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Verizon Moto X getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today

0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2013, 11:55 posted on

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...

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posted on 19 Nov 2013, 11:59 12

1. DaHarder (Posts: 177; 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: 1032; 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: 385; 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: 4275; 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: 4275; 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: 2036; 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: 4275; 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: 1611; 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 (unregistered)


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: 1032; 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: 171; 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: 387; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


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

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 12:44

9. majp89 (Posts: 171; 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: 7305; 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: 4493; 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: 38; 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: 10457; 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: 5051; 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: 332; 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: 992; 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: 5396; 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: 734; 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: 4275; 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: 734; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Whatever reason they have, it negates their own policies.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 22:40

45. o0Exia0o (Posts: 900; 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: 188; 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.

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