03
Jun
wargames


Unless you blacked out all of the news from yesterday to avoid a deluge of stories about what has been happening in Cupertino, you probably caught wind that there's a brand new update to Android. Whether you're manually installing the latest OTA or going all out with the factory images, you might be interested to know what is actually different. Thanks to Al Sutton, we've got a brand new changelog compiled from the list of code commits submitted to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). It covers just the bug fixes, tweaks, and adjustments from 4.4.2 (KOT49H) through to 4.4.3 (KTU84L). With 7,454 total changes, this update is a monster!

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Hidden within the massive list is an assortment of both expected and unexpected treats. We were all pleasantly surprised to see the rumors of a partially redesigned Dialer app were true. Naturally, there are also some performance improvements and fixes to issues throughout the recently added Chromium built-in browser, ART, Dalvik, numerous apps, and so much more.

After a quick skim through the last several months of Bug Watch posts, it looks like quite a few of them have been taken care of with this update. We no longer have to worry about losing Bluetooth functionality from overexposure to BLE devices (aefcb18) or some of the other less specific Bluetooth issues, popping sounds in flac audio files (9aad9a2), semi-permanent death of background services (c174288), or bad VPN routing (797ec70).

There are also a few device specific changes, including a fix for the low volume on wired headsets (0bf5c52). Unfortunately, most of the major fixes to the Nexus lineup came in the form of new binary blobs with undocumented changes, so we won't know if the Nexus 5 is finally free of its issues with poor audio quality or the poorly handled problem with missed calls and text messages. It may even be possible that we've finally got a fix for the strange 5GHz Wi-Fi connection problems.

If you're curious about any particular issue that's been plaguing you, or you just feel like skimming more than 70,000 fairly cryptic words, hit the link below to see the full list!

Thanks, Al Stutton!

FunkyAndroid

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • bL4Ck

    an xda thread reports that WiFi connection problems were fixed and Camera performance have improved greatly, but the most annoying bugs are still there: 3G data drop not fixed, Camera daemon eating battery not fixed, visual bugs happening when opening camera from the lockscreen not fixed.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=53119294&postcount=454

    • Andrew Beard

      If the data drop problem hasn't been resolved it's going to make me a sad panda. The email and hangouts messages I've been missing have had me contemplating switching platforms. Say what you will about stealing features, but at least Apple gets the basics right. I'm at the point where reliability is my #1 concern, and features are a nice bonus.

      • Brad

        Let me put it this way... I have some friends that were fed up with Android's shortcomings and switched to iPhone for ONE upgrade cycle... needless to say, they were begging for their Android phones after upgrade came back around.

        • Andrew Beard

          I'm not so sure. I've done the Apple -> Android loop already. If things keep going the way they are I may just be looping back after a year. There are a lot of things I really like about Android, but I'm starting to think that I'd give most of them up for system that I can count on. Things like actionable notifications and being able to see weather on my home screen are nice, but when I find out that I haven't gotten an email from my office saying systems are failing for 2 hours because my data connection dropped out it's a PROBLEM. With the Nexus 4 (just randomly shut off the cellular radio completely, no incoming calls) the Galaxy S4 (a litany of issue), and now the Moto X I've liked the devices themselves and loved certain features, but first and foremost for me a smartphone has got to be able to reliable make and receive calls, and send and receive email in a timely fashion.

          I've really been getting the impression that all smartphone suck lately, they all just suck differently. The Apple method (you can't do X, but you can't do it because we told you so) is starting to sound more appealing than the Google method (yes, you can do ANYTHING! It just may not work all the time) at least seems a little more upfront about the limitations.

          • Christopher Robert

            Never had any issues with this. On my third android phone. If you don't like how your phone is running put a different ROM on it. If you don't want to root your phone, then you would be better off on an iPhone anyway.

            If you are having signal issues it is more likely a carrier issue and not a phone issue. I see a lot of problems in my area that are similar to what you listed for people that have Sprint. You could have the exact same phone on AT&T or the Big V and have no issues at all. Getting an iPhone is not going to fix your reception.

