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Verizon serves Android 4.4 to Droid Ultra, Maxx, Mini

The Motorola trio is the carrier's latest batch of Androids to pick up the KitKat update.

Motorola's long-life Droid Maxx is ready to receive maximal Android. Sarah Tew/CNET

Verizon on Thursday announced that the Motorola Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini are receiving Android 4.4updates. The trio of smartphones are among the first carrier-branded smartphones to pick up the most recent version of Android.

As expected, the update adds features such as full-screen mode, color emoji support, enhanced security, and an improved camera. Also included is support for the Fitbit tracker and Motorola's DroidZap 2.0 software.

Verizon took the update as an opportunity to upgrade apps and services like Verizon Tones and Verizon Mobile Security. Rounding things out, the Droids see Google Photo and NFL Mobile 8.2.3 getting folded into the suite.

The updates will be rolling out in stages starting today. Anxious users are encouraged to keep an eye on their notification bar for the over-the-air update; it's also possible to manually initiate the software bump. To do so, just navigate your Droid to Settings > About phone > System updates > Download, and tap for the latest release.

For additional details on the update, including its benefits (PDF) and installation, head on over to Verizon's support Web site.