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In the last several weeks, word of an upcoming Android 4.4.3 release started spreading around, for the most part based on sightings of new build numbers in server logs and bug reports, along with this tip by @LlabTooFeR. Of course, with so many 4.4.3 mentions, it's no surprise that these are actually legitimate and not creations of random trolls.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Android 4.4.3 is, unsurprisingly, going to be a pure bug-fixer release. We shouldn't be seeing new features or UI changes - Google is saving those for a more major release (let's not speculate on 4.5, 5.0, etc. - it's way too early for that).

Instead, the Android 4.4.3 changelog is going to be comprised of several dozen fixes which are summarized below. Sorry for the lack of exact details for every change - you'll have to wait for further leaks or the official release to AOSP so we can run a diff (not like Google is going to itemize every low-level change).

To further reassure us the information is accurate, the source included a screenshot of 4.4.3 running on a Nexus 5, with some parts redacted.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

What's New?

With the introduction out of the way, let's take a look at the list of fixes, prioritized by me in order of importance. The list may not be complete, but this is what we've been told so far:

  • frequent data connection dropout fix
  • mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
  • camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
  • Power Manager display wakelock fix
  • multiple Bluetooth fixes
  • fix for a random reboot
  • app shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
  • USB debugging security fix
  • app shortcuts security fix
  • Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
  • other camera fixes
  • MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
  • stuck in activation screen fix
  • missed call LED fix
  • subtitle fixes
  • data usage graph fix
  • Internet telephony fix
  • FCC compliance fix
  • miscellaneous fixes

I think out of all these, I'm most excited about improvements to the camera focus, which has been absolutely abysmal for me on my Nexus 5. Strangely, I've heard that not everyone is afflicted with the terrible focus curse, so I suppose some of you will be more thrilled than others. Of course, wakelock, data, Bluetooth, and other serious fixes are welcome too.

At the moment, there is no word on the final release timeline. Hang tight though, as it shouldn't be too long.

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  • Esteban Méndez ⚡

    In which version the Nexus 4 will stop receiving the official OTA?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No idea.

      • Esteban Méndez ⚡

        Well, at least until the 5.0 i hope. Thanks anyway.

        • Phil Oakley

          5.0 might be 3 years off. I'm...confident it won't be the I/O release.

          • danishdhanshe

            Google is totally unpredictable!
            Naming 4.4 as KitKat is the best way to explain how unpredictable they are!

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Releasing a major-major version that makes a transition from 4.0 era to 5.0 era 6 years later is kinda too much. If not this year, I'd expect it to be the next for sure

          • Misha Bear Lipkin

            Do you think they will upgrade the look of android? I'm curious as to whether or not it will still be kinda card/holo UI or if it will be something more/less futuristic. or maybe next update they will update to support native themes!?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Google kept this UI for almost 3 years after GNex introduced 4.0 back in October, 2011.

            Maybe they will change it, but definitely not to card-based. From all the mockups of such a UI it looks weird and not really useful and intuitive.

            My guess is that they will not go too far from the current UI, but bring in enough changes to present it in 5.0, though still call it Holo UI and have a nice trademark

          • impulse101

            Most random and ridiculous post of the week

      • http://omgdroid.com/ Tony Simons

        But... But... You're supposed to know everything! :-P

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      I'm guessing 2 years after the N4 release date; just like Galaxy Nexus.

      • Tyler

        The issue with the Gnex was that Texas Instrument got out of the cpu game and therefore stopped creating drivers to work with the software, which is why when people first started porting 4.4 roms to the galaxy nexus that there were all sorts of graphical glitches and such.

        • Crispin Swickard

          And yet is runs damn sweet with current builds of CM. Seems better than stock 4.3 was at this point.

          • Simon Belmont

            I like how you and Tyler have nearly the same avatar. For a second I thought you were talking to yourself.

            On topic, I agree, the G'Nex runs EXTREMELY well on KitKat. I was plenty happy with it on Android 4.3, but Android 4.4.x runs like a dream.

        • s

          Uhm, no.

