One of the tools manufacturers can use to get updates ready for their devices is the soak test wherein the update is distributed to a small group of end users to see if they can break it or otherwise find issues. One company that does this frequently is Motorola. HTC has announced to members of their HTC Elevate private community that they will offer a similar program called “HTC Preview.”
Owners of the Moto X on AT&T should be expecting a software update soon. Readers that own the Motorola flagship have notified us that the company has sent out soak test invitations to Motorola Feedback Network members.
While we do not know exactly what this update is for, chances are Android 4.4.4 is incoming. The update should be pushed to everyone else within the next two weeks.
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Owners of the Moto X on Sprint should be on the lookout for the Android 4.4.2 soak test. Some are reporting that the Motorola Feedback Network has contacted them regarding the update and saying there is a “preview software release” incoming. Both T-Mobile and US Cellular owners have already been updated to the latest version of Android, meaning it is only a matter of time before everyone else issues the update.
If you are one of the people taking part in the soak test, let us know about the update in the comments.
Via: Droid Life
If you’re the owner of the original DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX, an update should grace your devices here in the next week or two. A soak test is currently going out for each device. While some of Motorola’s older devices are slated to get KitKat, neither of the devices that kicked off Motorola’s new generations of RAZRs didn’t make the cut. As Motorola has made it clear on its web site, neither device will receive Android 4.4 and will stay on 4.1.2.
What we can expect from the update would be fixes for problematic bugs, boosts in mobile signal, and/or the addition of bloatware. As soon as Verizon drops official support documents with what exactly the update brings to the table, we’ll let you know. Usually once the soak test goes out, it’s a short matter of time before the update becomes official.
Just about everyone with a Moto X has or is getting KitKat relatively soon. Verizon got the update first and AT&T followed shortly after. US Cellular’s update is even around the corner. And according to a tipster over at Phone Arena, Sprint is sending out soak test invites for the Android 4.4 KitKat update. If you’re part of Motorola’s Feedback Network, you are likely to have received the invite. Being a part of the soak test allows Motorola to have a sample size good enough to identify problems and fix them before a major roll out.
Sprint Moto X owners, have you received a soak test invite?
Source: Phone Arena
This evening, AT&T Moto X owners who are members of the Motorola Feedback Network began receiving invites to test out an upcoming software update. We expect this to be Android 4.4, considering Verizon Moto X owners just received Kit Kat as well. Droid-Life was also told that the soak for AT&T models should start around November 22, with the full rollout to all users beginning the first week of December.
Certainly exciting news for AT&T Moto X owners.
Verizon sent out soak test invites about a week ago, and the first users are reporting that they’re finally receiving that elusive camera update for their Moto X phones. Verizon didn’t manage to get this one out in a timely manner, but hey, better late than never, right? The update adds in camera improvements as well as touchless control improvements and a fix for choppy audio on calls that some users were experiencing.
A pretty major part of this update is the fact that it’s not breaking root for all users. When signing up for the soak test, Motorola and Verizon stated the users would have to be okay with losing root access, but for users that rooted their X with MotoRoot, it looks like you’ll be able to keep. Other root methods are seeing mixed success, so your mileage may vary.
Update: We have no idea how, but the soak test is already over and everyone will be getting the update soon. Full changelog after the break.
Motorola, via their Motorola Owners’ Forums and Motorola Feedback Network, is in the process of soliciting testers for a software update intended for the Motorola Atrix 4G. There is no indication in the e-mail sent out soliciting candidates as to what is included in the update, though many are hopeful it will be an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola has used these soak tests for a full gamut of updates in the past, from full OS updates to just minor bug fixes.
To participate in the test, you have to own an AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G and be in good standing on the Motorola Onwers’ Forums. No start time is indicated nor does Motorola indicate how long they will accept registrants for the test. If you think you qualify, keep an eye on your e-mail and follow the directions to get signed up. Check out the full e-mail from Motorola after the break.
Motorola has sent out a message via their Motorola Feedback Network advising members that testers are needed for a new software release for their Motorola Atrix HD smartphone. The invite reads:
We are inviting owners of the Motorola ATRIX HD on AT&T to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Motorola ATRIX HD, please excuse and ignore this email.
Unsurprisingly sparse in details, the invite does not give us any clue as to whether this may be the planned Jelly Bean update. We will keep a watch for word about the update once it starts to roll out to testers.
Seems like Motorola jumped the gun a bit with the Xoom Wi-Fi soak test, rumored to be Jelly Bean, that was scheduled for last night. Apparently, it has not yet started to push, and we have no idea why. Sources point to Motorola forum admin Matt saying the following:
No update rolling at this time.
No news on why or when.
My apologies for this — if I knew more I’d tell ya.
I promise to report when I have something to say. In the meantime, I’m going to the movies. :-)
So there you have it… no Jelly Bean yet for Xoom users. Hopefully this is just a minor delay and it will start pushing later today, and not a big delay due to some newly discovered bug or something. Only time will tell.