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Verizon Moto X Update Rolling Out to Non-Soak Testers Too


If you own the Moto X on Verizon and are not a part of the most recent software soak test, you may be able to pull the update anyway. A number of readers within the last few minutes let us know that they are receiving the update, yet are not a part of the soak group.

We have the full changelog at this post.

To check, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

Cheers Brent, Dustin, Roth, @AaronWltrs and @arrow2theknee!

  • raptor2679

    What the hell? This update also updated my Google maps!

  • discus throwsman

    i just got the verizon update. was not a part of soak test. any other regular users get it?

  • TechVoid
  • Rye

    So is there anyway to apply this update if you are on a DE Moto X with a custom recovery (TWRP) without having to restore to stock or flash stock system and lose data?

  • John Nagy

    I used pwnmymoto for root and ROM Toolbox Lite to remove the all the verizon bloatware, some of the Moto Bloatware — I read somewhere that this will keep me from getting the update? which, having used pwnmymoto, may be a good thing for the time being?

  • Kyle Hollier

    I just tried no luck.

  • mcdonsco

    Isn’t the software (hardware?) on the X, Maxx et al’ (can’t off hand recall the name of the other one…drawing a blank) virtually the same? If so, why wouldn’t this roll out to the maxi?

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      because they are still technically different phones. The kernals, UI, system apps are different enough that a one-download-to-rule-them-all approach wouldn’t be effective. The moto x is getting is first because it is Googlerola’s new baby, but the DROID phones shouldn’t be too far behind 🙂

  • Tyler

    How do you become part of the soak test? I’m going to be getting one of these when the customization goes live for verizon and would like to receive updates quicker at the cost of potential issues.


    ARGH!!! When using Nova launcher, my transparent home button panel is BLACK! Can’t stand it

    • Alex

      I’m assuming Nova will have to update this when 4.4 drops at least just because it looks like its going to be coming in stock Android.

    • David Verba

      Mine did that previously but now it’s back to being transparent – very weird. Been using Nova since I’ve had my moto X.

  • BeejRich

    Soooo….DROID MAXX update coming soonish?…..?

  • Fabyloso

    We need clearer instructions on what to do if we have the PwnMyMoto Root method…

  • jerry turner

    What about updating if you just have the MotoRoot app. Can you just unroot from the app and then follow the directions to OTA with root from there?

  • Travis Walls

    No update love here in Tampa, FL. Got me all excited for nothin. 🙁

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      You need to be part is the early software testers group to get these invitations.

      • shadowstewie

        I’m wondering if you read the article. It explains that people who were not part of the invitations, got the update. It also said for people to check their phones.

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          Lol. There Has always been a public soak too. Ever since the og DROID they release a limited public soak of 10% or so to get a better reflection of update success/effectiveness in the real world.

          Since I didn’t read the article could you please use your eyes and read it for me?

    • Gnex

      No update here in Sacramento, CA. Even tried clearing Google Services Framework cache :/

      • Travis Walls

        Does that trick even work for Motorola updates? I ask only because the update screen looks completely different from the one on my old Nexus with the same version of Android. I figured maybe Motorola uses a different tool to check for updates from different servers?

        • Gnex

          Yeah, I didn’t really think that one through. You can, however, manually flash the update through the stock recovery. Just look at the first comment here:


  • bigfire

    Where’s the moto maker with wood backing for Verizon?

  • Nick P.

    So a weird thing happened to me, before this update I was having a problem where everything was working on my phone besides voice calls. I had gone through all the steps with VZW to no luck and they were going to send me a new phone. After the update my calls started working again out of the blue. Does anyone have any ideas on why this would happen?

    • samari711

      probably the fix for choppy audio during calls

    • Robert Macri

      Yeah – they fixed it.

  • Richard Giordano

    What happened to verizon updating there new DROID MAXX? like hello still waiting here this is ur branded phone verizon @verizon

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      The DROID line is no longer Motorola’s primary focus. If you want faster updates youll need to get into their new Google-influenced phones; like the moto x. The a DROID line is just a bone for Verizon. It represents last year’s tech, and Verizon’s corporate philosophy.

      • Under the bridge downtown

        That was a funny opinion post.

