Feeds

Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

Fourth KitKat revision brings unspecified fixes

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

Google has quietly begun rolling out a new version of Android to its flagship Nexus devices, but so far it has remained shtum on just what has changed.

Support pages from US wireless player T-Mobile reveal that the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 handsets and the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet all began receiving over-the-air updates to Android 4.4.3 on Monday.

Google has also updated its page of factory firmware images to reflect the new version, which is identified as build KTU84L or KTU84M (for the Nexus 5). From the look of it, the Nexus 10 and the 2012 version of the Nexus 7 will also be getting the update.

Strangely, however, the Nexus 7 with LTE appears to be stuck on a different build that's marked "Android 4.4.2 Release 2."

From the look of things, this is a minor update. The codename of the OS is still "KitKat," and you probably shouldn't worry about any significant platform fragmentation from this release.

According to T-Mobile's support page, the improvements delivered by the update include "security enhancements" and "various bug fixes."[Do tell.—Ed.]

It's not immediately clear when the other mobile carriers plan to ship the update to devices on their networks, nor is it clear which other handset models will receive their own updates.

As it stands, KitKat is only running on 8.5 per cent of all Android devices in use, and the group of devices that supports it is still relatively small, including the HTC One and One (M8); the LG G3; Motorola's Moto X, Moto E, and Moto G; and some models of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and later, among others. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Google extends app refund window to two hours
You now have 120 minutes to finish that game instead of 15
Intel: Hey, enterprises, drop everything and DO HADOOP
Big Data analytics projected to run on more servers than any other app
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.