Google Play edition phones get their taste of Android 4.4.3

Google may have taken its sweet time in getting around to the release of Android 4.4.3 – evidence of the build had been hanging just out of reach for months before Google finally went ahead with distribution this week – but now that it’s here we’re seeing updates waste no time at all in becoming available. Unsurprisingly, Nexus models led the pack, though Motorola wasn’t too far behind with news of updates for its own recent Androids. But before we let Motorola distract us and start checking-in with every OEM under the sun to see where they stand with update availability, what about the other half of the Nexus equation: Google Play edition devices? They’re similarly on the short list to get 4.4.3 first, and we’ve received word that updates have already been landing.

At least, 4.4.3 updates have been spotted for the GPe Galaxy S4, HTC One, One M8, and Sony Z Ultra. That’s not quite everybody, though; what about the rest? Well, we haven’t heard direct confirmation for the GPe Moto G, but considering how eager Motorola is to get 4.4.3 out to the regular Moto G, we can’t imagine the GPe version will be far behind. That leaves the LG G Pad 8.3, and while being a tablet makes it the odd man out here, we haven’t seen anything to suggest that its 4.4.3 update will be delayed; with any luck, it’s already on its way out.

We know, we know: 4.4.3 is about as far from a game-changer as you can get, and there’s not a heck of a lot to look forward to in it. But the latest release is the latest release, after all, and being the smartphone fans we are, we can’t help but put its distribution under the microscope like this.

Source: Android Police

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