Google rolls out Android 4.4.3 KitKat factory images: Bug fixes galore, new Dialler app


Last month, a leaked changelog had revealed the details of the upcoming Android 4.4.3 update. Now, T-Mobile has announced that it has begun rolling out Android 4.4.3 update to some devices in the Nexus clan namely, Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013).

 

The new update has also been listed on Google's 'Factory Images for Nexus Devices' page. Android users owning the above mentioned Nexus devices can install the update themselves, though it would require knowledge of flashing a stock ROM. The update resets your device, so a data backup is highly recommended. The 54MB is also available over-the-air for T-Mobile Nexus customers. And the small size of the update, suggests that this will essentially be a bug-killing update.

 

The T-Mobile support page reveals the build number KTU84L for the Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. The Nexus 5 is said to come with build KTU84M. The final build depends on the manufacturer for phones such as HTC One M8, Galaxy S5, Moto E, Moto G and Moto X, which run Android 4.4 KitKat.

 

As mentioned earlier, the Android 4.4.3 update is an incremental update to 4.4.2 and mainly focuses on fixing bugs. So, one may not see much in terms of features or design changes. However, Android Headlines points out that the phone dialler app has witnessed some changes. It is reportedly now white and the numbers are blue with a darker blue bar at the bottom, compared to the previous dialler UI that was dark transparent black with light coloured blue numbers and buttons.

 

Google is believed to be releasing fixes for frequent data connection drop-outs, improved camera focus in regular and HDR modes, power management display wakelock, which has been known to affect the battery life, along with multiple Bluetooth fixes to prevent battery drainage, improve device management and remove drop-outs, patches to stop random reboots, USB debugging security and apps shortcut security.

 

Earlier leaked changelog also points out Wi-Fi auto-connect fix, camera fixes, as well as fixes for MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialler/Contacts apps, as well as to the DSP music equaliser. Other improvements will be seen in IPv6 support, VPN activation, activation screen, missed call LED, subtitle playback, Internet telephony fix, among other patches.


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