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Motorola Announces Devices to Receive Android 4.4 – Moto X and New DROIDs for Sure

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Earlier today, Motorola began teasing the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update for their line of devices. They promised news on their plans, which they have now delivered on. If you cruise over to their device upgrade portal, you can plug in the criteria for your phone and see if it will make the cut. As of this moment, there are few phones on the list. It also appears as if Motorola’s is going to skip Android 4.3 and go straight to 4.4.

So far we’re seeing all Moto X variants on all carriers, including the developer editions. We’re also seeing the new DROID family (ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini). What we aren’t seeing, are the plans for the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD from Verizon. The developer edition of the RAZR MAXX HD does say that it’s jumping to 4.4, however, that could be an error since the others simply say “Future plan coming soon.”

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To check to see if your phone will receive 4.4, hit up Motorola’s site and follow the instructions.

Via:  +Punit Soni

Cheers Justtyn!

  • Tarun

    Hi guys why r motorola Google not thinking of updating there old razr xt910 maxx in India this seems very sad….. Can anyone tell y…?
    I spent so much money on this phone still stuck on ics….

  • Antonio Ortiz

    Will the Razr XT910 be receiving this update aswell?

  • Ahku Droid

    The OG Droid RAZRs will remain on 4.1.2, yet Samsung is going as far back as the GS3. They’re a Google company now. That seems just lazy.

    Time to get back to ROMs to hold me until 64 bit chips start flowing.

  • 209670938609387

    Kind of silly to list devices that will “remain on ______”: why not delete those options and have users click on “My device isn’t listed”? Most of the “Remain on” models don’t offer a trade up discount anyway.

    “Future plan coming soon” ones notwithstanding, at least they have a list at all.

  • mule0331

    I guess no luck for my Moto Devour. I dont see it on the list. Damn it, thats it I’m leaving Verizon.

  • carluverdrm2004

    Feeling even better about waiting for a Verizon Motomaker Moto X right about now!

  • Dan

    Seems Motorola/Google at least with the Moto X is moving more toward Google Play updates instead of the normal OTA. That way devices get the updates much quicker and easier.

  • morpheus282

    Woo hoo! Good news!
    Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) update release scheduled for Q4 2013.

    Yes, I know that affects about 1% of the DL readers. I still have one though – at least for the next five weeks until the contract expires.

  • Suman Gandham

    Canadian RAZR HD XT925 here… really hope this device gets 4.4 (I’ve had it for less than year)!

  • AbbyZFresh

    Today so far has been like heaven to me. First KitKat and Nexus 5, and now Motorola and HTC are already working on their versions. It’s a dream come true.

    Hear that Apple, your little bashing Andriod on Fragmentations will soon come to an end.

  • watchthesky

    Really hope RAZR HD MAXX gets added to the list.

    • Cael

      Will probably die at 4.3 IF it even gets that.

      • watchthesky

        I don’t actually mind 4.1.2 but there was a launcher i couldnt use i found the other day and that pissed me off.

    • Tom Z

      “This device is currently running Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)Future plan coming soon.”

      I’ve got my fingers crossed…

    • dandar

      99% certain we’re stuck on 4.1.2 When I was buying my Maxx HD Motorola was promising timely updates, well, they did upgrade it from 4.0.4 but for close to a year now there have been no new updates. Galaxy S4 is on 4.3, we’re still stuck on 4.1.2 and the phone is not even listed as one to get another update.

  • Tristan

    The Moto X is on my short list of potential upgrades. I’ll probably pick one in a month or so, if the Moto X has 4.4 by then (on at least some carriers) than that would probably be enough to convince me to get it.

    I’m crossing my fingers. If not, I’ll probably either get a G2 (and root/rom) or a N5…

    • Michael Valadez

      I love my Moto X. If I have a complaint its that the camera is not as good as an S4. I don’t know anyone with an HTC One, but those were the only other phones I was considering. The performance for me is great. So don’t let the spec people dissuade you. Battery is great for me, I easily go a full day without thinking about a charger. Since I stream my music, storage isnt a concern. I use the voice actions all the time as well as the moto assist software. I love this phone. More than I ever felt about my GNex.

      • kashtrey

        The X is just great mostly due to the “little things.” MotoAssist and Active Display really change how you interact with your phone and how it works into your life.

        • Michael Valadez

          precisely, I was tired of trying out new roms to get a fast phone that never failed on me when I needed it. The X is solid, has no lag, has never rebooted on me and the prefect size in my hand. I drove from Chicago to DC and back and there was just one tiny spot that I wasnt in 4g coverage. With my GNex, I couldnt get 4G in my house, let alone rural Pennsylvania.

      • needa

        s4 takes more detailed pics. moto takes more accurate pics. they both take better pics in different scenarios. but for me… its kind of a wash between the two. id still like for the moto camera to have the detail of the gs4. if it did… i would have nothing to complain about.

