Android 4.4.4 KitKat is officially landing on the series of Motorola Droid smartphones. The new software update is up for grabs on the Motorola Droid Ultra, the Droid Maxx and the Droid Mini. Each device has a separate build number associated with the software update. The Droid Ultra owners are finding the 24.3.7.obake_verizon.Verizon.en.US version, the Maxx owners are finding the 24.3.7.obake-maxx_verizon.Verizon.en.US and the Mini device owners have the 24.3.7.obakem_verizon.Verizon.en.US build coming their way. The first two devices have the official changelog and support page PDF available from here, while the Mini has its official support page here.
Android 4.4.4 OTA typically comes with a revamped phone dialer with a different shade of blue, a different font to suit KitKat and a serious Google security patch for the OpenSSL exploit found in the earlier Android 4.4.3 software update. Though, each unique phone carrier network may choose to install further enhancements to their default bloatware and applications.
Many owners are hoping that the new updates arriving over the air as a system notification is the Android 5.0 Lollipop. While all three devices are siting on KitKat for a long time, sadly this still isn’t the Lollipop. That said, it’s not far away now so each day that goes by is a step in the right direction.
According to the Verizon Wireless support pages, the following installments come with an advanced calling bug fixed, stability improvements and not much else. You can sometimes find additional bugs fixed in installments, even though it’s not officially listed on the PDF page by the team. So, if you are experiencing a shaky ROM that could be better, but are not seeing anything familiar from the support page, it’s still worth updating to the latest software version and seeing if it helps.
Droid owners erring on the side of caution should backup the existing data on the phone before accepting any future over the air release. You’ll see the “download” and “install now” options from the devices display when it’s ready for you. Stay patient because it could take days or even longer until it finds you. Some lucky people already have the system message.
Are you using one of these devices? Do you already have the latest version running on your device? Tell us what you think in the comments. Are you upset Lollipop is taking so long?