            Motorola Atrix > Samsung Galaxy Nexus > Note 2 >Note 4? (At upgrade)

          • Eric Jones

            Having used my Nexus 5 on Sprint, T-mobile, and AT&T, I can attest that many issues that seem like the phone can actually be carrier related. On Sprint I had to turn off setting the time automatically because the time would jump forward or back a few hours in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. I woke the whole house up to get ready for school two hours early the first time it happened. Wife was pissed :-).

            On T-Mobile and Sprint my widgets kept freezing. No rhyme or reason to it that I could tell, they would just stop updating. System time was right but the clock widget would be wrong. Only thing I could do was reboot, which only fixed it for a little while. I was seriously pissed off by it and looking to ditch the N5 for something else. I switched to AT&T and the issues went away immediately. Same version of Android (4.4.2) the whole time, and the same apps.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Any chance that your issue is related to this? http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/03/07/bug-watch-stopping-apps-on-android-4-4-2-can-silently-kill-related-background-services-a-fix-is-on-the-way/

            I can't say with certainty without seeing your habits, but if there's any chance you were killing apps, it would produce the exact symptoms you're describing.

          • Eric Jones

            It's possible that's what was causing it, but I don't use a task killer and I hardly ever force close apps using the recent apps screen. It was really intermittent, and hard to pin down what was causing it. Sometimes I'd go a few days without seeing it, other times it would stop over and over again immediately after rebooting the phone without even using it. It stopped happening as soon as I switched to AT&T, and hasn't happened again since then. Same exact phone, I just swapped the SIM, and no major changes to my usage patterns. I'm following a bug which seemed to be the same issue that I'm having. I've had the issue since I bought the N5 in March with whatever version it came with.

            https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=28216

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Weird, base system function really shouldn't be affected like that with change in carrier. There's always obscure reasons that might explain it, but I can't really think of anything right now. At least it's not causing problems for you anymore. Hopefully it was just a fluke.

          • Eric Jones

            Yeah, I wouldn't think it should be affected by a SIM change either, but another person in that bug report said they had the same results. I don't know enough about it to say what caused it. I'm just glad it hasn't been a problem lately.

          • bhake

            That's strange. On my N5, I went from Sprint, to TMO, to AT&T as well. FWIW I did experience the time zone issue once before on Sprint. No other issues like widgets though. However, I did get the best combination of speed and coverage with AT&T. That was my reasoning for trying different carriers.

          • Andrew Beard

            Not really interested in ROMing my phone; it's a tool and when I need to expend more effort getting it to work than the time it saves me I'd rather change platforms. If rooting is required to get a reliable device I don't see a big future for Android in the enterprise market.

            As for the data dropout problem the signal is consistently strong as reported by the System Info; I just don't have a data connection. Switching to airplane mode and back resolves the issue (until it decides to drop out again), so I'm definitely leaning toward it being an endpoint issue rather than the carrier's network. There may be something on the carrier's end that exacerbating it, but a LOT of people seem to be having the same problem on multiple carriers so it's no like it's completely isolated.

          • Christopher Robert

            Andrew Beard if turning airplane mode on and off fixes the problem, then i suggest running this app one time. It deletes a folder related to the modem then reboots the modem, When the modem reboots it automatically recreates the folder and will remove any corrupt files in there that may have caused the signal issue. I have run it on my phone and it helped, but i saw major improvement on a friends phone who was using Sprint.

            https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mcstealthapps.freshnetwork

          • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

            I used to have that problem on my N1. It had to do with rough changeovers from WiFi to cellular and back because of spotty cell and WiFi penetration where I work. Sometimes it would just give up and stay on one medium and I'd have to do the airplane mode trick or worse, reboot. Try leaving your WiFi off for a day or two and see if it still happens.

            It went away when I got my N4 though.

          • Johnny Bravo

            have you tried RMA'ing the phone. I am assuming you have a n5. At worst you can give them a bs excuse like the battery is getting too hot and so on so forth and theyll just send you a new one and have you send your old one back in. (just be sure its not cracked or water damaged). the reason i say this is the only issue ive had is the camera daemeon and that only happened for about a week and then disappeared.

