Update: Build KTU84F will hit devices between today and April 21st. Sprint hasn't fixed the typo on its support page, but the forum post has the build right.

What a day for an OTA – specifically, Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 5. Sprint has updated its support page to indicate KTU84F is dropping today, which we understand to be the rumored 4.4.3 release. There is a Sprint-specific tweak in this update, but the software should also be hitting N5s that aren't connected to the Sprint network at the same time.

The changelog is pretty straightforward. Here's what we've got.

  • Enable Sprint Spark band 26 and band 41
  • Misc Android updates

The information we had previously said Android 4.4.3 was mostly bug fixes, so that's probably all bundled in with the "Misc Android updates." Sprint users will get access to Sprint Spark with this OTA. The device already had the hardware support for tri-band LTE, but now it's being enabled. Also note that Sprint typo'd the build number in the original post – it's going to be KTU84F.

If the OTA breaks cover today, we'll probably be able to find the download URL for manual updates. Just hang tight if you simply must be on the latest and greatest.

[Sprint – Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Stanley Chan

    N5 today... n7 in the next days?

    • Severo Rivera

      Most likely.

      • Stanley Chan

        Im afraid Ill have to wait Chainfire before this update... I dont want to loose everything... Lets wait and see...

        • geust

          There are many many ways of not losing anything

    • bL4Ck

      They'll probably follow the usual routine, LTE devices first (N5/N7 2013 LTE) then GSM/WiFi Only (N4/N7 2012/N7 2013).

  • Emexci Life

    "text wrap added to chromium"

    this is what i want to see in changelog.

    • Guillaume

      too good to be true man :(

    • Stanley Chan

      Nope forgeit man... This was webkit only and is dead by now. Sad...

      • deltatux

        Seeing how any app except Firefox or Chrome uses Webview for what it does, it's not dead, just not updated as quickly. Tons billions of other web browsers rely on WebView. Same with any app with some sort of browser integration.

        • Theratchetnclank

          Webview in android now uses chromium since kit kat.

  • RockAndRock

    And my phone ?

    • darkdude1

      Depends. Many of the fixes will probably be nexus specific, but there could be fixes for general android users. As always, the update cycles varies from phone to phone.

      • RockAndRock

        Oh sh*t ! :'(

    • deltatux

      As long as your phone isn't the Nexus One, Nexus S, or Galaxy Nexus, it will roll out in due time.

      • Adithya Pc

        Awesome! Waiting for the OTA on my HTC G1 :)

        • Simon Belmont

          Really? Mine's already running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

          My G1 can travel time and transcend space. Whee.

          • asdakkkkkeeeed

            I'm on android 6.0 martini. You're missing out on the fun

    • Jay Quibodeaux

      They just don't make 'em like they used to.

    • Q

      Nokia 3310 is the king. Over 126 million units sold, and that was back in the early 2000s.

  • darkdude1

    Excited to try this out - hopefully the camera is fixed now (focus, audio hissing).

  • http://www.virtuaniz.com/ Akshat Mittal

    The joy of being a Nexus user, this is. :D

  • Grahaman27

    This is not the 4.4.3 update you were looking for. It looks like a sprint specific update... Which would probably illegitimize the 4.4.3 rumors...

    • bozzykid

      There is no such thing as a Sprint specific update. They are running the same hardware and software as the Play Store version.

      • makapav

        No they're not.

        • Simon Belmont

          Actually. Yes, they are.

          All the Nexus 5 SKUs for the US variant are the same. It's the same hardware.

        • bozzykid

          They are not what? Are you saying you can't use the Play Store version on Sprint?

      • Grahaman27

        Nexus s had 2.3.6 which was only for the sprint version.

        So yes there is. And it might be happening again.

        • Simon Belmont

          But we aren't talking about the Nexus S, are we? He meant the Nexus 5.

          In the context of the Nexus 5, he's correct. The Sprint Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, you're right.

          • Grahaman27

            What's the difference? The other updates brought sprint specific features, and look- 4.4.3 brings spark compatibility.... See the similarity?

          • Simon Belmont

            No, actually. I don't.

            This update will go to all US Nexus 5's, even if Spark is Sprint specific. If you were using AT&T, got this update, and went to Sprint, you'd still have the Spark code from this update.

