It is barely a month since the Android KitKat 4.4.3 was launched and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is already rolling out an another Android update, KitKat 4.4.4, for its Nexus devices. The update is certainly is not that big, but does addresses security issues which were found in OpenSSL after the widely known bug – the HeartBleed.
The Android KitKat 4.4.4 is now available for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 smartphones and Nexus 7(2012) and Nexus (2013) tablets. The update is now available and can be downloaded by going into the device setting.
The software version release carries a build number KTU84P and is without any noticeable changes in the user interface. The update, however, only fixes the security flaws in OpenSSL and the Android itself. It fixes the HeartBleed and other security bugs in the system, which is probably the most devastating bug ever found in the OpenSSL.
Google has also provided the factory images for the devices receiving the updates. The factory image can be used to restore the phone in case it was rooted for additional features.
Other companies including Motorola and Samsung are also looking forward to rolling out this update for their flagship and other high end devices. However, those who have not received the Android KitKat 4.4.3 update will directly receive the Android 4.4.4 update on their devices.
In a report, an XDA developer committee is also planning to launch Android KitKat 4.4.4 for the compatible devices which were rooted earlier to receive the Android KitKat 4.4.3 update. So far it is being assumed that Cyanogenmod will first launch the update for the Android compatible devices.
Rooting opens up the device to added functionalities and super user permissions, but it also voids the warranty and exposes a device to security threats. One can also brick the device while rooting it so it is necessary to take precautions, including backup, before rooting the device.