Google starts Dogfooding of Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, official release expected in the next few weeks

As per latest reports, Google has started dogfooding the next iteration of Android expected to be termed as Android 4.4.3 referred internally as KitKat MR2. According to Android Police, the Android 4.4.3 has started rolling out to 1 percent of the Google employees and the same is limited only for the Nexus lineup such as Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013), Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 devices. The update is also believed to be rolled out to the Google Play Editions of Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Sony and LG devices.

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The report hints that the update has entered the dogfooding stage and that the official release of the same could be imminent in the next few weeks. The term dogfooding refers to a phase in the development cycle where Google tests its products on its on employees to verify the quality and functionalities of the product.

Aimed to bring bug fixes, the Android 4.4.3 update is said to offer the ‘mm-qcamera-daemon’ crash as well on-board. The Nexus 5 smartphone was affected by a battery drain issue that Google claimed was a result of high CPU usage of the ‘mm-qcamera-daemon’ process. This bug was also responsible in affecting the devices that are based on Android 4.4 KitKat and Qualcomm processors.

The other possible fixes to be included in this update are camera focus in regular and HDR modes fix, frequent data connection dropout fix, random boot fix, multiple Bluetooth fixes, power manager display wake lock fix, app shortcuts security fix, USB debugging security fix, more camera fixes, Wi-Fi auto connect fix, data usage graph fix and missed call LED fix. The issues with email/exchange, MMS, calendar, contacts/dialer/people and VPN are also expected to be resolved.

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