Google’s Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is now available to those that wish to skip ahead of the Over-the-Air release and get the Android 4.4.3 KitKat features right now.
Earlier this week, Google finally confirmed the elephant in the room. The Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which had been rumored for months, finally saw its release and its features confirmed by the company responsible for engineering the software. The update, as expected, is primarily aimed at eradicating Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems but it does bring some changes to the dialer and the People application as well.
Shortly after Google dumped the update into the AOSP, it began rolling the update out Over-the-Air. The first OTA update landed for the 2013 Wi-Fi only version of the Nexus 7. The update, which is still rolling out, is expected to touch down for Nexus 7 owners over the next week or so. Google’s OTA updates typically take around a week to deploy.
While the Android 4.4.3 KitKat push started off slow, yesterday, we saw a big push. The update started rolling out for Google’s Play Edition devices including the Galaxy S4, HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 and it was also announced for the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E. Shortly after those announcements, Google began rolling out the Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update.
Today, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat roll out moves on. The Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is now available to those who wish to skip the Over-the-Air upgrade.
Nexus 4 users that are currently running stock Android 4.4.2 KitKat and know how to sideload software can use this file to install the Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update and all of its fixes right now. Those that don’t know how to sideload can take a look at our guide from last year. users will want to substitute today’s update with last year’s and the Nexus 4 for the Nexus 7.
Like the other Android 4.4.3 KitKat upgrades, the Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 update will bring a number of vital bug fixes, security enhancements and more. Those who aren’t at all interested in getting those right now need only wait for the OTA to arrive. Now that it’s deploying, we expect the roll out to take place over the next week or so as Google works to update Nexus 4 devices across the planet.
The Nexus 4 Android 4.4.3 KitKat roll out means that there are three Nexus Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates that remain. They include the Nexus 7 LTE Android 4.4.3 update, the Nexus 7 Wi-Fi only update and the Nexus 7 3G Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. Release dates for those devices remain unclear though we suspect that they will roll out in the near future.
These updates are all a part of a broader Android 4.4.3 KitKat roll out that will hit the HTC One M8, HTC One M7, Moto G, Moto X, Moto E, Google Play Edition devices and, according the rumors, the Galaxy S4 LTE-A and Galaxy S5. Manufacturers have been known to offer fixes and enhancements for their unique UIs and it could be that Samsung and HTC make changes to TouchWiz and Sense with Android 4.4.3. That remains unconfirmed.
Rumors point to a new Android update and a Nexus 8 release this summer so it could be that some devices skip Android 4.4.3 KitKat for something newer. Android rumors have yet to firm up around a specific name or any specific features though Google typically releases a new Android update at the mid-year alongside a new Nexus tablet.
HTC Nexus 8 rumors continue to swirl ahead of Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference that is set to take place later this month, but so far, nothing has been set in stone.