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DROID 4 Soak Test of New Software Update About to Begin, No Kit Kat to be Had

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Motorola invited owners of the DROID 4 to participate in a soak test of a new software update this morning, bringing life to a phone we thought had long been abandoned. Before you get too excited at this being Kit Kat, keep in mind that Motorola already confirmed that this phone is staying on Android 4.1.2. The only older phones it plans to bring Android 4.4 to are the RAZR HD, MAXX HD, and RAZR M

So what is the update then? Probably a bug fixer. I’d bet there is bloatware involved, the introduction of an unwanted Verizon service or two, and maybe connectivity improvements. We won’t know for sure until we see a changelog, but again, it won’t be Kit Kat. Miracles do happen – probably not this time, though.

The DROID 4 is slated to remain on Android 4.1.2, according to Motorola’s update site.

To keep track of the latest in Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” updates, be sure to bookmark our constantly-updating list.

Here is the invite:

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Droid 4 on Verizon Wireless to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid 4, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link — XXXXXX – to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Cheers B, B, J, and K!
  • Michael John Csonka

    I was shocked to see the droid 4 still on Verizon store shelfs in ny city. Impressive for a 2 year old cell phone. Ive found mine to be a practicle companion with enough power for fun and the practicality i need for work. In this area i havent seen its equal. Ive also never had a mobile device hold up this well to heavy use. Glad to see that some efforts are being made to keek the old girls going. Would upgrade to a new droid 5 in second but right now don’t see a better phone on the market for my needs. Anyone know if the battery can be replaced.

  • morecrabs

    I’m sure this update is just another way to prevent the small hope of removing the phone from Verizon grips yet again tossing another string on something u paid big money to get but they claim u ddon’t own but they will no longer support I hope someone cracks the platform I will no longer blindly accept and update without getting to know what its stealing from me first

  • Connie

    There are some of us who really need the Keyboard. Circulation problems in my hands make using touch screen a major problem. AND voice is not always an option (responding while is a noisy environment or in a meeting. I love my DROID4 and wish Motorola would listen to those of us who think the new offerings are great, but now usuable in our circumstances.

  • Willard Smith

    Anyone know how easy it is to replace the battery your self? You can buy repalcement batteries and it seems you just have remove and connect a single short ribbon cable. The battery on my Droid 4 is dying much faster now like with any old li-ion battery especially when it is often charged to 100% and discharged bellow 10%-20%.

    • bigdav1178

      Replaced the battery on mine, and it was pretty easy; physically, it is just removing the two screws attaching the ribbon cable, and pulling the battery out which is double-face taped in. You want to make sure you get a genuine Moto battery, as the phone does some kind of check and will not charge a non-Moto battery. There is also a technique that will recalibrate your phone to the new battery to maximize charging; you can find that with a google search.

  • Brian Walz

    Can’t wait for this update. Then again I can’t wait to get my new phone in a month.

  • Anonymouse

    I love the DROID 4, i hope if they release a DROID 5 tht it has more RAM, thats the only problem i have with it.

    • Po

      At the minimum, any new high end phone should have comparable specs to other current high end phones. That’s just a given unless the OEM really wants to not sell their phones.

  • keystone

    Excellent, bug and security fixes are far more important to me than getting KitKat (one word by the way) or any new version of Android. Fix what you have before adding subjectively useful features (at least within reason).

    • me

      I’m happy to get bug and security patches. OEMs should provide “long term” (the meaning probably differs among users) non-major OS updates more. You know, what you get on desktop OS’s, Windows Phone and iOS. In the future, probably on Ubuntu Touch as well. Canonical might do the same LTS thing where, for a particular major version, they provide security and bug fixes for 5 years.

      Well, I hope the testing goes well so my Droid 4 will get this update soon.

      • Lewis B.

        This. I don’t mind major features being locked but I need fixes for security holes and bugs. I’m eyeing Ubuntu Touch and hope Canonical does LTS releases to provide 5 years of security and bug support. I’ll probably prefer an Intel Bay Trail or whatever Atom is currently available since Intel provides open source drivers for them. With that, I’ll be able to update the Linux kernel.

  • ivan

    Whats about Droid 3? That needs major updates!! Camera always crashes after you take a pic, trying to text is a problem, also making calls which is the main purpose of a cell phone. Uggh!!

    • LionStone

      Time for a new phone bro! :-)

  • plu

    I’m all for bug fixes!

  • Arden

    Cool, glad Motorola is providing security and bug fixes. That’s way more important to me than a new version of Android. Like with desktop Windows and Ubuntu LTS, you may not get very many new features but at least you’ll get plenty of security and bug fixes.

  • Tomek G

    I am pretty Happy with Cyogen Mod 11
    Motorola shot it in the foot (or actually blown away the legs) with locked bootloader, horrible battery, worse screen ever, but it is still BEST keyboard phone

    • chris_johns

      how does this work on the d4? my gf has one n has often complained about phone locking up and what not…i wanna flash a rom to give it new life but i heard their are a few annoying bugs related to keyboard n what not…any insight?

      • Tomek G

        There few minor items, such as CAPS LOCK doesn’t work in CHROME (but does it work in stock rom)? Other than that I cannot think of anything else. I doubt battery life will be be better, worse more likely, but these phones are tied to charger anyway.
        It is definitely worth to flash, loss of bloatware, CM options and Kit Kat experience makes a big difference

      • me

        The locking up and slowness could be due to the eventual slow down of flash chips. When I look at my phones disk IO stats, Android does a lot of it while using an app. Eventual flash slow down can definitely affect peformance over time.

