Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Roll Out Continues

The Android 4.4.3 KitKat update continues rolling out despite the fact that the software was recently replaced by the newer Android 4.4.4 KitKat update earlier this month.

Last month, Google produced three new Android updates. The first, Android 4.4.3 KitKat, rolled out on June 4th, the same day that Apple announced its iOS 8 update. Later that month, the company pushed out a brand new Android 4.4.4 KitKat update, a small update for Nexus users that brought a patch for an OpenSSL vulnerability. The update was a bit of a surprise given its close proximity to the Android 4.4.3 KitKat release. (The third update was Android L.)

Companies like Motorola and Sony skipped over Android 4.4.3 KitKat in favor of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Their Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates delivered Android 4.4.3′s bug fixes, enhancements and the patch for the OpenSSL issue. And while it appeared that most companies would be skipping over Android 4.4.3 for Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat roll out pushed on today.

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Today, Sprint is pushing out the HTC One M8 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, an update that HTC says ropes in the fixes from Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The update brings a number of bug fixes on board and it also delivers an HD Voice indicator and support for Wi-Fi Calling. It may not be a massive update but it looks like it could help shore up Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems.

HTC’s Mo Versi says that the HTC One M7, last years model, will not be getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat and will instead be getting Android 4.4.3 KitKat as well. He says that the next Android update for the HTC One M7 will be the Android L update that Google announced on stage at Google I/O 2014 back in late June. Android L is currently without a specific release date though HTC has said that it will deliver the update within 90 days of its initial release.

This likely means that the HTC One M8′s next update will be get Android L, an update that is currently rumored to be arriving in October, November or December.

Sprint’s HTC One M8 is the first variant to get the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update but chances are, the other updates are not far behind. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon typically roll out updates within a few weeks of each other so these carriers could potentially push out their own Android 4.4.3 updates in July or August ahead of the Android L release.

HTC is just the latest company to push out a brand new update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony recently rolled out Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates to its Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra and Motorola is now rolling out Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the Moto E, Moto G, Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX, and Droid Mini.

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Rumors suggest that Samsung, the world’s largest Android manufacturer, has a couple of Android 4.4.3 KitKat (or Android 4.4.4 KitKat) updates up its sleeve as well. The company is reportedly working on Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat and Galaxy S4 LTE-A updates behind the scenes. The Galaxy S5′s update was rumored for June while the Galaxy S4 LTE-A update was rumored for July.

Neither update has been confirmed by Samsung so it’s unclear when these two updates might roll out. It’s also unclear if Samsung, like Sony and Motorola, has shifted to Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Samsung typically does not confirm smaller updates ahead of time which means that Galaxy device owners will likely be waiting in the dark as we push towards the fall.

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At this time, it’s not clear if HTC will push out Android 4.4.3 KitKat for any other devices beyond the HTC One M7 and the HTC One M8, its former flagship and its current flagship.

Comments

  1. Michael Rodriguez says

    I will never buy more Samsung devices again, I have bought 4 cell phones for me, my wife and my 2 children. Samsung Sucks when it comes to customer support. I will switch to Motorola instead. Let’s forget Samsung, let them go to hell!!!

  2. Joey Smith says

    I agree with you Michael … Samsung is really slow when updating their very expensive devices.

  3. Gary Cooper says

    Since KitKat update in February my galaxy s4 lte. has been pretty much useless. Between rebooting by itself 3 to 5 times a day, freezing frequently, not being able to receive or make calls most of the day or use the internet most of the day or use maps or waze most of the day and having to pay sprint $100 a month for the last 45 months has been absolutely ridiculous. Neither one will take accountability. I may have to go to the evil Apple.

  4. Gary Cooper says

    that was four or five months. none of the suggestions by Sprint or Samsung work, soft reset hard reset, update PRL so on and so forth does not work, reflash didn’t work it’s the KitKat update that’s the problem Google needs to fix this and somehow we all need to be accountable anf good luck.

  5. Joey Smith says

    Let’s leave Samsung, they don’t respect their customers. When it comes to updates, they’re really very slow. I’ve had the same experience that Gary Cooper explains, my T Mobile S4 is a piece of crap after it was updated to kitkat 4.4.2, I hate the phone and I’m willing to update it to 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 in order to see if it improves. I wish I could downgrade it to the oldest android version it had when I bought it. We have to move to Motorola, Nexus, HTC or whatever other phones, but Samsung SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Wanda says

    I agree. Samsung is disappointing me with late rollout. There is too much competition and quality Android phones on the market to tolerate this. I think I will start researching Motorola and LG products.

  7. [email protected] says

    They made the kitkat update so user unfriendly I am ready to start using smoke signals again..I absolutely 100% HATE it and nothing you can do once update..FAIL!!!!

  8. barimder says

    Kit Kat 4.4.2 is piece of crap software. My phone crashes every 10 min.Feel like throwing moto x away.Google please wake up.

  9. andrewunitedkingdom says

    A friend has Moto X on Android 4.4.2 and it gets really hot and when on a phone call the screen goes black and has to press the power button twice to bring the screen back. Sometimes the phone seems to become sluggish.
    He is desparate for Android 4.4.4 update to see if it improves the phone which he likes otherwise.

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