        • aDROIDfreeworld


      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        You just also called the Moto X last years tech. They have the exact same specs other than battery and body.


        • aDROIDfreeworld

          See above post.

      • JoeTi

        Not to hate, but the ultra/mini/Maxx, with the exception of some bloatware and minor battery/button/shells are the exact same phone. Still, don’t expect an update any sooner than “normal” for a VZW variant. Best option, just root and wait for the developer community to help a brotha out. 🙂

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          There are far more differences than those you listed. The UI is modified more so than the moto x. The materials used in construction are different. The battery, the display, the presence of permanent navigation buttons, the number of system level Verizon applications, the volume rocker, the boot sequence, the Motorola model number, the kernal, the storage size, and of course the presence of DROID branding – which is owned by Verizon, and licensed by Lucas Arts.

          My friend these are two completely different device, with their own respective markets. The moto x is Googlerola’s baby…

          And the DROID is Verizon’s.

          Your comparison is a close one, is similar to that of an LG G2 vs a Google Nexus 5 – two completely different smart phones.

          • PuttsMoBilesiCit

            Everything you just listed was covered in my post above “the body” and they both the X and the DROID line both have the exact same “skin” from Motorola.

            If you hold the X next to the MAXX you will see with the perm nav buttons you reclaim 30% of screen space wasted on the X along with a larger display.

            Some of your arguments are invalid though. Different Kernel? Yea, its different in every phone. System level Verizon Apps can be disabled, boot sequence? Why is this mentioned. No one watches it. Model number? again different with every phone. Storage size. Cool I have 32gb in my Maxx. Droid Branding? Cool, one small logo on the back.

            I’ll take my 3 day active use battery life any day…

          • David Verba

            For me, it comes down to form factor. The X is simply a pleasure to hold. It’s comfortable, durable and secure. I can reach an icon on the opposite side of the screen with the same hand I’m using to hold it instead of incorporating a second. I love software buttons – I don’t need that extra line of previous messages when texting. When that extra bit actually matters – they disappear and I have a full screen. I don’t need my phone to last three days, I need my phone to last from when I wake up in the morning until I go to sleep at night, I have absolutely no qualms charging my phone while I sleep since I’m not using it anyway. Initially, I was concerned about space, but I realized I use Google Play, Spotify & Amazon to listen to music – which all stream. This WAS an issue with my GNex – I needed every bit of storage because having a quality signal to stream was quite difficult to obtain. I went from zero bars of 3G in my house (Gnex) to 2 bars of 4G (moto X). Crappy antenna’s need that extra storage.

            That being said, these phones are the best of what’s available – but they still kinda suck. Always some issue with this that or another thing. I’m still waiting for that killer device

          • aDROIDfreeworld

            Hey bro, if you like your MAXX then good for you. Its all a matter of preference. I used to have a RAZR MAXX HD, and still miss never having to charger my phone! But I just prefer the more Googley of the two…

            Oh well, each to their own!

      • AbbyZFresh

        Last year’s technology?

        The Droids and the Moto X have the exact same specs, unique features, and 4.2.2. OS version. The only difference is the size and design.

        • aDROIDfreeworld

          And the kernel, model number, depth of UI modifications, system level carrier applications, add well as display, build materials, and presence of permanent hardware navigation buttons – no they are not the same phone. That is like comparing the Nexus 5 to theLG G2…

  • Yes Sir

    just got mine. and i am not in the soak test

  • John Clausen

    Nope, no update for me D:

  • justin

    It auto downloaded for me and poped Up to install it 🙂

  • Booyabobby

    Installing the update right now! Woooot!

  • Matt J

    Are people seeing this on the DE version too?

    • Albert

      I’m not, and I’m dev edition.

      • pG

        no soup for me either. dev

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      Does anyone have any ideas on why this would happen?

  • Razma

    at this rate the moto x on verizon will get 4.3 before the verizon gnex

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      This is also sad but true

  • Jon D

    woo i jsut got the update

    • Jon D

      any1 else notice the poor bluetooth sound quality? wonder why it wasnt fixed with this patch or am i the only 1?

