In what comes as somewhat of a surprising move, Google has just posted Android 4.4.4 factory image for several Nexus devices. The release comes not too long after 4.4.3 was rolled out. Android 4.4.3 was a highly antipciated release that we saw several leaks of, but 4.4.4 comes as a surprise.
The files are now available on Google’s website for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012, 2013 Wifi-only models) and Nexus 10. The files carry build number of KTU84P. As far as what’s new, the update appears to be a fix solely pertaining to security issues. According to Android Police, the update fixes a bug pertaining to CVE-2014-0224. This is apparently an OpenSSL bug that allows for easy man-in-the-middle attacks. It’s a serious issue and stems from the Heartbleed debacle, which was fixed with 4.4.3.The update does not appear to include the kill switch feature that we reported on this morning.
We’ll continue digging through the update and see what we can find. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter if you find any changes. You can download the images on Google’s website now and flash them yourself. If you’re more patient, OTAs will presumably roll out soon.