Motorola adds six more phones to its "upgrade to KitKat" list
0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2013, 16:48 posted on
On the verge of an update for the Verizon branded Motorola Moto X that will take the device to Android 4.4, the wholly owned Google subsidiary has updated its software support page and has added six devices to the list of those scheduled to receive KitKat. Let's start with the Motorola DROID RAZR M. Both the branded and Developer edition, along with the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, will be updated to Android 4.4...
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1. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3017; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Very surprised that the Atrix HD is on this list. That device is almost 1.5 years old. Perhaps Motorola is finally turning a corner.
32. promise7 (Posts: 499; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
It almost didn't make Google's 18 month update policy cut off.
42. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3017; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
The 18-month update policy isn't a cutoff, it's a minimum.
2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5146; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
This is all preliminary. Nothing is set in stone until there's official confirmation via tests, announcements, or seeding out updates.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7220; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And when the updates are actually pushed out and done, Mxy?
In a few months it'll all be over. When your skepticism proves unfounded, if you're gracious enough to admit as much, I hope you do so with a smile.
Because I think I know your little secret.
You don't want Motorola to fail. You want to be proven wrong. You want your worries and suspicions to be unfounded.
23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5146; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I don't think that's what I want. I think that's what you want me to think Sniggly. I don't care if Motorola tanks or not. I only care about the customers getting the most out of their phones.
Seeing Motorola fail wouldn't satisfy me nor would it dissatisfy me.
They have good designs for their phones well except for the X.
24. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
The moto X looks nice, and well made.. Have you actually touched one?
30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2208; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
"...the wholly owned Google subsidiary has updated its software support page and has added six devices to the list of those scheduled to receive KitKat."
Does that not qualify as an announcement? It's not like they're going to send out invites to the media and have an event to announce a software update. This is how it's done, and it's as official as it's going to get.
3. Professor (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)
I know Motorola is owned by Google, but I think is a mistake from Google not to release updates to v4.4 (kitKat) to AT LEAST the Google Nexus 4 before Motorola.
And the point of Google not even wanting to release v4.4 to the Nexus S speaks even worst about Google poor marketting tactics, and its no interest for customer service satisfaction.
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7220; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yes, we see your spamerific comment. The Nexus 4 is not behind schedule. Previous Nexus versions still take about a month to get their updates. Motorola has just been insanely fast.
33. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2208; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Why would they update the Nexus S, a phone that's around 3 years old when they aren't updating the Galaxy Nexus which is coming up on 2 years old? The Nexus line was meant to be hands off in terms of carrier involvement in development, and get updates straight from Google's servers. It was never said that the phones would receive lifetime software upgrades.
A possible reason for how this is playing out is that, other than Nexus phones, no OEM has released a phone so close to the stock build a Nexus receives before these Motorola phones (the X & this year's Droid models). Maybe if more OEMs went to a build closer to stock and had their overlays be separate like Nova & Apex do, they could see the same results.
4. bwhiting (Posts: 180; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)
If that means it would be out in a month then that would be perfect. I can finally get the official 4.4 instead of using the Launcher to get the feel of it temporarily.
7. valapsp (Posts: 486; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
go home Motorola youre drunk. Why are the atrix hd and the droid razr maxx hd getting the update and the droid razr maxx is not?
8. Sniggly (Posts: 7220; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Because it's another year older than the previous generation Razrs?
11. valapsp (Posts: 486; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
Well it's just 8 months older than the maxx hd. The point is that it has enough power to run kit Kat.
34. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2208; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
And the Droid X2 is only around 8 months older than the Droid RAZR Maxx, and the Droid X is only 12 months older than the Droid X2, and the Motorola Droid is only 8 months older than the Droid X. At what point do you cut off support? No matter how far back they go, someone's going to want the previous generation to get it as well.
35. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2208; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
And as far as your point that it has enough power to run KK, every android phone (at least I believe the OG Droid and up does) has enough power to run it. So should the OEMs take time off from new releases to update every phone when in most cases, hardly anyone is using them anymore. Look at it from a business standpoint, if there are even 5,000 people still using a phone model, is it worth paying your employees to work on updating it? It's not like the phone becomes unusable without these OS upgrades. Usually by the time software support drops away, any bugs are taken care of, so people are only missing out on the newer features. Those newer features are what are selling the current phone lineup. Even when Apple updates their older phones, some of the key features people want are left out. When Android wanted to work on being better with their updates, the cutoff they used was 18 months, which puts the DRM outside that window.
39. JC557 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Not to mention, anyone still using those phones usually don't care enough about updates as long as the phone does what they want it to do.
