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

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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.

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  • 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


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  • 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.

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  • 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!!!