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Moto X Receiving Kit Kat 3 Weeks After Google Made It Official, as if You Needed Another Reason to Consider It

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I think I’ve made it clear since the launch of the Moto X that I’m a huge fan of what Motorola has done with the first phone that many would consider to be a true reflection of the “new” Motorola (our review). The size is just right. It feels like it was hand-crafted to sit in the palm of your hand. It offers software enhancements like Active Display and Touchless Control that actually make the phone stand out from the crowd. You can customize its design and appearance to your liking, a service no other phone manufacturer has even attempted to offer. It’s also available on all major carriers and now at incredibly reasonable on-contract and off-contract prices. Oh, it’s also running stock Android. But outside of all of that, beyond the features that have helped keep this phone in our pockets for months, there is one reason that we’ll continue to keep it by our sides for the foreseeable future – timely updates.

Last week, during the Moto G unveiling, CEO Dennis Woodside said that we should expect to see Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” updates for the Moto X in a matter of weeks. We thought he meant that the update would be ready and then carriers would take their sweet time approving it, before finally releasing it to the public a month or two or even three later. And then the soak test invites went out for Verizon’s variant. We said we fully expected it to be Android 4.4, and sure enough it is. The soak test should arrive at any time, giving Verizon Moto X owners Kit Kat less than 3 weeks after Google made it official.

Think about that for a second. We have lived for years in an Android update cycle that included a release by Google followed by two to four to nine months of waiting for the update to arrive on top tier handsets. Motorola is doing it in less than three weeks. Most of Google’s own Nexus line just received the update last week, with some of the OTA files for devices like the Nexus (2013) with LTE not seeing it at all yet outside of a factory image. This is practically unheard of for an Android OEM.

Now, this is a soak test for only one variant of their Moto X, but still, you have to believe that the others won’t be far behind. When Motorola pushed out the first massive update for the Moto X, which included dramatic camera improvements, they had it ready and rolling to all variants within a few weeks of each other. I’d imagine we’ll see similar results this time around as well.

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When the new leadership of the “new” Motorola took over last year, they talked a lot about the broken update cycle and how they planned to change the way it works. We have seen OEMs make promises to change this for years, but this is the first time that any of them have actually delivered. And the good news is with Motorola devices like the new DROID family, they shouldn’t be far behind. What makes this delivery even more special, though, is the fact that since Motorola joined Google, both companies have insisted that Motorola isn’t receiving special treatment from Google or the Android team. In fact, they often refer to there being a “firewall” between the two.

We should keep in mind that since Motorola has chosen to use mostly stock Android, updates should be easier to produce, but that’s not a negative. Tech enthusiasts like us tend to prefer stock to the at-times overwhelming custom skins from Samsung and LG. Plus, if updating can be this easy without a skin, this only solidifies the argument against custom OEM skins even if they are used as a way to differentiate. I guess users will ultimately decide if timely updates are more important than two-dozen features that you may or may not ever use. I think you know where I stand.

I’m currently working on my Nexus 5 review (which is taking some extra time thanks to a major life change in the last week), but can tell you that before Android 4.4 was announced for the Moto X, was planning on returning to it once finished. The Moto X, outside of a somewhat spotty camera (though it has been improved and is still better than that of the Nexus 5), was already great. But if Motorola can push out massive updates like 4.4 before even Google can (and especially any other OEM), how can you not be a fan?

  • tim

    I just bought my moto x last night…got that first update…Now it’s getting kit kat…downloading now!

  • I hope At&t isn’t too far behind… I’m kind of really shocked now after jumping ship. lol – still happy with almost no bloatware on our version versus Verizon’s though.

    And congrats on the news of an incoming newborn! Kinda cool that this is the article that sheds light on the situation. =)

  • PolishLogic

    Considering mine is currently out on the truck for delivery, this makes me even happier.

  • Dorian Brooks

    See!!! This is what happens when you run STOCK ANDROID!!! I’m looking at you Samsung, HTC, & LG. S-T-O-C-K

  • Rob

    I only came here to confirm this is the Moto X update on a carrier, more specifically Verizon. When I read that my mouth opened. Now it really makes me wonder, is it really the carrier’s fault for “extensive testing” or the manufacturer since this update came out in under a month? On Verizon at that? Fingers crossed my old S3 gets that 11/22 update to 4.3.

  • carluverdrm2004

    This article makes my wait and purchase of a custom Verizon Moto X worth it!

  • Suman Gandham

    1) Where’s my damn RAZR HD update πŸ™

    2) If you’re interested in the Republic Wireless Moto X, the 4.4 update for that variant will be rolled out “early next year”.

    • NexusMan

      If you’re concerned about super fast updates, a RAZR HD is not the best purchase choice. I have 3 Nexus devices, and NONE of them even have the update yet.

      • Suman Gandham

        Who said “super fast”? The last update this device got was to 4.1.2 in January. I’m not demanding “super fast”, I’m demanding “this year” :p

        But anyway, my daily trolling of Motorola Canada (I have a GSM XT925) has yielded results…

  • RacingManiac

    Just tried to price one out, even with the $50 discount, off contract it still cost $549 for the 32GB version…..no matter how good it is it is still ~$150 more than N5…and I still will pay more for contract than what I paid now if I were to take a subsidized version….

    I think I’ll give N5 and TM a try….

    • NexusMan

      I’m SOOOOO into getting the best deal/discounts, and I really want the Moto X, so it is extremely hard for me to pass on all these great on contract deals of late, but I DON’T want to renew my Verizon contract, so I’m getting the Moto X off contract. Yes, it is $150 more than the Nexus 5, but to me, it’s $150 worth of better.

  • Razma

    I want one so much, but it’s still way to expensive off contract, especially on Verizon. I think they’re raising the price back to $600 tomorrow

    • NexusMan

      It was never $600. The 32gb off contract on Moto Maker was always $549. When they had the $50 off sale, that sale was only for the ON contract versions, so for the duration of the sale, they jacked the off contract price up to $600, so when the discount was applied, it would be $549…which has always been.

    • DJ PHame

      Im selling my brand new one if you want it. $450 white. 16gb

  • LionStone

    Ordered 2 last night for mom n pop! Can’t wait to set them up πŸ˜‰

  • Jeff Mowbray

    Welcome to fatherhood! You will be great and congratulations

  • chris125

    And it is on verizon to boot.. What is this world coming to? A non-nexus device getting the update before nexus devices…. Madness

  • john

    why hasn’t my nexus 7 2012 edition received the 4.4 update yet anyone know how i can get that without root or anything. I did the clear data in the google services thing

    • needa

      you can. but i think you have to unlock the bootloader. at least… i did. so i could install recovery. and then afterwards i saw that i just needed to hit vol+ and power to get past the no recovery screen. so maybe not. which will erase. there are links on this site for the official downloads. follow the instructions on the article.

    • NexusMan

      My Nexus 7 2013 edition hasn’t even received it yet.

  • RoadsterHD1

    New Droids are next.

  • Vermin_Cain

    Yet, I am still waiting on the 4.4 update for my 2013 Nexus 7

  • MikeSaver

    I love my Moto X and am pleased it is not made out of a spreadsheet with spec listings

  • JMonkeYJ

    The quick release of 4.4 will be a really great thing, but I’m still a little skeptical about “timely updates” since the Moto X never received 4.3. Timely updates will be particularly important if the version of 4.4 being released for the Moto X is basically the same as the one released for Nexus devices so far, since brand new versions of Android are almost always buggy for the first couple months. So please, keep it up Moto!

