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It’s Official: Android 4.4 Kit Kat Arrives on the Verizon Moto X First, Starting Today

Yesterday, soak test details of an upcoming update for the Verizon Moto X cruised into our inboxes, confirming our suspicions that Motorola may have Kit Kat already ready to go just three weeks after Google announced it. We even penned a piece giving Motorola all sorts of props for getting a massive update like this ready so quickly. 

This morning, Motorola confirmed that we should start to see this update on Verizon Moto X devices as early as today. As with any major update, the push happens in stages, so not all will see it right away. No matter what, Android 4.4 is here for Big Red’s variant, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I wasn’t surprised, shocked, astonished, and flabbergasted.

Here are some of the highlights as Motorola sees it:

  • An improved phone dialer. Now you can search for contacts directly from the dial-pad and easily see and tap on those you contact frequently.
  • More gallery goodies. KitKat packs in some cool, new gallery effects—such as Posterize, Highlights, and Edges. You can even use the Draw feature to annotate your photos freehand with your finger.
  • New Hangouts app. All of your conversations now in one place—texts, video calls, and other chats all together in one app. Plus, you can now send animated gifs and share your location.
  • Color emojis. For when words aren’t enough, the Google Keyboard now includes colorful characters to send in text messages and other communications.
  • Drag to focus and expose. An updated camera app lets you control both the focus and exposure of your photos. Simply drag your finger to set just the right exposure and focus point.
  • And more… Restyled status and navigation bars, new full-screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.

You ready? As soon as you see that update hit, let us know!

Via:  Motorola [Release Notes]

  • LOL @ VZW haters

  • Jay Pannell

    Honestly cant believe this is happening. VZW and Moto have been the last to update for the past few years. I was really uneasy about picking up the moto x because of this (almost switched to sprint or ATT). I am glad my customer loyalty actually paid off for a change.

    For those out there deciding between the moto x and the nexus 5. (This section no longer pertains to this specific article)

    Moto x – less specs, increased functionality

    Nexus 5 – Better specs, ensured future rollout updates

    Personally I didnt know if the moto x’s features would work or be useful (so many advertised features are actually useless). But i use them all the time. The camera shake I use all the time in fact I try to shake my wife’s phone everytime I want to take a pic (gs4). Drive mode (moto assist) is awesome, living in Chicago you have to use phone hands free or risk a citation. Google now – I use mostly for quick navigation but is nice if I am watching something or doing something else and I need something to load.

    The Nexus 5 has better specs period. That’s huge to many android owners. The other thing is a commitment to get the new android updates quickly. This may be a one time thing with verizon and motorola. Google has consistently kept its nexus lines updated. The new android OS updates are meaningful and that should definitely be apart of you decision.

    In the end I chose the Moto X because it just works. It does everything I want it to do (and I push it multitasking/games/you name it). I dont really know why it works so well but it just does. The reason people love Apple products is because they just work (barring the new iOS update – lolz). Motorola has really put together a product that just works.

  • Adam Goldberg


  • subiedude85

    Any reports on being able to keep root after updating?

  • Richard

    Cool. I’m turning off my lg g2 (rooted) and turning my moto x as my dailly driver.

  • Chuck Ehrlich

    Still waiting on Nexus 7 update???

  • shaunrod

    Mines updating now

  • Jimmie T

    Got my Moto X today and got Kit Kat 5 minutes later. Nicely done Moto and VZW!

  • tim

    Installing now…Not bad for just getting the phone last night!

  • drathos

    *jaw drops to floor*

    *picks it up*

    *jaw drops again*

    We’re in bizzarro world!

  • Marc_Bills

    Can anyone who got this update confirm whether or not Google Wallet is functional on your phone now?

    • 640k

      Google Wallet wasn’t functional? Are you talking about tap-to-pay?

      Shows “Not Available” even though it is listed in the Settings of the phone. It may be that Wallet needs to be updated.

      • Marc_Bills

        Yeah sorry I meant the tap-to-pay function. Thanks for the update.

  • 640k

    it took me longer to log in to discus than it did update my X. this was the best example of “that escalated quickly” i’ve seen in the software world in a while.

  • jhlinka

    Hopefully this means it’ll be ready for the maxx in a matter of weeks!

  • carluverdrm2004

    Wow! I only got this bad boy less than a full week ago, and now the update is downloading? Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Epic fail for the N4. Talk about a disappointment.

    • Adrynalyne

      Personally, I wouldn’t bother with a Nexus device if I wasn’t willing to flash images myself.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        To each his/her own. As my only computer is a Chromebook that isn’t a possibility. Its a bit odd though that any phone on Verizon gets an official before GSM.

  • Matthew Rebmann

    SO GLAD that they didn’t keep the blue status icons in the notification bar.