          • duse

            Couldn't agree more. Google keeps Android in a constant state of flux and it seems to go in circles instead of steadily improving. The two things you mentioned, actionable notifications and weather on your home screen, are pretty much taken care of with iOS 8: its actionable notifications are even better than Android's, and weather is one swipe away anywhere in the system. It seems Android's advantages are increasingly becoming only one of price.

          • EowynCarter

            Price, and no iTunes.
            The way iOS Deals with files is a big no no for me.
            Same with paying 600 euros for any phone.

          • NinoBr0wn

            Well in your opinion anyway.

          • Danilo Viana

            The day I can just send a file through bluetooth and I can synchronize an iPhone to a different computer without a complete wipe and I can easily share files between applications and I can use any of the other many locked features on iOS is the day I believe the only advantage of an Android is price.

          • matt

            cyanogenmod 11 is the answer to most of Androids shortcomings. At least on my Nexus 4.

          • Lars Jeppesen

            What about default applications for files and links?

          • drkennethnoisewater

            Price and formfactor.

            Apple won't build a phone that matches or beats the Nexus 5 in price or screensize combined.

          • duse

            Screen size they will match very soon. Price, correct, they won't. But that's not such a sure thing for Android either with Nexus possibly going away and GPE phones not being any cheaper than an iPhone.

          • cyrusmandrake

            I also have no data connection on my nexus 4 after the update. Did you get it fixed somehow?

        • Christian Turchetti

          seems is time to try that ios8..3g data drop still here, pretty bored.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yeah. The data drop out issue has been the bane of my Nexus 5's existence for months (toggling airplane mode multiple times a day isn't fun).

        I won't switch to iOS (EVER), but I really hope Android 4.4.3 does actually fix that. If not, it sure as hell better be fixed this month in Android 4.5 / 5.0.

        • Mark Washington

          Never had the problem even when the complaint of no LTE for Sprint , I had LTE just fine.... And I have been on Sprint network! Sprint! Anyways maybe some devices suffered from the bug! I say buy a new Nexus and sell your old one Lol! Not that it will fix the problem.

          • MikeJwF

            I remember the data drop out on AOSP ROMs going all the way back to Gingerbread.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          While it's definitely Google's responsibility as the seller and presumed first line of support to get this fixed, I've got a nagging feeling it's LG that dropped the ball on this. I just can't shake the feeling that this is a driver issue and nobody at LG feels motivated to fix it.

          • Manish Kumar

            Facing a new bug with dialer see the screenshot

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            Odd. Is it reproducible?

          • bhake

            I saw that once before in 4.4.2 when I had (in developer options) Animator Duration Scale set to "off". When I changed it to 0.5 or above the dialer bug went away in 4.4.2. Not sure if that's related to your issue with the 4.4.3 dialer. I'm unable to reproduce it but maybe worth checking.

          • Simon Belmont

            That would be Qualcomm's problem (they made the radio and the blobs for it), then, wouldn't it? Of course LG would have to tell Qualcomm to get it's act together, so you're still right.

            Android 4.4.3 has a version 2.x of the radio, so I'm thinking things should be better. I've heard LTE signal is better and the drop outs might be fixed.

          • gargamel

            I don't understand why you are trying to let Google off the hook. They are selling a buggy product. It's buggy in CORE functionality! Why should we care if it's because of one of their suppliers? They are big enough and strong enough to force the hand of any supplier to quickly fix what's broken.
            Cody, you are a smart man. Don't be a fanboy. Don't defend Google. It's not the nice corporate we once knew. They are more dangerous and possibly more evil than MSFT. Look how they lock down parts of Android code that used to be open.
            Most of us feel it but don't dare to say it.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

            I don't know if it's just bad timing and you're the unlucky last straw, or maybe it's your condescending attitude, but I'm sick of reading this total line of crap. This is the type of thinking that originates from justifiably irritated consumers that then swirls around the Internet picking up steam while nobody cares to correct the facts.

