Nexus 7 To Receive Android 4.4.3 Update; List of Top 10 Android 4.4.3 Fixes (New)

A couple of days back, a new firmware for Nexus 5 leaked online with a build version of KTU65 running onAndroid 4.4.3. The update was alleged to fix the camera problem and the battery drain issue.

According to the recent report fromMyce, the latest Android 4.4.3 version with build number KTU83 has been sighted running on Nexus 5, which is code-named Hammerhead.

In addition, another Android 4.4.3 firmware with a build number KTU79 was spotted running on Nexus 7 (2013) model.

According to the naming convention followed by Google, the first letter of the build is the code-name of the release family (i.e. K for KitKat). The second letter denotes the branch code (i.e. R for Release). The following character denotes the quarter (U stands for Q1 2014) and the next 2 digits denote the date code (83 denotes the 83rd day in the quarter, i.e. March 24), writes XDA Developers.

With the patterns sorted out, the latest KTU83 Android 4.4.3 build for Nexus 5 was created on the March 24 2014.

With the new leaks on the possible Android firmware update for both Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013), it is only a matter of time before we get the official date of the rollout of Android 4.4.3.

According to reports from AndroidPolice, here is the list of Android 4.4.3 fixes:

1. The fixes to camera include mm-qcamera-daemon crash and camera focus in regular and HDR modes.

2. Power Manager wakelock fix.

3. Multiple Bluetooth fixes and FCC compliance fix.

4. Fix for the random reboot and the reportedly elusive ‘app shortcuts’ from the launcher after update.

5. Wi-Fi auto connect problem and USB debugging security fix.

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Android phone battery suffering? Here’s a simple fix

Android phones are good smartphones, but they occasionally suffer from the nasty “Sudden Battery Drain Syndome.” That’s the situation where the phone battery, with no different use by the owner, suddenly drains for no apparent reason. It turns out this is often caused by Google, and there’s a simple way to halt the drain.

The battery drain doesn’t happen often, but when it does it has the ability to leave you high and dry with a dead Android phone. You likely aren’t doing anything differently when it strikes, so it’s unexpected. This can have serious consequences, especially for workers needing to stay in touch with the office.

This situation hits fast, and there’s usually no warning the battery is draining to a critically low level. Often, the first warning that something is amiss is a critical battery warning from the phone.

It turns out that often this situation is caused by Google. Online research shows the culprit is often either Google Services or Play Services. Google Services is the background task on Android phones that keeps all of the company’s services in sync and updated. This covers Gmail and the Chrome environment, among other services. Play Services is the background task that interacts with Google’s Play Store, to keep installed apps updated in particular.

For some reason, these services sometimes get “stuck” doing their jobs, and this results in a big power drain on some phones. Perhaps the service is constantly polling user phones, resulting in a rapid drain on the battery.

Whatever the reason, when this happens it usually just hits a particular model of phone running a particular version of Android. Since it only hits a relatively small number of phones at once, it doesn’t gather widespread attention. Some folks end up with a near dead Android phone, while most are unaffected.

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