    • Weber

      lol wut

      • JMonkeYJ

        For instance, the biggie with 4.4 is that Exchange support is broken in the stock Email app which is a severe issue with many work email accounts. But things like that are pretty typical for brand new versions of Android (like all the bluetooth bugs in 4.2 due to the switch to the new BT stack), and were usually not a huge deal because they only affected the small market of Nexus devices. It’ll be interesting to see what happens now that many more devices get the updates quickly (hopefully).

  • James_C_L

    If it wasn’t for the miniscule battery an absolutely terrible camera, I might consider this…… probably not though

    • Michael

      so entitled. i bet you haven’t even picked up an X in your own hands before.

      • James_C_L

        Incorrect, my brother in law owns it.. Played with it for several hours.

        • needa

          then you should know that the minuscule battery should not have been mentioned. and the camera isnt that bad. better than the gs4 is certain areas. just like the gs4 is better than the iphone in certain areas. etc etc. for instance. the moto x is the only phone that i know that is capable of taking pics of 200 mile an hour cars without one single hint of blur.

  • Balthazar_B

    If an unlocked, carrier-free version of the Moto X were available for an attractive price on the Play Store, it would be a contender.

  • ItsMe

    How ’bout the Droid Maxx and Ultra?? they are the same hardware and software. Any word on when they will get 4.4?

    • AbbyZFresh

      5 months later by Verizon standards. And you left out Droid Mini.

      • Adrynalyne

        Except that they got the last update just a couple weeks later, and Verizon is pushing out 4.4 to the Moto X first by all appearances.

        I love me some Verizon bashing, but the pattern doesn’t fit for these devices, nor the new Droids.

      • Michael

        dont be a douche

  • AbbyZFresh

    Who cares. Looks like the Moto X is getting KitKat while my Nexus 4 and 7 are stuck on 4.3.

    Goodbye Nexus phones. I WON’T be missing you again.

    • Adrynalyne

      So you think Moto X won’t have staggered rollouts too?

      Fascinating.

      • AbbyZFresh

        They don’t have the privilege to do so at the state they’re in. For their own sake. i know they won’t stagger their updates this time like they did in the past. Plus it’s stock android, it should be less work and time for them to update and it’s their only flagship they have.

  • Jeremy Gentry

    Apparently whoever leaked this is in huge trouble. it constutes a huge breach of their soak test policy

    • Adrynalyne

      I don’t think the email itself is a breach.

      • Jeremy Gentry

        sounds like their entire forum page was posted somewhere from their private soak test forum….

      • NexusMan

        Yea it is. It tells you that all communication is to be kept confidential.

  • To be fair, a soak test doesn’t constitute release. However, it’s definitely encouraging to see this – and quite surprising that we’re seeing it from Verizon but not the other carriers.

  • MikeCiggy

    I think Motorola making their skin much lighter and simple is helping their update time frame significantly. Seems like a legit way to handle it. Samsung could keep there skin as heavy as they’d like but if they made it an apk through the play store they could also speed up their update time line’s.

  • Eric

    I would consider it but the specs are a problem for me. For the most part spec wars are pointless but thats if you kept it with this years specs. After the awful experience of my first android phone being a dual core S3, I will never go dual core. Also the screen is 720p. I can’t justify the upgrade for basically another s3. (Spec wise)

    • bd1212

      You must not have actually used a Moto X. Seriously man, give it a try. I’m coming from an iPhone 5s, Note 3, G2, and an S4. It’s faster than all of them (save for the iPhone, but that runs iOS so it’s not a fair comparison). I’ve directly compared it to my cousins Nexus 5 and it ran just as fast if not faster. You really ought to give it a try before knocking it just based off the specs. This isn’t Samsung we’re talking about.

      • Eric

        No, I have tried it. It feels great in the hand. One if the biggest reason’s I didn’t get it is because of no MotoMaker and because the G2 5.2″ 1080p screen /w good battery life. Not saying the Moto X has battery life but it also doesn’t have a 1080p screen and S800 sucking all the power from it.

    • Adrynalyne

      Dual core doesn’t mean anything. Quad cores only perform faster, if they are running at a higher speed. The extra two cores are 100% gimmick. They idle 99% of the time. Until Android starts making better use of quad cores, the point is moot.

      Yesteryear’s dual core is not the same thing. Part of the S3’s problem is that it had Cheesewiz UI slowing it down.

      I never once saw the Droid Maxx stutter when I used it. My Note 3 has occasional stutters, and it is in a whole different ballpark, spec-wise.

    • NexusMan

      Lol. Last I checked, Motorola’s X8 Computing system was released THIS year. And I’d love to see that Galaxy S 3 with 24hr battery life…and touchless controls…and active notifications…and contextual awareness…and…

  • Ill wait for the moto x 2

    • Na. I think in two years we’ll have a VoLTE Moto X 3, so that’ll be perfecting timing to update from the Moto X.

    • NexusMan

      I’m getting the Moto X and the Moto X 2, too.

  • thefullritz

    Went to the local Verizon so I could handle the moto x before ordering on line. The local techies are virtually clueless on the device. They are clueless on how it works, why, when it will get the update….she was carrying a Note 3 and didn’t even know its’ skin was different from android.

    • Michael G

      Had a VZW rep call and try to sell me on upgrading early. I absolutely schooled him with corrections and spec talk. He just chuckled and said, “I see that I’m talking to a techie.” After that he just gave up. lol

      • Rodeojones000

        Been there. While shopping at a VZW store a month ago (wanted to handle the G2 in person before buying one) the sales rep tried telling me that no android phones have OEM skins anymore and also that rooting was against the law and in addition to voiding my warranty I could be in danger of being fined by the FCC for said violations. I left and bought G2 from Best Buy.

        • Hothfox

          I’d like to think that if I worked for a cell phone carrier selling phones to consumers, I would try to stay knowledgeable about the latest news and processes surrounding my store’s devices – even if that meant doing my own research outside of business hours. It’s clear most of them don’t care and are only their for their paycheck. Understandable, but extremely disappointing, considering the amount of money people pay for their devices and plans.

          • Aaron

            Sadly the only training they have is how to upsell on more expensive plans and crap accessories at ridiculous prices. All they hope is that you walk in and want either an iphone or a droid and need a car charger, case, screen protector, and docks.

          • Hothfox

            I’ve never felt so “at home” at a carrier’s store as I do at my local AT&T store. The employees there were very excited about my Nexus 7 and Nexus 5, as it was the first one that had come into their store. The guy who set me up with a SIM and a data plan for my N7 was enjoyable to talk to, and actually knew what he was doing – we talked about rooting and ROMs, and traded some tips and tricks. He had a Note 3 that he was in love with, and we talked about how the Moto X was actually a nice phone even though it wouldn’t win the spec wars. He knew I knew exactly what plan, etc. I wanted and didn’t try to hock anything to me.

            The only thing Verizon stores ever did for me was act like they knew everything about everything and try to sell me things I didn’t need.

          • NexusMan

            exactly.

        • Michael G

          lol Nice.

        • NexusMan

          lol

  • jimt

    Where is my Nexus 7 2012 update?

  • Cameron Laudick

    Where the hell is my Nexus 7 2013 update???

  • JabbaMac

    While I’m glad that Verizon’s Moto X is getting the attention it deserves I can’t believe they are going to get Kit Kat before the Tmo version. I heard black Friday. Anybody else?

  • thefullritz

    Just ordered mine through motomaker. Retiring my gnex…..

