Android 4.4.4 soak test rolls out for Motorola DROID MAXX, DROID Ultra and DROID Mini

Tonight, we have some good news for Motorola DROID fans. Motorola is skipping Android 4.4.3 and going straight to Android 4.4.4 for its 2013 released trio of Motorola DROID handsets (remember when it was fashionable to call them MotoDroids?). Members of the Motorola Feedback Network, which is usually the group from which soak test participants are taken from, are starting to receive Android 4.4.4 for their Motorola DROID MAXX, Motorola DROID Ultra and Motorola DROID Mini.

This is not a lightweight update, weighing in at 285MB. Heck, your distant relative who recently had a C-section, gave birth to something smaller. The update improves the performance of the camera, brings a fix for visual voicemail, and adds compatibility to the ISIS mobile payment system.

Motorola likes to do these soak tests because if something goes wrong, a smaller number of phones are bricked. Seriously though, by keeping the update isolated to a smaller number, it is easier to find and correct any mistakes, and it also means that Motorola's financial risk might be lower than if everyone's DROID were to be updated at the same time. Not that we expect any mistakes. And once the soak test is out of the way with a passing score, those of you not on the Motorola Feedback Network can start to receive Android 4.4.4.

source: AndroidCentral



1. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Looking forward to it. It's nice only waiting weeks instead of months for updates once they're released. My Nexus 7 got this version 2-3 weeks ago. It was also smart to bypass 4.4.2 & 4.4.3 and go straight to the 4.4.4 release. Hopefully Lenovo recognizes this as a strong selling point for potential customers.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1362; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

My Xperia Z1 Compact too. ;-) It's crazy how fast Sony updated my phone to 4.4.4 considering their record. I bet I received the update faster than many Nexus devices.

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Hopefully it'll be a continuing trend for all manufacturers. Plus it'd be nice to see Sony have a stronger presence in the US. More competition is better, lets the cream rise to the top and weeds out the rest fall by the wayside.

9. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I've been saying that same thing for a while, but I'm starting to wonder when my Droid Eris is going to be updated. They skipped Gingerbread, Ice Cream, Jelly Bean, and KitKat... I'm hoping they were just waiting for "L".

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That phone came out 5 years ago. I think it may be time to let the patient go.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Yay! 4.4.4 is on its way to my Maxx! Props to Moto for stepping up with the Android updates. I can remember waiting forever for updates to my Moto Razr.

2. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Hey. Good to see the newest Droid family being updated. Unfortunately, the 2012 Droids had several problems after KitKat update (eg. with Fast Dormancy Monitor). Moto claims that they're working hard to solve issues of 2012 family and I hope that my Droid RAZR Maxx HD will also see 4.4.4 or "L" maybe... :)

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1254; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Wrt L, I don't think its possible... Even 4.4.4 may be as good as NOT coming, imho... If the bugs are very severe, they may bring a bug fix...

8. Tommy-Ka

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Even a bug fix would be sufficient... My carrier doesn't use Fast Dormancy so I need to turn my 3g off manually if I don't want the phone to go crazy... I turn it back on when I need it...

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So cool.

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