  • MrCapcomDS

    The Stock Imagres for KitKat are up for both Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 2013 Just flash it if the OTA hasn’t gotten to u.


  • Jack3D


  • Ronald Bernard

    All done…yipeeeeee!

  • droidxethan

    Downloading now 🙂

  • Matthew Rebmann

    My X is getting 4.4 as we speak! *squeals*

  • Ankur Singh

    Installing. Shazam!

  • Handy

    I started my update a few minutes ago. This is the fastest update I have ever received.

  • Jeff Mowbray

    woohoo 38%

  • Ryan Powell

    Mine is downloading right now. Still nothing on my 2013 Nexus 7. Motorola > Google. If that statement makes any sense at all.

  • Sean

    Weird. I am getting it on my Moto X right now, but still waiting for it on my Nexus 7 (2012). Never thought that would happen.

    • J. Gilbertson

      i believe it’s time to sideload 😉

  • Droid4Life

    I’m more and more at ease with choosing the X over the G2. It will be here on Wed. Are people enjoying the X???

    • NickMotoX

      I love it! I have had it since day 1.

  • Jack3D

    Pulling it now!!!

  • Graham Wilson

    Updating now!

  • Rex

    Update downloading now!

  • soccerburn55

    Update is downloading right now.

  • John Galt


  • cjlee89


  • Brian Kircher

    I don’t know if it means anything, but I called Google a few nights ago and was wondering if they could help me side-load the update on to my tablet because the source files had been released by Google and they are on their severs. Now, im assuming that googles support people are just as in the dark as like calling Verizon customer service and their answers are usually bs, but when I called they said that the update was not rolling out, they said they heard it was close to being pushed out, but a date was not known. I thought that was bs initially, but now, seeing as how alot of Nexus owners haven’t gotten their updates yet, maybe there is some truth to it.

  • Christian Trevor Clauss

    Yes! I got the 4.4 update incoming! 😀

  • Ronald Bernard

    69% hehehehehe…

  • PhillipCun

    The new Motorola by Google produced a better flagship phone than any OEM manufacturer this year and didn’t even participate in the spec war. Bravo.

  • fartbubbler


  • ruhawaiian

    So I just checked my Verizon Moto X and noticed there was a huge software update!! I am shocked how fast I am getting updates with this Moto X. Love it!!!

  • nathanp8

    My phone is updating now!

  • cjlee89

    Is someone going to pull the zip? If I knew how, I would..

  • Ronald Bernard

    Downloading now…..woot woot!

  • dc76

    Mine is downloading too.. how is this even possible? wooooooooo

  • LoganLopez

    It is downloading for me right now. Just got the phone yesterday and today Kit Kat!

  • shkrmkr79

    mine is downloading now!

  • DoctorOta

    Downloading the system update as I type this. 1:41pm est. Woot

  • jbdan

    Huge congrats MotoX users/updaters!!

  • cjlee89

    Downloading now!!

  • theswillmerchant

    Just got this phone on Friday and now Kit Kat is downloading!

  • PJ

    downloading right now!!!!! Winning! I’m smiling from ear to ear!

  • BobbyP

    I can not believe it is really downloading. I am in shock!

  • Weber

    I’m updating as I type this

  • Devon Delcourt

    Software update:

    Downloading updates 1%

    Oh yeah baby, this made my day.

  • sr_erick

    Sweet spot! Update is downloading now! 🙂

  • William_Morris

    I’m getting the update right NOW!!!!

  • jeepster091

    My moto x is currently downloading the update!

    • William_Morris

      Mine too!

  • Scott

    Just walked away for 5 minutes, came back and this. Didn’t try to force it or anything. It just started. It’s happening!

  • Chris Sickels

    Downloading a large update now for my Verizon Moto X, I bet it is Kit Kat!!!!

  • Joshua Fowler

    My phone is downloading an update right now. I’m posting up a screenshots on IMGUR. Will update in a minute!

  • Surfbm

    Downloading now!!!!!!

  • 2Berad

    Bring on the Droid MAXX KitKat update…. as Spongebob would say “I’M READY”.

  • Kasey Hendrickson

    Checked for the 5th time today and it’s happening! So glad I got this phone!

  • Jason Kahn

    Is the world ending? DId Verizon just pull its head out of its own Arse? Has my horrible LTE service in Manhattan improved since they acknowledged the poor service in cities? Will the Verizon GNEX ever get 4.3?

    The answers:
    1. Maybe
    2. Time will tell
    3. Yes my LTE since Sunday is now actually faster than 3G
    4.. only if #2 proves true

  • Manthas

    Come on 2013 Droids … and, y’know, maybe my N10, lol.

  • Brandon Landfried

    My update is downloading right now!

    • Lunkman

      Mine too!

