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Soak Test for Motorola DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Rolling Out Today (Updated)

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Yesterday, Motorola sent out emails to select members of their product forums, stating that a soak test would be soon be underway for an update. The soak test, which we now know will begin “later today,” is specifically for owners of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini

Testers are assuming it is Android 4.4.4, given that Motorola stated the updated would come soon after the final build was released by Google. We are nearing Motorola’s own timeframe for when the update would be available, so the timing for Android 4.4.4 makes complete sense.

If you are a tester, and own a MAXX, Ultra, or Mini, be on the lookout this evening.

Update: A couple of testers have reached out, confirming that the update is in fact Android 4.4.4.

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Hello!

Thanks for signing up for the Motorola Feedback Network software test for Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini. The test should start later today. We have a very large group of testers signed up – thank you! To avoid being overwhelmed by feedback, we have split the test team into two groups. Some members will provide feedback in a private community and a survey, while another group will provide feedback via survey only.

You have been chosen at random to provide feedback via a survey only. We will send that out in a few days. We look forward to seeing your comments.

We ask that you do not post your feedback in public areas, but save it for the survey. In the event you have a serious problem with your update — one that makes your phone unworkable — please reply back to this email. For minor issues, we ask that you simply note those for the survey.

Thanks so much for your participation! We really appreciate your time and insights.

Matt

Motorola Feedback Network
Motorola Owners’ Forum
Visit us at: forums.motorola.com

Cheers anon and anon!
  • Ken Sherrill

    Does anyone know if they will be updating the RAZR M? I am stuck with the crappy 4.4.2 right now and have nothing but trouble with it. All Verizon can tell me is to wait and see if there is an update soon. Have not even had this phone for a year and it is a mess and I feel like i have old technology, that is just crazy. thanks for all of the info.

  • Brandon Kesler

    Anyone having trouble with the video capture not working? The camera for photos works fine, but not video.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DavidDegnanPhotography David Degnan

    Why not vVerizon (or other non-TMo) Moto X? :(

    • vzwuser76

      Most likely because all of the Moto X phones are on 4.4.2, and the 2013 Droid line is still on 4.4. And in that update (from 4.2 to 4.4), the Droids were updated last after all versions of the Moto X. So they’re due to be first this time.

  • C-Law

    Damn, can’t believe they didn’t push this to the Moto X first. Since they always have in the past, now I’m wondering if the Moto X is being left in the dust by verizon

  • Isaac Zenger

    Anyone having an issue with using Verizon’s Visual Voicemail app with the new 4.4.4?

    • ConroeEd

      yes. Motorola and VZW are working on it.

    • RoadsterHD1

      You got 4.4.4 on your New Droid? is the soak test over?

  • http://facebook.com/nyvz9lyvz Jamison Harvey

    Does anyone have the .zip pulled and uploaded anywhere?

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  • beng8686

    I am reading in the forums that this update breaks write protection bypass for rooted users with locked bootloaders. It looks to not break root itself for these users.

  • ConroeEd

    Breaks visual voicemail

  • bolski

    The RAZR HD/MAXX HD (XT926) is also getting a soak. Not sure if this will be to upgrade to 4.4.3 or 4.4.4, but it would be nice. More than likely, it’s a bunch of bug fixes for the KK OTA they released recently.

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  • Droid Ronin

    Off-topic, but I would like to add that I just updated my OG XOOM to 4.4.4 the other day. I know that this tablet was released under the old Moto, but with the help of the developer community, this XOOM simply refuses to die! :D

    • Chris Newman

      What ROM version are you running on your XOOM? Mine is stock and is currently running very slooowww.

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  • XvierX

    Any chance of towel root working after this update?

    • Mike

      No, towelroot didn’t work because of the write protection on the /system partition. This doesn’t change that.

      • XvierX

        Crud.

