Android 4.4.3 landing today? Carrier mentions release for Nexus models
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.