The long-awaited Android 4.4.3 KitKat finally rolled out for all Nexus devices and unfortunately brings with it a number of new bugs. It was meant as a fix by Google for all the issues people were complaining about with the Android 4.4.2. It may have fixed some problems but the WiFi connection problem seems to be persistent. The most affected devices seem to be the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 as many users complained about unstable WiFi connections, random shut downs, dialer problems, 3G connection problems, camera app problems and Google Play store errors.
Nexus 5 and 4 users complained about random reboots with the Android 4.4.2 and it seems that it was not fixed by the Android 4.4.3 update on all devices. Many users reported issues with the dialer, broken notifications and problems with email exchange. Battery drain problems and 3G connectivity issues are also widespread. Some apps were reported not working, including the Google Play Store, BBC app and the camera application of the Nexus 5 and 4. A few users reported that their Nexus 5 got bricked, but that may have had other causes and wasn’t related closely to the Android 4.4.3 update, probably that’s why it’s not widespread. One user listed four of the main problems he’s experiencing on his Nexus 4:
- No contacts – Blank white screen on call history, and all contacts. I cannot see who called me, I cannot search for my contacts. The slider is there to the right when I go to all contacts, but the area where contacts need to be there is all pure white. The history randomly works where it records since calls.
- Dialer crash – If I go to key pad and start dialing a number, the contact names start showing up. However touching a contact does nothing. Eventually I got the message that dialer is crashed.
- missing name on incoming call
- Huge gap between receiving a call and having their name show up.
- Huge battery drain.
Some of the reported issues might get easily fixed by booting up the device in Safe Mode, which temporarily disables third party apps which might be the cause of some of the problems. The Google Play Store issues might get fixed by going into Settings>Device>Apps>Google Play Store> Clear Cache. Not all issues however, have an easy fix and unfortunately Google isn’t planning a new Android 4.4 update for the Nexus 5 and 4.
Before the official roll out of the Android 4.4.3 update for the Nexus clan, rumors mentioned that HTC is planning to push out the update for its regular HTC One M8 and M7 models. According to LlabTooFer, the famous HTC insider, the updates are planned to come out later this month but did not hint to a specific release dates. If you happen to be a proud owner of a Nexus 5 or Nexus 4 please tell us if you’re experiencing any problems with your device after the Android 4.4.3 update.