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Originally, the Motorola DROID line (2013) was set to receive Android 4.4.3 shortly after that version was announced. But due to a security vulnerability that was patched in Android 4.4.4, the company had to wait for the latest version of Android. David Schuster, a member on Motorola’s Software Product Management team, provided the explanation on Google+. Motorola took Android 4.4.4 to work on and it is is now expected that the software update will arrive in about 3-5 weeks.
Hit the break for Schuster’s full post.
Sorry for the delay in giving an update on the 4.4.3 upgrades but I had to wait unit Google announced KitKat 4.4.4 today (I am bound by a NDA). A significant security vulnerability was discovered by OpenSSL (https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20140605.txt) and is fixed in KitKat 4.4.4. We had to wait until KitKat 4.4.4 became available. Consequently, all of our 4.4.3 upgrades that were in carrier labs worldwide (including the 2013 Droid’s) had to be respun, tested and resubmitted again. This was a significant unplanned effort that we had to undertake. We should be re-entering labs next week and hopefully getting TA (technical approval) in 3 to 5 weeks later depending on the carrier.
Come comment on this article: Sudden arrival of Android 4.4.4 pushes Motorola DROID line (2013) update 3-5 weeks
Motorola is skipping Android KitKat 4.4.3 on Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini smartphones for Android 4.4.4 to take into account an OpenSSL vulnerability. David Schuster took to Google+ to announce that the manufacturer cancelled the release of Android 4.4.3, which consumers have been patiently waiting for, to work on testing and readying the latest version of KitKat. The bad news is the wait will be prolonged, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
The trio of the Motorola Droid smartphones are still awaiting the Android 4.4.3 update. However, with the announcement of Android 4.4.4 just a day ago, Motorola has now decided to cancel those plans and start working on this update instead. This will mean that the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and the Droid Mini will jump directly to Android 4.4.4 from 4.4, which is a good move by the company. However, a company representative suggested that it could take 3-5 weeks to finish this process, which is quite a long time. But on the bright side, users will have the latest version of Android before many other OEM based smartphones.
We’re expecting the likes of the Moto X and the Moto G to get an update sooner as they run relatively stock versions of Android. And part of the reason for the delay in the rollout is the fact that it is controlled by Verizon, which is known for taking its own time as far as updates are concerned.
The reason behind jumping directly to Android 4.4.4 is to fix the vulnerabilities spotted by OpenSSL which haven’t been patched with Android 4.4.3. So it’s a logical move by Motorola and we hope the devices get the update by the end of July.
Via: Android Central
The post Motorola Droid smartphones will directly jump to Android 4.4.4 appeared first on The Droid Guy.
Owners of a DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini on Verizon no longer have a reason to be discouraged about the software. The latest version of Android, 4.4.3, is coming! David Schuster, part of Motorola’s Software Product Management team, says that some issues with Android 4.4.2 rollout led to a delay and when it was resolved, the company opted to just wait for the next version (which they new was on its way).
So now the company is focused on Android 4.4.3 and plans on pushing it out to the DROID line of 2013 as soon as possible. With how quick other Motorola devices are being updated to Android 4.4.3, do not expect to be waiting very long.
Hit the break for Schuster’s full explanation.
I see a lot of comments on a couple different threads asking about the 2013 DROID plans. Now that KitKat 4.4.3 is publicly available I am able to give more information about our plans. As I have stated previously, we ran into some issues with requirement churn on getting KitKat 4.4.2 out as quickly as we wanted too. Once that got resolved last month we had a decision to make with respect to rolling out KitKat 4.4.2 vs. waiting for KitKat 4.4.3, which we knew, was coming out shortly. We were concerned that if we used KitKat 4.4.2 it could be months before we were given the opportunity to get you KitKat 4.4.3. Consequently, we made the decision to wait for KitKat 4.4.3 as the base for our next update to the 2013 DROID family. We are working to get this update to you shortly, as it gets closer I will let you guys know. Thanks for your patience.
Come comment on this article: Motorola DROID line (2013) going directly to Android 4.4.3
It isn’t much of a secret that the Motorola DROID line of devices was the first line of Android powered devices that brought Motorola back into the spotlight. A curious amount of variants sprung up after the first DROID RAZR hit the scene and many of us were pretty excited to Motorola back in the game. It slowed a bit for them until the more recent Moto X and Moto G hit the scene. While the DROID line is aging, it isn’t entirely dead. Heck, I still know a few people locally that use their DROID RAZR MAXX daily and have no plans to trade it in anytime soon. If you happen to be one of those die hard DROID fans with Verizon then we have some great news for you. It looks like you probably have an update waiting for you.
