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…)

Motorola Updates Developer Edition Program: Will Re-instate Warranties and Post Factory Images

Motorola is trying its best to win you over, “you” being the tinkerer that you are. Having deployed a Developer Edition program for many of their devices recently, there were a couple of items that owners of participating devices requested to see changed; one being a way to keep warranties intact, and another would be to see factory software images to help return phones back to their out-of-the-box state. Motorola is addressing both of these issues starting today.
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Camera-improving Update Now Rolling Out to DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Owners

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The update that should improve the camera performance and squash a bunch of bugs for the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – which Verizon detailed earlier this week - is now rolling out to all owners of these phones. Previously, only members of the soak test for each were receiving the update, but as of early this morning, the update has been made widely available.  (more…)

Verizon Approves DROID MAXX and ULTRA Update as Build 12.15.10, Changelog Available

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Motorola began the soak test of a new software update for the DROID MAXX and ULTRA this morning, which Verizon has now approved and posted support documents for. The update is indeed of the camera-improving variety, weighing in as build 12.15.10. According to Verizon’s changelog, you will see the same exact enhancements to the camera that the Moto X saw, including better sky detection, quicker to fire HDR, improved view finder, and overall color enhancements.  (more…)

DROID MAXX and ULTRA Soak Test With Camera Improvements has Begun

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Last week, just before the Nexus festivities kicked off, Motorola began inviting owners of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini to a soak test for a new software update. The update is expected to be similar to the camera-improving update that the Moto X on each carrier received over the last month. If you were invited to the soak test and accepted your invitation, you should have received the update this morning. (more…)

Motorola Announces Devices to Receive Android 4.4 – Moto X and New DROIDs for Sure

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Earlier today, Motorola began teasing the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update for their line of devices. They promised news on their plans, which they have now delivered on. If you cruise over to their device upgrade portal, you can plug in the criteria for your phone and see if it will make the cut. As of this moment, there are few phones on the list. It also appears as if Motorola’s is going to skip Android 4.3 and go straight to 4.4. (more…)