Verizon Motorola Moto X users reportedly soak testing Android 4.4
0. phoneArena 18 Nov 2013, 18:04 posted on
While participants in any of the Motorola soak test are supposed to keep their mouth closed, especially with the media, it now seems to be confirmed that the current soak test being done for the Verizon version of the Motorola Moto X is for Android 4.4, KitKat. A list of changes has appeared and mentions the new Android 4.4 dialer, changes to the camera and even support for the Square credit card reader...
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1. mattkl (Posts: 193; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)
Good to hear. The new Droids will follow soon.....fingers crossed.
2. JC557 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Hopefully the Droid Razr line will be soon after. Otherwise I'll put the Droid Razr M on craigslist and buy the Moto X outright... though I do like a smaller phone.
4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Razr M goes for around $150 these days.
it's actually a good buy for what it's going for.
you're better off just keeping your Razr M.
7. JC557 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Meh, I got it off craigslist for $100 and I get a 25% discount off phones and accessories at Verizon so if the Droid Razr M doesn't get KitKat in a timely matter (they skipped 4.2 and 4.3) I'll just pony up the $350 off contract price of the Moto X.
I recently became interested in the Moto X after playing around with it but could make do with the Razr M if something great else is coming out in the next 3 months.
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i thought the Moto X was good enough to pay the $500 off contract price for.
i meant you should get the Moto X but keep your Razr M as a backup.
18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Why can't they occur simultaneously? It is for the VZW Moto X edition. Aren't the VZW editions of Moto X and the Droids essentially on the same software release (pre-v. 4.4) with the update that was recently pushed to the Driods?
19. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
There are some subtle differences between the phones; the Droids have their own boot animation, apps and such. Minor changes, but changes nonethless which all need to be checked in addition to the software they share with the Moto X. Either way, the Droids weren't far behind the Moto X with the camera update. I suspect that the same will hold true for Kitkat.
29. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
I know I read this and thought the same thing. I have a Droid MAXX because I wanted the extra battery life. Kinda jealous that I didn't wait and do the Moto X and customize my phone like I just did for my fiance for Christmas.
3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Motorola is KILLING it!
you guys realize the Nexus 4 doesn't even have Kit Kat yet?
i'm so excited that i'll have my very own, custom designed Moto X tomorrow.
6. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
uhh the nexus 4 does have android kit kat....
9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh okay, it is going out OTA.
everywhere i look though people are still waiting for it.
i had to sideload it on to my Nexus 7 FHD.
10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6452; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
They aren't killing anything. This is just a soak test. Only time will tell if future versions will arrive in a timely manner.
11. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
This isn't any soak test!!! Its a Verizon soak test!!! Sh!t got serious
12. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You have to admit, though, that Motorola's starting to form a good pattern these days.
14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6452; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Maybe but we'll let time be the judge of that one.
15. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
How much time will you require to make your decision?
21. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2676; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
The point just before hell freezes over.
23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6452; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Just an ample amount to better observe Motorola's behavior.
28. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2676; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Well considering you're under the impression that they're still handling things the way they did in the Bionic days, that means at least 2 more years. Which is funny because last year they were one of, if not the first after the Nexus line to be upgrading their phones to JB, however they weren't as fast as they have been this year, but either way since the merger they've been doing much better in regards to support.
And while they don't update every phone back to the OG Droid, neither do any other OEMs, including the Nexus line of phones. At some point it's not worth it anymore to keep throwing resources towards a phone that most aren't using anymore. And besides, even if they don't update it, it's not like the phone suddenly stops working, you just don't get all the new features, which is normally the way things go with any product.
17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
just how much more do you need?
the new Motorola is being real consistent in showing us that they mean f***ing business.
25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 6452; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
However long it takes for them to update their current lineup of phones.
22. techguyone (Posts: 137; Member since: 18 May 2013)
I wonder who mxy will pick on to troll next once he runs out of reasons to go after Motorola??
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
a soak test is still getting a Kit Kat build approved by Motorola and Verizon on to Moto X devices mere days after it arriving on Nexus devices. i would by all means call that "killing it" and it's probable the update will roll out to the rest soon because that is usually the case when a soak test is involved.
quit trying so hard Mxy.
you're oh, so tired my friend, oh so tired.
20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2676; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Unless there are major issues, the soak test should be followed by widespread release within a week, and usually within a couple days.
26. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4170; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Not only is Motorola getting out 4.4 to the Moto X before some Nexus devices, their doing it through Verizon. A Verizon branded device is officially getting the latest version of Android at practically the same time as unlocked Nexus, that is insane.
What colors did you choose for your Moto X?
27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i decided to go with a Black Front and Accents with a Cement Gray Back. i didn't want to get real personal with it in case i ever decided to sell it so no back inscription but for the boot up message i put "Hello Moto X" as a reference to the old school "Hello Moto" boot up message. c:
i also got a Black/Clear Supcase for it.
30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4170; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Sounds sweet. Have you gotten the 4.4 update yet? Apparently it went out today, though it's rolling out in waves.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i got it as soon as i turned the phone on.
and if you're curious about the GEL it is absent upon downloading the update but i went ahead and sideloaded it and it works as well as it does on my FHD Nexus 7.
i am seriously loving this phone.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
That's actually a day ahead of schedule; the Motorola guy told me the soak test was going out tomorrow. The AT&T Moto X soak test is supposed to start Thursday.
13. bwhiting (Posts: 186; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)
Motorola going to make sure that people get the updates like they need instead of waiting more now like they use to. Then Verizon also going about it faster too to make sure it actually is distributed to the customers that buy the main phone line that they want to showcase for customers now.
Good job, Verizon. Finally giving out the updates sooner and trying to have them beta tested properly.