Moto X

First Verizon, now T-Mobile for Android 4.4 on the Moto X. And remember that AT&T's about to get its soak test on.

We've got the full changelog after the break.

Oh, and Jerry sends word that the developer version of the Moto X is also getting its update right now.

Source: Motorola

T-Mobile Moto X Android 4.4. update changelog

  • Android™ 4.4, KitKat: 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.
  • 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
 

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T-Mobile's Moto X getting Android 4.4 KitKat today

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It doesn't seem quite right that the nexus line of devices isn't managing to be first in the update queue! My nexus 7 (2012) has just updated. The nexus 4 is still waiting it's turn.... Makes MOTO look very good!!

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It's clearly a conspiracy to get folks to buy Motorola phones in the future since the Nexus phone can't be made by Motorola due to restrictions in the acquisition. /s

Yeah well my nexus 7 2013 the so called first device in line is still without the update, Google has really disappointed me.

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Has your device stopped working? Has it somehow lost functionality? I'll say to you the same thing I'd say to a 5yr old with a skinned knee. "You'll live, quit crying."

He has a point. Ever since Motorola started updating the Moto X to 4.4, people have been doing nothing but complaining. My Nexus 7 2013 just updated; my Nexus 4 has yet to receive the update. It'll come, just be patient, brother.

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Hes not "your buddy" and I think you are a troll for bitching about something so fucking minuscule.

Apparently, you and countless others don't even realize what the Nexus program is. Hell you probably even think there is a "Skin" on the Moto X.

Go put your big boy pants on & STFU.

They had to do two updates for the Nexus line. You are getting the second update a little bit later than the people getting the first on other products.

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I'm not happy with Kit Kat on the Nexus 7. From what I was reading there seems to be a lot of specific Nexus 5 exclusive changes that weren't included in Kit Kat for anything else. The launcher being one of the biggest factors. Still trying to read more about it though.

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The sad part is we're astonished and surprised that a phone manufacturer actually builds a phone with customers in mind and treats software and updates the same way, rather than put a load of crap no one wants that just makes it take longer.

Preach on. If Moto's goal is to stay close to stock and be able to get updates out in weeks instead of months, they will have my money every time.

Moto had me at "Great phone that's not monster sized" but the close-to-stock experience put it over the edge. Getting updates out faster than Nexus devices makes it even easier to love the phone.

Well, this particular update is a little backwards. Still waiting on 4.4 for my Nexus 7 while a Moto has it already. I think other Nexus devices are still on 4.3. Glad to see someone putting pressure on the other manufactures to update.

What's funny is the other manufacturers are all trying to cram utter garbage into the OS to differentiate themselves. Motorola is just trying to build a great device and their differentiator is to get the regular update ASAP. I like Moto's way better.

Yay!
Let's pick up my Moto X now for the first time since getting my Nexus 5 :)

EDIT: Just checked and the update is all ready to go. That's what I'm talking about Moto. I've been hitting 'check for updates' on my Nexus 7 for the last week and nothing.

Come on man.. it's literally been a couple days since the first one was updated, and as of yesterday we had no idea that AT&T or T-Mobile were updating.

It's still 99% faster than HTC, Samsung, or LG.

Annoyed I am! Great for Moto X owners and I love the idea of phone manufacturers implementing timely updates. Just annoyed as a Nexus 4 owner being left behind by Google:-(

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I feel for ya. I'm simultaneously annoyed that my Nexus 7 2013 has yet to get the OTA KitKat update, but delighted that the Moto X that arrived in the mail yesterday is updating!

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This is just a good move on T mobile. I know Google should have nexus 4 and 7 done by now, but let's see how many other carriers push this out fast. On the Nexus front, I don't get why when I had an iPhone and an update went out, you got it that day or the next? I'm still waiting for my nexus 4 and 7... WTF

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Google obviously doesn't know that my Nexus 4 finished it's bowl of jelly beans about a month ago, and the poor thing has been starving waiting for Google to send it some KitKats

Same problem here, I just don't get why Google doesn't just update it like Motorola, all at once...

