So far a number of reports have discovered that at this time, Motorola plans to update twelve phones with Android 4.4 “KitKat”, which was quietly released on October 31. This is good news for many DROID handset owners who have remained on Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean” for quite some time. That said, here are the list of phones (and carriers) that are currently on Motorola’s upgrade list:
- DROID MAXX (Verizon)
- DROID MINI (Verizon)
- DROID RAZR HD (Verizon)
- DROID RAZR MAXX HD (Verizon)
- DROID RAZR (Verizon)
- DROID RAZR M (Verizon)
- DROID RAZR M Developer Edition
- DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition
- DROID ULTRA (Verizon)
- ATRIX HD (AT&T)
- Electrify M (U.S. Cellular)
- MOTO X (All Carriers)
Motorola didn’t actually announce this list of phones and carriers, but rather it was derived from the company’s software upgrade page. Users must first choose a wireless carrier from a drop-down menu, then select one of the many devices listed. Clicking on the DROID BIONIC shows that the phone will remain glued to Android 4.1.2 whereas clicking on the DROID RAZR HD shows the device will be upgraded to KitKat at an unspecified date.
However Motorola did say on Tuesday that the MOTO X will be the first to receive the chocolaty-crunchy update. “Our software team has been hard at work bringing the latest version of Android to our Moto X users more quickly than ever,” reads the Motorola blog. “When it came to KitKat, we couldn’t wait to deliver. Our software strategy is to build on a pure Android foundation and complement existing Google services, not compete with them. We think this latest release is just that—all the features you love about your Moto X with the latest Android OS.”
So what does Android 4.4 bring to the smartphone table? Here is a list of features provided by Motorola:
- An improved phone dialer. Now you can search for contacts directly from the dial-pad and easily see and tap on those you contact frequently.
- More gallery goodies. KitKat packs in some cool, new gallery effects—such as Posterize, Highlights, and Edges. You can even use the Draw feature to annotate your photos freehand with your finger.
- New Hangouts app. All of your conversations now in one place—texts, video calls, and other chats all together in one app. Plus, you can now send animated gifs and share your location.
- Color Emoji. For when words aren’t enough, the Google Keyboard now includes colorful characters to send in text messages and other communications.
- Drag to focus and expose. An updated camera app lets you control both the focus and exposure of your photos. Simply drag your finger to set just the right exposure and focus point.
- And more… Restyled status and navigation bars, new full-screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.