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Android 4.4.3 KitKat starts rolling out for Nexus devices


We’ve been hearing about the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, seeing it appear in a number of screenshots and webpages (Google’s Edu Device setup page among them), particularly that of American wireless carriers Sprint, US Cellular, and yesterday, T-Mobile. Google released its Android 4.4.3 KitKat factory images for the Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 5, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4 yesterday, and it now look as if the over-the-air (OTA) update has started.

The new Android 4.4.3 KitKat (build number KTU84) is now making its way to the Nexus 7 (2013) Wi-Fi model only. We’re not surprised, seeing that the Android 4.4 KitKat update did the exact same thing when it was released. It took Google several days after to release the update for the cellular data Nexus 7 (2013) tablet (build number KTU84L), so cellular Nexus 7 customers may have to wait for some time. The same can be said for Nexus 5 customers, although those who have a GSM/unlocked Nexus 5 can receive their update over-the-air, whenever Google sends it. Just make sure that you visit your “About phone” page and touch the “system updates” function to check for your 4.4.3 KitKat update throughout the coming days. You’ll find the update with build number KTU84M.

We know that the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update brings a redesigned dialer app, along with bug fixes and enhancements to Wi-Fi, telephony, Bluetooth, and others, with patches to USB debugging security and app shortcut security. The Android 4.4.3 KitKat update looks to fix the missed LED call notifications, random reboots, data connection dropouts, as well as improve the camera focus of the Google Play camera that was updated a few weeks ago for Nexus 5 users. We’ve not heard anything about the 2012 Nexus 7 update, but it’s unlikely that 2012 Nexus 7 users will see the new Android 4.4.3 KitKat update. After all, Google only updates its Nexus devices for 18 months – and the Nexus 7 (2012) is a little over two years old at this point.

Have you received the Nexus 7 update? Do you notice any changes in the update from 4.4.2 KitKat? If so, feel free to drop us a line and let us know.

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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.