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I just got my T-Mobile Moto X yesterday and it does not have WiFi calling... much to my disappointment. If it did I would be recommending it to my parents, who live outside of reliable coverage from any carrier. I'm loving everything else about the phone though!

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Aaaaaargh! None of my 4 Nexus devices have it yet!

This is good, though...that means there's at least another phone out there that will get timely updates, hopefully starting an Android renaissance and giving us more choices in the future (knowing they'll be properly supported).

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Exactly. I'm not completely suggesting they did this on purpose, but the message it sends is that you don't HAVE to buy a Nexus or GPE to get timely updates. I think it puts good pressure on others like Samsung, HTC, and LG to get the ball rolling on their updates. No longer should customers have to wait almost a year to receive one software update and one firmware update.

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I am really angry about this, my nexus 4 isn't even updated, and now the moto x is already up to Android 4.4... Is this why I bought a nexus device? To see other devices get the newest version of Android first? C'mon Google, just send the OTA update of android 4.4 to the nexus 4 already!

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If you really cared about an OS update you could side load a factory image. It's been out for almost a week and it's not very hard to do on a Nexus.

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Still nothing on my Nexus 7 (2013). What a shame. Great for Moto X owners but it is a mark on Google. So disappointed. I know I can load it myself but I shouldn't have to.

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Uh...that's why the Nexus program is for developers. So they have the freedom to sideload and hack the device easily. It's not goddamned rocket science to do it. If Google chooses to not do the OTA to the Nexus programs because they assume that the users who bought the phones are savvy enough to upgrade the software themselves, then I say bring it on.
Signed,

A VZW Gnex 4.4 user

Good for Moto X. Will the next edition of the X be the prototype for the next Nexus device?

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Wouldn't surprise me. It would make a lot of sense for Google to either bring Nexus in house to moto or abandon it in favor of moto. I mean the new moto g and x are mostly nexus already, with just slight tweaks. Actually the x is 110% nexus already, being that it is updated now before my n4 or n7!

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Moto X has features that require an OLED screen. That's not a good business practice for future devices in my opinion even if the features are cool.

Not a requirement. Look at the droid Line up. Yeah its no where near as power efficient, however its still possible.

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I wonder if Samsung, HTC and the others are going to get annoyed with Google/Motorola as they get more cozy? I could see Samsung speeding up their Tizen development in hopes to some day dump Android and go more of the Apple route as more and more people buy Samsung. I wonder how many people right now are buying Samsung phones for Android and how many just want the hardware and would be happy with whatever OS was on them? I know on AC it is obviously going to be people wanting Android but I am just curious about the average consumer.

Marketing, ease of use, and apps.

The first two, they could do for Tizen. Marketing is easy for them, just throw money at everything. Ease of use, make Tizen look just like newest TouchWiz, oh it already does.

Its the apps that would be the issue. The average buyer won't want it without the apps they're used to on Android. Phone salesmen won't push it either, as unless Samsung throws an enormous amount of money at them for each Tizen handset sold, the hassle it'll cause when people return them/aren't happy with the lack of apps/need more explaining on how to use the system/what Tizen is etc will just make them say 'buy this top end Motorola phone or an iPhone'. And the average customer still relies on the salesman's recommendation.

As a Samsung (Note 3) user I'm jealous. We have no hope of getting Android 4.4 until all those other devices have been updated to 4.3 so as to broaden the customer base for the Galaxy Gear.

The Galaxy Note 3 came out the box with 4.3 so it will get 4.4 soon enough.

Lessor handsets the Motorola X and YES the Nexus 5 line products need Kit Kat 4.4 inorder to boost their overall sales generally.

If you are rolling with the Galaxy Note 3 you are perfectly fine with the Qualcomm 800 clocked at 2.3 ghz and 3gb of ram as well as top notch gaming on the best level possible.

The Motorola X or the Nexus 5 on Kit Kat 4.4 isn't bringing you the total best that's for sure. Battery life still BELOW average, storage options BELOW average, and camera quality is a joke too.

Nothing else tops the Galaxy Note 3 period.

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So the note is the size I want? Samsung doesn't know how to do that yet.

