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Motorola Sending Soak Test Invites for Moto X, Could Potentially be Android 4.4

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With Motorola’s CEO stating that the Moto X would receive Kit Kat within a few weeks, it appears that he wasn’t fibbing. Soak test invites are rolling out to members of the Motorola Feedback Forum who own Moto X devices, so this could be it. It is never safe to assume these things, but for the sake of the hypebeast, we might have to roll with it. 

Here is the message being sent out to members.


Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Moto X on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback.  If you are not currently using a Moto X, please excuse and ignore this email.

Click this link — retracted — to take the enrollment survey if you wish to take part. Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. The registration window could close without notice so please respond as quickly as possible.

This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

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Cheers P, O, C, N, and J!

  • Stephen Rajek

    It’s definitely 4.4. I just received notice that the update is rolling out shortly to us soak testers 🙂

  • Hunter Stephenson

    I got my soak test invite earlier today. I hope it’s 4.4

  • eazyean1

    guys should i use vzw edge to get the moto x or should i stick with the Galaxy Nexus ??

    • DJ SPY

      You can use the device payment plan. It won’t affect your contract so you can keep your unlimited. Finance the device over a period of 12 months. $24 financing charge. $2 each month.

      • eazyean1

        How’sthe battery life on the moto x? Because with my gnex I’ve been swapping batteries and I love that.

        • DJ SPY

          I’m not sure. I don’t own a Moto X. I hear very mixed reviews on the battery. Some say it’s alright (phonedog) some says it’s pretty boss (techno buffalo) and some people here claim they get 4-5 hours of screen on time on it.

          • eazyean1

            Yeah that’s what I’ve been reading as well, well I just on the phone phone with Verizon got all the way till I couldn’t keep my unlimited data so pissed

          • DJ SPY

            For the device payment plan you have to go into a Verizon corporate store. Be careful though, since they won’t get credit or commission for the sale there will be some sales rep that will straight out refuse to help you with it. A guy on another thread told me that he just bought a Moto X with the device payment plan but the first rep he talked to refused to help him. A second rep did the transaction for him.

          • eazyean1

            so he was allowed to keep the unlimited data ?

          • DJ SPY

            Yes. Edge and The Device Payment Plan are two different things. They try to trick you with Edge because they are so similar. Edge takes away your unlimited data plan. Let me find the link to the device payment plan he gave me.

          • eazyean1

            ok yeah ill check the link out

          • eazyean1

            ok so i can get a Moto X with the Device payment plan and keep my unlimited ? thanks for all the info man !

          • DJ SPY

            Yes you can. Just remember you might have to jump through some hoops with people not wanting to help you. You can get the Motomaker option with it too. Not just the plain black or white versions. I’m glad I can help man!

          • eazyean1

            Do you plan on getting the Moto X you self?? what are your thoughts on it?? …i would be coming from the Gnex

          • DJ SPY

            I have the DROID MAXX. Coming from a Maxx HD I couldn’t go to anything with less battery. With the Maxx I hit 50% better with 4½-5 hours of battery. It has all the features of the X which are great by the way. If they had the same battery I would get the X with Moto Maker.

          • DJ SPY

            https://insidersguide.vzw.com/network-and-plans/device-payment-plan/ Here’s the info to the device payment plan. Remember, don’t let them trick you by telling you it’s the same thing.

          • eazyean1

            The lady on the phone seemed really nice and helpful..but she was like to finalize it all the phone has to have a plan attached to the transaction to get the Edge promotion..idk ill have to go in-store tomorrow i guess.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    If I get this phone I just need to be able to tether… root and use a tethering app?

    • derbo904

      yup. or pay the man.

  • Ronald Bernard

    I got the invite today hopefully it is Kit Kat

  • Matt

    thinking about switching out my Droid DNA for the Moto X. I know the specs are not equal, but i really like the limited skin, the Active Display and the OS updates…but i have not had any time to fully test out the Moto X. any recommendations either way?

    • guest

      its has better specs than DNA

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The screen would probably be a small step backwards in quality (the DNA screen is excellent, the Moto X is great but not outstanding), but the battery life would almost definitely be better, between a larger battery, moving to dual-core, and lower GPU load. It is much smaller in every dimension, and the camera is probably about as good with the last update.

