Nexus owners report numerous bugs in bug-fixing Android 4.4.3 update

Google began its rollout of the newest update to Android earlier this month, bringing the latest version of the OS up to 4.4.3. The update brings nothing significant in the way of new features to Android, but is intended to fix various issues and bugs, including enhanced stability, more reliable Exchange ActiveSync support and improved battery performance. 

But some of those who have installed the update on their devices have seen new bugs and problems spring up, as Android Origin reports. Some owners of the Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones - and, to a lesser degree, the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets - have reported experiencing one or more of the following: 

  • Issues with Wi-Fi connectivity (and a handful of reports of 3G connectivity issues)
  • Random reboots (particularly on the Nexus 4, which also had this issue in Android 4.4.2)
  • Problems with notifications 
  • Battery life issues 
  • Various errors in the Google Play store 
  • Unspecified problems with Exchange ActiveSync 
  • Bugs in certain apps, which did not occur in Android 4.4.2
  • Lag in the redesigned Android dialer (particularly affecting the Nexus 5)

It must be stressed that these issues are not affecting all devices, although certain models are experiencing particular bugs more than others, as highlighted in the list above. 

Google has not yet acknowledged these reported problems publicly, so it is unclear whether or not the company is working on a fix to resolve them. If you've experienced any of these issues - or others - since updating to Android 4.4.3, be sure to let us know in the comments below. 

Source: Android Origin 

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Mine has rebooted once or twice using X Note, and sometimes my screen turns on randomly as if I've pulled it out of my pocket. Yes dw I know they won't fix it if it has something to do w the rom but hopefully just Google code.

I received the OTA update notification but I couldn't get it to install properly. I forgot to remove Xposed Framework so instead of waiting for the notification to come back, I flashed CyanogenMod 11 M7 on my device. I don't have 4.4.3 yet but I'm sure I'll get it with CM11 M8.

No problem with n5 but I'm not a heavy user on a particular features more of a casual of all mostly deezer lol. One thing tought, the os is smoother since the last update. Nothing major to report but who knows..

Yes, all that! And also they should give all their money to poor people, fund movements to end tyrant regimes in all south africa, china and north korea. Also they should fund research against AIDS, cancer, cleaning the oceans from all the toxic waste that humanity flushed into the oceans in the last 200-300 years etc.
Google would do all this in a utopian world.
In contrast, in the real capitalist world, Google has only 1 single goal: getting infinite profit while minimizing cost towards 0.00$. Thats, what google is trying to achieve every single second, rather than fulfilling your wishes.

My nexus 4 crashed twice since the update (~a week ago), and Google Play Services seem to be taking up a lot of something. It used 80 mb of data since the update, I can't remember it doing that before, and 14% of my battery out of 50%. Is this the google playstore issue people are talking about?

the only problem that i have on my nexus 4 after this update is the google playstore issue.. and it's not really afecting my android experience.

Mine seems to be running fine on my Nexus 5, I'm using CM11 and just realized my phone was updated to 4.4.3. No issues for me.

I guess, I went to About and it is showing 4.4.3.

I don't update through CM11, I use CyanDelta which downloads the main updated parts for CM11, so I don't have to keep downloading 100MB's or however big the file is, just 10-20mb.

Oh, I see. You're using a nightly version of CM11. I thought you were using M7. M releases take about a month so M8 is expected in early July. I received an OTA notification for 4.4.3 in M7 but I didn't update.

No issues on my Nexus 5 in the UK, I'm just waiting for my Note 3 to receive the update... months away.

No problems here at all on two Nexus 4's. Both running the same custom ROM. Battery life in particular is better than what it was when the phones were on 4.4.2. :)

Received update 3 days ago on Nexus 4 - noticed that old News app was draining battery! Disabled it... next day noticed google search consumed more than 55% of battery. Disabled it! The story is true... and I need solution quickly.

