Motorola's latest DROIDs are getting a soak test; is KitKat coming?

Motorola's latest DROIDs are getting a soak test; is KitKat coming?
Motorola tests upcoming software updates by doing a soak test. Installing the software in only a small number of units (by invitation only), Motorola limits the number of handsets that could potentially get bricked. And if there is a problem with the update, only a small number of phones are affected making the whole process more manageable for the Google subsidiary to handle. To have your phone included in the test, you need to be a member of the Motorola Feedback Network and promise to keep everything about the test confidential.

The models undergoing the latest soak test are the Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID MAXX and the Motorola DROID Mini. While we won't know for sure until the test is over, Motorola could be "soaking" the trio with Android 4.4. Of course, it also could be something else. Still, our guess is that this will be the update that brings that chocolatey goodness to the latest DROID handsets.


source: AndroidCentral

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24 Comments

23. MrKharming

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Well has anyone got the soak test ?other than an invite whos not afraid to say so ?

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

hmm, soak test heh

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is only a soak test. There's no confirmation of kitkat.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And when it's confirmed to be KitKat?

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Just look at his profile picture, he's a clown smoking dope. Don't take him seriously.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

He's actually a nigh omnipotent trickster from the 9th dimension.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

More like a trolling wannabe trickster.

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

He's a curmudgeon, but he has gotten better.

16. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

AGREED! Mxy used to be way worse. +1 to you sir

20. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

When it's confirmed he'll just be wrong as usual. When you're wrong as much as he is it just rolls off of your back because you're used to it.

21. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I said it was a soak test. I'm not saying it isn't kitkat. I'm saying nothing's confirmed until an official source confirms it.

22. troutsy

Posts: 384; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Another brilliant spark of wisdom from the master himself. Could one also infer that nothing is released until someone releases it?

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's already been indirectly confirmed. Motorola hasn't said it officially, but the in the private soak test forums, all the threads created by the mods have the tag "kitkat" in them. I'm pretty sure the mods on Motorola's forums are viable sources.

17. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

Yes Mxy... I expect they'll be putting Ginger Bread on them won't they... man you're such a numpty.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

This will just leave last year's phones in the KitKat rollout, which I suspect will get theirs in the next couple of months.

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I thank that it will happen by mid January. Thats just my oppinion though.

2. md227a

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Good job Motorola! If they get KitKat out to those devices they are going to start making Waves in the industry.

1. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Already signed up! Just waiting on the soaktest to begin.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I hope the new update includes the camera enhancements. The Camera update on Google Play was quite underwhelming - just got the new icon, but not much else. :-(

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The camera's done fine for me. The only thing that my phone does which is kinda weird is it randomly locks itself, sometimes very quickly. Seems to be related to the proximity sensor.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yours is doing that too? Mine just started that a few days ago. It only happens 3 or 4 times a day, but still kind of weird. Also, I get what Doug was saying about the camera update, I only got the new icon as well, and not the manual focus/exposure options that were advertised in the "What's New" section of the Play Store page. I read about it, apparently the features will only become available on devices updated to KitKat, which at this point is only the Moto X. That'll change with this soak, hopefully.

14. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I have not had any issues with the camera. I am not having the problem with the phone locking its self, but since the last update I have had problems with Google now. You know when you press and hold the home button the Google now button appears so you can swipe up at it, well I might be doing something on my phone and the Google now button will appear and lock up the screen with out hitting the home button. It is annoing at most but then I have to hit the power button to shut the screen off and again then unlock my phone to continue what I was doing. Any one else randomly had this happen or is it just me?

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I haven't had Google Now lock up the screen. but I have had it respond to the multitasking and back buttons, not just the home button. It's not just a bug though, it's consistent. Do the same motion you would do to launch Google Now with the home button on any of the other capacitive buttons, and it brings it up, every single time. Seems intentional.

19. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Thus is the story i have been waiting to see since the X got KitKat. I really hope i get invited to the soak test, but if not what's a few more weeks when I have waited patiently this long. As far as my Droid is concerned I haven't had any major issues. My phone did say none of my pictures were there one day, but I soft reset it and they were all there. I have them all backed up to my Drive account anyways so no big deal either way.

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