  • K1cks

    Update is happening now on my vzw moto x

  • roth

    I’m getting the update!!!!

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      thank you. just checked, me too.

  • Kenny G

    So does Google Wallet finally work for NFC purchases, or did Verizon block it again?!

  • ddevito

    I’m so glad I ditched my Moto X in favor of my N5 to get timely updates 🙂

  • Barlog

    It’s a sad day for Nexus device’s when a Motorola device from Verizon gets a new update before it. I have yet to receive the OTA Kit Kat for my 2012 Nexus 7!!

    • NexusMan

      But a great day for Motorola, Google, consumers, and Verizon.

  • William_Morris

    All I can say is WOW!

  • Gr8Ray

    My theory: Motorola is withholding updates to Verizon’s precious Droid lineup until they release the MotoX updates. BOOM! Soak test? What soak test? This is going OTA!

  • Adam Truelove

    This is really amazing. I don’t know why or how Verizon allowed this to happen. I’m sure they fought it every step of the way and insisted it needed more bloatware or another 3 months of testing.

    • ddevito

      I’m sure VZW had 4.4 well before it was launched. If an OEM has the code, I would think they’d give it to carriers ASAP. Therefore Moto had to have this months before 10/31, had to.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    So Moto X on Verizon is pushing out 4.4 before the Gnex on Verizon even gets 4.3?!?! What is going on!?

    • Adrynalyne

      You dont really believe that the Gnex will get 4.3, do you?

      • Franklin Ramsey

        I’m still hopeful. All other versions of the Gnex got it. I’m hopeful mine will last until the follow up to the Moto X because I honestly don’t see a reason to update to a Nexus 5 until Google figures out battery life and camera do matter.

        • Adrynalyne

          Verizon has to justify the employee wages to test. Thats why I don’t think it will ever see the light of day, officially. They will give you 30 dollars trade in for a Gnex, but 100 for an iPhone 4…

    • Adam Truelove

      Sorry, but the Verizon Gnex will probably never get another update. Best use Shiny ROM.

      • tomn1ce

        I tried shiny 4.4 for about 30-45 minutes and had to go back to PureToro 4.3…too unstable

        • Adam Truelove

          I agree. Use Shiny 4.3.1. It’s perfect.

    • ARP

      What’s going on is an outdated phone.

  • Suralin

    I’m impatient, who has the .zip ? 😀

  • Kevin Shen

    As Chris Smoove would say, “Is this a fake update?”

  • Joshua Fowler

    I’m certain that a number of things are at play here. 1) Motorola is essentially a new company in many regards and as a result has made a commitment to timely updates. Clearly, they’re not kidding. 2) There could be some exclusivity stuff happening – perhaps Verizon, behind closed doors, wanted the notoriety of pushing an update through first? It’s good press for them. We know Motorola did some exclusive thing with AT&T and MotoMaker, so it wouldn’t be out of place for them to do an exclusive thing here with Verizon. 3) The Moto X runs a nearly stock version of Android, and we’ve seen virtually no other manufacturer do that with a phone outside of Google and the Nexus line. The proof is in the pudding – stock is good, and it brings with it swift updates.

    There’s nothing to complain about. We should be happy, whether we’re an X owner or a Nexus 5 owner or we own something else, that this is happening. This is encouraging. This sets a precedent. Other manufacturers are going to take notice. I will say, however, that Samsung owners may be the most likely to be disappointed. They’ve stayed mum on Kitkat, while Motorola and HTC have clearly committed to quick upgrades.

  • ddevito

    Now we know why the Moto X launhced with 4.2.2 – this was the plan the whole time. The X launched and all other OEMs carefully watched the Android OS it would ship with, putting them at ease.

    Now they release the gauntlet and say to the OEMs “why you so slow, you mad?” lol

    • ARP

      Probably not…

      • ddevito

        there’s no way Verizon DIDN’T have this way before 4.4 launched. No way……

        • ARP

          Why not? If they could launch with 4.4, why wouldn’t they? Seems like a stupid reason just so they could “release the gauntlet.”

        • Adrynalyne

          Why do you say that? No OEM crap overlay to slow down testing….

  • Derek Duncan

    This is great news! But I ditched the Moto X because the photo quality was not up to par. I still think the Nexus 5 takes better pics.

  • Cameron Laudick

    Is this update for just soak testers or everyone?

  • Derek L.

    What is interesting is that in the changelog, it says that it adds the ability to use an alternate source for payments instead of the secure element.

  • beng8686

    Hopefully the Maxx isn’t too far behind!

  • Brian Kircher

    I still dont even have it for my N10!

    • mustbepbs

      I think Google forgot about the N10.

      • Adrynalyne

        The ota package is out there. Slow maybe, but not forgotten.

