Ahead of Android 4.5 Release Date, Android 4.4.3 Update Allegedly Rolling Out to Nexus 5, Nexus 7, HTC One
By Daniella Chen, Crossmap On April 6, 2014
The potentially Lollipop-shaped Android 4.5 is yet to get an official confirmation, let alone a release date. While Google prepares Android users for the next big update, the search giant is allegedly rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat update imminently.
Several recent leaks have revealed that Android 4.4.3 update is closer to its public release, coming at least to Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and HTC One Google Play Edition. This is speculated as the last fix before the much-anticipated Android 4.5 release date.
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"KTU84D is another 4.4.3 Android build…," LlabTooFeR, an ROM developer and known HTC insider who originally leaked about the arrival of Android 4.4.3, tweeted on Friday.
This tip comes after several sightings of both Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.3 build KTU65 and Nexus 7 running KTU 79 have been reported.
Google conventionally begins the build string with the first letter of the codename, followed by a branch code for Google to identify the code branch from which the build was made, according to Myce. The next letter and two digits are a date code. KTU84 thus points to the 84th day of Q1 2014, which falls onto March 26.
The minor update may be well overdue since the current version, Android 4.4.2, which was released in December 2013.
Android 4.4.3 will "probably" roll out in April, according to LlabTooFeR. Along with Nexus 5 and 7, the HTC One Google Play Edition will also receive the KitKat update, he claims.
The update will pack in three dozen fixes that will stabilize Android 4.4, says Gotta Be Mobile, paving the way to the arrival of Android 4.5, which is expected to be codenamed Lollipop.
Rumored and expected bug changes include the fix for unstable data connections, improved camera focus, a fix for random reboot issues, missed call LED fix, Wi-Fi auto-connect fix, VPN fix, USB debugging security fix among others.
As for the features of Android 4.5, the next-gen operating system may get enhanced battery life, speed and new Android Runtime (ART) among other upgrades. According to Liliputing, experts claim that Google has finally begun focusing on new Android Runtime (ART). Compared to the current Dalvik runtime, ART allows for faster app performance due to ahead-of-time compilation, and longer battery life due to decreased demand on the CPU.