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Android 4.4.3 update problems: full of bugs

Kris Carlon
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After the variety of bugs afflicting the Nexus family, especially the flagship Nexus 5, whilst running Android 4.4.2, many of us were anxiously awaiting the ''bug-fix update'' Android 4.4.3. Now that the update is out and has had enough time to settle in, we're discovering that the bug-fix update may have actually brought more bugs than fixes.

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The nightmare after Christmas has arrived for Android 4.4.3. / © AndroidPIT

The bugs are affecting all of the Nexus devices, with the Nexus 4 seeing a return of the supposedly resolved random reboot bug along with some Wi-Fi issues and auto-brightness problems. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 are suffering from battery drain issues and problems with notifications. But as usual, the Nexus 5 gets the biggest slice of the bug cake, with reports of patchy Wi-Fi connectivity and major lag in the dialer. As many Nexus 5 owners will attest, lag is not a word usually found in the same sentence (unless it is joined by the word ''never''), so if the Nexus 5 is lagging, it's a problem. There's also issues with the Google Play Store, email exchange services and GPS.

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It doesn't matter which Nexus you own, they're all having issues with Android 4.4.3. / © AndroidPIT

Bugs following a firmware update are nothing new, with almost every update bringing its fair share of new problems along with fixes to the previous ones. However, Nexus devices usually have it a little easier due to the fact that they run stock Android coming directly from the Android team with no carrier or manufacturer tinkering on top of it. And when a bug-fix update is released with no new features to mess things up, one would be forgiven for expecting it to fix more than it breaks. A patch should be appearing very soon, hopefully quickly – and effective – enough to smooth things over in time for Google I/O next week, but considering that event is so close, we may just have to live with the new bugs.

As always, follow the usual update procedure to avoid as many bugs as possible (backup, update, factory reset, restore). Check out of previous article on common fixes for Nexus 5 problems. If you want to let loose a few complaints, check out my rant about rubbish updates that don't work.

What bugs are you experiencing with Android 4.4.3? What do you think Google's response should be?

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    Henrique Rocha 5 months ago Link

    I'm experiencing the notifications bug, the wi-fi disconnect for no reason and battery drain in my Nexus 4!

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  • mangesh 5 months ago Link

    battery drain

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  • angus pike 5 months ago Link

    battery drain is good for me, only once in awhile it goes down fast, and a reboot fixes it.
    i have a screen delay when getting an incoming call though..

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      Sanjai Joseph 5 months ago Link

      How did you updated your phone ? it is good to clear cache after every update this will remove any conflict with older versions

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        Henrique Rocha 5 months ago Link

        Why would the cache cause conflicts? Doesn't make sense to me.

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      • Babak Sanei 5 months ago Link

        yep, try to wipe cache partition.

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        Sanjai Joseph 5 months ago Link

        what i meant is to wipe Cache and data .. but wiping data will remove every downloaded apps and he need to start it again.. :-)

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      • angus pike 5 months ago Link

        i downloaded the stock firmware and flashed it, and now i am trying CM11 M7..

        you are right about cache..
        i usually do a full wipe when going to new versions..

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        Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

        I had been planning to go back to stock for a bit on 4.4.3 but now I'm thinking I might just stick with CM 11 M7 until Google I/O. Of course, I'm not suffering from any of the 4.4.2 issues anyway so I guess I can live without it.

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      • Bojan M. 5 months ago Link

        Isn't CM11 M7 already on 4.4.3? I'm using CM11 yuga nightly for my Z, so not even a milestone version, and it's for quite some days on 4.4.3.

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  • Carlos Moreira 5 months ago Link

    No issues with Moto X, I've only had to clear cache to make some apps work properly (at first it was just Hangouts).

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  • Jack Smith 5 months ago Link

    Chrome crashes when using autocomplete site names or searches. Other browsers worked!

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      Sanjai Joseph 5 months ago Link

      clear cache form chrome
      settings--> application manager --> chrome

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    Barret 5 months ago Link

    I had random reboot issues for ages on my Nexus 4 when I owned it. Disappointing when you expect better from Google.

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      Are you still getting the reboots? Or are they cleared up now?