  • Andrew Keller

    Yeah, as a Nexus 7 owner and Nexus 4 owner, I’m definitely thrown for a loop here. I guess my options are more open next year? I don’t know. Guess I’m lucky that I get it at all. Before the side loading hate comes in, just wanted to let you know that I love you all.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    “Restyled status and navigation bars”

  • mustbepbs

    I’m literally at a loss for words.

    This throws a lot of things in the air. How was Motorola able to get this through Verizon so quickly? What about all of the other OEMs that blame the “certification process”?

    • socarwolverine

      Maybe the “certification process” is just an easy scapegoat while the OEM’s drag ass

      • guesswhat

        verizon is for sure a tough carrier with there approval process..but I believe if OEM’s deal with it updates wont be that much delayed on verizon.. it would be a win for the consumers

      • mustbepbs

        If we’re to believe that Motorola gets no “special treatment” from Google, and that them having a close to stock experience sped things up considerably, the other OEMs must be lying. If Moto can get a HUGE update like 4.4 through Verizon, especially with the new payment method, the OEMs aren’t being very transparent.

        • Adrynalyne

          There is lying on both sides.

          OEMs take longer than they should, so they blame carriers.

          Carriers test longer than they should, so they blame the OEM.

          • mustbepbs

            Yeah but Verizon is infamous for their “approval” process according to OEMs, but this flies in the face of that accusation. If Moto got 4.4 on their Moto X on Verizon is three weeks from announcement of Kit Kat, it’s the OEMs that are at fault.

          • Adrynalyne

            To be fair, I have seen some downright shoddy coding from Samsung and HTC. Maybe Moto is just..well..better at it?

          • mustbepbs

            Well they have screwed with it the least it seems. They’re owned by Google so they don’t really need to differentiate much and can let Google’s core features shine instead of aping them to make their own “flavor”.

        • socarwolverine

          I don’t think they ever have been transparent, it was probably easier to blame the carriers, and we all believed it cause the carriers are our first entity to complain to/about.

  • CHRIS42060

    When did Verizon become the company to roll out updates first? Galaxy S4 – 4.3 and now the Moto X – 4.4. Seriously between this, the Pittsburgh Pirates making the MLB playoffs, and the Detroit Lions being tied for first in the NFC North I am starting to think I am in a parallel universe. I am going to start looking for Walter-nate and Faux-livia soon.

    • bonix

      HAHA great use of a Fringe reference.

      • CHRIS42060

        Thank you. I figured there was a high likelihood a lot of you would get the Fringe reference. lol

  • EvanTheGamer

    *waits patiently for Android 4.4 Kit Kat to arrive on my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3…*

    *tumbleweed slowly rolls across screen*

    *crickets start to chirp*

    *cows begin to fly across the moon*

    Gee thanks Big Red.

    • Adrynalyne

      I guess I missed where any other stock Note 3 has it? Blame Verizon when its the right time. Otherwise, you cheapen the experience.

    • Weber

      You’re better off blaming Sammy. You’re lucky you have 4.3.

  • Patrick Chapman

    Just 1 more of a 1000 reasons that when my upgrade becomes available..I will be getting a MOTO device.

  • Weber

    No one’s even received the update for the soak test yet.

  • JoeTi

    Wow! Pigs are flying!

  • Alexander Garcia

    Umm… wait WHAAA!? A Verizon phone got the update before a Nexus device? I thougt I hearda pig flying outside. Hmm…

  • Howard Kellogg

    I’m waiting for root…

  • Just ordered my Moto X from Verizon Friday after deciding not to bail and get Nexus 5. This makes me feel a lot better about my decision.

  • Eric

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Lambo

    and to think i just ordered mine from Moto Maker last night… says it should be be here friday. I’m excited!

  • Elwin Gill

    Now if VZW and Motorola could get behind the new Droid lineup nearly as fast I would be pleased and thoroughly impressed if not blown away!!! All the phones have basically the same software, minus a few small bits. The Moto X is a flagship, but come on!!! Get it done Verizon!!!

  • br_hermon

    I’m trying to get Verizon to give me a deal on a phone (LONG story) Anyways, I’m thinking about a 32gb moto X or a 32gb LG G2. Anybody care to weight in with their thoughts on those two? I’m a Nexus / Stock fan myself and would like to root and maybe rom either phone. I’m going to end up using this phone for 1 year then turn around and try selling it online.

    Thoughts? Thanks everyone!

    • jbdan


    • Wyatt Neal

      Obligatory leave verizon comment.

      • br_hermon

        I was all ready to leave VZ and I still might if they don’t give me what I want. But they threw me a bone, lowering my bill and it does save me money so…. If I can be happy with either phone fine, if they’re going to charge me an arm and a leg, I’m still gone.