          • Grahaman27

            I guess it is confirmed. Simon Belmont from the android police comments, thank you for speaking on behalf of sprint and Google.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            He doesn't need to speak on behalf of Sprint and Google, only common sense knowledge of the device. There IS no Sprint version of the Nexus 5. All Nexus 5s are the exact same hardware. They didn't get special hardware, and there's no way to differentiate a Sprint model from a non-Sprint model as there ARE no Sprint models.

          • Nightfall

            He's just not going to get it...

          • Simon Belmont

            I tried to get this point across to him. I really did.

            Sometimes it's a fruitless endeavor. Oh well.

          • Simon Belmont

            It's not about confirming anything but common sense. If they all use the same hardware, and Google is the one that pushes the updates, then they all get the same firmware.

            This is opposed to the old model with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus on CDMA networks. In those two phones, the carriers, themselves, updated them, and Google did not (notice the CDMA Galaxy Nexus never officially got Android 4.3 because Sprint and Verizon didn't bother updating them while the Google updated GSM versions did).

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          The Nexus S had a specific Sprint variant built for it. CDMA, different hardware, different functions. The Nexus 5 did not. It has only ONE hardware version that works across Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. It can't have a Sprint-specific update.

        • bozzykid

          The Nexus S had a Sprint specific hardware version. There is no such thing with the Nexus 5.

    • Simon Belmont

      All the US Nexus 5 SKUs will get this update. It's from Google, not Sprint.

      If you were to be on T-Mobile, for example, and move to Sprint with your Nexus 5, you'd still be able to use Spark because everyone is getting this update and the code will be there. Hope this explains it.

  • Harvie Galenzoga Boles

    awe :( full changelogs please!

  • RockAndRock

    You are so cute ! You want my money ?

    • Adithya Pc

      As a matter of fact, I do.

  • h@nsp1es

    Nexus 5 update? Today? Wad time??

    • rmkilc

      8:46 AM PDT

  • Simon Belmont

    Android 4.4.3. 4 = April and 4 x 3 = 12 + the 2 version points = 14 = 4/14.

    Yeah. About as badly contrived as the Half-Life 3 ones.

    • Danny365

      Don't you mean umm... Half-Life 3?

      • Simon Belmont

        I do! Oops!

        Damn it Microsoft. You are your Cortana has infected my mind!

        • darkdude1

          Don't you mean umm...You AND your cortana? ;)

          • Simon Belmont

            Lets just say it's been a rough morning. Haha.

            But, yes. I'm on fail patrol this morning, but thanks for being gentle, guys.

  • Drew DeNardo
  • DoubleP90

    How come a carrier releases the update before google does :O ?

    • rmkilc

      It's not a carrier releasing it. The so called "Sprint" Nexus 5 is not different than the rest. All the updates come from Google.

    • Simon Belmont

      All the Nexus 5 US variants are the same SKU. Google is releasing the update.

      Sprint just tipped off when. Supposedly.

  • Mark

    I really hope this finally fixes the poor Bluetooth quality and the total reception dropout when in fringe signal areas.

    • Simon Belmont

      I don't get the reception drop out. But, I do get the total data drop out even if I'm showing good signal (on LTE).

      That has been frustrating the heck out of me for a few weeks now. Hope that's fixed as it's a line item in the list AP showed a while back for Android 4.4.3.

      • Mark

        I also get the data dropout you just described. I didn't get the problem you described nearly as much with AT&T as I do on MetroPCS (T-Mobile). I'm hoping this update also fixes that issue.

        • Simon Belmont

          I'm on T-Mobile. So, that might partially explain it.

          But, it's definitely a radio or code issue, as far as I can tell. A friend of mine Sprint with a Nexus 5 also experiences it.

          • Defenestratus

            This data drop crap happens to me on my Note 3 on T-mo too.

            Its not a nexus issue. I'm about ready to toss an AT&T SIM in.

          • Simon Belmont

            You may be right. It didn't used to do it nearly as often a few months ago.

            It could just be an influx of people joining T-Mobile and using its network more. But my bandwidth remains fast, thankfully.

        • Trysta

          Also hoping this update fixes the issue. I get it a lot on T-mobile. Seems to happen most if I'm coming out of a low signal area.

