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Unlocked Moto X starting to get Android 4.4.2 update

Unlocked Moto X starting to get Android 4.4.2 update
The soak test is apparently over for users with the unlocked (aka T-Mobile) model of the Motorola Moto X. Users are starting to see the Android 4.4.2 update rolling out to the device; and, the update does bring a some new functionality as well as a couple bug fixes that were not part of the change log for Android 4.4.2 when we saw it hit the Nexus devices.

Although this is technically just a bug fix update, it is quite sizable at 146.7MB, which extra odd because the size of the bugs being squashed doesn't seem all that big. First on the change log is the addition of Google's Cloud Print functionality which will allow you to print documents from various apps via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to either a Cloud Print enabled printer or to a FedEx store. 

On the bug fix side of the update, there were apparently bugs that were causing battery life issues for users on Android 4.4 as well as possible issues with syncing a Microsoft Exchange account. Both of those bugs have been fixed, according to Motorola.

Unfortunately, that means it doesn't look like there are any more camera fixes in the update (although it seems to us that the camera is faster to launch when using the quick gesture). We were hoping that Motorola would have also found a way to have similar camera fixes to those seem on the Nexus 5, because the Moto X camera is a bit slow to focus, which does also cause white balance issues.

img source: Android Police

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posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:12 5

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6380; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Motorola kicking a$$ with its updates.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 20:43

2. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


Yey! :)

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 22:02

3. Paximos (Posts: 61; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Why do you keep saying T-Mobile version???..I have a Developer Edition and just received an update.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:54

7. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Is your DE a GSM or CDMA version? If it's the GSM it's basically the same thing. As I recall, the updates for the DE come directly from Motorola, instead of thru the carriers, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Just seems like I remember reading that somewhere.

I would've gone with the DE but I didn't care for the white back, easier to look dirty and more slippery than the woven black with soft touch grip.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 22:03

9. Paximos (Posts: 61; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


It is DE, GSM version and running on AT&T. Actually the white back looks real nice.

posted on 10 Feb 2014, 23:38

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8171; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol I like how this rolled out after I shipped my Moto X back to Motorola today. Still surprised an unlocked device took to long to receive a 4.4.2 update considering Verizon got dibs on it awhile ago.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:50 1

6. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1344; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I think they only got first shot at the original 4.4 update. This time around the unlocked version gets it first. It looks like their plan is to give each version of the phone a first crack at updates. First update was Verizon, next is unlocked/T-Mobile, the next one will probably be a different carrier.

I actually like this since it seems like the old plan was one carrier always got updates first, then down the line, with Verizon always being last. This way it's a surprise, and less favoritism.

The 4.4 going to Verizon first could also be indicative of Verizon relaxing it's stringent (some would call overkill) testing policies.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 23:54

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2157; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


VZWuser76's right about that, Smurf. This is the first version to get 4.4.2. The rest are sitting on 4.4 right now.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 03:15

5. Scott93274 (Posts: 832; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I took my sweet time deciding to buy a Moto X but I'm glad I did. I just hope they keep doing what they're doing and I will continue to stick with Motorola even if they're no longer a Google company. Keep up the good work!

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