Android 4.4.3 brings a ton of bug fixes, ignores a few old problems and introduces a few new ones

by: Andrew GrushJune 3, 2014

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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.

  • Manish Kumar

    dialer not working properly in 4.4.3 art runtime

    • did u update your nexus 7?

      • Manish Kumar

        I have nexus 5

        • dmmarck

          Mine is working just fine on ART. Have made a few phone calls already.

        • Jeff Miller

          Did you clear cache?

          • Lisandro O Oocks

            I got better idea, call Google get new one.

        • Sean Ashmore

          I had this exact same problem this morning and for me it was because I had the animation scales set to ‘off’ in the developer options. Have you maybe done the same? Once I set the values to at least 0.5 the bug wouldn’t reproduce for me again.

  • asdf

    any news on pressy????

    • Chris

      They went bankrupt and will not be shipping their product. They can’t give refunds either, because of the bankruptcy. Sorry :(

      • If they are bankrupt, why is it still possible to order one? That’s illegal.

  • Damon Salvador

    7000 + Bug fixes .!!

  • MasterMuffin

    It’s always like this: fix a bug, introduce 2 new ones :D

  • Jon George

    Well I guess ill stop looking for it since it dont help my one issue…mm-qcamera-daemon on my note 3 running X-note…funny my S3 with SlimKat isnt affected by it tho

  • Yup/

  • Sen. Rockie

    New version of android. Fixes bugs, ignores some, and introduces new ones.

    Google don’t be like DICE.

  • KometuesiSerioz

    There is still notification delay on Viber, Whatsap and FB Messenger.
    Im gonna get an Iphone because Im tired from delayed notifications

    • Sunny

      I get instant motifs in my Moto g O.o must be something wrong with your phone

      • KometuesiSerioz

        There is nothing wrong, I have stock android and unrooted and I have tried everything, changing roms, rooting, PNF,,, and still no fix.

    • Terry Parker

      I sure an Iphone will solve all your problems and probably cure whatever ails you. Plus it will figure everything out for you. You will also be part of the in crowd. Bonus!

    • paul j

      You won’t be missed.

  • Bedjam Rivera

    Only glitch I’ve found so far is when I’m on a phone call and the call drops for the other person it doesn’t show that the call was dropped. It still shows as if the person was still on the phone.

  • James

    Aspect ratio of the outgoing video on Skype calls seems all screwed up on my N7 now.

    • mark

      This also seems to be screwing up some 3rd party camera apps, for video and in some cases photo. Stock camera is unaffected, suggesting this may be dependent on how apps choose their preview sizes.

  • toiletduck

    Please, please, please, fix the SD card write-restriction access with 4.4.3 kitkat update.. im dying here.. :'(

    • Ben Edwards

      There’s an Xposed module that takes care of that issue if you care to install the framework.

  • smokebomb

    I just want ART on the note 3.

    • Jon George

      @smokebomb…+20 sir…all I want is a fix for mm-qcamera-daemon & ART back for my Note3. ..hate not using my camera due to that damn wretched mm-qcamera-daemon

  • whispy_snippet

    4.4.3 has completely broken Bluetooth on my stock 2013 Nexus 7. I previously suffered virtually no Bluetooth issues. However, since updating, I now get constant hiccups, stutters, sync issues and even an increase in drop outs. It’s a nightmare and extremely disappointing. Even a factory reset hasn’t resolved my issues.

    I’ll be skipping 4.4.3 with my Nexus 5 and will wait for the big update at Google IO.

  • Noli Howell

    lucky me never had a problem with the camera process mm-qcamera-daemon but i cant see the improvement in battery life

  • Neo_182

    Wifi still dropping out on n4…disappointed yet again. Back to 4.2 for me….

    • fred

      Yup. I lose it too. I have to turn Wi-Fi off and on again to get it to work. Plus using Bluetooth to play music in my car caused my sgs4 to reboot constantly. It’s way worse than it was with 4.4.2

  • I was using a 3rd party messenger app instead of hangouts, I was using the Kit Kat messenger in play that had the slant eyes. It stopped working and would not operate correctly after the upgrade. I tried uninstalling and installing it again and had the same problem. I had to enable hangouts and use that. If anyone is having the same problem and found a better replacement app please share. I am not liking the hangout app for my sms.

    • Torgeir Hassel

      Im having the same problem. Have you found any other solution in another forum?

      • No. I’ve been downloading them one by one and so far the best is textra.

        • Torgeir Hassel

          I’m an ass. I found my problem. It was my built in privacy guard function (Carbon rom) that simply blocked the messanger app from reading contacts…. (using the same as you). Sorry, good luck.

  • Perry_F

    Just got the update yesterday on my N4. Notice my network connection is dropping out. Signal strength was alot better before upgrade. Any body else having connectivity issues? I’m on t-mobile and never had connection issues in the past.

    • brooke

      yes, I am having wi-fi connectivity issues too. v frustrating. t-mobile too here.

  • Tima24

    I have the battery draining issue now post the 4.4.3 update. it wont even last for half a day on stand-by mode.
    ~ Nexus 4

  • Jonas Purtschert

    Phone heats up for no reason. For example using twitter for 15 minutes makes the phone capable of baking a cake.

  • Paul S

    My bluetooth still drops occasionally.
    Only fix is to keep wifi off in the car.

    Not a fix since it’s very frustrating. And not everyone is savvy enough to know this solution.

    Nexus 4 4.4.3

  • Praveen Narayan

    I am using nexus 5 and i can’t hear anything when I switch to loud speaker from head set..every time I need to switch off and on ….after this 4.4.3 update…can anyone help

  • Sergio HC

    I am having an extrange issue on nexus4 andriod 4.4.3 stock no root with dart enabled: while watching a video i push volume up but it changes the phone volume, not multimedia. Going to settings and popping multimedia volume up doesnt work at all. Volume is about 10% and cant be changed.

  • Android Worst

    In 4.4.2 : only about 150 mb left for new apps. Factory fitted apps took up most of space. Cannot save apps to Internal SD card or External SD Card. Apps like Fb cannot be downloaded due to lack of enough storage.
    Is this the way android looks to go – and force users to G+ from Fb ? Rooting is the only solution ?
    (Phone specs: Internal SD 2GB, RAM 1 GB, Phone 1GB.)

  • portfolio

    so avoid this update for galaxy s5 and samsung galaxy note 3 may be the best choice

  • Saurabh

    I am having serious call problems with Nexus 5 !! Call quality as well as audio and speaker quality is extremely unsatisfactory !!
    Request Google to please provide a fix the call quality problems first as the rest can be fixed over time !!

  • Victor Thipparapu

    whenever i open the settings it pops up on the screen “unfortunately the settings have stopped”
    help me guys
    it has been only a week of my purchase
    and im new to smartphone……

  • bipul

    After upgrading from android jelly bean 4.2.1 to kitkat 4.4.2 many apps have become incompatible with my ddevice. Could not even download them from Google play store again..

  • bipul

    I think some rooting issue

  • jim

    i am having problems with HTC One running android 4.4.3 cannot add, edit or delete contacts to the phone. The buttons are unresponsive. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?