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KitKat coming to Motorola Moto X and the latest Motorola DROID models

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KitKat coming to Motorola Moto X and the latest Motorola DROID models
Motorola updated its website on Thursday in order to reveal which of its more recent models will be getting updated to Android 4.4. According to the site, the Motorola Moto X will receive the update to Android 4.4 as will the Moto X Developer Edition. Also receiving the update will be the Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID Maxx and Motorola DROID Mini.

The previous generation of Motorola DROID models, including the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, are still on the fence. Checking Motorola's website for the manufacturer's update intentions for both models shows that Motorola will soon announce its future plans for the handsets. Both of those phones are currently powered by Android 4.1.2, so it would take quite a huge leap to update the pair to Android 4.4. As a result, don't expect to see Android 4.4 on the DROID RAZR HD or the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. 
 
The Motorola Moto X will be getting updated to Android 4.4

The Motorola Moto X will be getting updated to Android 4.4


source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:21 2

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Is anyone surprised by this? Lol

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:44 1

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


When it's Motorola, yeah.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:28 1

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


It's not a matter of if it will receive 4.4 it's a matter of when. Samsung is rolling out 4.3 to many devices but their all behind again. My Note 10.1 is still at 4.2.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:45

4. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


My Note 10.1 is still in 4.1 -.-

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:46

8. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1106; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Thanks for the correction. I thought I was only 2 updates behind. With 4.4 I'm 3 updates behind.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:39 7

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm particularly impressed with the speed with which Motorola made this announcement. I look forward to seeing KitKat on my Mini.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:03

6. JC557 (Posts: 823; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


My Droid Razr M is still on 4.1.2 and hasn't seen 4.2.2. I really hope Motorola comes around and adds 4.4 bypassing 4.2 and 4.3 altogether.

My LG Spectrum was updated around the same time as my Droid Razr M. That's pretty horrible considering how LG is with their updates.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:11 1

10. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I would hope Moto can bring the 2012 Razr lineup to KitKat. Those phones are only a year old, and 4.4 is optimized for lower memory devices. If an S4 and 1 GB aren't enough, there's little hope for other 2012 phones. It's just a matter of Motorola putting in the effort and Verizon testing it.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:46

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


KitKat on the Maxx here. Woohoo!

Just a matter of when, not whether.

I wonder if there will be an intermediate release of 4.3; or is Moto going straight to 4.4?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 05:39 1

25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3866; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Motorola never released any 4.3 update plans to my knowledge, so it seems like their jumping over 4.3.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:53

26. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Suits me just fine. Unless there's something in 4.3 I'm not aware of, skipping to 4.4 would be ideal. Why waste time on a minor update?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 08:31

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3866; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Exactly, especially when we all knew that 4.4 was coming out just 3 months after. I mean, the only thing that might make you miss 4.3 are the speed improvements, but it's nothing major. I would rather wait a few more months for a 0.2 update rather than get a 0.1 update sooner and another later.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 05:35 1

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3866; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Do you think that's why Motorola hasn't updated the Moto X and Droids to 4.3 yet? Rather than developing for 4.3 then 4.4, they just sent out a maintenance update to improve some things and plan to jump from 4.2 to 4.4. Motorola never really did mention any plans for 4.3, so that's what it looks like.

By the way, have you gotten the test update for the new Droids yet? I signed up 4 days ago, but haven't gotten anything.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 11:17

32. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


I'm digging it myself, too. On 4.2.2 the Mini is an awesome device at a great price. I hope that soon it will be released. It's going to be sweet.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:56

5. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


so much for Google's ownership of Motorola ensuring they would improve their software support. I still remember Moto neglecting the Photon even though it wasn't even a year old on the ICS update.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:03 1

7. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


They aren't ignoring anything here. So...yeah, the griping is likely unwarranted here.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:48

9. JC557 (Posts: 823; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I could understand the Photon as it didn't really sell all that well. I just hope Motorola comes around on the rest of their Razr lineup.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:38

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's not really a justifiable reason.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:13 2

19. JC557 (Posts: 823; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


It sort of is because it does cost quite a bit to program software for these phones. Google laid the ground work but it's up to the devs to code for different specs as well as obtaining drivers from various sources.

Every company does something similar. If a product wasn't really popular to begin with then it'll be under limited support.

Otherwise you should go get a real job and see how sh*t works in the real world. Your Apple biased BS is getting annoying.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:44

11. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I think it was more of a patent thing. But that's why I never suggest Motorola phones period because of the support issue.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:24 3

14. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


It blows my mind how you still hold on to how moto was back in the day. I hear you have been doing this for 2 years. Just give it a rest man...better yet just quit. STOP. Every time I see a moto article you bring up the same bs. How many times has Sniggly called you out for this?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:36

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3211; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Some of you are hypocrites. Android OEMs still delay updates, Motorola isn't an exception. Some of you still harp on apple about antennagate and their business philosophy with the iPhone and you're telling me to give it a rest?