    • Chase Chick

      Atta boy. I was in the same boat. The battery life is night and day compared to gnex. And the radio situation, oh the radio situation…

      • Hothfox

        Disclaimer: I actually own a Nexus 5 and left Verizon for AT&T

        The Moto X is a decently solid phone. If I hadn’t gone the Nexus 5 route, I’d still be with Verizon with a new Moto X from Moto Maker.

        • needa

          just think. a hundred bucks more and you could have had an x.

          • Hothfox

            I don’t think the Moto X was worth the extra $100 though (otherwise I’d have that). It felt pretty cheap in hand. By “solid”, I meant software-wise.

      • My X is being delivered Wednesday. The radio and battery issues with the gnex has been a huge headache for two years. Every time I travel my phone is dead by noon because it’s always trying to find a connection. Great to hear the X doesn’t have those issues.

    • Droid4Life

      Add me to the retire the G-Nex for Moto X crew. I will get it on Wed. I was so close to a G2 but in the end the comprehensive package of X won me over. Anybody with an X, can you please tell me how awesome it is???

      • needa

        its pretty bad ass. there isnt enough time left in the day for me to go over all of the badassedness of this phone.

        • Aaron

          Upvote for use of the word badassedness.

      • guyinmass

        Its pretty awesome. The battery life is good if not great. I got almost 15 hours on a single charge yesterday or about double what I was getting with my GNex. Active notifications are also great. I thought that I would miss my notification light but I don’t. The phone feels great in the hand. It is very responsive and smooth

      • Weber

        You’re gonna be good. No worries. Everything is way better and is like night and day as far as length of use, radios, lag, camera, etc…

  • James

    can’t believe this, lol

    Hasn’t even gotten the kit kat update on my nexus 7 yet in canada

  • Franklin Ramsey

    It makes you wonder why Verizon can not get 4.3 out for the GNex.

    • Balthazar_B

      Because there’s absolutely no incentive for them to do so.

    • Hothfox

      For the last FREAKING time. It’s because of the TI chipset. TI is not in the mobile chipset game anymore, so they will not be putting out the necessary bits and pieces for the Galaxy Nexus to receive KitKat. It’s not Verizon, and it’s not Google.

      • Adrynalyne

        4.3 binaries are out on Google’s developer site. The GSM Gnex got 4.3. Calm down before a vein pops in your head.

        • Balthazar_B

          S/he’s at risk for an artery popping…

        • Hothfox

          I acknowledge that I misread. I’m chill, srsly.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Um, No. I didn’t say 4.4 KitKat. I said 4.3. The Verizon GNex doesn’t have it yet whereas the other GNex do.

        • Hothfox

          Welp, my bad. Sorry about that!

          • Franklin Ramsey

            No worries. It’s the internet. If I couldn’t deal with people mis-reading a comment sometimes, I have no right to be on it.

  • Such

    Wow I’m impressed that Moto was able to release kit kat on Verizon’s Moto X in a few short weeks, that in itself is a major accomplishment. Closest thing we’ll get to a nexus on Verizon. Didn’t think it would get fast updates but I night have to pick one up now. Good job Moto & Verizon!

    BTW, congrats Kellen on the new baby!

  • Mark

    Just ordered mine over the weekend. Sure, I’ll commit for 2 more years for a free Moto X.

    Motorola is establishing a reputation with this phone. Even if it hasn’t sold well, their next phone is going to go flying off the shelves.

    • I did the same thing. A couple weeks ago it was $200 and now we get it for free. Can’t beat that!

    • needa

      why has it not sold well? where are your numbers? i still dont see them in att kiosks. they arent in the wal mart stores yet. my super center has a huge cell phone store in there. if they have so many of them laying around. they would be there. they would have opened up the uk etc.

      just saying…. they are selling as they make them. or they would be looking for ways to move them.

  • jbdan

    I had the GS4, MotoX, and N5 with me for a week. Ended up with the N5. The MotoX, for me, falls short with its screen. Something I look at and read every day. The N5 screen is stunning. I will say I do look forward to the next Motoroogle phone..my eyes will be peeled!

    • Hothfox

      For me, it was the build quality. The Moto X felt too light and cheap. The Nexus 5 is light as well, but it still manages to feel solid. The Moto X didn’t feel like a $600 retail device.

  • ObviousNinja2

    Moto x would of been perfect if it had a 1080p 5 inch screen.

    • tanknspank

      Coming from a Galaxy S4 and having a G2 sitting right beside me, the screen has not phased me one bit. While I would like a BRIGHTER screen, the screen is great as is. Good pixel density and the size w/ onscreen buttons allow for a phone that you just have to hold to understand the hype.

  • Jeff Badger

    I’m waiting to see the time frames and their differences between the Moto X and the new DROID line. The previous soak tests/upgrades were about a week or two apart. If Motorola can keep that time frame, then I would say that they have really turned a corner with timely updates between their flagship and a carrier exclusive phone.

  • Another day, another post where someone at Droid Life is fanboying over the Moto X.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Is it really fanboying when it is a great phone?

      • Yes.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          If they were spouting off incorrect information, I’d agree, but I haven’t seen anything they said about it being untrue so far.

    • Adrynalyne

      Another day, another response where someone is dissing someone else for their phone choice.

      • I’m not dissing anyone for their phone choice, man. I actually do like the Moto X, but damn…day in and day out it’s Moto X this, Moto X that. Enough already! haha

        • Adrynalyne

          Right, but to be fair, its not their fault that Moto X is making the news, right?

          They aren’t saying anything false about it, and this is an op-ed piece, which is bound to piss someone off somewhere.

    • Ian

      He likes it, so what? It’s a great device.

    • Rodeojones000

      Another day, another comment from a butt hurt DL reader because there’s an article about a phone he doesn’t own.

  • ronandersonjr

    Kind of like timely updates on the maxx hd, we’ve had one update in one year…. Pfffffffft

    • Tyler

      Motherfuckin’ word.

  • Adam Truelove

    It makes me sad that Samsung is leading the Android race. Motorola really should be. Of course, that’s all due to Google taking the reigns.

    • Scott Capodice

      LOL…yeah cuz moto has come out with some gems…the Bionic…the RAZR…oh how many iterations did that go through before it got an hd screen. I do own an S3 and that was to get me out of that bionic debacle. I think motorola is way over priced and they launch crap products a lot! You say they should be leading the android race…the original droid and the maxx models (for battery) and the motox is the thing that moto has to hang it’s hat on. How many billion galaxy phones has sammy sold?

      • PhillipCun

        …. The Moto X is the first product that Motorola released under Google’s ownership from start to finish. I agree, there were some bad products from Motorola in the past, but with the new ownership that has changed. Motorola has shown the world they will design products for the masses and focus on improving the user’s life with thoughtful design, useful and innovative features, optimization, and quick updates. This is still really new and it will take quite some time to establish their products and brand. Eventually, I hope the “race” evens out and rewards the most competitive brand with more market share.

        Samsung made a lot of great phones…. from a hardware perspective. They also sold a great deal and now has the most market share, however, this success isn’t due to producing the best phones all around. This is due to great marketing, just like Apple. IMO, they might produce powerful phones but is crippled by their lackluster software.

        I’m glad you like your S3, but it doesn’t mean others aren’t producing better phones than Samsung.