      • Corey Watford

        Att ftw, never had a dropped call in 4yrs, and get LTE everywhere 50mbps, on my nexus 5

        • Simon Belmont

          To be fair. I haven't had a dropped call with T-Mobile.

          T-Mobile's LTE network is coming along nicely. I generally see 25-35+ (I've seen it get up to 48 Mbps before) Mbps in my area.

  • cabbieBot

    YES!!! YES!!!! FINALLY SPARK! ajijcaeoiwjcea;ihfa;iwehfaoiwehcoiawjnceaw nandroiding up now then my body is ready

  • Kristoffer Lindvang Andersen
    • guest

      You fail at understanding how the update process works

      • Simon Belmont

        Eh. It was probably a joke.

        People tend to pound the update button regardless of its effect. But the enthusiasts know it doesn't help, for the most part.

        • Kristoffer Lindvang Andersen

          This guy gets it! :)

        • cabbieBot

          I believe you can try and force an update by clearing app data and force closing google play services framework and rebooting, but dont quote me on that (or try it out) :D

          • Kieron Quinn
          • Simon Belmont

            You can try. But according to a Googler a while back, it's just a placebo and can potentially screw up your Google Play Store syncing by clearing that data.

            You basically get a single chance to get the update each day and your chance is based on the percentage of the roll out. So you get a 1% chance at 1% and you'll DEFINITELY get the update at 100% (this number increases as the roll out proceeds and, thus, so does your likelihood of getting the update).

          • cabbieBot

            It's not a placebo, I've tested it as working several times on two different 2012 Nexus 7s, at least. And as far as screwing up Play Store syncing, why couldn't you just use TiBu to backup and restore your android ID?

          • Simon Belmont

            You probably got lucky on the Nexus 7, but one never knows. Maybe some magical force got you the update faster. Dan Morill himself explains it: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1r1n5z/psa_do_not_clear_data_for_google_service_framework/cdiymrp .

            I'll go with what the Googler says. If he's wrong, which isn't impossible, then so be it. The screwed up Google Play Store syncing can sometimes be fixed, I believe, if you sign out and sign back in. But, noobs that were doing this didn't try that and were freaking out.

          • pfmiller

            Dan Morrill didn't say it didn't work, he said it was a bad idea. He's right, but it does work.

          • Simon Belmont

            You're right. He doesn't explicitly say it doesn't work, but clearing the framework probably only gives you one more chance per batch per clearing of the framework's data.

            So if they're at 1% roll out, you still only have a 1% chance of getting it, which means you'll likely be clearing your framework a bunch of times to randomly get the OTA pushed. Each time screwing up apps that use the GCM push messaging. See here (second quoted area): http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/20/google-engineer-dan-morrill-sheds-some-light-on-the-nexus-ota-process-urges-you-to-never-clear-google-service-framework-data/ . For the person that doesn't clear the framework at all, and continues to mash the check updates button, it truly is a placebo. Since they only get one opportunity per batch (which could be a day or so) to check for the update and have it get successfully pushed.

          • pfmiller

            Right, you get one more chance for every time that you do it. That's why sometimes it takes a few tries. Once you've done it once, there's no additional harm done by doing it again though.

            I don't do it anymore since it's not worth the trouble it causes with some apps, but it has worked for me in the past.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah, once you screw it up the first time you're already passed the point of no return and you can keep on trying (haha), but at one try per clearing at 1% roll out, you might be trying for a while. At least some apps do try to reestablish the GCM IDs fairly quickly.

            But, yes, indeed. It's a trade off of convenience (having things screwed up) versus quickness (of getting the update faster).

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Because not everybody uses TiBu or even roots their device?

          • mgamerz

            Yeah... that's going to blow up some apps. I'm a developer and changing that without wiping your device or app data is going to break a ton of stuff.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Sure, you can try, but it will wreak havoc on your device and is STRONGLY recommended against.

      • iSadic™
        • Simon Belmont

          Haha. I LAL'd at Lal.

          See what I did there? *nudge nudge*

      • asdakkkkkeeeed

        I'm pretty sure it's google failing to understand how updates work. Phased rollout is great but if i go down several tiers of menus and press "check update" it better give me my damn update because i know what im doing. That's how everyone else does it!

