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Android 4.4.3 update problems: full of bugs

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Jun 16, 2014

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?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Matt Melo Jun 21, 2014 Link to comment

    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
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      Jun 22, 2014 Link to comment

      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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  • Sanjai Joseph
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    Jun 21, 2014 Link to comment

    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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  • Billybob Jun 20, 2014 Link to comment

    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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  • Gabi Kopacz Jun 20, 2014 Link to comment

    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
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      Jun 20, 2014 Link to comment

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

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      • Gabi Kopacz Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

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

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      • Kris Carlon
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        Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

        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 Jun 24, 2014 Link to comment

        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
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        Jun 25, 2014 Link to comment

        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 Jun 26, 2014 Link to comment

        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
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        Jun 29, 2014 Link to comment

        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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  • Slim Jun 18, 2014 Link to comment

    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
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      Jun 19, 2014 Link to comment

      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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  • Michal Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

    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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  • Stoycho Ganev Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

    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
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      Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

      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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    Barret Jun 16, 2014 Link to comment

    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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  • Jack Smith Jun 16, 2014 Link to comment

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

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