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Android 4.4 Leaks for T-Mobile’s Moto X, In No Condition to Flash Though

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Some fun things have been going down at XDA over the past few days in relation to the Motorola’s 2013 flagship phone. The user and developer TheOrangeRemix has somehow come across a very early engineering build of Android 4.4 Kit Kat for the T-Mobile variant of the Moto X and whipped it up into a flashable ROM (build 139.42.62). Motorola said they would be quicker about getting updates onto their phones with these new devices and this is a sign that they are working hard on that promise. 

Early reports of the intrepid people who installed it on their device report back even more camera improvements. Moto really must have taken the criticism of their flagship to heart and seem to be working to make the camera better. It comes with the new version of Hangouts, new Google Search and all the other new pieces to Kit Kat. One thing missing was the Google Experience Launcher, though the “Home” setting is there for managing 3rd party launchers. We’re also not seeing the “Tap & pay” option in settings.  While the UI has been changed to the transparent notification bar (previously had transparent navigation area), it seems that Google is keeping that Launcher a Nexus exclusive for now.

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We do not, in any way, recommend trying to flash the leaked build of this device onto your phone. This was made to be flashed on the T-Mobile variant with an unlockable bootloader, so Verizon users are out of the loop. Unless you are a developer who knows what to expect you might be in over your head. For now the rest of us have to sit tight and wait.

Bets are now open on when Verizon will see this update. They did win the Galaxy S4 4.3 update battle, so who knows, right?

Via: XDA

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  • Shane Redman

    Dat music icon….

  • RC

    this makes motoX > nexus 5 in my opinion

    • guest


    • needa

      moto x was already > than nexus 5. for insrtance: moto x has a ‘best in class’ 9v audio amplifier, wolfson mics, and a ‘best in class’ speaker with a magnet big enough to pick up metal objects. with the nexus 5…. you get an itty bitty speaker that you can barely hear, and cheap mics.

      its about the quality, not the specs. 🙂

    • Kit Tihonovich

      Love my Nexus 5. The cries come in waves with Nexus devices due to how many enthusiasts are getting one. If you look at any other device you’re getting a “general population” majority voting on how well it performs/looks/feels/etc. Have you tried the Nexus 5? And how does this make the moto X better? The Nexus 5 had and will have the latest OS faster than any other device. Maybe Motorola and the carriers will be close behind…but not at the same time. So saying “ehmehrgerd this makes Moto X bettar” makes no sense to me.

  • Radgatt

    I need tap & pay.

  • JoeShmoe

    Anyone else notice the model number is incorrect? Tmobile moto x is xt1053. XT912 is droid RAZR…

    • needa

      xt912a is the model number of the early moto x proto leaks. i reckon its the baseline they use internally.

  • Jonathan

    Verge is reporting that Google Experience Launcher is for Nexus 5 only.

  • Justin W

    So, why is the Tap & Pay option not available? I’m wondering if this is going to be a Nexus Only option as well, but that would really suck.

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  • Mystery Man

    Woah woah woah woah, why is the battery icon BLUE?! Please for the LOVE of god tell me Moto did not try to skin kit kat. PLEASE!!!!!!

    • Robert Macri

      Its an early engineering build… There was probably some merge issues with the current stream and the 4.4. They’ll fix that.

    • DJ SPY

      Why are you so dramatic? Geez.

    • vzwuser76

      The battery icon is blue on my Maxx, and it’s bone stock.

  • EC8CH

    Think we’ll see the launcher pulled out and updated through the Play Store like they’ve been doing with so many other parts of Android?

    To me that’s the most likely reason.

    • Ryuuie

      Probably will later on. I wouldn’t count on it this year at least.

  • miri

    The way I see it, Google is going to update the launcher across stock Android in any case, the when and how depending on Nexus 5 feedback.

  • EC8CH

    Why would Google keep the launcher a Nexus exclusive?

    You’d think they’d want to push it as much as possible to expand the use of Google Now.

    Plus I think the new launcher is awesome and everyone should get to use it.

    • Ryuuie

      Google told The Verge that they’re using the 5 to see if people like the launcher before pushing it out to others (IF they do..they could piss off OEMs and carriers).

      • EC8CH

        The launcher is awesome…. DO IT NOW GOOGLE… release the launcher.

        • calum wilper

          to be honest i really wasn’t a huge fan of the 4.4 launcher, went back to the JB launcher the next day

          • EC8CH

            You gotta give it more time to grow on you, and if it never does at least Google has built in management for multiple launcher.

          • calum wilper

            alright i’ll take your word for it and give it another shot. i will admit google search itself didn’t work, google now did, but when i have a version that works properly on the moto x i’ll give it another go

      • Justin W

        I don’t think carriers and OEMs will be too upset about it though – mostly the only people who’ll use the new launcher is those who know about 3rd party launchers, and on top of that, all the carrier bloat will still show up.

