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.

source: IBTimes, MYCE via RedmondPie

Related phones

Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)
Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3950 mAh



1. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

3. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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...

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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....

28. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 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

35. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Phone screens have a refresh rate of 60fps...gpu will hit limiter once it hit frame rate over no point in asking for 120fps scroll performance...or animations. off screen benchmarks may hit more than 60fps...coz screen is off :)

20. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014


7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

9. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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,,,,

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Both iOS and WP run 60fps.

18. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"iOS and WP run 60fps" They do? I was trying to find a good source of this. Can you post it?

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

38. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

He failed himself xD

11. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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....?

17. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

33. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

32. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

36. johnehms09

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 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..

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

4. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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...

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Price to pay for having Android

8. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Troll detected.

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Jealous of what exactly?

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