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Verizon Moto X getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today

Verizon Moto X getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today
We have given Verizon a lot of crap over the years because the carrier always seems to have long delays when it comes to Android software updates. The issues were so bad that Google has apparently given up on the carrier when it comes to Nexus devices. But, we have to give Verizon credit this time around, because the Moto X update to Android 4.4 KitKat is hitting the carrier first. We don't know when the soak test for the 4.4 update went out to Verizon Moto X users, but we just heard about it yesterday; and now, according to Motorola, the update will begin rolling out to Verizon users starting today. 

As you would expect from Android 4.4, the update brings the massively improved Dialer (one of our favorite features), as well as the more powerful photo editing tools, emojis, the new Hangouts app that integrates SMS, and UI tweaks. But, on the side of Moto X specific enhancements, the update does have more fixes for the camera. There is no word on image quality fixes, but the camera app on the Moto X will get new options to simply drag your finger on screen to change the focus or exposure when taking a picture. 

This is an incredibly fast turnaround for Motorola given that the Nexus 4 and Google Edition devices haven't even gotten the Android 4.4 update yet. Motorola says that the update is rolling out "in phases" starting today, but hasn't said how long the total process will take. 

source: Motorola

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posted on 19 Nov 2013, 11:59 12

1. DaHarder (Posts: 152; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Well Done Verizon.... Very Well Done Indeed!

... let's hope this becomes the RULE rather than the exception.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:11 2

3. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Yeah, my fiance's X came in today, and I'm jealous honestly. I'll probably have top wait another month or so for my MAXX to get the update. :(

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:27 2

6. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


It hasn't even been rolled out to the Nexus devices yet, you have to manually download and push it if you want KK. If this is how Google is going to run Motorola, we'll have to rethink a lot of what we know about Android updates.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:44 2

28. Brewski (Posts: 119; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


It has the same internals so logic would say it's not far behind, unfortunately big business doesn't always follow logic. I'm waiting for my Maxx to get updated also.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:49 2

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The new Droids got the camera update about 2 weeks after the Verizon Moto X did, I expect this update to follow that example. The Droids are basically scaled up (or down) Moto X's with a different boot animation, some different icons, and maybe a couple added features. We should see soak test invites for the new Droids to come out within the next week or two.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 23:51 1

47. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


good news guy, nexus 4 kit Kat is finally ota

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:04 2

2. MobStarr (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


So the Moto X is getting the OTA Android 4.4 KitKat update before the Nexus 4? I find this odd since Nexus devices were supposed to get the latest updates before any other device...by that I mean the latest OTA updates. I own the Nexus 4 and I have not got the OTA update yet and I'm still waiting...according to Google it is supposed to be coming soon...but when?

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:05 1

18. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Google has already released the 4.4 factory images for the Nexus 4, so I'm not sure what's holding back the update.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:29

27. Shatter (Posts: 1961; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Probably testing the builds to make sure it has no issues.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:46

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


But they already released factory images for it. Obviously they wouldn't release the factory image of a build that they weren't sure was good or not.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:26

41. sprockkets (Posts: 1075; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


They will pull it if problems arise, like how it was with the Nexus S.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:12

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6118; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Well that was fast. and I'm surprise VERIZON give the ok update instead of waiting till januaray

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:28 1

7. PBXtech (Posts: 966; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Better timing, newest OS iteration for the holiday sales and advertisements.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:20 2

5. majp89 (Posts: 92; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


That soak test that went out a month ago was for the camera update, not the 4.4 update.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:32

8. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Before my Wifi 2012 Nexus 7 gets it? WTF!?!?!

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:44

9. majp89 (Posts: 92; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)


I sideloaded it on my N7, but yup. My software update is downloading as we speak. 75%!

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:45 9

10. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


just froze over. The winds of change are coming. Motorola is cementing a new reputation for itself.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:25 2

13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1175; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Myx's response should be good, considering he had to wait to see how long it took for the update to get out to say if Moto turned a corner.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:01 1

11. zombiewolf115 (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jul 2013)


man.. i dont know if i should be happy at the moto x or be mad at my nexus 4

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:10

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Woah, I totally did not expect this to happen at all.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:30

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I was somewhat expecting Motorola devices to get updates first just based off of how barebones their new Moto X & Droids are, but I'm blown away that Verizon didn't hold back the software distribution as they're notorious for doing so. Now waiting on the Droid MAXX, it's nearly identical hardware and software when compaired to the Moto X.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:30

15. ahhxd717 (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


This is awesome for Moto X users. Kinda makes me wonder why the OTA hasn't even reached my Nexus 7 2013 yet. Guess I'll just try to sideload it.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:34 2

16. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 766; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


At least this glorified mid end phone has finally got something good about it, fast updates!