          • Tyler

            Um yes. Do explain where I'm wrong.

          • duse

            That explanation is totally made up and speculative. Google claimed they stopped updating the GNex because it was outside its 18 month support window, simple as that.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          And yet they're updating Google Glass to KitKat, which runs on a TI OMAP processor. Therefore this reason holds no water.

          • http://avluis.net/ Luis Alvarado

            Is Google Glass out of the 18 month support window? Your own reason holds no water (in a empty bucket).
            Don't take it wrong, I was a fellow Galaxy Nexus owner, but it think Google (this is speculation talking) just wanted to be done with it due to a certain carrier (we all know who).

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            ...you're arguing against something somebody else said, not me. I'm pointing out that the claim that they dropped Galaxy Nexus support because TI gt out of the CPU game isn't true. You're arguing that it's because the Galaxy Nexus was out of the 18-month window, which is exactly what I was implying was the reason by pointing out it has nothing to do with TI. So we're actually agreeing as you disagree with me...

    • binaryhermit

      Google promises 18 months of updates, I think. That expires in May of this year. However... The Galaxy Nexus got its last update last July, 19 months after it was released. However, I suspect that if TI (whose chipset was in the Galaxy Nexus) were still making chipsets for mobile phones, the Galaxy Nexus would have recieved KitKat.
      The Nexus S was released in 12/2010 and got its last update in 10/2012.
      The Nexus One was released in 1/2010 and got its last update in 9/2011.

      So history suggests the Nexus 4 has at least one major update (4.5/5.0) left in it, especially if they announce the next version at Google I/O like I suspect they will.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        Considering the OMAP processor is what runs Google Glass, and that's getting updated to KitKat, I think the rumor that it's lack of TI support that's to blame has been squashed.

        • binaryhermit

          Did not know that. Makes you wonder what really happened...

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Google made a dick move, that's what happened

          • PiLoT

            Google, you mean htc

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            HTC has nothing to do with Galaxy Nexus

          • PiLoT

            "Oh, don't tell me One X didn't get further updates because of missing binaries/drivers from Nvidia"

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I was replying to another comment chain

          • Simon Belmont

            Quite possibly, yeah. I remember reading that someone found evidence that Google was at least TESTING KitKat on the Galaxy Nexus internally (dog-fooding).

            Maybe they just figured it wasn't worth their while or they didn't feel like dealing with older drivers for a 2 year old phone or they wanted to set a precedent of 18 months with the Galaxy Nexus regardless of the ability for the hardware to run it well (which it definitely does on CM11 and numerous other KitKat based ROMs). We'll probably never know, but we'll get confirmation of their support window when the day finally comes for the Nexus 4 to lose official support (whether that's 18 months or longer).

        • Chad Vincent

          Is it the *same* OMAP? Different models may have different driver packages.

          (See the various Tegra 3 models where one (Nexus 7) got drivers, but others (TF-201, HTC One X) did not.)

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Oh, don't tell me One X didn't get further updates because of missing binaries/drivers from Nvidia

          • Chad Vincent

            Given that HTC is now working on getting an update out for just the S3 model?

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. The Tegra 3 in the 2012 Nexus 7 is still being supported by Nvidia even now (but the one with the cellular radios is not). I'm actually hoping that my 2012 Nexus 7 will squeeze by and get the next major update to Android in June. That would be sweet.

            As for the OMAP4 in Google Glass, it's NOT the same one that's in the Galaxy Nexus. Google Glass as an OMAP 4430 and the G'Nex has an OMAP 4460. They're very similar, but they're clocked differently (CPU and GPU). I'm guessing the 4460 is binned higher and can achieve the higher frequencies more reliably, efficiently, and with less heat generated, OR the 4430 was just cheaper. It would be odd for one to lose binary support, but not the other. If you think about it, though, Google Glass probably isn't going to heavily using the GPU for graphic intensive things (it's just really basic UI rendering) like you would on a phone like the Galaxy Nexus, so maybe using older binaries wasn't a problem.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            The argument hasn't been that that specific MODEL is gone, though, it's been that TI closed up shop and can't support it anymore. That's clearly not accurate. Model may indeed be different, but that's not the argument people are making.