    • SplashMTN

      The timely updates of the Moto X would be nice, but I’m going with the G2 better specs – not that they matter apparently, and a bigger battery and camera. I’m leaving verizon though so if I do want a nexus next year I can get it without breaking contract.

    • shooter50

      G2, no question. I currently have a G2 and Nexus 5. The G2 is better in every respect. Not being a stock Android fan, visually I find the Nexus 5 lifeless and dull. Its a great phone, but not as great as the G2. Sorry, I can’t comment on theMoto X other than it kinda looks like a toy.

  • Nick Norman

    In other news, Verizon has just confirmed the chicken came before the egg!! WTF just happened!

  • Mike

    I knew Google would make Motorola do this, although the speed of Verizon surprises me. This is why I wouldve gotten this phone if I needed one regardless of specs. Moto X will get Lemon Meringue while the S4 will still be on 4.3.

    • shooter50

      and 95% of S4 owners could care less

      • Adrynalyne

        Which is 0% of the S4 users here who would have read that comment, so….

  • shamatuu

    wow first non Google phone to get the update. Really impressed that Verizon gets it first.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Motorola is part of Google. This IS a Google phone.

      • shamatuu

        oh right. my bad.

      • kerrhome

        Except for the “wall”, right?

  • George Fayad

    Just to be clear, does this make the Moto X on VZW the first carrier phone to receive 4.4 KitKat?

    • Chris Schmucker


    • jbdan

      I believe so

  • Daniel Clifford

    Strange, they have not even pushed the update out to Soak Testers yet…

    • I can unofficially confirm that.

    • Adrynalyne

      The last soak test I did for the Maxx was pointless.

      The OTA pushed out the same day.

  • Francisco Rodriguez

    I hope you guys post a sideload link when it becomes available? 😀 😀

  • JabbaMac

    Good for them. I thought my Tmo version would be first though. Any time now I guess…

  • E

    No GEL though, right?

    • jbdan

      Good question. I would doubt it since it is not mentioned on their blog.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Looks like Google isn’t planning on keeping the Nexus devices around for long-term after all. That is amazing Motorola.

    As soon as the wooden backs come in, i’m jumping ship.

    • Wyatt Neal

      And how did you jump to that conclusion? The updates for the Nexus devices have been rolling out (in a staged and controlled fashion) over the past weeks.

      • socarwolverine

        It’s the internet, any small change from the norm signifies that everything is ending and reality is a farse.

  • Matt Kelly

    I just hope it is still rootable!

  • George Fayad
  • ToddAwesome

    How much is Verizon paying you?!?!?

  • DC_Guy

    Shorter Verizon: SCREW YOUR NEXUS!!

    • Weber

      Almost seems plausible.

    • j

      I’m seriously curious how this made it passed Verizon test qual in such a short time..

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I think Verizon has pretty well cleaned their update testing queue backlog over the last 6-8 months. With no real huge backlog, and fewer devices being introduced per year, they can get the testing done in a more timely manner. Not to mention, Motorola may have worked themselves a better deal on updates whent hey became the exclusive Droid device maker: We’ll make your Droid devices however you like, but we get first priority for software updates.

  • subiedude85

    I’m trying to check for the update and it won’t even be delivered until Wednesday…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    there goes all hopes of prooductivity today

    • ja7lewis

      Assuming it was there to begin with.

  • jbdan

    Very impressive

  • Steve B

    Nice work moto.

  • TheDave1022

    I hope my Moto X doesnt ship with 4.4. I ordered it last thursday and still hasnt shipped. Want to root my Moto X

    • e

      Ordered through Verizon or MotoMaker? I ordered yesterday and my estimated shipping date is Friday.

      • Lambo

        same for me

      • TheDave1022

        Ordered through MotoMaker. The odd thing is I ordered my wife’s 1 hour earlier and it came that Saturday. My brother ordered his on Sunday and is getting his today. My status is still “Not Shipped”. Motorola says it’s still in progress

  • Michael Nichols

    No Kit Kat for my Nexus 4!! Something’s wrong with this picture

    • Steve B

      You’re doing it wrong.

      • Michael Nichols

        what am i doing wrong not mashing check now not enough?

  • MistaButters

    Oh yeah, Google definitely gave Moto the code early.

    • Reginald Jefferson

      The code was available a day after KitKat’s release…

      • MistaButters

        No way Moto was able to make changes, get the build tested, and get the build approved in 3 weeks. No way at all.

        The must have had the Kit Kat code since before it was released.

        • Steve B

          Absolutely. There’s not a chance in hell they threw this together in 3 weeks. They’ve had this code for many months now.

          • MistaButters

            Well apparently at least one person didn’t think so :p.

        • Adrynalyne

          All OEMs had it beforehand.