      If you prefer the stock look and don’t want to root/ROM, then it wouldn’t be a bad trade. I love mine, but my previous device was a Razr, so it was a significant step forward for me.

    • Dcdanger

      I have both, side by side hd video the moto x is not that bad. At home wifi speed test the moto x is always faster, on 4g lte about the same. Moto x is much better to hold and pocket, it does have a nice feel to it. I bought the moto x last week for $49.99 no regrets.

  • MikeSaver

    how do I join this “Motorola Feedback Network?”

  • Larry Wei

    invited to soak test, VZW moto x.

    fully expecting a completely revamped vz navigator!

    • Jeremy Wray

      while blocking Google maps at the same time to force us to use it?

      but seriously do enough people really use it to warrant them still pushing it and updating it? how dumb can people be?

  • papajorgio

    It’s probably 4.3…

    • Jeremy Wray

      Nope weirdly enough they are skipping the version of Android it should have shipped with……

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        4.3 would likely have come with the camera update if it had been stable enough. However, with 4.4 so close, there was no reason to waste resources on getting it fixed. Makes a helluva lotta sense to me.

    • garrett

      moto said they’re skipping 4.3 and going straight to 4.4

      • papajorgio

        this is pretty cool then. my moto x arrives on friday!

  • AbbyZFresh

    The most perfect and well-rounded Android phone + KitKat = Nerdgasm lasting a thousand lifetimes.

  • Rumor has been (via moto themselves) November 14th for Kit Kat on Moto x. First soak tomorrow, with public soak to follow.

  • Lunkman

    Love the fact that (actual owners) only only seem to positive comments about the Moto X, and I REALLY love the fact that mine should be here Friday!

    • enigmaco

      I had mine for a month now, and I could never switch to another phone without the active notifications and touchless controls best phone I have ever owned nexus 4 included.

      • needa

        the newness of the n4 wore off of me in a day or two. literally. i have had my x for a month also. maybe six weeks. and like you… i still love it.

    • Miles Prower

      In the past couple years, I’ve had a Droid 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 (as well as three models of Nexus 7).

      The Droid 4 was the biggest piece of crap phone I’ve ever owned. Everything Motorola about it sucked like there was no tomorrow.

      The Moto X, on the other hand, is all kinds of kick-ass. For all the reasons many others have already voiced, I would choose a Moto X over the Nexus 5 in a heartbeat. Having both, my Moto X is my daily driver, despite it being two Android releases behind the Nexus 5. Yes, there are a couple features of 4.3 — and now 4.4 — that I miss running stock 4.2.2 on the Moto X, but the Motorola add-ons for the Moto X outweigh those few missing features.

      With that said, I’m looking forward to Kit Kat on the Moto X!

    • 2Berad

      I have the MAXX and love every thing about this phone.

    • MANvsFOOD

      I’ve had mine for a little over a month now and I’ve never been happier with a phone. This thing is awesome. Just like enigmaco said, the active notifications just ruin any other phone for me.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        +1 Just for the name. And I’m glad Adam has focused on his health, but RIP that show.

  • Paul Hansen

    I hate to rain on the 4.4 parade but this is likely the LTE band 4 update that was packaged with the ultra/maxx (radio build 95 vs 90). I’d love for this to be 4.4 though.

    • Radgatt

      You won’t know for sure until you get the update.

    • JBartcaps

      Didn’t even think of that butttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt hopefully they’ll just add that to 4.4 hopefully or get even newer radios

      • Paul Hansen

        Oh believe me. I hope it’s 4.4 because then I can easily port it over to my maxx but I’m just skeptical of such a large update so shortly after the previous build.

        • JBartcaps

          Yeah that makes sense buttttttttttttttttttttttttt lol just kidding

        • Jeremy Wray

          why not? there is a basically complete build of 4.4 for the moto x floating around for the t mobile version, CEO stated the update was coming soon, and with Google owning Moto you know they had their hands on 4.4 to start the update before Google ever released the source code. im not saying it’s 100% but it seems very very likely

          • NoNameAtAll11

            And AT&T actually. Heck, the AT&T one is signed with release keys rather than the T-mobile one.

          • lollydoggle

            Actually Moto gets access to the source code the same time every other OEM does. There’s a “firewall” between Motorola and Google, that’s why you can’t call the X a Nexus device.

    • Booyah

      They’re not going to do a soak for an LTE band. Not for something that simple.

