AT&T halts Android 4.4.3 rollout for HTC One M8

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android.

AT&T has halted its rollout of the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update for the HTC One M8, just days after it began releasing it to customers over-the-air. It seems the current build introduces a nasty bug that causes severe battery drain, and AT&T hasn’t yet confirmed when a new one will be available.

We reported just yesterday that Android 4.4.3 was finally rolling out to One M8 users on AT&T, bringing Sense 6 improvements, BoomSound optimizations, and improvements for Motion Launch. It also added Extreme Power Saving mode and all of the security patches Google made with Android 4.4.4.

But don’t be disappointed if you didn’t get this update before it was pulled, because you’re on of the lucky ones; those who did get it have discovered that it causes severe battery drain. AT&T and HTC will now have to eliminate this issue before the software can be released again, and it’s unclear at this point how long that will take.

HTC’s Android 4.4.3 update has already been issued to European handsets, as well as those on other U.S. carriers, including T-Mobile. It seems the battery drain problem is exclusive to the AT&T version of the software, so you shouldn’t have to worry about updating One M8s on other networks.