As you likely already know, Android 4.4.3 has arrived in the form of factory images, binaries and even an OTA rollout has begun for the Nexus 7 (2013). So what’s new here? While we already know that the Dialer and People apps have been updated, there’s also a massive amount of bug fixes heading our way with the update.
The big question is whether Google has done away with some of the big hitting bug issues that plagued the Nexus 5 and other Nexus and no-Nexus devices. According to a compiled changelog from the list of code submitted to AOSP, there’s over 7,454 changes (minor tweaks, bug fixes, etc) in Android 4.4.3. Surely that means all our problems from Android 4.4.2 and earlier are over, right? Not all of them, unfortunately.
Android 4.4.3 brings many bug fixes and improvements, but it also seemingly ignores a few existing issues and introduces a few new bugs of its own
Its true that Android 4.4.3 brings fixes to Bluetooth issues that some folks had experienced, as well as a fix for popping sounds with flac audio files. There’s also improvements for low volume on wired headsets, better camera focus for the Nexus 5, audio quality improvements, a fix for Wi-Fi drop issues and plenty of improvements and fixes that effect ART, Dalvik and many other apps.
Searching through the XDA forums, however, it appears that a few big hitter issues remain such as the mm-qcamera-daemon battery draining problem and whistling during video recording. There are likely at least a few other bugs that are still awaiting fixes, though we obviously can’t produce a complete list so early into the game. It’s also worth mentioning that Android 4.4.3 brings a few new bugs of its own including LTE performance issues for some and a problem with LED notifications not working for missed calls.
Bottom-line, Android 4.4.3 should bring noticeable improvements and cures for many ailments that previously affected your KitKat-powered device, but it won’t necessarily fix everything. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more bout what bugs have been squashed and which ones haven’t.
For those that have already managed to update to Android 4.4.3, any other new or remaining bugs that you’ve noticed? Be sure to let our readers know in the comments.