  • Anyone still crying “mid-range specs”? :^)

    • tharealoc

      well, 4.4 is made for lower spec’d devices so it seems right that a phone with last gen specs should get it so soon /s

      • Paul Hansen

        Fail lol

        • tharealoc

          how is that? im a Moto X user, just thought I should write what someone who never used the phone would say

          • Paul Hansen

            I was responing to your sarcasm with sarcasm but apparently that’s lost as always.

          • tharealoc


      • Adrynalyne

        Optimized for, not MADE for.

      • MikeSaver

        except for those additional cores

      • normmcgarry

        I think all the people that downvoted you don’t understand what your “/s” stands for. I apologize. I upvoted you for their stupidity.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Anyone? Please show your face.

    • PhillipCun

      “but but but….. i has SO MANY DOTS PER INCH DOE… and i lurv my 4.2.2 and plasticsss”

      =P I love the Moto X and I don’t even own it….. yet

    • EC8CH

      nope, just crying “give us wood”!

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      But ai needz da quadcorez end 1080pzzzzzzzz.

      How will it ever survive a two-year contract when Android updates always brings last year’s devices to their knees, like the next Crysis with every graphics card on the planet?!!?!

    • Tyler

      No, I’m just crying because mine is still not at my doorstep yet, Friday can’t come soon enough.

      • Stevedub40

        Man, damn FedEx tried to deliver while in was at work! Now I have to go try to intercept it.

        • Chad

          Ride like the wind Bullseye!

        • Suralin

          Why did you not have it deliver it at work? Most delivery companies prioritize businesses.

    • JWort93

      Over the past week, I had the privilege of buying and testing out the Moto X, Note 3, and the LG G2. After using each, I chose the Moto X as the device I wanted to keep, and sold the other two away. It honestly seemed faster than the Note 3, and the G2, and I loved the size of it, and the screen was my favorite combination of vividness, and size.

      • NeedName

        I had a similar experience when testing those same devices. . . I was shocked how the Moto X handled compared two the new top two devices. . . goes to show how much software optimization matters.

      • Ethan T

        I just spent several hours at Costco yesterday with my folks, helping them try out a new phone for my mom. After trying the G2, the GS4, and the Moto X, it was clear that the X was the best of those choices. The camera on the SG4 was probably best, but the display and build quality on the Moto X is just stellar. Blows away the plasticy, fingerprint-riddled G2 and GS4. We went home with the Moto X.

  • tharealoc

    It’s probably just a bug fixer for 4g data issues, I’ve noticed that my 4g will not work under a certain level and won’t switch to 3g….it’s been a pain

    fingers crossed it is 4.4 though

  • Alexander Garcia

    Hopefully my Droid Maxx follows shortly after. *crosses fingers*

    • bboyairwreck

      me too!

  • Alexander Garcia

    Wow! That was fast! Assuming, of course, that this update IS indeed 4.4. =)

  • tharealoc

    Aww my “It’s Happening” gif got modded out….


    • Guest

      It’s Happening

  • enigmaco

    I can’t wait this is one hell of a humpday.

  • Scott

    I’m with Verizon and got the invite. Are other carrier’s not getting the invite? Really hoping it is 4.4, but do I think it could be a few weeks (not days) before the soak test occurs. At least the last time it was a few weeks.

    • enigmaco

      Yeah verizon just received cool points, I retract some of my earlier criticism of them.

      • Adam Truelove

        Don’t give them an inch.

        • enigmaco

          Credit needs to be given where credit is due, as much as I hate them.

      • Jeremy Wray

        Don’t speak too soon. Verizon’s S4 got 4.3 first but Verizon got the Moto X camera fix last. If we come out on top this time it doesn’t change a thing.

        • enigmaco

          I know trust me I danced with the devil long enough to expect the worse and hope for the best. But, if this is indeed 4.4 and verizon receives it before everyone else, given they have been last to receive updates 99.9% of the time it’s a good thing.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Soak tests are usually done one at a time to keep things better organized.

      If this is 4.4, what a coup that would be. Especially on Verizon.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Why do I even talk?

  • Riz Virani

    Where is this survey, or how do I sign up for this program? 😮

    • Weber

      Go to the Motorola website and register your phone. After that, go to My Stuff and opt-in for the soak tests. It should make you register for their support forums so you can provide feedback.

