Google has started a massive over-the-air (OTA) roll out of Android 4.4.3 KitKat, its latest OS version.? The news has been hinted days ago when Google released factory photos of the said OS on its own website. As expected, it will first be enjoyed by Google-made devices such as the Nexus 5 smartphone and the Nexus 7 Wi–fi tablet.
On Wednesday, Google-owned Motorola verified that they will bring the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update this week to the Moto G, Moto X, and even to the just-released Moto E. Good news to Moto X owners under T-Mobile, they are now able to get the latest OS version as we speak. Unfortunately for Moto X owners outside the US, the Android update for the Moto X is only planned to be released to US carriers so they will have to wait for a few more weeks.
Along with Motorola and Nexus devices mentioned, the Android 4.4.3 KitKat is apparently being rolled out to some Google Play Edition phones too. There are reports from owners of the Google Play versions of HTC One, HTC One M7, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S4, and Xperia Z ultra that they are also getting the said update.
For the Nexus 7 Wi–fi tablet and Nexus 5 phone, this Android 4.4.3 KitKat version comes in at roughly 74 MB. The Nexus tablet?s firmware version will be updated from its current KOT49H to KTU84L. Remember that Nexus devices need to be in stock condition and running the previous Android 4.4.2 before this new update can be installed.
Google?s Android 4.4.3 KitKat is fundamentally a performance update. It focuses in fixing quick battery drainage due to bugs in the camera app in some models. It will also deliver a more sleek-looking People and Dialer app. Though widely seen as a minor OS update, this 4.4.3 version aims to enhance usability and consistency, provide a more stable framework, and fix security flaws according to Steve Horowitz, Motorola?s SVP of Software Engineering speaking on behalf of Google.
Motorola further said that the Android 4.4.3 KitKat will improve the Moto X? camera, providing an improved image quality, exposure consistency, and enhanced front-camera photos in low light environments. ?Moto X and Moto G users will also be able to pause their video recording with a handy pause-resume button on the model?s camera viewfinder.
It?s not uncommon for Google to launch new OS updates first to devices powered by their own platform. As this roll out is being implemented gradually, owners (from other parts of the world) of the handset models mentioned above better keep an eye on their notification bars for any signs of the Android 4.4.3 KitKat.
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