Original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Soak Test on the Way, Won’t be Kit Kat

The original or “OG” DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX have an update on the way, which will first begin as a soak test through Motorola’s Feedback Network. Invites were sent out this morning, only saying that this is a preview of a “new software release.” Before you get too excited, no, this isn’t Kit Kat. Motorola has already confirmed through their support pages that the RAZR and MAXX will remain on Android 4.1.2.

I’d imagine this is a bug fixer if anything. Well, it could be a bug fixer, bloatware installer, and connectivity improver. Those are the typical items included in updates to a phone this late in the game. After all, we are looking at phones that are two years old now.

Hey, that’s more than the Galaxy Nexus got.

Cheers Naughty Moto Tester and J!

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

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(more…)

Deals: LG G2, HTC One, and DROID ULTRA All $449 at Verizon

Our first story to kick off 2014 dropped yesterday morning, thanks to an announcement from Motorola that the Moto X would be priced at $399 off-contract going forward. As you can imagine for a phone that is on our list as the top Android phone of 2013, a permanent price cut to Nexus levels is pretty major news. But so you are aware, the Moto X at $399 isn’t the only good deal in town. Verizon, for example, has three other top tier phones listed at $449 off-contract.  (more…)

Reports of DROID MAXX/ULTRA Kit Kat Update Bricking Phones Arrive, Update Pulled for Now?

On December 19, Verizon announced that the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini were all ready to receive their updates to Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” Initially, a group of our readers claimed to have received the update on that very same day, however, it appears as if Motorola and Verizon have pulled the update due to some pretty serious issues. No official word on a stoppage has been handed out at this time, but from reading both comment threads on our update post and in various forums, it’s pretty obvious that the update hasn’t arrived on phones in days.  (more…)

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Receiving Android 4.4 Kit Kat Update Starting Today

After a brief discussion over a soak test of Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” for the new DROID family of phones (DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), Verizon and Motorola have gone ahead and made the update official for everyone. But even though the update is official and rolling out starting today, it’ll be happening in phases, so don’t expect that you will all be able to pull it. With that said, here are the dirty details of the update.  (more…)

Motorola Contextual Services Now Being Updated on Google Play for Moto X and New DROIDs

The latest app for Motorola’s Moto X and new DROID line (ULTRA, MAXX, and Mini) to hit Google Play is called “Motorola Contextual Services,” an app that is used to help keep other Motorola apps updated. This app in particular provides “core” functionality for the drive, meeting, and sleep detection pieces of Motorola Assist and Touchless Control. In other words, there aren’t any front-facing activities or features for you to play with as you update this app, but it does help out with some of Motorola’s new app collection.  (more…)

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Soak Test Set to Start Soon, Surprised If It Isn’t Kit Kat

Here it comes! At least we think it’s coming. That would be Kit Kat (Android 4.4) we’re referring to. According to the flood of emails from readers to our inbox, there is a soak test about to begin for the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Motorola is sending out invites this evening, but would only say that members of the Motorola Feedback Network will have a chance to preview a “new software release.”  (more…)

Motorola Updates Touchless Control for Moto X – Expands Commands While Phone is Locked and More

Motorola pushed out an update to its Touchless Control app through Google Play this afternoon, making it more powerful while your phone is in a locked state with a PIN or password. Additional Google Now commands should now work with your phone sitting idle and locked.

Motorola is also giving you the ability to speak your PIN through Touchless Control and introduced a new tone when you say “OK Google Now.” It does appear to say that this new update is only available to devices running Android 4.4 “Kit Kat,” so the new DROID family is out of luck until Motorola and Verizon can push that out.  (more…)