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

Motorola adds six more phones to its
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.

The Motorola ATRIX HD will be jumping from Android 4.1 to Android 4.4

The Motorola ATRIX HD will be jumping from Android 4.1 to Android 4.4


source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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43 Comments

1. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

14. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Google now owns them so they have.

32. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It almost didn't make Google's 18 month update policy cut off.

42. g2a5b0e unregistered

The 18-month update policy isn't a cutoff, it's a minimum.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is all preliminary. Nothing is set in stone until there's official confirmation via tests, announcements, or seeding out updates.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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 unregistered

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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

The moto X looks nice, and well made.. Have you actually touched one?

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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: 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: 1917; 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.

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

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.

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