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If you've bought a DROID phone from Verizon and Motorola at some point in the last two generations, you've got an update coming soon. The carrier posted update materials for all 2012 and 2013 Motorola DROIDs: RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, Mini, Ultra, and Maxx. The older phones are getting upgraded to Android 4.4.2, while the newer DROIDs just get a stability update.

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Psst. Verizon. That's not a DROID RAZR HD.

This is the big one for the DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD, which should be updated all the way to Android 4.4.2. According to Verizon's release notes, in addition to the improvements to standard Android, the 2012 DROIDs are getting an updated version of the DROID Zap app and patches for security, WiFi, and roaming. The HD and MAXX HD also get an improved HDMI implementation, though exactly what has changed isn't clear.

But don't worry, 2013 DROID owners, there's a neat goodie in there for you. Though the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID Maxx weren't updated to 4.4.2 (they got the slightly older 4.4 update already), there is one notable change to the user interface. The permanent status bar icons are now standard KitKat white instead of blue, a change that was left out of the initial upgrade for some reason. Hooray! Now the 2013 DROIDs look almost identical to the Moto X. You can see the old and new styles below. Other changes include bug fixes and roaming enhancements.

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Right image credit: XDA member Chuck1026

You know how this goes, Android power users: Verizon is releasing the updates in batches, so don't be surprised if yours doesn't come for a few days. Check the usual user forums for a manual OTA ZIP file if you're impatient and you know what you're doing.

Source: Verizon Support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • JesusLovin’AngryCracker

    Prior to the update of 4. 4.2 I was able to use my home router wifi through my phone -razr m- and then hotspot that to my tablet for optimum reception and use of my tablet. After the 4. 4.2 update I am no longer able to do that as when I turn wifi on it shuts down my hot spots and then I turn on hotspot and it shuts down my wifi...
    Is most frustrating that a service that was available and functional when I purchased my phone is no longer viable. I have been with Verizon for well over 20 years since they were Primeco before they were even known as Verizon and they don't seem very eager to take care of customers. I'm seriously considering changing providers & finding a phone which can be more easily rooted

  • Scott Cates

    Well, I just bought the 0.99 cent version of Swype and I'm setting it up now on my Razr M. Hopefully, this will do what I was used to with my original, free Swype.

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