02
Jun
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Update: T-Mobile has made a mention of Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 4 as well. This update should move the handset up to build version KTU84L and weighs 91.7 MB.

Nexus4

T-Mobile has announced that the Android 4.4.3 OTA software update for Nexus 5s and 2013 Nexus 7s is due out starting today. According to information on T-Mobile's support page, the update will bump smartphone owners up to version KTU84M following a 77.9MB download. Nexus 7 owners will jump to version KTU84L after downloading and installing 91.7 MB of data.

Nexus5

Nexus7

Bug fix releases aren't typically the most exciting, but this one has Android users waiting anxiously. It should fix a number of bugs found on these two Nexus devices, some of which we've detailed in the past. These include improvements to camera focus speeds, fixes for data dropout issues, and patches of code that should cut down on the number of random reboots. Not everyone experiences these bugs, so the excitement for this update will vary according to how much of a hard time your Nexus has provided thus far.

Hopefully this time fares better than when Sprint announced the Android 4.4.3 OTA nearly two months ago, only to later take down the suggestion that the update was on its way.

Sources: T-Mobile [1], [2], [3]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Enmanuel Romero

    Oh Yeah!

  • h4rr4r

    Let's get some links to the image. Why is this before the unlocked ones?

  • Bluewall

    Same day as WWDC 2014, oh Google I see what you did there

    • Nabil L

      iOS 8 is gonna have just as much new feature as 4.4.3

      • yankeesusa

        Yep, a bunch of new features, that android has had for the past couple years.

        • Simon Belmont

          Exactly. On the money.

          Since like Gingerbread. Haha.

          • YETI

            I've just visited the apple website and they have completely, shamelessly just RIPPED off the spelling prediction method using the bar with suggestions above the keyboard, as well as the interactive notifications which we had since Android 4.1

          • hp420

            It's too bad Google won't give Apple a taste of their own medicine, just to show their hands aren't clean, either. 'Borrowed' code/features is/are still the same, whether they are patented or not. We've all watched Apple literally become pseudo-Android by ripping off so many features Apple users think it was theirs first. This needs to end now....Apple: if we can't use your stuff, stay the hell away from ours....didn't you ever learn playground rules when you were a child??

          • RarestName

            So after years of people whining about them not incorporating these features, the same people come back whining about them incorporating those features.

            Gotta love humanity.

          • hp420

            I fucking hate iOS and I couldn't care less if they add new features or not...I never complained about a lack of anything in their crappy lackluster firmware.

          • Deftdrummer

            People! we're still playing this "they copied she copied" game? Get over it you babies. This is marketplace competition. No place for the weak.

        • http://twitter.com/yo2boy_ yo2boy

          You mean like having simple things like an auto rotate or torch switch?

          • Michael J Carroll

            And they just announced 3rd party keyboards and "widgets" aka enhanced notifications.

      • Victor Vazquez

        Android 4.4.3 is just a small iteration like ios 7.1 not a full update

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          That's the joke

        • jonathan3579

          Whoosh!

        • blah blah

          read the change log. although it may be small update. it patches a huge list of bugs what 4.4.2 currently has.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Yet it will be promoted with 200 new features, just like every year

        • Simon Belmont

          Except, disclaimer: "features may not work on your older Apple hardware."

          "So, please, buy new Apple hardware. Directions to the nearest Apple Store are enclosed."

          • PAmos

            You've misworded the disclaimer. It should read "Disclaimer: All new features WILL not work on your older (even iPhone 5S & iPad Air) hardware. Please upgrade to receive access to these incredible mediocre features we stole from other platforms".

          • Simon Belmont

            Fair enough. And given what I just saw of the iOS 8 unveiing, that's 100% true.

            Sharing intents between apps, widgets (albeit in notification center), and third party keyboards. Stuff Android has had forever.

          • Mkvarner

            How are they gonna find it with Apple Maps? :(

        • Chris Jones

          Most of which are features like, "made this function more accessible from a different menu". Only some portion of those 200 are really ever all that big of a deal. The rest are just tiny things meant to give a large "new feature" count.

      • ddpacino

        Per the usual.... tons of Added Android features :)

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        I find it hilarious that Apple barely has support for 3rd party keyboards now. I tried iOS on an iPhone 5 for 6 months and its a good experience but the official keyboard sucks. Having to switch keyboards to use numbers or symbols is tiring. Plus I miss not having a back button.

    • blindexecutioner

      Though it would be funny in a way, this release is for some nasty bugs and holding the update until today just to coincide with WWDC is very juvenile and irresponsible. If it was for some great new feature or a new device I would be more excited about the release date.

