Android 4.4.3 rolls out to Google, Motorola devices

The latest KitKat update promises security fixes, stability improvements, and other tweaks.

Android 4.4.3 KitKat is on its way. Google

Android 4.4.3 KitKat is starting to flavor several devices, at least those under the purview of Google.

As of Tuesday, the latest Android update had begun rolling out to the Nexus 5 phone and the Wi-Fi variant of the Nexus 7, along with the Google Play versions of Samsung's Galaxy S4, the HTC One M7, the HTC One M8, and Sony's Z Ultra, according to Android Police.

The latest KitKat update doesn't offer any major new features but does carry with it an improved dialer with a new interface and new colors designed to be more user-friendly, according to Motorola. The main goal behind the update, though, is to deliver bug fixes, security patches, and overall stability improvements. One major fix aims to resolve the battery drain that occurs as a result of camera use.

On Tuesday, Motorola, which is owned by Google, also announced the rollout of Android 4.4.3 to several of its devices, notably the Moto X for T-Mobile, the Moto G bought online in the US and at retail stores in Brazil, and the Moto E bought online in the US. Beyond the bug fixes and other tweaks, Motorola promised photo-taking improvements for Moto X users and a viewfinder pause button for the video camera in the Moto X and Moto G.

It's hardly surprising that Google would initially roll out the latest Android update to devices under its care and management. But with the tap now turned on, other vendors will likely start to follow suit.

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