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Sprint has begun rolling out the Android KitKat 4.4.4 over-the-air update for its Motorola Moto X owners, which also offers owners of the smartphone some additional features.

The new version number for the phone is 212.44.28.en.US. In addition to the 4.4.4 Android KitKat update, Moto X users on Sprint now have these extra or improved features:

  • Camera - Improved image quality - Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.
  • Camera - Pause video recording - Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Updated Phone dialer - Updated Phone dialer with a new graphical layout and colors to improve consistency and usability.
  • Motorola Alert application - New Motorola Alert application sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts. Now available for download from the Google Play Store.

If you are a Moto X owner on Sprint, what do you think about these new updates for your phone? Thanks to Nick for the tip!

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Sprint Motorola Moto X Android 4.4.4 update begins its rollout

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So late? That's why buy an unlocked model and ditch useless carrier models. Guess that's what you get for signing the 2 year contract with morons.

I get why people buy from carriers, everyone doesn't have the upfront cash but almost everyone offers 0% financing and 24 month payment plan. Why not take that and buy unlocked instead of these useless carrier devices?

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1. When the Moto X launched there was no finance option.

2. Some people don't have GSM options. A friend of mine in a somewhat rural area can have Verizon or Sprint. Around his house, T-Mobile and AT&T roam on a tiny GSM regional network sporting blazing fast EDGE. He's happy with Sprint and roams on Verizon when needed.

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Sprint just signed a nation wide roaming agreement, I think it's worth multiple carriers, if not with Im grossing it's with Verizon again. This time I believe they data roam using EV-DO. Until they finish their network build, it's good that Hesse choose to replace all the towers & replaced them with the latest technology. So Sprint now has data, voice & lte in rural areas (800 MHz Lte) & free international calls for free like T-Mobile using WiFi, when in an area with no signals but hotspot it comes in handy, subways & more, next week be Softbank network roaming. Sprint is making some good moves

There's also the fact that some people have the cash but would rather save it or spend it on accessories for their new phone (or something else altogether). I always bought my phone in cash unsubsidized , to finish my contact ASAP instead of extending it.

Agree. I have a Samsung GS4 for work, and even with Nova Launcher its user interface seems tacked on or executed in a way which is inferior to my personal Moto X. I'll never understand why people would choose TouchWiz over the more "stock" Android options like Moto X. (Don't even get me started on the back button being in the wrong place.) I tend to think many folks just don't know any better.

Not hating on Samsung owners--if you like your phone and are happy, yay for you.
As for updates...Samsung and LG owners shouldn't get their hopes up anytime soon, especially if they are on Verizon. http://lifehacker.com/the-best-and-worst-android-manufacturers-for-quick...

I had 4.4.4 for about 3 months or more, this is on Sprint. They also just added free international WiFi calling like T-Mobile, I don't use my GS4 anymore since I'm using the nexus 5.

Can anyone answer a few questions for me? I'm a Sprint customer and considering the next Moto X for my next phone. I'm just unsure if unlocked or carrier is the way to go... Was there an unlocked version that worked for Sprint or pretty much locked to the carrier anyway? Would unlocked versions be pretty much screwed out of carrier specific features such as Sprint's new WiFi calling?

I root and flash every device anyway, but this being nearly stock, I may keep stock rom and just use Xposed. I just don't wanna be behind on Android. If I'm pretty much stuck on a Sprint variant, then I'll hope for the devs to keep things up-to-date but I know ports can be buggy.

I bought the Sprint Moto X directly from Motorola, it is locked to their network just like every other Sprint device I have had before it. However, buying directly from Motorola did keep the phone from being pre-loaded with bloatware.

Even though I normally root and load CM on my phones, the stock Moto X is really good and Active Display is my favorite deceptively useful feature.

As far as I can tell, the only unlocked device that can work with Sprint is the Nexus 5.

I recently switched to Sprint from Verizon. I had a Moto X with Verizon and now I have one with Sprint, neither rooted. I also have an AT&T phone (GS4) for work. With the big V for many years, I had gotten used to being forced to keep apps on my phone, like NFL Mobile and all the dumb Verizon bloatware that runs constantly. Using Nova Launcher Prime I could at least hide them from view. AT&T is even worse, and being a Samsung phone I also get to deal with THEIR bloatware on top of all the AT&T crap, none of which can be removed.

My Sprint experience is unbelievably refreshing. The Sprint store guy seemed confused when I asked about Sprint bloatware, and told me I can just delete what I don't want. I thought, "yeah, right" but amazingly, its true. I ordered my Moto X at the store, but it was via MotoMaker. It came with Sprint apps, but sure enough, I can delete ALL of them!! Amazing.

In fact, I just updated to 4.4.4, and there was a "Sprint Default Configuration" thing, which added back things like Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV & Movies, etc. Dragged to Uninstall, "Do you want to uninstall this app?" tap OK, goodbye crapware. I am LOVING being a Sprint customer.

Lucky you. The only app I am unable to install is Sprint Zone, I upgraded to 4.4.4 this morning and no Sprint apps were installed.

Were you able to uninstall the Sprint Zone App ?

Sprint zone is useful imo, when calling customer care a screen with your phone's info pops up & is really an advantage to use software with customer care. You can analyze the phone & give some useful information if it's a network or hardware problem.

I bought my nexus 5 from Google play (32 gig's), if I were to but the moto x+ I would see if anyone was able to register the phone onto the network. Usually (like the nexus 5) you have to use 1 less number from your imei number. Or call Sprint & ask.

Sprint phones use SIM cards for LTE. The SIM card in the Moto X is locked only to be used with Sprint Service in the US but one can request Sprint to unlock it and use the phone abroad. I visited Italy and Germany a month ago and was able to pop a SIM and use my phone with other carriers.

The sprint phone's GSM side comes locked, however after 90 days if you are in good standing Sprint will unlock the GSM side for international use. The phone won't be able to be used on U. S. GSM carriers, however. If you unlock your bootloader and root, however, I believe that there is a method on XDA to unlock for domestic use.

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This update should eliminate the only issue expressed in previous reviews about the Moto X; its camera.

Camera - Improved image quality - Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.

Camera - Pause video recording - Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.

4.4.4 updated to the new Motorola Gallery App which I am not a fan. Prefer the older gallery that providedd better folder views and smaller grid display

My phone just restarted and a bunch of bloatware appeared. 1 Weather, Ebay, Lookout Security, Scout, Sprint Music Plus, Sprint TV and Movies, and Sprint Worldwide