Android 4.4.3 KitKat begins rolling out for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7
Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) owners will be happy to know that the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update rollout will be starting today. T-Mobile announced that the long-awaited software update has been in development for several months but is finally ready. This information comes directly from T-Mobile support so no more rumors and speculations this time around. Android 4.4.3 KitKat, also known as version KTU84M comes with a variety of security enhancements and bug fixes for the Nexus 5. Likewise, the Nexus 7 will also benefit from 4.4.3, but the update has a different build number for this device, namely KTU84L. After being rumored for so long I’m sure a large number of Nexus owners are still skeptic regarding the update so we’ll just have to wait for reports coming in from users to be certain.
T-Mobile’s support page reads “Beginning June 2, the Nexus 5 received a software update to Android 4.4.3/Build version KTU84M. This update provides features and improvements”. The announcement is very similar regarding the Nexus 7 (2013) as well. “Beginning June 2, the Nexus 7 received a software update to Android 4.4.3/Build version KTU84L. This update provides features and improvements”. The page also mentions that the update will be done automatically Over-The-Air (OTA) for both devices. Additionally, a short list of Android 4.4.3 KitKat update requirements is also available. This includes things such as 50% or higher battery life, data connection, and 54 MB available memory. A list of steps has also been provided to make it easier for you to update, just in case it’s not done automatically for some reason.
- From the Home screen, tap All Apps.
- Tap Settings.
- Tap About device.
- Tap Software update.If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, you may receive a prompt to connect.
- If Wi-Fi is not available, tap OK.
- If the update is not available, you will receive the message The device is up-to-date. If you receive this message, please wait for your device to receive the update via OTA.
- Follow the on-screen prompts.
- Wait as your device restarts and updates to Android version 4.4.3/Software version KTU84M. (or KTU84L)
We need to mention that the messages were posted on the T-Mobile support page some time ago. However, they were last modified on June 2, 2014 at 6:35 AM so we figure that they are indeed planning to release Android 4.4.3 KitKat today. Strangely enough, a changelog has not been made available. But from what we know the update will address Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection issues, random reboots, USB debugging and VPN problems, among others. 4.4.3 does not come with any additional features as it’s just meant to fix all the bugs that have been causing problems to Nexus owners.