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Android KitKat 4.4.3 leaked details confirms the update


Google’s upcoming Android 4.4.3 KitKat update is still under the hood, but we’ve got some details related to the new firmware via various leaks of the much awaited release.

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Android 4.4.3 KitKat update’s arrival is confirmed. Typically, it will arrive first to Google Nexus series of smartphones, tablets and Google Play Edition smartphones as well.

Until we hear an official announcement from Google, we rely on leaks of information. We have some collection of leaked information related to the new firmware that not only assure you of Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s existence but also give you sneak-peak into the features.

Last week, a HTC ROM developer LlabTooFer released some info, where he said, “KTU84F should be final Android 4.4.3 build for HTC One M8. It’s coming on Nexus and Google Play edition devices soon.” That doesn’t means all HTC One M8 will get the updates soon, because there is a Google Play Edition of the smartphone which is likely to get the update first.

Second leak comes from GFXBechmark that shows an unknown Motorola XT912A smartphone running on Android 4.4.3. Motorola XT912A could be the model name of upcoming new Moto X or it might be a Verizon’s upcoming DROID smartphone. Along with the pretty decent specifications of the smartphone, the Benchmarking site showed the software of the upcoming handset. As the handset is made by Motorola, the leak gets some credibility.

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Last week, Google Nexus’ official Twitter account accidentally tweeted a screenshot of a redesigned Android dialer app of a Nexus 5 smartphone. As of now, Nexus 5 with latest Android 4.4.2 firmware has completely different dialer app. So Google might have posted the screenshot of unreleased dialer app that could come with Android 4.4.3.

Sprint has rolled out a new software update meant for Nexus 5 in through its website on April 14, but 10 days later update (named KTU84F) had been pulled out from the site. Sprint said, “Due to an issue with the software, this update has been pulled out. Will update this space as soon as a new update is ready to roll out.”

On 16th April, Google has updated its Edu Device Setup app on Google Play Store, where Google said in its changelog the following references:

  • Support for new Google Spreadsheets
  • Support for Android 4.4.3 and non-Nexus Tablets
  • Minor UI updates and bug fixes

In an another instance, we’ve also seen the mentioning of Android 4.4.3 KitKat for Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE in a Bluetooth certification website.

By looking at all these leaked information, one thing is clear – Google will not only fixes bugs with improved stability, but also will add some new feature to the firmware. It could come with an improved camera focus, bug fixes for missed call LED problems, VPN and random reboot issues.

Stay tuned for more updates on Android’s next move. Share your opinions.


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John is the head of our IT Security team and he writes about Security, IT news on The Next Digit. He was the Employee of the Year 2013 for his selfless support and efficiently setting up the whole security infrastructure. He also occasionally writes on "IT Sec Pro" Print Media of Sweden. All posts by John

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