Android 4.4 KitKat begins rolling out to the Verizon Moto X, starting today

by: Andrew GrushNovember 19, 2013

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Hot damn, that was quick! Just yesterday, we reported that a soak test had started rolling out to Verizon Moto X users that contained an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, and now Motorola has officially confirmed that the full rollout is happening starting today.

Of course Motorola was quick to mention the rollout will occur in “phases”, meaning it could take days or weeks to reach everyone. Nonetheless, this is still amazing news to say the least.

While the most exciting part of the update is Android Kitkat and the goodies that it brings, the upgrade will also include some Moto X-specific changes as well, including touchless control improvements and more. Here’s a full change-log of what to expect:

  • An improved phone dialer. Now you can search for contacts directly from the dial-pad and easily see and tap on those you contact frequently.
  • More gallery goodies. KitKat packs in some cool, new gallery effects—such as Posterize, Highlights, and Edges. You can even use the Draw feature to annotate your photos freehand with your finger.
  • New Hangouts app. All of your conversations now in one place—texts, video calls, and other chats all together in one app. Plus, you can now send animated gifs and share your location.
  • Color emojis. For when words aren’t enough, the Google Keyboard now includes colorful characters to send in text messages and other communications.
  • Drag to focus and expose. An updated camera app lets you control both the focus and exposure of your photos. Simply drag your finger to set just the right exposure and focus point.
  • And more… Restyled status and navigation bars, new full-screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.

For now, Verizon is the only carrier to officially see the rollout to 4.4 KitKat, but Motorola mentions that they will be bringing new details about the update to other carriers and countries very soon.

It seems a little insane to think that Verizon is actually (again) beating other carriers to the punch with a major OS update, especially considering the Nexus 4 has yet to receive the OTA update to KitKat. Then again, Verizon and Motorola have long enjoyed a pretty close relationship with one another — so maybe we shouldn’t be too surprised.

So how about it, anyone receive the KitKat update for the Moto X yet? If so, what do you think so far?

  • Luke Pellegrini

    Is this just the soak test? Or the full release?

    • Andrew Grush

      Based on motorola’s wording, it is the full rollout BUT it is happening in phases — so it could mean that non-soak test users won’t see the update right away… Honestly, we can’t say for sure until we start receiving word from Moto X KitKat users. :)

    • joser116

      Soak test was yesterday and it was cancelled due to an NDA violation.

  • smokebomb

    I’m a nexus 4, and I say this is bull shit!

  • Scott

    You might not want the picture of a moto X with the ATT logo for this article

  • Dee Lee

    Google going down the hill like Apple because they don’t care about their customers wants. Come on Google don’t be Grinch on your customers paying your bills just give us the kit kat treat we deserve on our phones. Don’t make us hate you Google for being a bad Candy Apple.

    • Frothgar

      These things take time. Although, Google should’ve just released the nexus 5 last week so people wouldn’t be waiting long

    • NeedName

      does it really matter? all android devices get dropped from support after 18 months anyway. . . . thus, always buy something supported by the ROM community ;)

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      • Dee Lee

        True that.

      • SSDROiD

        That’s depressing.

    • Mike – Construction Contractor

      “give us the kit kat treat we deserve”. Why do you deserve anything?

      Sounds like you need to grow up.

      I too want 4.4 on my Note 2 but its not going to happen anytime soon if at all. If you need something bad enough that you are willing to make yourself sounds like a crying baby, go out and buy it.

    • [A]dri[A]n

      First of all, it’s not up to Google to update every Android phone. They’re only responsible for the Nexus devices. Anything other than a Nexus device is none of their business.

      • Dee Lee

        I have the HTC One GPE and My wife have Galaxy S4 GPE so I guess we are left out luck, right? My nephew have Verizon Galaxy Nexus out luck too, right again too. Yes in my family we have alot Nexus prodouct that we supported. So you telling me Google not responsible my family phone update.

        • [A]dri[A]n

          Google stated very clearly that the HTC One GPE and the Galaxy S4 GPE updates would be handled by their own manufacturer. But that they would get updates faster than most other phones. As for the Galaxy Nexus, let’s be real, you couldn’t have really expected to get 4.4 on it. That thing is ancient. You should be happy that it got as many updates as it did.

          • Dee Lee

            You stated they “They’re only responsible for the Nexus devices” and Google sold these GPE from there store so you telling me that GPE is not there product line and I’m not getting the update from them when manufacturer gave them the finish product code already for HTC ONE kitkat? So tell me where did you get this information from?

          • needa

            the info is all over the place. the gpe devices are not nexus devices. they are oem phones with stock android and a modified kernel. because the oems have control over their kernel… google cannot update it. this is also the reason why the oems are the ones that announce the updates for the gpe devices and announce when and if they will be receiving it. as for the galaxy nexus. it is past its eol (end of life). phones are only supported for eighteen months. <–common knowledge.

  • jack

    No love to the nexus 4 :( come on Google!!

  • Robert McElroy

    Hope they don’t have to wait like the rollout for nexus 7, I’ve yet to see any update here in the Midwest!

  • John Hamernick-Ramseier

    I have a Nexus 7 (2012) wifi that still hasn’t received the 4.4 OTA updated yet even though I check multiply times a day and do the google framework trick.

    • salmon

      Just sideload it.

  • TuckandRoll84

    I got the update about an hour ago. Installed and works perfectly. But damn them for not pushing it to the wife’s N7 (2012) already, damn them all to hell!

  • David Bowline

    Why no nexus 4 love? I know someone who just bought a vz moto x last night. Sent him a text that they announced the 4.4 rollout and he sent me back screen shots of it 10 minutes later. The Moto X is now the official top Google phone. I guess they’re not going to support the Nexus line of phones first anymore.


    The awkward moment when Motorola receives the update before Google’s own Nexus devices. Google, WHAT YA SMOKIN’? :p

  • lbaxter80

    Been checking my WiFi Nexus 7 (2013) model for some updates since the announcement. Got excited when I saw my AT&T Moto X would be receiving 4.4 “soon.” Wondering what alternate universe I slipped into where VERIZON beats both AT&T AND Google in pushing out an Android update?!

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