Android 4.4 KitKat begins rolling out to the Sprint Moto X

December 12, 2013

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    Following behind the other four major U.S. carriers and even US Cellular, Sprint is finally seeing its update to KitKat for the Moto X!

    The update has already begun rolling out to consumers, though it will likely take a few days before it reaches all Sprint Moto X owners. It looks like pretty much the same changes already seen with the other carriers, though here’s a full change-log to help you get an even better look:

    • Android 4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. KitKat includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development.
    • Improved Phone Dialer app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
    • Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings>Wireless>Default SMS app.
    • NFC Host Card Emulation support to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
    • Camera – Focus and exposure: Enhanced the “touch to focus” option with a new circular, on screen control that can be dragged by your finger around the viewfinder to adjust a photo’s focus and exposure.
    • Gallery – Photo editing: Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.
    • Touchless Control – “Find my phone”: Added a new “Find my phone” command to Touchless Control. Just say “OK, Google Now-find my phone” and your Moto X will ring loudly to let you know where it’s hiding when you’ve misplaced it nearby.

    It’s hard not to be impressed by how quickly Motorola has rolled out its update to Android 4.4 KitKat, and here’s to hoping that they continue to support the handset with such quick updates in the months to come.

    Have you received your KitKat update for the Moto X yet? If so, what do you think of the update so far? Did all go as planned or did you run into any snags while installing the upgrade?

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    Comments

    • John Garlits

      Just curious: does the KitKat upgrade allow one to just use “OK Google” on the Moto X, or does it still have to be “Ok Google Now”?

      • needa

        no. but the latest touchless controls update does.

    • Cal Rankin

      About. Bloody. Time.

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