Motorola DROID Maxx, Ultra and Mini KitKat upgrades resume rolling out



It didn’t take long for Motorola to deliver KitKat to owners of Motorola’s DROID devices on Verizon, but the initial batch ended up being limited to the original folks who signed up for the soak test. Verizon announced the upgrades were rolling out for everyone, though a vast majority of folks were left out of that initial wave.

Now, it appears a larger group of folks are being greenlit to pull down the Android 4.4 KitKat update they’ve been craving, with reports from owners of the Motorola DROID Mini, Motorola DROID MAXX and Motorola DROID Ultra telling us that much.

You should note that this upgrade doesn’t bring us the same KitKat experience found on the likes of the Nexus 5. Verizon’s phones have all kept the blue status icons, the Jelly Bean dialer, and the Jelly Bean home-screen.

That said, you’ll find everything else KitKat has to offer, such as host card emulation (tap to pay), the new messaging service handler for switching between default messengers, a new home screen manager for switching between default home screen, the new experimental Android Runtime, the transparency framework for transparent status bars, and more.

Verizon is likely still rolling this thing out in phases, so it’s possible not everyone will see it right away even after all this time. It’s easy to check, though, so be sure to fire up WiFi, charge your battery and head to  Settings > About Phone > System Update to check. You’ll be looking for version 19.5.3.obake_verizon.Verizon.en.US for the Ultra,  19.5.3.obake-maxx_verizon.Verizon.en.US for the Maxx, and 19.5.3.obakem_verizon.Verizon.en.US for the Mini. Have at it!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Why oh why Verizon, would you keep the blue icons??

    1. i was hoping for white icons and clear status bar at least but no go

    2. The blue icons are vital, because when they’re white instead they let you know that there’s a problem. In my case I’ve found that Samsung phones don’t work with modern Linksys Wifi routers (e.g. GS4, GS3, GNex). The companies blame each other, but you’re still left SOL.

    3. I don’t really care what color the icons are but I was looking forward to the transparent bar. I am struggling to find anything different with 4.4. Kind of disappointed. Still love my MAXX though. Awesome phone.

  2. Verizon is just bent on controlling every aspect of your Android experience lol. This is why I’ll stick with my sgs3.

  3. Just updated my DROID maxx. So far so good.

  4. and for the love of god, if you want to have root on 4.4, read up on the
    root instructions BEFORE you upgrade, as there isn’t a 4.4 root
    exploit, currently

  5. I have a clear status bar. Of course, I had GEL installed prior to the update back in December.

  6. Husband just got the update this morning (and oldest daughter will have hers on the mini tonight, I’m sure). I’m jealous. I’m waiting for it on my HTC One.

  7. Update sux. Last update sucked too. Starting to think that this phone sux all together. So dam BUGGY!! Its ridiculous

  8. The Maxx is the best phone I’ve had by far. Had quite a few. Excellent quality, excellent battery, great signal reception, great look. No issues at all. The update was kind of meh… but it works great!!!!!

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