Even with the rollout of Android 4.4.3 KitKat to third-party devices still underway, Google has released a new 4.4.4 build that’s being beamed onto Nexus devices at the moment. Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets will be next in line of course, but the big question that needs to be answered is what does this update pack inside it.
As expected, it’s a version meant for introducing several security fixes to Android devices. Prime among the additions is the resolution for a flaw that was spotted in OpenSSL following the recent discovery of the Heartbleed bug. As Android Police has pointed out, WebView and Chromium projects receive some tweaks as a result of this change.
A few fixes to logging in also find their way into the 4.4.4 KitKat build, aside from other small additions. The previous version of Android (4.4.3) was released by Google earlier this month, and apart from various performance enhancements and optimizations, it also brought with it a newly updated Dialer app. While Nexus and Google Play Edition devices received it immediately, Motorola’s Moto handsets too were quick to grab the release.
Google I/O starts on June 25, and there is most certainly a new Nexus device (tablet or smartphone?) on offer at this developers event. This means we are most likely to also see the next iteration of Android which will have its name starting with the letter ‘L.’
The security fixes-equipped Android 4.4.4 KitKat could be a just a preparation for this newest operating system’s release. All will become clear on June 25, so stay tuned till then.