T-Mobile says Nexus update we know is coming is coming today

Update: T-Mobile has also posted an update page for the LTE Nexus 7 (opens in new tab), which it identifies as Android 4.4.3, build KTU84L. We're still not seeing the update on any devices.

Here we go again. T-Mobile says Android 4.4.3 is coming to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 today. Bugfixes and security enhancements are all that's on the changelog, and the build version is listed as KTU84M. Fixes are always good, but we'll not be holding our breath over this one just yet — it's hardly a surprise, and we've seen carriers jump the gun on this one already.

Source: T-Mobile (Nexus 5 (opens in new tab), Nexus 7 (opens in new tab)); thanks to Nick and everyone else who sent this in

Phil Nickinson
  • Still didn't stop me from mashing the check for update button. Posted via Android Central App
  • enjoy wasting your time.
    I think it's already been shown that no matter how many times you hit it, it only checks once a day :)
    Two best choices.
    1. Wait for it, it's going to be a matter of hours difference whether you hit update or not.
    2/ Check xda when it's confirmed and side load it if you can't wait for #1 Any other method is just unfruitful frustration.
  • Don't forget about the silly posts were people state the city/region they are at & letting us know if they got the update pushed to them.
  • +1
  • Nothing yet here on the moon.... Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • Oh, and let's not leave out all of the posts where people talk about their tricks and hacks for getting it early, which end up screwing things up for lots of people.
  • what you do not want to know about changing the date ahead, hitting the update button and if it doesnt come through, keep doing it.... Fine I won't tell you then
  • He's talking about the google play services data clear which screws up stuff.
    And until google adds your device to the list it changing the date and checking won't help
    it'll just keep you busy checking for updates.
    It "might" get you the update a few hours earlier than when you'd get it if you just let the device check for itself.
  • Why do they have the button at all then? It isn't like Google to have a button in their OS for years that does nothing.
  • Well it does something, just not for rabid fans looking for the update this minute.
    I've had people who declined updates over and over like my girlfriend who didn't want to be bothered by it.
    So when I had time and she wasn't using her phone I went and updated it for her using the update now button. It just doesn't magically make an update available before google has decided to release it to your device lol
  • One can only hope.. I was so excited when Sprint made their announcement. Only to be let down by the fact that they were wrong.
  • T-Mobile knows what's up. They're updating android before Google. Thinking about it though we've been on 4.4.2 for a long time. I think that's a good thing because we have so many phones on the current release. Posted via Android Central App w/G2
  • They can't update android on nexus, only Google can. Their just getting ahead of themselves. Posted via Nexus 5 Android Central App
  • Probably. And I think folks have been over-hyping 4.4.3 for a while now anyway.
  • But it's 0.0.1 more! Posted via Android Central App
  • Sure ... I would rather have 0.0.1 update which fixes bugs and minor stuff than being sitting on the same version. Don't update if you don't like the 0.0.1 update.
  • MOAR SPECS! 0.0.1>0.0.0 which means that it is the best thing since sliced bread. Posted via Android Central App
  • lol
  • One does not simply downplay the release of a new android version,regardless of increase in numbers. Posted by a tuba playing,nexus 5 and 7 carrying future hacker.
  • Unless/until we find it breaks something else ;-) Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • That is why we have Nexus Beta Testers for... Google puts it out, Nexus owners beta test, and the OEMs fix it and put the improved version out...
  • With a brand new version of the yellow pages app to go with it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Everything has trade offs. Posted via Android Central App
  • you mean it isn't the biggest update since Froyo? :)
  • Bug fixes are almost always nice. Posted via Android Central App
  • Phil, For Sprint this has the potential to be a major upgrade if they get the radio right for tri-band LTE.
  • Are you referring to Sprint Spark? It's possible to enable this already, just need your MSL to enable the 3rd band. Or are you referring to something different?
    Also pleased to find that Sprint has LTE popping up all around the Denver Metro area now, despite nothing "official" I've seen yet. My N5 is Spark-enabled, but I couldn't tell you if any of the LTE I've seen is related to that.
  • Band 25 LTE Band 26 LTE works fine on any of the older radios. Band 41 LTE (which is the band Sprint refers to as Spark) is very hit or miss on an N5. The 4.4.3 update will officially make the Nexus 5 tri-band compatible which should mean the device finally has a proper radio.
  • Well there ya go, learn something new every day :) I thought "Spark" referred to their tri-band LTE and not just the new band 41. How have people determined that it's hit or miss? Is there any way to determine what band you are on at any given time? I was also under the impression that the N5 was already tri-band compatible, and that the available bands (for your carrier) were enabled when the device was activated or when you update carrier settings...which on Sprint will always switch the LTE mode back to "global" even if you had changed it manually before. I had read before that the 4.4.3 update would just "enable" band 41, not rewrite the radio software. Interesting.