        Before using custom ROMs, why don’t you try doing a factory reset and hope it has the same affect as TRIM? If the Droid 4 supports TRIM and has root access then you could try using fstrim but you’ll lose some other cleanup things a factory reset would provide.

  • bigdav1178

    I’ve always participated in these soak tests, but I’m leery of this one. Considering that it will not likely be a significant update, I’m more fearful of losing things like root access, than to jump on this update in hopes of improved functionality. Think I’ll wait it out until there’s word on what it does.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    I miss the OG days :(

  • Mark Pearson

    Maybe it’s a keyboard fix, so the hard keyboard works less like a normal computer keyboard and more like a virtual keyboard as it relates to caps and shifts… (that’s what’s been on my wish list since Jelly Bean update)

    • Johan

      Ya, I hear the JB update introduced some annoying bugs with the physical keyboard. I guess whatever other bug that’s preventing me from receiving the JB update on my ICS Droid 4 was a good thing, haha. I’m not even rooted or anything.

      Good thing I’m not having any problems with ICS other than some apps requiring more resources than my Droid 4 can provide. Although, getting JB or KitKat will likely make my phone slower. Plus, I’d lose the sleep function when holding down the power button, some keyboard shortcuts were removed on JB and I think JB doesn’t have USB mass storage anymore (MTP blows).

  • Fly_Dog

    Soak test or marketing test — to answer the question: should we _finally_ come out with a Droid5? Download stats on the new update will confirm to Moto that plenty of D4 users haven’t died off or switched. The 3 remaining employees in all of Moto who have QWERTY design experience should be given the green light for a worthy successor. (I made up the count of 3, but they did do a great job on the D4 keyboard).

  • Trueblue711

    It all makes sense now! Verizon is rebranding their Backup Assistant to “Verizon Cloud” — I’m sure that’s the real reason behind this. And maybe a bug fix or two to justify it to the public.

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    I love this phone. I wish they would make a Droid 5.

    • Jeff C

      If the Droid 5 is a Moto X with a keyboard, I would agree. I used to love my D4… still love the keyboard when I need it. But my Moto X blows it out of the water. It is painful going back to using the D4 for work related stuff… so I really only use it for work calls and email (I do not want our IT department to have admin rights on my personal phone)… and the rare occasion I need a qwerty for something personal.

      • Eric R.

        Or the X with a slide out portrait keyboard, like the Palm Pre

    • Raven

      I finally replaced my D4 with a Moto X DE with the big Cyber Monday
      discount, but I still miss my physical keyboard and keep it on a charger
      and use it with WiFi for various things so I am glad to see it wasn’t
      completely abandoned. And yes, as many others have said, I would also
      love to see a modern Droid 5 and I would sacrifice the thinness of my
      Moto X for a good physical keyboard on a well specced phone in a
      heartbeat.

    • Z S

      same here. Started with the OG Droid and I want to continue the trend of having a physical keyboard.

  • J. Gilbertson

    I hope this fixes Bluetooth MAP support that they broke with jelly bean. If so I hope they make this fix quickly to the RAZR. That’s one feature that went MIA that upset me

  • Rich Steele

    And this is why everyone hates motorola

    • Adrynalyne

      Nobody intelligent hates Moto for this reason. The phone shipped with Gingerbread, FFS and more importantly, is OMAP 4.

      • Francisco Rodriguez

        I think I would have been more upset if the D4 DID get KitKat because the whole reason the Galaxy Nexus didn’t get KitKat was because of the OMAP

        • Cael

          but the Galaxy Nexus did get 4.3. DUN DUN DUN

    • TechTinker11

      Why?

    • Milind Shah

      This is a 2 year old phone with a processor that doesn’t have updated drivers as TI stopped producing mobile chips.

    • Jeremy Gross

      Its because of the way old Texas instruments processor this includes OG droid RAZR line

  • Jeff C

    I’m going to hold off on installing this to make sure it doesn’t break FoxFi. I still have unlimited data on my work phone, need FoxFi to feed my Moto X data when out on the road so that I don’t use up my 500 mb of T-Mobile data.

    • Fahad Beg

      You should use the 5gb, unlimted text, and 100 min of talk from T-mobile. its only $30 a month

      • mcdonsco

        And why would he do that when its also exactly $30/month to use WiFi tethering on vzw unlimited?

        • Trueblue711

          If he’s using FoxFi, he’s not paying the $30/mo Verizon tethering charge…

          • mcdonsco

            But Fahad is suggesting he ADD a $30/month T-Mobile service … My point was why would he ADD a $30/month T-Mobile service when for that he could legit’ly use the Verizon unlimited for tethering.

            Maybe I’m missing something here?

          • malachyng

            He’s suggesting to move to T-mobile and save money. The T-mobile plan is $30 outright, including 5gb of data (whereas he’s probably paying $75-80 a month for his Verizon service). Unfortunately that 5gb prepaid plan does not include tethering so you’ll still be stuck trying to use foxfi or something else up to 5gb…so probably not the best alternative.

          • Jeremy Gross

            Service signal

          • Jeff C

            I have 2 phones…work provided D4 on Verizon, and my daily driver Moto X which is on my girlfriend’s T-Mobile plan. Unlimited talk/text and 500 mb of data for $30/month. I’m on Wi-Fi most of the time, but when I’m away from Wi-Fi and using a lot of data I’ll just activate FoxFi on my D4 to feed my X.

      • Jeff C

        Because I talk more than 100 minutes a month.

        • Fahad Beg

          Valid. Its a great value if you didnt use more than a 100 min. but you do. bummer