That is correct, a rather large list of devices has hit the Verizon support pages and almost all of them are scheduled to be gaining Android 4.4.2 KitKat. That list includes the RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. You guys will be looking at, not only an OS update, but also an updated version of the DROID zap app, security patches, Wi-Fi fixes and roaming issues resolved. The RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will also be picking up some HDMI implementations, but the specifics aren’t clear yet.
On the other side of the coin, the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra and DROID MAXX also have a set of updates starting as well. Sadly, it isn’t Android 4.4.2 , yet. You guys will be getting some bug fixes and roaming enhancements along with the swap for the KitKat white notification icons in your status bar. We can only hope that these devices will see kKitKat 4.4.2 some time shortly after this obviously smaller maintenance update.
As always, these updates will be rolling out in stages. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see it immediately. You can always head into settings and ping for the update if you really want too. If you do see the update pop up, make sure you have well over 50% battery life, a solid Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill to download and install the file.
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When Verizon launched the latest generation of Motorola DROID phones back in August, the long-lasting DROID MAXX was only offered in a matte black color. It seems a little belated, but as of today Verizon is selling the Moto flagship in two new color options: glossy red, and matte black with new silver trim on the speaker grille, Motorola badge, power button, and volume rocker. Both of them use the same Kevlar body as the original model, but the red version uses the reflective coating previously seen on the DROID Ultra and DROID Mini.
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Verizon Offers The Motorola DROID MAXX In Glossy Red And Black-And-Chrome Colors was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Whenever Google releases a new version, or major update, to Android one of the most common questions for owners of existing phones is whether their device will ever benefit. Owners of the Motorola DROID devices from 2012, the DROID RAZR HD, DROID RAZR M, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD has some reason to be concerned when Android 4.4 KitKat was released last fall as their devices were already “old” in terms of smartphones. They probably breathed a sigh of relief when Motorola announced they would make KitKat available for their devices at some point. After months of no updates though, some were questioning whether Motorola was really committed to the effort to make KitKat available for their devices. The good news for most, if not all, of these owners is that David Schuster with Motorola posted over the weekend that the update was only “a few more weeks” away.
In his post on Google+, Schuster indicates the team has made “great progress” in preparing KitKat for the “2012 DROID family” of devices. He does list the RAZR HD and RAZR M specifically, but left off the RAZR MAXX HD. Hopefully leaving off specific mention of that third device was merely an oversight. Schuster indicates the version to be released will be Android 4.4.2.
In a response to some questions, Schuster also reported work in continuing on Android 4.4.x for the 2013 DROID devices. However, the team has been dealing with “a number of different and unfortunately changing requirements.” He does think the challenges are behind the team at this point, so those devices appear to be on track to get an upgrade in “a few more weeks” as well.
source: +David Schuster
Come comment on this article: Motorola’s 2012 DROID devices still slated to get KitKat in a few more weeks
Motorola has been launching new DROID phones every year since 2009. This year is no exception, especially since they signed that exclusive agreement to continue to make DROIDs for Verizon Wireless.
This year’s model(s) will hit around the 4th quarter and will sport a larger screen ratio, meaning less bezel. The latest DROIDs have sported Kevlar, and it looks likes Motorola will continue that trend. However, they will update it with supposed next-gen materials.
Of course Motorola will also launch an updated Moto X over the summer, and just like last year, we expect the new DROIDs to have the same software and features.
It still amazes me that the DROID line is still around, but I guess Big Red thinks it is still pretty lucrative. They are the only U.S. carrier to have their own branded phone.
Come comment on this article: Next Motorola DROID refresh is on track for Q4
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Motorola has updated the DROID Zap app, and this time those using the app will notice a new feature. Perhaps more important though, Motorola has opened things up and the app will now work with quite a few additional devices. Simply put, the app will no longer be limited to those with a Motorola DROID branding, though, some features will be device specific.
In this case, the new feature that has come along with this update is Zap Zone. This will allow multiple users to share pictures in a group setting. Say, at a party. Users begin by inviting others, and once the invitation has been accepted, the sharing can begin. From that point, all pictures you take will automatically be shared for the duration of the Zap Zone.
The other device aspect is simple. DROID Zap has opened up and any Android handset will be able to send and/or receive images. The update is nice to see, if for no other reason than existing users will now be able to
be friends with share images with those who aren’t using a DROID. The real question here will be whether those non-DROID users will adopt the app.
