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Old December 20th, 2013, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to start this thread to report any bugs on 4.4. I personally have not got the update yet.

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- When connected to my car via Bluetooth, I can no longer use the volume controls on my phone to control the volume... It's all done through the vehicle now. I have not tried this with any other Bluetooth devices yet.

- SMS messages are supposed to be able to transfer to my vehicle's(subaru) in-dash touchscreen unit, but messages still are not receiving.

- Completely locked up once and needed soft reset, but has been behaving well since.

- no transparent notification panel at the top (not a bug, just a letdown)

If there's anything else you guys would like me to test or try out, let me know
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- no transparent notification panel at the top (not a bug, just a letdown)
Just as an FYI, you can get the transparent notification bar via Nova Launcher or GEL now that we have KitKat. I know some people don't like third-party launchers but it is an option.
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- Completely locked up once and needed soft reset, but has been behaving well since.
I dont really like this part. My first Maxx locked up and then it would only get to the Moto screen :'(
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From a message by Motorola's Punit Soni on Google+ announcing the availability of the update, this was deliberate based on requirements from Verizon. They wanted the stock status bars, including the "Holo blue" color for the icons. On the good side, that also means that the icons also show network activity using animated arrows, which was removed from the network status icons on the Nexus devices and the Motorola X.
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Touchless control was out/locked up for a little while, but seems to be working fine now
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From a message by Motorola's Punit Soni on Google+ announcing the availability of the update, this was deliberate based on requirements from Verizon. They wanted the stock status bars, including the "Holo blue" color for the icons. On the good side, that also means that the icons also show network activity using animated arrows, which was removed from the network status icons on the Nexus devices and the Motorola X.
I can't say I am unhappy about not having the transparent status bars with white icons. I like the black bar and holo blue. More information and easier to see.
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Have they pulled the update because it was bricking phones? I haven't got the update yet. I am in Athens GA.
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Still waiting for my update too on my Maxx. My droid mini got it the first day... But that's my work phone which I barely use.
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FoxFi doesn't seem to work with 4.4 also I keep getting a warning that my network may be monitored by FoxFi. I can't seem to clear that warning.
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GEL launcher no longer responds to Okay Google. I went into settings and listen for hot words is checked.
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GEL launcher no longer responds to Okay Google. I went into settings and listen for hot words is checked.
Apparently I'm not the only one with this issue:
[Q] Kit kat update broke Google now hotword detection on moto x - xda-developers
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It works for me.

I recorded "OK Droid Now" and can say "OK Droid" "weather" to get the cur4ednt weather report.

I also use the new option to turn off the acknowledgement feedback tone.

I pause very briefly between "OK Droid" and "whatever the command".

For me it is an improvement over Jelly Bean.

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It works for me.

I recorded "OK Droid Now" and can say "OK Droid" "weather" to get the cur4ednt weather report.

I also use the new option to turn off the acknowledgement feedback tone.

I pause very briefly between "OK Droid" and "whatever the command".

For me it is an improvement over Jelly Bean.

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Okay Google Now works for me without issue now as well. It is only a problem when using the GEL. Prior to 4.4 I could say "Okay Google" from any homescreen and the listening feature would activate. Now that I have 4.4 it no longer works that way. I have to say "Okay Google Now" and it goes to the Motorola black screen with the red dot in the center and says "Yes Jeff" as it always has.

Can you get "Okay Google" to work on the GEL?
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Okay Google Now works for me without issue now as well. It is only a problem when using the GEL. Prior to 4.4 I could say "Okay Google" from any homescreen and the listening feature would activate. Now that I have 4.4 it no longer works that way. I have to say "Okay Google Now" and it goes to the Motorola black screen with the red dot in the center and says "Yes Jeff" as it always has.

Can you get "Okay Google" to work on the GEL?
That was reported by Moto X users after the KitKat update, so it's not surprising that it doesn't work on the Ultra series, either. The launcher was created for the Nexus 5 exclusively and not meant for other devices, so it's probably not surprising that it doesn't work.

Frankly, I'd just not use the launcher or wait until Google releases a version generally in the play store, as they did the keyboard, if they ever do.
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That was reported by Moto X users after the KitKat update, so it's not surprising that it doesn't work on the Ultra series, either. The launcher was created for the Nexus 5 exclusively and not meant for other devices, so it's probably not surprising that it doesn't work.

Frankly, I'd just not use the launcher or wait until Google releases a version generally in the play store, as they did the keyboard, if they ever do.
Dooglad, with your thoughts and opinions on here I'd think you work for Verizon or Motorola.

You've been more than clear about your opinion of side loading apps that are not meant/designed for our phone, rooting and modifying anything to work with our phone. Just letting anyone that doesn't hold to your opinions know that have used the GEL know if they are having issues, they are not alone.
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I don't use GEL (Google Experience Launcher) so I don't know.

I use NLP (Nova Launcher Prime) and it has never been a problem.

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I don't use GEL (Google Experience Launcher) so I don't know.

I use NLP (Nova Launcher Prime) and it has never been a problem.

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I am currently using NLP also bit that's due to the issues with GEL. I really used the page to the left of my homepage. I realize that it's the same thing as dragging the home button up on the arc but I liked it better. Oh well.
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I thought there was a thread dedicated to apps that don't work with Kit Kat but I can't find it so here goes. Chase Mobile app no longer has the option to deposit checks.
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USB OTG native support is gone as well. I have to use a 3rd party app now to access my menova USB drive.
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I thought there was a thread dedicated to apps that don't work with Kit Kat but I can't find it so here goes. Chase Mobile app no longer has the option to deposit checks.
I remembered that holding down the recent apps button acts as a menu button when a menu isn't present. Now I have the ability to deposit checks again in the Chase Mobile app.
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My hangouts crashed the other day and I had to uninstall updates to get it to work. Re-installed the updates later in the day and it has been fine. Not sure if this was KK related, but it never happened before.

