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Verizon Moto X Soak Test is Ready, is Definitely Kit Kat (Updated: With Changelog)

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You are probably struggling to believe this, but yes, the Verizon Moto X does indeed appear to be the first up for a Kit Kat update from Motorola. We first saw soak test invites go out last week for a new update for Big Red’s variant, with most of us assuming it would be Android 4.4 thanks to comments made by Motorola’s CEO during the Moto G announcement, who said it should arrive within a few weeks. In a forum post this morning to the private Motorola forum for soak tests, we get a confirmation on it actually being 4.4. Talk about a quick turn-around.  

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The soak should arrive “sometime very soon.” Assuming the test goes well, the update should push to the masses shortly after, often times within a week.

Here is the changelog:

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So now we’ve got Verizon as first to Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 and first to Android 4.4 on the Moto X. Is this a new Verizon?

Cheers M, M, J, K, S, T, H, B, M, K, D, R, T and whoa!

  • Sam Milton

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  • David Owens

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  • Kasey Hendrickson

    Anybody gotten the update yet?

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    So for BigRed users looking for Nexus, Moto X looks like the next best thing…

  • George264

    Ridiculous how the N4 and my N7 2013 has still not received KitKat

  • bvazkez

    No wonder the update hasn’t been pushed out yet, someone actually copied and pasted the (private) site page to get a scoop. Theres rumor that they might cancel the push now. Thanks

  • Richard Giordano

    cant wait for the new droids get the soak test next.

  • Annoyed

    Thanks to the lack of integrity of the “re-labelled guest” who earlier posted the soak change log the log was pulled from the site and this soak and the MFN itself has been put in serious jeopardy. If you can’t abide by the rules stay out. Don’t wreck it for everybody.

    • needa

      this isnt the first time the changelog has been posted.

  • ROB

    Make sure you initiate ART when the update is done. My battery life on my Nexus 5 is a lot better now.

  • i dont regret my choice to go with the HTC One and i love it, but this just makes me crazy jealous. ugh.

  • Seiga

    I don’t think this is the “new” Verizon so much as it is the culture changes in the phone manufacturer, especially with Motorola’s overhaul. A year ago, we didn’t have Google Play version phones for S4 and HTC One, or the massive Nexus devices. And a year ago, Motorola was their own company before Google bought them out. A lot has changed in the mobile industry, especially with Android that make these faster updates possible. Eventually, there may be a point where Google can push all software out at once to all Android supported devices. And that will say a lot since that will once and for all obliterate fragmentation.

  • jimt


  • lensgrabber

    Where are the GSM Dev Edition soak tests? I signed up for MFN but still nothing.

  • Is this the first non Nexus device with an official upgrade to Kit Kat?

    • BlackMaGiC1o0

      Apparently Soo

  • Aaron

    So is the X getting the google experience launcher since the change log says restyled status and navigation bars?

  • Mike

    Verizon has gotten plenty of android flavors first. It’s not really a new Verizon it’s Verizon walking away from a recent slump.

  • jimt

    That’s what Verizon wants you to think!

  • subiedude85

    My X should be in the mail tomorrow or the next day and this news has me counting the minutes till it’s arrival.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    This is AWESOME! Got my Moto X on Thursday and I’m happy with it. But could someone tell me with this update will the battery life get even better on the Moto X??

    • NickMotoX

      It should! Kit kat helps run more efficient and should give you even better battery life.

  • Bryan

    So happy I got a Verizon Moto X last week. This is good news!

  • Chase Chick

    So I wonder if they are going to integrate the stock Caller ID thing. I’ve already disabled that crapware called ID on my Moto X

    • tharealoc

      that ID crap is from verizon…it will most likely stay on the phone. Best thing to do is disable it before you accidentally enable the service. Rumor is that it will automatically start charging directly to your bill after the free period..

      • socarwolverine

        They’ve had that program before and it never automatically charged. It just goes away until you click the icon in the app drawer, then it ask you to pay.

  • Capt. Crunch

    So if i get a $300 Moto X from Republic wireless could I use it on T-Mobile?

    • tharealoc

      nope, republic is sprint based using cdma

  • jimt

    Verizon is trying to stop the flow of customers to other service providers by rushing this to Verizon users because they don’t have the Nexus 5. It is similar to what they did with the galaxy gear watch and GS4 update.

    • AbbyZFresh

      It’s Verizon’s fault they don’t have the Nexus 5. They have no one to blame but themselves.

      And besides, i don’t think they’ll lose that many customers because the Nexus 5 is not a phone targeted for the masses. It’s meant for a smaller market unlike the Moto X.

  • Droid4Life

    Looks like I have gotten over my spec sickness. I was all abroad the G2 train and even had it ordered until Verizon wouldn’t honor it and said I placed order too late for sale. Well now I have a Moto X on the way and even though it may not be spec beast, I like all the other factors about it. Anybody with an X that can assure me I made right decision and that it’s awesome???

    • Droid4Life


    • Bryan

      My wife has an S4 and I now have the Moto X. This is the best phone I have ever owned or used. You’ll love it.
      Like so many others have said, it feels great in the hand. It’s a pleasure to use and just works.

