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Android 4.4.3 coming soon to a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013) near you?

Android 4.4.3 coming soon to a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013) near you?
Recent leaks pertaining to Android 4.4.3 have been boiled down to specific versions of the update for the Nexus 5 handset and the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. The version for the former is codenamed "Hammerhead" and carries a build number of KTU83. The version of Android 4.4.3 for the Nexus 7 (2013) is KTU79. There is a way to break down these build numbers as they are based on a Google-devised code.

The "K" on the build number refers to KitKat. The third letter, which in this case is "U," is the quarter that the software was written. The last two numbers is a date-code. For example, "83" would be the 83rd day of the quarter which was March 24th. That means that the build seen on the Nexus 5 is just shy of a week old. The build for the Nexus 7 (2013) was created on March 21st.

The Android 4.4.3 update is expected to bring a number of fixes for the camera, but most importantly, it will repair a problem that had caused the phone to drop a data connection. Other repairs include one for the Wi-Fi auto-connect, another to end the dreaded random reboot issue that has plagued some users, and one that will eliminate the problem users were having when app shortcuts would mysteriously disappear from the launcher after an update. The bottom line is that the Nexus 5 will be a much improved handset following the update to Android 4.4.3.

With the increasing number of leaks surrounding Android 4.4.3, a release could be imminent. Keep in mind that the rumored timeline has Google introducing Android 4.5 in July, so any further tweaking of Android 4.4 can't be put off too long. Google is not expected to use its Google I/O developer conference in June as a launching pad for the next major Android build.

Code reveals

Code reveals "Hammerhead" running on the Nexus 5


source: IBTimes, MYCE via RedmondPie

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posted on 30 Mar 2014, 11:44 4

1. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What about improving it by making twice smooth when scrolling up and down by adding more FPS, thus it will be twice smoother than WP8 and iOS,,,,,?

Come on Google time to push the limits and lead to revolutionise and set the next step. Why wait for others when you should and others to follow.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:09 7

3. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


They already did this way back in 2011 it was called Project Butter it was in
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Nice try but fail...

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:24 2

6. Commentator (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Well, they did make it smoother, but Arte is suggesting they improve it even more, say from 60fps to 120fps. Nothing "fail" about it.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:54

13. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Very we'll said Commentator, you know what I was talking about, it's him whose new using Android.

Does he realise if it's FPS is at 120 how smooth that would be, twice as KitKat. ICS to KK had 30FPS increase, we are talking about double the frame rate....

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:49 1

28. LoveHater (Posts: 164; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


I tell u what u saying about ,,
U saying about increasing FPS to make it appear it smooth.

And basically u saying to increase the workload on gpu or processor to make things this much fast on screen,,and overall result is less battery backup with degraded performance of phone due to allotment of resources to 120FPS system,,,
There more intelligent person right there sitting at Building 44,,, they would have done it long time ago,,,, but they know the cost of it,,,,,
Things will be smooth in future but not by forcing everything to 120 FPS but by better programming

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 20:10

35. jove39 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Phone screens have a refresh rate of 60fps...gpu will hit limiter once it hit frame rate over 60...so no point in asking for 120fps scroll performance...or animations.

off screen benchmarks may hit more than 60fps...coz screen is off :)

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:08 3

20. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


As i've said before, if the phone dosen't have an Updaterate HZ of 120HZ we wont see any diffrence between 60 to 120.. 75Fps should be a standard nothing higher :p

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:12

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Agree,,,,

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:31 3

7. Commentator (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Also, Project Butter came in Android 4.1, not 4.0. If you're going to proclaim something as a "fail" at least get basic facts correct.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:45

9. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


You're right it was 4.1. But it was still back in 2012. As far I know both WP8 and iOS are still running at 30 fps. Saying it will be twice as smoother when it already is, is a fail.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:51 2

12. Commentator (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


2012. 4.0 came with the Galaxy Nexus in 2011. 4.1 came with the Nexus 7 (2012).

And there is a noticeable difference in smoothness between 60fps and 120fps. That would be like saying it would be a fail to increase resolution from 720p to 1080p. Sure, 720p is good, but 1080p is better.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:56

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


1440UHD is much better, and 4K which will be extreme viewing.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:57

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why would it be a fail, ,,,? When 2015 or 2016 comes we will be on those farm rates, are you gonna say its a fail then,,,,? In denial delusion,,,,

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:00

16. Commentator (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Both iOS and WP run 60fps.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:02

18. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


"iOS and WP run 60fps"

They do? I was trying to find a good source of this. Can you post it?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:16

22. Commentator (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


http://toucharcade.com/2012/02/10/soulcalibur-now-runs-at-60fps-on-a5-devices/

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:21

23. Commentator (Posts: 2504; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


As far as overall UI speed, I can't find an article or source either. You might be right about that, but iOS does have the ability to run 60fps.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:38

25. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I'm running games on my Note3 MaliT628x6 GPU over clocked at 800Mhz at 60Fps

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 02:53

38. Zack_2014 (Posts: 66; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


He failed himself xD

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:51

11. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


"Nice try but fail" so from your point of view they should not make it any smoother, or your fine the way it is....? Yea when iOS on there ios8 becomes more fluid than ios7, everyone's not gonna say: why did Apple do this, but to me it looks like you don't like to improve, but to remain how it is.

