Android 4.4.3 begins seeding to Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 – download it here!

Google has just released a new version of Android: 4.4.3. After Sprint totally jumped the gun by announcing the update in April, Google has finally pushed 4.4.3 to the Nexus Factory Image page.

T-Mobile has a changelog for the update, which is wildly descriptive:

Improvements

  • Security enhancements
  • Various bug fixes

Looking around the 4.4.3 update ourselves, we’ve found an unofficial changelog:

  • frequent data connection dropout fix
  • mm-qcamera-daemon crash and optimization fixes
  • camera focus in regular and HDR modes fixes
  • Power Manager display wakelock fix
  • multiple Bluetooth fixes
  • fix for a random reboot
  • app shortcuts sometimes got removed from launcher after update
  • USB debugging security fix
  • app shortcuts security fix
  • Wi-Fi auto-connect fix
  • other camera fixes
  • MMS, Email/Exchange, Calendar, People/Dialer/Contacts, DSP, IPv6, VPN fixes
  • stuck in activation screen fix
  • missed call LED fix
  • subtitle fixes
  • data usage graph fix
  • Internet telephony fix
  • FCC compliance fix
  • miscellaneous fixes

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Google is hosting 4.4.3 images for the Nexus 5, both Nexus 7s, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4. These are full images that must be manually applied and will erase everything on your device. Users interested in not losing their data should wait for the OTA update, which is slowly rolling out to devices now. And if you’re the type of person interested in seeing the code, the AOSP code drop is going on right now, too.

It’s a 440-465MB download, and you’ll need fastboot set up to install it. We’ve not yet seen any OTA updates, but we imagine they are coming if you’d rather wait.

So far the only major change we’re seeing is a visual refresh to the Phone app, bringing a card-based view for “Speed Dial” contacts along with a new accent color. The update is also expected to fix bugs relating to CPU usage and the Nexus 5 camera that were acknowledged by Google a couple months back.

Download the Android 4.4.3 factory images for your Nexus devices

Source 1, Source 2

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