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Here are the Full Changelogs for the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Android 4.4.4 Updates

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The DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini all started receiving an update to Android 4.4.4 over the weekend that first began last Wednesday with a soak test. The minor changelog that showed up with the update prompt mentioned that there would be camera enhancements, the addition of Isis Mobile Wallet, and bloatware updates. Motorola released a full list of the changes today, along with Verizon’s standard PDF changelogs.

The update, as we already knew, is 21.11.21. The device will see stability, framework and security improvements, along with better Bluetooth connectivity. The camera will see enhancements in picture quality, like improved photos in fluorescent lighting and enhanced dynamic range. Pausing of video recording has been added as well. VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail were updated, plus Isis Mobile Wallet has been added. 

Motorola also noted in their changelog that Motorola Alert, an app that allows you to alert specific people in times of need, will now be installed.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

Everyone receive the 4.4.4 update?

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Via:  Verizon | Motorola
  • Jordan Land

    Anybody having issues with the notification bar showing double of what’s in there. Mine shows double of the time battery 4G signal and Wi-Fi when I’m in my home screen. If I’m in an app it’s OK. Just curious if anybody is having this issue. Droid Mini.

  • Chris Bice

    Did not fix “Bluetooth connectivity issues” , at least not for me. Worked beautifully until this update. Now has issues connecting to my Kenwood. Irritating.

  • RoadsterHD1

    4.4.4 is running great! I love it.

  • Ralph Sutton

    why no google launcher? Isn’t this supposed to be part of the software by now?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Google Now Launcher is for Nexus devices only. You can side load it if you want. I have it on all my devices.

  • RazrRamon

    Voice mail can’t be disabled (I don’t use VZW visual voice mail)

  • RoadsterHD1

    Downloaded and is working perfectly. I love the new enhancements and the pause control on the video recorder.

  • Michael Luscher

    Downloading as we speak

  • http://twitter.com/mickmel mickmel

    I can’t get “trusted devices” to work on my Maxx after this update. The option is there and I’m able to set it, but the lock icon never appears in the toolbar and I always need to enter my code. Rebooted to no avail. Anyone else?

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  • kbowes

    Anyone know if this update will make my widgets function properly again?

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  • LTE4G

    No update here, 4.4.2 still showing as the latest … o well

    • DJ SPY

      What device do you have? The DROID line never got 4.4.2.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    so anyone actually get the update on a Droid Maxx?

    • CHARLES PHILLIPS

      Yes flashed it

    • Rysh

      Downloading now

    • RoadsterHD1

      YES. and its beautiful man……

  • Campbell Rice

    Seems to me my battery has been draining faster since the update. Anyone else or is it just me? Droid Maxx

    • Pakmann2k

      Opposite. Giver a nice reboot just for giggles.

  • Greyhame

    Update.zip??

  • chrisLE

    Some changes that aren’t so obvious but are very welcome:
    -In the QuickContact view, choosing the Messaging icon now properly opens Hangouts if that is what you have chosen to handle SMS
    -The infamous Home Button Bug is now fixed
    -USB OTG Mass Storage mounting works automatically again, as it did in the original firmware (awesome!); also, the mounting options once again appear in Settings -> Storage
    -New power control widget. The location (GPS) toggle now will show as half on half off if you’re using network only location. Will show fully on if GPS is enabled.
    -call/text LTE bug on non-Verizon sim card, now LTE runs smooth on att/Tmo/etc. Sim card.

    • lebronisleavingmiami

      So you are saying that you can put an AT&T SIM in a VZW phone and it will work????????

      • chrisLE

        Exactly.

        • Leon

          So Chris, I have a friend who’s girlfriend has an AT&T Moto X and needs a phone with better battery life. I have a new Droid Maxx, the network type option on the third choice say LTE/GSM/UMTS…can she just toss in her AT&T sim and get totally perfect service like she does on her AT&T Moto X or will there be limitations to the GSM call/text capabilities? I read only LTE AT&T bands would work.

          • Michael Luscher

            Droid Maxx will do HSPA+ out of the box on AT&T, LTE is trickier, as you’d have to be in a AWS (Band 4) area.

      • compnird

        I travel overseas a lot, I pop nano SIM cards in this phone and it works, never an issue except finding the right SIM size. Non-rooted, nothing hacked. stock… VZW doesn’t seem to lock their global bands anymore, I do the same with my RAZR M and Droid DNA, even though those are rooted and running custom ROM the stock versions allowed that too.

        • leandro

          i still dont understand how you put a sim card in the maxx or ultra, since i don’t see where it would go

          • Ed

            The volume button actually pulls out and the SIM is behind it.

    • Lucky Armpit

      OMG so the Home Button bug is fixed?!?! I’m assuming you mean where that stupid Google Arc pops up no matter how lightly you touch the Home/Back buttons?

