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Motorola CEO: Android 4.4 Headed to Moto X “In a Matter of Weeks”

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Dennis Woodside, the CEO of Motorola, announced the Moto G this morning to a room full of enthusiastic listeners. Although the Moto G was fun, it was what Woodside had to say about the Moto X that has us more excited. According to him, the Moto X should be receiving the update to Android 4.4 “within a matter of weeks.” Not months, but weeks.

Woodside didn’t go into specifics for carriers or exact dates, but this news doesn’t come as too much of a shocker, given that an official Android 4.4 build already leaked out for the T-Mobile variant.

If you happen to be a Moto X owner, you are allowed to be excited.

Skip to the 1:14:28 mark to hear Woodside talk Kit Kat.

  • TC Infantino

    I like this because it means that the new Droid lineup isn’t far behind. Here’s to hoping that I receive the soak test invite for the Droid Maxx soon.

  • carluverdrm2004

    Sweet! My custom Moto X that I ordered on Monday came this morning and I’m loving it so far. I’ll love it more when it’s running Kit Kat!

  • Dorian Brooks

    Hits AT&T in 3-4 weeks

    ” T-Mobile in 4-5 weeks

    “Verizon in 4-5 months.
    Six weeks in Verizon releases statement that they can not push the 4.4 update as it fails testing for network security, & Google/Motorola ask for it to be held as they are now working on the 5.0 update.

    Yeah. I just used a Nexus 7 LTE (2013) reference. PROVE ME WRONG VERIZON!!!!

  • droidrazredge

    Forget about wood backing on the Moto X on Verizon, this news just gave me wood backing again. The Moto X is truly the Nexus 5 we were all hoping for on Verizon.

  • Louis

    Wonder how long Motorola/Verizon will keep 4.4 from the DROID line up

  • AbbyZFresh

    Looks like i won’t need to buy a Nexus 5 after all. Motorola really has changed since its aquisiton. i can see a real comeback with this update and now that all major carriers have Moto Maker.

    Now Verizon just needs to work faster on implementing the update.

  • Mark

    The fact I just got a soak test invite makes me wet my pants in excitement. Knowing Verizon, this is probably just a preparation update for 4.4 though.

  • fritzo

    Anyone else get a soak-test email? Got one this afternoon from Motorola. KitKat maybe?

  • Weber

    Just got my invite for the soak test for 4.4!

    • greyhulk

      How does one get on the soak test list, exactly? I have never received a soak test invite for anything.

      • Weber

        You need to sign up with Motorola, then opt-in for the soak tests. You’ll have to register with the forums to provide feedback as well.

        Directions to do so found here: https://forums.motorola.com/posts/77d4221775

        • greyhulk


    • Gnex

      Are you sure it’s for 4.4?

  • Guest

    Those part of the feedback network should check their emails….

  • timrcm

    Sprint, AT&T, & T-Mobile variants: 3-4 weeks

    Verizon ETA: September 2014

  • Gf1fanatic

    It better include the Droid Maxx as well!!!

  • WalkerNA

    I hope it comes with an updated Bluetooth 4.0 library so that my FitBit will connect to my brand NEW phone!

    • greyhulk

      ^This. Sick of not being able to sync my Fitbit with my favorite phone.

  • starnovsky

    Race to 4.4 – which phone will be upgraded first? Would be insane in Moto X will get it ahead of Nexus 4.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Probably Moto X, even now my Nexus 7 STILL didn’t get the update yet.

      i feel sooner or later the Nexus will lose it’s main appeal at this rate with only 18 months of support and the fact it takes more than a week to update despite Nexus devices getting them first. I say Motorola rules.

  • MistaButters

    The fist hour and 12 minutes of that video is useless

  • greyhulk

    I just hope we’ll be able to keep root somehow. I can’t stand when my phone isn’t rooted and it seems to take so long to get a root method for a Moto device every time there’s an update.

  • n11

    Damn straight my MotoX should be receiving 4.4 soon.

  • jbdan

    This is awesome as I’ve been spoiled with 4.4. MotoX “out for delivery” atm

  • Adam Truelove

    …except the Verizon one.

    • Booyah

      I understand the Verizon hate, but they were only a few weeks behind for the camera update (with other fixes). I’d expect maybe a month for 4.4. In all honesty, I’ll wait a bit longer if it means I keep my unlimited on a superior network while I pay the same as I would on T-Mobile. I know that’s not everyone’s situation, but I’m sticking with it.