Sniggly only calls me out because I won't agree with him and it bugs him that I won't see him eye to eye.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:09 1

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1174; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Apple who you hold so dear has at anytime an update comes around 3 different models to update, where other manufacturers have anywhere from 5 to 15 models to update. If a device doesn't sell well, they're going to have a hard time justifying expending that many man hours with their profits from a poorly selling device. I guarantee it would be no different if the same thing happened to Apple. The closest to their business strategy is Microsoft, and how many updates did the KIN phones receive?

As far as being a hypocrite, when you can admit that their are problems with ANY OS or manufacturer, then maybe you can start throwing that word around.

At this point they're telling what phones will definitely be updated. Of course off the top of their head they will list the ones produced this year, then they go back and see if there will be any issues porting the update to their older phones. The update just dropped today, how about give them sometime to get their ducks in a row before you start bashing them. And the difference updates between Android and Apple and is that Android OEMs have to get the update from Google, and then see about what can or cannot be updated. Where in Apple's case they as a manufacturer and software provider already have access to the update ahead of time. I have no doubt now that Nokia's phone manufacturing arm is under MS that it will be the same with them.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 00:03 3

20. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, I only call you out when in the course of defending your opinions, you make false statements which you pass off as fact.

You're free not to like Motorola and not to recommend them. However, I'm free to point out that your condemnation of Motorola's software support is based on a single incident which happened a year ago, and you steadfastly refuse to consider the rest of their track record, which is either on par with or better than the records of its competitors in the Android marketplace.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 04:52 2

22. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I could choose to be like Mxy regarding HTC support, based on my own experience. I don't though. I try to give companies the benefit of the doubt and look at their recent track record. Am I less likely to push HTC when a friend asks for phone recommendations? Yes. But that's different from trolling every article and continually bashing the company and its products.

The fact that Mxy directs most of his ire at Motorola makes him more hater than Apple fanboy. Why keep wasting keystrokes? Enjoy your chosen device and let others enjoy theirs. Especially when your gripes are 2 year old news.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 05:34 2

23. techguyone (Posts: 93; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Yes give it a rest, no -one cares about your 2 yr old endless griping with motorola, you just sound like a 12 yr old whiny girl chuntering on endlessly.

We.Don't.Care

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:40

17. BattleBrat (Posts: 1038; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Motos support is on par with google, google dropped the galaxy Nexus, and Moto dropped the RAZR, I'm sure the HD's will get kit kat'd

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 11:25

34. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


I checked the Motorola update portal for a friend's RAZR M, it said that update plans were being made. It did not say specifically that it was getting the update, but then it didn't say that it wasn't either. I'm thinking that they're going to update their older devices eventually; however, they need to take care of their newest devices first. That only makes sense, it would make a lot of people upset if their new phones were not getting the update right away, but the older ones were.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 00:44

21. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Samsung isn't any better with the updates.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 10:17

28. AJmeBOY (Posts: 27; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Moto RAZR MAXX: I know it's older. Was planning on Verizon getting the Nexus 5.

Plan B: Get help/guidance rooting it to 4.4 (when available). I've never rooted a device before. Where does one go for easy to follow directions to complete this task without losing everything?

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 10:22

29. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The Razr Maxx is past its expiration date, sorry. That device was lucky to get a 4.1 update. If they're not updating the Galaxy Nexus (which uses similar hardware), I wouldn't expect the Razr or Maxx to get updated. "Optimized for low memory devices" is not the same as "optimized for 2 year old dual-core chipsets."

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 10:37 1

30. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


On the other hand, if you like your Razr Maxx, the new Droid Maxx is a fantastic device. It may not have the wicked pixel density of the N5, but it's almost stock and should get on KitKat pretty quickly. I have it and I'm enjoying the combination of massive battery life and stock UI.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 10:55

31. AJmeBOY (Posts: 27; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


I can wait longer for the next best and greatest. I like Motorola's build and UI. However, it is becoming increasingly laggy and choppy after only 5 or so hours of use. A hard reset and cache clear usually speeds things up again. The "optimized for low RAM"' was appealing to me. So without an official update, I am interested in learning more about rooting 4.1 and getting 4.4.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 11:24

33. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


We'll have to see what the optimizations are. I don't know if it's the memory use that's lagging you, or the CPU/GPU. I know CPU has an effect on older phones that got updated to Jellybean, and it's just the Bionic/Razr/Maxx.

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