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Android 4.4 KitKat Update Confirmed for Moto X, Droid Ultra, More



Earlier today, Motorola offered up an Android 4.4 KitKat teaser that promised details about Google’s latest and greatest update. And just a short time ago, Motorola delivered on those details on its software support page, confirming Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the Moto X, Motorola Droid MAXX and more.

Shortly after Google announced the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.4 KitKat update, Motorola shot out a teaser on its Google+ page that promised details on the new update in the near future. Turns out, Motorola actually meant soon as the company has fired up its software support page, a page that has laid dormant for quite awhile now, and a page that now offers some details on Motorola’s plans.


The company has confirmed Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the Moto X on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon, though the company remains silent on timing. The company only says that it will be offering the upgrade at some point in the future. Same goes for the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and the Droid mini, all of which will get Android 4.4 KitKat at some point.

Motorola also offers some vague details for other devices. For instance, the Atrix HD on AT&T will apparently see its future plans delivered soon. Same goes for the Photon Q 4G LTE on Sprint, the Electrify M on U.S. Cellular, and the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR HD MAXX, and Droid RAZR M. Those devices may ultimately end up getting Android 4.3 rather than Android 4.4 KitKat, if they get updated at all.

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The news is more grim for Droid RAZR, Droid RAZR MAXX and Droid Bionic owners who have been told that their devices will remain on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will not get future updates.

With Android 4.4 KitKat set to roll out for Nexus devices in the coming weeks, we imagine that Motorola’s Android 4.4 updates are at least a few weeks off at the very least. HTC, one of Motorola’s competitors, says that it will get its HTC One updated within 90 days, and that’s aggressive. So, at this point, while it would be nice to see these Motorola devices get Android 4.4 and its features soon, it’s looking like 2014 is way more likely.



  1. Kaill

    10/31/2013 at 5:43 pm

    I would even be happy with 4.2 for my razr maxx hd but i really doubt that moto will be giving any of the old phones love.

    • WishingRazrMaxxHDWouldGetAnUpgrade

      11/01/2013 at 7:40 am

      Yeah. How silly would it sound to buy a laptop and not have it be upgradable to the latest version of the OS.
      Instead of worrying only about selling new phones, maybe providers will get smarter about offering an OS update guarantee – for a price. After all, we have are willing to pay for an extended hardware warranty.

  2. myxll

    11/01/2013 at 3:25 pm

    Look if 4.4 works with the older phones then everyone should get it eventually. Wouldn’t that be logical?

  3. S. Tarun kumar

    11/01/2013 at 10:12 pm

    Hey guys i live ini India i bought Motorola xt910 maxx i am on ics i didn’t get any updates here in india Motorola has left india because of some reason but wat about updates for people who have spent so much of money on there handset will they get anything of this updates ……….?

    • siva

      12/05/2013 at 3:48 am

      Download rsd lite and install Retail Eu version Of Ics
      Then download Official Jb for Eu and you are set.
      Thats what I did for my Xt910.
      If you need help reply

  4. Ed

    11/01/2013 at 11:18 pm

    You guys are looking at it from a consumer’s viewpoint, not a manufacturer’s. Why on earth would they want to sink R&D dollars into supporting our older phones? As long as your phone runs the same stuff as a new phone, they can’t sell you another phone. Keeping you happy is not on their radar, since they get paid up front from the carrier. I’ve seen this time and time again; I bought 3 “flagship” phones back to back (an HTC and 2 Motorolas), and each time I was promised the world by the carrier, only to have them renig on their promises; one update, and then the phone was dropped from support. Motorola was kind enough to throw a $100 rebate in my face for my Photon 4G, supposedly so I could buy a phone that had JB. Of course, I was only 4 months into the contract, and the new handset cost about $500 without a contract.

    Motorola, HTC, and all the others are only interested in upgrading their newer handsets, because they don’t want to jeopardize the sales on the new stuff (which has a higher profit margin). I think it’s horribly wrong, especially since Motorola Mobility is owned by Google, who develops Android. I would expect that Google would want their own line to have the most current version, but since they haven’t talked about the Android Update Alliance in years, and since Motorola pledged ICS for the Photon 4G under the AUA and reniged, the best you can hope for is that the rom for the MotoX is easily massaged into the Photon Q’s hardware. If it doesn’t require too much work, we will see 4.4; otherwise be prepared to buy a new phone.

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