        • impulse101

          Who cares, a retarded monkey can flash a ROM

      • Crispin Swickard

        The patten they have been going since 4.0 it would be either July, or August for the next major release. Being that I/O is the end of June it would be likely they at least announce it, and a new N7. If not available then soon there after.

        • binaryhermit

          Also, a new Nexus 10 if that's not completely dead.

          • Maskawisewin

            It's completely dead. *crosses fingers it isn't*

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            But.... but what about a 10" tablet? I can't walk with N10 forever, you know :(

          • Crispin Swickard

            Not looking good at this point... I had a 10, but the 7 is much easier to manage. A 8 inch with very little bezel would be doable.

      • Roh_Mish

        The Google glass uses TI OMAP. How come it gets the update. (Although still on 4.0)

    • Arthur Jolivet

      I hope it will receive all 2014 (perhaps 2015 too, now that google wants to reduce fragmentation) OTA updates because I will keep my N4 until minimum 2015

    • OSagnostic

      If they follow previous pattern, they will drop support for Nexus 4 when they release the new Nexus (Oct/Nov 2014).

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      4.5/5.0, whatever comes next

    • Guest

      thought galaxy nexus didn't get the update because of missing chipset drivers. n4 chipset should have better driver support :)

      • s

        nope.

    • Simon Belmont

      I think the Nexus 4 MIGHT have two more major updates in it. But it definitely has at least ONE more update (whatever they release at I/O in June).

      If we go by history, the Galaxy Nexus saw 4 major Android versions (4.0 - 4.3) before being retired. The Nexus 4 has already seen 3 major versions of Android (4.2 - 4.4), so that's why I definitely believe it will see 4.5 or 5.0 (whatever it's called), but there's a solid chance it might even see a version beyond that if Google wants to (the hardware could likely handle it easily and Qualcomm will hopefully continue to support the Snapdragon S4 Pro by that time).

  • Js__

    Download...you ass.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      :P

      • Phil Oakley

        Couldn't resist, could you? :D

        This is why I love Android Police.

      • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1356962 ThilinaC
        • _artem_

          You called me and I'm here :-)

      • Tyler

        You can download it on XDA. ;)

        • impulse101

          No you can't. There is nothing available yet to download for 4.4.3

          • Tyler

            I'm just going to say this. "Whoosh".

      • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

        That was gold. This is why I love AP. 10/10 for that one.

    • Mkvarner

      We got trolled by somebody that did't know about find in page :(

  • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

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    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Put. The table. Down.

      • GeeKLoRD

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        • Deepansh Khurana

          You people are epic. LMAO. :D

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      what keyboard do you use?

      • Robert Trance

        one with key ingredients

  • RockAndRock

    "Download

    Lolno."

    Love U AP <3

  • Varun

    Common google it took you more than 4 months to fix the bug fixes, we wanna a clean update now and in addition to mentioned above also that hiss/static/echo noise while, low exposure during low lighting while recording video's and last but not least that input key error which doesn't let us delete the text input.

  • Brett

    Hope this fixes my bluetooth issues on my Nexus 4 . I have to reboot one a day to turn my bluetooth on.

    • Grahaman27

      bluetooth issues will never be fixed for nexus devices because google is too cheap and refuses to pay for proper licenses. Not trying to slam google, just what I have noticed while waiting for a fix for the past 3 years.

      • Roh_Mish

        Bluetooth worked perfectly for me in 4.3

  • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

    Does this fix the hissing sound in the camera?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Can't confirm that it does. I'm very annoyed by it myself.

      • matteventu

        Can I ask you what is your "daily-phone"? :)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Note 3.

      • PatBateman

        My Nexus 4 usually reboots when camera starts making clicking sound.
        I'm very frustrated that they are unable to fix this bug together with poor focusing performance.

    • Pdiddy187

      THIS! It's fine in outdoor or noisy environments, but inside videos without much ambient noise sound terrible.

