Android 4.4.3 now rolling out to Google Play Edition and Motorola devices

by: Edgar CervantesJune 3, 2014

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It didn’t take long for Android’s new update to start rolling out, after the release of the Android 4.4.3 factory images and many a rumor. The software update has been hitting Nexus devices, including the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, and now we are getting news of some other phones getting the OTA update.

As it is to be expected, Google Play Edition devices are next in line. Reports of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One M8 and HTC One M7 Google Play Edition smartphones getting the update are filling the blogosphere. Android 4.4.3 is spreading and you Google Play Edition phone may be next, so it might be smart to go and check for updates in the settings.


Also in line to get this update is Motorola’s lineup. Motorola has just announced its newest smartphones will get Android 4.4.3 this week, with some updates rolling out as soon as today. In the list of devices to be updated we can find the Moto X, Moto E and Moto G.

Motorola’s new UI is near-stock, making it rather simple for the manufacturer to update its devices. Such a quick update was unheard of in previous years, unless you had a Nexus device. Do keep in mind there are some exceptions, though.

Only Moto G and Moto E devices purchased in the US will get this update, as well as Moto G devices purchased in Brazil. And yes, the Moto G 4G LTE is included in this update! The Moto X update seems to be limited to T-Mobile users, but we can expect the update to hit other devices relatively soon.

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What comes with Android 4.4.3

This is all great news, but what is so special about this Android 4.4.3? Android 4.4.3 is not meant to be a huge update, but it does address some issues. Of course, as it goes with such upgrades, not everything was fixed and some other bugs were introduced.

The Dialer and People apps have also been improved with a Gmail-like design, but the changes are relatively small. Overall, this is still the same Android 4.4 KitKat we all know and love.

  • MasterMuffin

    I really REALLY hope there’s going to be a GPE G3 in I/O or that Motorola’s next flagship will be good

    • thartist

      Honestly, beyond the high end specs we know it will have, I’m seriously hoping that “good” means a great battery life. Not just good, GREAT. I’m tired of super specs and charging every day or so with moderate to heavy use. And i won’t trade Moto’s responsible updates for any other OEM.
      My next phone will definitely be the Moto X+1.

      • MasterMuffin

        Motorola seems to care about battery life so there’s a high chance it will have a great one!

    • Colts5609

      I would really like that too. But you know if is going to cost north of $600. Not sure if that would be worth the upgrade to my Nexus 5, plus it would need to have wireless charging (for me at least), unlike the US carrier models which I read are supposed to come without wireless charging.

  • Edwin Walker

    Any news on the XT1052?

  • deepen915

    how can I install this on the Moto G? It says “Up To Date” and still on 4.4.2

  • Raphaëll

    I have one question. Can I update my N5 while I’m on ART? Will this break my phone, since it’s an “experimental” feature? Thanks

  • Damon Salvador

    Fantastic !!

  • Colts5609

    Great, but how about my T-Mo Nexus 5?

  • Sandeep Rathore

    Received 4.4.3 OTA on my Nexus 5.

  • michael

    when does it come out for the unlocked nexus 5? still hacent gotten the update.

  • Nicholas

    My Moto G hasn’t got the update

  • Don Gerrard

    What happened to google nexus 5 in Australia no update but others getting it first so much for buying a google device for latest upgrades

    • dredwolf

      Relieved to know it is not just me! Unlocked Nexus 5, purchased from Google Play Store, delivered from Hong Kong, with Telstra SIM card. No update yet. Any confirmation of any updates for any phones in Australia yet?

    • Don Gerrard

      “Yey” Arrived in Australia today 10/6/14 on unlocked Nexus 5