        • Scott Capodice

          The quick updates is interesting to me. I still haven’t got the ota on either of my nexus 7s…2012 and 2013. I’m not brand loyal to samsung by any means. Like I said… I was burned by the bionic. That phone was released before the RAZR and was completely forgot about after. But I will say Motorola gave that phone great accessories. And I’m not talking about the lapdock. The desk cradle was the best I’ve ever seen! Still use it as an alarm clock… My 300 buck alarm clock. So in all I’m very cautious about Motorola products. I am over the S3 and really want something else… But I still got vzw unlimited and I don’t want to extend any of the contracts on my plan. I like G2 a lot but I keep missing all the steals on it. But I am thinking a lot of innovative things are coming soon. I want to see what a moto x2 will look like. The dumb batteries need to be at least the size of the G2. But Motorola has a lot of bad blood to make up for and just cuz they’ve got 1 winner out there right now doesn’t make up for their past. We’ll see what happens…

        • Scott Capodice

          I am over this S3. It’s a nice phone and all, but with all the bad blood I’ve had with Motorola, it makes me cautious. The battery really worries me on the moto x. I dont get great reception in the building where I work so my phone is constantly searching for signal. I basically have to keep my phone tethered to the stupid cable the whole day or turn mobile data off. The moto x does feel great in hand, but if that battery doesnt last all the fancy stuff it does isnt going to matter…

  • Pet E. Bone

    If anyone here thinks that the pics on the X are better than those on the N5, they are blind. The shutter speed is slow on the N5 but the pics don’t even compare.

    • Derek Duncan

      yea i’d have to agree. Pics on the Moto X are lifeless. The N5 autofocus is SLOW, but the photos coming out are really good.

    • Ben Cammarata

      Have you tried the moto x camera since the update? My pics are vastly improved. I haven’t played with the 5 yet

  • DJ SPY

    Hopefully is Droid owners aren’t far behind.

  • Larry Bublitz

    Lack of wireless charging is holding me back from pouncing.

    • LionStone

      Yea, that is a bummer… It would’ve really completed the package!

  • Derek Duncan

    what’s the major life change? You have a baby?

    • I did! Well, my wife did. πŸ™‚

      • itsgonnalast

        Congrats!

      • ArrowCool

        Congrats Sir!

        • Thanks all!

          • Patrick Chapman

            Congrats!!! Would like to see a special appearance on the Droid-Life show from the baby!!!

      • Derek Duncan

        that’s awesome, congrats!

      • moelsen8

        Congrats man.

      • droidrazredge

        Congrats Kellex! Welcome to the world of fatherhood :). It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

      • Congrats, dude. Parenthood is awesome, and hell at the same time. It’s the hardest, most strenuous job you’ll ever love to do. I wouldn’t trade being a parent for the world.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Congrats to the both of you! Hope both are doing well!

      • jbdan

        Congrats K it’s the greatest thing ever!!

  • WK

    hoping for 4.4 on my G2 sometime in the near future. rom, ota, whatever.

  • jt O’Brien

    I wants

  • Faster than Cyanogenmod…?

    • mustbepbs

      There are some CM11 unofficial builds, and there’s always the source that you can build yourself, but 3 weeks is a long time, it’ll come.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Wait what major life change the hell did I miss?!?!

    • dsadsads

      His wife gave birth last week to Kellex’s first son :)))

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        WOO! DROID-BABY!

        • Steve Ballmer

          Lumia FTW!

  • Jeff Helget

    “which is taking some extra time thanks to a major life change in the last week”

    Spawn of Kellex?

    • Yep!

      • Ben Myton

        The real question is, what phone did you use to take pictures of the baby?

        • Well, was using the Nexus 5 since it’s all I had on me, but that has only led me to be incredibly frustrated. The camera experience is beyond awful on the N5. Had to switch over to real camera and Moto X mid-week.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio
          • moelsen8

            i just got an RMA for my nexus 5. i miss the X. nexus 5’s camera is borderline unusable for what i need it for, my toddler running around.. you’ll see soon enough apparently! might as well have a phone i love as long as i’m not getting the best camera either way.

          • droidrazredge

            Thanks Kellex, you’ve made it extremely easy for me to purchase the Moto X for my girlfriend and me when my contract update is available. I use to feel disgruntled about Verizon not having the Nexus 5 but after what I am hearing from people seems like the Moto X is the answer on Verizon and could be a better overall experience than the Nexus 5.

          • moelsen8

            the X is awesome. active notifications/display is one of those things you can’t “unsee” once you’ve experienced it. it’s really hard to go back to a “normal” phone.

          • Hothfox

            Huh. I’ve had nothing but good things to say about the Nexus 5 camera. I’ve taken good pictures with it both indoors and outdoors.

          • Hothfox

            Dear downvoters: Sorry my anecdotal experiences are different than what you’ve experienced or read? It’s a phone, not a camera, it’s clearly not going to take the best pictures that have ever been taken in the history of ever.

          • jeff manning

            HDR+ everything

          • GentlemanScholar

            I’ve been using both my new Nexus 5 and Moto X to take pics of my infant and the pics with my Nexus 5 (with HDR+ on) are better quality than the pics I’ve taken with my Moto X (HDR on or off). The user interface and speed can be problematic on the Nexus 5 though.

            Oh, and congrats on the new addition.

          • A.Miller

            Similar situation…. My frustration is how long it takes to snap the photo! Any suggestions?

          • GentlemanScholar

            After what you guys did to us three weeks ago, I’d appreciate if you not speak to me for awhile. I’m still recovering. Thanks.

          • A.Miller

            What?

          • GentlemanScholar

            29-6. -48 rushing yards. Need I say more?

      • tanknspank

        Congrats Kellen!

        • Thanks πŸ™‚

          • Tony G.

            tony is a good name

          • Phil

            What phone are you getting the baby πŸ™‚

          • Joseph Barrientos

            (was gonna insert a tim iPhone joke here but its kinda old lol)

          • James Zhangya

            MYSAGA C3( http://bit.ly/1fG9mYF ) , How do you think ?

          • michael arazan

            Right in time for Google’s new kiddie tablet they are releasing for educational purposes

          • aQuickBit

            Kellen 2.0

          • Chase Chick

            Name him Droid.

          • Ian

            or Fackwors….

          • RoadsterHD1

            Middle name MAXX

          • Elliot

            Ron’s next baby will be named ‘iPhone’.

          • lgreg64

            injoy

        • Paul Hansen

          Grats! I have one of my own on the way. Just found out a few weeks ago. πŸ™‚

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        WOOOOO!!!!! BRING OUT THE CHAMPAGNE AND KIT KATS!!!! WOO!!

      • Raj Bhatt

        Congratulations Kellen, that’s awesome!

      • Jigga_Z

        Woo! Congrats!

      • thefullritz

        Congrats, no wonder you posted so early this am….welcome to sleep deprivation.

      • Rodeojones000

        Congrats brother. Enjoy the sleepless nights and smelly diapers. Now that mine are 10 and 6 you realize how much fun those times actually were.

      • Hayden7200

        Congratulations!

      • EC8CH

        Congratulations!

      • Alexander Garcia

        Awesome!!! Congrats man!!! =)

      • Nicolas Pipitone

        Congrats Kellen!!

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Congrats to you and the Mrs. I wish the newborn early and eternal good health.

      • Trevor

        Congratulations!!

      • thedonxr

        Congratulations Kellen!

      • joejoe5709

        Congrats! Which phone will you be using to call relatives and take photos? Is this “spawn” your first? πŸ™‚

        Edit: Someone asked the same below. πŸ˜›

      • Stevedub40

        Congrats man!

      • Kanaga Deepan N

        Congrats Brother…

      • XvierX

        Cheers!

      • OneForTheGoodDays

        Mazal Tov!

      • Rob

        Congrats dude. Is this your first? My first (and currently only) child is 14 months.

    • droidrazredge

      Maybe Kellex added a new girlfriend to his life or got married. That could be a major life change :).

  • Tim242

    Another reason? You silly fanboys.