        • Seiga

          Actually. Yes way they did. Also, keep in mind who Moto really is (Google themselves)…… So this shouldn’t shock anyone that they are able to implement Kit Kat to their devices relatively fast.

        • Zargh

          All OEMs had access to the Kit Kat PDK months before it was released.

          • MistaButters

            Yes, I got that. Still 3 weeks is too short to make their few changes, do internal testing, and do Verizon testing. It’s too fast.

          • Adrynalyne

            Months != 3 weeks?

            Maybe Verizon has changed their testing methods.

          • MistaButters

            Kit Kat was released on Halloween. Which was actually less than 3 weeks ago…so…yeah…

          • Adrynalyne


            Announced publicly, and released to AOSP.

            Private branches usually work several revisions ahead of even AOSP.

          • MistaButters

            Oops closed the tab before the comment posted.

            Yes, I got that. But 3 weeks is still too fast to have made their few changes, done internal tesing, and done Verizon testing.

          • asten77

            Google publicly announced that Motorola wouldn’t be treated any differently, and there’s lots of evidence that they have kept their word.

        • asten77

          Also, you forget.. CyanogenMod and others are able to do it a very short time. Running near-stock Android will make it much easier than for those with Touchwiz or Sense. Verizon is also likely more comfortable approving nearly stock Android without testing every nook and cranny than they are with the others, who modify every nook and cranny.

          • MistaButters

            I’ve never seen CM able to turn around a 100% stable release in 3 weeks. Let alone a network tested stable release.

          • asten77

            Right, but CM also didn’t have early access, or a large team of paid developers with full access to the hardware documentation, original code, etc.

          • MistaButters

            Yes. My entire point was that Google must have given Moto access to the entire full Kit Kat source code (and not just the PDK), before it was released to the other OEMs.

          • asten77

            Yes, Moto did, but most likely every OEM got it at the same time. Google doesn’t want to tick off Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, etc., and in fact promised not to give Motorola any special treatment.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Google must have given it to HTC early as well. They have already given Google an update for the GPe HTC One.

    • guesswhat

      with jelly bean google/android announced that they will be releasing PDK to OEM two months before official OS release to speed up upgrade process with carriers/OEMS ..so PDK will invovle all kernel/hardware abstaction layer software and not the framework, and moto has pretty much pure android framework, so it would not taken them long to just take whatever android releases and upmerge there software, if they already had kernel/HAL updated ..

      • MistaButters

        Still. 3 weeks is way too fast to have made (even the small) changes, internal test, and Verizon test. No way.

    • tomn1ce

      Google provides the code early to the OEMs before they make it public so the OEMs can work on the update for their devices….I’m sure I read this somewhere…

  • Louis

    Any word for the new DROID line getting the update also?

    • Seiga

      This is almost a given. Give it another week and we should see the Mini, Ultra, and Maxx getting Soak Test invites. Moto X’s architecture on the software end is exactly the same as the others.

  • samosa king

    Verizon first? Is that an oxymoron?

  • Chris Schmucker

    Ok, I’m officially impressed.

  • MichaelFranz

    here’s to hoping droid series isnt far behind

    • kevg73

      It won’t be. My droid maxx got the camera update like 2 weeks after the moto x did i’m pretty sure. would expect the same now.



  • Cody

    I’m most likely getting fired because I’ll be hitting “system updates” all day at work.

  • Silver Veloz

    Moto X – Verizon – Kit Kat. Who knew this would happen they way it did? YAY!

  • Craig

    Does anyone know if the new version of Google Hangouts in 4.4 will fix the connection issue with Motorola Connect?

    • Brian

      if there isnt a messaging app besides Hangout then it should. Motorola connect, connects with the messaging stock app on the phone so if its true KitKat then should work they way it does with the stock messaging app.

  • Frawlz


    • fauxshizzl


      • Frawlz

        Yes, that too.

  • deadpenguins

    I’m so warm and tingly! Although I would like KK on my N10 sometimes soon, please!

  • Mike

    And this is why i just pulled the trigger on a 49.99 motox from VZ yesterday after seriously considering going to TMo for the Nexus 5

    • Mahercs

      $49.99?!? Did you forget to use the vzwdeal code to get it for $0.00??!?

    • Jason B

      Well I use a T-Mobile SIM on my Verizon Moto X without issues. I just had to manually setup the APN.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Do you get 4G, or just LTE and 2G? I’ve been considering swapping over to TMo myself, but without AWS bands for HSPA+ I thought it might be a bit dodgy.

    • kerrhome

      Mine was free with the coupon DL told us about. Arrives tomorrow!!

  • fauxshizzl

    Hell hath frozen.

    • T S

      had i scrolled down i would have seen you had the same response. .woops.

      • fauxshizzl

        Great minds think alike.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Your mind is already…blown though

  • so i wasted $650 on the GPE S4……….all i wanted were those “prompt” updates

    • PhoenixPath

      Same on the GPe One.