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  • Stoycho Ganev 5 months ago Link

    I've been using 4.4.3 on my Nexus 5 for over a week now (OTA update, no factory reset) and I don't understand why all this noise is about. I've had absolutely no issues at all. Wifi is working fine, data connection is stable, GPS is working fine and is very fast, no lag in the dialer, no random reboots. I'm happy with the update. Battery lasts around 30 hours at most, but I consider that normal.

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      It's always good to hear the positive experiences with new firmware. We often get caught up in the issues that we forget it works perfectly fine for some. Lucky you!

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  • Michal 5 months ago Link

    Frontface camera image is on nexus 7 2013 after update to 4.4.3 stretched and face recognition stopped to work.

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  • Slim 5 months ago Link

    Nexus 5 with 4.4.3 problem with the dialer. I have to press twice for it to appear. Camera in HD seem a bit slow, WiFi could be a bit better, otherwise very fast and no other problems.

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      Quick question for you @Slim, do you think the problems you're facing are ''fair enough''? Like, what are your expectations when you get an update? I'm interested to know if you just take bugs with a grain of salt as part of every update or if you expect rollouts to be better.

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  • Gabi Kopacz 5 months ago Link

    I've got random reboot problems on my nex5 with 4.4.3. I've flashed it manually without problems. With the stock, 4.4.2 I didn't had any problems...

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      Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

      Let us know if 4.4.4 makes any difference at all to the 4.4.3 bugs.

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      • Gabi Kopacz 5 months ago Link

        well... for me, it made the difference :)

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        Kris Carlon 5 months ago Link

        Happy to hear it. Did you just install the OTA or did you do a reset and flash it manually? Just wondering, as 4.4.4 is supposedly only about patching the OpenSSL vulnerability.

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      • Gabi Kopacz 5 months ago Link

        I've just flashed it manually :) without factory reset. It worked just perfect.
        This morning I did a fresh install of the latest cm11. Now the phone works even better, it's faster and the battery lasts longer. I'm happy with it.
        Related about the bugs from stock android, I still don't know why with the 4.4.3 I had visible problems and with the 4.4.4 they disappeared...
        The instalation was the same at both; ota files from google, and no factory reset. perhaps it's from phone to phone... :)

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        Kris Carlon 4 months ago Link

        Hmm, interesting. But you're right, the issues seem to be there for some and not for others, the same as the Samsung/Android 4.3 update a while back. So are you on a Nightly build or the M7?

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      • Gabi Kopacz 4 months ago Link

        On the latest nightly, I'm waiting for the M8 :)
        Random apps don't want to start, sometimes the camera app, sometimes social apps, but if I delete them, and reinstall from the market, they work as new. I'm curious if it's from the privacy guard or just some nightly bugs, I'll do some tests and come back with an opinion... To fill up my curiosity, should I wait for the M8 or just simply go back to M7 ?
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        one more thing, since I'm on CM11, my signal strength is at 70-80 db. When i was on Android, it was constantly 90+

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        Kris Carlon 4 months ago Link

        Well the M8 may not be out till the very end of the first week in July, so you might still have 10 days to wait. I'd go back to the M7 if the problems are a real pain.

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  • Billybob 5 months ago Link

    I have a couple of issues I've noticed:
    --The unlock screen is notably sluggish to allow input, so I have to wait a few seconds before drawing the unlock pattern...otherwise, if I draw the pattern right away, nothing shows.
    --I've also seen where saving to the SD card has been stopped by a few applications. The most frustrating of these changes is with DroidTv, which was saving to my SDCard just fine previously.
    --The GPS has changed a bit as well. It now consistently shows me off of the road and in the grass...resulting in constant "rerouting" messages.

    sorry--should have said I'm running a Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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    Sanjai Joseph 5 months ago Link

    are you facing problem after the update?
    clear cache and factory reset from recovery this will remove any conflict with previous versions

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  • Matt Melo 5 months ago Link

    I've been having really bad issues with the wi-fi. It drops in and out practically every 60 seconds! I think this is the cause of the battery drain and late notifications. At least that's how it seems!
    I tried factory restoring but it came back with 4.4.3. Is there any way to restore it to 4.4.2? It was working perfectly fine! Battery life was a dream! Please help!

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      Sanjai Joseph 5 months ago Link

      this might be the router problem . check the router setting .
      you cannot go back to 4.4.2 . The new bootloader has been updated .

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