    • This blog should be renamed Moto X Life.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Wait, I thought it was supposed to be Nexus Life?

  • macewank

    There are Moto X devices getting 4.4 before my 2013 Nexus 7 tablet.

    • Ryan Powell

      Still waiting for it to hit my 2013 Nexus 7 as well. Guessing I’m on the last stage of Google’s staged roll out.

      • droidrazredge

        I’m still waiting for it as well. People keep telling me on droid-life, “it’s because it’s “staged”, don’t you understand what staged means ?”. My reply is that It should not take 5 days going on 6 to get through the normal update process. Don’t know what is going on. It is possible they are now holding back to fix something. Last time I updated OTA, I got it within hours of the
        release.

        • Chris Hughes

          I totally agree. I’m also tired of being told I can Sideload it.

          I realize that…but I shouldn’t have to.

          This isn’t the end of the world – I mean an OS update isn’t some hill I’m going to die on. But the fact is, I put up with a lot of draw backs with nexus devices (Battery, camera, etc).

          I’ve owned every Nexus since the N1. And despite the draw backs I’ve always been content because I knew I would be getting updates right away and for at least 2 years. That’s important to me. Maybe not to others, but it is to me.

          Now as I gear up to buy a Nexus 5 I’m starting to wonder if maybe it’s nothing more than a cheap off contract phone.

          • Ian

            You’re tired of being told to side load while I am tired of hearing “where’s mah update?”

          • Hothfox

            Both arguments are wearing thin. OTA-ers are right – they shouldn’t have to wait this long for an OTA or have to unlock their phone just to apply a simple update. Sideloaders are right too – you have a Nexus. It’s the world’s easiest phone to “hack”. Except! The Nexus 7 2013 LTE doesn’t have a sideloadable zip. Just the factory images. Which brings us back to the OTA-ers being right.

          • Ian

            It’s not a phone, and while I don’t have the distribution numbers in front of me, I’d venture to guess that the LTE variant makes up a very small minority of the Nexus devices. Also who decides how long we should have to wait for an OTA? There is no set time, when we get it, we get it. OTA’ers are all whiny because they see the techies side-loading the update and are too (choose your adjective) to do it for themselves.

          • Hothfox

            Doesn’t really matter that it’s not a phone. Tablet, whatever. It’s still irritating to be waiting “this long” for the OTA. I think OTA-ers are more patient than you give them credit for. Sure, they whine about it not being out yet, but they’re actually waiting for Google to push the OTA instead of filling up XDA with “OMG HOW DO I DO A FACTORY IMAGE?!” like the “techies” who have a Nexus and don’t know what the eff they’re doing with it.

            My point was, both parties are stupidly annoying. It’s a phone/tablet. Go outside.

          • Ian

            “Filling up XDA with ‘OMG HOW DO I DO A FACTORY IMAGE?'” instead they’re filling up DL with “Where’s mah updatez?”

            I probably go outside more than you, but what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

          • Hothfox

            I don’t understand your hostility. Or how you presume to know how much time I spend outside.

          • Ian

            No hostility. As for the presumptions, I was just making a continuation after you presumed that I was not indeed already outside…when you told me to go outside. πŸ™‚

          • Hothfox

            Fair enough – I meant “go outside” to be directed at everyone whining about the OTA and everyone telling OTA-ers to sideload.

            I just wish the LTE variant took off more, because maybe there would be BOTH an OTA and a sideload. As it is, all there is, is a factory image, which is meh.

          • Hothfox

            replied to myself <.<

          • chris125

            sideloading kind of defeats the whole purpose of a nexus. Nexus are meant to get updates right away so you don’t have to do all the extra to have the update. If that was the case I would just get a skinned device and run a custom rom

          • Jason Brown

            exactly.

          • gorkon

            Agreed. Also having a Nexus DOES NOT mean you HAVE to ROM it. I don’t.

        • gorkon

          No it shouldn’t.

          Quite frankly I like how Amazon has done the Fire OS updates (which is just a modified version of Android…)….

          They have an OTA and if you don’t want to wait a process where you can download it FROM THEM and update it.

          • Adrynalyne

            You mean like the factory images Google provided?

          • gorkon

            It’s not the same. To USE those factory images you have to reset your device. On the Fire you can update your device from the downloaded image….that is you don’t have to wipe it.

            Technically you can get the OTA file and sideload it too…but the OTA people ARE right. There’s NO REASON that the floodgates can’t be opened. I mean COME ON…it’s GOOGLE!

          • Adrynalyne

            You actually don’t have to reset, but anyway….

          • gorkon

            Bzzt. Wrong:

            http://www.android.gs/android-4-4-kitkat-factory-image-for-google-nexus-4-7-and-10-now-available-for-download/

            http://www.anandtech.com/show/7516/android-44-factory-images-now-available-for-nexus-4-7-2012-and-2013-and-10

            http://www.droidviews.com/install-kitkat-factory-image-on-nexus/

            http://www.addictivetips.com/android/install-android-4-4-kitkat-factory-image-on-nexus-4-7-10/

            Using a factory image ALWAYS wipes. If you know of way to use a factory image to get the update WITHOUT a wipe then DO share because that would be new information.

            The only way I know of to update without a wipe is to use the OTA file and side load it or just wait for the OTA.

            As for Amazon’s Fire..you can download a file, update it and that’s it. It’s an official supported method just the same as doing an OTA is.

            Now we all know sideloading works but that’s NOT how Google would want the normal folks to get it. They want them to ONLY use OTA. They don’t even pretend sideloading exists (except to developers).

          • Adrynalyne

            Just because you don’t have the technical knowledge, doesn’t make it wrong.

            Remove the wipe parameter and/or flash the individual images, leaving out userdata. Easy.

          • gorkon

            Um, no I have the knowledge and you saying:

            “Remove the wipe parameter and/or flash the individual images, leaving out userdata. Easy.”

            …Doesn’t make it true….or easy.

            Like I said….share the knowledge. Got a link? I’m interested. Don’t have one? Then maybe you should do some good for the community and write it up! πŸ˜‰

          • Adrynalyne

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2376802

            Still think it isn’t true, buddy? I guess you didn’t know as much as you thought you did.

          • Hothfox

            All well and good for those who had previously unlocked their bootloader. For the waiting OTA-ers, they’d have to now unlock their bootloader, which would wipe their data anyway – might as well just load the factory image straight up if you’re going to do that.

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m not saying its a perfect solution (and for some devices there is a solution for the unlock wipe too), but it is there.

            Google has been steadily moving their development devices into the consumer realm. The problem is, none of their software update methods have. For development devices, in a development environment, nobody sweats wiping data.

          • Hothfox

            True point. I’ll have to look for ways around the unlock wipe. I’m sick of complaining about being sick of waiting.

          • Adrynalyne

            Look for BootUnlocker.

          • Hothfox

            Thank you. Though, it seems like it is not yet compatible with Nexus 7 2013 (not listed on XDA)? It also looks like root is required, which, if you haven’t already unlocked and rooted, you don’t have (I don’t think you can root without unlocking, anyway).

          • Adrynalyne

            Ah, my bad. Well in that case, maybe there is a lesser of two evils here.

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1420351

          • Hothfox

            Interesting. I think I’m going to give the OTA until this weekend to drop, and if it doesn’t, I’ll just unlock the bootloader and deal with restoring my apps and settings. I guess it can’t hurt to have it unlocked for future updates.

        • Adrynalyne

          What experience do you have with global software update rollouts? Just curious.

