Android 4.4.4 KitKat Problems Frustrating Many Users

In the weeks since Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat release, we’ve seen a number of new updates roll out, delivering enhancements and bug fixes to users outside of Google’s stable of Nexus smartphones and tablets. And while the new KitKat update is working fine for some people, others are dealing with frustrating Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems.

At the beginning of June, Google pushed out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a small incremental upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat that delivered a number of fixes to tackle Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems. Android users of all shapes and sizes had, for months, been complaining about a series of Android 4.4.2 KitKat issues and fortunately, Google listened to their pleas.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat and its laundry list of bug fixes headed out to Nexus users on June 4th and to other users in the days after. And almost immediately, we started hearing about Android 4.4.3 KitKat problems on the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, and Nexus 7. Small updates like Android 4.4.3 KitKat might bring fixes but they also typically bring problems of their own.

In late June, Google rolled out a new Android 4.4 KitKat update in the form of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The update, which fixed one Android 4.4.3 KitKat issue, was delivered to Nexus users and since then, it has rolled out to numerous other devices bringing Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s bug fixes and a patch for an OpenSSL vulnerability. It also brought some Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems along with it.

Soon after the Android 4.4.4 KitKat release, Nexus users started complaining about Android 4.4.4 KitKat problems. As we pointed out, Nexus 5 owners were complaining about bad battery life. Nexus 7 owners were running into Wi-Fi issues inside Android 4.4.4. Nexus 5 owners were encountering keyboard lag, Nexus 4 owners were bringing up issues with the dialer, and Nexus 7 users said that they’ve run into random reboots after replacing Android 4.4.3 KitKat with Android 4.4.4. Most of the issues were problems in Android 4.4.3 KitKat as well.

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In the days since, we’ve seen a number of other complaints emerge, not just from Nexus users, but from owners of other devices running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. We don’t want to beat a dead horse but what we do want to do is bring up these issues, point users in the right direction, and bring attention to them so that companies like Google, Sony and others can investigate them.

Android 4.4.4 KitKat update problems are, unsurprisingly, still frustrating many Nexus users. Google’s Product Forums are littered with complaints about Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Some of the latest issues including poor battery life on the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, random reboots to the Nexus 4, the usual Wi-Fi issues, GPS problems, random freezing and lock ups, problems with email sync, and more.

Nexus users aren’t alone. Moto G users are reporting issues with Wi-Fi, Moto X owners are chiming in with battery life complaints, and owners of Sony’s Xperia devices are now noticing some issues with their upgrade to Android 4.4.4. Xperia Z1 users are chiming in with several Android 4.4.4 problems including battery life, camera issues, and more. The camera problems seem to have been carried over from Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


The Nexus Android 4.4.4 KitKat issues are far more plentiful given that those updates are more widespread. Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX, Droid Mini, Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra are currently limited to a small number of devices in very specific regions.Android L on Android 4.4.4

As we’ve pointed out several times, those that can’t find temporary fixes in forums will want to try booting into safe mode. Booting into safe mode will disable three party applications. Often times, this can help you isolate an issues on board. Try this. If this doesn’t work, look for a temporary fix or if the device is old, try a factory reset. Just remember to back up key files.

Unfortunately, for many of these issues, there isn’t a guaranteed fix. And with no Android 4.4.5 KitKat update in sight and Android L not expected to land until the fall, there is a good chance that many of these Android 4.4.4 KitKat users will be stuck dealing with their issues for several weeks or perhaps, several months.

Android L is expected to deliver a number of bug fixes to Nexus users and beyond including a battery life increase for the Nexus 5, a device that has been struggling to hold a charge since launch. The update is rumored for the fall alongside a Nexus 8 and is available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 developers right now in an early beta form.