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DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Updates Another 3-5 Weeks Out Now That 4.4.4 is Available

Shortly after Google released Android 4.4.3 to the world, Motorola updated the Moto X through various carriers to the new build quicker than Google could to some of its own Nexus devices. The same couldn’t be said for the DROID line, though, which includes the MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Thankfully, Motorola’s David Schuster gave us an update on the situation, stating that all of those devices would be upgraded to Android 4.4.3 shortly, bypassing the 4.4.2 update they had yet to receive.

And then Google released Android 4.4.4 yesterday with an important security fix. 

So what is the DROID situation now? Well, Schuster took to G+ again last night to talk about the new update. In short, the security fix has indeed pushed the timeline out a bit, but because the security fix is that important, Motorola had to resubmit updates to carriers again for testing. Moto is hoping for technical approval on the new updates within 3 to 5 weeks.

Here is his comment:

Sorry for the delay in giving an update on the 4.4.3 upgrades but I had to wait unit Google announced KitKat 4.4.4 today (I am bound by a NDA). A significant security vulnerability was discovered by OpenSSL (https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20140605.txt) and is fixed in KitKat 4.4.4. We had to wait until KitKat 4.4.4 became available. Consequently, all of our 4.4.3 upgrades that were in carrier labs worldwide (including the 2013 Droid’s) had to be respun, tested and resubmitted again. This was a significant unplanned effort that we had to undertake. We should be re-entering labs next week and hopefully getting TA (technical approval) in 3 to 5 weeks later depending on the carrier.

I know that isn’t the news DROID owners were hoping to hear, but it is what it is. Security fixes are security fixes and Motorola and Verizon want to make sure their devices are not vulnerable.

Via:  +David Schuster
Cheers Loren!
  • Guest

    Aaaannd there goes my not hardware obsolete phone, but will indirectly be s/w obsoleted before my contract’s over.

    My best wishes to the lucky elite who chose a Non Branded/Verizon/Android phone.

  • Vince SantaCruz

    My maxx has the build # SU2-3.3. Its a new phone just activated today. Is that the newest version?

  • Jason B

    The carriers should fast track any patches to OpenSSL. Screw the “testing” and certification.

    Imagine if web servers had to wait weeks to patch a vulnerability.

  • TC Infantino

    I can handle the wait, as long as they keep us in the loop as to how the updates are progressing. I would prefer they address a serious security issue before releasing an OTA, so this is good.

  • Simon Belmont

    So what about the Verizon Moto G? I don’t think it’s received Android 4.4.3 yet, so I’m guessing it’s in the same boat for Android 4.4.4?

    Only asking because a friend of mine just one. Figured I’d keep him in the loop on this stuff.

  • droidrazredge

    I know this is regarding the DROID variants but what about my Moto X Verizon ? How long will it take to update that in addition to the DROIDS…

  • LTE4G

    In 5 weeks we’ll have 4.4.5, and wait for that LOL
    verizon’s testing is more like 5-10 weeks? or is it months, they tend to be very slow…

  • Matthew Merrick

    I don’t get the concern. I want the latest and greatest just like the next guy, but honestly is 4.4.1 (which i’m running) really that different from 4.4.2, from 4.4.3, ect? 4.4.X is still 4.4 and when you get down to it, that’s what really matters.

  • Grayson

    Don’t worry Droid owners. You won’t have to get 4.4.4 either because 4.5 will be released at I/O and they’ll decide to skip 4.4.4 and push out 4.5 a couple months down the road. Then Android 5.0 will come out in the Fall, so they’ll skip 4.5 as well. Then 5.1 will come out next Spring, so why update to 5.0 when you could skip right to 5.1?………….

    • Eddie

      Exactly what I was thinking. We’ll practically stay on the same update for years to come. lololol

  • Trevor

    It’s not as bad when you have to wait when they tell you exactly what’s going on like Mr. Schuster did. That’s awesome he did that; I wish more companies would be that transparent.

