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Android 4.4.3 Update Features List: What’s new?

Andrew Williams


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Android 4.4.3

The Android 4.4.3 update has been released for a few phones now, including the immensely popular Motorola Moto G and Nexus 5.

But this is a stop-gap release that is mostly comprised of small fixes and improvements. It’s not going to change your world, but it does offer a bunch of tweaks, some of which are specific to single devices. So what do you get? Let’s take a closer look.

Camera battery drain fixed in Nexus 5

One of the most serious Nexus-series issues with Android 4.4.2 is that the Nexus 5’s camera will often sap way more battery than you would expect. This is not something we noticed as a big problem with the camera (image quality was, at least with the original software), but there have been many reports online of the camera process sapping power long after you’ve actually stopped using it.

Want to check if your Nexus 5 is having issues? Check out the power consumption figures in the phone’s Settings menu to find out what is draining your phone’s battery. The errant bit of the camera is mm-qcamera-daemon, and Android 4.4.3 fixes this.

SEE ALSO: Nexus 5 camera review

Battery consumptions issues fixed in Motorola phones

Android 4.4.2 features some power consumption issues with Motorola’s Moto-series phones, the Moto E, Moto X and Moto G. While we didn’t experience any issues with this at review, there are power profile fixes in the Android 4.4.3 update that should help to wipe away any undue power-sapping.

Stability issues patched

As with virtually any update of any bit of software, Android 4.4.3 makes numerous stability fixes across the board, which should hopefully improve performance when you’re a little low in available RAM/virtual memory.

Minor Dialer app redesign

The most obvious visual design seen in Android 4.4.3 is the Dialer. It’s now a good deal lighter-looking than before, which is perhaps more in-line with the lighter, breezier feel that Android appears to be heading towards.

FLAC playback improved/fixed

Android 4.4.3 improves FLAC playback support in the inbuilt music player app. With other versions of Android 4.4, there’s a fair bit of popping and stuttering when you try to play some kinds of FLAC files.

While FLAC support has been available in Android since version Android 3.1, Google ‘broke’ it with Android 4.4. It seems not all that many people noticed it, but – hey – it’s fixed now, apparently.

Moto X and Moto G get Alert app

As well as adding core Android features, the Android 4.4.3 update for the Moto X and Moto G also sees the Alert app added. This is a Motorola-made app that was introduced in the Motorola Moto E.

What it does is to alert emergency contacts when you press an ‘alert’ button, and can inform selected contacts when you reach a certain location. We imagine it’ll come in most handy for parents who want to buy a Moto X or Moto G for their kids.

SEE ALSO: Android 5.0 release date, news and rumours

Moto X and Moto G get video pause function

Again, this is not specifically a Google Android feature, but one Motorola has added to its Android 4.4.3 update in the Motorola Moto X and Moto G. You can now pause video capture using an on-screen button in the camera app.

This lets you effectively edit on the fly, creating cuts in your videos without having to stitch together separate files.

Improved Moto X camera quality

Motorola is really going to town with the Android 4.4.3 update. One of the best bits is something totally specific to the Motorola Moto X.

Motorola claims the Moto X will have "Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera" with Android 4.4.3. This is good news as we did find the X to be a few rungs down from top phones like the Galaxy S5.

Next, read our Android 4.4. tips and tricks


June 5, 2014, 2:13 pm

still no mention of being able to "undo" any deleted text in a text message etc..
.a <ctrl+z> option like you would have on a Windows desktop...

What about the battery drain caused by Google Play Services - http://www.reddit.com/r/And... - I find turning off Location Access in Settings has made a massive difference.


June 5, 2014, 7:19 pm

My nexus 5 hasnt got the update yet .. Is there ne problem?


June 5, 2014, 7:44 pm

My nexus 5 hasnt updated yet. Is there ne problem?


June 5, 2014, 8:53 pm

my nexus 4 already updated.. no effect for my phone??


June 5, 2014, 9:19 pm

Just received the update on a Nexus 5.

The camera has really slowed down, sometimes (In HDR+ mode) taking several seconds to restore to the point when you can take another photo. This is a real pain.

The phone's dialer is different (blue numbers against white background for the keypad, different organization of frequently dialed numbers, unwelcome and giant Metro-like graphics for each entry in your frequently dialed list).

The Contacts app sees some changes (now you can't get away from the little colored tiles beside every entry), but it seems easier to show only one set of contacts, which should cut down on problems created when people use Exchange and Apps/Gmail contact lists.

Email app seems the same (they STILL don't let you see your calendar when opening an emailed meeting invitation - organizing the world's information my....).


June 5, 2014, 9:40 pm

Just got the update on my N4. Noticing connection issues, signal strength dropping out. Never had this issue prior to the update. I'm on t-mobile and always had a good connection.

Michael Mcatee

June 6, 2014, 12:02 am

I got my update(ota) on my nexus 5 :)


June 7, 2014, 5:01 am

So far, in my N 7 2013, just about all seems normal, but Google Sky's celestial lat/long curves/lines were badly messed up until I enabled location reporting. The South Celestial Pole ("SP", iirc) was on the local horizon line at geo. South. Polaris was near geo. North, again on the horizon line. It took a bit of fussing with location, restarting Sky, and iirc rebooting, but not in that order.

Btw, anybody know why Google killed Compass Mode in G. Street View?

Nathaniel Clay (NatT96)

June 7, 2014, 7:17 am

Just noticed that! I really don't know.

Nathaniel Clay (NatT96)

June 7, 2014, 7:27 am

I find a slightly faster boost in performance on my stock rooted Nexus 7(2013). Applying the OTA update was very easy with the root toolkit and this guide I found http://nexus5.wonderhowto.c.... The crash issue I had is completely gone, so to the people who had that issue, it seems resolved. Now the devices boot time increased by 2 seconds and widgets and SuperSU granted apps start slower when booting the device on in a while.


June 7, 2014, 7:27 am

Looking good!

Nathaniel Clay (NatT96)

June 7, 2014, 7:28 am

I wrote this. not a guest


June 9, 2014, 10:54 pm

I have a moto-x and the power update is absolutely amazing. I used to have to charge the phone every night or it would be dead by morning, but I forgot last night and it was at about 80% when I woke up.

Loren Railsback

June 11, 2014, 12:43 pm

How did you achieve that look with your status bar and menu buttons? I want to do that on my N7.


June 16, 2014, 4:57 pm

i would like to know when will moto x recieve 4.4.3 update in india


June 17, 2014, 2:35 am

The 4.4.3 update broke the wi-fi capability for my Nexus 4, and my phone now turns to 24-hour time on its own. The little slider that turns the wi-fi 'on' is grayed out in 'off' mode. How do i re-image with 4.4.2?! I cannot find a link to download it anywhere.

kim mitchell

June 22, 2014, 3:03 am

From this week, Android software update Now when I leave a bright app all web pages are dim & grey & I cannot see properly I don't want this. How can I fix it? I want my brightness controls back for internet.

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