      • Arcee

        I think he means the bug where anytime you hit the Home button it thinks you actually hit it twice (which has been fixed!).

        • Lucky Armpit

          Crap. :( Thanks though, appreciate the response. There’s no way to disable that stupid Google Arc without disabling Google Now, so I was hoping that issue would be fixed at some point. Yet another example of someone thinking a feature that no one uses is a good idea, without giving us a way to turn it off.

    • compnird

      OTG is back! I can’t believe it fell off for a while. Best Update EVER! Thanks for the note @disqus_dfXoahd06y:disqus , I would never have even checked that!
      This is the only non-rooted android phone I’ve ever owned and I’m surprisingly very happy with that.

  • Matt Labrecque

    I just bought a Droid Ultra, got it today, I bought it used but still great upgrade compared to my razr maxx hd. cant wait to put 4.4.4 on my phone after being on 4.1.2 for 1.5 years

    • hkklife

      Why would you go from a Maxx to an Ultra? Huge drop in battery life? 16GB + microSD to 16GB fixed? Glossy, slippery plastic? Wouldnt it have made much more sense to go from Maxx to the new Maxx?

      • Matt Labrecque

        Money. Which is cheaper off contract. Also yes battery there is a big difference but the ultra has good battery life too it ain’t horrible. I never really used much storage anyways so I don’t want to worry about SD cards. Also the software is much better than the razrs. For $170 off contract you can’t go wrong

        • Pakmann2k

          That is a pretty good price. I have been sporting an Ultra since last November and am pretty happy with it. 4.4 did kill the battery but as an soak tester, I got 4.4.4 and the battery seems to be back to normal which is a solid day’s use.

          • Matt Labrecque

            I haven’t downloaded 4.4.4 yet but yesterday battery life was pretty decent with in screen time

      • Michael Luscher

        Back in January when I bought my Maxx, I price shopped it against the Ultra. I paid $50 on a 2 year contract to port my number over from Sprint to Verizon. AmazonWireless was good to me.

      • James

        or Moto X?

    • kixofmyg0t

      But Vanquish(RAZR MAXX HD) already has 4.4.2….

      • Matt Labrecque

        Mine would not take the update it wouldn’t let me

  • James Fulks

    No update yet

  • BOB Dudek

    I think MOTO will re think the tag – ISIS. (!)

    • DJ SPY

      Moto doesn’t own ISIS. But yeah, ISIS is already working on rebranding itself.

  • Finire

    I’m loving this update.

    I don’t know if it was available before, but this update to Visual Voicemail also bring a “basic” and “premium” version. The basic version allows the standard features with storage for up to 20 messages, and doesn’t cost anything monthly. So it’s not much, but there’s 2.99 off of my bill.

    • hkklife

      Yeah my Note 3 got the “free” VVM with the KitKat update as well. I always wanted to try it but didn’t want it badly enough to pay for it so that is perfect.

  • Asmodai

    No update available for my mini yet.

  • j2000pro

    Kind of disappointed, was hoping to see the new google dialer. Wouldn’t be surprised if this is being prevented by that stupid agreement Verizon seems to have with cityid.

    • Daren Rogers

      Yeah, the dialer is kinda unspectacular.

    • Greyhame

      I have both the Maxx and a Nexus 5 and I actually prefer the Maxx’s dialer. City ID is nice, but how often do you receive calls from strangers? I’d rather have the swipeable UI as it is implemented on the Maxx. Oh, and Touchless Control and Active Notifications for the win.

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

    Can’t wait for the next MAXX! I’d love a Moto X+1 with the battery of the MAXX.

    • http://www.twitter.com/cltnwd Colton

      MAXX with onscreen navbar and I’m in!

  • beng8686

    Now we just need write protection disabled again so I can change the horrible boot animation and get rid of the dddrrroiiid boot sound.

    • Guest

      Why would you do that? It’s a Droid, it’s supposed to do that. That’s like buying a Harley that sounds like a moped.

  • Chris L

    Quit whining X’ers. We’ve been stuck on 4.4.0 forever.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Yeah but what tangible benefits did 4.4.2+ bring? A new Settings icon? Nexus devices saw camera improvements with 4.4.1 IIRC but that wouldn’t help us anyway. Bringing specific camera improvements along with the bug fix that is 4.4.4 now finally makes it worthwhile.

      However now that /system is fully write protected it makes getting root to stick and Xposed working properly difficult. I usually change a bunch of stuff in /system on my Ultra and it’s been a pain in the ass on my X with 4.4.2.

  • fred

    Hopefully foxfi can make a return.

    • Daren Rogers

      No…

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      • fd2blk78

        I downvote your negativity.

        • Daren Rogers

          Not negative. It just still doesn’t work yet

  • Sean Plantz

    Def happy with the maxx, and this update made it much better.

    • DJ SPY

      How so?