      • Andrea

        Sorry but the Video recording sucks also in outdoor..this is most important bug for me and many others (visit google forum) because affects all the N5. The fact that in this article is not properly listed make me think that the author never tried to record a video. I will Wait for 4.4.3 to see if is a software bug but considering that LG G2 has the same problem I wouldn't bet on a Google fix.

        • Pdiddy187

          I guess my outdoor environment is louder than yours. (the streets of Los Angeles)

          • PiLoT

            ah gunfire?

          • Pdiddy187

            HA! But sadly too true.

        • Pdiddy187

          Also, the G2 has a different camera sensor than the N5, so I think a software fix is quite possible.

    • Tony

      Holy crap, I thought I was the only one with this problem cause I dropped my N5 once. Also, if you simply run your finger along the back while recording you can hear it loudly. Sounds awful like a scratching sound. Super annoying.

    • Simon Belmont

      Hope so. I've actually not taken many videos because of it.

      It's a noise cancellation issue. It doesn't happen when you record audio in Google Keep, so I assume it's related to the way the video recorder is using the mics.

  • Alexander Terry

    i saw the download header thing, and instantly scrolled. you troll.

  • Régis Knechtel

    I heard they would improve battery life on this update, but i guess i heard wrong :(

    • Nicolas Johnson

      If they're fixing wakelock issues, this can/will result in better battery life.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        The mm-qcamera-daemon fix alone is all about battery.

        • Régis Knechtel

          Good to know! Thank you :)

          • Mkvarner

            Probably going to double my battery life...

  • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

    Multiple bluetooth fixes. YES PLEASE!

    Hopefully it will help the Fitbit sync and Bluetooth auto connect work better.

    • rxbot

      I wish they would roll BT fixes like patch Tuesday. Every update seems to fix one thing and break another.

      • Roh_Mish

        Patch Tuesdays aren't hood either. 2 weeks ago after the update app updated apps started crashing and I had to manually delete data from /data/data (settings option to clear data didn't worked for some reason).

        • rxbot

          My point was I hate waiting months for a fix for something I use on a daily basis.

    • NexusPhan

      I'm so excited for the random reboot fix. I use bluetooth on two devices a day on average and I've had no problems. But, I have a random reboot once a week on 4.4. It's insanely frustrating being in the middle of streaming music or navigation and the phone crapping out on me. I can't deal with it. Make me so frustrated because I've never had a problem until 4.4

      • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

        I have a Nexus 5. I connect to two bluetooth devices in my vehicles. One is the built in bluetooth for phone calls and the other is for music. The built in connection always works, but the music one doesn't connect all the time. I have to go in manually and connect it or pull the bluetooth device out of the power point and put it back in and it will connect. At this point it might just be the bluetooth dongle.. idk.

        The Fitbit thing can stop the bluetooth connection from working, requiring a reboot of the phone before bluetooth devices will work.

        That reboot thing does sound bad. Have you tried a full reset of the phone too?

      • Simon Belmont

        My Nexus 5 randomly rebooted once about a month ago while I was using it. Then, last week, it just completely froze after I went into the multitasking UI (the app was in mid-shrink animation) and I had to long press the power button to soft reset it.

        I'm hoping the random reboot fixes cures that. It's disconcerting when a phone just randomly reboots using the UI normally.

  • Zyre

    ''Fix for random reboot'' FINALLY

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Well, that could be a fix to a random reboot. Not all random reboots are the same.

  • Randa Hafza

    Fix for random reboot'

    frequent data connection dropout fix, is that the reconnect to wifi thingy ?

    • http://k3rnel.net Juan Rodriguez

      I'm hoping it is. I thought it was a CyanogenMod bug :P

  • Michael J Carroll

    Will we get a performance enhancing thing?

    • Serge Cebrian

      haha i was going to post this same question!!!
      will we get it ??

    • varun

      I'll settle for "app shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update". That's happened to me :(

      • Alexander Terry

        tried rebooting?

        • varun

          Yes. And yes to the next 15-20 questions. It's a recognized glitch, it has nothing to do with me.