    • NickMotoX

      Once you use Active display and notifications you’ll never want another phone that doesn’t have it. At least that’s how I feel!

    • bd1212

      I came from a G2 and my Moto X blows it out of the water. You’re gonna love it.

  • richkoos

    Yea I haven’t even gotten 4.4 on my nexus 7 2013…

  • BodomSlayer

    It’d be a new Verizon if they let us upgrade before the 24 month mark.

  • Jason Kahn

    Wow, KitKat on the Moto X and my Nexus 7 hasn’t even gotten the OTA yet. What happened at Verizon, first they admit their network actually sucks in big cities, the they start turning updates around faster than the other carriers.

  • Booyabobby

    Hahahaha this must be a dream.

  • “I have your update”
    “No….that’s not true…..THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE!!!!”
    “Search your feelings you know them to be true.”

  • a3uge

    Hope they have Verizon Navigator and Verizon Tones fully tested before releasing 4.4… said no one ever.

  • alanmul324

    Company who is small, an underdog and under pressure to succeed is more likely to disrupt. I see G’s Motorola being one.

    • AbbyZFresh

      With Google’s financial backing and support, Motorola won’t be going anywhere. They will continuously be pushed to make their phones better and innovative so they will be completely ready to be fully morphed into Google’s hardware division and not a separate company any longer.

  • Geoffrey Gunter

    My Verizon Moto X is expected to arrive tomorrow!

    • Jeremy Gross

      how? motorola said evenryone was having toruble ordering through motomaker

      • Geoffrey Gunter

        What problems are you referring to? The only thing I can say that I did differently was get a pin through Verizon first as opposed to just using my credit card on motomaker.

        • Jeremy Gross

          i enter in all account information, and it says it cannot be found, the sale ends today, moto customer service could not help me, they said they would try to get back within 48 hours. really dont want to miss the deal

      • Aaron

        I ordered mine through motomaker last night without using a pin and it went through fine with no errors.

      • myrddinman

        I wish I could say that mine is arriving tomorrow, but I have been having quite the frustrating experience with MotoMaker. I ordered last Tuesday, 12th, with a delivery date of the 16th (Saturday).

        Thursday, 14th, I received an email saying that my order was put on hold and to call. Upon doing so I was told that everything was fine and that it would ship either that night or the next day (Friday).

        On Friday evening, I received a phone call from Texas (I assume the plant), saying the same thing as the previous email. After being put on hold for about 20 minutes, I was told once again that all was fine and that the phone would be shipped by the next day. I mentioned that this was the same response I got the day before, but the rep told me that now everything was good to go and that he would upgrade my order to expedited.

        After not receiving a shipping notification by the next day (when I was told it would ship), I called back and relayed what has transpired. I was told once again that everything looked good and that I should be receiving my X on Monday.

        Well, after not seeing a shipping email by this afternoon, I decided to call once again and was put on hold for 30 minutes while the activation rep got in touch with shipping. She then came back to tell me that for some reason my order is clear in her system but not in the other. She then asked to speak to a supervisor and came back to tell me that the order is packaged and ready to ship either tonight or first thing tomorrow morning, and if I don’t receive a tracking number by tomorrow evening, to call back.

        Sorry for the long post, but this is supremely frustrating; and until I get a shipping notification and tracking number, I am doubtful I will receive it anytime soon.

        Is anyone else having this issue?

    • Droid4Life

      I’m getting mine on Wed. Initially had the G2 ordered through Verizon sale last week but they didn’t honor it and said I placed order too late. I cancelled and now took advantage of Moto X sale. I hope I like it.

  • duke69111

    Do the other oem’s do soak tests?

  • Jeremy Gross

    to bad motorola isnt letting me upgrade, something is wrong with their site

  • S2556

    And Motorola beats Google on ota because my new n7 is still sitting at 4.3 I know I can upgrade manually but I’ve done that for every upgrade I’ve got. I wanted to give ota a try but damn it horrendously slow.

  • mcdonsco

    Does this mean the maxx will follow soon?

    • socarwolverine

      Couple weeks after the MotoX gets it’s full rollout, if they do like they did with the last update. Keep hope alive.

  • Chris Hughes

    It says something that the Moto X on verizon is getting this before my N4, or my Nexus 7s (2012 or 2013)

    Not sure if what it saying is good…or what it means. But my love of the Nexus brand is not exactly sky high right now.

    And yes, I realize I can side load. But I shouldn’t have to…

  • Allen George

    WTF, LG where is the G2 Update for 4.3 or 4.4

  • DC_Guy

    Dear Samsung:

    Get your SH*T together!


    A Note 3 Owner

    • AbbyZFresh

      Why should they? all that matters to them is they get their profits simply out of selling their phones. Which they have proven time and again can sell easily. Updates mean nothing to them when they can simply just put the update in their next model of phones to make more money and waste less time.

  • Albert

    How will the connect extension for chrome work with the new hangouts/mms default?

