You wait ages for an update and then two come along at once. Well, almost at once and Android 4.4.4 has quickly followed 4.4.3. The two updates mostly fix bugs that were afflicting phone and tablet users with Android 4.4.2 and there aren't that many obvious changes, just a tweak here and there.
The size of the update and the availability depends on who made your phone or tablet. My Samsung Galaxy S4 is running Android 4.4.2 and ir reports that no updates are available, yet my Google Nexus 7 has already updated through 4.4.3 to 4.4.4. Google Nexus branded phones and tablets get the updated versions of Android before anyone else and Samsung is particularly slow.
Updates should download automatically and you will see a notification when you pull down from the top of the screen like this:
The update is downloaded and installed by tapping the notification. You can also manually check for software updates by going to Settings and finding the About setting. Tap System Updates and then the Check Now button.
Android 4.4.3 was around 60MB on my Nexus 7, but 4.4.4 was much smaller and was just 1.8MB. Apart from fixing a lot of bugs, the more recent the version of Android, the less memory the system and apps require. You get a lot more space because the memory and storage is used far more efficiently.
The People app is looking better these days and it looks nice and colourful, even when there is no picture for a contact.
Updates can go wrong of course, but this is rare and for the vast majority of people Android 4.4.4 is a must-have update.
- Written by Janine Jones
- Created: 27 June 2014