Google rolls out Android 4.4.4 after buggy 'bug-fixing' 4.4.3 release

Just weeks after Android 4.4.3 arrived, hot on its heels follows 4.4.4 which is rolling out to Google's Nexus 4, 5, 7 and 10 devices right now over-the-air.

As reported by Android Central, the update first appeared as factory images for the Nexus range on the Google Factory Image developers page yesterday. It comes as a surprise as users received the 4.4.3 update mere weeks ago.

Don't expect much to be contained within though. The download is just 2.5Mb in size and Google does not even list the changes. It may contain fixes for some of the bugs that users have noted in 4.4.3 such as random rebooting, battery life issues, strange Google Play store errors and issues with notifications and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The 4.4.3 update arrived just over two weeks ago and was considerably larger at up to 91.7MB depending on device. Although this also contained largely bug fixes and security improvements, a completely redesigned dialer interface was also introduced.

If you are running a Nexus device and have got a 4.4.4 update today, let us know what it is like in the comments below. Don't forget to mention if you are noting the sudden absence of any of the bizarre 4.4.3 issues too as we would be interested to know.

Source: AndroidCentral | Image via Google

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I have just finished the hard reset bootloader procedure on youtube by Jamie Lee Wagner again, after trying to install the 4.4.4 system update on my Nexus 5 (LG , not rooted).
I had to do this after the 4.4.3 update as well, but then I succeded at a second attempt.
I suspect it had to to with conflicts with all the other applications updates going on simultaneously. And I suspect this is what happened this time too.
Well, I am curiously awaiting what will be on offer now from the Google team for my phone - the 4.4.3 or the 4.4.4 system upgrade. Maybe I'll skip both.

Addendum: After rebooting and syncing with Google I am surprised to see that what I have now on my Nexus 5 is Android 4.4.4 build KTU84P. I was expecting a hard reset to take me back to a previous version. Well I hope it's more stable than the last update, which was rebooting without notice from time to time.

Nothing to do with Google. All Nexus devices do auto-update. For non-Nexus devices, its because these manufacturers bloat the android experience by adding their own visions for android.

If you're like me and customize your phone (custom recovery for example), then you won't or most likely won't be getting auto-updates. I have to do mine manually. No biggie.

Google must add Auto update capability to Android.
It is very Bad that we need to wait for Long time until the manufacturer release the update

utomo said,
Google must add Auto update capability to Android.
It is very Bad that we need to wait for Long time until the manufacturer release the update

Nothing Google van directly influence, as each device has their specific drivers and additional device-specific apps.

They're trying to move a lot of the stuff over the Google Play services to minimize the amount of system updates.

No updates available for my nexus 5 in the UK (via OTA), on 4.4.3 and never had a problem with it, only thing I noticed on 4.4.3 was the new dialer

I sometimes think that bugs are caused due to the openness of Android. I mean, there are many apps that modify the complete Android OS, and some of the settings changed in an update can conflict with the OS in some unknown way (at least that's what I think).

Apps on Android can only modify low level system files on rooted devices. Apps on a non-rooted device do not interfere with the operating system itself.

The apps run in a virtual machine. The only modifications that can slow down the OS are the modifications made by the phone manufacturers or third party ROM devs.
Android is, in general, buggy and slow. Some phone manufacturers do it well, others do not what so ever. Some rather fill it with useless apps that start automatically even though you've never enabled it.

Unless there's an underlying iOS flaw, the apps are to blame.
Popularity brings a lot more developers, many inexperienced or developers rush the apps, making them flawed.
I'm not defending iOS, I have no experience with it.

Radium said,
Unless there's an underlying iOS flaw, the apps are to blame.

So when Android crashes, it's because of the OS. But when iOS crashes, it's the app's fault.
I see what you did there. ;)

I never said that Android apps crash nor did I complain about apps.
Android itself and how it works makes me not want to touch it.
...and, Google. Same with Apple... they both bring a bad taste to my mouth.
Google harvest your data and sell it. Apple believe that what ever they do is world first and the best thing there is.

Radium said,
I never said that Android apps crash nor did I complain about apps.
Android itself and how it works makes me not want to touch it.
...and, Google. Same with Apple... they both bring a bad taste to my mouth.
Google harvest your data and sell it. Apple believe that what ever they do is world first and the best thing there is.

Lol, I love how you try to make Google's data gathering sound bad. They completely anonymize and aggregate your data with thousands, if not millions of other peoples data before any customer gets to see it. To be honest, I don't know why anyone would be worried about that :s.

They also use a lot of their data gathering technology to improve the services they offer you.

I'm not a Google fanboy but I couldn't handle another person on this site trying to demonize Google's ad data gathering because they have no legitimate complaints with Google but hate them because they're MS fanboys.

Has anyone else found that the 4.4.3 update has increased battery usage? I still get through a day easily, but with less power left than I used to.

Cryton said,
Has anyone else found that the 4.4.3 update has increased battery usage? I still get through a day easily, but with less power left than I used to.

I noticed when my Note II updated to 4.4.2 it turned on the tap and pay function (NFC) which was off by default. That in itself would increase battery usage.

xrobwx said,

I noticed when my Note II updated to 4.4.2 it turned on the tap and pay function (NFC) which was off by default. That in itself would increase battery usage.

Stock Android has NFC enabled by default. Sorry, but touchwiz doesn't count

Minooch said,

Stock Android has NFC enabled by default. Sorry, but touchwiz doesn't count


WTF is touchwiz? On my Note II it NFC was off or perhaps I turned it off shortly after buying it. (I don't remember) Either way it was turned back on after the update. My point was that the perceived battery drain could be more than just the OS.

xrobwx said,

WTF is touchwiz? On my Note II it NFC was off or perhaps I turned it off shortly after buying it. (I don't remember) Either way it was turned back on after the update. My point was that the perceived battery drain could be more than just the OS.

Touchwiz is the overlay interface on Samsung devices. This update is about pure Android devices (the Nexus line).

There's also a slightly newer baseband available, perhaps as a fix for the wifi issues. My N5 behaved as expected on 4.4.3 however.

Mi Nexus 4 did well on 4.3 as well! Never had any of the problems experienced by people. In fact, it did address many of the concerns I was having such as problems with the contact form, that I used to click on the name and it wouldn't call.

Let's see this bug-bug fix. :p

Edit: And, btw, haven't received the update notification yet.

Studio384 said,
4.4.4 contains all 4.4.3 bugs. It only fixed an OpenSSL-related issue.

Not entirely accurate. According the the changelog this fix contains a bugfix for OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0224) in addition to fixes for WebView, Chromium, and a couple of fixes for logging and other security issues. It also includes a new baseband radio but it's not clear what had changed.