My sister kept her Droid Incredible for until just recently. She didn't care about it not having Gingerbread or a more updated OS. The phone did what she wanted it to do. She's feeling the same way about the Droid Razr M I just got her.
Also, the Droid X2 uses a Tegra 2 so there won't be any drivers for it to make it work for the new OS anyhow.
Sometimes to remain profitable you have to find a place to cut off support. It costs money to add resources to program for every product you made.
41. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2208; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
My brother is still using his OG Incredible, & has no plans to upgrade until it dies. As long as it can make calls, texts, & surf the web, he's OK with it.
10. papss (unregistered)
Look at the moto savior. .. does moto still make phones people care about since scroggle bought them?
16. Sniggly (Posts: 7220; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
It's fitting that you misspell "scroogle" since you're clearly an ignoramus.
19. papss (unregistered)
Oh here is the mediocre moto savior. If I wanted your comments I would pull your face from Google pillow.
36. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2208; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Hey papss, I think your kid is logged onto your account.
25. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Yep, nearly as much as the high end lumia line
12. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
I have always loved the RAZR... maybe I should trade my nexus 4 for one? what do you guys think? the RAZR m screen size is perfect for me and prob better batter life as well...
17. o0Exia0o (Posts: 434; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
Well apparently on the leaked Verizon black Friday promo Verizon will be releasing a limited addition Razr HD. To be truthful if your looking to pick up a Razr on the cheap then the Razr M would be the way to go but (and this is probably the biggest con to the phone) you will be getting that qHD screen that it is equipped with. The screen is not horrible but it is not any thing that will make you want to jump up and down for. Personally I would suggest getting the Droid Mini.
18. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)
thanks for it input. I deal with craigslist so I was thinking of trading my 16gb nexus 4 for an unlocked RAZR m or maybe a droid DNA... but I don't trust the DNA with updates.
22. JC557 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
The Droid DNA is still a good phone and it has root and bootloader so there are many ROMS out there. Even still I'm sure HTC will update the DNA seeing as how it's still being sold at Verizon.
Going the craigslist route I managed to snag myself 2 new condition Droid Razr Ms for $100 & 120. It's pretty easy to do in the NYC so I'm not sure about anywhere else.
Just check the metal rim for any signs of drop damage as that'll be the first place to show it. Screen scratches means heavy signs of wear and tear as the screen is pretty resilient when new. I had to pass up a few Droid Razr Ms because the seller said "like new" when they meant otherwise.
31. o0Exia0o (Posts: 434; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
I would have to disagree with you on your comment about the DNA seeing another update. VZW sells the HTC One and with the DNA being as old as it is I have to believe that the One would be favored over the DNA. The DNA in my opinion (and Ill eat my words if I am wrong) will never see another update other than maintenance purposes.
20. JC557 (Posts: 1204; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I was actually impressed with the Droid Razr M. The qHD display isn't bad to look at and the battery life is great. I can average 2 - 3hr screen on time and have the battery last 26 - 36 hours (I usually just charge the moment it hits 14%). With lighter usage I can go through two full days. I kinda regret buying the Mophie 2500 mAH battery pack...
Compared to my LG Spectrum 2 and HTC Rezound the Droid Razr M stays pretty cool despite the heavy usage while the Spectrum 2 would get pretty hot, especially around the camera module area (making me suspect that the processor is close to it which was stupid).
Still, I'm tempted by the Moto X or Droid MAXX. Was kind of interested in the Droid Mini but the glossy plastic/ kevlar is a bit of a turn off, though the display is nice and bright and higher res. It's cheap too, even off contract.
29. o0Exia0o (Posts: 434; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
I have the Mini. While I see your concern with the glossy Kevlar, I have always had my phone in a silicone case so the glossy back does not bother me. For as good as the Razr M is the Droid Mini just blows it away. I have had both phones. They are both good but hands down I like the Mini more than the Razr M.
13. sgamao (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)
well.. after the razr m.. please update the razr i..
21. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1346; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
for those who have nexus 4,better buy nexus 5 cause kit kat ain't comin...lol
26. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Actually it seems Google was ironing some bugs before it gets out to everyone
Got my update to the latest build just as we speak
38. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
Well guess what, it arrived yesterday :S
28. skymitch89 (Posts: 1161; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I think that with the relatively low system requirements for KitKat, they should update devices that are back to 2011 like the Photon & Droid X2.
40. taikucing (unregistered)
Nice to hear this news. Please don't forget Motorola Xoom too. There are many Xoom owners in my country including me.
43. melindahatfield12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)
maybe Atrix 2 could get at least 1 update :(? maybe?