Samsung Galaxy S4 GPE, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 Android 4.4.3 Update Release Imminent as Dogfooding Process Starts

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By Precious Silva | April 19, 2014 10:56 AM EST

Sprint updated its support page taking down the reported Android 4.4.3 update. Whereas previous reports noted that the carrier started pushing the update to Nexus 5 users, the company took down details and firmware from its website. Sprint has not offered details about the matter but many analysts still remain convinced as recent information suggests that Google has started dogfooding the Android 4.4.3 update. What can people expect? 

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A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.

According to a report by Android Police, Android 4.4.3 will go by the name KitKat MR2 (Android 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 went by KitKat MR1). The report indicated that Google provided 1% of its outside employees access to the update already. Likewise, the dogfooding process is only accessible to Nexus devices. These include Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 edition) and the Nexus 10. It will also be accessible to Google Play Edition devices and Moto X soon. 

Google has not made any official announcements about the public release of the Android 4.4.3 update. Many people believed the company has started the roll out when Sprint offered an Android update in its support page. The changelog was quite simple which supports reports saying that Google wanted to release an update addressing bugs instead of adding major features. Analysts advise users to wait for the OTA as it may not come any sooner or depending on their carrier. 

For those looking for further proof about the Android 4.4.3 update, Android Geeks reported Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition getting Bluetooth SIG certification. The device was supposedly running on the new Android update. According to the sighting, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPE featured a software version named "KTU72.S1.3013." Previous reports suggest that KTU72 refers to an Android 4.4.3-specific build. 

The Bluetooth SIG listing does not provide additional details about the matter. Nexus users should still be the first in line to experience the new Android operating system upgrade. Android 4.4.3 update came up in Play Store some time ago when Google tweaked the changelog of Edu Device Setup app. According to the What's New page of the program, users who push through with the app update can expect "support for Android 4.4.3 and non-Nexus table." 

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A Google Android figurine sits on the welcome desk as employee Tracy McNeilly smiles at the new Google office in Toronto, November 13, 2012.
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