Motorola adds six more phones to its "upgrade to KitKat" list

Motorola adds six more phones to its "upgrade to KitKat" list
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.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that the Motorola ATRIX HD will be jumping from Android 4.1 to 4.4. Additionally, the U.S.Cellular branded Motorola ELECTRIFY M will also be making the same jump.

Other Motorola models getting Android 4.4 now include the Motorola DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition, the Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID MAXX and Motorola DROID Mini, and all versions of the Motorola Moto X. The Motorola Moto G will launch in the U.S.with Android 4.4 installed out of the box.

No word on when all of these updates will get rolled out. Right now, the Verizon branded Moto X is in the midst of a soak test that will soon bring Android 4.4 to the phone.


source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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43 Comments

43. melindahatfield12

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2013

maybe Atrix 2 could get at least 1 update :(? maybe?

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.

37. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great! Google is doing this.

28. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

for those who have nexus 4,better buy nexus 5 cause kit kat ain't comin...lol

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Actually it seems Google was ironing some bugs before it gets out to everyone http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/19/google-releases-kitkat-4-4-bugfix-update-krt16s-for-nexus-devices-factory-images-binaries-and-aosp-are-already-up/ Got my update to the latest build just as we speak

38. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

15. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Wow, pretty cool. I hope this pans out.

13. sgamao

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

well.. after the razr m.. please update the razr i..

12. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 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: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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: Aug 01, 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: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

10. papss unregistered

Look at the moto savior. .. does moto still make phones people care about since scroggle bought them?

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Hey papss, I think your kid is logged onto your account.

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Yep, nearly as much as the high end lumia line

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Because it's another year older than the previous generation Razrs?

11. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 1927; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

9. menaV1

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 14, 2013

they started on GB at least they got JB

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My point proven.

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