I'm an oldskool Android user with a rooted Note3 non LTE version. And I'm a Android fan, so what are you talking about....?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:01

17. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Android is already twice the FPS iOS and WP8 are. We would need better screen technology and most likely better battery technology too. We would need 120hz screens 1st. Making the FPS go from 60 fps to 120fps without 120hz screens would be a waiste. We can always get smoother but that's it own time. But, as of now Android 4.4 is smoothest and most stable OS.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 17:37

33. datsyuk (Posts: 177; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


You're right about Android incorporating more smoothness. As far as FPS goes it may be a good idea but more optimization needs to be done IMO. I've been running AOSP 4.4 builds and I gotta say iOS is still much smoother, consistent, and scrolls much better. Once Android does catch up this respect it will be very hard to beat. Android is smooth, but iOS is just so silky smooth it's tough to match.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 17:13

32. boosook (Posts: 1092; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


The nexus 5 is already very smooth.. where do you see problems?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 00:00

36. johnehms09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)


I think its fine,can be improve more someday.. what makes other os smoother is no extra feature on it.. what can you do on IOS after you text and call? as well as windows.. android has a lot of features and customization, thats why..

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 11:46

2. sip1995 (Posts: 945; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Let me guess, ALL the other android phones are out of this update, right ? Okay maybe the htc phones will be in, but never mind.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:14

4. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Really? Do you not know how this works? It's up to Samsung, HTC, LG, and others how fast and if the updates come out. The Nexus devices get them 1st becasue the software is controlled by Google. Don't like it, go get a Nexus...

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:17

5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4168; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Price to pay for having Android

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:37 6

8. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Troll detected.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:02 2

19. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Mxzy is in furious jealousy cause of What Android has to offer than what iOS offers.

Every iOS updates adds new feature what Android offers, that's leaving iOS 5 years behind. In 4 years time we will see every feature on iOS what already Android had 4years ago.

How is iOS any smoother,,,,?

iOS
Android
WP8
BB10
All runs at 60FPS

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:44

27. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4168; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Jealous of what exactly?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:49

29. vincelongman (Posts: 1714; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Also don't forget that older iOS devices don't get the same update
e.g. iPhone 4 without Siri/panorama (even though Google Now and panorama apps work fine)
Also iPhone 4 & 4S without AirDrop (even though 4 &4S have wifi/bluetooth, even phones from 10 years could send files via bluetooth)

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:43

26. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4168; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's not a knock against Android. Unless you have a nexus device updates aren't guaranteed for your device.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 12:47

10. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Having the smoothest and most stable OS is too...

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 03:50

40. techperson211 (Posts: 710; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Ironically your paying too much as well for your iOS 7.1 that keeps on crashing and shutting down.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 13:33

24. Awalker (Posts: 562; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It looks like the update mainly addresses software problems specific to the Nexus 5 and 7. If that's the case other manufacturers would be better off waiting for the 4.5 update.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 18:10

34. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


but the old one is still better than iOS & WP. I'm still waiting until iOS has widgets and WP can change the wallpaper, & both of them can change the theme lol

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 15:17

30. eman99 (Posts: 238; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


They should fix battery drainage

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 15:36

31. kassi (Posts: 87; Member since: 25 May 2013)


what we really need is better response time to reduce lag.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 02:15

37. Jishnusur (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


120Fps is slow motion guys.. -_-

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 02:56

39. Zack_2014 (Posts: 66; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Android does run UI at 60FPS.. but the thing is when there's a slight load , there is occasional drop in frame rates which cause it to stutter. Otherwise the UI is smooth.
In iOS or WP devices they might not be rendering at 60FPS but its consistant in its rendering, therefore a smoother user experience.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 15:56

41. jay86 (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Nexus smartphones are my favorites now, i was a Samsung fan, but not anymore, due to lack of innovation in terms of design, it feels like it's the same phone with new features every year. I currently have the Nexus 5, which i like a lot, and i can't wait to see what the Nexus 6 is going to bring to the table.

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