    • tharealoc

      I’m sure moto will be fixing the issue in the release. Eventually the assist app will be getting updates in the play store like their other apps

    • Weber

      I wondered the same. I love using Hangouts on my phone, but not having SMS/MMS integration in the Hangouts Chrome extension is kind of a problem. I’m sticking to the stock messenger for now. Although, I’m not a fan that Connect doesn’t have MMS integration yet. I’d rather have Kit Kat first, though, and I’ll complain about the other stuff later.

    • Chase Chick

      My problem was that Hangouts doesn’t work with driving mode and having my texts read back to me. Until then I’m sticking with stock messaging app. The driving mode functionality is just way too important.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        If they are integrating the new Hangouts, I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt that they got Assist workign with it. The new SMS/MMS APIs in KitKat likely helped them a good bit in that regard. Only one SMS app can be set as default, but anything can read them.

  • John Clausen

    It’s pretty cool how we’re skipping 4.3 and going straight to the good stuff. Now, as long as Verizon doesn’t take until 5.0 to push this to the masses, I’ll be happy.

    • JWil

      It says on the private part of the site that the soak will only be a few days. I can only assume it will be pushed to the rest of Verizon users right after that.

  • Matt Brooke

    Anyone know the first rule of Fight Club?

  • Kenneth cox

    Knew I made the right decision by not listening to people saying it needed a snapdragon 800 to be a good phone. That is amazing good job moto excited to try out kit kat

    • Adrynalyne

      You mean those stuck on 4.3?


  • cjohn4043

    Wow…will the Moto X really get 4.4 OTA before my Nexus 7 (2013)? We shall see..

    • anezarati

      yup, my N7 and N4 (of course) don’t have 4.4 yet. i am leaning towards a moto x over the N5 now.

      • cjohn4043

        The smaller form factor, customizable hardware, and Motorola’s features are looking better and better.

      • DroidzFX

        If the off contract price was lower it would be a winner. But lower specs for 150 more just doesn’t make sense.

        • tharealoc

          Specs alone do not make a phone great

        • Chase Chick

          Trust me man, I was hung up on this as well. This phone flies.

        • Mark

          When will you people realize that specs aren’t always everything in a phone. LG G2 has the best processor on the market and it lags. The Moto X virtually has zero lag with a processor that is over a year old. Please get the benchmark nerdiness out of your head and realize that overpowered specs mean nothing without proper software optimization.

          • duke69111

            My G2 doesn’t lag and I have 92 apps installed plus the preinstalled lg apps.

          • guest

            your brain is used to lagginess/jank ..so you dont see it ..once you switch to a nexus device or moto x ..you will see what you were missing ..

          • joejoe5709

            I just loaded pure stock 4.4 on my 2013 N7 and I do not see any lag with my G2 vs the N7. If there is lag, it’s certainly not enough to bother me. A minimalist skin is of course going to require less hardware to run well – thus the appeal of stock Android. The G2 likely *needs* those specs to run as well as it does. Not only that, but with a larger screen you’re going to need more processing power to push all those pixels. So pixel per Ghz, I’d say they’re just about even.

            That said, I think LG did a decent job with the software and it’s not quite as janky as TouchWiz. I can’t wait to see what LG does with Kit Kat.

          • Mark

            Playing with a G2 in the store revealed lag when swiping down the top notification bar, opening the camera, and navigating in the app drawer. If your phone can’t get simple, minute tasks like that with a Snapdragon S800, your software is obviously crap.

            The point I am trying to make to these benchmarking nerds is that Moto X went for a great user experience and they nailed it. Do you expect a great user experience to be free? And does everyone else also know that Google heavily subsidizes their Nexus devices? I have a very bad feeling that the majority of people whining about the Moto X’s average specs have no idea how the industry works. They just go about touting the latest device’s hardware internals (even though, for the 100th time, it means nothing when the software isn’t optimized for it.)

          • tharealoc

            When you pay the premium price for the moto X, you aren’t paying for the hardware alone, you are paying for the time and brain power that went into creating an awesome experience. It’s the same as paying someone to fix your computer, you don’t pay for the tools they use, but their knowledge.

          • EdubE24

            I’m calling bullsh*t on your played with in store “test results”. This is the first Android device that I’ve owned that hasn’t presented any lag on it. The G2 simply flies!

          • Jason B

            Krait 300 is not a year old. It’s the same as the Snapdragon 600.

            The Moto X’s MSM8960Pro is a custom processor made for Motorola with Krait 300 cores (not Krait 200, like last year’s S4 Pro).

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            You could also look at it as a binned version of the SD600, which is a closer comparison.
            But yes, it is a custom SoC comissioned by Motorola. Next year’s model will likely be a dual-core Krait 400, unless quad-core apps show some significant increase in usage, or are trending that way (hint: until the iPhone is quad core, that won’t happen).

          • srn

            Can I get an amen! Got my X on Friday and it is just silky smooth. You just simply can’t go wrong with this phone.

        • anezarati

          i dont know about lower specs, but the price is a big factor into determining which one to get.

      • NeedName

        lack of mhl/slimport/hdmi out of some type really bums me out. . miracast isn’t going to cut it.

  • socarwolverine

    And as a Droid Maxx owner, I now have some hope.

    • AbbyZFresh

      This is a Moto X soak. Not a Droid soak.