    • Sam Del Valle

      I SERIOUSLY thought of it last night. I knew Google was going to do something
      today.

    • xbukowskyx
  • usamaisawake

    Before the unlocked ones?

    • jj14x

      There are no "locked" Nexus 5 devices

      • h4rr4r

        Sure, but this article makes it sound like the T-Mobile store units are being upgraded before units sold via the plays store.

        • jj14x

          Well, not exactly - I think it is just saying that T-mo announced that the 4.4.3 update will be available today (and since they are T-mo, they are announcing it to their customers). If the update is in fact made available today to T-mo customer, I'm fairly sure the same update will be available to all.

        • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

          You're right. Sorry about that. I cranked this out in a hurry, but I've since cleaned up the wording.

    • guest

      Google runs the update - not the carriers.

      There is no locked/unlocked nexus 5.

      There is no T-mobile version of the nexus 5, there is no sprint version of the nexus 5.

      There is only the nexus 5. They will all receive the update

      • Mayoo

        Hail Nexus!

      • Guest Jeans

        There is no Dana, only Zuul!

  • Chad

    Google usually always does something to offset WWDC. I just have a weird feeling they aren't done with surprises today.

    • someone755

      SURPRISE NEXUS 10!

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Dammit, don't get me hyped all of a sudden

        • someone755

          I got myself hyped xD

      • Walkop

        That would he hilarious, amazing, and sad all at the same time. Too bad it wasn't earlier; I woulda upgraded. Surface Pro for me, now!

    • br_hermon

      I really hope you're right!

      • Chad

        me too!

    • Miguel Ripoll

      Yeah, If it's just a bug fix update (or there isn't relevant code) it's really stupid.

    • Nathan
      • Marcell Lévai

        This gif got boring half a year ago.

        • Nathan

          Hence 9 upvotes.

          • siddude11

            18

          • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

            19

        • Guest

          hey.

          • siddude11

            18

        • Mike Ennamorato

          RP never gets boring!

    • EowynCarter

      I didn't even knew a keynote was planned today.

  • Carlos Rodríguez

    And no love for the Nexus 4 :'(

  • ggg

    Sim pin code unlock bug fixed? The only bug that bothers me...

    • Konstigt2

      Check the changelog

  • Konstigt2

    But, will it be more true now than when Sprint announced it a month ago (or whatever it was)?

  • http://www.davinp.com/ Davin Peterson

    When will the Nexus 7 2013 Wi-Fi ONLY get Android 4.4.3? I haven't got it yet on my Nexus 7 2013

    • EowynCarter

      I had been wondering the same. and nexus 4 ?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS
    • andy_o

      T-mobile: Hey, buddy...

  • Rob

    So how I missed the news of the "data dropout issues" for the Nexus 5, but I've been experiencing those on T-Mobile's LTE network. Glad there's a fix coming. I was starting to wonder if it was the phone or the network. I'm looking forward to having to toggle the Airplane Mode a little less going forward. :)

    • Derek Traini

      Trust me, it's there.

    • blindexecutioner

      Yeah, definitely there on Sprint as well. Very, very annoying...

      • Rob

        I actually had a lot of trouble with Sprint before the Nexus 5. Then their network got slightly better. I had a GNexus at the time, running CM10. After they had trouble supporting the N5 (which supposedly had their approval and all the necessary hardware), and after their HQ would not give me any guarantee of compatibility, I opted to leave them for T-Mobile. Now it seems I may be rejoining the Sprint "framily" whether I want to or not. (Assuming the recently announced merger goes through). #NotHappyAboutThat

    • Andrew Beard

      Pretty sure I've been having the same problem on an unlocked Moto X + AT&T's network. Really looking forward to getting that resolved.

    • Simon Belmont

      This one has been plaguing me for months. Sometimes it's so bad I have to toggle airplane mode 3-4 times in 20 minutes.

      Hoping to see higher reception on LTE, too, with thsi update. Can't wait.

  • darkdude1

    Please fix the annoying camera hissing on the nexus 5 in videos!

  • siddude11

    YEAH

  • Nathan

    !!!

    • Derek Traini

      One of two things are happening here:
      1. You're fucking with us.
      2. You are teasing us and you actually have 4.4.3.

      If number 2 is the case, SHARE IT. :)

      • Nathan

        How can I share?

        • Guest

          He meant that you create a video and your phone is not rooted.Also,did you screenshot when you got a notification?We would believe in that then.

