Good news for those who bought either a Moto X(s goog) or one of the three Moto Droid Ultra phones recently. All of them will definitely be upgraded to Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. Motorola’s upgrade support page was updated with the information on Thursday, after Android 4.4 was announced.
I found the information by way of Motorola VP of Software Engineering, Punit Soni, who pointed out the news on his Google+ page. Soni has been one-man social media support center for Motorola feedback and answers for the past few months.
To see the upgrade info, you’ll have to select either the carrier of your Motorola device or the retail outlet and then choose the model. I checked all of the recent Motorola phones and see that they will get betting Android 4.4. There’s no timetable, however. Selecting other models showed me that future plans are under consideration.
Although Motorola was quick to share the update news, I’ll be very interested to see how long it actually takes to deliver the goods. Google itself hasn’t really gained any control over carriers, which here in the U.S. generally dictate when phone software updated happen. Perhaps Google, under the name of Motorola, will have better luck than in the past to speed up the process.
Either way, while folks with these Motorola handsets will surely be happy, Galaxy Nexus owners are feeling stung by Google’s decision not to offer Android 4.4 to that handset. I can understand the disappointment, which is best summarized by this tweet from The Verge’s Dan Seifert:
@urbanstrata it’s pretty disingenuous to tout how KitKat will run on old/lower-end hardware and then not update your own device.
— dan seifert (@dcseifert) October 31, 2013