It was only yesterday that Android 4.4.3 was silently made available in its firmware form, but the update is already rolling out quickly to quite a number of smartphones. This day alone we are seeing this maintenance update landing on four Google Play Edition (GPE) handsets. Motorola is also promising that the update will roll out this week to its more recent models.
Motorola has just released a statement promising that the Moto X, the Moto G, and the Moto E will be getting their Android 4.4.3 fix this week, but it’s not a one size fits all kind of update. For the Moto X, only the T-Mobile variant has been explicitly mentioned, though we will presume it will be true for unlocked versions as well. Moto G users covered by the update include those who bought it, as well as its LTE variant, online in the US as well as those that were purchased in retail outlets in Brazil. In the case of the Moto E, it only includes devices bought online in the US. Motorola notes that this is not yet the promised “one upgrade” limit of the device, which could very well be Android 4.5 or 5.0, whichever comes first.
Android 4.4.3 is mostly a maintenance update that brings fixes and optimizations, but Motorola does highlight a few notable changes included in the update. Common to all is the new dialer app, which sports a tweaked and more colorful user interface. Both the Moto X and the Moto G will get an updated Motorola Alert app, which can now send periodic alerts to selected contacts, and a Camera app that can pause and resume video recording. Curiously, only the Moto X will be getting improvements to its camera functions in this update.
Google’s own Play Edition devices are already receiving their updates, which isn’t surprising given the very nature of these smarpthones. So far, the devices that have been reported to already be getting Android 4.4.3 include the HTC One, both M7 and M8 models, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, and the Galaxy S 4. Still missing form the list is the Moto G GPE as well as the LG G Pad 8.3, though those could be arriving anytime soon as well.