Motorola was one of the first manufacturers to push out the Android 4.4 KitKat update, however, there is still plenty of work left to do. With Motorola Android 4.4 KitKat updates emerging left and right, we want offer owners an updated look at the progress Motorola has made with Google’s latest and greatest Android update.
Last November, Google started pushing out Android 4.4 KitKat, an update that emerged as Android 4.3 Jelly Bean’s successor all the way back in September. Android 4.4 KitKat is not a massive change to the Android operating system, but it does bring some noticeable changes and additions to Android smartphones.
In the past, Android manufacturers have stayed silent about plans for major Android upgrades, however, with Android 4.4 KitKat, we saw a number of companies offer detailed information.
One of those companies was Motorola, a company that was bought by Google and has since been sold to Lenovo. Motorola confirmed a number of Android 4.4 KitKat updates for its stable of devices and the company moved quickly.
The Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat update hit the United States back in November, shortly after the update arrived for Nexus devices. For those that aren’t aware of Android’s history, that’s an extremely fast turnaround. Typically, non-Nexus devices are weeks, if not months behind Google’s Nexus devices.
In the weeks after the Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat update, we’ve seen the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini get their Android 4.4 updates and now, eyes are on the remaining Android 4.4 KitKat updates and Android 4.4.2, the latest update from Google.
With that in mind, we felt it appropriate to round up everything that we know about Motorola’s Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out and deliver a progress report for those that are still waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat updates to arrive.
The Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat update first rolled out at the tail end of last year, remarkable for a non-Nexus device. So, instead of waiting for Android 4.4 KitKat, Moto X owners in the United States are currently awaiting the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update, the update that Google rolled out to Nexus owners in the weeks after Android 4.4.2 KitKat’s arrival.
Thus far, we’ve seen Android 4.4.2 Kitkat updates land for the T-Mobile and and U.S. Cellular versions of the Moto X. Both updates landed earlier this month and brought some enhancements along with them. Both updates arrived with similar change logs with enhancements aimed at fixing Email and battery life woes.
AT&T, Sprint and Verizon models still don’t have their upgrades to Android 4.4.2 KitKat but Motorola says that all three will be “coming soon.” The company does not provide exact dates for owners, we expect Motorola to actually roll these updates our in the near future. Owners should also expect them to be similar to the updates that rolled out to the T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular variants.
The Moto G is in even better shape than the Moto X. The budget version of Motorola’s flagship already is in possession of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Both the Boost Mobile and Verizon variants have received Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates.
The update was a fairly big one and includes “enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development.” Those who haven’t upgraded yet would be wise to do so.
It’s not clear what is next in line for the two devices though we imagine it will be whatever Google cooks up next for Android users.
Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX, Droid Mini
All three of these devices have received upgrades to Android 4.4 KitKat after a bit of a bump in the road. However, it’s still not clear exactly when Motorola plans to upgrade these three with Android 4.4.2 KitKat or if it even plans to at all. We still haven’t seen the company announce Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates for Droid RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD and Droid Mini users and it’s possible that it won’t say anything ahead of time.
Users will want to keep an eye on the software upgrade page for these devices because that’s likely where the company will make an announcement prior to the actual roll out.
Motorola Droid RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, Droid M
Last year, Motorola promised Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD and the Droid RAZR M. None of those updates have rolled out and it’s still no clear as to when Motorola plans on releasing them.
We still haven’t see Motorola announce anything nor have we seen any soak tests emerge. Soak tests typically signal the start of a roll out and public releases often begin a day or two after the arrival of a soak test. There is currently no reason to believe that these devices won’t get Android 4.4 or Android 4.4.2 KitKat but it still could be a little while before Motorola gets around to getting them upgraded.
Motorola Atrix HD
Motorola’s promised Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade for the Atrix HD still hasn’t landed and there is still no word on when it might be rolling out to users on AT&T. AT&T typically keeps its update release dates hidden from view ahead of the actual release so it will likely roll out without warning at some point in the future.
Like the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD and Droid M Android 4.4 KitKat updates, the update remains active on Motorola’s website, a sign that it is still on the way.
Motorola Electrify M
Finally, the only other Android 4.4 KitKat update confirmed for arrival is the Motorola Electrify M update on U.S. Cellular. The update, like the others, remains active on Motorola’s website but there is no sign of the update itself.
U.S. Cellular, like AT&T and the other major U.S. carriers, typically does not reveal release dates ahead of time which means that those who bought into this device will likely be waiting in the dark until the update arrives.