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AT&T halts Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One (M8), severe battery drain to blame

AT&T has had to halt the Android 4.4.3 update to the HTC One (M8). Users have reported sever power drain issues just days after AT&T finally pushed out the update.
August 29, 2014
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AT&T has halted updates to the HTC One (M8) just a short time after pushing it live. Users began receiving Android 4.4.3 recently, but an outcry of battery drain concerns have convinced AT&T to stop the update for review.

Although most users expected Android 4.4.4, HTC took all the important security fixes and lumped them into their Android 4.4.3 update for the HTC One (M8). Other than the Android fixes, HTC included extra optimization for Bluetooth, cellular connectivity and WiFi.

Also in the now delayed update are a few app updates to the Camera and Gallery apps, Power History inclusion to the Settings menu, improvements to the HTC Sync Manager, and some tweaks to BoomSound, Motion Launch and Quick settings.

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The equivalent update has already pushed out to Sprint, T-Mobile and many European owners of the HTC One (M8) and Verizon users are expected to see the update soon as well. Expected in the update for Verizon will be HTC’s take on extreme power saving, promising to deliver up to 8 hours for each 1% of battery discharge.

AT&T has not mentioned how long it will take to get the Android 4.4.3 update back on track. Hopefully they can knock out this battery drain bug soon, and that users do not have to wait for the Android L release update to see changes. On the flip side, AT&T has not made mention what plans there are to help users that have already seen the update and are suffering from rapid battery drain.

Have you received the Android 4.4.3 update for your AT&T HTC One (M8) – how has your battery life been?