Reports of the Kit Kat update rolling out for Verizon DROID users began surfacing yesterday. The update is still scheduled to roll out in batches, which means it may, or may not be available for your handset just yet. But in the meantime, Albert Aydin from Verizon Wireless has shared the full changelog for the update.
Details show the update will be arriving as Android 4.4 Kit Kat. In the case of the DROID Ultra, that means software version 19.5.3.obake_verizon.Verizon.en.US. And in the case of the DROID Maxx, users would be looking for a software version of 19.5.3.obake-maxx_verizon.Verizon.en.US once the update has been installed.
As for the 4.4 specific portions of the update. These will include a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power user. Overall, Verizon DROID users can expect to see Kit Kat with a few exceptions. For one, the white icons will remain blue and continue giving your handset an appearance of Jelly Bean.
That bit aside, the Verizon changelog makes mention of the following apps/widgets having been updated and/or integrated. The list of updated apps includes the following; Verizon Mobile Security, Verizon Tones, Amazon Kindle, Audible, Quick Office and Motorola Assist. Additionally, Google Photos, NFL Mobile 8.2.3 and SSO client version 3.1.15 have been integrated.
A few remaining app related items include the DROID Zap 2.0 update and support for the Fitbit. The Zap 2.0 update means a new app interface and the ability to access Zap directly from the app tray. As for the Fitbit support, this means direct data sync between your handset and any of the available Fitbit activity trackers. Otherwise, the remaining items break down as follows;
All your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same Hangouts app, alongside your other conversations and video calls
Supports location-sharing and animated GIF’s through Google Hangouts
Personalize messages with smileys, cars, animals, icons and more
Camera and Imaging
Image quality has been improved; Better color, exposure and dynamic range accuracy; Noise reduction (especially in low-light situations)
Touch to Focus is now available; Drag your finger around the viewfinder to adjust photo focus/exposure
Full-screen album and movie art appear when streaming/projecting your media
Play, pause and jump to a certain song or movie chapter easily
Hide the status bar until you swipe the screen edge to bring it back