  • droidrazredge

    This is a great move by Motorola and Verizon because outside of the Droid Family the only phones on 4.4.4 are the Nexus Devices. Not only are the Droid Mini, Ultra, & Maxx users on 4.4.4 but they got the update only a couple of weeks after Google pushed it to their own devices. This just shows how fast Motorola and Verizon can work together to get updates out. The only devices left to update for Motorola would be the Moto X, E, & G. The Droid users get to bask in all the goodness that the new features of 4.4.3 brought to Kit Kat. This is just another reason why I’m glad to have purchased a Motorola device.

    • Jason B

      Considering the Droid owners were left on 4.4, they had to release it to them first. The 4.4.3 build was done, so they just needed to recompile it for 4.4.4, which took a little extra time.

    • Kevin McClave

      Well, yes and no. Keep in mind that we are jumping over several incrimental updates the Droids never received to go from 4.4 to 4.4.4. So, I wouldn’t praise rapid rollouts so much.

  • Pakmann2k

    Kind of stupid but now I have to go back to the changelog for 4.4.2, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4 . The update doesn’t tell you squat, other than camera improvements.

  • XvierX

    Just got it too.

    • Pakmann2k

      They are rolling. Please fix the battery, please fix the battery, pleas….

      • XvierX

        That’s the first thing I’m going to test once I get a full charge. My fingers are crossed.

      • Joshua P.

        So I wiped my phone last week(maxx) and was pleased to discover the return of my battery life.

        • XvierX

          I may have to try this. So far, battery isn’t looking any better.

      • bionicwaffle

        I’m pretty sure the camera related battery life fix for all Snapdragon devices was in 4.4.3. I’m not sure when the bug was introduced in Android…maybe 4.1? Hope it works!

  • Marikel

    Oh, wow. When did DROID users get the white status bar icons? Weren’t they still blue when they got the KitKat update?

    • Nathan D

      They pushed a smaller update after the KitKat update that fixed them.

  • Pakmann2k

    Not from my device. Someone sent this to me. :)

    • DJ SPY

      Nice. Build date is only 3 weeks old.

    • normmcgarry

      Do you know the disabled write protection hack makes it through the update?

  • barrmy

    mine just arrived.. droid maxx

  • drose0

    Installing now!

  • Pakmann2k

    Had been checking all day for this. Currently downloading. 284.9mb……

    • Chris Newman

      Me too

  • KimWGulley

    Testers are assuming it is Android 4.4.4, given that Motorola stated the updated would come soon after the final build was released by Google. We are nearing Motorola’s own timeframe for when the update would be available, so the timing for Android 4.4.4 makes complete sense. http://ur1.ca/hpuv6

    • Pakmann2k

      Confirmed. Installing now.

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    Well, i have the Maxx, got the email, but currently running a T-Mobile SIM in the phone. Hopefully I can get this soak test via Wifi or “alternative download”

    • DJ SPY

      Did you have to root the phone to use T-Mobile?

      • Jeffrey Tarman

        Nope, install the nano SIM, add APN information, then choose lte/gsm/hspa and that was it. And yes, I just installed 4.4.4; no big changes, everything looks the same

        • Brian Lippman

          Yea, the 4.4.X updates were mostly bug fix updates, not too much user facing stuff. Transparent navigation/status bars were added in, but since the Droids have hardware navigation it’s kind of less prominent, and for home screens it depends if the launcher you’re using supports it.

        • DJ SPY

          Good to know! I’m on Verizon unlimited, month to month so, any wrong move I make they’ll yank it. I can just take my phone to T-Mobile and not worry about buying a new one. Do you get LTE or HSPA+?

  • Danmheadache

    How did Moto become this great company within a year or so?

    Faster updates, great phones, and even moto 360…
    I really miss OG Droid..

    • Paul Hansen

      They got bought by Google? I just hope they can keep up the new “team motto” or whatever they’re putting in the koolaid over there once the Lenovo buyout goes through and they’re in full control.

      • Danmheadache

        Well, for moto x and moto 360 I do get it thanks to Google..
        But moto ultra, maxx, and mini are still moto made phones with nexus like updates..
        and these phones aren’t 100% stock android..

