In July of 2013, days before Motorola was set to announce the original Moto X, the company was somehow persuaded by Verizon to announce a brand new DROID line. That line of phones included the DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini, all of which were very similar to the Moto X, only they came with the typical DROID experience of over-the-top branding and marketing. They were, by all means, flagship phones for their time that most figured would see the typical two years worth of updates. For the most part, that happened.
Motorola and Verizon issued update after update to each for a solid year before Google released Android 5.0 Lollipop. Shortly after Google made Lollipop official, Motorola was quick to announce which of its phones would be updated to it. That list, as you can imagine, included the Ultra, MAXX, and Mini and was posted in October 2014. Months went by and Motorola failed to release the 5.0 update to its DROID line, but said in January of 2015 that it was all happening “soon.”
Fast forward to today and owners of those DROID phones from 2013 still do not have Lollipop. According to Motorola’s David Schuster, they’ll never see it. (more…)
Yesterday, the folks at HelloMotoHK gave us a look at what they described as the back cover to a new DROID phone from Motorola. This morning, they posted at even bigger image, this time with four different phone backs said to be of (in order, left-to-right) a new DROID Mini, Moto G (3rd gen), the DROID from yesterday, and the new Moto X (3rd gen). While we have no proof as to what any of these phones may or may not be, one thing is for sure, Motorola appears to have settled on a similar design theme for 2015. (more…)
Verizon and Motorola are pushing an update to their 2013 line-up of DROID devices, the MAXX, Ultra, and Mini. The update is not Lollipop in any shape or form. It fixes bugs and improves stability. That’s it.
You are looking at a build number of 24.13.2 when all is said and done. The update was approved on Friday, so you should see it any day if you haven’t already. (more…)
The 2013 DROID family – MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – is receiving an update today from Verizon to version 24.3.7. The update does one thing, so I hope it does it well. The only item listed on the changelog says that this update brings bug fixes and stability improvements to VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0.
These three devices were some of the first to receive VoLTE with HD Voice and video calling, so I can imagine that early adopters who have been able to use the service will appreciate the fixes. (more…)
The update which went out to soak testers earlier this week is now live for all DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini owners on Verizon. The update prepares the lineup of devices for Advanced Calling 1.0, aka VoLTE on Big Red’s network. (more…)
TeamAndIRC released their SunShine bootloader unlock for the original Moto X and the DROID family from last year (MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), this afternoon. The unlock tool comes in the form of an .apk that is sideloaded onto your Motorola device of choice. Once installed and paid for ($25 per device), a quick run through of a compatibility check followed by an approval or two is all that it takes before your phone is unlocked. (more…)
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. (more…)
Yesterday, Motorola sent out emails to select members of their product forums, stating that a soak test would be soon be underway for an update. The soak test, which we now know will begin “later today,” is specifically for owners of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. (more…)