Yesterday brought word that Android 4.4.3 was finally due to arrive, with T-Mobile sounding the alarm. Problem was, this wasn’t the first time we’d heard a carrier advise its users that 4.4.3 was about to arrive – would this be another dud like Sprint’s announcement? We waited patiently all day and eventually we saw Google release a number of 4.4.3 factory images for Nexus devices: the update was confirmed. But where were those OTAs? Surely, Google wouldn’t leave us with just factory images, forced to wipe our devices while updating, right? Worry not, for this morning brings word of the first OTA update arriving, as well as gives us a look at just what changes Android 4.4.3 delivers.
So far, we’ve heard about the 4.4.3 OTA hitting this year’s Nexus 7. There’s no sign of a similar release just yet for the Nexus 5 (even though that’s the phone that really got this ball rolling over at T-Mobile), not the other Nexus models, but we’re sure that’s only going to be a matter of time; we wouldn’t be surprised to find ourselves updating this post later today with news of those arrivals.
Remember back in April when Google was caught tweeting pictures of an updated version of the Android dialer? And then a couple days later some new pics of the same dialer arrived, this time with evidence that they were taken from a phone running 4.4.3? Well sure enough, that new dialer is here. The changes there appear to be no more than skin deep, with some UI refreshes, and we see the same new look come to the People app. Minor changes, sure, but ones we’re still glad to finally see confirmed.