            First, let's get this out of the way. Google is acting as the seller of a product made by another company. In that way, Google is much like Walmart. Yes, Google produces and distributes the software and provides the first line of support, but that's a common role for the seller to take on. If you float even a fraction of the Nexus forums and AOSP issue tracker threads that I have, you'd quickly realize that Google sends a lot of support issues directly to LG because -shocker- LG is ultimately responsible to fix and support hardware issues, which includes drivers.

            I've worked (as a contractor) in quite a few large companies, one of which even owned a supplier in a fairly similar context, and I've seen much more embarrassing failures than this. There's no doubt that Google has some sway, but enough to force LG? Doubtful... Still, it's a fantasy to believe that the Nexus line is a top priority for LG or Qualcomm, and probably not even to Google. If the issue is a driver problem, as I suspect it is, Google has to first put pressure on LG to fix it, then LG has to lean on Qualcomm. Each step of the way, the actual problem has to be identified and reproducible, something that even the people affected by this have had trouble doing (some people experience it non-stop, most see it very irregularly). It's also possible that this is a problem with LG's antenna or board designs, which mean it's LG's responsibility to do a recall (good luck getting that to happen).

            I'm not absolving Google of responsibility, I'm placing blame on ALL of the guilty parties. They're all handling it like amateurs. But to make it all about Google shows you are guilty of exactly what you're accusing me of: allowing emotions about a company to compromise rational thought. Now, lose the attitude and drop the accusations.

          • Simon Belmont

            Nicely said. 100% true.

            In all likelihood, it probably is a driver problem or at least in part. I think it's also a network or perhaps a tower issue that only affects some. T-Mobile is my carrier, and they're working LTE upgrades around here (already have great LTE from them, but I'm guessing it's 20+20 upgrades), so that could be a big cause. My data drop outs didn't start until a few months after I got my Nexus 5, so that's a big candidate or at least part of the problem. One day after installing Android 4.4.3, and I experienced one data drop (hopefully, a fluke), but signal strength has been definitely been noticeably better. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for further improvements later this month at I/O.

      • Defenestratus

        I don't experience this issue on my Note 3, but it does indeed sounds ultra crappy that Google has seemingly ignored it. It also might be an issue with the radio firmware too which would be out of google's hands to fix IIRC.

      • black

        Please refrain from encouraging people to switch to Apple products. This is not applepolice.com.

        You have been warned.

        • Simon Belmont

          Ha. In an alternate universe I bet there is an Apple Police.

          It's probably run by a guy name Metra. Instead of APK tear-downs, it has Genius Bar build-ups.

        • Andrew Beard

          I'm not trying to encourage anyone to change their behavior, nor am I recommending a course of action to anyone (Except maybe to Google. Just fix the damn bug already) I'm just saying that I'm starting to get frustrated with bugs that can have crippling impacts on reliability, and Google's seeming inability to resolve them after significant lengths of time.

        • alex0000000001

          What happens if he does that? Does something bad happen?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Guess I'm glad I didn't get N5 after all, this device has too many problems

      • dwean

        how do you know if you haven't got one

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          In almost every post about a new android release ever since 4.4.1, in almost every post that has a rumor about 4.4.3, and in AP's bug watch - people constantly are telling about data dropouts. For me this is unacceptable, as I heavily rely on my 3G/LTE connectivity

          • sweenish

            How many people? Everyone I know with an N5 loves it. I've never had this issue, neither has my wife.

            Blanketing that the N5 has "too many problems" is a worthless statement. I've had apps eat battery, but never the camera. No data drops for me, and no lock screen camera issues. It's a solid phone.

            You should find out how many of the people complaining are rooted, running xposed modules, running crappy ROMs, or doing other stuff to their phone that WILL produce weird issues before coming to a vocal minority conclusion.

          • Simon Belmont

            I do experience a couple of the issues, but I still love my Nexus 5. None of the problems are outright deal-breakers.

