Google-owned Motorola Mobility has updated their Android device support list, adding new clarity for many device owners that were stuck in limbo.
Specifically, Motorola has added the Verizon versions of the RAZR M, RAZR HD, RAZR HD MAXX, and RAZR M Developer Edition will all receive Android 4.4 KitKat. Similarly, the AT&T Atrix HD and US Cellular Electrify M will also be updated to KitKat.
Motorola also declared that the original RAZR and RAZR MAXX would not receive Android 4.2 or 4.3. They will remain on Android 4.1.2. The devices were capable of running Android 4.3 from a technical standpoint, Motorola declined to comment to PhoneNews.com on if they were technically capable of utilizing Bluetooth LE – a feature supported by Android 4.3. Also, RAZR and RAZR MAXX will not receive any of the security updates patched in Android 4.2 and 4.3.
These updates trim the list of remaining devices officially “in limbo” to the Photon Q and RAZR i XT890. As we mentioned in our previous article, there is no technical reason that the Snapdragon S4 Plus-toting Photon Q cannot run KitKat. The RAZR i’s Medfield platform, as we previously covered, has been supported by Intel to at least Android 4.2, so there is also room there for Motorola to offer at least a rollup release for the still-sold Intel-based smartphone.
The Photon Q being stuck in limbo stands out for multiple reasons. One, if it is not updated, Google-owned Motorola will be skipping over a device with nearly identical silicon and specifications to the Nexus 4 for KitKat. This would create a double-standard between Nexus and Motorola. Two, if not updated, the Android ecosystem will not have a single device running KitKat that includes a physical keyboard.