Android 4.4.3 reportedly in testing phase, likely a slight upgrade

March 24, 2014

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New Android iterations are always fun, and it’s being reported that Android 4.4.3 is being tested. The update, incremental in number and without a new name, is likely incremental. The Nexus 5 camera issue is said to be solved in this update, but there isn’t much else to go on just yet.

The camera issues dogging the Nexus 5 are pretty profound. A blue-ish tint can be found in even the least sensitive lighting situations, rendering the camera on the device almost useless in many cases. The fix has been attempted a few times, but nobody has been abe to crack the code for getting the Nexus 5 camera to where it needs to be.

The report doesn’t note much else in the way of upgrade features, so we’re unclear on just what’s in the pipeline for this one — if it exists. If it’s going to be an Android update proper, we could see other minor tweaks and fixes. It’s unlikely Google would dedicate a system update to address the woes of one device’s camera, even if it is their flagship.

The days of massive Android updates are likely behind us, too. A mature ecosystem, Android doesn’t need to make any sweeping changes to keep up anymore. We’re now left to enjoy minor updates that don’t affect the big picture much — if you’re at least moderately current with your Android version, that is.

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  • JeffColorado

    When did this bug happen? I’m not seeing it on my photos. If anything I am seeing a yellow tint, and then only in HDR mode.

  • Timothy Cronin

    I’m hoping it also updates the radios to work with sprints spark service 🙂

  • J Gonzalez

    i got a strange but that when i end a program it goes to my dailer instead of my homescreen. i happens randomly and is kinda annoying. also another bug i haven’t been able to recreate after stopping it was the clock draining my battery. it killed my battery in a cpl hours as opposed to a days worth of battery on heavy use.

  • Mfagerbu

    “rendering the camera on the device almost useless in many cases” Sorry Nate, but my Nexus 5 camera works really well- If you are having problems after the camera update they already did (which greatly improved focus and speed) then you need to have yours looked at or swapped. Not an issue here.

  • DMR

    I’ve also noticed the bluish tint on my photos. All it takes is comparing the camera against the Note 3 camera to spot the problem. Google released a slightly retweaked Nexus 5 after I bought the very first model in December, so the bluish tint may or may not still exist there. Here’s to hoping the problems get fixed…

  • M J

    “Blue-ish tint”, “crack the code” – I hope he doesn’t mean he thinks this should be fixed in software/firmware. The tint problem is almost certainly a hardware problem – any software ‘fix’ would be vastly inferior to fixing the hardware.