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Android 4.4.3 rolls out to Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Google Play Editions

updated 12:44 pm EDT, Wed June 4, 2014

Minor Android update fixes battery drain bug, improves performance

Google has started to roll out a minor software update bringing Android to version 4.4.3. Starting this week and rolling out gradually to users, the update will first head to Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, with a number of Google Play Edition smartphones and recent Motorola devices also reportedly receiving the Android upgrade.

The Google Play Editions of the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra have already started to receive notifications for an over-the-air update, according to Android Police. The download for the devices varies between 125.2 megabytes and 163.3 megabytes, depending on the model.

Google Nexus 5
Google Nexus 5

ZDNet reports T-Mobile started pushing the update to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 from last Monday, with Sprint subscribers to start seeing it on the Nexus 5 from June 9th. Factory images for unlocked Nexus devices have also been released, along with a version on the Android Open Source Project.

The update is said to include several bug fixes and performance improvements, including the fixing of a battery drain issue linked to the use of the device's camera. An updated dialer application will also be included with a tweaked design and color scheme, as well as a slightly-altered People application.

Motorola revealed the Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E will all receive the update, though this will vary by region. The Moto X on T-Mobile will see the update this week, along with those who bought the Moto G and Moto E online in the US. The Motorola version of the update will also include improvements to the camera's image quality, with the Moto X and G also gaining a pause and resume button for video recording, and a Motorola Alert app that "helps give peace of mind by sending periodic messages to the contacts you choose."

by MacNN Staff



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