            I'm on stock by the way. But yeah, it's a great phone that just has a couple bugs.

          • Serge Cebrian

            i heard Dracula's nexus 5 works flawlessly .. no drops and whatsoever...

            but my only problem with my nexus 5 is a pretty rare connection drop.. (lose signal and i have to restart) but as you said not a deal breaker..

          • Simon Belmont

            Ha, yeah. The signal must be stronger near Dracula's castle because my data never drops out near there, only back in my village.

            I never completely lose a signal to the point of needing a restart. The only time I had to restart was after a charge, or a wakelock would eat at my battery after I took it off the charger (hoping Android 4.4.3 fixes this).

          • bL4Ck

            Of all the bugs mentioned above i only experienced the graphical glitches when opening the new camera from the lockscreen, but no wifi drops, no 3g drops, no camera daemon eating battery.
            If you have to judge a phone don't do it only from the reports that people post online, no one goes online to brag how their phone works flawlessly, that's why you only see "issue" reports.

          • h4m

            I don't have data dropouts on two N5 devices.

          • Oliver Thomas Cervera

            I've never had data drop issues or lockscreen problem when opening camera. Instead I have faced the battery camera bug, fixed using the new Camera app. Anyway smooth experience.

          • richie97

            Ah the old vocal minority.

      • Nick V

        I have no issues with my N5. Great battery life, no issues with dropped calls, and nothing that I can really complain about.

        • kirk

          The thing is when you talk about a data drop, the phone is just one side of the equation.

          With that said, my n5 has been good. My n4 (with LTE hack) was good. My wife's n4 (without LTE hack) always dropped in one area that we regularly drove through. I had connection, even if I manually switched to 3g instead of LTE. I think that with her drop it might have been the stock firmware.

          • Nick V

            My N4, as well as my wife's (and now my son's), never had any issues either. Both my wife and I have the N5, and her only issue is it get's hot.

      • Tom Harman

        not true, i swear i don't have or at least see any problems with mine, i've had it for only 2 months, but it seems very stable and solid performing for me, could just be a one off fluke and i got lucky.

      • liperus

        I've had my N5 since its release and never had any problems with it (camera, screen, wi-fi, signal... nothing)

    • SoffMouf

      > Camera daemon eating battery not fixed

      omg are you KIDDING ME

      • Nick V

        That was fixed when the Camera App was placed in the Play Store

      • Christopher Robert

        uninstall the stock camera and install the play store camera app. Profit.

    • Franco

      Seriously? Camera daemon still eats battery? That's terrible that this is released without fixing such a crucial bug. A bug that requires a reboot to fix and has a high chance of occurring again after reboot is a major bug that shouldn't be left alone for this long.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha, wow. That was the most publicized problem in Android 4.4.2 (camera drain), and if Android 4.4.3 doesn't fix it, that's just really sad.

      Also, if the data drop outs aren't fixed, I'm going to be really annoyed. That has been plaguing me for months.

      • Christopher Robert

        easy fix. uninstall the stock camera app and install the new camera app from the play store. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.GoogleCamera

        • Simon Belmont

          I have it installed. I didn't say I, myself, was experiencing the issue (I don't).

          I just meant that Android 4.4.3 was well advertised as fixing the issue. I just want the data and text drop out issue fixed.

        • Otto Prime

          this seems to be the camera installed by default after flashing the stock images. unless I'm missing something? Shouldn't everyone already have this?

          • Simon Belmont

            Hmm. Actually, the old non Google Play Store camera is installed by default even on Android 4.4.3 if you haven't already installed the Google Play Store version of the camera.

            You'd think they'd have just included the new and improved one from the Google Play Store in Andriod 4.4.3. But, nope, they didn't.

  • siddude11

    I am not 100% sure but my Nexus 4 sounds louder.

    • Simon Belmont

      Heh. My Nexus 5 (yes, I know you said Nexus 4, but I'm just making an observation) got a LOT louder after the Android 4.4.2 update.

      If the Android 4.4.3 makes it louder still, I'll have to bump the volume down. Haha.