      Motorola’s priority is the X. Droids are second(or in Verizon time, 2 months)

      • socarwolverine

        Seeing as they have the same hardware (aside from the screen) and same software, and the fact that the last MotoX update led to the same droid update a couple weeks later, I think I have a fair reason to hope that the Droids wont have to wait too long after this is pushed.

    • joejoe5709

      The Moto X is a bit… special. Google has more of a hand in the Moto X than it did with the Droids. Plus it’s technically the Motorola flagship – even above the Droids so of course it’ll get the update much quicker. Let’s hope you’re right because it seems Motorola is committed to faster upgrades.

      • socarwolverine

        Yes, but if verizon can work this fast on what is essentially the same as the Droids, there is no reason to think they can’t get the Droid update within a couple of weeks after the Moto X, like they did with the last update.

    • UndergroundWire

      Moto X is the flagship. My guess is once all carriers get it, we will see it on the Droid Maxx/Ultra.

      • socarwolverine

        Perfectly reasonable. But none the less, if how they handled the last update is any indication, and with identical hardware/software, Droid owners won’t be left out to dry.

  • Brian Kircher

    Thats pretty impressive considering my Nexus 10 hasnt gotten 4.4 yet… This can only mean that the Droid Maxx isnt far behind. Can anyone shed any light on the Nexus 10 not getting it yet?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Oh yeah

  • AbbyZFresh

    My Nexus 4 still doesn’t have KitKat. If the Moto X gets it first, i’m jumping ship immediately.

    • NickMotoX

      From the looks of it…it should be released to the masses either end of this week r beginning of next!

  • whoa

    Wonder if it has AWS LTE support

  • Ben Adelson

    I didn’t get an invite! 🙁

    • Mark

      Post more on Motorola’s community, or make sure that your profile is 100% set up on Motorola’s forums including your ICCID.

  • lgreg64

    Welcome to Bizarro World

  • MichaelFranz

    Moto & VZW just went from a golf cap to a standing applause.

  • Ray Gray

    maybe Verizon is paying man. off to get builds out first…

  • Nw_adventure

    Wife just ordered thru Moto maker yesterday- She has no idea what kit kat means – lol

    • AbbyZFresh

      Is your wife a longtime iOS user?

      • Nw_adventure

        Yep- its going to take awhile to get her up to speed on Android but she just cant stand IO7 and her small outdate iphone 4s

        • ForrestTracey

          wow… I’d love to hear a follow up on what she thinks about Android after she get’s up to speed with the new system. I’ve had iOS people tell me that they had no idea that a phone could do these things and no idea why anyone would use or go back to iOS LOL. But everyone is different.

    • Robert Macri

      Easy – Get a new wife.

      • Adrynalyne



      • Nw_adventure

        Down vote – lol

  • Ray Gray

    kind of Jellly that the X will get 4.4 before chirstmas and as a S4 owner i will probably get it around may

  • George Fayad
    • Mr E

      Caught in a landslide, No escape from reali tea….

    • Fresh360

      You sir have won the internets…

  • Lunkman

    Great phone, got mine Friday, and great news about the update…but PLEASE stop showing pics of woven white, which has been “not available” on Motomaker since last Monday. I settled for woven black and love the phone, but it still stings a little….

    • Stnkycheezman

      i like how the back of the woven white looks, but the front looked weird and cheap too me…I don’t like how the sensors and stuff on the face could be seen either

      • Lunkman

        Indeed- that’s why I would have went black front, woven white back, blue accents…it certainly looked good on motomaker!

  • AbbyZFresh

    That settles it. Forget the Nexus 5, the Moto X is the real deal if this is the KitKat soak.

  • Razball

    Same with 7 and 4

  • Razball

    Unbelievable Nexus 10 has yet to get the ota

    • AbbyZFresh

      And my Nexus 7.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Just verifying, the $449 price I see on vzw with month to month is my ticket to keeping unlimited data?

    • Scott

      Off contract yes. But that is only assuming Verizon doesn’t yank unlimited data either. No one really knows, but many are calling Verizon’s bluff.

    • Chase Chick

      Get on contract for $49. They didn’t let me keep unlimited, but they did offer me 6 gigs for $30 without having to change anything else about my contract. I think I will have a hard time using 6 considering that I was never even using 2.

      • Chris Hughes

        I was told that only worked if I used the “Edge” program. They almost had me and it wasn’t until the end that the rep said something… Make sure you didn’t get signed up for that without knowing it

        • Chase Chick

          Nope my plan was the same. I went though the whole process and got the phone on motomaker. It just said my data plan was not available. So I called in and they said I had to go to 2gb, but they had a deal where I could get 6gb, but I had to do that once I actually got the phone. So I ordered, got the phone, called in and sure enough they just signed me right up for 6gb without much of a hassle. They didn’t even say anything about the Edge program. Worked like a charm.

          • Chris Hughes

            Awesome. I’m done with contracts regardless but I was considering that until they told me I had to be on EDGE.

            In may ways I’m happy they did. I think I would have regretted the contract

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        I use 12-15GB per month. Streaming radio all day at work every day mostly.

