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Android 4.3 build for the Moto X leaks from test device

While Moto X users seem to be getting along just fine with their current build of Android 4.2, we're always looking for something new — and we now have a purported leak of Android 4.3 for the device. The leak comes by way of a purported build pulled from a "test" phone" that was running the latest software.

We certainly expected that Android 4.3 was in testing for the Moto X, and the poster over at XDA indicates that this build is still far from final. They claim that the build seems to be slower than the current Android 4.2.2 that's shipping on the phone, but that the camera seems to be improved over what's available now.

In order to flash this leaked build onto your device you'll need to have an unlocked bootloader and a little bit of time. There is currently a download link with all of the files necessary to fastboot flash it onto your device, provided you're handy with that sort of thing. As always, proceed with caution when trying out experimental or test firmware.

Source: XDA; Thanks, Rick!

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • That's pretty fast. A sign of things to come from moto? Fast updates? Posted via Android Central App
  • They are owned by Google, now. Posted via Android Central App
  • Annnnd the updates still have to come from Moto Mobility (separate entity) and have carrier approval for the vast majority of handsets. A leak test build of 4.3 doesn't really indicate anything other than the device should see 4.3 eventually.
  • I understand that; but, without actually working for Motorola, you can't tell me that Google has no influence whatsoever on their recent hardware or software. Posted via Android Central App
  • And you, not actually working for motorola, cant tell us that Google DOES have influence However I hope they do
  • But one can make the educated assumption that Google would be unlikely to sit back and allow Motorola to be as incompetent at updates as HTC, Samsung and pretty much every other OEM has been.
  • Especially since no parent company in the world has ever done it. It is a safe assumption Posted via Android Central App
  • Rabbit season! Posted via Android Central App
  • Duck season!
  • ... Duck season Posted via Android Central App
  • Google and Motorola are separate companies. Google's only influence was putting some of their people as Motorola high-up employees.
  • beautiful. this is great. so many phones will be running 4.3/4.4 before year ends.
  • Eagerly awaiting the new new from kit kat. Very curious as to what 4.4 is bringing to the table. Posted From my HTC One running PlayBook 3.0 via Android Central App
  • Good to see. Much faster than i expected. It has been said before that Moto(by moto) does not have early access to the software before release. There is no reason to think that they would really have an advantage over anyone else for updates. We will see if this trend continues, or if it is just a show for the first few months of a new device and they will take longer in the future. Regardless of when it is done though, i guarantee that they will not release it before beginning of next year. Too much potential for bad press from bugs during the holiday season and it would highlight the fact that they are not on 4.4 yet with the new nexus coming out. Normal ppl dont understand that. When every relevant iphone in existence is already on ios7...
  • Google allows vendors early access to Android updates. It's possible that Google will help push Motorola to incorporate updates quicker. If the Moto X is any indication, they may be attempting to push vanilla Android with some add-on apps and not deeper customization seen before with TouchWiz. This would certainly speed up updates for phones, though they still need to go through the damned carriers.
  • Except for folks like my mom who hear about all the bugs and issues. She's staying on ios6 into the near future. Posted via Android Central App
  • i love that Posted via Android Central App
  • I had a moto x for a few days, but the camera wasn't good enough yet. It was good, but they need to tweak the software. Pictures were fine, but video got dark and light while filming and it was annoying. Once they fix that, I may get another.
  • Its good, just not on par with the likes of Nokia's, s4, or iPhone. Posted via Android Central App
  • No it isn't. It needs some work Posted via Android Central App
  • If the camera is much improved than I may consider buying this. The camera was the only thing that worried me but if there are improvements coming, I see no reason not to consider it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Any thoughts on how long VZW will push it through after it officially becomes available? They were terrible with updates for the Galaxy Nexus.
  • Considering they just barely started carrying the phone, I say a few months at minimum.
  • They hit a point where they were cranking out updates. They released 4.2.2 (not 4.2.1) a couple weeks after the play store version received the update. But yet still no signs of 4.3 yet, although they might be waiting for 4.3.1 or something. Either way, I think that they have gotten better. But this is all my speculation.
  • At least this should come to Verizon rather quickly, since Verizon has an obvious favoritism with Motorola.
  • How about a friggin update to 4.2.2 for my RAZR HD Motorola?! Or did you forget about us?! I think they purposely released my phone with ICS, so they could put 4.1 JB on it just a couple months later and call it "support" for my device, and then never touch it again. That's partially why my next device will be the Nexus 5 and I will try hard as hell to never purchase another Motorola device. (Which shouldn't be hard) And yes I am rooted with an unlocked bootloader. There are NO fully working, stable ROMs. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • Motorola doesn't monitor comments on this site.
    Besides, with Google moving core functionality out to Google Play Services, what's really missing in 4.1 that is so desperately needed?
