Report: Google dogfooding Android 4.4.3; next KitKat build just weeks away from public consumption?
Google has starting dogfooding Android 4.4.3, according to the buzz around the virtual water cooler. For those who think that we are talking about Alpo, or Snoopy's famous suppertime dance, it is actually a term that means the new OS build is getting tested internally at Mountain View. Currently, the testing is being done by 1% of Google employees who work outside the Android team, according to the most recent rumor.
Current "dogfooding" is limited to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10. Google Play edition models and the Motorola Moto X will soon join the action.
Once the dogfooding expands to more than 1% of non-Android Google employees, and there are no major problems reported, it will be ready for the public to receive it via an OTA update. By the way, Google says that Android 4.4.3 contains "critical security and stability" fixes.
1. gigaraga (Posts: 733; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Well there be a 4.4.3 release for devices outside the 'Nexus' group? (Note 3, G2 for example)
6. AfterShock (Posts: 2792; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Depends really, some of these bugs were fixed by various OEMS already.
So they may skip releasing an update to their skin covered version of android until more substantial goodies are added.
7. datsyuk (Posts: 159; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)
If the G2 especially just hit 4.4.2, good luck seeing a 4.4.3 update haha. The official OTA isn't even out or announced for Verizon for 4.4.2 nearly 6-7 months after the release of 4.4. As you can guess I am upset about this haha. Before you know it the next version of Android will hit and it will be left behind. I'm gonna hold off until Verizon gets a Nexus device because even with development without the official releases don't give devs all the tools they need for good ROM development.
8. AfterShock (Posts: 2792; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I suspect your carrier is the evil man in the middle more so in your case then the OEM.
Still, Nexus Ftmfw!
12. o0Exia0o (Posts: 343; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
I suspect that you will be waiting a while, after the Galaxy Nexus debical I dont thank that Verizon will be receiving a Nexus anywhere in the near future. That makes me sad also because I am on VZW and I would love to own a Nexus device, but this the price that I pay for the grandfathered unlimited plan and the coverage that I enjoy. Oh well! :(.......
3. imkyle (Posts: 982; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
If there are "critical security and stability" improvements, all Android phones should get this asap.
10. Retro-touch (Posts: 252; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
Clearly you don't understand that Google only rolls out these updates to Nexus phones which they are responsible for, all other phones from Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC etc. software updates come from those OEMS directly has nothing to do with Google, you are at the mercy of these manufacturers to get updates
13. o0Exia0o (Posts: 343; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
I suspect that the Moto G, being that it has only minor changes to the UI, that Moto will be rolling the update out fairly quickly.
11. vincelongman (Posts: 1061; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Yes, it will fix the mm-qcamera-daemon battery draining bug (I just had that bug today, only second time but still really annoying)
9. LegolasDimir (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2014)
which means it will take even longer for the g2 to get kitkat on verizon... because they will probably only want to do one update
14. 1701nino (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I just hope nexus 4 users will get the next version of android.
15. LegolasDimir (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Apr 2014)
Your probably right its just frustrating to be stuck back here in jelly bean land whilst the other carriers get kitkat