >> tap System updates
The OTA update is currently seeding to couple of devices - Nexus 5 and 2013 model Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi), reported Android Central. Other devices are likely to receive new firmware very soon. There is no official change log of the new v4.4.3 KitKat update, but it is reported to bring in card based view for 'Speed Dial', contacts with new accent colors, refreshed phone app and security enhancements. Besides enhanced UI features, it is said to fix bugs like Mm-qcamera-daemon, frequent drop in data-connection, wireless data transfer issues and more.
Other Key issues that are expected to get fixed in the Android v4.4.3 update include:
- Frequent data connection dropout fix
- Mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
- Power manager display wakelock fix
- Multiples Bluetooth fixes
- Fix for random reboot
- App shortcuts will return with security fix with the new update (shortcuts disappeared from launcher after v4.4.2 update)
- USB debugging security fix
- Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
- Minor camera fixes
- MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
- Stuck in activation screen fix
- Missed call LED fix
- Subtitle fixes
- Data usage graph fix
- Internet telephony fix
- FCC compliance fix
- Miscellaneous fixes.
Like always, the new update v4.4.3 KitKat will be made available first to Nexus affiliated devices, Google Play edition devices, and then to latest flagship devices of Tier-1 brands.
For those who have not yet received the OTA update and are impatient to wait, can go to Android developer's page to manually download the v4.4.3 KitKat for their respective devices.
[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of manual software installation of Android devices. If the installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the device getting bricked or may even lead to the device being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if smartphones get bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution or just wait for a day or two to install new software with very less effort via OTA.]
Here are the details of the software update released to Nexus devices:
|Model||Device Type||Software build number and version||Download link|
|Google Nexus 5 aka Hammer Head||GSM/LTE||4.4.3 (KTU84M)||Link|
|Nexus 7 (2013) aka razor||Wi-Fi||4.4.3 (KTU84L)||Link|
|Nexus 10 (Mantaray)||Wi-Fi||4.4.3 (KTU84L)||Link|
|Nexus 4 (Occam)||3G||4.4.3 (KTU84L)||Link|
|Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasi'||Wi-Fi||4.4.3 (KTU84L)||Link|
|Nexus 7 (2012) aka 'Nakasig'||Mobile||4.4.3 (KTU84L)||Link|
Note: Google is yet to provide the factory image file link to Nexus 7 (2013) aka 'Razorg' (SIM variant).