If you're waiting for Motorola to roll out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the Verizon Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini, don't hold your breath. Fortunately, there is a lot of good news as the latest batch of Motorola Droid-branded phones for Verizon will be skipping over to Android 4.4.3 instead, bringing it to the latest Android release that was recently made available for Google's Nexus line as well as the Google Play edition phones.

"I see a lot of comments on a couple different threads asking about the 2013 DROID plans," Motorola senior director of software product management David Schuster stated. "Now that KitKat 4.4.3 is publicly available I am able to give more information about our plans."

According to Schuster, Motorola had encountered some issues with deploying Android 4.4.2 and instead of trying to roll out a delayed release, the company went ahead and decided to wait for Android 4.4.3 and focus its resources there.

"We had a decision to make with respect to rolling out KitKat 4.4.2 vs. waiting for KitKat 4.4.3, which we knew, was coming out shortly. We were concerned that if we used KitKat 4.4.2 it could be months before we were given the opportunity to get you KitKat 4.4.3," Schuster wrote in a Google+ post. "Consequently, we made the decision to wait for KitKat 4.4.3 as the base for our next update to the 2013 DROID family. We are working to get this update to you shortly, as it gets closer I will let you guys know. Thanks for your patience."

An exact release date is not yet available, but given how quickly Motorola is delivering its Android 4.4.3 update to the Moto X, G, and E smartphones soon after the software was available to Google's Nexus line, hopefully the launch will be soon for the Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini.

Source: David Schuster, Motorola


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Motorola's Droid family to skip straight to Android 4.4.3 update


My HTC Rezound NEVER got the kind of upgrade attention the Motorola phones are getting. Glad I have a Moto X!

probably....but they did update foxfi to work on Samsung phones for 4.2.2. I'm rooted, but the way android is progressing, they are slowly killing root....or at least killing the extra functionality superuser gives you.

I really love how responsive Motorola has been over the past year, regarding their phones. It's unusual for an OEM. I hope this continues when the Lenovo sale eventually completes and they are in control.

Watch out. I have a Droid Razr M and got the 4.4.2 update 2 weeks ago, Because I use the Motorola Vehicle navigation Dock, it messed my phone up so bad that Verizon had to replace it. Got a replacement that was pre update. Update Came down and messed the phone up again. Motorola Said they can't help and Verizon said they cant help until Motorola releases a fix. For now I have a phone that is all but usless in the Vehicle Navigation Dock. As a dedicated Motorola user (had a Driod X prior and have a Motorola Xoom table as well as Motorola Bluetooth headset) I am considering going to Samsung because of the lack of support from Motorola.

Lol all these phones are getting the update and I'm still waiting for OTA for my nexus 5. When will it hit my device...with my luck I bet I wait another a week or so.

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I learned a valuable lesson with the 4.4 push... If you have a soak build, don't ever accept OTA. I was humming along on 4.4.2 with my Maxx, and was downgraded to 4.4.

Back to sighing in wait...

I have a Droid Razr Maxx HD and was updated to Kitkat 4.4.2 two weeks ago. Bluetooth connectivity is terrible now. Nothing I have done has improved the situation. In addition to that my phone now locks up two to three times a week and I have to hold down all the buttons on the side to force restart the phone. All in all there are 5 or 6 "issues" that I have experienced but those two are the most consistent and annoying.

I'm hoping they include my devise in the alleged Kitkat 4.4.3 release and it's not months from now.

Well Chris, don't abandon hope entirely... Could just be that invites r out for RAZR HD testers... Stick around over the next week or so n I'm sure you will hear more...