Google’s been working on a new release of Android: no surprise there. We’ve spotted evidence pointing to development of Android 4.4.3, with versions in testing on both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. We’ve even had a decent sense of what to expect from the update, with rumors suggesting that this was primarily a bugfix update, without a focus on new features. The only big question was when we might see this new Android actually released, as despite all the signs of Google’s testing, we really didn’t have any proper sense of an ETA. Well, this might as well be platform-update-Monday, as in addition to the new availability of the Windows Phone 8.1 preview for developers, Android 4.4.3 is also making an appearance, with Sprint leading the charge.
“Sprint?” you ask, “isn’t the point of Nexus devices that we get the updates from Google first?” Well, yes, and we very much expect to see Google make with its own Android 4.4.3 distribution in the (very) immediate future. For the moment, though, Sprint has announced that today a new Android update is headed out to its fleet of Nexus 5 handsets, build KTU48F. That’s actually a little earlier a build than what we saw in testing the other week, but still very much in 4.4.3 territory (Update: That looks like a typo, and the correct build would be KTU84F). Just as expected, this is a bugfix release with no sign yet of major new features, though this Sprint version does enable the phone to support a pair of additional LTE bands, for use with Sprint Spark.
With the cat out of the bag, expect 4.4.3 to start hitting the non-carrier-affiliated Nexus 5 any time now. The Nexus 7 should quickly join it, and while we haven’t spotted any test builds for the Nexus 4 in particular, we imagine that update’s on its way soon, too.