        Google really needs to detach the notification shade from the system or allow for 3rd party notification shades though. I love some of the 3rd party launchers on my Note 3, but the notification shade just makes everything look like *crap*.

        • EC8CH

          I assume you mean the hideous the touchwiz notification shade?

          • Justin W

            Yup. Possibly the worst notification shade I have ever laid my eyes on.

        • Ryuuie

          The OEMs would be upset because Google could easily cover up their precious TouchWiz UI, Sense UI, or Whatever UI LG Has.

          The carriers would be upset because customers who blindly say yes to everything will end up “breaking” their phone and having their customizations reset.

          Both OEMs and carriers (mostly the carriers) will claim that Google is “forcing” themselves upon customers. People are paranoid enough about Google and are simply looking for ways to go after them again.

          • Justin W

            Google could, but won’t force it on people. It’s no different than others (Themer, Nova, Apex launchers), it’s just another option for users.

          • Ryuuie

            Except the public won’t see it that way. They’re already bitching about Hangouts, Pinyin Input, TalkBack, and other apps from Google showing up on their phone randomly.

            They already complain that Google is “forcing” Google+ on them too.

          • Justin W

            True, but just like most of the other Google apps, you can either uninstall or disable them.

          • Ryuuie

            I know that and you know that, but to be honest, you’re giving the general public far too much credit. :/

            They just want it to “work”. They don’t want to have to fix things or disable things. They want everything with zero effort on their part.

            This is the reason why iOS is (was?) popular. It lets people be lazy and be rewarded for it. It’s sad but… eh. =/

  • JPfingsten

    In an interview the Android team stated that the Google Experience Launcher was going to be exclusive to the Nexus 5 for now.

    • EC8CH

      My G-Nex laughs at your exclusive… Shiny ROM FTW!

      • JPfingsten

        I’m running it on my Moto X also….

        • EC8CH

          How well this ROM runs on the G-Nex will in large part determine how tempted I am to upgrade to the Moto X or wait it out to see the next round of phones.

          • MikeSaver

            I’m kind of in the same boat except im realllllllly needing more than this 6 hours of battery life.

        • MrOrange645

          I’m running the new Google Experience Launcher on my stock unrooted Note 2 running 4.1.2. Works great including saying, “OK Giggle” from the home screen to launch a voice search.

          • Justin W

            I was using it on my Note 3, and all the features worked, but after a while my Voice search and regular search wouldn’t work. It was freezing to the point that I had to force close it anytime I tried to search for it, which sucks, but is understandable since it wasn’t built for that device. I just uninstalled it and went back to my Themer homescreen, but I look forward to the day they release the launcher to everyone.

      • Ryuuie

        The point is, people shouldn’t HAVE to root and ROM just for something new…especially if you own a Nexus device.

        • i just slide loaded the launcher

          • Ryuuie

            Again, it’s not something you should have to do on a Nexus device.

  • droidify

    I Need that wood back ground

  • Brian

    I guess this confirms about Google keeping the Google Experience Launcher to the Nexus 5.


  • calum wilper

    how does the moto x not have an official version of clockworkmod yet?

    • kixofmyg0t

      How does the Nexus 7 FHD not have official CWM, CM, AOKP, PAC etc?

      Because they’re not Samsung devices that’s why.

      • calum wilper

        dammit you’re right

        • kixofmyg0t

          I have a Nexus 7, and I’m pissed that the “best” ROM so far is a deodexed stock build. WTF.

          Even the Bionic has more support than that.

          • calum wilper

            that’s just weird, no dev support for nexus…. whaaaaaa?

  • OG Droid
  • miri

    Awesome. Though, hopefully the status bar icons are still Holo blue because it’s unfinished.

    • duke69111

      I’m not really liking the white in the status bar. It makes it tough to tell if you are connected to internet or google. It was better when it was blue and then turned to white if it was not conntected properly.

      • Weber

        I couldn’t agree more.

      • miri

        From what I’ve seen the difference between the dark grey and white is pretty noticeable. What’s more, I’ve never been a fan of how the status bar icons clash with some apps.

  • geedee82

    Whatever happened to that “Tap & Pay” option in the early leaked versions? My nexus 5 doesn’t have it.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Yes it does. It’s in the settings menu. In the “Device” section. I have Wallet set up in there.

      • geedee82

        Uh oh, that’s strange. I just checked again and mine definitely doesn’t have it. I don’t have a sim in it yet, I’m still waiting for it so right now its only on wifi. That might have something to do with it but otherwise I’m not sure what the problem is. Any ideas?