  • boybert

    But…. wood?

  • TSK

    There is a leaked build of AT&T too, and some users who flashed in also got an OTA for it that fixed the major issues with it…It can’t be too far away…Moto X user that is just hopeful :-/

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Oh yeah. Did the LG CEO say when the g2 is getting kitKat? Oh nah? HTC 15 days are about to be up for the gpe. I’m out.

  • ITGuy11

    Which means vzw will push it out in about a year. It is a good thing they test updates and protect us from evil things…

    • athom07

      They were only a matter of weeks behind the other carriers. If they are just a few weeks behind the other carriers this time….*cues 2pac “I ain’t mad at ya”*

    • Adam Truelove

      Gotta get the new version of VZNavigator on there.


    So then the Droid Maxx will be around Christmas Eve again… One can only hope with Verizon

  • Walter Partlo

    Which means months if you are on Verizon.

    • Hey now, Verizon has been quite good about updates lately. And that’s saying something!

      • What do you mean? When have they been good?

        • Adam Truelove

          Like 4 months late instead of 6

        • tomn1ce

          I believe they were the first to get the GS4 on 4.3

          • Bingo.

          • Timothy Sternig

            I believe the only reason they were first to do that is because that 4.3 update brought about the ability to pair the phone with the Galaxy Gear smart-watch. Verizon wants to sell those watches. It profits them to get that update out there. I don’t believe for a second that they pushed that 4.3 update out that fast just to get a timely update to you…

          • Dorian Brooks

            But how long has 4.3 been out compared to 4.4?

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          They were 4 weeks after the first Moto X update pushed on T-Mobile. That, to me, is an acceptable time frame.

      • enigmaco

        Verizon and good in the same sentence? Oh lord it’s a sign of the apocalypse.

      • Walter Partlo

        They have been better, but only when compared to their own poor standard.

        • Jack3D

          They were the first network to put 4.3 on the GS4, so that would be compared to all the other networks as well.

          • abqnm

            Probably because Samsung made an extra effort to get the Verizon build out before the others because of their notoriously slow approval process. I guess the “can you hear me now?” guy didn’t encounter any issues with the update either.

          • Dorian Brooks

            But 4.3 has been out much longer than 4.4 to go through VZW’s “testing.”

          • Jack3D

            Doesn’t matter, no one else had 4.3 available either…despite Verizon’s slow “process”.

      • athom07

        Just got invited to a new soak test for Motorola

        • Dockendj

          So did I. I just filled out the form and am waiting for the link.

        • How can you sign up to be a part of that? I want to.

      • Walter Partlo

        Are you willing to forgive them for all of their previous transgressions in this department based on one upgrade rollout? I am cautiously optimistic.

      • Adrynalyne

        You mean, less bad.

    • Blue Sun

      If you are lucky. take it from a former GNex user.

      • Walter Partlo

        Came from a GNex too, though i didn’t wait for VZW to upfdate.

    • Curtis

      I have the Moto X on Verizon. I thought I was going to get the latest rev. days if not a week or more before VZW users by joing the Feedback Network. VZW released it the same day I got it as a tester and it was widey released the very next morning. I am fine with that.

    • joe

      im on verizon and i just got a soak test invite 😛

    • athom07

      Damn Verizon had to come through and hit you with the smack down just for that comment

  • EC8CH

    We’re all looking at you Verizon

    • Booyah

      They were only a few weeks off the first updates for the camera update. If it’s a similar timeline for 4.4, I’m not too upset.

      • A camera has nothing to do with their network though. A new version of Android changes everything.

        • Blue Sun

          Many games of solitaire will be played by VZW employees while this software push gets delayed… I mean evaluated.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            If their employees are playing solitaire instead of doing their job, I hope they are fired. Management holding a software update that has been tested and approved is one thing, but lab techs screwing around on the company dollar should never be tolerated.

  • Mark

    Will this also apply to the Droid Maxx?

    • CW Larson

      Judging by the last update, hopefully the Droids will only lag back by a month…

      • kixofmyg0t

        Less than that. The builds are REALLY close.

        it’s up to verizon.

        • CW Larson

          I so hope you are right. Verizon just slows it down so much with their “rigorous” testing

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        They were 2 weeks behind the X with the camera update, I’d bet on a similar time frame for 4.4.