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With Apple introducing the new iOS8 and OS X 10.10 yesterday,

Roll out for other Nexus devices is expected to start in couple of days with Google Play Editions soon to follow.

Roll out for other Nexus devices is expected to start in couple of days with Google Play Editions soon to follow. Image Courtesy: Droidcave.com

(2013) have a reported that the OTA (Over the Air) update has also started rolling out for the device with the build number KTU84L and weighing just 74 MB. There have been a lot of rumours that suggests that the update is merely a bug fixer rather than a major update which is quite evident from the update size. Also, according to a changelog on XDA forums, the new update brings over 7000 minor bug fixes and security enhancements. Some of the major cures include fix for Bluetooth issues, low volume in wired headsets, overall audio quality improvements, better camera focus in regular and HDR mode and the most important Wi-Fi fix. While Nexus 10, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 4 will have the same build number as Nexus 7 (2013), the Nexus 5 will get the update with Build number KTU84M weighing just 54 MB.

Apart from various bug fixes, the new update will also bring changes in the Dialer and People App. A noticeable difference is that now the Dialer has a colour combination of white and blue rather than black and blue seen in 4.4.2. Overall, the Dialer appears to be cleaner featuring the white background this time. Also the People app has also been updated with colourful icons for the contacts that have no pictures, similar to Gmail app.

Android 4.4.3

Android 4.4.3, Image Courtesy: Droidcave.com

One would assume that fixing over 7000 issues would have solved everything right? NO; as some of the issues like mm-qcamera-daemon battery draining issue and audio disturbance during video recording are still present – Android Authority said. Also the new update brings its own bugs with the most noticeable being the notification light not working for missed calls on numerous occasions.

The roll out for other Nexus devices is expected to start in couple of days with Google Play Editions soon to follow. Also, Samsung has been reportedly testing 4.4.3 on Samsung Galaxy S5, so don’t be surprised if manufactures like Samsung or HTC start rolling the update sooner rather than later.

But if you are one of those who just can’t wait for the OTA update, here’s the guide to install the update manually. (This guide is only for Windows Users)

Warning: This process requires fastboot/ADB knowledge. You can brick your Nexus device if you don’t have fastboot/ADB knowledge. Follow the steps carefully to avoid bricking your nexus Device.

Prerequisites

Instructions 

  1. Extract the Android SDK Bundle (name the folder as Android SDK) and the update image on your Windows PC. Place all the files of the update image in Android SDK/sdk/platform-tools.
  2. Next open Command Prompt by just searching ‘cmd’ in the start menu.
  • Change the path of the command window to the folder platform-tools. For example: cd C:\(where you saved the Android SDK folder)\Android SDK\sdk\platform-tools.

 In my case it was: cd C:\Users\Dell\Desktop\Android SDk\sdk\platform-tools

  • If having issues, just hold Shift and right click the folder (platform-tools) and select open command window here.
  1. Next reboot you Nexus device in bootloader. On the new Nexus 7 (2013), switch off the device and then press the Volume down + Power button. On the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4, switch off the device, and then simultaneously press the Volume up + Volume down + Power button.

Note: Before rebooting your device in bootloader, make sure you have USB Debugging enables on you device. To enable USB Debugging- just go to settingsàDeveloper OptionsàUSB Debugging.

  1. Connect your device to the PC via USB cable and make sure it detects your device by entering the command:

 

Fastboot devices

Also make sure your device is bootloader unlocked. If Yes, than you can skip this step but If not enter the following command:

Fastboot oem unlock

(Note: To know if your phone is bootloader Locked or Unlocked, in the bootloader mode, check if Lock State says Locked or Unlocked.)

Press the Volume Up button and then Power Button on your device to confirm the bootloader unlocking process. After the completion of the process the device will reboot. Repeat step 3 to enter the bootloader again. (Note: Unlocking your bootloader will erase all your user data including the internal storage so make sure you back up all your data before performing this step.)

  1. Finally, in the command prompt, type flash-all.bat and press enter.

Flash-all.bat should be the file you extracted from update image and placed in Android SDK/sdk/platform-tools in Step 1.

Once flashing process is complete, the device will automatically reboot to Android 4.4.3 OS. (Note: The first boot may take more time, so don’t worry over there).

Still facing issues? Drop your questions in comment section below.

Featured Image Courtesy: Technobuffalo 

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