    • cabbieBot

      lol how'd you make the gif, just curious

    • Chris Barnhill

      Good find. Looks like they're still on ICS or Jelly Bean. (Blue icons at the top)

      • Simon Belmont

        Probably Jelly Bean. The GIF mentions Nexus 7 in it's file name, which never had ICS.

        Either way, you're right. It's out of date (needs white icons for KitKat).

  • kamiller42

    I guess the time devoted to dogfooding wasn't very long. I hope we're not getting another buggy release.

    • Simon Belmont

      That. Or the long time between Android 4.4.2 and Android 4.4.3 yielded a good release that didn't need much modification after QA.

      As in they took their time and good code was created. I hope.

    • my95z34

      Doggfooding just started on the 7th, lmao... 25% of Googlers got the update 5 days ago. It's stupid fast.

  • Defenestratus

    Hasn't dropped over the AOSP wall yet.... interesting.

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

      That doesn't mean much. Sometimes AOSP drops first, sometimes the OTA drops first. It really all depends. They never come out more than a day or two apart, though.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. It's hit or miss.

        That's why I haven't been too concerned about that. The Sprint support section showing updates in the past have been fairly accurate.

  • Pedro Segura Martín

    My body is ready

    • makapav

      It's a mental thing kid. So stop mashing that update button already.

      • Pedro Segura Martín

        Actually I'm not. I allways wait the URL so I can update manually :)

  • O’s Fan91

    I want this. No patience. lol

  • Alex Espinosa

    When does KOT49H get the update?

    • Sorian

      KOT49H is the factory image name for 4.4.2.

      • Alex Espinosa

        My mistake.

  • eliseo

    F5 every minute on AndroidPolice.com, Androidworld.it and tuttoandroid.net to see if it happens :p

  • Abe Lincoln

    Gotta love the tags at the bottom of the Sprint support page: DontPlayWithMeSprint GooglePls Lies

  • Matthew Fry

    Wait.... Sprint is getting it before everyone else? How...when... why wat?

    • Simon Belmont

      No, no, no. Sprint isn't getting it first, but this indicates that it will be rolling out to all US Nexus 5s shortly (hopefully).

      Every Nexus 5 SKU in the US is the same (same hardware). Thus, everyone will get the update (not just Sprint).

      • Mr. Mark

        Nope, not happening soon: http://i.imgur.com/Jv9Vaxz.png

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. I doubt the front line CSRs know anything about the status of an update roll out.

          Android 4.4.3 is going to be rolling out soon (all signs are pointing to it). I'd say between sometime today and the end of the week.

          • Mr. Mark

            So with that said, a Sprint front line CSR wouldn't know any better... this is spiraling out of control!

  • http://www.learnpipe.com John Dineen

    Great - have been looking forward to this update. Should make my Nexus a little faster.

  • br_hermon

    noob question here but just to check.... If you're rooted with custom recovery, this update won't work right? I'd have to backup my phone (image and/or TiBu), unroot & restore stock recovery, update, re-root then restore my backup (user app data). Right?

    • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Infowerx Social

      You can just wait for someone to post up the update.zip and flash it in your custom recovery.

  • Cory Wilson

    So much for the camera rumors. Not very surprising though. Typically x.x.x releases are just background big fixes, nothing to get excited abou.t

    • whispy_snippet

      Wait for IO.

      • Cory Wilson

        I'm happy with kitkat the way it is so I'm in no hurry

        • whispy_snippet

          I'm not necessarily suggesting a fundamental change to the OS. The new camera API could be a stand alone addition, well, at least the new UI.

  • Diaz1999

    Sprint has corrected the typo now

  • Mr. Mark

    No, Google is not pushing out 4.4.3 yet. The Sprint announcement is INACCURATE: http://i.imgur.com/Jv9Vaxz.png

  • fauxhammer

    I'm on Android Xylocarp Version 10.1.4. Get on my level.

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  • Amogh

    Please help.
    I haven't got an update yet! :(

  • Trevor

    I have an international Google nexus 5 but I'm here in Korea. I don't know what company I have. Not sprint. When will I receive this update?