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.
Been curious why the DROID ULTRA, MAXX and Mini have not yet been updated to Android 4.4.2? Well, because Motorola ran into an issue and decided to wait until Android 4.4.3 was ready. According to David Schuster, Motorola’s senior direct of software product management, there was an issue with “requirement churn” that didn’t allow them to get out 4.4.2 as quickly as they would have liked. Since that issue arose and they knew that 4.4.3 was around the corner, rather than continue on with 4.4.2 and then make DROID owners wait months for 4.4.3, they made the decision to skip 4.4.2 altogether.
That’s right, DROID owners will jump past 4.4.2 and get Android 4.4.3 as soon as it is ready. Schuster didn’t give us a time frame, but did say that they are “working to get this update to you shortly.” He also noted that he will update us as we get closer to its release. (more…)
Motorola updated Contextual Services for the Moto X and DROID line this morning, in addition to the update to Modality Services that we saw yesterday. The update adds “support for location detection,” improves driving detection using audio (similar to what the Modality update did), and fixes bugs.
Motorola doesn’t appear to be done, though. In a post to G+, Mark Rose (senior director product management) told us to expect another release next week that Motorola thinks we will “really enjoy.” Tough to tell if it’s related to the updates to Contextual and Modality services or not, but either way, we have something to look forward to from Moto next week. (more…)
Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” updates have been approved by Verizon for the DROID RAZR HD (MAXX HD too) and RAZR M from Motorola. The updates should be rolling out shortly, now that a soak test for each has seemingly passed by without issue. These are the last of Motorola’s phones on Verizon that were guaranteed to receive the update to Kit Kat. Nice job, Motorola.
The RAZR HD, MAXX HD, and RAZR M updates are builds 182.46.10 and 183.46.10. (more…)
DROID RAZR HD (and MAXX HD) owners who participate in Motorola’s Feedback Network are being invited to take part in a soak test for a new software update that will bring Kit Kat (Android 4.4) to their phones. The update shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since Motorola told us back in mid-April that we had a “few more weeks” to go until the update was ready.
Once this update rolls out to the HD and MAXX HD (hopefully the RAZR M too), Motorola will have updated its entire current line-up of phones to Android 4.4. Well, at least the line-up of phones that it confirmed would receive the update.
Assuming the soak test goes well over the coming days, it shouldn’t take long for the final approval to roll through Verizon before arriving on all RAZR HD devices. (more…)
Any chance you remember last year’s mega-leak in March of a Motorola device under the model number XT912A that turned out to be the Moto X? The phone appeared in a full hands-on video that gave us an insanely early and clean look some five months before the phone was officially unveiled. Well, a potentially new Motorola device under that same model number XT912A is back, though this time only in benchmarks over at GFXBench with updated specs. (more…)
On Tuesday, HTC told us to expect the Android 4.4.2 with Sense 5.5 update for the DROID DNA on Verizon as early as today, April 24. They appear to be spot on with their timeline, as Verizon has now posted the full changelog for the update, a list that includes talk of BlinkFeed enhancements, a redesigned gallery and music apps, better lock screen controls, advanced location management (thanks to Kit Kat), and more.
Again, the update was supposed to start rolling out today. To try and pull it, head into Settings>Software update>Status or check new.
According to a reader of ours, the update comes in two parts. The first is an 18.3MB file that prepares your phone for Kit Kat. The second update is 618MB and finally brings the goods. (more…)