    • Andrés

      You mean like Viagra?

      • Justin Swanson

        Project Viagra; Android's performance enhancing boost...

        Please contact a doctor if your device is up for more than 4 hours.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    "App shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update" - finally :)
    Also, it is nice to have the camera focus issue fixed.

  • Golh

    I hope it will fix my Nexus 4 wifi problem, im connected but there is no data ...

    • Roh_Mish

      My WiFi gets connected but it droits randomly every few minutes

  • Cole

    I REALLY hope the camera focus fix will come for the Nexus 4 as well. Would make waiting for the new Nexus phone much easier.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      I hope it makes it to the GPEs as well. The GS4 GPE and Moto G GPE are both affected by it too.

      • Cole

        Hm, I never knew this was an issue with GPE devices too. That would imply the problem is in AOSP camera software, not in the Nexus 4 camera sensor.

        • Spoot

          Yeah, that's generally what people say. IMO it's the only reason to keep an OEM skin and not use Cyanogenmod or something - you get a huge drop in photo quality, camera responsiveness and camera features when you make the switch.

        • Roh_Mish

          No. The camera was working good until KitKat so it can never be the sensor.

          • Cole

            Not for me. Focusing was a problem ever since I got the Nexus 4. I resorted to just shooting 3 or 4 pictures of anything I find. One or two end up being correctly focused.

          • Roh_Mish

            For me the first time took a little bit of time and then the focus was very good. Since 4.4 it takes 5+ seconds to focus many a times even in second picture

    • OmniWrench

      I've stopped using the stock camera since the last update, I literally can't shoot anything. I've also had the "shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update" all over the place.. and the data connection/wifi ones..... Pretty sure I have the qcamera-daemon one as well, if I take pics the battery nosedives until I reboot the phone.

      This update really can't arrive fast enough.

      • Grayson

        Odd that it only affects some devices. My Nexus 5, manufactured in the third month of production (December 2013), has never had much trouble focusing. It's rare that I see the red indicator after a focus or end up with an out of focus shot.

        I really just wish they would fix the viewfinder. It needs to be higher resolution and there needs to be an option to set the aspect ratio to 4:3 so you can see the entire image you're going to capture. A rule of thirds grid would be nice as well.

        • Simon Belmont

          4:3 would be nice. The aspect ratio on my Nexus 5 that chops off some of the picture also happened on my Galaxy Nexus.

          I'm hoping a big overhaul of the camera app is coming in the next major update of Android. It needs it.

  • garychencool

    What's wrong with the data graph?

    • Simon Belmont

      I wondered that, too. It seems accurate enough to me and I do check it fairly often.

      A while back (on some older version of Jelly Bean) there graph's totaling of data usage had math errors. But, I don't see that now.

  • Stuart Anderson

    Is this expected to fix the paid keyboard/apps issues?

  • Tony

    This better fix the super dark video recording when trying to record in low light (e.g. being indoors in the evening). Ever since the last update 3 months ago so many more camera bugs were introduced...

  • Jordan Long

    sprint triband/spark?

    uggghh

    • kamiller42

      Any word on this, support for Sprint Spark??

      • Jordan Long

        I would consider it very likely.

        I would guess we see a new radio like we have in the last go around.

        • daniel shokouhi

          you can enable it already if you have your MSL code, which you can get by just calling Sprint or if you're rooted. check xda for all this

          • Jordan Long

            I've enabled the right bands and everything. Certain markets/towers react differently to differen't basebands and PRLs. I can't seem to get on B26 or 41 manually unless i want to root.

          • Imex99

            Please say it had the Sprint Spark update.... I love my n5 but miss my g2 because it has Sprint Spark! Don't get no where the amount of b41 lte connections to with n5 as I did with the g2.

          • kamiller42

            Enabling the bands is not enough. The OS needs to be Spark aware. Check out the Nexus 5 thread at s4gru.

