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Verizon Moto X soak test begins, brings Android 4.4 KitKat to select Moto X users

Select (lucky) Verizon Moto X users are now starting to see a new soak test update for their handsets, that brings with it Android 4.4 KitKat.
November 18, 2013
Moto X

When it comes to timely smartphone updates, Verizon usually doesn’t come to mind. That’s why it was pretty surprising when Big Red became the first U.S. carrier to see Android 4.3 on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Now it looks like Verizon is getting ready to beat the rest of the carriers to the punch once again, this time by bringing Android 4.4 KitKat over to the Moto X.

It’s important to note that this is not a full rollout, but instead a limited soak test, meaning only select Moto X users will see the update right away. Still, this is an important step forward and indicates that the official update probably isn’t too far off.

Judging by Motorola’s past comments, it’s possible the official rollout could start within a matter of weeks or less, though that’s just speculation on our part. Sometimes soak tests only last a few days, other times it can be as long as a month or more.

Either way, it’s a pretty safe bet that Verizon will be one of the very first U.S. carriers to bring KitKat to the Moto X. Considering T-Mobile KitKat firmware already leaked to the net, we’d say that the uncarrier probably won’t be too far behind, though. No word on Sprint, U.S. Cellular or AT&T just yet.

So what exactly does the update bring to the table? The most obvious change is Kitkat and all the new features that come with it, but there’s also some Moto X specific changes including bug fixes, improved touchless control, minor camera changes and more.

Here’s a full change-log detailing what to expect:


What do you think, surprised to see Verizon once again push out a key update ahead of the other U.S. carriers? Is this a sign that Big Red is finally taking updates more seriously, or just a happy coincidence?