          • droidrazredge

            I don’t see Motorola, Amazon or Apple having issues distributing the update to a wide range of people. In fact with Amazon, if you want to get it faster they let you download it straight from them without having to side-loaded it. An update should be an update for everyone. Right?

            Yes, you could applaud Google for getting updates out as soon as it can, but it would probably create far less user frustration for Google to release an update when it’s ready for everybody, and then to actually release it for everybody at the same time rather than staggering wireless distributions. This leaves users wondering what day their devices will finally be chosen by Google. Of course, coordinating a simultaneous launch to update everyone at once would be challenging, and arguably perceived as more of a marketing or PR move than technically necessary for a software roll-out.

            To be fair, the typical Android or iOS user may not pay much
            attention to upgrades, and therefore might just be pleasantly surprised when a new update does appear. For the power user, however, the β€œwhen am I getting this?” situation can be frustrating, and lends credence to the idea that Android remains a platform for the nerd-slash-developer crowd. Should Apple offer iOS users wireless, over-the-air updates? Only if and when it has solved the distribution problems Google and others appear not to fully understand or care about. By pushing upgrades through iTunes to almost all of its iOS devices at the same time, it’s already doing better by users than supposedly more advanced competitors.
            My guess is that it won’t abandon a model that works until it has something that works better for everyone.

            Your question of “What experience do I have with global software updates ?” I know how the process works, the procedures that go into it down to how it’s transferred through the infrastructure. I don’t need to “work” at Google to understand how the process works. What I do have experience with is that those companies I listed above don’t have issues with roll-outs. “Do you have experience with Over-the-air or apk alpha- and beta-testing route?” Every non Nexus device I’ve owned and friends have owned have all been able to get updates the same day as they were issued. Since we’re on the topic of OTA updates I suggest you go over to the following post and see how many users are “actually” able to update to 4.4 on the Moto X versus the people still saying “I’m still on 4.3 on my Nexus tablet”. It’s quite said that Motorola is better at this “so called” “staged rollouts” than Google if Motorola even releases uptates in staged roll outs. If they don’t just another reason to ask why Google can’t do it if these other companies can ?

    • Tough to say what the hold-up is since the factory images are already out.

      • droidrazredge

        In my opinion It should not take 5 days going on 6 to get through the normal update process. Don’t know what is going on. It is possible they are now holding back to fix something. Last time I updated OTA, I got it within hours of the release.

      • macewank

        At this point I feel like the fact that these updates still aren’t on all eligible Nexus devices is, at it’s core, a problem with the way Google handles Android updates. Nexus devices should have their updates handled like Apple handles iOS updates: Every eligible device should have it on day one. There’s no reason why they can’t make that happen, yet they choose not to.

        • Tim242

          Apple has released two updates since they released iOS 7. They have 7.1 in beta trying to fix what they have broken. Their update process is not as perfect as you think.

          • Adrynalyne

            4, actually.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I think what he is trying to say is with Apple, at least when the update comes out it is available to all their devices at the same time. Think about if there were 4 updates needing to be pushed out by Google in the same time frame. Most phones/tablets would never get them.

          • gtg465x

            Exactly Franklin. Apple is able to push small updates for bug fixes and minor features because their update system isn’t garbage. Google doesn’t release small updates close together because they can’t. Their update system is way too flawed for that kind of business.

          • Adrynalyne

            Apple is able to push small updates for bugfixes and minor features because they have carrier clout. Let me assure you, if they did not, they would be in the same boat as the rest of us Androidians.

          • macewank

            So why isn’t my Wifi only Nexus 7 2013 running 4.4 yet?

            The issue is not the carriers, the issue is Google.

          • Adrynalyne

            Yet, mine is.

            The issue is, you cannot handle staggered updates. You just want google to open the flood gates, and let things fly the way they are. iOS7 has had 4!!! updates since release to fix the initial release. So much for letting it all out at once, right?

          • macewank

            Not sure I follow your logic.

            Apple opens the floodgates, and releases 4 updates through those same floodgates to resolve issues with the initial build.

            Google staggers their updates, people wait weeks to receive the update, the build doesn’t change, and they get those same bug fix updates later on anyway (*points at Android 4.2.1).

            The UX here doesn’t change. There’s still an update, there’s still a bugfix. The difference is, one is immediate, and one is weeks.

            Once again, the problem is Google. Nexus device should be a day 1 update. For everyone. And we shouldn’t have to factory wipe the damn thing to get it.

          • Adrynalyne

            Well, I am sorry to hear that you have a problem with Google’s update policy. Android apparently is not for you if this is too much to bear.

          • gorkon

            To be fair, you don’t. I understand not wanting to sideload or be told to sideload… πŸ˜‰

          • gorkon

            OK the fact Apple had 4 updates since iOS 7 released has NO BEARING in how they roll it out. Opening the floodgates DOES create problems but it’s mostly in the time it takes for the update to download and the load on Apple’s servers. Once the update is downloaded it usually works. Thats not to say that iOS is perfect and THAT is why there were 4 updates.

          • Adrynalyne

            What?

            Let me clarify. Them opening the floodgates created a mass problem because they did not see how it reacted initially. If they saw the problems it caused early on, they could hold off a little until they fixed it and sent out an updated rollout. So yeah, them releasing 4 updates does have bearing on their rollout model.

          • gorkon

            No it didn’t cause those problems! Inadequate testing did.

            You are confusing delivery mechanisms with testing mechanisms.

            Really they are two different things. Apple HAS EACH and every device….probably multiples of them. They probably have devices made by each factory so they could even test at that level. So they should have been able to figure out the issue LONG before the update. Their testing is what failed and that is separate from delivery.

          • Adrynalyne

            No I am not. It is because of inadequate testing that mass rollouts are risky.

            Look at Samsung stopping their STAGED rollout of 4.3 because of problems they saw as they started rolling it out.

          • gorkon

            They stopped it because they didn’t test it well enough. Again floodgate updates ARE NOT the cause of the problem. NOT TESTING IS!

            Let me explain this another way….

            MICROSOFT releases updates on the second Tuesday of every month. Now they don’t “stage” it. They release them to everyone. So if you want it, you get it. If you don’t, you don’t. They put the responsibility of final testing into YOUR hands. That doesn’t mean that they don’t test it. They do but, as we all know, sometimes a patch breaks something your application depends on. That’s not Microsoft’s fault. They can’t see each and every issue.

            There is NO reason Google can’t do the same. The risk of bricking a phone because of an update is silm to none with Nexus devices.

            Again…staged rollouts are dumb. If someone wants it and wants it now they should be able to tap that button and get it. If they don’t care about it, then they don’t and they get it when they do. The only reason I see for a staged rollout is if your servers that host the file are inadequate for the load…and that’s NOT the case for Google.

          • Adrynalyne

            “Again…staged rollouts are dumb. ”

            So is screwing over everyone’s device with a mass rollout due to crap testing. I am unsure why you can’t understand that. No company can test everything, so it makes sense to test the waters first before diving in. That way if something goes wrong, the impact is minimal.

          • gorkon

            How would you be screwing over everyone’s device? I know some people who have phones that they have NEVER updated. Some people never update apps either!

            The point…if you want it AND it’s on Google’s servers then you should be able to get it. Make it an option that it will automatically get it after some point and before that it will only get it if you tap the update button. The crowd that even thinks about grousing about this is more than qualified to put up with the quirks by tapping the button to get said update. That crowd can even fix the device.

            Apple seems to have this figured out…..yeah it could take time to grab it on day one but at least you have the option…

            I still maintain staged updates are stupid when it comes to phones. If I wanna shoot off my foot…let me. πŸ˜›

          • Adrynalyne

            How?