TusharG said,
Received update 3 days ago on Nexus 4 - noticed that old News app was draining battery! Disabled it... next day noticed google search consumed more than 55% of battery. Disabled it! The story is true... and I need solution quickly.

How do you see what is consuming the battery and how do you disable them?

"How do you see what is consuming the battery and how do you disable them?"


Settings->Battery will show you which apps are consuming battery. Tap in specific app will show you more details like Total cpu consumption, total screen on, etc... using these details goto settings->Apps->Click on All tab->Click the specific app->Now click on following buttons ->"Force Stop", "Clear cache","Clear Data" -> "Disable" (Clear cache & Clear data are not required to disable. However I prefer to clean up the junk, why keep junk if I am not going to use that app?). Hope this helps...

Edited by TusharG, Jun 15 2014, 3:08am :

I get the message new sim inserted, please reboot message while watching videos within Google Chrome. only happens sometimes and just pressing back arrow it goes away but it resets the cellular network connection and service.

Is this "other half" thing comes as a compulsory designation from your cultural environment, or its your own free will to call two standalone and complete biological beings as halfs without the other?

The other half of my life. The other half of my family. The other half of my relationship. The other half of my family's income. You're assuming the term is being used to describe us as "not whole" without the other or two halves as human beings. Your cultural environment may view it as such, mine does not.

Nexus 4 + Skype - The phone will randomly reboot during a video call. This issue has been there since 4.4 Kitkat. I have just un-installed skype for the time being.

Nobody seem to notice that 4.4.3 OTA has not yet been pushed out for Nexus 7 2012 Wifi version. Seems pretty odd considering factory image were released long ago.
droid-life.com/2014/06/03/download-android-4-4-3-ota-update/

Many users did noticed that, but not media site reporting on this. It was also the Nexus 7 (2012) Wi-Fi that skipped 4.4.1 and went to 4.4.2 after bugs were encountered on the 4.4.1 initial rollout. I think the same thing can happen this time, going for 4.4.5 after all this problems in other Nexux devices are ironed out.

So how is this news? Hell, iOS 7 went through like what, eight point releases (7.0-7.0.8) to fix various bugs and didn't get biased slander like this.

Nexus 5 on Sprint. After updating I've had a number of calls never ring. The only reason I knew they called was because of a voicemail notification. Other than that I haven't seen any of the listed bugs, but the release did fix an Exchange sync issue I was having.

I'm still running 4.3 since I don't want to lose the tablet ui layout, per-app scaling controls and A2DP quality fixes in the old Paranoid Android ROM I have. It's been solid, but I hate that security patches are only available for versions with other changes that I don't want and bring bugs that I don't need.

Android long term support release, anyone?

Gornot said,
Seriously? Even custom ROMs in early release stages sound more stable than this POS.

I disagree. A common problem among early custom Roms is a non-working camera. After that its non working video camera. No listed bugs reported camera issues!

NerdyTech said,
Tapped Out still crashes!!!

Odd, for once since the last couple of updates to the app it isn't crashing for me when it used to do it allllllll the time.

Max Norris said,
Ah, might explain some battery issues I've been having lately.

Yeah I don't experiance or haven't noticed anything else but my battery is draining a bit faster than normal. It's a PITA but eventually they'll sort their stuff, either that or a custom ROM will! That's the one bonus of android, if the corporates don't fix it, someone else does.

warwagon said,
My slimkat 4.4.2 rom randomly reboots on my S3.

You really shouldn't mention third party roms when referring to Google's bugs. As a previous rom dev, I can tell you, many are introduced when roms are created by the "devs".

adrynalyne said,

You really shouldn't mention third party roms when referring to Google's bugs. As a previous rom dev, I can tell you, many are introduced when roms are created by the "devs".

Correct. I know that, just pointing that mine also reboots :)

warwagon said,
My slimkat 4.4.2 rom randomly reboots on my S3.

What I'm reading is the new Android OS, seems to have issues on the older devices. Its probably not even tested on anything but the latest devices.