  • ithehappy

    It's really lovely how Google releases these software updates very fast and first and then fixes stuffs. Nice :|

    • PiLoT

      Reminds me of microsofts updates and service packs

      • PiLoT

        oh and apples updates

        • PiLoT

          Oh linux also do updates too. oddly it seems like they all do it

  • deltatux

    I look forward to the following:
    frequent data connection dropout fix
    mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes

    and definitely this, Exchange is horribly broken (uses more CPU cycles, causing music stuttering):
    MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes

    Can't wait for Android 4.4.3 to come out for sure! Hope it's in the next week or so :)!

  • wlmeng11

    Text reflow in WebView?

    • Jordan Long

      they got rid of that right? I think so to encourage sites to build it in themselves.

      • Stanley Chan

        Yep, just like flash... HTML5 is not replacing web pages codes at all... After years flash still rules...

    • Stanley Chan

      U can dream of... No more webkit, just the shitty chromium. That why Im still ( maybe forever) in the JB.

  • Stanley Chan

    KitKat the worst Android buil ever! How come Google in this worst buil ever made. Jeez...

    • Simon Belmont

      Worst ever? Not really.

      That would probably go to some Honeycomb release or perhaps Android 4.2, which seemed really rushed. Android 4.4 has had its problems, but it's been a fine daily driver for me.

  • Alvin Brinson

    I hope the bluetooth fix has to do with Bluetooth randomly turning itself OFF on my Nexus 4, requiring a reboot to re-enable.

  • Crispin Swickard

    The camera focus on the initial release of 4.4 was abysmal for me, but its been pretty great other than focusing on close objects for me. Any further improvement at this point is a bonus.

    • Simon Belmont

      Agreed. It was awful to the point that I couldn't even use the non-HDR mode to take pictures in the original Android 4.4 release.

      Android 4.4.2 improved it tremendously, but it could still use a little tweaking. I guess we'll get that in Android 4.4.3.

  • Critter

    Outlook not retrieving mail since update on S4

  • Severo Rivera

    Can't wait for the update!

  • Willie D

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  • NF

    So no Licorice at I/O? I'm not surprised.

  • NF

    No Licorice at I/O? Not surprised.

    • Chad Vincent

      Why not? I/O is still 3 months away. And it's easier for OEMs to push out small security and bug fixes than upgrades with new features and rewritten portions...

    • Simon Belmont

      There's no indication that we won't see an L release of Android at I/O. Then again, there's no indication that it won't just be another iteration of KitKat.

      This is a maintenance release and we're right in the correct time period to receive it. The last one was three months ago, and the next major version of Android will probably be announced in three months.

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Hey,

    Can anyone confirm that this is happening to them too?
    Whenever I try to set a contact's contact photo through 1) google plus photos app or 2) contact app itself, I always get an error saying unable to save photo edits.

    I am running everything stock 4.4.2 Nexus 5.

    Thanks

    • http://www.pavelkounine.com/ Pavel Kounine

      I had this happen to me last night.

      • Jooyoung Hong

        Is it still not working?

        I think it hasn't been working for me for a while now..

  • Seth

    "frequent data connection dropout fix
    "
    i really hope it meant -> http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=58317
    got me really frustated with my N4

    • Roh_Mish

      Although data connection never dropped for me, WiFi is total opposite. It is dropping every few minutes and had made my phone unusable on WiFi since 4.3. I tried reflashing the Rom and many other things but it never worked. Wrote a thread on xda but no response

  • vidoardes

    The auto focus on my N5 is beyond awful, the barcode scanner just doesn't work. I hope this also fixes the battery drain when connecting to BTLE devices.

    • Grayson

      WTF is the barcode scanner? An app I assume? Maybe the app just sucks. AF works fine on my Nexus 5 for what it's worth.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah, it's an app. It's doubtful that it's the apps fault as it leverages the camera hardware.

        For what it's worth, the Android 4.4.2 made auto-focus a lot better for me, but it could still use some tweaking. Hopefully this update addresses that.

      • vidoardes

        I've used the app on lots of devices, the app is fine. Atrem did say it didn't affect everyone, but its enough people to know I'm not alone.

  • Stelios

    They should the video recording bug that makes Nexus 5 unusable because of the Hiss/noise while recording especially in noiseless areas.

