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Android 4.4.3 KitKat on the way, 3 new leaks suggest


We’ve been seeing Android 4.4.3 KitKat pop up on the Web, with Sprint’s website publishing information about it (then removing it), and a new Sony device has received Bluetooth certification with Android 4.4.3 KitKat aboard. Last but not least, Google updated its Edu Device Setup page recently to provide “support for Android 4.4.3 and non-Nexus tablets,” a reference to the mysterious Android 4.4.3 KitKat update that everyone’s been hearing about. Three new leaks suggest that Android 4.4.3 is in existence and will be headed to Google devices soon.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for the HTC One M8 announced

New leaks today show that Android 4.4.3 KitKat isn’t only alive but that it’ll bring something more than bug fixes to Google’s OS. First, HTC insider LlabTooFeR, a contact in the tech industry who is as famous as Twitter’s @evleaks (if not more), claims that the famed Android 4.4.3 KitKat update will arrive for HTC’s newest beauty, the HTC One M8. On his Twitter page on April 16th, @LlabTooFeR wrote, “KTU84F should be final Android 4.4.3 build. It’s coming on Nexus and Google Play edition devices soon.” According to the build number, “KT” stands for “KitKat,” “F” stands for “final,” and “84” stands for “84 days.” What we don’t know is when Google decided to create Android 4.4.3 KitKat – and how long 84f days is from when Google created the new KitKat update. If the HTC One M8 gets the Android 4.4.3 KitKat build, it’s likely that newer devices (and of course, the Nexus and Google Play Edition devices) will see the update.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat has been shown running on an unknown Motorola device bearing the model number XT912A. This looks to be a new device, seeing that the rear-facing camera stands at 12MP (4160 x 3120; not the 10MP count of the current Moto X), and there is no known 12MP Motorola smartphone camera currently available for sale. The new Motorola smartphone sports a 5.2-inch screen, has a Qualcomm Adreno 300 GPU, and full HD screen and video. While we can’t speculate much on the Motorola device in question here, we can say that Android 4.4.3 KitKat is clearly shown in GFXBenchmark testing.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat update will bring a transformed Dialer

Tired of your current dialer in Android 4.4.2 KitKat? Well, whether you like it or not, a new dialer is coming in Android 4.4.3 KitKat.


This leak arrives courtesy of XDA Developers, and shows a new dialer that seems to mimic what Google has been doing with its Gmail app. Similar to the letters beside your emails (“G,” “T,” or S” and so on, depending on the email sender) or photos beside emails from Google Plus individuals, the dialer app will now sport the same look – bearing letters, colors, and shapes for every contact in your contact list. It’s interesting to see Google’s efforts at unifying its smartphone and mobile experience. While XDA Developers is considered to be less of a reputable source than these others, keep in mind that these guys do root their Android devices – and it’s likely that they’ve seen an Android 4.4.3 KitKat build because someone’s installed the update. If XDA Developers already has it on their hands, it’s only a matter of time before rooted devices can install the latest – which means it’s on the way.

Which of these three Android 4.4.3 KitKat updates do you find the most credible and why? Do you trust any of these updates? Do you like the new dialer app in Android 4.4.3 KitKat and its similarity to Google’s Gmail app, or would you like to see additional changes? Do your thing in the comments.

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Deidre Richardson is a tech enthusiast who loves to cover the latest news on smartphones, tablets, and mobile gadgets. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A, History/Music), you can always find her rocking her Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG Nexus 5 on a regular basis.