        I really want to go to TMo and get a N5, but my wife really would rather keep VZ. It just works is her answer. So rather torn and trying to find the best solution. Issue for me with VZ is network speeds (they claim end of year fix) and the inability to easily travel with it.

  • JermaineFerrell

    Verizon has been on their game as far as updates goes. First ones with S4 update and now this. And arguably this device with kit kat would fair better than a nexus device with motomaker, touchless control and active notifications along with the perfect in hand feeling. Wow Verizon came out on top with this. WOW!

  • joejoe5709

    Wow. I hope this isn’t half baked. Props to Motorola! The relationship with Google (and relatively stock Android) is obviously paying off. First major OEM to Kit Kat? That’s huge for street cred.

    REALLY hoping that LG/Verizon can get their act in gear for my G2. I think LG’s UI will play really nice with Kit Kat. This phone is a battery beast. I can’t imagine what Kit Kat’s memory and battery optimizations will do to this thing.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Maybe they got an early access code to KitKat as part of the benefits of being part of Google. Plus the fact they want to revitalize their broken brand by proving themselves to the max.

      • joejoe5709

        Agreed. Supposedly Google wasn’t going to play favorites, but you know it’s a factor. And having a minimal skin makes it easier to update. Samsung, HTC, and LG will have a tougher time bumping to Kit Kat. I hear good things though. It almost seems like all the OEMs are stepping up their game with quick updates. Which is good because a decision can be made on historical update timelines. If we could wait 1-3 months rather than 4-6 months that would be fantastic.

        • Adrynalyne

          All companies had access to KitKat prior to announcement or general availability on AOSP.

          They have private branches that contain the latest code (usually newer than AOSP, and contains gapps).

  • ITGuy11

    <……..Falls off chair

  • Mike Henderson

    How does one get into the Verizon soak test group?

    • Scott

      Log into the Motorola forums.

  • Droidzilla

    Is this real life?

    • Mr E

      too slow, see above

      • Droidzilla

        Glad I was slow; I meant it like the kid that was on drugs from the dentist on YouTube, not like Queen.

  • PJ

    Excited for this soak test. I just received my email a few mins. ago. To be honest i did not think i would see kit kat on my phone before my nexus 7 (2012). Now if google would send my OTA to my tablet i can have double the kit kat goodies.

    • John Sanatar

      It’s so strange how slowly the OTAs are rolling out. I was impatient and installed on my N7 (2013), but my girlfriend still hasn’t seen any KitKat goodness on hers.

      • joejoe5709

        Me too. I let it go a week and then just updated it myself. I’m giving up on the ROM game for while – especially for my tablet. Stock Android is just so beautifully simple. And man… does Kit Kat fly on the N7?! Wow.

    • Doug

      Was just about to post this exactly… Unbelievable that my VZW moto X is getting KitKat before my Nexus device.

  • Booyah

    Who needs a Nexus when you have Moto X?!

    • I keep on going back and forth between keeping the N5 and returning it for the MotoX.

      • joejoe5709

        Why? Except for size, you’re no better off with the Moto X.

        • I like the actual always on voice listening.

          • joejoe5709

            Awesome feature, for sure. But for long-term performance the N5 is the way to go.

          • That’s what I keep telling myself. It’s such a first world problem.

          • joejoe5709

            Lol. It definitely is. I don’t think you can go wrong either way though. Don’t get me wrong. I just think that if you’ve already got the N5, stick with it. If touchless controls are your thing, I bet some dev will find a way to tap into the Snapdragon 800’s listening functionality and port over Moto’s flagship feature. And if on Verizon, it seems the Moto X is not much of a “downgrade”. That’s really the big news here if you ask me. Way to go, Moto!

          • guest

            no dev can port it ..its not as easy as you think ..moto did its own code which is not available public and it is tailored to there own low power core, it cannot be ported to qcom core ever ..unless moto releases there propreity technology to whole world ..not going to happen ..

          • joejoe5709

            You’re probably right. But it’s my understanding that it’s within the realm of possibility if someone was able to write the software. Maybe once the S800 becomes the majority processor.

          • guest

            its not about just the software, the algorithms and the parameters are trained for the mic’s and there placement on moto x, you have a DSP/speech scientist to do that much of work to be able to port it (assuming source code is available)

          • mag12

            Can’t be ported without destroying battery life. Moto X has custom hardware. You can’t really say that nexus has better hardware either. Sure it has a better primary processor. It does not have hardware speech recognition which the Moto X does.
            This is one place where I don’t agree with how android devices are marketed. Almost all the blogs call moto x hardware as old or mid range. Unfortunately all of these reviews are written by non technical people. Cause when it comes to devices like this you can just throw more hardware at the problem. I would choose custom hardware and better battery life for a phone.

          • joejoe5709

            The S800 is capable of low power/always listening. We just need the software.

          • Chase Chick

            Touchless control and active notifications are simply awesome. I was in agony over N5 over Moto X. I can soundly say that Moto X and those features I don’t think I would be able to live without. And the battery is phenomenally better than the Gnex which I now retire. Driving mode is another feature that cannot be understated. So accurate and useful!