  • 16Bitz0r

    Did they update the camera drivers in 4.4.3 so it won't cause the device to suddenly reboot (Nexus 4)?
    It's definitely not a hardware issue.

    • Joe

      Nope... I just took 20 shots with the stock camera on 4.4.3 and my phone rebooted.. The camera reboot bug is still there.

      • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

        I've never had a reboot from the camera on my N4. Old or new camera app. I didn't even know this was a thing.

    • Justin Sk.

      sick of this issue, basically spend as little time as possible using camera to avoid meeting a reboot. Haven't video called on my nexus 4 in ages either..
      Hope they fix it before the nexus 4 officially loses support :/

      • EowynCarter

        I just took a bunch of pictures (4.4.2 stock)
        Phone did not reboot.

        How do you reproduce the bug?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          I a fairly serious chunk of a weekend trying to reproduce the issue without any luck. The most I could ever get was a strange all-green viewport, and that bug was confirmed fixed in a previous update. I don't use the camera a lot on the N5, but definitely enough that I should have triggered something by now. Some people just seem to have these camera issues and others don't.

          • Justin Sk.

            again if it wasn't clear it seems to be a camera driver issue for the N4 afaik, no one i know with the N5 has this issue and I don't know anyone with a N4 irl, only found this was a bug for others on the N4 after looking it up.

        • Justin Sk.

          for me you could be doing anything camera related, for example my Skype video calls would cause the nexus 4 to reboot every few minutes, or yesterday I was taking a photo with HDR just toggled and it rebooted, or even just using the tiny camera ui on fb messenger can can it.
          Maybe you've got a sweet one somehow? This is a nexus 4 camera issue thats been out since 4.3, here's an issue report for more info: https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=67113
          edit: and sorry about late reply

    • d3mn8

      Nop. After 3 pictures with Snapchat = reboot, camera also reboot all the time. I believe this is never getting fixed.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    >7454 changes between 4.4.2 and 4.4.3
    https://warosu.org/data/fa/img/0062/82/1370460965381.gif

  • Defenestratus

    Still no HCE support for NxP NFC Chipsets. My Note 3 continues to be hosed.

    • sweenish

      Rather, you continue to be hosed by Samsung. They put that chip in knowing full well AOSP didn't support it.

  • Simon Belmont

    Waiting for the OTA zip for my Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 2012. Looking forward to fixes.

    Hope Google drops both today. At least the N5.

    • Defenestratus

      Go download the install packages and flash manually. Much better than waiting.

      • Simon Belmont

        I will be sideloading them with ADB. I'm not unlocked, so I can't flash them manually without wiping my data.

        I'll just have to play the waiting game a little longer. Hopefully, by the end of the day.

        • str4nger

          Yes you can, just remove the "-w" in the bat file (unless you're using the nexus 7)

          • Simon Belmont

            Not if the bootloader is locked. Pretty sure you can't do it in that case.

            I've manually flashed stuff a ton of times in fastboot (yes, with the -w switch in the batch file), but always with it unlocked. I need the piecemeal OTA zip file to do it if it's locked and I'm using ADB sideload.

          • str4nger

            You are correct, missed the locked part of your comment.

          • Simon Belmont

            No problem. I probably should have unlocked it at the beginning.

            I was just pressed for time and overly excited about my new Nexus 5, so I plunged ahead. Haha.

          • str4nger

            We've all been there.

          • hp420

            Why not use one of the many methods to unlock it that DOESN'T wipe your data?? I'm not too familiar with N5, but I'm pretty sure this app should work:
            https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.af.synapse

  • gk1984

    Any support for HCE on NXP NFC chips? If not, can we raise some attention and push for the code to be released for AOSP? I'd love to return to CM11, but I'd prefer to keep the ability to use Google Wallet's Tap & Pay. I'm stuck on a ported GPE ROM or Sense because of this.

    • Simon Belmont

      From what I've read so far. No.

      Maybe in Android 4.5 / 5.0? Hopefully?

