Android 4.4.3 KitKat update now rolling out for Nexus, Google Play Edition and Motorola devices

Saturday, June 7, 2014

/ by Aman Banka
Google has quietly released the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update without much fanfare and the update has started seeding out globally. The search engine giant has released the factory images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013 / 2012) and the Nexus 10 devices. Along with the factory images, the update is rolling out over-the-air globally.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat

This latest software update brings an improved dialer with a new interface and new colors to enhance consistency and usability, as well as several stability, framework, security fixes, and enhancements to the power profile capabilities.

The Android 4.4.3 update has also become available for various Google Play Edition devices. The HTC One (M7), HTC One (M8), Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Editions are the first GPe devices to receive the latest 4.4.3 KitKat update. No word on when the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Moto G Google Play Editions will receive the 4.4.3 KitKat update.

Motorola devices have started getting the update as well and its official website has been updated with the details of the update. The update is currently rolling out for the Moto E, Moto G and Moto X.

According to Motorola, this week the update is being rolled out to T-Mobile Moto X users, Moto G users who bought the phone online in the U.S. (including Moto G 4G LTE) and Brazil Moto G users and Moto E users who bought the phone online in the U.S. There is no word on when Motorola will be rolling out the update in other countries, but it wouldn't take too long.

Motorola has also revealed that Moto E will receive the next major Android update as well. Talking about the changes, the 4.4.3 KitKat update for Moto devices will bring the following changes:
  • Improved camera image quality for Moto X including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, and improved photos in low light conditions using front camera. 
  • For Moto X and Moto G, pausing for video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Motorola Alert in this update for Moto X and Moto G users. This new app helps give peace of mind by sending periodic messages to the contacts you choose.
Since the updates are rolled out in batches, it might take some time to reach your smartphone or tablet. You can manually check for the update by going to Settings > About Phone > Software Update. If you can't wait for the OTA, you can manually update your Nexus and GPe devices by flashing the update. Here are the OTA update URLs for the Nexus 5, 4, 7 (2013) WiFi and Nexus 10, and the HTC One (M7), One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
Talking about the Indian updates, the Nexus and Motorola devices should be getting it soon so be sure to check your system updates for the latest updates.

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