Google-owned Motorola announced last week that it is updating its Verizon-brand smartphones, DROID MAXX 4G, ULTRA, and Mini with the cat’s meow of Android’s operating systems.
The trio of Verizon brand DROID phones will join the multi-carrier Moto X phones to get THE 4.4 “KitKat” update, which was first launched loaded on Google’s Galaxy Nexus 5 last month.
With this latest Android version, DROID now offers users a bounty of new and improved features including full screen mode; voice activation; enhanced integration with Google programs such as Maps, Hangouts, Cloud Print and Google Drive; stronger security; more efficient power management; and improved camera features and photo management.
The DROID’s RAZR HD, RAZR MAX HD, RAZR M are also in line to get 4.4 but no date has been given for the update. According to Motorola’s website, KitKat for Moto X is now available across the big four carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. The new budget Moto G is being launched with Jellybean 4.3 but will be upgradable to KitKat.
AT&T’s Motorola ATRIX HD, will also get the new platform but again no date has been given.
With other manufacturers yet to announce their latest round of updates rumors abound, with some bloggers saying Samsung users for example can look forward to the latest Android platform in January.
So far the only Samsung built phone to get the Android 4.4 pre-installed is the Google Nexus 5. Previous version’ s Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will also being receiving the update, according to Google. Samsung has not provided official roll out dates for the upgrade for its flagship Galaxy series that are currently being powered by Jellybean 4.2 and 4.3.
Sony’s Z Ultra Google Play Edition is also fitted with KitKat while its XperiaZ series is getting updates to Android 4.3.
In addition to a raft of improved features for developers, here is a rundown of some of yummy highlights that KitKat brings to users:
- Voice activation allows you to say “Ok Google” to launch the phone’s verbal instruction mode with commands such as searches, texting, getting directions and playing media.
- Full-screen or immersive mode allows users to make use of the entire screen’s real estate — a boon for watching movies. Swipe the edge of the screen to bring back your status bar and navigation buttons.
- Enhanced performance through a faster and more accurate touch screen and optimizing memory management.
- Automatically prioritize your most dialed contacts. You can also search for nearby places, businesses and people in your Google Apps domain.
- The caller ID feature will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps in addition to your contact list.
- All SMS and MMS messages are consolidated together in the same Hangouts App. The App allows you to share your location using Google Maps.
- Print to any printer connected to Google Cloud Print and other e-printers available from the Google Play Store.
- Save files on Google Drive and other cloud storage services to easily store and share files.