15
Jul
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Update: This update is limited to Australia, New Zealand, and India, and addresses carrier support / fixes in those regions.

If you're seeing an update notification on your Nexus 5, you're not alone - Google is pushing a maintenance release of Android 4.4.4 to the smartphone, though this one appears to limited to a few corners of the world. New Zealand, Australia, and India should be seeing the OTA, which contains a new radio image, likely addressing issues with networks in those regions. The new version's build number is KTU84Q, and the official name is Android 4.4.4_r2 (or kitkat-mr2.2-release). You can get the new factory image here (binaries here), which specifically notes "4.4.4 Release 2 (For 2Degrees/NZ, Telsta/AUS and India ONLY) (KTU84Q)."

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For now, we're seeing a new radio package and build number, but not much else in this update. Once famed-changelogger Al Sutton puts up the official developer changelog, we'll have a post for you with the details, if there are any. For more, you can check out the AOSP pages with commits for the new version, below.

As for OTAs for other devices, we're not sure what's happening on that front just yet.

Android Open Source Project [1, 2, 3], Thanks, Manish!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Brad

    I wonder if this'll help with my random no more wifi issue... After having the Dev build on, wifi stuck at "turning on wifi"... Flashed back to 4.4.4 and still no dice. I know what I'll be doing when I get home.

    Edit: Or not... I'm not in those areas

  • vyktorsouza

    after using L as dailydriver since the beginning, this looks incredibly outdated

    • markgbe

      agreed, but... unfortunately for me, there were a few too many bugs in L. i had to go back to 4.4.4. on my n5.

      • vyktorsouza

        nah, I rather face the (almost inexistent) bugs on L than go back to that horrendous gradient and holo blue on KitKat, you should totally give it a second try

        • http://www.trav1sty.com Trav1sty

          I wouldn't say the bugs don't exist. I have to reboot 2-3 times a day due to memory leaks and my lock screen sometimes takes 3 tries b/c it keeps re-locking itself. That being said, it's worth it to me. L is functionally where I want Android to be without having to root, or run a custom rom.

          • vyktorsouza

            wow, I reboot once a week and my lockscreen works fine
            it was a clean flash on a Nexus 5

          • markgbe

            i cant say i had any bugs like this. i only rebooted once since i flashed the image when it became available a couple weeks ago.

        • markgbe

          i used it up until yesterday. i shouldn't say there were many bugs with the OS. Just one where the missed calls # is wrong and some force closes here and there.

          Other than than it was just app incompatibility with some things that i use regularly.

    • Zak Taccardi

      agreed. Android could have easily sat on its laurels after KitKat, but instead it is being completely revamped for L.

      I'm so impressed with Google on this one. Apple desperately needed a redesign when iOS 7 came. Android did not, and Google has really surprised me here.

      • Matt

        I dunno if resting on its laurels was really an option. iOS 7 was clearly functionally behind what Android was doing, bu iOS 8 looks like a true competitor...add in the rumors regarding the 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones and I really think, for the first time in a while, it's an interesting competition for consumers.

        For a long time it was phone design/apps if you go iOS and functionality/customizability/display size on the Android side. I don't think you can really simplify it that easily anymore...for either argument.

        • Zak Taccardi

          Yeah, resting on its laurels was probably a bit of an overstatement.

          I think with Material, iOS is beat in the design department. And functionally speaking, while iOS 8 did gain a lot of ground, it's still behind Android in less obvious ways.

          The biggest still is no default app selection.

          • redsmith

            And user-accessible file system. Seriously, wtf.

      • mgamerz

        Change for the sake of change, essentially.

    • Michael Fontenot

      Do you ever wonder if you're just starting to think like them a bit... too much?

  • mattcoz

    Should I get my hopes up that they've finally fixed the mm-qcamera-daemon bug?

  • Luke Applegate

    From the factory images page:

    "4.4.4 Release 2 (For 2Degrees/NZ, Telsta/AUS and India ONLY) (KTU84Q)"

    Radio fix just for those carriers?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yep, false alarm on this for the most part. It's just some regional fixes.

    • Matt

      Maybe an APN update.

  • Khanh

    I wonder if using this radio will fix mms on L :/

    • Evan Anderson

      Radio has nothing to do with the MMS issue

      • D

        MMS comes thru data. Data comes thru the radio. So yes... it's related.

        • Evan Anderson

          Radio only controls the phone's connection to the frequency and technology (ie LTE). It does not control the data session, that is the responsibility of telephony. Telephony is part of the android source code.

  • tokuiten

    And still no fix for the data drop bug.

    Really considering selling my N5.

    • Brad

      I'm getting that now AND wifi is stuck at "turning on wifi". Going to see about trading it in at sprint and buying a new one at T-mo.

    • Clubber

      Yeah, I still have drop outs, too. But not nearly as bad as it used to be.

      It's not bad enough that I would consider getting rid of my Nexus 5. My two cents.

  • 16Bitz0r

    I'm sometimes having a momentary WiFi drops when I'm nearby the router. it disconnects and then immidiately reconnect again. fully stock.
    I also noticed an annoying bug which is related to brightness. when I manually set the brightness to the maximum, when I launch a program (Waze i.e) which occupies full screen I notice the brightness suddenly get slightly dimmer after few seconds. this drives me nuts!

  • manish

    atlast my name on androidpolice =D

  • Felix Matthies

    Just seen it in one of the new tutorials of Google! ;)

    Lamington? Android 5.0?

    https://www.udacity.com/course/ud853 (Lesson 1, Video 8)

  • mgamerz

    Ever since 4.4.4 hit my N5 on T-Mobile I keep finding that I'm losing data connectivity in places like my dentist office or my work, where I never used to have this problem. It's really irritating. It kept going through LTE-HSPA-Edge nonstop and eventually just quit before coming back to LTE without me even moving.

  • TedPhillips

    new blobs means it could contain other closed source changes, anyone checked to see if bootloader/baseband is the same?

    • TedPhillips

      yep new radio 2.0.50.1.17

  • chinna_rao

    this may be a noob question....
    i got my nexus 5 from the USA but i use it in India...so would I be getting the OTA?
    haven't received it as of now

  • godutch

    Hopefully they'll fix Vodafone in the Netherlands too on the n7 2013 lte, because with the new radio from 4.4.3 (actually the radio is from 4.4.2_r2, which was a release specifically for Verizon )it's impossible to even scan for networks when the Vodafone sim (or other caries using the Vodafone network) is inserted, let alone connect to a network.

    I wouldn't mind a working L build for this device either...

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  • Peter

    https://funkyandroid.com/aosp-KTU84P-KTU84Q.html

    Just a bump in build number so I presume it was a proprietary change.

  • Hieu Nguyen

    Anyone have a link to a flashable zip for the radio? I'm on CM11 and wouldn't mind giving the radio a try as I'm in Aust and my reception craps it every so often

    • Matthew Wolstenholme

      Yeah a flashable zip would be awesome so I don't have to leave omnirom

  • Phil

    There's been ongoing GPS issues for some people with 4.4.3 (I'm in the target region for this patch). The issue relates to the radio because downgrading radio to 4.4.1 fixes it. I am trying out this new radio to see if it helps.

    • Akshay Mehta

      how do you extract just the radio package ?

      • Matthew Wolstenholme

        There's one extracted on XDA somwhere

  • Michael Fontenot

    I hope this fixes heartbleed. It just sucks that some people don't like Android because of all the bad hackers.

  • APNZ_reader

    Purchased the phone from 2degrees NZ three weeks ago (with a 2deg SIM). No OTA update yet. Haven't had any issues with it so far either.