          • Khary Anderson

            I have yet to get driving mode to work. My text messages are never read aloud when driving mode is activated. what am i doing wrong? Thanks

          • tharealoc

            check the box to have them read aloud, but it does not do it right way. there is a prompt asking if you want them read each time

          • Khary Anderson

            I’ve checked the box in the Assist app. I have never seen this prompt you refer to

          • tharealoc

            it is a voice prompt. when the assist app sees you are driving, it enables the driving portion. when a message is received, the phone will show an image of the person who texted you and it will say something similar to ” new text message from *name*, Say listen to hear message or say cancel”

            if it is not working for you, I’m not sure. maybe clear cache and re enable the features..

          • Chase Chick

            It won’t work if you switched to Hangout for your messaging I discovered. Switching back to stock messaging fixed it for me. Also you have to make sure to enable it in Assist.

          • Dave Stevens

            Works with Hangouts now

          • Chewey246

            make sure you go into the assist then in driving make sure it is checked to talk to me and then go hit the tab and make sure in the next area it says read text messages and tell me who’s calling. If you have already done that I apologize but that is all I can think of

          • Brett Black

            Try clearing the cache and data in moto assist. I had this problem and once i did this it fixed the problem

          • Dopplganger

            Is your Location Access on? It uses GPS to signify when you’re driving. Also do you have Driving Mode enabled? Another thing to check is if you are using the stock messaging app in order to send and receive texts. It will not read aloud if you are using a third party messaging app like Chomp, Handcent, etc.

          • hiltoab

            I’m not sure, it seems hit or miss. Mine works most of the time, while my wife’s has never worked. It shows she is driving, but never tells her a call or text are coming in.

          • Stnkycheezman

            does your phone not go into driving mode at all? or do you just not hear notifications? do you have “talk to me” checked in the setting of motorola assist > driving mode? do you have bluetooth built into your car? I’ve heard that some BT systems don’t support that feature. I know I’ve had cars where you had to switch my stereo input to bluetooth for you to hear anything at all come out from you phone. My current ride will accept my phone pushing audio directly to the speakers even when not on a bluetooth input.

          • CaptainDisillusion

            STINKY CHEESE MAN! I loved that book.

          • Stnkycheezman

            Can’t catch me cause i’m the stinky cheese man

          • SweetBrown

            Happened to me too. Go to Apps and find moto assist in the list and clear data and cache and reopen the app and set whatever you want. Worked great for me good luck.

          • SchwannyT

            Oh that is the best feature. As soon as you start moving you should see a little “road” icon to tell you your in driving mode. If you don’t see that its either not active or something is blocking it (no gps?). Have someone take you for a ride so you can play with it.
            Now if they would just make it so you could activate a hands free mode even when your not driving!

          • SuperChargedJ

            Delete the cache and the data from Motorola Assist and make sure your GPS is on. Give a few minutes while you’re driving and then it should work fine. I had this problem too before I did what I recommended to you.

          • Guest

            go to the assist app. and click on driving. then check the read back messages.

          • david ruiz

            I was having a tough time with this for a while and no one mentioned that I need to have the person saved as a contact to have the option for moto to read text to me. I’d you were hoping for all texts to be read, it doesn’t support that.

          • Booyabobby

            Active Notifications is a must have for me. If Motorola makes their future phones like the X then they have me as their permanent customer.

      • OMJ

        I just got my N5 this morning and I will be happily selling my X. Active display will be missed but the large display and better hardware for the longterm life of the phone made it an easy choice.

        • edoggy

          By better hardware you mean display and processor? I find the Moto X to feel more solid and sturdy in the hand. The chassis on the N5 felt cheap. I find the color reproduction on the Moto X to better (richer, and better blacks), and it seemed equally fast and snappy open and running apps.

        • seryozha

          what model is it? how much?

          • OMJ

            Vzw Dev edition. Like new condition always had screen protector. Looking for $450

        • Pakmann2k

          Ironically this is why I got a droid instead of the X. A little tougher build and larger display. I am not leaving VZW so the nexus was never an option.

        • needa

          rofl. you got a nexus for the longterm life of the hardware?

          well you better open that thing up and put some emi shielding in there. and while you are at it drill some holes for all of that heat to escape. you are going to need it. in less than a month you will be wondering why its half as hast and lasts half as long.

          longterm hardware. you won the internet for the day.

    • decidedtochangename

      With superior battery life and camera and now quick updates it’s why I’m sticking with the X.

      • AROD

        Superior camera!? WTF you smoking!?

        • tharealoc

          superior is a bit strong, both camera’s are good. OIS is great, but i believe clear pixel (once used properly ) could also be a game changer. with both of these cameras, the flaw is in the image processing.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Pretty much. I went on a walk last night to see a Christmas light display (charity thing), and I was really surprised at how much light the Moto X was able to pull in. The pictures weren’t good overall, but there is definitely potential there, and every update it looks like they’re going to improve it.

        • decidedtochangename

          I guess what every other reviewer is

          • arod

            I don’t care what reviewers are saying! I compared my N5 to my GF’s Moto X and both of us agree the N5 is much better especially in low light. I honestly think the camera is getting bad reviews because of the hard to control UI.