Not everyone wants the device you want, there's many factors that go into choices. The note is the best at what you want, but it is the worst device for me(well, it was the worst before the One Max) and I wouldn't want one for free.

This guy is somewhat of a troll. He always claims that Samsung and T-Mobile "are the best. Period."

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The way people like you throw around the word "troll" is quite ridiculous. Cos he stated his opinion (though not a fact) doesn't make him a troll.
Besides, there's an element of truth in what he said but does that make me a troll too?

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I will agree, that we use the word "troll" too much sometimes. However, you kinda contradicted yourself: you said that he stated his opinion, which you acknowledged as "not a fact;" then you said that what he's saying is true.

An opinion is not a fact. And, sharing the same opinion with someone else doesn't turn said opinion into a fact, lol.

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Richard u forgot to mention that one almighty feature about your Note 3 and all the top notch features u have. It's called "Mr. Lag"!! Haters gonna hate. Don't be mad that your cartoonish Touchwiz device has 4.3 sir. It's not a crime. That was your decision.

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1. It's spelled "lesser". For god sakes, use the autocorrect that comes on your "pimp slapping" Note 3. It's there to help you look like less of a fool.
2. If you think the average consumer cares, or even knows about Android 4.4, you are sorely mistaken. Let alone the fact that you think 4.4 will "boost their overall sales". Get with reality.
3. Just because *you* feel the Moto X and Nexus 5 aren't "the best", doesn't mean everyone on the entire planet thinks the same thing. What a self-centered, egotistical moron. Why don't you get off your high horse and, as you've ridiculously told me in the past, "go buy a life".

You sure like the note 3 and its a great phone but simply put it's not the end all be all everyone will have their preference

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LOL you are a joke dude. Just give it a rest already. Your imaginary Note 3 will not see 4.4 for a long time. Plus moto X and the Nexus 5 over your bloated Note 3 anyday.

"They see me tRolliN , they hatin ..."

*sponsored perhaps
** or not
*** brainwashed
**** or not

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I wish everyone would stop calling it "tmobile's Moto x" tmobile doesnt have a moto x, just look at the phones on their website! This is a moto x that motorola graciously gave us with tmobile bands. I want the moto x, but not if i cant have it on Jump!

Congrats! See..Google didn't forget about you. They just want to send a message through the Moto X.

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GSM Developer Edition on T-Mobile, pulling down the update (at a frustratingly slow speed lol) right now. My "Nexus" 7 LTE 2013 tablet? Not so much......

Ermagerrrdddd KitKat!!11!! C'mon Sprint! Approve that friggin'update already!! I thought it was called the Now Network! Not the 'Little Bit Later Network' lol

Great to see phones outside of the Nexus line getting timely updates. I see people complaining about not receiving updates on the Nexus 4 and 7 yet, but I think the fact Moto X users are getting the update shouldn't discourage anyone who owns a Nexus. Google has not forgotten about you. The Moto X is a very important product for Motorola and Google so it's no surprise they prioritized the update for it. The device is being used on all carriers and a very speedy update for it sends a message to consumers that they care about updating their carrier based device. I'm sure the Nexus updates are right around the corner. This is a win for Android as a whole in my opinion though.

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I was already leaning towards Moto when I'm due for an upgrade in July. This certainly pushes me even more that way.

damn that was fast, even after getting the nexus 5 and loving it I still wish I had a moto x at times. Ill hold out untill the next updated moto x comes out and give that a try I think. Sometime next year I'm guessing motorola will come out wit something top end moto x style

Nexus owners need to stop complaining. The update for our phone has been out way before the Moto X and a Nexus 5 port was available before N5 owners even got theirs shipped out. It literally takes 2 minutes and the mental capacity of a lima bean to sideload the update. If you're too lazy to read simple instructions then you deserves no update! :P

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It is nice to see Google starting to use Moto as a weapon to speed up updates. they need to keep this pressure up.
It is sad MotoX already on 4.4 and the US version of GS4 still are waiting to get 4.3 rolled out.

Updated mine today afternoon. Great job Moto. Made sure I was not disappointed after I returned the N5 for Moto X.

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