      Ah well.

      At least I don’t own a Nexus 4…then I’d be really confused.

      • Adrynalyne

        At least with the One, you know HTC has finished it and sent it to Google to distribute. With the S4…well has there been any discussion about it from Samsung?

        • PhoenixPath


          So you’d think. It actually doesn’t mean squat. (Or rather, is even worse than that depending on your perspective)

          Google has always released the GPe updates for both HTC and Sammy devices at the same time.

          So all that means is that the HTC One GPe owners are now waiting on Samsung.

          Heh…can you just imagine the mountains of angst?

          • Adrynalyne

            That is funny in a horrible sort of way.

          • PhoenixPath

            I have a One GPe…and even I’m amused by that one.

            It helps that the official factory image for the Nexus 10 is well… crap. So I’ve not been incredibly impressed with 4.4 so far.

            BT volume is just wonky as all get-out on 2 of my 3 BT devices. it has 3 settings apparently:

            2)barely audible
            3)Good luck hearing anything again. Ever.

            Doesn’t hurt that most of the “fun” features of 4.4 aren’t even available for the nX…

        • Weber

          haha they’re still trying to get the 4.3 update right.

  • Rob

    are pigs flying?

  • Tom Nichols

    Haha, it’s almost like a joke that big red is getting any kind of update first.

  • DC_Guy

    That’s pretty awesome. Good for Motorola and Android.

  • Scott


  • ITGuy11

    There are going to be some pissed off Nexus owners!

    • sagisarius

      Yeah, no kidding.

  • And still no KitKat for my 2013 Nexus 7

    • terry12s

      Unreal, still no KitKat for my Nexus 7 2013! 🙁

      • Mathayus_Beck

        Just sideloaded if you don’t want to wait

    • fauxshizzl

      Neither of my N7s have. A Verizon device got an update before my Nexus? WTF?

      • T S

        Hell hath frozen over. .. . .

      • athom07

        > implying the Moto X isn’t a sweet baby Nexus with a different name

        • fauxshizzl

          Even if it weren’t it is a Verizon device. This is an unimaginable outcome.

        • Tyler

          so Moto neXus?

      • Adrynalyne

        Well, no. The Nexus updates are out there, but is a staged rollout. This too, will be a staged rollout.

        • fauxshizzl

          For how few devices they are actually updating it should not take weeks.

          • Adrynalyne

            It always has though.

        • I_heart_N7

          How incremental are the rollout stages? I got my N7 in the first wave after I/O 2012 & I’m still not seeing the update!

          • Adrynalyne

            I have no idea. I can’t make heads or tails of how it works.

      • akhnaten

        Beware of falling pig s**t.

    • Jason B

      Why do you complain when you own a developer device that just happens to be available to consumers? You can flash the images.

      If you don’t want to do that, sit on your hands, but please, stop complaining. Unlike you, my Moto X doesn’t have an unlockable/relockable bootloader because I didn’t get the Dev Edition. And even then, the CDMA radios are closed source (meaning: I’d still have to wait for radio updates; thanks Qualcomm).

      • Jack3D

        That’s a cop-out. I can walk into a Staples and get a Nexus 7. Average Joe doing a Black Friday shopping spree wouldn’t know it’s a “developer device”.

        Of course, he probably isn’t looking for same-day updates either…

        Google has to get better at the updates all around. I’m psyched that my VZW MotoX is getting KitKat shortly, but it’s stupid to think that the N7 LTE couldn’t get it first.

        • trixnkix637

          Patience should be expected in the mobile update game. Anything other is purely futile.

        • Jason B

          I wouldn’t call it a cop out. You just negated your argument by stating the Average Joe probably wouldn’t be looking for updates. The likely reason is that he wouldn’t know about them or be complaining on the internet about not receiving said update.

          Anyone browsing Android sites knows that Nexus devices are skewed toward the developer and what that entails. It’s a Nexus, after all.

          For example, my mom only knows about iOS updates when her phone notifies her of a system update. She declined iOS 7, which made me chuckle a bit (her iPhone 4 would die with it). She doesn’t sit there pushing Check For Update all day long. Perfect example of an Average Jane.

          • And_That’s_REAL

            Have you seen the latest commercials for the Nexus 7??? It started out as a developer device but it is not marketed as such! You need to get a clue, this device should have been updated already!

          • Jason B

            As I said, it’s a developer device available to consumers, regardless of the marketing. It happens to have competitive features relative to other devices in its class, so yes, Google wants to sell as many as it can.

            Offering the latest version of Android before everyone else is a way of weeding out bugs. Or didn’t you know that?

          • Adrynalyne

            That is the problem. Marketing departments are never in sync with IT.

