Android 4.4 KitKat begins rolling out to the T-Mobile Moto X

November 21, 2013
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It looks like Motorola isn’t messing around when it comes to updating the Moto X over to Android 4.4 KitKat. Not only did the update start rolling out to Verizon users this week, but earlier today we reported that AT&T’s update soak test has begun. Not too far behind, here comes T-Mobile with the KitKat update as well.

Unlike AT&T, this isn’t a soak test, but the actual full rollout. Of course we can expect the update to be pushed out in phases, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few days or more to reach you.

As for what’s all changed here, it looks like pretty much the same things we already saw with the Verizon update. That means there is Android 4.4 and all of its new features, alongside some Moto-specific changes including touchless control improvements and the like.

Here’s the full change-log for those that are curious:

  • Phone dialer: Improved the phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
  • 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.
  • Hangouts -SMS/MMS support: 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.
  • 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.
  • NFC – Host card emulation: Enhanced support for NFC Host Card Emulation (HCE), to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
  • Accessory support: Added support for Square credit card reader

When HTC first announced its plans to bring KitKat to the One within 90 days or less, we were impressed — but Motorola’s speed with the Moto X is nothing short of amazing. Now all that is left is for AT&T to announce it’s full rollout, and then all we are waiting on is Sprint and U.S. Cellular.

Have you received your KitKat update for the Moto X yet? If so, what do you think so far?

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