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Motorola DROID Ultra and MAXX Soak Test Invites Rolling Out

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Motorola looks to be preparing an update for the DROID Ultra and MAXX, with soak test invitations now hitting user inboxes. More than likely, this OTA will be an update to Android 4.4.2, bringing this line of DROID devices up to par with the rest of the top Android smartphones. 

It was all the way back in January when initial updating to Android 4.4 took place, and this is the first actual murmur of development we have seen regarding this device since then. If the test does turn out to be Android 4.4.2, there will be lots of happy Ultra and MAXX owners out there.

When and if the OTA hits your device, be sure to let us know.

Cheers J and M!
  • 808ninjacat

    I checked, and just got it today. What updates does it have?

  • eugene kay

    How would I know if I got the email

  • Cliff Woolfork

    Hope it hits the Mini as well since it’s the little brother of the Ultra…

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  • Stephen Kucharski

    And people already on 4.4.2 are waiting impatiently for 4.4.3 because 4.4.2 is bugier than a bait shop. Hopefully Moto fine tuned it for you guys.. A LOT.

    • RoadsterHD1

      After the first try and fail update to new Droid line. They really need to get it right this time. Hopefully they did.

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  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Guys, i still haven’t updated to KK because I need wifi tethering. I’m on osx. What can i do? Help!!!

    • RoadsterHD1

      USB tether still works.

      • bboyairwreck

        hey RoadsterHD1, what app do you use and do you need root?

        • RoadsterHD1

          No root required and its FoxFi and PdaNet. Open Pdanet and check “activate USB tether” You will need to install a small app for your tablet or laptop to connect but you can download it as soon as you open the PdaNet app and check the “activate USB tether” box.

          • bboyairwreck

            lol thank you! Dang I havent used Pdanet since the OG Droid and Droid X days. Glad to know these apps are still around

  • LionStone

    Brings connectivity to Telus, for when you travel to Canada, lol

  • Dave

    Glad I never got this and the non removable battery. My Note 2 still goes 24-36 hours with 4-6 screen time on LTE. Although I do like the appearance and design better.

    • Irrelevant Comments Are Fun

      Glad I never got Windows Vista, a Pontiac Aztec or malaria. My coffee maker makes 10-12 cups of french roast. Although I do like the appearance and design of the Droid MAXX.

      • LiterofCola

        I lol’d

    • Mike

      I had the Note 2 and dumped it as soon as I could. The thing feels cheaply made and didn’t run that well when it was brand new.

      Not to mention that phablets are definitely not the future… At least not for me.

  • Matt Sasges

    No e-mail for me yet

  • Jeremy Buro

    I really hope they fix the status bar gradient to blend into the home screen like on the nexus 5…..

  • matt

    How about the droid RAZR maxx

  • rossguy

    Hoping this brings the Maxx battery back to the beast it was before the 4.4 update!

    • jumnhy

      Having switched from a Moto Droid Mini to a Moto X after the ridiculous drop in battery life after taking the KitKat OTA (at least the Maxx’s massive battery will, at about half it’s previous performance, still last you for a day’s use), I don’t think the 4.4.2 update will (fully) fix the issues. My X gets better results than my Mini did, but not by a ton. All 4 (Ultra, Maxx, Mini, X) are running on close to the same hardware, so I doubt that the update will fix much for the Droid lineup either. Hope for the best though!

  • Joe Mantucca

    Haven’t gotten my invite yet. Anyone else?

    • jamaall

      I haven’t either. I was in the 4.4 soak test.

      • Joe Mantucca

        As was I. Just making sure there are others!

      • James_75

        ditto

    • dizel123

      I’d say I got my invite but i’ve been sworn to secrecy so I can’t

  • Dan

    Any love for the Mini along with it?

    • Daniel Maginnis

      I didn’t get a soak invite while I have gotten one to every other (RAZR m also)

    • Sean Plantz

      Yes the mini (not m) would be included. All 3 droids are basically the same

  • Jeremy Gross

    what about the HD?!