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 13:35 2

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I wonder if that's another reason the schose to make a custom soc... Being in control of the drivers is a great thing

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:18

19. Feanor (Posts: 292; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Though this is good news, I must say that I hate the randomness of these Android updates. Ok, Motorola is owned by Google, but still, shouldn't the update come first to all Nexus devices, then to Google edition handsets and then to the Moto X? Otherwise what is the point of all these Google branded devices?

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:05

23. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Google's holding up the updates for the Google Edition handsets and the Nexus, for some reason. HTC has already stated they gave the update for the HTC One GPE to Google, and Google has already released the factory images for supported Nexus devices, just not the OTA update. I'm sure Google has a reason for it, Motorola just did their own thing.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:17

24. Feanor (Posts: 292; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Whatever reason they have, it negates their own policies.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 22:40

45. o0Exia0o (Posts: 313; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


How does "it negate thier own policies" as you say?

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:25 1

20. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


When I click to check updates on my Nexus 4, kit Kat 4.4 better magically appear there.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:55

21. bwhiting (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


Hopefully a soak test for the 4.4 goes out to Droid Ultra users soon as well so I can try it out and see if the 4.4 version is stable enough for the rest of the models. But that might be just in a month or so.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 14:58

22. AfterShock (Posts: 2073; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I flashed my N4 already, or I might be choked by this.
All good.

Grats Moto and XOwners too.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:22 4

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5538; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


wow, i won't even have to experience anything but the latest on my Moto X when it gets here.
hey Mxyyy!

killed it. ;)

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 15:49 2

30. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3213; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Yes so?

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 17:41

49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5538; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


so um...

ha!

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 16:43

33. BigSook (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Why buy a nexus??? I bought 1 so that I can have the fastest updates...If I wanted to side load or root my phone i would have bought a S4 or Note 3 or any other phone.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 17:32 1

35. Sniggly (Posts: 6695; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Relax. Motorola's been supernaturally fast with this update. The previous Nexus devices always take at least a month to get the latest updates. Remember how long Nexus S owners had to wait?

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 17:14

34. Professor (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I know Motorola is owned by Google, but I think it is a mistake from Google not to release updates to v4.4 (kitKat) to AT LEAST the Google Nexus 4 before Motorola.

And the point of Google not even wanting to release v4.4 to the Nexus S speaks even worst about Google poor marketting tactics, and its no interest for customer service satisfaction.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 18:02

36. papss (unregistered)


Well I believe the update was needed for all moto phones because they all have mediocre hardware and 4.4 is very efficient.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 19:17

37. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 884; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


release over nexus 4? haha i thought they know better..its just baddd...

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 20:30

42. Zero0 (Posts: 570; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


How in the actual hell?

Nexus 4 is still on 4.3.
VERIZON Moto X on 4.4.

What backwards universe is this, and when can I go back home?

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 22:03

43. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


This is completely uncharacteristic for Verizon to update devices so quickly, especially before Google upgrades all its devices. I feel this is a desperation attempt on Verizon and Motorola to boost Motorola Droid series sales.

If Verizon and Motorola are successful, this will be good for Motorola because they will see a nice increase in revenue. This will be good for Verizon because they took a strong stance behind the Droid series declaring many phones as Droid series phones and the series has done nothing but struggle.

Verizon can be associated with words like strong and reliable, but that's not what comes to mind when I think about Motorola.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 22:05

44. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


With that being said, I hope Motorola can start to bounce back because we need more companies that can compete with Samsung and LG.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 22:53

46. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


I read the article title twice to make sure I wasn't getting it wrong.

Good job Googerola! But where's my N10 OTA!?!?! :/

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 23:55

48. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1175; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Just curious, why is PA deleting comments that in no way violate the rules? By my estimate they pulled about 15-20 comments that were there an hour ago. So the first amendment is sacred unless someone else is using it?

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