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#4552135 - 10/23/17 04:06 PM Update to newer ver. of Android
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
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Loc: Illinois
I have a Motorola Droid Maxx with Android 4.4.4 on. Neither Verizon of mot Motorola will offer any support to update it.

Is there a way to get a newre version on? My banking app has won't support anything under 5.0.
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#4552139 - 10/23/17 04:09 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
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Heh... I've got the same phone sitting around in the drawer, same Android version.

You would have to root it in order to install another Android version.
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#4552146 - 10/23/17 04:15 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
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There is a way, but if you need to ask, I'm guessing your not savvy enough to actually do it. Rooting can be a risky proposition.
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#4552158 - 10/23/17 04:35 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
WhyMe Offline


Registered: 12/18/12
Posts: 548
Loc: Washington for now
you can probalbly update it to 7.1 with lineage. you can try yourself. its not that hard if you are ok with a tech. or if you have a freind/relitive that is savvy they might help you.

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#4552170 - 10/23/17 04:52 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 11/23/13
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Loc: Fly-over country
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
There is a way, but if you need to ask, I'm guessing your not savvy enough to actually do it. Rooting can be a risky proposition.


This. FWIW, a phone still running Kitkat is about as secure as an open window. If you do ANYTHING other than make phone calls or send basic texts you seriously need to think about upgrading to a newer phone with an updated version of Android.

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#4552213 - 10/23/17 05:25 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
There is a lot of programs that now look for rooted devices and will also look for root cloaks.

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#4552227 - 10/23/17 05:35 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
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Registered: 12/24/11
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Loc: North Carolina
Time to root.

Lucky for you, it looks like there is an official LineageOS build.

Follow the link for all you'll need. If you device is on the list, they should have step by step instructions to root and install the new ROM.

Keep in mind that certain apps still won't work if they detect a rooted device. Android Pay, Snapchat, and some banking apps have root detection. There are workarounds of course, but it may be easiest to just get a new device.

There are some seriously cheap and capable Motorola phones on the market right now.
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#4552229 - 10/23/17 05:35 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
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Registered: 05/20/13
Posts: 1907
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
You bought an Andriod phone; OS updates are really not part of the Andriod way of doing things. Next time buy an unlocked phone (not linked to a carrier) and from a maker that has a history of offering OS updates. Don't expect much, though.

Apple updates iOS on almost any hardware that can support it (the switch from 32 to 64-bit processors with the iPhone 4 / iPhone5 line in the sand being the most notable one) going back much further than Android phones do, but you probably already knew that. The iPhone5 (released September 2012) or newer can run the latest version of iOS.

You can always log into your bank account via the built-in browser, or just do telephone banking with, you know, the phone thingy part.
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#4552239 - 10/23/17 05:46 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
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Registered: 10/07/12
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Loc: Staten Island, NY
I had a Maxx back in the day, then it's successor, the OG Droid Turbo

Last week, I jumped to the new Pixel 2

IIRC, they never did get around to rooting them

I worked in Wireless for a time, and there's a point where being stubborn and "why won't it work, it's still good" just makes you want to put the thing through a wall

If pure Android, and fast frequent updates are your needs, you really can't beat a Pixel
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#4552376 - 10/23/17 07:48 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: rooflessVW]
Subdued Offline


Registered: 10/06/13
Posts: 793
Loc: Youngstown, NY
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Time to root.

Lucky for you, it looks like there is an official LineageOS build.

Follow the link for all you'll need. If you device is on the list, they should have step by step instructions to root and install the new ROM.

Keep in mind that certain apps still won't work if they detect a rooted device. Android Pay, Snapchat, and some banking apps have root detection. There are workarounds of course, but it may be easiest to just get a new device.

There are some seriously cheap and capable Motorola phones on the market right now.

LineageOS is not rooted by default anymore.

Shouldn't need to root to install a new OS, all that's needed is an unlocked bootloader.
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#4552978 - 10/24/17 11:59 AM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: Subdued]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5810
Loc: Illinois
Quote:
LineageOS is not rooted by default anymore.

Shouldn't need to root to install a new OS, all that's needed is an unlocked bootloader.


I found this from Motorola

https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/standalone%2Fbootloader%2Funlock-your-device-b
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#4554558 - 10/25/17 08:13 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: Subdued]
javacontour Offline


Registered: 06/26/03
Posts: 10321
Loc: Illinois
Hmmm, I just put Linage on my Samsung Note 10.1 about a month ago and I have the option in the settings to enable and disable root.

So I can toggle being rooted so that it's only on when I "need" it. Like when I run ClockSync.

IIRC, at first it was only available for ADB, but with booting TWRP and using the SuperSU.zip file, I was able to add the others to the menu that previously only included ADB




Edited by javacontour (10/25/17 08:18 PM)
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#4555229 - 10/26/17 03:00 PM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
SHOZ Offline


Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 5810
Loc: Illinois
My son gave me his old LG3 and it has ver 6 of android. I wanted it for the car to use with Torque Pro to use as it has a larger screen and had discussed this a few weeks ago.

So no sense trying to update the Droid Maxx.
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#4556181 - 10/27/17 11:11 AM Re: Update to newer ver. of Android [Re: SHOZ]
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Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2902
Loc: North TX
Get a new phone, it's time.


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