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Motorola starts software Test Drive program with DROID RAZR M KitKat test

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Motorola starts software Test Drive program with DROID RAZR M KitKat test
It looks like Motorola is starting up an advanced soak test program called Test Drive, which will give users access to early software for a much longer timeframe than is usually done with a normal soak test. General soak tests usually don't last too long, and that's doubly true with Motorola. Every time we see a report about a soak test starting for a Moto X update, the full OTA is pushed out to users within a few days at most. But, Motorola is telling users to expect a few weeks to a month for each software update that comes through the Test Drive program. 

The Test Drive program is a pretty exclusive club as well. You may not get in just because you want to. Motorola is apparently recruiting only those who have been active in the Motorola Feedback Network, and those who have proven that they will offer quality feedback during testing. Motorola is specifically trying to avoid testers who just want to play with early software and not give back at all. The program is supposed to be completely confidential, but of course an invitation email has already leaked.

The email says that if the test software bricks your phone, Motorola will send out a replacement as soon as possible, which is nice. The first device on track for the new Test Drive program looks to be the DROID RAZR M. The email doesn't mention what the software to be tested would be, but the leaker claims it is a test for the Android 4.4.2 update. If that's true, RAZR M users may be seeing some KitKat action around Easter time. 

As mentioned, you will have to prove your worth before getting into the Test Drive program, but step one in that is to join the Motorola Feedback Network and get active on that. We found a post from back in 2010 that outlines how to join, and we've linked it below.

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posted on 24 Mar 2014, 09:38

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Well, the best part of this news is that Kitkat is finally coming to the 2012 Droids. It's not a bad turnaround time for older devices like that.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:56

2. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


motorola have no quadcore phones, they should start making those

wouldnt mind a moto razr

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:04

4. kanagadeepan (Posts: 725; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Moto G is a QuadCore phone...

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:34

5. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


but thats rubbish qc arm cortex a7 is useless sloew laggy

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:55

6. grahaman27 (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Quad core is a buzzword. The thermal constraints of mobile phones makes quad core A15 more harmful than good.

The best SoC on the market is currently the A7 (dual core). Soon to be replaced by the tegra K1, then the SoC of the year will be the dual core Denver tegra k1

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 13:16 2

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Perhaps. In the meantime, the dual core chip in my Moto X still sings along as well as any quad core flagship. That's what it's like when you don't lay on a crap ton of stupid spaghetti code just to visually differentiate your phones.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 14:57 2

9. mattkl (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


I have to agree. My Droid Maxx is still my favorite, and runs as fast as the Note 3 (yes I have one).
Plus I can't get use to not having touchless controls and the camera feature on the X and new Droids is the best.

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:02

3. PootisMan (Posts: 204; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


What about the atrix HD?

posted on 24 Mar 2014, 11:57

7. grahaman27 (Posts: 349; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


It will get KitKat, probably in the next couple months.

https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/software-upgrade-news/g_id/1949/

posted on 25 Mar 2014, 10:25

10. AJmeBOY (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


Any word on whether Motorola/Lenovo will be releasing a flagship this quarter to compete with Sammy, HTC, and LG?

Looking to upgrade my 3yo Razr Maxx...want to remain loyal to Moto but the S5 and HTC One are looking rather appealing....

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