  • Roh_Mish

    I hate KitKat other than the transparent bars and few other things. It took away all the future look, gave crappy performance, the WiFi disconnect makes phone unusable and then the performance improvement is joke. My phone felt and was faster on 4.3.
    I used NFC to share web pages to my laptop (yes it has NFC) in 4.3 but since 4.4, as soon as I tap the screen, it starts showing the bring devices closer again message for about a minute. You can't remove it. What a super good ux Google.

    • Android Developer

      I also liked the previous Holo theme. too bad they removed it.
      everything you touch now is just getting a gray color...

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      you forgot to say that now, with kitkat, you've that restriction using SD card.

  • Michael

    What exactly was the problem with the camera? I don't take pics much, but I know on an unofficial 4.4.2 AOSPA ROM for my Note II that I have used for abou two months now has a focus problem when taking the pic; I can get it to focus fine by tapping, but right when I hit the shutter button it blurs horribly. I don't remember it in CM 4.4.2 ROMs so I thought it was an issue with the unofficial AOSPA.

  • j4velin

    No fix for the START_STICKY bug? :(

    • Björn Lundén

      That bug was already fixed in AOSP as far as I know so it will likely be included too.

      • j4velin

        I thought the changes were not automatically merged as there was a conflict as it was "fixed" by two people

  • Sourav Gupta
  • Tahir firoz

    Download is not for me (galaxy user)

    • Simon Belmont

      Download is for no one. It doesn't exist.

      A cheeky joke by the site's owner. Funny guy.

  • hp420

    I can't find a Nexus 4 download link :P

  • Scott

    I wonder how many of these fixes apply to other handsets such as the moto x because it's pretty much stock android.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    This changelog is missing the Perfomance Boosting Thing

  • Yuku Sugianto

    Really hope the auto-rotate bug on Nexus 7 is fixed. My auto-rotation very frequently stuck on specific orientation; need restart to fix. This seem to affect many users as well with no one knowing the reason.

  • Dan

    I read "subtitle fixes" as "subtle fixes" and thought I'd just seen the ultimate smartass changelog. I definitely need to slip that into a changelog at some point to see if anyone is paying attention.

    • Android Developer

      So what are exactly the "subtitle fixes" ?
      Didn't even know that the AOSP contains ability to show subtitles (on videos?)...

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Check Settings - Accessibility, there are settings to change the looks and size of subtitles of video files (if available/supported)

        • Android Developer

          Does this include "srt" and "sub" files?
          Or just videos that has the subtitles inside them, like "mkv" files?
          I didn't even know that AOSP include video player built in, let alone something that handles subtitles.
          Why is it in Accessibility ? weird...

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I don't know the technical details

          • Android Developer

            Where exactly are these settings on Accessibility? I have stock SamsungSGS3 rom (not AOSP) with Android v4.3.
            Shouldn't I see it too?

            Maybe it's a part of some built in AOSP app ? perhaps the video player?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I'm not sure about non-AOSP and Android 4.3

            But on all of my Nexi running 4.4.2 I have the "Subtitles" menu right there in Settings - Accessibility, it's the first position in the list

            OR maybe it's not even for videos but for showing text of what you are interacting with, like for people with bad vision, IDK

          • Android Developer

            I have no idea. I didn't even know it existed.
            Thank you for this info. I hope to find more about this.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Um, you're welcome

          • Android Developer

            I have no idea. I didn't even know it existed.
            Thank you for this info. I hope to find more about this.

          • Grayson

            It's probably for Google Play Movies / TV or YouTube. I have turned on subtitles while watching a movie from Google Play before.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            I am pretty sure YouTube has its own settings for subtitles

  • Android Developer

    What about the bug on tablets (like nexus 7 2013), where you have a full screen landscape app on an RTL locale, that the navigation buttons are just gone?
    For those who don't know what I'm talking about, try setting the locale to Hebrew (called "עברית") , restart the device, and start a full screen application with landscape orientation. Nothing is shown at the bottom, and if you touch there, it's as if you've touched the back button. only way to exit apps that block the back button is to drag the touch and go to the Google-now app.