    • Scott

      Log-in here https://forums.motorola.com/pages/home. Then sign up for the feedback program. It most likely is to late to get in on this one, but you can try.

  • mec

    im wondering if its just a verizon bug fixer. why is there no soak test for other carriers? is the soak test process like a snake draft, where verizon went last for the previous update, so they get first now?

    • Robert Macri

      don’t kill the hopes and dreams of others.

      • mec

        im a regular old cornflake pisser inner. 🙁

    • Fawzi94

      I agree, unless we see other carriers being invited in the next 2-3 days this might just be a minor Verizon bug fixer.

    • Jeremy Wray

      Never know, Verizon got the S4 updated to 4.3 first.

  • Scott Kart

    Soo excited. Should only be a couple days.

  • Bionic

    Im in. 🙂

    • Weber

      What’s got me excited is that the last soak test lasted maybe a week before they pushed it out. I’d be super surprised to see this pushed out faster than the GPE devices.

      • needa

        the last soak was pushed out the same day as the update was pushed to everyone. 1. invites come a week early. 2. then soak begins. 3. then days to a week later it gets pushed to everyone. on the last update 2 and 3 happened simultaneously.

        • Weber

          I got my soak about a week before it was pushed to anyone for the camera update (last soak)

          • needa

            Not on Verizon moto x. There was a big stink about it.

  • Radgatt

    In my Bart Scott voice… CAN’T WAIT!!!

  • Robert Macri

    This has to be the fastest turnaround ever, no? Have GPE devices received 4.4?

    • grandautotheft5

      Nope… even the Nexus 4 haven’t got it… I own both N4 and Moto X

  • Derek Duncan

    so Moto X gets KitKat before Nexus 4 maybe? These soak tests usually don’t take long to complete.

    • Albert

      Honestly, Moto X is practically nexus plus a few motorola apps. Literally all they had to do was make sure their apps work (as they should since the underlying framework in the 4.0 series is pretty much the same).

      • aBabyPenguin

        This is what I was hoping for with the new Moto. It’s torture waiting until February to get my Moto X, by then the rumors of a new flagship might be spreading.

      • tyguy829

        except locked bootloader. it’s the only gripe with mine. not so much for flashing custom rom’s since it is so close to stock, but with every update, i’m always worried i won’t be able to keep root. i just want to be able to flash supersu.zip damn it

        • Jeremy Wray

          While I’m with you about keeping root so I can keep the ads away I’m actually fine with having a locked bootloader as long as updates keep coming this quickly

          • Scott


          • Derek Duncan

            and as long as the device is close to ‘stock’ Android, like the X.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Luckily it is only locked on two carriers, the rest of the versions are unlockable.

          Also, they don’t seem to be clearing root if you already have it, but are patching exploits when they are found, which is a good thing.

          • tyguy829

            yeah but i need system write, which requires overwriting the recovery partition. and without a recovery partition, i can’t install updates…it would just bootloop. So ota rootkeeper or whatever isn’t really an option.

  • bagheadinc

    Here’s hoping Droid Maxx isn’t far behind.

    • moelsen8

      haha….. sorry.

    • Fawzi94

      If the soak invite is going out now, you can expect this soak test to go out in about a week, and if there are no problems it should be released a few days afterwards. The Droid lineup is about 2 weeks behind, so expect the soak test in about 2 weeks and full release around the first week of December.

    • MikeSaver

      I’m thinking maybe Moto can use the DROID line to leverage faster updates with Verizon. Like, hey we’ll keep pumping out these Droid phones if you agree to update them and the moto x in timely fashion

    • kixofmyg0t

      Its not far behind.

      But think about this, the Moto X could be running 4.4 before the Nexus 4 does. The N4 still hasn’t received 4.4 official yet. The Nexus 7 is just getting it today.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Didn’t we already discuss the potential ramifications of the Moto X getting an Android update before a GPE device? If it beats (or even nearly beats) a Nexus device, then that is a huge statement to the Android community.

  • JBartcaps

    After I got the email, I immediately completed the survey. Have a good feeling it’s going to be 4.4 since there hasn’t been an update to the other carriers Moto X’s

    • JRUIV

      Me too! I’m such a nerd!

    • Kenneth cox

      same here, im so glad i picked up a moto x. loving every bit of it