      • gk1984

        That's what I saw too. This is bullshit. My phone is just a year old and if I want to go AOSP-based, I'm hosed on this feature. Now I have to wait another 6+ months before I can even consider this? I'll be pretty close to upgrading again by then and who knows what hardware AOSP will lack support for in my next device. There needs to be a bigger push to providing support for features Google advertises as core Android.

        • Simon Belmont

          Well, Android 4.5 / 5.0 should be released this month. So you might only have to wait a few weeks.

          That, of course, depends on how fast your phone's AOSP based ROM developer works. It could be longer, but probably not six months.

    • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

      lol at u have a port... note 3 users are just left in the dark

  • Adrian Meredith

    Looks like it now supports full open gl 4.4 too

    https://android.googlesource.com/platform/external/chromium_org/third_party/skia/include/+/7a120b2 - Support MSAA4 and (non-ES) OpenGL in Android SampleApp
    8a23552 : Add OpenGL 4.4 support to SkNativeGLContext and GrGLCreateNativeInterface android versions.

    • Simon Belmont

      Hey. Nice find.

      That would make a lot of sense considering they're moving towards 64-bit and they might be using that Nvidia K1 64-bit chip in the Nexus 8. It, I believe, supports full OpenGL.

      • Adrian Meredith

        fingers crossed on the nexus 8 rumours. I;m definitely getting a k1 tablet and I think 7inch is a bit too small

    • Android Developer

      OpenGL 4 ?!
      I thought 3 was the newest...
      Will go looking what can be done on it right away.
      Thanks.

      • Simon Belmont

        That's because there is no OpenGL ES 4.0. He's talking about FULL OpenGL 4.x support.

        As in, desktop level support for OpenGL. Pretty neat stuff.

        • Android Developer

          So not only Android will support OpenGL that is intended for desktops, but the newest one too ?

          • Simon Belmont

            Hopefully. It seems like it.

            I can't be 100% sure, though. We'll see.

          • Android Developer

            Cool.

  • Phil

    If you ignore all the chromium merges it's not that many changes (certainly not 7,454)

  • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

    Offtopic: An updates to Google Play services APK to stop this battery drain/wakelock bug that's hitting a lot of different phones would be much appreciated. The update from 2 weeks ago is killing lots of batteries and it seems to be location related, but can't tie down what is causing it across the board.

    Ontopic: Sony, when are you going to update to 4.4.3? It's been out for like a day. :)

  • KGB

    Anyone know if there's a fix for the bug where homescreen widgets stop working/auto-updating?

  • Tomás De Bona

    I've never used the camera to record video before I went to the Lollapalooza music festival... I couln't believe that the sound was so bad, so bad, you couln't hear anything but satured mic noise, not even a sound... It's the only thing I really hate from my N5

    • Tony

      I believe they were trying to fix the "hissing" noise that the mic would produce when you recorded a video in a quiet environment. In the process of trying to fix this they made the recorded sound even worse. Figures. The N5 is by far the worse Nexus device I've used (going back to Nexus One).

  • Matthew Fry

    It's no big deal for them to admit a mistake in Android proper but they have a real difficulty in admitting any mistake in the Nexus specific stuff despite the fact that everyone knows the problem is there.

  • kyle

    Well the NFC on my WiFi 32gb 2013 n7 is now fixed!! I'm so happy I could care less about everything else. Its never worked since I purchased it in Aug 2013.

  • TSM28

    Just got the 4.4.3 OTA on my Nexus 4 and the 5GHz WiFi is still broken!

  • vladimirpinchaloafsky

    Just did a big tmobile upgrade for the note 3, still 4.4.2! What's the deal?

  • Konstigt2

    Haven't read/seen that anyone has noticed the changed CAST SCREEN popup. Screenshot below from my N5 with 4.4.3 with two CC's available.

  • Bohanna

    Does ANYBODY know if this affects PDanet and its ability to tether on sprints Samsung phones?? They already screwed up Foxfi's with the 4.3 update and I am worried that it will disable it entirely with the new update. Thanks for any info.

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