Today Google posted the Android 4.4.4 factory images for a number of the Nexus devices. The news is fairly unexpected, especially after the recent and highly publicized release of Android 4.4.3.
In fact, it seems that the release is to patch up a security flaw that appears in Android 4.4.3. The flaw is essentially an OpenSSL bug that allows a man-in-the-middle attack, similarly but different from Heartbleed.
Experiencing problems with the Android 4.4.3 update on your Nexus device? You are not alone. While just about every Nexus device with the update is being affected by bugs, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have apparently been hit the hardest. Issues being reported included WiFi connection drops and lagging within the Dialer app. The Nexus 4’s rebooting issue has even returned despite supposedly being fixed with the update. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are also experiencing issues in the form of battery life and notification woes.
Hopefully Google moves quickly and releases a patch or promises some changes with the next version of Android. That could be a long wait, though, as Google I/O is just over one week away. Some of these issues are not minor.
Source: Android Origin
Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.
We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.
source: XDA Developers
T-Mobile recently tipped off the media that the Android 4.4.3 factory image would be released to Nexus devices, and it looks like that tip-off was right. Google released the factory images for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on their images and binaries pages. You can hit the source link to download it for yourself, or you can wait for the over the air update.
Source: Google (Factory Images), Google (Binaries)
We have been anticipating Android 4.4.3 for a while now, but today could finally be the day that it starts rolling. We have no idea if it’s premature or not, but T-Mobile says the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) are going to get the update starting today. The builds are KTU84M (Nexus 5) and KTU84L (Nexus 7 2013) and include many bug fixes. The changelog isn’t posted, but we suspect that it will include fixes to the camera, Wi-Fi issues, and numerous other annoying bugs.
Next Friday, a slew of Nexus devices could be getting a software update. The next version of KitKat, Android 4.4.3, will allegedly be pushed to the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 on May 23. While this update will likely bring minor changes, Google is bound to be cooking something for I/O next month. So we will just have to wait and see.
Be sure to let us know next week if you get the update.
Source: Android Geeks
Google already cut the costs of cases for their Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 back in January, but for those who missed out, the cases are now being offered at 25% off.
Unfortunately some of the cases aren’t available for sale at this time, but Google is adding the HP Chromebook 11 to the list of devices with cases for sale. Nexus 5 owners will also be able to buy the black LG QuickCover for $37.49. Otherwise they can buy the bumper case for $26.24 in one of 4 colors. For those who own a Nexus 7, a case can be picked up for $37.49, or you can buy the sleeve for $22.49.
Source: Google Play
With sales of the Nexus 7 not hitting their mark, rumor has it that Google is already looking to July to release a new generation of tablet that’s just a little bigger. More rumors have the 8-inch tablet coming in at close to nine, 8.9 inches to be exact. While the Nexus line is famous for bringing quality hardware at a lower-than-premium price point, a new rumor suggests that this new tablet will break away from that tradition.
Google’s going global today. Following Chromecast’s release in 11 new countries, the Nexus 5 and 7 are also available in a plethora of new countries. The Nexus 5 is now available in Austria, Belgium, Portugal and Sweden, taking the total number of countries where it is available up to 20, while the Nexus 7 is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, also bringing the number of countries to 20.
The LTE-enabled Nexus 7 is still available in just 12 of the 20 total countries. Prices for the devices obviously range from country to country, but in European countries, we’re seeing 349€ for the 16GB and 399€ for the 32GB Nexus 5, while the Nexus 7 is going for 269€ for 16GB and 299€ for 32GB.
Source: Google Play Support
Xiaomi has released its MIUI Android ROM which supports tablet devices. The ROM is available as an open beta for the 2013 edition Nexus 7.
The company said that this isn’t just based on the MIUI V5 software, but is a completely revamped software with native apps, system menus and new screen animations suited for both screen orientations.