          • decidedtochangename

            Well sounds like you have a defective Moto X then. Or you are taking photos on still objects under perfect lighting while taking your time, as that’s the only area N5 has a chance at coming out on top.

      • lensgrabber

        Sent my Nexus 5 back because I liked my X better, but the X having a better camera, no.friggin.way.

        • decidedtochangename

          I haven’t used the N5, I was just going by almost every review I have read. The N5 is completely undependable unless you’re in direct sunlight.

          • legaceez

            Quite the contrary the N5 has OIS and HDR which makes for better pictures for the most part. Yes with HDR on though action photos come out blurry but that’s just the nature of HDR having to take multiple images and processing them together. Turn it off simple as that.

            My GF has the Moto X and my N5 takes better pictures I would say 90% of the time.

          • decidedtochangename

            The Moto X does HDR too and OIS depends on the quality of the module. Same reason not all MP are equal.

          • needa

            doesnt matter. there is no camera that is going to take action shots as well as the x. the shutter speed is so fast thanks to the clear pixels that there is no blur. 200mph talladega…. zero blur. shots with iphone and gs4….. a third of the car is blurred.

          • legaceez

            Yes it does matter. My Moto x does not have an HDR mode and I would imagine it would be blurry as well. That’s just the nature of HDR. There is an HDR filter though but that is not the same thing.

            Notice you said shots with the iPhone and GS4 though. Did you actually have a N5 to compare with?

          • needa

            #1 you dont take action shots with hdr mode. #2 i dunno why your moto x doesnt have hdr. i thought all of them did. looks like you are saying its a filter and not hdr. if it isnt taking the time to take pics at all exposures… i have to wonder why it takes three times as long to snap the pic. all of the filtering is done in editing.

            i didnt have the n5 to compare. check the dates of talledega. but the other two were there. as a matter of fact. i wasnt there. but i saw the pics from all three phones the next evening. the x killed it.

            and for the record. the n5 does not take anywhere near as good of pics when compared to the moto x. ois does help. but when it comes to color accuracy… the x wins every time. when it comes to outdoor shots. the x will win every time. although sometimes the exposure is down. but that will be fixed very soon with the new drag to focus deal on kitkat. indoors. the x will win. heck..it beats out the gs4. <–compared gs4, moto x updated, and non updated one night. posted the results on the moto x support forums. low light. dunno. the x isnt too good at that.

          • arod

            OMG why are you commenting if you have no personal experience with the N5!? You are sticking with the Moto X because that’s is what you have, not because you have both and tried them both and then made a decision. Your opinion isn’t even your, it’s based on someone else’s experience.

          • decidedtochangename

            I know. Crazy world we live in when people read information to form educated opinions. It’s almost like I went to school and have a career.

          • legaceez

            Not saying there are conspiracies going on but reviews are known to be wrong and biased. I’m going off my real world experience of using both side to side and to me that trumps any review.

            I noticed a lot of reviews left it in HDR mode and complained about motion blur. Well no duh. Leads me to doubt the credibility of that review.

      • a3uge

        “Sticking with the X” is a false premise to begin with, unless you upgrade phones every 90 days.

        • decidedtochangename

          No, it’s called selling your old phone and buying a new one. Ridiculously easy to do unless you’re trying to get top dollar.

          • a3uge

            So you bought a phone off contract on Verizon and 3 months later debated selling it for a Nexus 5 (which would include a carrier switch)?

          • decidedtochangename

            I switch to ATT for the N5 but bought a X while I waited for the N5 to launch. Now I was going to sell my X but decided to keep it.

    • deadsix

      I am really happy that I went with the Moto X versus the G2 or S4.

    • Robert Macri

      Appropriate user name.

    • npooty

      Don’t forget you can get a Motomaker Moto X 16GB from Verizon for $449.99 off contract. Motorola’s price is wrong despite what Motorola reps claim. I chatted with VZW reps and they said it should be $449.99. They said Motorola’s website is messed up. I went to the store and 2 reps confirmed in person. It’s listed at $449.99 on the spec sheets. Sales guy showed me his POS system screen and Motomaker Motox X 16GB is $449.99 in VZW’s system. I made my purchase, used my pin, and have expected delivery tomorrow.

      I sent the news bit into Droid-Life Friday but they haven’t posted it.

  • mr me

    It states that the soak test is only a few days. Looks like the masses should get it probably the end of this week or next week! This is great news for verizon!

  • BuckNut23

    Perfect! Now tomorrow needs to get here so I can play with my new motomaker designed moto x

    • BuckNut23

      of course, I’m also still waiting for kit kat on my nexus 10… will be annoyed if that doesn’t get the update soon.

  • dtraini30


    And I just sent this to you DL!

    • Got it thanks!

      • dtraini30

        Not a problem!

    • bobbymay1

      GO BUCKS

      • dtraini30


        • James Jarvis


          • GentlemanScholar

            I am not looking forward to what Urban has in store for us this year in “The Game.” At least Tressel used to take the gas off at the end of the game. Urban will need to run up the score because Baylor is on your heels. This might be the worst loss for my beloved Wolverines in years. I’ll be rooting for my boys nonetheless.

