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Motorola Details Plans To Patch The Stagefright Vulnerability For 2013 Phones And Later

Google and the various major Android device vendors and carriers are scrambling to patch the recently-discovered Stagefright exploit, a weakness in Android's multimedia processing that can allow remote access via a simple MMS message. Google has already begun patching Nexus devices, and Samsung is working its way through its extensive product range starting with flagships. Yesterday Motorola released its plans to update its phones.

So which devices will get the fix? Basically everything Motorola has made since 2013, including carrier variants and DROID models for Verizon in the US. Here's the full list:

  • Moto X Style (patched from launch)
  • Moto X Play (patched from launch)
  • Moto X (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto X Pro
  • Moto Maxx/Turbo
  • Moto G (1st Gen, 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen)
  • Moto G with 4G LTE (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E (1st Gen, 2nd Gen)
  • Moto E with 4G LTE (2nd Gen)
  • DROID Turbo
  • DROID Ultra/Mini/Maxx

Some third-gen Moto G phones (released late last month) have been patched from launch, but others will need an over-the-air update.

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[Not Lollipop] Verizon DROID Ultra, DROID Mini, And DROID Maxx Get A Maintenance Update


Sunshine 3.0 Released With Ability To Unlock And S-Off Many Motorola And Almost All HTC Handsets

If you're going to do any serious modding on your Android smartphone, your first step is going to be unlocking the bootloader. This is a simple procedure on Nexus devices and a few other handsets, but many of the top OEMs have added security measures to prevent regular users from mucking about with their stock software. For these devices, there's a tool called Sunshine by recognized developers Justin Case (jcase), beaups, and friends. Version 3.0 just came out, and it can unlock the bootloader and acquire S-Off with almost every modern Motorola and HTC smartphone on the market.

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Motorola Migrate App Updated With Improved Non-Smartphone Contact Transfer, iCloud Two-Factor Authentication Support, And More

Motorola makes it easy to get all your stuff on (or off) a Moto X, Moto G, and other Moto phones with the Migrate app. It's seen a few significant design changes in the wake of Android 5.0, and today it's getting another update. This one is mostly adding new functionality, but the UI has a few minor tweaks too.

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Left: old, Right: new

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DROID Ultra, Maxx, and Mini All Get Minor Updates With Advanced Calling Improvements

In a series of very minor updates, three of Verizon's DROID line will be getting Advanced Calling 1.0 enhancements. The Ultra, Maxx, and Mini will each receive what amounts to the same update, which is described as no more than "bug fixes and stability improvements" to Verizon's VoLTE calling service. For the unfamiliar, Advanced Calling promises far clearer voice quality by using only LTE when possible and on supported phones.


The changelog above also applies to the DROID Maxx. The Mini update announcement comes in a separate document, but has the same brief changelog. If you haven't yet received the update, don't worry, as it should come in a matter of days.

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Verizon DROID Maxx, Mini, And Ultra All Receive OTA Software Update To Version 23.1.12

Last summer's trifecta of DROIDs are all getting hit by the same over-the-air update right about now. Verizon has announced a bump up to software version 23.1.12 that's going out to the DROID Maxx, Mini, and Ultra. The OTA prepares the devices to deliver better call quality through what the carrier has coined Advanced Calling 1.0.

This update also brings along improvements to the phones' messaging client and visual voicemail service. These touch-ups are joined by your usual vague set of bug fixes.


Carriers tend to push these updates out in waves these days, so try to sit tight until the notification arrives.

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[Update: Adds Moto X, Droid Mini, Ultra, Maxx, And Some 4.4.4] SunShine Bootloader Unlock Tool Adds Support For Moto G

Much to the chagrin of cell carriers and hardware manufacturers, there are still many in the Android community that choose to delve into the world of hacking and modding their phones. Owners of the Verizon Moto G are certainly in this crowd, and they've been eagerly awaiting a reliable method for unlocking their bootloaders. It turns out that their wait ends today. Sunshine, a tool built by Justin Case, Beaups, and others to unlock HTC and Motorola phones, just gained support for the Moto G on Verizon.

In case you've never heard of SunShine before, you'll want to check out the thread on XDA-Developers for more details, but it's pretty simple.

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Verizon And Motorola Begin Rolling Out Android 4.4.4 To The Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, And Droid Mini

Motorola hasn't forgotten about those devices that aren't part of the "Moto" family. The Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, and Droid Mini on Verizon are getting the Android 4.4.4 update starting today. Even the Moto X hasn't been given the go ahead yet.

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Verizon Moto DROID Updates: RAZR M, RAZR HD, And RAZR MAXX HD Get KitKat, DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, And DROID MAXX Get Bugfixes

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.

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Motorola Updates Assist With Better Control Of Meeting Detection

Assist is one of the core apps that Motorola has dropped into the Play Store, which means it can be updated as needed. It's gotten a few tweaks already, and today another update is rolling out. This time it should make the meeting mode more useful for users with more than one calendar.

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The meeting mode in Assist will automatically silence the phone and auto-reply to messages (both optional) when you are in a meeting. This is automatic and based on your calendar appointments. With the new update, you can specify which calendar will trigger meeting mode. For example, you can keep your significant other's calendar on your device, but have only your calendar trigger Assist.

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