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

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. 

source: Motorola via AndroidCentral



1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Is anyone surprised by this? Lol

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

When it's Motorola, yeah.

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

4. bibekpachhai unregistered

My Note 10.1 is still in 4.1 -.-

8. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

6. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

32. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

5. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's not really a justifiable reason.

19. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

14. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 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?

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

23. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 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

17. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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

34. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

21. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Samsung isn't any better with the updates.

28. AJmeBOY

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 16, 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?

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