The Android KitKat 4.4.3 update is on its way, so rejoice, owners of Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 devices! Currently, according to the Twitter account LlabTooFeR, the update is “under testing” and among other things, it’s expected that “it will fix known camera bug.”
The build number for the Android KitKat 4.4.3 update is KTU83. It will reportedly be the final build for these particular smartphones and the Galaxy Note 3. The Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones, already available in south east Asia (including India), will ship to the U.S. along with Android 4.4.2.
When the Android KitKat 4.4.3 update is released, it’s expected that it will fix certain bugs and address other issues that have plagued users of these devices.
Skype and other apps continuously try to access the camera. This has caused the battery to drain too quickly, and has resulted in low performance. Fixing this bug will be at least a major first step in helping to restore the confidence of consumers in the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3, and Google Nexus 5.
After the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update is installed, you’ll see a camera icon on your lock screen at the lower right hand corner. You can unlock your smartphone or Note 3 by swiping from the midpoint of the icon to anywhere else on the screen, and this also will also open up the camera app at the same time.
Besides including a fix for the camera bug, the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update will allow you to choose your own default launcher. You will be able to set your own launcher right from the settings app, where it says “Direct Applications.”
What’s more, there will be a transparent notifications bar — finally. The icons and text, including the battery icon, will now be white in the notifications bar. This fix will give your screen a cleaner, crisper look.
Another big plus will be that the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update will let you select what messaging app you want to use. You’ll be able to choose which one you desire from the “Direct Applications” setting, allowing you to select Google hangouts or whatever other SMS app you’d like to be your default messaging app.
Also, the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update will include built-in support for cloud printing. Though the full potential of this hasn’t yet been realized, it might eventually allow users to print documents they receive by email through Polaris Office.
Under NFC settings, there will be a new Tap and pay option. “Location” now replaces the GPS option in the settings menu. With it, you’ll be able to see which apps/services are available and have been requested from your particular GPS location.
While a number of sources, like AndroidPolice.com, have said that the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update won’t be spectacular, it is expected to fix many troublesome bugs, possibly for 24 or more, like internet telephony, data connection dropout, data usage graph, Wi-Fi auto-connect, and others that will definitely be a major improvement and will help restore consumer confidence in these products.
Google hasn’t yet officially commented on what fixes and bugs will be addressed, or exactly when the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update will be released; but, then, they hardly ever do comment about updates until they are ready to be released to the general public. When the Android KitKit 4.4.3 update is released, it is likely to be greeted with great fanfare by users of Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3, and Google Nexus 5 devices.
Written by: Douglas Cobb