  • Jim Montague

    I’m fine with waiting, but there is some serious scope creep with this project already. They were working towards 4.4.2, then saw that .3 was coming soon. Waiting for that and got everything done and tested. Then saw that .4 was coming out, so are waiting again. I’m sure 4.5 or 5.0 will be out soon, so might as well wait for that at this point.

  • DorothyLAlbright

    I really feel like Big Red hides behind it’s testing labs, just to make sure that its bloat is bundled in and working. I’m sure that’s a simplistic view and a Verizon engineer could name 1000 ways that I’m wrong. http://alturl.com/mj6os

  • Nick


    • Geekdad

      This. When the phone first cam out I could go a full 36 hours of use before it died. Now, if I use it heavily (Ingress), It will be dead by the end of the day.

      • mgamerz

        >You never had a galaxy nexus and tried to play ingress

        • Geekdad

          I actually had the Gnex before my Maxx. I always had to carry my spare charger and even then the phone wouldn’t charge fast enough to keep playing. Let’s not get started on the GPS drift….

    • DJ SPY

      I get about 8+ hours of screen on time with heavy use in a day. One day it was a “mixed usage” and by the hour 15 with about 3 hours of screen on time i was at 65%.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Why are you shouting? And you might want to check your apps and see what’s keeping your CPU awake. There you will find your “battery bug”. I easily get 2 days out of my Maxx.

    • Michael Luscher

      Damm Straight!

  • zach471

    Yeah, it’s so important that the devices not be “vulnerable” that, you know, 5 weeks is an acceptable time frame to push the update.

    • Mike

      The sad part is, in 3-5 weeks they will still be pushing it out quicker than really any other (Non GPE/Nexus) phone that also are affected by the same bug/exploit. As a Droid Maxx owner I’m disappointed but at the same time understand the situation and am just happy that I actually see updates in a timely fashion.

      • zach471

        I completely agree with you, Mike. It’s alarming that it takes this long when the patch is considered “serious.” It’s like, guys, transparency is nice, and I know you’re working as fast as you can, but Verizon, perhaps more than any carrier, really creates a situation where there are competitive disadvantages, and, increasingly, security disadvantages, as well. I really feel like Big Red hides behind it’s testing labs, just to make sure that its bloat is bundled in and working. I’m sure that’s a simplistic view and a Verizon engineer could name 1000 ways that I’m wrong.

        • Mike

          I feel like we are on the same page, except I feel that way with all carriers at this point. This is actually one of the only things I wish Android could find a way to adopt that basically all Apple products are capable of. Even my Nexus 10 will sometimes go a couple weeks before getting the latest update, which isn’t carrier locked and has no “Bloat”.

          It’s actually kind of sad that I feel 3-5 weeks is considered “Timely” but that’s just how the Android ecosystem works.

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    I can wait until the end of July. My Droid Maxx still works great

    • kixofmyg0t

      Same here. Now my Nexus 4, 7 and 4.4.2 Developer Moto X on the other hand are a mess. Reboots, random Reboots everywhere. Battery life took a crap as well.

      No significant user noticeable changes are present in the point point releases, so while I’d like to have the most bleeding edge of Android…..I’m fine with Moto taking a bit more time to iron out stuff.

      Google! Slow the eff down and ACTUALY TEST all these new builds before rolling them out. I’ve never known stock android to be this buggy…..I thought I was on Cyanogenmod for a sec.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Agreed! My Maxx has been perfect and believe me, this timeline that Moto has been going with lately is A HELL of a lot better than it used to be. So waiting another month or so is perfectly fine.

  • Shane Redman

    I’m fine with the openness…

    • 2Berad

      I agree as long as Moto keeps its users in the loop as to why and when the updates are coming I’m happy. I love my maxx and would not trade it for any phone currently on the market. Plus KK has been great for me battery life is still outstanding.

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  • Lee McLaurin

    I wonder if one of the new “security fixes” is patching jcase’s new root/exploit method.