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Motorola Already Teasing Kit Kat Updates, “More to Share Soon”

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Kit Kat (Android 4.4) has only been announced for all of 50 minutes, and already Motorola is teasing their next move involving the sweet Halloween treat. We know that Android 4.4 will begin rolling out to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices over the coming weeks, but is Motorola going to follow-up with an update to some of their new flagships shortly after? Potentially. 

Remember, this is the new Motorola that has promised to update phones much more quickly than they did in the past. The Moto X has already seen at least one major update across all carriers, so it wouldn’t surprise to see Motorola be ready shortly after 4.4 is released. Then again, they have yet to push out 4.3 to anything.

We’ll follow closely and keep you posted.

Via:  +Motorola

Cheers Thomas and Chris!

  • Tom Z

    I guess there is some hope we will see this on the Razr HD Maxx (xt926)…

  • duke69111

    I hope LG is soon to do the same.

  • Flat_Stanley

    Well, this is their first test. If they can successfully update within a short timeframe, I might actually consider the MotoX.

  • Jason

    The Ara Phone….
    A.K.A. the Moto G?

    • Jason


  • crashinghero

    Something’s ticking over at moto-g.com. Used to be nothing, now it prompts for login and password…

  • Nothavingit

    My Moto x is ready…..

  • Tyler Rynberg

    “Remember, this is the new Motorola that has promised to update phones much more quickly than they did in the past”….HD RAZR family still on 4.1. Boo.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Yeah, I’m wondering about that myself. It is possible that if they knew that the 4.4 updates were in the pipeline for release in less than a year, they decided to play the patience game. If you can’t get a stable, usable build that actually improves the device, it is against your own interest to spend the money to certify an update that you know is worse.

      Not excusing the lack of communication of course, just musing on what their possible reasoning could be.

    • chris_johns

      not mine…carbon 4.3 ftw

      • Tyler Rynberg

        Lucky you. AOSP ROMs have poor reception on mine.

    • asten77

      They didn’t promise to update pre-google phones, did they?

      • Tyler Rynberg

        They made that promise just after releasing the HD RAZR family IIRC.

  • andres barroeta

    nice thanks

  • Michael Tate

    Hope it his the MAXX very soon!

  • Curtis

    Trick or Treat Motorola!

  • Steven KC

    No more fragmentation with 4.4 🙂

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Kind of a misnomer. There is still rampant fragmentation until Google can update the API level with an OTA. However, 4.4 is an excellent first step towards getting low-end devices to release with the latest version, rather than be hamstrung with 2.3

  • MikeSaver

    Please Moto save us Verizon users

  • Droid Ronin

    Somehow, I told you so just doesn’t quite say it.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      +1 to you sir, for the I, Robot reference

  • BrianLipp

    id be cool with them just skipping over 4.3 and going right to 4.4. Would be the smartest thing for a lot of OEMs to do right now.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Don’t be surprised if we see several devices make some impressive leaps.

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  • Reginald Jefferson

    I think we may be seeing it soon, possibly via the Play Store. They’ve already shown the ability to do the camera update that bypasses the carriers so why not an OS update? Apple manages to do it with their products already via iTunes so I feel it’s perfectly plausible for Motorola to pull it off on the X since it’s about as stock as you can get outside of specific Moto features. Droids wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility since the new lineup are identical to each other in every way internally. If this were done and it worked, I could see other manufacturers doing it as well for GPE devices.

    • Booyah

      I think this definitely holds water. Especially since they’ve stated “make available to everyone”.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The Droids are likely contractually obligated to use the carrier development process, since they are Verizon exclusive.

      While I would love to see OS updates by part rather than traditional OTA, and I think we are definitely headed that direction, I feel that would be trumpeted from the rooftops as a feature of 4.4 if it existed.

      5.0 may lay the base work for such updates, with devices 5.0+ taking updates directly.

      • Reginald Jefferson

        That’s unfortunate if the Droids have a contractual obligation. It kinda seems unfair for the Moto X cousins to be left behind if Motorola went down this possible route. Still, I have high hopes on this being a possible avenue for OS updates for the X, GPE Devices and current and future Nexus devices. At the same time this makes Cyanogen’s goal of providing they’re rom via the Play Store that much more of a reality.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Indeed. They will probably just simply lag behind, rather than be left behind, if that makes sense, similar to the current software rollout. The Moto X on Verizon was updated first, then the Droids a week or 2 later.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            Yeah, that does make sense.

  • beng8686

    Why push 4.3 so close to 4.4? I’d skip 4.3 in a heartbeat.

  • MikeCiggy
    • crashinghero

      Check out moto-g.com. Asking for a log-in now

  • TSK


  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    oh alright. Bring the sensor batching if anything.

  • KRS_Won

    Omg Omg Omg …
    Please let them start with the RAZR HD MAXX. This broken soak test I got stuck with sucks. Other than that, I still really like my phone.

    • kixofmyg0t

      What build?

      • KRS_Won


    • Tyler Rynberg

      What are you talking about? Use Matt Groff’s utility and wipe back to 4.1.2.