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          hmmm… did you update that dat 1 Massive 125MB update? I did all the Tap and Pay set up before I even had a sim. Just over WIFI

          • geedee82

            Figured it out, I hadn’t set up Google Wallet yet, once I did then the option appeared. So simple and obvious…I’m an idiot. Thanks for the help though!

    • Seth Merritt

      Mine does

    • lensgrabber

      Mine is under Settings just below Apps. There isn’t anything there until you set up wallet on your device. Once you set up Google Wallet then it will be displayed under the Tap/Pay settings in the “settings” menu

      • geedee82

        Yep, that was the problem, I hadn’t set up Wallet since I unlocked the bootloader and it reset the phone. I just did and now it’s there. Thanks man!

        • Justin W

          You should see if you can use it (if your device is a current non-supported Wallet NFC device).

  • Brian Ruden

    …why is the play music the wrong icon? #shady

    • Dominic Powell

      That icon still exists in the Play music Apk if i am not mistaken. It has also surfaced in Chrome as well as a hint to a possible “native music player” for other devices.

    • Justin W

      I wonder if that wasn’t the old icon? Not sure why it would be showing up like that on a new build though.

    • Albert

      Its the AOSP music player from gingerbread days. They must not have removed it yet as no current version of android uses it anymore. Its still an alpha build, so its not surprising that it has the old outdated elements of AOSP.

    • malafala

      Also, blue icons?

  • Scott

    I’m probably completely off my rocker, but I’m betting sometime in January for the VZW Moto X. I was surprised Verizon rolled out the bug fixer so quickly. At least it was quick for them.

    • William_Morris

      One could hope. I would love to see 4.4 on my X. I miss the dialer number-to-name feature.

  • Dean

    I’m going to want that wood wallpaper on my rosewood Moto X in a couple of weeks here. Pair that with some Thinksound ts02+mic IEMs and I’ll be good to go.

  • zach471

    This is awesome news. Punit Soni wasn’t lying.

    • Dominic Powell

      Yeah he is pretty good at the PR game… And he has backed it up with actual results.

  • Godzilla

    This is what motorola should have been for years now as far as updates go.

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  • Tom Luley

    Patiently waiting for an S4 build to come out…

    • Booyah

      Didn’t the S4 just get 4.3? Might be a while then…

      • Tom Luley

        AOSP 4.3 has been on the S4 for awhile now. Official OTA? Yes, that will be awhile. I’m looking for something to flaaaaaaash!

        • Guest

          Didn’t they have a leaked schedule out that said that t-Mobile’s variant of the S4 would get 4.3 on the 18th of this month? The leaked schedule has been right on point so far in regards to when other carriers would get it…

          • onDroid

            I got the 4.3 update on my corporate s4 a few days ago. It’s even the Verizon variant. They really pushed that update out quick because it was needed to work with the galaxy gear. Its amazing how fast Verizon can approve builds when they have a financial incentive.

  • chaoslimits

    Apparently, this works on Vzw Dev edition as well.

  • Ryuuie

    GEL is exclusive to the Nexus 5.

    • rals

      Yeah, they are pulling an Apple…kinda like with Siri.

      • chris125

        Exactly, but I guess they want to try and make the nexus more enticing with having something “exclusive” to it, sort of like how they kept certain parts of the moto x experience “exclusive” to it

    • Dominic Powell

      possible “timed” exclusive. don’t be surprised if this appears elsewhere… google wants google Now at the center fo your lives.

      • Ryuuie

        That may be true, but Google told The Verge that the GEL will be exclusive to the Nexus 5 and they MIGHT change their minds and put it on other phones (maybe via an OTA for the Google Search app),

        • The Stig

          GEL is part of the GoogleSearch APK now. So, yeah if you’re rooted, it’s definitely available. but obviously it’s launching with the nexus 5 first. The search/launcher seems to be proprietary now, so I’m not surprised at “exclusive” being loosely used. I used it for a few days on my G2. I just prefer my options with NOVA better at the moment.

          • Ryuuie

            The problem is not everyone who has an Android phone even knows how to root. In fact, with so many people having an Android phone in the world, the percentage of people who even know what “root” is is miniscule.

            “Root it” should never be the answer or workaround for something that Google should provide without trouble.

          • Eric

            I can’t even get it to work on my G2 without search crashing.

          • Ian Case

            Change the voice language to English (UK) and it will work fine.

    • michael arazan

      If you have a Nexus 5, why do you need a launcher? Thought launchers were for phones with the skins on top of android. Never wanted one on my GNex.

      • Ian Case

        Every Android phone has a launcher. Even the Nexus. Its just that the other OEMs replace the STOCK launcher with the one they make, and there are also 3rd party replacement launchers like Nova and GoLauncher, etc.