            Well I will take Apple as an example.

            You don’t have to install iOS7. But it also leaves a 1+GB file on your phone until you do, and you cannot delete it. For those who have limited space–well I have already made my point.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Google is normally very timely with their own updates. I’d like to think if they haven’t let it out yet that there is probably a good reason for it.

          • gtg465x

            Adrynalyne, I’m not even talking about carrier devices right now. I’m referring to Nexus and Google Play Edition updates. Those have no carrier to go through and are just stock Android, yet the Nexus 4, HTC One GPE, and S4 GPE haven’t even started to receive 4.4 OTA updates yet, three weeks after KitKat’s release. And even though OTAs have started for the Nexus 7 and 10, most people still can’t get it without manually sideloading and flashing. It pisses me off to no end that when you press check for update on 90% of Nexus 7s right now, it says no update available, WHEN CLEARLY THERE IS. I understand staging a rollout, but let people that manually press the check for update button get the update. Don’t lie to them.

          • Adrynalyne

            GPE updates still go through the original company….Google does not build those updates. The Nexus 4 has an image online you can flash, or you can grab the ota file. It is a staggered rollout.

            That update button on your phone does not work furing a staggered rollout. It only works when it has been fully rolled out. If you get an update by hitting update, during a staggered rollout, it was by luck.

          • gtg465x

            HTC already built the update for the HTC One GPE and sent it to Google to be pushed out last week. It was front page news. Any further delay since then is on Google’s broken update process.

            Also, Apple staggers rollouts too, but pressing check for updates overrides that and gives you the update if it’s available for your device type. Google needs to make this change.

          • Adrynalyne

            oook. I see what this is about now.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67xwjPF6kYo

          • gorkon

            Yes and no. Ask Verizon Galaxy Nexus OTA people like me….

          • gorkon

            No Apple can do it because it’s in their agreement AND no carrier would want to be without the iPhone so they accept Apple’s deal…or just don’t carry the iPhone.

            I guarantee you that the carriers don’t like it. They accept it but they don’t like it.

          • Adrynalyne

            Which mean they have carrier clout. That is exactly what I said without the details. They have the clout to get carriers to agree to things that other OEMs cannot in their contracts.

          • gorkon

            That’s not carrier clout. That’s not wanting to give up on the sales that iPhone users can bring them. It’s NOT the same. One is the carrier being friendly. The other is the carrier being desperate to make money. The iPhone is usually the latter.

            If a carrier wants to carry the iPhone then you play by Apple’s rules.

            Google also doesn’t MAKE any device…sure they market the Nexus 5 and ChromeBooks but they don’t have their own factories. They are not in a place where they can say do this or else. Apple IS. Apple controls the entire device. Google controls only the software. Big difference. Carriers have to work with LG and Google to set it up. That complicates alot of things.

            Now Google would be SMART if they would just control the whole shebang. Design the hardware. Have someone make it. Sell it NOT as a Nexus (made by LG) but a Nexus made by Google. Pegatron or whoever can manufacture it but Google would have designed it and the software. If they did that, then the carriers would ONLY have to work with Google. Google would be in a much better place to dictate terms.

          • Adrynalyne

            “That’s not carrier clout. That’s not wanting to give up on the sales that iPhone users can bring them. It’s NOT the same. One is the carrier being friendly. The other is the carrier being desperate to make money. The iPhone is usually the latter.”

            Is that so?

            clout
            klout/
            noun

            informal
            influence or power, esp. in politics or business.
            “I knew he carried a lot of clout”
            synonyms:influence, power, weight, sway, leverage, control, say; More

          • gtg465x

            The OS may need some fixing, but the update process is second to none and makes Google look like a retarded amateur. When an iOS update is released, it is available to every iOS device at the same time and if you manually check for updates, you will get the update. The rollout is staged, but it doesn’t prevent people who manually check for the update from getting it like Google does. Even Nexus updates are an exercise in frustration compared to iOS updates.

          • Adrynalyne

            I guess you haven’t read about some of those that it took 8+ hours to download and update? How about the blogs that picked up on a ton of people who had errors when trying to update?

          • gtg465x

            I did. And I would rather get my update in 8 hours than in several weeks or more.

            I own an HTC One, but for what it’s worth, I updated 5 iOS devices to iOS 7 for my family the day it was released and the longest it took was about 3 hours, and that was on an old iPhone 4. Those who said it took 8 hours probably had a slow internet connection, but still, like I said, I would take 8 hours over three weeks or more any day.

          • Adrynalyne

            You are comparing a single family of devices and one company to another that has no carrier clout and many different types of devices. Its just not going to go the way you want. It cannot unless a single entity controls updating.

          • gtg465x

            A single entity does control updating Nexus devices. Google. The carriers have no control of Nexus devices and still Google is having a messy, delayed rollout of 4.4 to its own devices.

          • Adrynalyne

            Google has been staggering updates for years, and you aren’t used to it?

          • gtg465x

            I am used to it, but the more I have to deal with it, the more it bothers me.

          • Adrynalyne

            Answer with your wallet. It is the only language companies understand.

          • gtg465x

            I have before. I switched to iOS for a while and Windows Phone for a while before coming back. Google and/or Android OEMs lost several generations of purchases from me. I also stopped recommending Android phones to friends and family, and a lot of people come to me for phone advice being a mobile app developer. Believe me, Google’s wallet is ever so slightly less padded due to annoyances like this. The update situation alone isn’t enough to get me to switch platforms, but it’s things like this that can end up being the straw that broke the camels back. It pushes people over the edge.

          • gorkon

            BZZT. Wrong.

            From a Verizon Galaxy Nexus Owner still on 4.2…

            Google provides the update and the servers but Verizon has to approve it.

            That is why Verizon no longer has a Nexus device…

          • Adrynalyne

            He is talking about the tablets and carrier free devices.

        • MikeCiggy

          Haha, an update being rolled out is much more proper than Apple’s approach. Did all of facebook, twitter and news articles about update downloading times and failures leave your memory so quick?

          Although Google should be rolling it out quicker, there seems to be an issue.

          • gtg465x

            No. Apple also rolls out updates gradually. The difference is, pressing the check for update forces the update on Apple devices so people who are intentional about wanting the update can get it. People who don’t know or care will get iOS updates over time, just like Google.

          • Adrynalyne

            Eh, I pressed update on my daughter’s iphone more than once on the day an update was released and it was not available, so that is not entirely correct.

        • Jason B

          All I see is a lot of complaining. The Nexus line of devices are developer devices. If you don’t want to flash the factory images, then that’s your problem.

          People are so quick to forgive Apple and always bring up Apple when updates happen. Well, Apple didn’t always have OTA updates. I loathed having to plug the phone into my computer, connect it to iTunes, then have it download the update only to completely f_ck up the phone in the process (had that happen more than once).

          You should be thanking Google for forcing Apple to offer OTA updates.

      • RoadsterHD1

        I think its cause Moto has a lot of making up to do to its customers. Google is helping them out cause they own them now.

    • terry12s

      I’m still waiting for my Nexus 7 2013 to get 4.4 as well….

      • Just side load.

        • Braden Abbott

          I am not going to unlock my bootloader because I’m still in the return period, but on the other hand I want to make sure 4.4 doesn’t make my touch screen go wonky before the return period is over, this is my third Nexus 7 because of it. Stuck in a pickle and I don’t like it Google!

          • Cause its not like you can’t unlock it and relock it and they won’t know…… Its not an HTC device that says relocked or Sammy that says how many times its been flashed, they can’t tell.

