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    Default Droid Maxx: Improvements with 4.4?

    What have you guys noticed has improved with 4.4?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCooper323 View Post
    What have you guys noticed has improved with 4.4?
    Camera, translucent app drawer using Nova Launcher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCooper323 View Post
    What have you guys noticed has improved with 4.4?
    Honestly I don't really appreciate much in the way of performance improvement. I do like the album art taking up full screen when the phone is locked. In retrospect I would have preferred to not update to keep the unlimited tether option. The updates are mostly aesthetic.

    And the translucent app drawer was a feature of nova launcher before the update. I think you meant translucent status bar.



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    In addition to the above:

    You can now set a default SMS app from settings->more (under wireless & networks).

    If you have more than the standard Motorola home launcher, you can set the default at settings->home

    Tap & pay has a setting. I've never tried it (and never will) but I understand that it allows Google Wallet tap and pay to work.

    There is better support for Bluetooth LE, and devices like the Fitbit devices now work with the Droids.

    If you have two apps that can do something, with nothing set as the default (say, two browsers on the system), the first time a browser link is pressed a list of items is shown, allowing yo to choose one and choose a button that says "Just once" or "Always". That's not new, but what is new is that if you select something and say "Just once", that item will be highlighted the next time you have the same choice.

    There is a full-screen mode for apps that support it. The first time you see it it tells you that you can return to normal with a swipe down from the top.

    There is now a settings->printing setting; I have printed from GMail, Hangouts and Chrome.

    I believe that the stock keyboard supports emoji (or more emoji.) I'm not 100% sure which - I don't use the stock keyboard anyway.

    Otherwise, a lot of improvements under the hood. And perhaps things that I have not noticed...
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    Oh, and now Motorola Assist has improved...
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    Default Re: Improvements with 4.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    Oh, and now Motorola Assist has improved...
    I'm still on 4.2.2 and had an update to Motorola Assist today. Is there an improvement that's KitKat dependent, or are you just associating the two updates with each other due to timing?
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    I got the kit kat ota today on my Maxx here in WA. Everything is good so far some icons are different and the lock unlock sound is different. I ran a quadrant test and it scored a 8590. I haven't played with the phone much yet but so far its all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YAYTech View Post
    I'm still on 4.2.2 and had an update to Motorola Assist today. Is there an improvement that's KitKat dependent, or are you just associating the two updates with each other due to timing?
    Oh, sorry. I thought I read that the assist changes were KK only.
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    what are the camera improvements?
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    Default Re: Improvements with 4.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by D850 View Post
    I got the kit kat ota today on my Maxx here in WA. Everything is good so far some icons are different and the lock unlock sound is different. I ran a quadrant test and it scored a 8590. I haven't played with the phone much yet but so far its all good.
    What was it on 4.2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCooper323 View Post
    what are the camera improvements?
    The major difference is that if you have touch to focus turned on a new control appears on the screen - a green circle with a small rectangle in the center. You can drag that control to any location. It's used to set focus and exposure for the photo. I'm not sure what else was improved - perhaps there is better post-processing happening as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umass021 View Post
    What was it on 4.2?

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    I just downloaded the OTA update. Maybe I'm missing something, but other than the NFC and camera, I don't see any changes. I still have the blue up top and my dialer doesn't appear to be different. Did I do something wrong? Oh yeah, there are more emoji's on the keyboard too
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    Quote Originally Posted by eewwyeah View Post
    I just downloaded the OTA update. Maybe I'm missing something, but other than the NFC and camera, I don't see any changes. I still have the blue up top and my dialer doesn't appear to be different. Did I do something wrong? Oh yeah, there are more emoji's on the keyboard too
    No, you did nothing wrong. There is no new dialer. The status bar remains the same. I've detailed the changes I've noticed above. There are now some updates to assist and Touchless controls that I think are kitkat only.
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    thanks. I remembered reading about all of those at other times. thought maybe something didn't go right when I didn't see them, which is all fine by me because I thought the phone was GREAT before the update
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    So is it true that the entitlement hack does NOT survive the 4.4 update?
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    Most of the improvements in kitkat are supposed to be under the hood. I've noticed on my HTC One phenomenal improvement in battery life on 4.4. I'm excited at the prospect of similar improvements on top of the already great battery life on the Maxx.

    Downloaded the OTA but I am hesitant to apply it because of root. I've rooted every phone I've ever had, except for the Maxx, which doesn't really need it for anything I do. I'm a little concerned about the future.

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    Anyone noticing any differences in battery life with 4.4?
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    Also, curious if it is recommended to do a full factory reset after getting the update? I'd obviously prefer not to, but would do so if it is recommended for any reason.
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    Default Re: Droid Maxx: Improvements with 4.4?

    Quote Originally Posted by redddog View Post
    So is it true that the entitlement hack does NOT survive the 4.4 update?
    Correct. 4.4 resets the Entitlement Check and free tether no longer works. I know it first hand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distorted Loop View Post
    Most of the improvements in kitkat are supposed to be under the hood. I've noticed on my HTC One phenomenal improvement in battery life on 4.4. I'm excited at the prospect of similar improvements on top of the already great battery life on the Maxx.
    Quote Originally Posted by 1901Madison View Post
    Anyone noticing any differences in battery life with 4.4?
    No. If anything, battery life is slightly worse for me. (I've had the update since the first soak, so almost a month now.) I did a factory reset and there was no difference. What's weird is that battery life changes day to day. Yesterday was very good - I went to bed at about 60%, which was typical under JB. Today my phone is at 81% after 5 hours. I'd say that I have seen anything from the same as before to as much as 1% worse per hour than before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyRussian007 View Post
    Correct. 4.4 resets the Entitlement Check and free tether no longer works. I know it first hand
    I remember reading that too.

    If I recall correctly, the entitlement check survived when the Moto X was updated to Kit Kat but it gets reset when the Droids are updated.

    I wonder if Verizon has more control over what gets changed on the Droid phones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XDCX View Post
    I remember reading that too.

    If I recall correctly, the entitlement check survived when the Moto X was updated to Kit Kat but it gets reset when the Droids are updated.

    I wonder if Verizon has more control over what gets changed on the Droid phones?
    Far more likely explanation: the SQL database was updated as part of the KitKat update, but an update wasn't required for the 12.15.15 update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    Far more likely explanation: the SQL database was updated as part of the KitKat update, but an update wasn't required for the 12.15.15 update.
    Possible. But then the X going from 4.2.2 to 4.4 would've gotten the new SQL database but that didnt happen - the Entitlement Check survived the 4.2.2->4.4 update on the X
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    Interesting -- how to explain worse battery life with Kitkat than we had with 4.2? If that is truly the case, is there any way to undo the update and go back to the amazing battery life I had under 4.2?
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