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

November 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?

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