It feels like Android 4.4.3’s been hanging just out of reach for months now. It’s not that we’re expecting any kind of game-changer, and it seems we’ll be getting what by all accounts is mostly a bug-fix update, but we’re still quite curious to learn when it will ultimately arrive. Will we be waiting until Google I/O later this month? It turns out that 4.4.3 may arrive significantly before then, as today T-Mobile posts notice that updates are on their way for both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a carrier tell us that 4.4.3 was on its way, with Sprint pulling quite the same routine back in April. That ultimately proved to be a non-starter, but is T-Mobile actually on to something this time? Well, we haven’t heard any confirmed reports of updates arriving just yet, but the day’s still young. And certainly the timing would be a minor victory, were this news to prove to be true, helping to distract us all a little from the expected announcement of iOS 8 at WWDC later today.
At this point, we’d say we’re feeling cautiously optimistic that T-Mobile’s heads-up is right on the money, and 4.4.3 will be on its way in a matter of hours. Really, there’s no big component of 4.4.3 that justifies a formal I/O unveiling, and by now 4.4.3 has started to feel a bit overdue.
Update: It’s official. AOSP 4.4.3 binaries are now available for the Nexus 5, 4, 10, and both years of the 7.