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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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)

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49 Comments

1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Well Done Verizon.... Very Well Done Indeed! ... let's hope this becomes the RULE rather than the exception.

3. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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. :(

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

28. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 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.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

47. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

good news guy, nexus 4 kit Kat is finally ota

2. MobStarr

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 19, 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?

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

27. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

29. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

41. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

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

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

5. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

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

8. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

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

9. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

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

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

11. zombiewolf115

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

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

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

15. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

16. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

19. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 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?

23. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

24. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Whatever reason they have, it negates their own policies.

45. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

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

20. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

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

21. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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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