  • As far as I know, you can enable band 41 but unless Sprint actually has it enabled in your are it will not matter. There are not all that many spark areas right now so it really depends. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's my understanding, but if it's easy to enable, I figured why not enable it. Then if you happen upon an area with Spark coverage, you can use it.
  • NoNexus,
    The issue is you can enable band 41 and have band 41 right now and still not connect to it on various versions of Nexus radios.
  • There was some conflicting marketing information early on that Sprint seemingly has resolved now. Spark is Band 41. Hit or miss has been determined by members at S4GRU. There are stories of people there having Nexus 5's that are unable to connect to Band 41 in areas where they should be. Per Sprint's own documentation the Nexus 5 isn't supported as a tri-band device until this software update. Like I said, Band 25 and Band 26 really don't have any issues. It is Band 41 that presumably this radio will work better with.
  • Interesting, thanks for the info!
  • I was joking. But yes you're right. Posted via Android Central App w/G2
  • This. I'm running 4.4.2. on a RAZR M and I am glad they have been using 4.4.2. as the latest OS. A lot of phones have had KitKat lately and that is a good thing. Posted via Android Central App
  • Let's see how true it is. Either way I'm waiting. I love my xposed frameworks and don't want to lose it.
    Posted via Nexus 5 Android Central App
  • You and me both.
  • Same here, that and Tasker. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll wait for a flashable rooted zip :) Posted via Android Central App
  • Has Google ever posted an update this close to I/O? It would seem like a waste to release 4.4.3 in the beginning of June and have another update at the end of June. *Some* people will really be upset and pull the "Android is fragmented" card and then I will have to turn off the internet for awhile. I hope they just hold on till I/O and surprise us all with cool new stuff in a 4.5 or 5.0. Posted via Android Central App
  • It seems to me that with the news EVLeaks posted about no Nexus 6 and Android Silver coming early 2015 that 4.5 or 5 would most likely come then. Honestly with how much Google is breaking out core apps into the Play store for updating and (bugfixes aside from this update) how damn stable 4.4.2 is, there's not actually much reason to do a major OS revamp so regularly. Google was getting pissed off devs back when there was a major revamp every year or so because it was hard for them to keep up with the changes, now with core apps separate, major revisions don't occur as often, fragmentation is down and overall everyone is happier. If 4.5/5.0 (that we know next to nothing about aside from speculation) end up being sweeping visual changes mixed with enhanced Silver security features, etc., etc. then I'd actually bet money that we'd see it early 2015 with Silver rather than released sooner, gives them more time to make it as stable at release as possible and keep KitKat around long enough to let everyone get and stay caught up. I think at most we could potentially see a 4.4.4 at some point just to squash whatever is discovered/remains in the field after 4.4.3.
  • I think that slower OS updates would make a lot of sense for Android.
  • Maybe they are just trolling android fans because of all the Apple news today?
  • I doubt Sprint jumped the gun. I believe 100% Google didn't communicate properly with them just like they don't communicate with us. Of course, Google can do no wrong...
  • +1 **Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!**
  • You may want to check your history.
  • You might want to watch Animal House.
  • HAHAHAHA that was classic!
  • But not the Nexus 4??
  • Never mind, Nexus 4 also. http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5034
  • I've had some rather annoying signal issues with my Nexus 5 and I am really hoping that 4.4.3 fixes them. Also if google wanted to reverse their decision to give no visual indication of when mobile data is on but not connecting from the notification bar (not quick settings) that would be great!
  • Just fix the battery drain issues I can care less about new features.
    Still I don't believe it and I am not going to be checking for updates.
    I still think 4.4.3 is the phantom update lost in the Bermuda Triangle and Google will just go to 4.5.
  • Doubt it'll happen yet... Posted via Android Central App
  • But our amps go to 11!! Posted via Android Central App
  • Just checked in Tacoma no update but I am not on T-Mobile. Posted from behind a slab of bacon.
  • Google pushes the OS updates/upgrades to its Nexus devices not the mobile operator...if it has to do with the mobile operator, like a fix to use their frequency or something like that, then they can push the software to the phones; otherwise Google manages everything for Nexus devices.
  • I like the way the T-Mobile support pages has a section on OTA that tells you if you haven't gotten it, refer to the manual section. Then the manual section tells you if you haven't gotten it, refer to the OTA section. HA HA HA. They want you to madly manually check for no reason...
  • I noticed that too.
  • I doubt it's coming today. I bet the same thing happened that happened to Sprint.
  • they say on another site that it's coming for the 4 as well...
  • Yep, see comment above, it is posted by T-Mobile for the Nexus 4 too. Doesn't make it any more or less accurate, but I tend to think this is "real". Somehow I seriously doubt anyone is going to get it TODAY, however.
  • Personally, I don't think 4.4.3 will ever be released. By the time we get an update, it will be 4.4.4, or 4.4.5. I don't think Google would put this much dev time into a single 0.0.1 upgrade. I'm content with 4.4.2, as it pertains to my needs/uses, but I guess we'll find out the version # once the update comes across....whenever that will be.
  • You would be wrong... 4.4.3 factory image out.
  • Whoda thunk?