          • Guest

            EDIT:notification about the system update.

        • Derek Traini

          I don't think you can after you update.

        • SomeGuyOutThere

          Boot to TWRP via fastboot (if don't install it already), backup your system, upload it, and let everybody join the party

    • Nexxi

      I also got the update..

      • Derek Traini

        Sharing is caring.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        Photoshop fail. Your 4 is misaligned.

    • Guest

      Don't just tell me you used Eggster :P

      • Nathan

        No.

  • Julian

    It's finally happening! Please, share OTA link if it hits your device.

  • rmkilc

    It is so nice to see a tech blog report this correctly. Others are confused and think there is a separate T-Mobile version of the Nexus 5. Kudos Android Police!

  • Simon Belmont

    Let's hope this one isn't a false start like the Sprint one. Though, I'm sure Sprint was actually correct, but it was pulled due to issues at the last minute (but, man, that made for a long wait).

    Looking forward to a bunch of fixes. Especially data drop outs, missing texts, wakelocks, and hiss during video capture.

  • Serge Cebrian

    the real question is ..

    will it break root?? :|
    well, as long as it doesnt break it self :| i dont care.. i will just root again :)

    • Jorden Nading

      Just use Chainfire's SuperSU PRO and enable "survival OTA" :)

      • mgamerz

        Didn't that stop working on Kitkat? Or did they finally fix it?

        • Jorden Nading

          I'm not exactly sure. I don't use it, I just know it saved my ass a few times when I had my Z1 but then again that was going from 4.2.2 to 4.3.

        • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

          I didn't have a problem rooting with SuperSU after installing 4.4

      • Serge Cebrian

        Or this .. :))

  • Guest

    This had to be posted

  • Derek Traini

    From: http://forum.xda-developers.com/google-nexus-5/general/ref-nexus-5-stock-ota-urls-t2475327

    If you get an OTA notification that we don't have a link for, please pull the filename out of logcat for us before applying the OTA and post it here. Once you post it, I'll update this post and mirror the file on my website,http://randomphantasmagoria.com, in case Google pulls it down in the future.

  • http://www.twitter.com/italofigueired Italo F.

    Nothing for 2012 Nexus ?7

    • Tom Harman

      i'd like to know the same.

      • Matt Hay

        Me too

    • Simon Belmont

      I'm guessing Android 4.4.3 will come to the 2012 N7. It would be odd for it to not receive at least the final bug fixing release of KitKat.

      I'd like to know, too, for what it's worth. I have one as well.

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    So this is just the T-mobile variant? Or Google as well? I thought they were the same, no?

    • Simon Belmont

      There is no T-Mobile variant. They're all the same.

      T-Mobile is just letting people know that the update is rolling out today. That goes for everyone.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        Does T-mobile brand the Nexus 5 that they sell in any way?

        • Shawn

          No. There are only two Nexus 5 variants. USA & International (D820 & D821 respectively).

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. You got it.

            Not sure why some folks still think there's carrier branded Nexus phones. There just isn't anymore, and there hasn't been since the G'Nex.

  • geeq

    gimme a link! :D nexus 4 here, gotta love it! :)

  • selonmoi

    I'm hoping for a more detailed changelog at some point. I'd love to know whether or not this update is supposed to fix the random shut-offs that I've been experiencing on my Nexus 4 since 4.4.2 came out.

  • Rowan

    Umm, which country does this story relate to or is it a world-wide release for all handsets?

    • Pedro Segura Martín

      Any release for the Nexus 5 (D820 or D821) it's for everyone.

  • Sam Del Valle

    ....SO WHERE'S THE UPDATE?

    • Pedro Segura Martín

      we are all asking the same question dude :(

    • Jack Keating

      considering the factory image has yet to be posted to the google developers page and neither of the other carriers have updated their pages regarding an update, I call it BS.

  • Pedro Segura Martín

    damn :( Google is playing with us looong time ago :(

  • Anonymous

    Factory images have been posted for multiple deivces go check!

  • deltatux

    I'm surprised that AndroidPolice made no mention that the Android 4.4.3 factory images are now available for Nexus 4, 5 and 7 (both 1st & 2nd gen). Now I'm just hoping that custom ROMs will be updates to the latest build soon.

  • James Alexander

    Updated My baseband ONLY. Seems to use less power while on LTE, as my phone is charging much faster while on LTE. Somewhat faster LTE speeds as well but only seeing a solid download 30Mb/s instead of 15+15 or 20+20 speeds of 50+Mb/s (which are possible in my area)- May or may not have enabled wideband LTE.

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