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

        Because it has the latest version of VZ Cloud lol

      • Sean Plantz

        Fixing the Bluetooth issues, the camera has been much better for me, battery life is improved and just overall performance and stability.

        • DJ SPY

          Glad to hear that. Can you disable the new bloatware like ISIS?

          • Sean Plantz

            I see a disable button when I hit info, so I’m guessing yes but I haven’t tried.

          • George Davis

            I can confirm that disabling ISIS works just fine. I use Google Wallet which still works post-update. The new VZW Cloud bloatware app can also be disabled. However, you can no longer disable Verizon’s Visual Voicemail, which kind of sucks for me since I use Google Voice and the VVM app tends to run in the background for no reason (only uses about 3mb of RAM though).

        • James_75

          Have you enabled ART and discovered whether or not the “Google Play Services has Stopped” message still randomly appears?

          • Sean Plantz

            Yes I have and it is fixed.

          • James_75

            Thanks!

          • Lucky Armpit

            Enable ART? It’s something that has to be enabled? I thought it was the root operating system processing…?

          • XvierX

            I was wondering the same thing. I didn’t know this was something that had to be “enabled” manually by the user.

  • Guest

    Glad to hear they are working on the issues with Bluetooth, while it only affects a small group of users (me included), it feels great for some acknowledgement

  • TC Infantino

    I got this for the soak test. I am pretty sure that the entire OS is quicker. I am very happy with it.

  • megatron1949

    Dont do it, dont update. Everytime i take a Verizon update, my phone is worst off than before. Wifi problems, bluetooth problems, and data issues.

    • 4n1m4L

      Go away

    • mustbepbs

      Like I’d listen to you, Megatron.

    • George Davis

      That’s funny, I’ve had the exact opposite experience.

  • Hunter

    No update yet for the Moto X? That was half the reason why I chose the Moto X!

    • Kevin McClave

      The Droids are jumping from 4.4 over several incrimental updates to 4.4.4. They were farther behind the Mtot X, etc.

      • Brian Lippman

        And my guess would be that the Droids didn’t have a 4.4.3 update already in certification like the X did, so they probably added 4.4.4 to the Droids, submitted it, cancelled the 4.4.3 X update and then made and resubmitted 4.4.4 for the X, so if there’s any sort of queue for certification, the X would probably be right behind the Droids.

        • Zach Cline

          The Verizon moto x never saw 4.4.3.

          • vzwuser76

            Exactly. The 4.4.3 update for the X was in certification when 4.4.4 came out. So he’s saying they had to pull and resubmit it, where the Droids were able to submit 4.4.4 from the start so they’re further up the queue than the X is.

  • cjohn4043

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for updates to VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail.

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    • disastrousrainbow

      I actually welcomed this visual voicemail update since they finally made it free.

      • Hobie Helbich

        Really???

        • disastrousrainbow

          Yup. Load it up. Basic visual voicemail is now free. I think premium is probably the same I don’t know I haven’t bothered to dive deeper.

          • George Davis

            Google Voice does all that stuff for free. :)

          • disastrousrainbow

            Duh. But Google Voice doesn’t play nice with Verizon numbers. :(

          • John Galt

            It’s easy enough to get it working. https://support.google.com/voice/answer/165656?hl=en

          • George Davis

            Works just fine for me using my Verizon number. Confirmed it’s still working post-update as well. I use it for visual voicemail and transcription only.

          • MacNificent

            And this is the exact reason I give my GV number out. I’ve actually totally forgotten what my real Verizon number is.

          • James

            GV voicemail works just fine with Verizon. Any plan that has conditional call forwarding can handle it. There are only a few prepaid plans I know of that won’t. Or you could just use your GV # as primary, and it’ll work with anything.

          • nobody

            Sure it does, been using it since my OG Droid without a single problem.

  • Delicious Queso

    Wait…has the Moto X for Verizon had widespread roll out of 4.4.4 yet?

    • C-Law

      Hasn’t had any rollout yet

    • EC8CH

      I’d be fine if the X skipped over 4.4.4 so long as it gets Android L as fast as it got Kit Kat.

      • Brian Lippman

        L isn’t coming out until October/November, so they aren’t going to wait. They already said they resubbed 4.4.4 after they cancelled the 4.4.3 rollout.

        • EC8CH

          I see. Only reason I’d like to get 4.4.4 it to see if the bluetooth volume bug get addressed, otherwise not much to be excited for.

          L on the other hand looks to bring all sorts of goodies.

          • CHARLES PHILLIPS

            The Bluetooth big had been fixed. Running 4.4.4 on my D Maxx for a couple days now. Can turn volume all the way down to none on my LG Tones.

          • Hayden7200

            What was the Bluetooth bug on the Maxx?

          • CHARLES PHILLIPS

            The Bluetooth volume would not town all the way down. It would stop with the volume still too loud

    • Robzw

      Dude my Moto G for Verizon has 4.4.2. You would think the moto X already had its update.