            The device is starting to push to consumers, but the software and updates are still handled in a developmental manner.

          • Jack3D

            It’s not negating anything…just putting it in perspective.

            I’m not the one who projects their Nexus products with fast updates being a selling point…they are.

            It’s their device, they have the software, they are the only one’s to blame for not having it ready. Apple doesn’t have this issue (staged product updates) and it’s not like they can blame the carriers for not approving it…

            Don’t get me wrong, I love my N7 and MotoX and you’d have to pry them from my cold, dead hands, but this is a screwy series of events regarding KitKat updates. Not the way to repair the Nexus brand after the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 fiascoes.

    • MistaButters

      Why not sideload or flash?

    • Steve B

      It’s called staged rollouts. The same will happen with the MotoX. It’s so their servers don’t crash all at once. If you want to eat your KitKats, sideload it like the rest of us or be quiet.

    • Wyatt Neal

      I found that when I bought 5 KitKat bars from my vending machine at work using Google Wallet, it just instantly started downloading the update. Tru…oll story bro.

      • Paul Hansen

        You you’ve introduced a paradox… I can’t use tap to pay without 4.4 already installed! 😛

    • Boblank84
    • Marc_Bills

      It’s ok, us AT&T users probably won’t see the update until 2015.


      • What makes you say that? At&t is faster at updating devices than Verizon’s track record (although this is an interesting turn of events). I’m hoping ours won’t be much longer.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Google should be ashamed of themselves. Where is the Nexus 4 OTA?

    • Justin Leahey

      Yeah I am really unhappy with not receiving the OTA or even hearing they are going out yet on my Nexus 4. I don’t want to lose all my data so I don’t want to flash the factory image. I’m definitely going to look at other options when I upgrade next year instead of just going straight for a Nexus like I did with the 4. The way Google has handled everything with KitKat on the 4 so far has been pretty disappointing between no news, being slower than previous updates for Nexus phones and holding features back.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Phones should get faster updates!

      Just as long as _my_ phone gets it first!

      • Aaron Clow

        The whole point of buying into Google’s “Nexus” idea is that users would get their updates first. I flashed mine the day the N5 port came out, but I know a couple Nexus 4 owners who didn’t unlock/root because they’re supposed to get updates first. So if people are complaining that their Nexus devices haven’t received OTA updates while the MotoX has, it’s for a very good reason, not just idle complaining.

        • g2gsr

          Agreed. I’ve never waited this long for an update on my 2012 N7. Also, still can’t believe that DL hasn’t even mentioned the fact that Exchange email service is broken (in some way or another) for most KitKat users, especially since the update is rolling out now. Fair warning: If you use exchange, it probably won’t work if you update. Also can’t believe its been 3 weeks and google hasn’t fixed it yet.

          • Jason Kahn

            I haven’t been able to get Exchange working since 4.1, I had to switch to Maildroid

          • g2gsr

            Have you been using “Stock” Jelly Bean? Just wondering because I’ve been using “stock” android since 2.2 and never had an issue with exchange until 4.4.

          • Jason Kahn

            It used to work, then my company upgraded servers, and I nor IT could ever get it to work again. When setting up Maildroid I had to pick Exchange server 2010 or newer to get it working.

        • Adartilth

          I thought the point of the Nexus line was supposed to be a clean Vanilla version of Android…. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anywhere Google state that the nexus program meant you got updates first…. Linky of where they do?

          • Aaron Clow

            Tradition says they get updates first. If Google was going to change the game, they should have told potential buyers of Nexus devices: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Nexus –> “Nexus devices are the first Android devices to receive updates to the operating system.[4][5][6]”

            Yes, it’s Wikipedia, but you make it sound like I’m pulling this thought out of the clear blue sky. I’m not.

          • Adartilth

            There was NEVER a promise of that happening that way?

  • RhinoShock

    Wow, that’s pretty amazing lol, congrats to all verizon Moto X owners!

    • Pierito

      See THIS is the right attitude. Instead of complaining that a non-nexus is getting an update before Nexus devices, we should celebrate that a VZW device is getting a prompt update.

      • Aaron Clow

        Who cares about Verizon anymore. Have fun with your contracts and fees.

        • Adrynalyne

          Wow, someone is butt hurt.

          • Aaron Clow

            Apparently two of us (one guest vote so far). Yeah, eff Verizon.

          • Ian Smith

            Wow, someone makes big boy observations.

          • Adrynalyne

            Did you say that in your tough guy voice?

          • Adam Truelove

            Yeah, we’re called customers. Verizon butt hurts us all.

        • Pierito

          I’m not on vwz and I don’t have a contract.

    • jeff manning

      Getting the update now! Hell yeah

    • Warwick

      Update incoming 2% !!!! Awesomeness!