  • I know it's not monitored, I'm just venting. Well, BT audio skips every 20 seconds, it's laggy as hell...this is just on stock. Eclipse 4.1.2 fixes BT audio mostly. I "upgraded" to this phone from a GNex for the battery life, and that's the ONLY thing that is better about it. You don't think we deserve the update? (my phone also has an issue where at 22% there is a major jump in battery percentage down to 4%. It will stay on 1% for literally 5 hours before shutting down. I also had it replaced only to find the exact same issue.) Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • I think phones should recieve bug fix and security updates for sure.
    I'm borderline on whether I feel a phone should recieve a full OS update each time a new one comes out. It doesn't happen with my laptop. Why are phones supposed to be different?
    So, your question is "You don't think we deserve an update?" No. Not deserve. Ever. Is it a nice gesture? Sure. Will it ensure repeat business? Possibly. Is it in carriers and OEMs best interest? For the most part. Deserve? I just don't like that word in this case.
  • I believe that every phone deserves at least 1 update to the following OS (not necessarily the latest) 1 year after a phone is released. Doesn't it seem weird that the original RAZR is running the same OS as mine even though it was released a year prior. I also got my wife the Nexus 4 about 2 weeks ago, and although it came out only a month after my phone, it runs faster, smoother, better than miles. How much could it possibly cost the company to support a phone a year later? This is just bad business. Remember, it's easier to keep a customer, than it is to gain a new one. And they just lost one. I joked to my friend about this. He just got the Droid Maxx. I told him it looks like you're going to get your ONLY update soon. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • Phone users are iPhone spoiled. If phones were run lime windows, we would get bug fixes and that is it. But since the iPhone has been doing full upgrades for most of their line for a few years, we all expect it. Android is a full on os and as the poster said, we are lucky to get one. This is another advantage of rooting and roming. I can have the improvements I want without expecting it from the OEM. Posted via Android Central App
  • Right, but as you read in my first post, 4.2.2 and 4.3 ROMs have many issues on my phone. i.e. 4.3 ROMs kill my battery, no audio over HDMI, es file explorer/mx player crashes while streaming video. 4.2.2 ROMs have a weird 9 second bug where everything freezes for 9 seconds randomly. Sometimes twice in one minute. I just think that I picked the wrong device, because I'm seeing all kinds of updates on other devices, plus I was spoiled from using a GNex. But as I say...switch from Nexus once, shame on manufacturer, switch from Nexus twice, shame on me. My wife's Nexus 4 also gets better battery life than my 2500mah battery RAZR HD. Samsung just did it wrong with the GNex. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • All Samsung did was assemble it. Google approved it. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was not really replying to you with my post but I hear you. Moto and Verizon were a bad combination all the way around. I would expect better from this years crop of razrs Posted via Android Central App
  • I hope so, for my 2 friend's sake. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • There is one big difference here.. I do upgrade Windows my self. My last 2 laptops did go from Vista to 7 and from 7 to 8.
    So with a laptop you have a choice and I can buy the upgrade, why can't I do three same? I have no problem buying a major android upgrade that's then fully supported and getting small updates. 25 dollar is for example that I will spend on a major just fine Posted via Android Central App
  • That's why I don't want to get another HTC. Have the Rezound which I bought in November 2011 with gingerbread. Got the update to ICS a year later, and now HTC and/or Verizon have abandoned all support of the phone. It was HTC's flagship on Verizon at the time. Came out the same time as the droid RAZR. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, I think a lot has to do with Verizon. They had no problem pushing out a "security" update a week after the bootloader unlock exploit was found though... Basically forcing me to unlock my bootloader. It was now or never. At least this ROM is stable and fixes most stock issues. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • I think the Hd and M had no business launching with ICS. It started off behind and never caught up
  • Glad you understand my reasoning! JB was out in July 2012 I think, yet this phone came with ICS at the end of October! This is also part of the reason why I'm not jumping on the G2. I'm allowed an upgrade now, but my contract isn't done until December. And I refuse to get left behind again if my phone has issues. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • Remember, other phones from around the same time (GS3, Note 2, Optimus G, One X+, etc) are also stuck on 4.1.
  • S3 is supposed to get 4.3 in October. One X is currently getting 4.2.2 update in Europe, so the US will be soon to follow. Options G can be manually updated to 4.2.2. I dunno about the Note 2. Posted via my thumb(s) and the Submit button
  • But this is a leak. It could still take _months_ to be OTA'd.
  • Great let's have some 4.3 for sprint galaxy nexus. This is last time I fall for the sprint nexus crap. Fast updates they say, nexus experience they. Someone should start a class action.
  • It's not Sprints fault. Talk to Google. If they don't (or won't) add the radio firmware for a CDMA devices, then you won't see 4.3. Simple as that. For now, They only seem to be supporting GSM which I think is BS cause I seriously doubt Sprint will see the Nexus 5.
  • It is at least approved if the leak was right. Posted via Android Central App
  • CDMA is entirely the carriers. It keeps the control out of Google's hands. That's why you won't see a non-gsm nexus again. With gsm the OEM's can code for the radios according to the standard, where Verizon and Sprint are the only ones who can approve the CDMA radios to connect. Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, I wish CDMA would just die off. I guess it will happen eventually when they develop and release voice over LTE. Posted via Android Central App
  • Soon nexus 5 for europe:) on galaxy nexus^^ o-jea!
  • I honestly could care less who's fault it is, someone lied to us.
  • This phone is already going to show signs of age. Posted from your Mom's closet.
  • It's a shame this phone isn't available in the UK. We need something like this from Motorola. ;-) Posted via Android Central App