        • JoYu

          The Maxx and Ultra are basically the same hardware with a bigger screen and battery (in the Maxx). They should be fairly easy to port.

        • neo1738

          Honestly they aren’t 100% stock android but for the first time Moto actually did way better than stock android. They kept it mostly stock with some great improvements.

          • Brian Lippman

            Yea, they pretty much just kept the “stock” look and added a few of their own things to the settings menu. They were kind of headed in this direction before Google, the 2012 Droids were pretty “stock” too from what I saw anyway, but the infusion of Google people really accelerated the move to eliminate Blur entirely.

        • Brian Lippman

          When it comes down to it the 2013 Droids are the same as the Moto X, they just have a little bit more Verizon bloat in them than the Moto X, since they’re Droids. Besides that, the software and hardware are pretty much the same, save for screen and battery sizes, of course.

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      Aside from that, they listened to their consumers. Blur was minimalized into an almost stock experience. Battery life is far better utilizing their less power demanding specs. Lastly, they improved the UI by adding features people love. Touchless controls, shake to wake camera, and the list goes on.

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  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Ahem…need foxfi wifi tethering still. Staying on 4.2.whatever.

    • Paul Hansen

      If you’re rooted there are other ways to get tethering working…

      • Entitled

        Entitlement hack, never had anything pop up on bill

        Setting.db -> entitlement check = 0 and enjoy :)

        • Diablo81588

          That hasn’t worked in a long time…

          • normmcgarry

            XDA, my friend. Once I rooted, it took about 2 minutes. I’m on 19.6.3 with the native tethering working great.

        • Paul Hansen

          I’m very aware but the entitlement hack was fixed a while back. It can still be made to work but is a bit more difficult now

      • Under the bridge downtown

        Not rooted. 4.2 allows for FoxFi to work while not rooted

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        It’s hard to find instructions to root and then keep it through all of the upgrades. A lot of the threads are 100 pages long. Not worth risking it and then losing tethering for me. Would rather just not upgrade (for now).

    • Daren Rogers

      Foxfi still a no go

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        Thank you for the update. Someday, i hope!

  • SixMoodyDwarves

    This is going out for RAZR HD owners too.

    • Ryan O’Neill

      Um, no?
      I’ve been in every Razr HD soak test so far, and I didn’t get an email for this one.

      • SixMoodyDwarves

        An email for the survey went out awhile back. Yesterday they sent out an email confirming the start. If you don’t give feedback on the software you can’t participate in the future.

  • Bryan Mills

    Watch out for the confidentiality police!

    • guest

      MKBHD you sir have a big mouth,

  • Damian

    And for my Moto X? I continue to wait…..

    • beng8686

      Its kind of fair being the moto x got it so much sooner last time…

      • C-Law

        Not fair. Considering the phones are the same other than the display size and a few extra bloatware apps like droid zap, they should get the updates at the same time.

        • beng8686

          FAIR.

    • brkshr

      You’re on 4.4.3. The only difference between 4.4.4 and 4.4.3 is a security fix. Are you really that important that you need that security fix that bad?

      • Cael

        AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon are still on 4.4.2.

        • brkshr

          Didn’t know that. Sucks for you guys! Just another reason I prefer unlocked phones I guess.

          • Kevin McClave

            Regardless, we’re still on 4.4 with the Droids in question.

      • rader023

        No we are on 4.4.2

    • Pakmann2k

      It’s a mess cause you guys bumped up to 4.4.2. Don’t ask me how, but it seems easier to make a 4.4.4 build coming straight from 4.4 than it is to come from 4.4.2.

    • Brian Lippman

      Moto X probably got pushed to the back of the certification line when Moto cancelled the 4.4.3 update and resubbed with 4.4.4. They probably added 4.4.4 to the Droid updates and got that in first since they didn’t seem to have an update for them already in the pipeline at Verizon.

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      Actually we Droid users are like GuineaPigs… Moto will bring still better 4.4.4 (killing all bugs reported in our Droid’s 4.4.4) to Moto X users and thats why the delay…