      • KRS_Won

        My laptop crashed about 7 months ago and I haven’t got the money for a new one. The only comp I can use at the moment is at work. :/
        Also, I didn’t know about this. And normally they are quicker to fix the soak teat than this. I suppose because of the new droids and the X coming out.
        Thanks for the heads up though!

    • chris_johns

      unlock and flash a 4.3 rom…i dont understand why people with hds havent done this…only thing keeping me from jumping toa new phone is that i have carbon 4.3 on my phone n its rock solid n feels like a nexus with onscreen buttons

  • It doesn’t matter, Verizon still won’t see any updates for months. So it doesn’t really matter how fast Moto is, Verizon will still always be a pain in the ass to work with. Which is why I just ordered a Nexus 5 and I plan to switch to T-Mobile as soon as my contract is up in December.

    • Godzilla

      yup, exactly. Moto could be ready with an update today and it’ll take verizon 2 months to approve it

    • Booyah

      Unless they split up the OS and make it available on the Play Store, just like the camera.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Unfortunately, any software that affects the wireless radio is required to be certified by individual carriers in the US. That’s why apps can be updated, but the kernel and drivers will still require OTA certification.

  • Paul Z

    Come on Razr M…….

  • Godzilla

    LOL, oh please moto, stop talking out of your ass. Prove me wrong.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Oh? About what?

      Trying to figure out what you are referring to. If it is quicker updates on Verizon, they are proud of how long they test their updates for, so that won’t change. However, one month after T-Mobile, that I can live with.

      • Jhalm

        Well I’m still sitting on 4.1 with my razr hd…

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          What updates have there been between 4.1 and 4.3 that would have made it a better device? Near as I can tell, 4.2 and 4.3 weren’t really great releases stability-wise, at least not on Nexus devices. If Motorola couldn’t get better software built in a reasonable timeframe, then they definitely made the right decision to stay at 4.1.2, and applying the “if you don’t have positive information, say nothing” principle is in their best interest as well.

          All of that said, if there is no information regarding 4.4 for the 2012 Motos, that would be a very bad decision on their part. No software information over a year after the last update is a really terrible precedent for legacy devices, whether they like those devices or not.

  • JZ

    Hoping Moto X jumps straight to 4.4!

    • kixofmyg0t

      You sir, are onto something. 🙂

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        It only makes sense. No reason to pay for a 4.3 update now, especially since 4.4 will take advantage of the system they ALREADY DEVELOPED….And there was absolutely NO PLANNING THERE RIGHT…..wink wink, nudge nudge.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Well they had alot of problems getting a stable 4.3 build running so they’re ski…..wait forget i said anything.

          I was never here. YOU DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Lmao, gotta say kix, you’re one of my faves here. 4.3 seemed kind of like a stop-gap, we need software to release with the new Nexus 7 – type release anyway.

            I have read comments about 4.4 already running on a Moto X (Android dev likely playing with their personal device), so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear about it coming up sooner rather than later.

    • mec

      this was always likely. they know what the carrier approval process is like, its simply not worth pushing two updates like that. why use engineers on 4.3 when you can use them on 4.4 and get it done faster?

    • decidedtochangename

      This has me rethinking the N5, if it gets 4.4 in the next 30 days then I might stay put.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I doubt we will get the new OS on any non-Nexus device in the next 30 days, unless they had early access to the code. Minimum 2-4 weeks to get a stable build, then another 2-3 weeks to refine before sending out for certification. It is a TON of work to move a device to a new API level. However, with the code being released to AOSP today, it is certainly possible if they have some really talented devs working some serious overtime.

        • decidedtochangename

          I was hoping that with the thought they have an inside track and already had the code.

    • iNomNomAwesome

      I’d rather have 4.3 first, I really want the Bluetooth support for my car so that it actually shows the song name and not just “Bluetooth media stream”

      • Tony Spence

        I think that’s more of your car. My moto x shows song, artist and album title in my 2013 CRV

        • Joseph J Pfister

          It can be a combo of both. I updated my GNex’s ROM and it started to show song info in my car where as it hadn’t before. The version of bluetooth I suppose?

    • Ted

      Have already seen kitkat on moto x its been in testing on it for about a month now.

      • ceejw
        • Ted

          K. Sorry for the distortion just trying to protect people. blurred out the kernal version also just incase each tester had their own.

          Love the above GIF though.


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          • ceejw

            This looks like you printed out a screen shot and then lit it on fire. That being said you might not be lying and I hope your not. So how is it? Does the Moto X build look and act identically to 4.4 on the Nexus 5?

    • Guest

      I’ve been reading the Motorola forums and the mods state they are skipping directly to 4.4 for the Moto X. Said no timeline but since they are a Google company that speed shouldn’t be something we worry about.

  • Chris Dickson

    Why can’t they update my Droid Maxx HD to something newer than 4.1?

    • hkklife

      Because it’s from the old Jha regime, it has a microSD slot and it didn’t sell in large numbers compared to past Droids. It’s all X-derived stuff from here on.

  • Paul Hansen

    Get on my MAXX Dev edition please. I’ll take a release on ANY Moto X if i must and just flash it over 😛

  • RoadsterHD1

    My NEW DROID MAXX wants it’s Kit Kat.

    • Christopher Sass

      Mine too :[