      • Jeralmac

        Poor voice quality over a BT headset? Poor audio quality using music? I’ve been using mine all day today using the AptX codec and it sounds just as good as ever. Haven’t tried a voice call though….

  • Scott Webber

    My phone just got the update. I have not installed PwnMyMoto, though I did have the original root app installed. I’ve decided that losing root is worth it for this update, so I went ahead and chose install.

    I just installed it, and it seems like I still have my root access!

  • Jeremy Wray

    Don’t just update the phone, follow this process to retain root and not cause bootloops


    • Jeremy Wray

      Only if you are rooted that is, stock as a rock update away.

  • Jeremy Wray

    Oh well I updated manually earlier.

  • Josh F

    What happens for rooted users? Does the update work? Will it brick or mess up the device?

    • Jeremy Wray

      It will work but the problem is you don’t have a stock recovery so you need to follow a special process to put it back to update the device. If you try to update normally apparently the phone will boot to the lockscreen and then shut off. If that is the case then you will need to rsd the phone.

      here is the link:


  • Blue Sun

    Has Verizon put an emphasis on faster updates? Geez I wish. Too little, too late VZW.

  • Just got it on my device and I’m just an average user. Very nice to see it reaching us so fast. I expected it to be a few more months.

  • MikeSaver

    I thought everyone said this Verizon update was supposed to come out in 2025?

    • aye_winchell

      that was the original plan, and they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids.

  • tanknspank

    @arrow2theknee here. Checked after the update to a missing SU binary upon opening supersu. Will rerun pwnmymoto and check back.

    • Jeremy Wray

      You need to turn off signature check, that was my issue but I rebooted and turned it off and volia all is well.

      • tanknspank

        Ah see. Thanks. I just assumed something had changed because root worked even when booted normally before.

        • Jeremy Wray

          Yeah apparently the update resets the security to being on cause mine was off before I did the update. And I was having the same problem of the app was just telling me no binaries could be installed and then closed.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I just got it. Wild.

    • Paul Hansen

      The root method you used removes stock recovery. This was noted when you installed that root method in the instructions to not accept updates as recovery isn’t available to install it.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Yeah yeah. I just booted up red lite from the og days and and a couple files later I’m updated.

        • Jeremy Wray


          Thats the method to update if rooted without recovery.

          • Colin James

            Is there a way to find out if you rooted without recovery? I used pwnmoto but then I believe I reversed it. I have downloaded root check and it comes back saying No Root.

        • Greyhame

          Rsd lite is still around? I feel so out of the loop. Are there instructions on using it with the new Motorola phones?

    • bh

      What root process did you use?

    • wapples

      I bought my phone off of Swappa and was not informed it was rooted. It is now stuck in bootloops and I am one pissed off customer.

      • shane1

        If you bootloop either delete cache or flash system through fastboot

  • Craig

    Any guess as to if or when the Maxx/Ultra will be receiving this update?

    • Nathan D

      Hopefully soon. The camera performance on my phone is embarrassing.

      • MicroNix

        That is one of the issues I have with Motorola phones that drove me to Samsung. Samsung cameras and software infinitely better than Motorola. I’m wondering if and when Motorola will *ever* get their cameras right.

    • kixofmyg0t

      It will, and soon.

      Some of us have it already, but I can’t post the build number.

      Sit tight, Verizon should approve it soon.

      • MichaelFranz

        root lost?

        • kixofmyg0t

          Using the current public method, Yes.

      • PuttsMoBilesiCit

        proof of these accusataions? soak test or even any details of the new update?

        or is this “per sarge” sort of situation…

      • Greyhame

        That would be fantastic. How much of an improvement is this to the camera? I see so much noise in my photos that I’m not extremely hopeful, and considering swapping my MAXX for the G2. I can’t stand the look of the LG skin, but the camera experience has been that much of a let down.

    • Eric Soriano

      Any chance the Moto X update can be pulled an installed on the Ultra/Maxx?

    • Neil Fujiwara

      I am planning to get the Maxx once Costco gets it and I am hoping that the camera update will occur prior to them getting it in 30 days 🙂

  • Mark_Venture

    Yeah, it just hit my demo device that wasn’t registered with the Moto Feed Back network…
    I wasn’t invited for the soak either