    • Jprime

      exactly. I had to dump that phone. And there were no ROMS if you were bootloader locked so no way to get to 4.4

  • needa

    not really on topic, but this post had me thinking about how long it will take for moto to release the i/o update on the x. 9 days for kit kat. three plus months for 4.4.2. now how long will it take for 4.5/5.0? will moto update the og x before releasing the new moto x,or will they wait until after the release?

    • chris125

      Most likely will come after the new x is released

  • Jose

    I hope this comes out soon! Kit Kat broke my WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC. I have not been able to use them since way early on. I am hoping that this update fixes that issue for me.

    • TC Infantino

      Which phone do you have? I haven’t experienced any of those problems with the 4.4 update on my Droid Maxx. If I were you, I would have sent my phone in to be replaced when you started having those issues. Or at least taken it in to the store to have them try to find the problem, then most likely order you a new phone as the final fix.

      • Pakmann2k

        Going to have to agree here. All KitKat did for mine was kill my battery life. Never had any problems like you are speaking. Sounds like you have some new problems to address.

      • Jose

        I have the Droid Maxx and I would have but I cracked the screen so I have to pay out of pocket to get it replaced. Also, if you google these issues you’ll see that many other phones have had the same problem. Luckily I am on an unlimited data plan and don’t have to worry about how much data I use.

  • ceejw

    I really hope they finally change the full status bar fully white in this update.

    • Mike

      This times about a thousand. Would make this phone damn near perfect (You know you have a good phone when the only thing you’re whining about is the color of the status bar!).

      • LiterofCola

        Couldn’t agree with you more.

    • Craig P

      I actually prefer the blue, that way I know the full status of my WiFi and LTE.

      • J. Gilbertson

        Color wouldn’t be an issue if WiFi and LTE did not show bars that make it appear as if it were working.

      • jumnhy

        Having gone from a Droid Mini to a Moto X on 4.4.2 (which switched from blue to white) I echo what you’re saying–it was nice to have blue for an active connection, white for a signal without connection, and grated out for no signal. With only white I don’t know how to tell the difference.

    • Fawzi94

      A few moto reps have suggested that this might be included. So, I wouldn’t be surprised!

    • rich

      I agree, but i believe it’s been stated by motorola to keep the blue as to not confuse its customer base. However, it’d be nice to avoid the confusion that people believe they don’t have connectivity unless it’s blue. White/blue icons mean you have connectivity. Blue only means successful connectivity to google’s services. Hence why there is only white icons in vanilla kit kat.

    • jhlinka

      It’s a really easy fix using GravityBox + Xposed. Of course you have to be rooted… But it’s worth it!

      • jld

        Hey, what is that awesome widget from? is it custom made?

      • nal

        How’d you get the transparency? I’m using gravitybox and got rid of the bars, but how did you?

        • jhlinka

          The notification bar transparency? I use Nova as my launcher and have the transparent notification bar setting active.

    • nal

      Why wouldn’t they?
      The system theme was like that and they didn’t modify it.

      • ceejw

        The stock Kit Kat system theme is white status bars. They modified that to keep them blue. Even HTC and Samsung have white status bars in their 4.4 updates. It’s odd that Verizon made motorola keep them blue.

  • Alexander

    Still waiting for KK on my HD. #anymomentnow

    • Droid Ronin

      The internal dogfood testing is going on for KK on the RAZR HD and MAXX HD and RAZR M, so it should be pushing out soon.

    • Justin W

      Pretty sure it’s coming soon – I’d be willing to bet around the same time or so as the Ultra and Maxx, actually.

    • Tim Glaraton

      I just read that soak test is beginning for the HD and Co

  • stabone

    I really hope this includes the M

    Edit: I thought it was Razr Maxx ones.. damn.

    • cadtek91

      It’ll happen eventually.