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…)

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…)