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Android 4.4.4 arrives on Nexus devices, LG G Pad 8.3 GPe, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra


The new Android 4.4.4 update may have been predicted with some pictures last Thursday, June 19th, but it stunned the world with its sudden arrival. Now the device will expand to the Z1 Compact and the Z Ultra, reports today confirm.

When the Android update news dropped without so much as a whisper last week, one of the first devices announced for compatibility of the new Android was the range of Nexus products, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10. The main point of the Android update, according to Sprint, was to improve security on Android-supported devices.

Now, as the Android update continues to spread, more devices have been announced as being eligible for an update. These include the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play device. The Z1 Compact and Z Ultra are very recent additions as well.

The G Pad GPe actually received the Android update late last Wednesday, June 18th, which predated the Android drop. The update, which is only about 154 megabytes, switches from KTU84P to KOT49H. G Pad owners that’ve yet to see an update shouldn’t panic, as not every single device has received this update, the G Pad’s second in total.

The Xperia Z1 Compact updated to version 14.4.A.0.108, with updates soon to be expanded to the Z1 and the Z1 Ultra. The Xperia update was surprising considering that it’s an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-skinned smartphone.

The new Android 4.4.4 update makes some important operational and security adjustments. The adaptive playback test has been improved upon, time discrepancies and test pattern lengths have been improved; bugs have been smoothed out, especially for the OpenSSLHeartbleedTest, and access has been reduced on Java objects. Java also received a bridge wrapper fix for its cleanup with multi-frame page. A crucial CCS bug was repaired as well.

Android 4.4.4 will also arrive on other Google Play smartphones besides the LG G Pad, including the Galaxy S4, the HTC One, and the Moto G. Users that’ve experienced the new Android 4.4.4 update report better overall functioning compared to Android 4.4.3.

Motorola phone users won’t even receive the Android 4.4.3 update and will instead jump straight to 4.4.4. Expected devices that should receive the update include the Moto E, the Moto X, and the Moto G.

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