Google-owned Motorola is moving mighty fast with Android 4.4 updates, rolling out the chocolaty new KitKat OS to the Verizon Moto X as we speak and working out the kinks of the OTA for close to a dozen other handhelds.
First things first, let’s give credit where credit is due and for once praise Verizon. The number one wireless carrier stateside has turned sluggish updates into a trademark recently, almost always joining these parties late, only this time Big Red is actually undercutting everyone else.
That’s right, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Moto X versions are stuck on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for the moment, whereas the Verizon-branded 4.7-incher is getting 4.4. In waves, naturally, so not all owners will get to taste the sweet treat today, tomorrow or even by the end of the week, but surely all shall be wrapped up in time for Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, you probably all remember how Motorola was one of the first Android OEMs to come forward with a list of devices to receive KitKat. That included the Moto X, Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini, plus the Moto G, released in Europe and Latin America with Jelly Bean and due out in the US with out-the-box 4.4 sometime early next year.
Well, the pack has just got bigger, as the upgrade pages of six other gizmos on Motorola’s official website have been, well, updated to include this little tidbit: “this device will be upgraded to KitKat (Android 4.4)”. Huzzah!
And since Motorola is no Samsung, having a fairly small family of phones, the fresh names on the list are all massive and pleasant surprises that have been around the block a couple of times. You have the one year-old Verizon-exclusive Droid Razr M, Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD, the equally as ancient US Cellular Electrify M and an almost decrepit AT&T Atrix HD, launched way back in July 2012.
Granted, the five will probably be left waiting until 2014, but anytime Android 4.4 KitKat will land, it’ll be no short of a miracle. Especially on the Atrix HD and Electrify M. Well done, Motorola, well done.