I updated my Photon to v0.4.4-rc.2 using the particle cli to do it OTA. It seemed to work; both part 1 and part 2 caused my Photon to blink magenta for some time.
0.4.4 rc2 is said to contain a new “v” command that will return a version string “FIRM-128”. However, the “v” command does nothing for me.
It’s possible that the flash of the firmware didn’t take, but I’m not sure how to tell that.