      • 4g63mark

        I AGREE 100%!!! The spec sheet that people go by doesn’t seem to apply to this years Moto’s. As I mentioned above, I have a G2 to compare it with, but the Moto is winning in nearly EVERY CATEGORY. The only things that even it up are the camera, battery and the amount of storage available……. The Mini has a brighter screen, better speaker, it’s quicker, better build quality, and it’s better for 1 handed use.

    • 4g63mark

      You’d be AMAZED at how good these new Motorola’s are. I bought a Droid Mini a couple months ago, and picked up a G2 2 days ago. Stock vs stock, the Mini is noticeably quicker. Hopefully when I root and ROM the G2, it’ll catch up. Either way you’ll have a great phone. But in all honesty I’m thinking of returning the G2 right before the 14 days is up. I just prefer the Motorola so far.

      • How Hard Could it Be?

        As an owner of a RAZR HD, this thread seems to be so much astroturfed marketing.

        The “little things” are “really really badly implemented” and “unable to be turned off”. It’s been slow out of the box, and a downgrade from the GN that it replaced. As with many others, I got shocking battery life because of a failed radio module that caused crappy reception and made the thing die after a couple of hours of use. Swiping screens straight-from-factory is so slow it makes me cry.

        Hardware failures happen (although this one took almost a year trying to get them to look at it, which they only eventually did after an emergency call in a life threatening situation failed to go through multiple times and then dropped out), and software can be upgraded.

        But it hasn’t been. It was sold saying it would be upgraded straight away to the latest (at the time 4.2) within the month. Almost a year later it’s still on 4.1, with there being huge security issues left unpatched. Vague reference to “Future plans” seem to just make it appear like they put effort into upgrading old software, where in this case it’s been ignored for most of it’s life.

        This is what realistically happens when you buy one of these phones; Not the marketing department puff above.

        I will never buy a Motorola again.

        • 4g63mark

          Sorry to hear of your bad experiences. I would’ve sent the device back as soon as I started having issues. I’ve returned devices to Verizon in the past and it’s a pretty painless process. Why did you continue using a defective device for as long as you did? I’ve yet to encounter any such issues. But if I do, I’m glad to know I have a 1 year warranty.

  • Jeremy Gross

    when is motomaker coming to verizon, since we dont have nexus 5

    • Stevedub40

      I am with you there buddy. Looks like Moto X it is for me, since we won’t be getting the Nexus.

    • teeheezo

      Rumored 11/11.

      • Jeremy Gross

        make a wish 11/11/11

  • Reginald Jefferson

    Side note: I’m upgrading today to a Moto X on Amazon since they’re $49 there right now. Having trouble deciding between white or black.

    • 4g63mark

      Do you plan on putting a case on it? If so, the black would look pretty good.

  • droidrazredge

    I was saddened when I went to Motorola’s sight and it said your device will remain on Jelly Bean 4.1.2 :/. It was a fun ride with you OG Droid Razr Maxx, but it looks like we will part ways with OTA Android Updates for ever.

    • Cael

      Blame TI

  • Deejarve

    So let’s see…HTC has spoken up…so has Moto…Samsung???

  • chris_johns

    ah droid hd has future plans coming…thats at least positive everything below has no dice

  • MikeSaver

    Is 4.4 completed like the day before it is announced?

    Why doesn’t Google give the other OEMs 4.4 so that they can start implementing it into their flagships before its even official. At least I’d think Google would do that within its own company, ie. motorola.

    Im just a bitter Verizon user who knows he wont see 4.4 on a Moto X until March

    • jim

      March of what year ?

    • kashtrey

      OEMs get something called a PDK which does allow them to begin taking actions to ready their phones for the next Android release. It’s like a beta version of the OS. However, I don’t believe the releases are finalized until very last minute so it’s likely there are changes that need to be addressed by manufacturers. The road blocks aren’t typically the OEM’s implementations, it’s the testing period required by the carriers and OEM internal controls. Even if they have beta software to develop on, they would still need to retest once they’ve gotten the final release.

  • bboyairwreck

    Coming from the Bionic, I feel very happy with the Droid Maxx. I thought my bionic was the last Moto device i would have but Google owning Moto has given me hope

  • Shane Redman

    Smart move not putting a timeframe on it. HTC may have just preemptively let down their users and it could end up not being their fault. They should rephrase to say they’ll submit 4.4 to all carriers within 90 days.

  • Ayyyy

    All I know is if my Razr hd maxx don’t get updated Imma go crazy…and buy the s5 next

  • Radgatt

    Good to know. If I can’t have a Nexus 5 then this is one of the best alternatives since I am on Verizon.


    Droid Razr M = “Future plan coming soon.”