Some brief testing shows the app works well enough, but along with wondering how many non-DROID users are going to be excited, we aren’t exactly sure if this will be more attractive as compared to simply sending an email, or sharing the images with Facebook or Twitter. DROID Zap can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Motorola Expands Droid Zap App To All Android Devices, Adds Zap Zone Photo Syncing For Verizon DROIDs
Motorola’s Droid Zap, an exclusive feature for Verizon’s 2013 DROID line, always seemed a bit on the limited side. Maybe that’s because only those three DROID phones could actually use the service – other phones could receive photos from nearby users with the Zap app, but only the DROID Ultra, DROID Mini, and DROID Maxx could send them. Today Moto has seen the light and made both sending and receiving photos possible for any phone.
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Motorola Expands Droid Zap App To All Android Devices, Adds Zap Zone Photo Syncing For Verizon DROIDs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Motorola and Verizon have been performing their usual soak test for the pending Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Motorola DROID line of devices. After what seems like ages, and after it was pulled, they are finally ready to start rolling it out to all current users. Per the norm, the update will roll out gradually for the Motorola DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX and DROID Mini over the next few weeks.
For the most part the update will be all KitKatted out. There are a few minor differences to report though. Users will keep the blue icons and not go to the frosty white. The Jelly Bean dialer remains in place and the home screen stays the same.
Each device gets a slew of improvements to their camera apps, Emojis, DROID ZAP 2.0 update, Fitbit support and some more app updates and integrated ones too. Check out the support docs for the DROID MAXX and Ultra or the DROID Mini for more indepth details.
No clear indication of what the software update will bring
We've already seen Motorola roll out a rather quick Android 4.4 update for the Moto X, and now Droid 4 owners are receiving a soak test invitation. Shortly after rolling out the soak tests on the Moto X, Droid Ultra and various other devices the update starting hitting officially, and we hope for the same here. While this update is likely to keep the phone on a lower version of Android — Motorola's support page still claims the Droid 4 won't go past Android 4.1.2 — we'll never turn down an official software update on an older device.
Invites are going out now, so we can expect to wait a few more days for software to start hitting devices. Hopefully if all goes smooth they will be able to roll the update to everyone rather quickly. Keep your eyes on your update screen and be sure to let us know if you start receiving the update!
- More: Motorola Droid 4 Forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Jan. 1 Deal of the Day is the BodyGuardz HD Anti-Glare ScreenGuardz for Motorola Droid ULTRA/MAXX. This screen protector is custom designed to fit perfectly on your device and is easy to apply, even for a novice. The ultra-slim PET film reduces glare and fingerprints while providing a smooth touchscreen experience.
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Earlier this morning, we were tipped off to news that Motorola would begin the soak test upgrade for Motorola DROID Mini, DROID MAXX and DROID Ultra users. The company didn’t give us any clue as to what the upgrade would be after their last snafu, but our KitKat senses have been tingling ever since we heard an upgrade was coming.
Now, Verizon has taken all the mystery (and fun) out of it by announcing that it’s KitKat on Twitter. Verizon noted that the upgrade is going out in phases, which means not everyone will be seeing it right away. We imagine the aforementioned soak test gang will be the absolute first in line, though if the upgrade to KitKat on the Moto X is anything to go by it might not be a long wait for the rest.
We’ll be feverishly checking for the upgrade, but if you happen to grab it before we can be sure to let us know in the comments section below. It might be a good idea for you to get on WiFi and charge your battery before giving it a go.
Word around the water cooler is that Motorola’s aforementioned soak test for the Motorola DROID Mini, Motorola DROID Ultra and Motorola DROID Maxx will be going out over-the-air at some point today. The email delivering that good news went out to soak test participants at some point last night.
Mum is still the word on what this will be, but tons of folks are keeping their fingers crossed that it will be the same Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade we’ve seen roll out for the Moto X.
Motorola’s changed the game with getting KitKat out for their phones so fast, with the company initially beating several Nexus devices to the punch. While we imagined their DROID phones were going to take a while longer — Verizon’s a hard customer to please, after all — this was still a lot sooner than we expected.
If successful, this soak test will turn into a wide spread rollout for all owners of these three devices, though we won’t get too ahead of ourselves about that just yet — there’s no telling what sort of dangers lurk around the corner. We’ll be updating this post whenever things start rolling out. Be sure to let us know if you’re seeing it in the comments section below.
Motorola has begun sending invites for their software “soak test” for the Verizon DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. All Motorola has to say about it is that members of the Motorola Feedback Network will have a chance to preview a “new software release.” Despite the fact that Motorola could not be more vague, this could very well mean that KitKat is on its way to those devices. It usually takes a few days for a soak test to push out to everyone, so be patient if you’re still waiting – it’s coming, we promise.
Source: Android Central
Come comment on this article: Motorola DROID software soak test beginning, KitKat coming?
Attention, owners of the Verizon Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx: Motorola has just sent out invites for a software "soak test" for the trio of devices. Nothing definite, but that could well mean Android 4.4 KitKat is on its way. (Or it could be a lesser version. We've got our fingers crossed.)
