Android 4.4.3: List of features and improvements


On surface, the Android 4.4.3 update does not seem to include many new features or enhancements. However, once you start using your Nexus device after installing the update, you will realize that Google has made a lot of minor changes throughout the OS.

Below is a quick list of all the changes that Google has made with the Android 4.4.3 update and which are clearly visible on the Nexus.

  • A tweaked Dialer app with a colored Action bar.
  • People’s app now placeholder images are now similar to that one used by Gmail.
  • Fix for mm-qcamera-daemon bug.
  • The hissing sound while recording videos on the Nexus 5 is fixed. However, there is now a strange echo in the recorded audio.
  • Fix for LTE connection dropping bug.
  • Wi-Fi improvements.
  • Microphone and earphone related changes.
  • Lot of other under-the-hood camera, Bluetooth and other system related bug-fixes.
The new slightly re-designed Dialer in Android 4.4.3

I also noticed that the camera on my Nexus 5 was focusing slightly faster, but until and unless there are some hard numbers to prove this, I will file this under placebo.

The list is far from complete and will be updated as and when any new changes are discovered in Android 4.4.3. If you find anything, definitely drop in a comment and let us know!

Update: Developers can find the detailed change-log over at FunkyAndroid.

Apparently, it also looks like the mm-qcamera-daemon bug has not been fixed properly, as reported by some users over at XDA forums. Also, LED notifications are not working for missed calls but it never worked for them right from the beginning.

Also, for those asking, Xposed framework is still compatible with Android 4.4.3. However, most custom kernels are not.

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  • Vijay Nlsn Raj
  • internetactivist

    I need chocolate

  • Harrythesnotgobbler

    Hot new feature. If you go to Settings > About Phone > Model Number, the 2 changes to a 3.
    And that’s about all there is worth getting excited about.

  • Hazrat Ali Khan Afridi

    When will the new update available
    want to try it

  • Pulkit Anand

    Do tell us if you see any major improvement in battery life over 4.4.2, as kitkat has proved that “Not every update is an improvement”. It is good to know that it has around 32 bugfixes or so. Thanks!

    • Akshay Mehta

      it’s been out for less than a day yet. battery life stats should take some time. there’s a new kernel, lets see

      • Bob Bigellow

        OK, it’s been a few more minutes. How about now? Is battery life improved?

        • catman99

          Battery life on my Nexus 4 is now terrible. I’m not sure it will even last a day on standby ie doing nothing. They must have introduced some new battery drains….

  • Simon Belmont

    Weird. I didn’t notice any echo in my video recordings after the update.

    But the hiss was definitely diminished or completely eliminated. I’m happy.

    • Akshay Mehta

      same here. audio quality in the video has improved.Yayyyyyy !

      • Mike

        Camera’s video recording audio is terribly garbled sounding for me after the 4.4.3 update. Sound like the phone is under running water or something.

  • Srinivasa Prabhu

    I flashed the factory image. There is nothing in UI has drastically changed except Dialer App. But I did notice that performance is improved. I have not noticed qccamera-deamen yet. Still its just hours since I installed. Everything pretty much the same as that of 4.4.2. Runs smooth and Fluid. I did not notice any echo either on video recording. Did notice that focusing is slightly faster. Will keep posting if I come to know any. For those who really believe in what they are doing, Try flashing images rather wait for for OTA to experience the update.

  • Raphaëll

    I have one question. Can I update while I’m on ART? Will this break my phone? Thanks

    • Papa

      that’s 2 questions,not 1….

      • Raphaëll

        Yes smartass. This better?

        *Will my phone break if I update while I’m on ART?*

        • Guest

          That’s still 2 questions

          • That Guy


    • Rajesh

      Yes, you can.

      • Raphaëll

        Thanks Rajesh.

    • Brendan McCoy

      No, this update won’t break your phone if you’re using ART.

  • Hazrat Ali Khan Afridi

    How long it will be available for Samsung devices
    can’t wait
    and if the Samsung os Tizen launches
    is it be available through OTA

    • Rajesh

      Depending on your Galaxy device, you are looking at anywhere between 2 to 6 months.

      • Hazrat Ali Khan Afridi

        Thanks Rajesh

  • Antony

    Well, Xposed Framework 2.6.1 seems to cause 4.4.3 to be stuck in Google logo. So no, it is not fully compatible.

    • Rajesh

      Yes, it is. I am using it without any issues on my Nexus 5.

      Make sure that you are not using ART.

      • Antony

        my runtime remains as Dalvik.
        I may try to wipe my cache and attempt again, but it is not fun to see the phone stuck in Google logo (did not even reach the booting animation)

  • Vallabh Raut

    I have found in 4.4 kitkat version of Android that when the phone restarts the customized wallpaper resolution changes automatically. This is very annoying that we need to readjust the size of the customized wallpaper. Request you to fix this thing.

  • Muhammad Farooqi

    I had my nexus updated last night.. somehow it’s good.. but Its annoying me.. because a lot of problems i’m facing.. i’m using wifi… and Internet is not working in browsers.. .. while communication apps i.e. viber, skout etc are working.. many applications are now not responding properly..

    does anybody face this problem??.. or it’s only with me

    • Abishek

      probably you should just update your browser too.!!

      • Muhammad Farooqi

        Actually I had been using “Run Time” in “developer options” as “Use ART” .. when I upgrade my nexus 4… my application were starting crashing.. I switched back to “Use Dalvik” .. restarted and then again “Use ART” … and restarted.. then.. upgrade stock applicatiosn.. and now. its working Fine..

    • John Michael Tierney

      I have the Nexus 5 and I got the same problem I thought it was just me

      • Muhammad Farooqi

        could you have resolved this..? . … they way i did to resolve it..

  • Vinod C

    LED still not Working for Missed call on Nexus $

  • BlackAle

    Why does Google feel the need to constantly mess around with notification sounds, I used Pong for ages, but that is no longer available.

  • Anonymous

    this new “update” is a riot…. when are the google dev’s going to focus more on giving the user more security features? Like, disable an individual app from knowing where I am located, VPN support… Come on google… your letting us geeks down

  • Hoffy2th

    Still messed up Bluetooth echo when making calls

  • Eugene

    Pulse notification light issue not fixed in 4.4.3.

  • asif

    I want a theme in my nexus 4…its only available in the desktop page….when I open menu I get a black background…is it possible to somehow get images or themes applied as background of menu?

  • jittu

    the black raster below the screen appears after i have updated the nexus5 to 4.4.3 is there any way to get the balck part in the bottom screen to be removed like the 4.4.2 version.