Other than that things seem ok, though the battery seems worse.
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looking forward to trying this update. Not available for me yet. I'm in Eastern TN. Verizon. :kicks can: just waiting......
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Is there a step by step how to get kitkat without the Verizon update
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Is there a step by step how to get kitkat without the Verizon update
I believe that they pulled the update for now because it was bricking phones.
Reports of DROID MAXX/ULTRA Kit Kat Update Bricking Phones Arrive, Update Pulled for Now? | Droid Life
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Yes they did pull it
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It sure looks like they stopped the update, but I have read no official announcement that says so. The last thing I read from Verizon or Motorola on the subject is that it was still rolling out, slowly.
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I heard that they did pull the update but you can download the update online I was looking for the step by step instructions
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that would explain why I have not seen an update yet
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my phone is currently downloading an update as I type this. Has KitKat been released for our phones again?

Disclaimer *if this is part of a soak test I never signed up for one and did not sign a NDA regarding it*
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I checked this am and it started downloading. Was not prompted. Installed smoothly. So far no hiccups
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After it installs ... someone (if not signed up for a soak test) please take a screenshot like the one from the December Kit Kat release below and post it here.

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Currently downloading. Will try to post the screen shot when it finishes.
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Would you recommend doing the FDR or just using it for a while and seeing how it goes? I hate doing resets because it takes sooooo long to ge tthe phone back to how i want it.
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I'm receiving a system update as I type. Looks like the cork is out of the bottle!
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Would you recommend doing the FDR or just using it for a while and seeing how it goes? I hate doing resets because it takes sooooo long to get the phone back to how i want it.
I wasn't able to do a factory data reset until a few days [edit - it was eleven days] after my phone updated. I created a thread about it: Factory reset after KitKat update

tl;dr: I haven't noticed a tremendous difference or advantage from doing a factory reset. I thought so at first, maybe a little, but things are exactly the same right now. I would suggest unpairing and repairing any Bluetooth connections that you have, though. I had some BT issues at first until I did that (and not at all after the FDR.)
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After it installs ... someone (if not signed up for a soak test) please take a screenshot like the one from the December Kit Kat release below and post it here.

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Just finished DLing and working on the screenshot, but I can tell you they will be identical.
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I don't know what it is that we are dealing with yet.

If this is someone's update from Jelly Bean to Kit Kat then I think a Factory data Reset is a good idea. Do it when it is more convenient.

If this is someone's update from one version of Kit Kat to the next then I don't think a Factory Data Reset is needed.

The screenshot will give us a lot of insight.

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I haven't noticed a tremendous difference or advantage from doing a factory reset. I thought so at first, maybe a little, but things are exactly the same right now. I would suggest unpairing and repairing any Bluetooth connections that you have, though. I had some BT issues at first until I did that (and not at all after the FDR.)
I was in the December soak test and waited until the release had been out a day before doing the Factory Data Reset (about five days).

The benefits from a Factory Data Reset after a major release update are unnoticeable in many cases. Not doing it and getting nailed to the wall after days, weeks, or months is the history we have seen repeated over-and-over.

Incremental releases within a version ... usually not needed.

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I don't know what it is that we are dealing with yet.

If this is someone's update from Jelly Bean to Kit Kat then I think a Factory data Reset is a good idea. Do it when it is more convenient.

If this is someone's update from one version of Kit Kat to the next then I don't think a Factory Data Reset is needed.

The screenshot will give us a lot of insight.

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It does help.

This is identical to the December release of Kit Kat. As such I ASSUME you are updating from Jelly Bean to Kit Kat.

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Same. See previous message.

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I just updated my maxx and really see no changes. Seriously, what was all of the hype?
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Smoooooooth. That's what I notice. Not much as far as the ui goes, but it runs very nicely.
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This is identical to the December release of Kit Kat.
This makes absolute and complete sense. If Motorola/Verizon had a different OTA, then they would have to create an update for everybody who received the update in December. That would be a nightmare and I could only see it being necessary if the December update was loaded with bugs. It really isn't.

Now Motorola can work on the next update with everybody at the same software release.
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My dad, step mom, mother-in-law and friend all received their upgrades to Kit Kat today. Looks like everyone is getting their break today!
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I got the 4.4 update today, and my biggest issue is that it seems to have hosed my bluetooth. I usually keep BT on all the time, and when I came within range of certain devices (my home phone, my car, etc), the phone would automatically connect. After taking the 4.4 update today, none of my devices connect automatically, and I have to go into the BT settings and manually connect to each one.
Hopefully this is just a flaw that will be corrected, as it is a HUGE annoyance and major step backwards in terms of usability.
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I got the 4.4 update today, and my biggest issue is that it seems to have hosed my bluetooth. I usually keep BT on all the time, and when I came within range of certain devices (my home phone, my car, etc), the phone would automatically connect. After taking the 4.4 update today, none of my devices connect automatically, and I have to go into the BT settings and manually connect to each one.
Hopefully this is just a flaw that will be corrected, as it is a HUGE annoyance and major step backwards in terms of usability.
I had a few similar BT issues after the update. It was fixed by reestablishing the pairings for all of the devices. Give that a try.
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