          • mec

            it doesnt matter anyway. ADB sideload can be used with a locked bootloader. My nexus 10 is unrooted and locked. i did ADB sideload without issue.

          • Cyber Jethro

            The adb sideload method does not unlock the bootloader.

          • gorkon

            You don’t have to unlock the bootloader to do an adb sideload.

            http://phandroid.com/2013/11/13/how-to-install-kitkat-nexus-7/

      • Pdewet

        me too..wtf.. So frustrating

    • Hothfox

      Srsly. I haven’t heard of ANYONE with a 2013 LTE variant that has gotten the 4.4 OTA. WTF (needed another acronym just for giggles).

    • jadeveon da destroyer

      my 2012 nexus still no update is this tablet suppose to get it?

  • A.Miller

    Will this be dependent on carriers to update it? Meaning, VZW MotoX may not get it until much later than when Moto actually updates it?

    • NorCalGuy

      Read the second paragraph

    • tanknspank

      With this being a VZW soak test, as long as everything works, once the soak test concludes it can be less than a week for the update is released. Very well could be the first X with 4.4 for all we know.

      • Dan

        This would make people’s heads explode.

  • Cody Revels

    I like the motox alot but you guys really are fanboys on this phone. Haha.

    • It’s worth the fanboyism.

      • Cody Revels

        I’m just not as smitten with it as some others I guess. Its great but it doesn’t perform like a quad core. Also while active notifications is cool it kinda gets to my ocd when it blinks for no reason I have to fight the urge to turn the screen off each time.
        i will especially miss the quick capture camera gesture when I go to the Nexus 5 though.

        • bd1212

          What? Doesn’t perform like a quad core? There’s no difference. Look at the Moto X and Nexus 5 side by side and show me how much faster the Nexus 5 does anything? I’ve tested this myself with my Moto X and my cousins Nexus 5. Guess what? There’s no difference in terms of speed, lag, or general responsiveness.

          • Joseph Barrientos

            while i think theyre both fast, the N5 does out perform it, i too have tested and when running lots of apps/and or heavy apps, N5 is slightly better man

        • Adrynalyne

          Quad cores don’t perform like quad cores either…

          One day, when Android uses all those cores like it should…may quad cores be relevant. The S800 isn’t fast because of quad core, it is fast because its at frickin 2.26ghz.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            It’s funny how Android fanatics like to argue with Apple fanatics about specs and this and that. It kills me they cannot see this fact. There is no point to a quad core in a phone except in marketing. While I have the 5S, I LOVE the MotoX. It is finally getting the idea that the experience of the device as a whole is what matters, and not just OEMs being able to wave the “biggest, fastest, most this and that” flag over and over. If the user experience is crap, the hardware doesn’t mean a darn thing.

            2.26ghz is fast because it’s fast, exactly as you pointed out. πŸ™‚

        • socarwolverine

          You know you can swipe away the active display notification if you want it to stop? You don’t even have to hit the power button.

        • Turn it over πŸ˜›

          I don’t think I need to say anything about the performance, since bd1212 said it best. However, coming from a DNA, the performance is night and day better. Very happy with my purchase.

          • LionStone

            Night and day better than your DNA maybe, what did you do to it!?

          • I never had as fluid or buttery of an experience as on the Moto X right now. And I used default skin for a month, as well as CM 10.1 and 10.2 later on.

          • LionStone

            My initial impression after testing the moto x and the other top units in the VZ store, X and the One were the best performers, but certainly not night and day with my DNA. I mean I can have that sucker on in 2 seconds and fire off 99 shot bursts without a hitch? I have 2 Xs on the way so I will have some more time to really check it out.

      • Tim242

        Only 500,000, sold.

        • Adrynalyne

          In a few weeks…in Q3…and not all carriers got it at the same time…and initial launch was US only…

          A number without a context don’t mean diddly.

        • I think the AT&T exclusivity for MotoMaker really hurt the initial sales.

          • Tim242

            I doubt that. Nobody even really knows about that. Out of the few that do, not many care.

          • Joseph Barrientos

            isnt that the point.

          • Exactly the point. If Verizon marketing had gotten behind the feature or even if the big 4 were all talking about it, more people would know and potentially want to make use of the service.

          • and lack of the 32gb option. as soon as both were available, we jumped. And I’m glad I did — I was hoping Moto X would get the KitKat update faster than the Droid phones.

          • Ender

            Keep in mind that only 500,000 were sold in the United States. Other devices such as iPhones and Galaxies include worldwide sales in their numbers.

        • John Galt

          We all are fools and sheep, and should have bought that god awful note 3 instead, right Tim? Or are you just mad that people finally can get a red phone. A RED PHONE TIM! AHAHAHAHAHAHAH A RED PHONE THAT IS ON VERIZON. AHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

          Look at it at weep, chump.

        • NickMotoX

          Where has this been 100% confirmed by Moto/Google? No where! Yup that’s right just an analyst said this.

          • Tim242

            I guess you are ignorant of the fact that Google and Moto have always been too scared to release sales figures

          • NickMotoX

            Not really….When Google releases earning statements every quarter they are not afraid at all to tell everyone where Moto stands even if it’s a high operating loss.

          • Tim242

            I said sales figures, not profit and loss. Google doesn’t release sales figures for Nexus devices, Moto doesn’t release sales figures for their phones.

        • Wolfpack93

          AKA 500,000 happy KitKat users (soon to be 500,001).

          • Tim242

            Please tell me what 4.4 has that 4.3 or 4.2 doesn’t? It’s mostly just UI tweaks. I know there are a few under the hood changes, but none that will change your experience. They can definitely keep that awful launcher. Nova should be the GEL. I like Google, but not a blind fanboy.

          • Adrynalyne

            KitKat is more about under the hood changes. I guess you aren’t technical enough to understand that.

            Bummer.

          • Tim242

            Yeah. I mentioned that. But on a device that is already smooth and fast, those won’t change the experience. The iPhone 5S has a 64 bit processor under its hood. Users won’t know the difference. Your comprehension skills are lacking.

            Bummer.

          • Adrynalyne

            Except that you are wrong. 4.4 does perform better than 4.3. Too bad you are on a Note 3, and wouldn’t see it anyway due to Touchjizz killing any performance increase that may have been gained.

          • Tim242

            Fast is fast my friend. You are probably one of those people that complain about LTE speeds “only” being 20 Mbps instead of 50. You are such a troll, you should hang out at BGR.

          • Adrynalyne

            Pot.kettle.black

            I get 30-50+ down on LTE, so I am not sure what you are talking about.

            And yes, fast is fast. Faster is better.

          • Ender

            4.4 is all about ART runtime, which pre-compiles all applications. This should make the applications much smoother and consume less battery life.

          • Tim242

            Well, ART does absolutely nothing. This has been reported by many sites.

          • Ender

            True, but that is because the developer needs to reconfigure their application to use ART runtime instead. Most have not done so yet.

        • Booyah

          And Samsung has reportedly sold 800,00 Galaxy Gears. Clearly, sales figures don’t dictate quality. Moving on.

    • greyhulk

      The phone didn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserved. The bloggers seem to be the only ones singing its praises. The general consumer glances right past it. I have had just about every flagship phone for the last few years and the Moto X is my favorite. I just sent back my Nexus 5. I couldn’t see what it offered me over the Moto X and actually missed my active notifications and touchless control when using it. The camera is also better on the Moto X for the simple fact that the interface isn’t stupid and the shutter is much faster.

      Appreciating a phone that you own or have owned isn’t being a fanboy. It’s simply being vocal about something that other people are discounting for very inane reasons (specs).