It generally takes a few days for the soak test update to push — and it's entirely possible the update will push to everyone — soak test or not — at the same time. It's happened before.
More: Verizon Droid forums; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
The Dec. 4 Deal of the Day is the Incipio DualPro Hard Case for Motorola Droid MAXX. The DualPro is a hybrid style case that combines a flexible inner silicone layer with a rigid outer plextonium shell. Naturally the silicone core absorbs impacts and the plextonium shell features a custom blend of polycarbonate with a soft-touch finish that delivers improved drop protection over the average plastic case.
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The latest deal for Black Friday is a price drop for the full retail price on three of Verizon’s best devices. The HTC One Max, LG G2, and DROID Ultra by Motorola are all seeing their full price drop. The One Max and G2 can be bought off-contract for $499 each and the DROID Ultra is available for $449. What is is interesting is that this may not even be a Black Friday-only deal. This could actually be a permanent drop on some great devices. To get your hands on these discounted off-contract phones, hit the source link to be taken to Verizon’s page.
Come comment on this article: [Deal] Verizon’s One Max, G2, and DROID Ultra full retail prices drop
We’re not sure if it’s simply a coincidence that Verizon happened to mark down the full, off-contract prices of a few of their handsets on Black Friday, but take it as you will. Jumping onto Verizon’s site, you’ll notice the LG G2 and HTC One Max can now be purchased for $500 outright, while the Motorola DROID Ultra has been discounted to $450. For those keeping track, that’s about a hundred bucks off. We’re not sure how long this will last, as it doesn’t appear to be apart of any temporary Black Friday sale.
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Verizon is making it a possibility in their own with the release of the Motorola DROID Ultra and Motorola DROID Mini in white. Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the phones are available for the same price as the standard black and red editions of each.
The Droid Ultra and Mini are two of the latest devices to grace the popular Android line at Verizon, dropping the RAZR name that was associated with previous models but carrying over many of the same features. This includes durable construction utilizing Kevlar in the back plate. The Droid Ultra features a 5-inch 720p display and Motorola X8 CPU, while the Droid Mini features the same behind a 4.3-inch display. Like the Moto X, the latest Droids feature the ability to interact with the devices hands-free using simple voice commands.
The Droid Ultra and Droid Mini are available now for $99.99 and $49.99 on a new two-year contract, respectively. The Droid Ultra MAXX, introduced alongside the Ultra and Mini, did not receive the white color treatment.
Following some recent (and not-so-recent) leakage, the Motorola Droid Ultra and Droid Mini have appeared in white on Verizon's online store. Nothing has changed besides the color of the phones' exterior — you're still basically looking at a Moto X-class device in a different form factor with added "Droid" branding from Verizon. The phones' prices are also unchanged — the Ultra is $99.99 on a two-year plan, $449.99 outright or $18.97 on Verizon Edge, while the Mini remains $49.99 on-contract, $399.99 outright or $16.81 on Edge.
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Right on the heels of the white DROID Mini leak, @evleaks has tweeted an image of a white DROID Ultra. Currently both devices, sold exclusively by Verizon, are only available in black or red; however, white could join the fun just in time for the holiday season. We’ll keep a lookout for both the DROID Mini and Ultra are set to be released.
Motorola DROID Ultra, in white, for Verizon pic.twitter.com/aSjCKIfvX4
— @evleaks (@evleaks) November 26, 2013
Come comment on this article: White DROID Ultra leaks, likely joining the white DROID Mini for the holidays
Verizon could be ready to introduce a new color option for folks who spring for the Mini variant in their latest DROID lineup. Twitter leakster @evleaks told us that much with this latest press render of the device in white. It’s an interesting look for the little guy, with Motorola typically sticking to darker tones when it comes to phones in the DROID lineup.
The source didn’t have much more information to share, but we imagine Verizon will want to get this thing out during the season where “white” is usually all over the place in the northern hemisphere. With that, there won’t be much more guesswork to do, as we’ll expect this to be identical to the current Motorola DROID Mini in terms of specs. Here’s what you’ll be greeted to:
- 4.3-inch 720p display
- 1.7GHz dual-core Motorola X8 processor with quad-core graphics
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 10 megapixel RGBC camera w/ 2 megapixel front camera
- WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- 2,000mAh battery
With that, we can also use the current DROID Mini to get a good idea of price. It’s going for $50 on a new two-year contract right now, or about $16 per month with no down payment if you get the phone through Verizon Edge. That’s not a bad price for a device in this size range. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take long for Verizon to unleash this thing for those who long for a brighter smartphone.
[Update]: Looks like the DROID Ultra is also getting the white treatment. DROID MAXX in line too, Verizon?