        • enigmaco

          I- O it’s On like donkey kong

      • AlphaNoble

        Watch out. Baylor is coming for you.

      • Michigan Guy

        YOU SUCK

        • onDroid

          And what’s M*chigan’s record this year?

    • Adam Emshwiller

      is anyone else surpised they left in the NFC HCE ? do you think we’ll FINALLY get Google Wallet tap to pay for all 4.4 phones!!!!?!??!

      • Ray Gray

        good question but google wallet hasnt even been updated to support it has it?

        • ITGuy11

          Wallet has been updated.

      • DC_Guy

        Yes. I’m really surprised that they left this in. I guess they just anted ti be sure ISIS was rolled out before they rolled out Kit Kat to any of their phones.

      • Joshua Sotnick

        Not really all that surprising. NFC HCE is part of the core Android. Carriers and OEMs can’t strip out the functionality as it would be a violation of their CTS certification agreement with Google

        • Adam Emshwiller

          haven’t “core android” functions been stripped out by carriers before? example… Wifi Tethering

          • kashtrey

            I don’t think that feature is stripped out per se, I believe what happens is the carrier adds in an additional “app” that checks if you subscribe to their tethering service and puts it behind a pay wall.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            vzwentitlement.apk for Verizon. You can hack it (there is a hacked version on XDA), but you need system write to make it permanent.

          • kashtrey

            Oh, believe me I know. haha. I’ve already modded my moto x and am currently tethering with my X as we speak. I was just trying to give some high level info in reply to Adam.

            The uncertainty in my post was more so regarding if that’s how things actually work and that wifi tethering as part of Android isn’t actually touched/altered.

      • C-Law

        I have tap to pay working on my vzw moto x running the T-Mobile leak of 4.4 but I had to use the wallet apk from the N5. The wallet in the market does not support tap to pay. Weird

    • Guest

      So, what part of a NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT do you not comprehend?

    • Render

      You do realize what an NDA is, right?

  • Ralph Bretz

    Nice. Hopefully Nitro can get a system pull from someone soon. Would love to run Eclipse KitKat.

  • C-Law

    I’m running the newest leak for T-Mobile on my vzw dev edition. It’s nearly perfect. Occasionally the screen will go blank for a second when I unlock from active notifications but I’m sure that will be fixed

  • Francisco Rodriguez

    I am SO glad I took advantage of the free vzwdeal Moto X upgrade. Looks like I’ll get it just in time for KitKat

  • Ryan Powell

    As a Verizon customer this is a feeling I haven’t experienced since my Galaxy Nexus… oh wait.

  • Its nice to see them pushing this for the X on Verizon even though Verizon seemed to put all their money into the new Droid lineup.

    • AbbyZFresh

      The Droid lineup is pretty good this time though compared to the previous models. You have to admit that.

      • Tristan

        I’m wondering if Moto was able to use the Droid line as a little leverage to get MotoX updates out faster. Something like “if you’re quick about ‘certifying’ and pushing out our updates for the MotoX, then we can use that to make sure there are no problems before we update the Droids.”
        Whatever they’re doing I’m glad to see that the Verizon isn’t just the “well they’ve got the best network, so I guess I can put up with all their BS” network.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Yeah I still don’t know why everyone knocks the Droids. Mine has been perfect. So what if I can’t customize the colors? I realize that’s important to some people, and it is an innovation, but it’s basically the same phone as the X without the on-screen buttons. Compared to the bloated Droids of years ago, the latest iterations are really good, lean phones.

      • They are strong competitors this year which is exactly why I’m surprised Verizon isn’t pushing Moto to get the updates out for the Droids first just like they did in years past with the original Droid Razr (released at around the same time as the GNexus and Rezound it saw updates very quickly while Verizon delayed and delayed the updates for the other phones).

      • Bryan

        If the MAXX had onscreen buttons, I would have gotten that. The battery life on my X is good, but it doesn’t match the Razr MAXX that I am coming from. Can’t even imagine what battery life on the new MAXX is like.
        However, I really do like the form factor of the X – I am not sure if I would be OK with the bigger screen on the max with the same resolution.

  • GJB

    So my Verizon Moto X should be getting this sometime in 2015, AM I RIG…wait, what!?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Verizon got the soak test first before t-mobile and at&t. It’s possible Verizon is intending on releasing the update sooner than we thought.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        The T-Mobile version doesn’t usually get soak tests, only Verizon and AT&T because of their software update policies.

  • Jaxon Wright

    Now if only I could soak test the phone for free. #GnexOwnerWithoutUpgradeProbs

    • cmdub

      waiting for the price on the moto x to stay firm for a week or two before i transfer my upgrade and grab it. don’t wanna pay X and then get burned when X gets slashed in half through some deal

    • Adrynalyne

      When did the soak test start costing?

      Oh, I seee what you did there.

      • Jaxon Wright

        I mean the whole phone, not the software.

        • Adrynalyne

          Yep caught on approximately 10 seconds after posting, LOL.

  • Kevin B

    Mashing Check for System Update won’t do anything for this. What am I supposed to do while I wait?

    • Droidzilla