  • ⓂMarikel Lika

    I just wanna know one thing right now; will my 2013 Nexus 7 get the new launcher that the Nexus 5 has? I saw press shots that showed the current home screen and I wasn’t too happy.

    • MotoXYZ

      Yes, of course.

      • ⓂMarikel Lika

        Are you sure? I saw an official press shot with the white icons in the notification bar but the old home screen from Jelly Bean. Can you show me a picture with the new home screen?

      • ⓂMarikel Lika

        Just went the to android.com, and they say that the new home screen is currently only available on the Nexus 5.

  • T4rd

    Samsung and HTC should go ahead and announce it too since they don’t have to say “when”. I think we all know when they’ll get it though.

  • Suralin

    From 4.2.2 to 4.4? I… I like this new Motorola.

    Edit: But screw Verizon for being the last to adopt it.

    • michael arazan

      I’ve been seeing articles today about Google and Verizon working together on new devices for 2014, maybe their is a reconciliation in the works, and some better understanding and cooperation

  • Casey Artner

    From further down in that post:

    Punit Soni
    We are moving directly to 4.4. I dont like to discuss timing. It just puts a lot of stress on the team, and there is always a chance we find something which delays us a bit.
    Rest assured, we are on it. You have seen the speed with which we are moving as a Google company, that shall continue.

    • Trevor

      I like that response from him. Honest and to the point.

    • enigmaco

      He said moto x will get the update soon!!!!

    • runner30

      I was waiting for his response after the 4.4 announcement.

      This cements my purchase of the X when it comes to MotoMaker for VWZ.

      Now we wait and see how the update goes through Verizon.

      Maybe the new Googorola has some clout with VWZ that the old Motorola doesn’t. They can always threaten VWZ’s precious droid line if they are being a nuisance 😀

      • ERIFNOMI

        I’m happy I got mine during the Unlimited data glitch. Very slick phone.

        • kashtrey

          Me too and the only downside is that I can’t ROM my phone. There are just some ROM features that I feel really enhance Android (like being able to customize your quick toggles) that stock just doesn’t offer. The other thing is that I wish I had the chance to MotoMake my phone. My dream would be that Moto allowed all people who had to wait to get MotoMaker to do a one time send in for customization.

          • C-Law

            Dude you can totally modify ur toggles! All u have to do is get root! Then install Xposed installer, and search for the xda thread for GravityBox. Then install that with Xposed Installer. You can do All the same quick toggle mods like cyanogenmod, plus many other mods like lock screen, status bar, nav bar and such. Try it and you’ll find u don’t need a rom

          • 4g63mark

            I’m going to go try this for my mini. Thank you kind sir. 🙂

          • kashtrey

            Thanks man. I love the dev community so much and the DL community too. haha

          • 4g63mark

            I’m sure you could buy a different colored back plate. I saw a teardown video on YouTube and it looks pretty easy if you wanted to at least swap out that part.

      • Cael

        Verizon will push Droid updates the next day.

    • Lucky Armpit

      So happy to finally have a phone (Droid Maxx) that will have the latest version of Android and I don’t have to jump through hoops to get it!

  • Moto X Owner

    But when???

    • Thomas Lovett

      We are moving directly to 4.4. I dont like to discuss timing. It just puts a lot of stress on the team, and there is always a chance we find something which delays us a bit. Rest assured, we are on it. You have seen the speed with which we are moving as a Google company, that shall continue.

      • T4rd

        Is that you, Bionic/Sarge?

        • Booyah

          That was Punit’s reply regarding his original post. This time straight from Moto.

  • Derin Richardson

    Droid RAZR HD getting 4.4

    In Q4 2014.

    • Michigan Guy


    • enigmaco

      There’s no reason why it shouldn’t at this point it is capable of it, just depends if Verizon can get off its lazy a$$ and do the right thing (I know big corporation and right thing do not mix but it is worth a shot)

      • Derin Richardson

        Precisely my point.

        • enigmaco

          Yeah verizon is a joke, they know they have their customers backed in a corner with their coverage and are taking complete advantage of it. Screw their happiness and satisfaction.

    • dandar


    • Notamo

      That is a date so far out in the land of DROID that it makes me believe that will not happen as the DROID RAZR MAXX HD’s will be very near end of life.

  • Mike Aurin

    Kit Kat for all! I’d love to see and honest effort for all manufacturers to push 4.4 as hard as possible.

    • kynyrd synyrd

      I’d love to see an honest effort from all carriers.

    • wills96

      And I’d love to ride a unicorn to the Google campus to pick up my Verizon Nexus 5…

      • Ej McCarty

        Pick me up one while you’re there.

    • WAldenIV

      I’d be happy with a guarantee of at least two years of support for all models, since contract users are stuck with the phone for two years.

      • Carlos Rivera

        What an excellent idea ! !