  • Mãhmøűð Mãňşøűr

    What about Samsung galaxy note 2

    • PiLoT

      what about it?

  • DK

    Lolno ... hahahaha WTF

  • Salman Thaw

    I don't really expect any major update until 5.0(?) this summer, which I assume is 64 bit support to coincide with the new ARM SoCs... unless they push that till Autumn.. but I assume that the next Nexus 10 was pushed for that reason...

  • williamthrilliam

    I really hope internet telephony means fixing the echo on sip calls.

  • Anthony Johnson

    My major concern is battery drain problem in my Nexus 5 due
    to background running of camera app which should be rectify soon as I have to
    keep my phone thrice in a day on wireless car charger to keep it fully charged while
    driving across the countryside. Even I updated the Skype but still facing the
    same issue. They should launch it soon.

  • rgeiken

    The Fix that I want to see is for the Blue Tooth Keyboard to stay active when I select it. Now it shows up in the input for just a minute or two, and then it just disappears. I have 4.4.2 installed and all seems pretty good except for that. Not sure if that will ever be fixed. the BT mouse usually works just fine, but when you start typing with the keyboard, sometimes it will not accept input. until I press on the Green FN key next to the shift key on bottom row of keyboard. Right now that would make my Nexus 10 unusable for much text input from the external keyboard. I hope that as part of the BT fixes they finally get this fixed.

  • frhow

    Yes I've been plagued by the data connection dropout issues!!!

  • Simon Belmont

    This looks good. I hope the data dropout issues being fixed includes an updated baseband radio (the picture above has the exact version blurred out, so I assume it does) because after the Android 4.4.2 update my LTE connection was weaker than the original Android 4.4 one on my Nexus 5 (I flashed back to the Android 4.4 radio and all was well again).

    It also says email/exchange updates, so I hold hope that this fixes the issue I have with not being able to download my attachments in the stock email client (boy that one annoys me the most). Random reboots affected me twice so I'm glad that's on the list. The missing LED indication of missed calls was one I noticed too, but Light Flow fixed that (hehe). The only thing I don't see is a fix for the hissing in a video recording and that one desperately needs a fix.

  • Michael Lavi

    Any word on Sprint Spark activation with this update?

  • Brian Fairlamb

    What about Wi-Fi direct fix jesus come on google

  • hocestquisumus

    *hehe* well trolled!

    as for 4.5 or 5 - i hope google is slowing it down a bit. time to let all the GB devices vanish, then come out with something big. 4.3 was an embarassment.

  • Steve Freeman

    I just wish Android would handle weak wifi signals better. I can't tell you how many times I've been out walking the dog, looking at my phone, and whatever app or game I'm using at the time starts to cut out or fail as I get out of wifi range. I would LOVE it if apps automatically paused network communication until the weak wifi signal either strengthens or is replaced by the cell signal.

  • cabbieBot

    I'm not jumping off the ledge yet but I'm somewhat dismayed to not see Spark connectivity enabled for the Sprint Nexus5.

  • Diaz1999

    It's KTU83.
    Enough Said.

  • kumar

    Need a fix for Sim card not detected in moto g. Wifi connects automatically. Mobile data turns itself off automatically after 3 seconds. If I use any other app while skyping, Skype crashes. US model of moto.g

  • Galaxy S4 4G (I9505)

    And the permissions to the external SDCARD?
    To write, delete, etc.., With AirDroid apps, FTP clients, etc.?

  • Vishnu C Nair

    Major problem is with the 'noise cancelation' during calls. Can't accept the update without this fix.

  • Tony

    Thanks. but that framerate looks unusable. If I recall the original camera video didn't have such a low framerate even in low light. They definitely need to put out a proper fix.

  • Bœuf

    What is "app shortcuts security fix"?

  • BroMan

    STILL CANNOT HEAR MY RINGTONE THROUGH BLUETOOTH ... THIS IS PISSING ME OFF ANDROID ..NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM ON IPHONE

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