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Video: Hands-on With Moto X Android 4.4 “Kit Kat”

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I’m still sort of having a hard time believing that Motorola just pushed Android 4.4 to the Moto X on Verizon three weeks after Google announced it and before some Nexus devices even have it, but hey, no one is complaining over here. We’ve already updated our Verizon variant, so let’s do a quick run-through to show you some of the new goodies. 

The new style of transparent navigation area is included, along with the white icon set in the notification area and transparent background. You’ll find a new dialer, updated camera icon, tweaked notification quick toggles, better location management, new Clock app, and that famous mosaic style Easter Egg. Tap & pay and Printing are now included in the settings as well, though Google Wallet still isn’t playing nice. I’m wondering if Google needs to push an update to Wallet to make it play nice with other Kit Kat devices.

One thing that is most definitely missing is the new Google Experience Launcher, but you shouldn’t have expected it to be there. Google already told us that the GEL was a Nexus 5 exclusive, so when you jump into the app drawer on the Moto X with Android 4.4, you’ll still see Widgets included; a long press on the home screen will also still only get you into a wallpaper picker.

The rest is there, though, at least from what we can tell. Be sure to update if you haven’t! Also, check out our overview of Kit Kat here, if this video doesn’t give you enough detail.


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  • kashtrey

    Maybe the phone icon didn’t change since it’s just the old one reskined and apparently doesn’t include business search.

  • adrian86s

    For some reason my navigation bar switches from translucent to the ordinary black one a few seconds after the boot up. Anybody knows what could be the reason? I have a Moto X for T-Mobile.

  • tbtregenza

    WHERE IS THE WOOD?!? I’ve been waiting for weeks now it’s killing me slowly.

  • Andy Lawton

    My Moto X (off contract) just got the update.

  • stangetz

    Has anyone mentioned the Location access has been revamped as well? I use the GPS quite a bit, and thats the first thing I looked at. Anyway to clear the “Recent Location Requests”?

  • MrWicket

    so ‘Messages’ is still in 4.4 even though hangouts replaces it? is that just a Moto decision or is the Nexus 5 the same way?

  • Nick P.

    Has anyone else noticed that you can no longer see what LTE band you are connect to in the Status menu?

  • NexusMan

    Kellen, does the Kit Kat update change the Moto X’ hotwords from “OK Google Now,” to “OK Google?” I’ve seen conflicting reports on YouTube. One video reviewer said that now you only have to say “OK Google,” just like on the Nexus 5, while another video reviewer said you still have to say “OK Google Now.” Which is it? Does anyone know?

    • schloppyloppy

      Just tested this on my X – you still have to say OK Google Now but then again I didn’t try re-training it.

    • I actually tried “OK Google” without retraining and it worked, but not because of the 4.4 update. After getting the recent Google Search update, I sideloaded the Google Experience Launcher which includes the “OK Google” hotphrase in the search bar of the launcher and suddenly the phone responded to “OK Google” while locked and screen off. I then retrained by just saying “OK Google” and it worked better. It might have to do with the GEL, but then again, I never tried “OK Google” before, so maybe it worked the whole time.

      • NexusMan

        Oh, very cool. Good to know. Thanks for the info…looks like I’ll be sideloading that GEL.

  • NexusMan

    Gosh, I love the Moto X.

  • Mason

    It shows a 1 because its the first phone to get Kit Kat?

    • NexusMan

      That’s what I thought too.

  • Does Verizon know about this? ‘Cos I’d be damned if they do.. this goes so vehemently against their traditions and beliefs that its not even funny!

    • NexusMan

      Don’t know about that. People seem to forget Verizon was also first with the 4.3 Galaxy S 4 update…so, they’re 2 for 2.

      • hkklife

        Yeah but they they are also last (or at least bringing up the rear) as far as the GS3 4.3 update. And look how long the Droid DNA has been neglecTed (HTC and VZW are both guilty).

        • NexusMan

          Oh, believe me, I know. Still rocking 4.2.2 on a Verizon Galaxy NEXUS.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Though it does not come with GEL, can it still be sideloaded from that post where the “home” apk was made available here?

    • Collin Galloway

      I was wondering the same.

    • PhxCliff

      It probably wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the moto x’s dedicated language processor. I would assume Google and Motorola will have to develop and release a special “Moto X” version to fully take advantage of our phones hardware.

  • Mitch Melin

    Has anyone else noticed the Google Cloud Print does not show up in the print options?

    • Dan

      you have to download it from Google Play

      • It still doesn’t show up in the print options.

  • kgb

    i think i hate my note 2 now

  • AbbyZFresh

    If Samsung ever decides to leave for Tizen, i think we all know who will takes it’s crown on Android.


  • Albert

    Our dialer is gimped, we didn’t get the business search (hopefully in a future update though…)

    • guest

      ya looks like it is nexus 5 exclusive like GEL

  • Lorenzo Rey Camejo

    Do u prefer the Moto X over the Nexus 5? I just got a Nexus 5 but I feel like the Moto X is a better device, better battery life, better built quality and feel in the hand. awesome features and no compromises with updates

  • If you’re up for a laugh, go check out the Nexus community on Google+. I have never seen so much butt hurt in one place.

  • Aaron

    Really dissappointed that 4.4 does not have Trusted Bluetooth Devices as a option anymore..Or maybe I am just missing it on the update somewhere. This was a really nice feature when driving!

    • Aaron

      Never mind….had a duh moment!

  • Tony Spence

    I just received the update. I’m still amazed how quickly this has gone out.

  • Kurt Caldwell

    where can i get that moto x messaging apk from really liking it wont to try to install it on my rooted galaxy s4 or do you have to be running kitkat

    • schloppyloppy

      You mean Motorola Connect or the AOSP Messaging app that the X comes with? I’m not very fluent in retard.

  • Peter K

    I updated to KitKat on my Moto X today, I’ve had 4G troubles ever since and I’ve spent my afternoon going back and forth between Motorola and Verizon. If anyone has this issue please tell me how to fix it! I think the update may have broken my phone!

  • Arthur Dent

    Damn, sounds like no root for 4.4. At least from @TeamAndIRC.


  • gxreza

    does the phone still vibrate when unlocking from the active notifications screen?

  • Scott

    Liking the location tracking/reporting options. I turned mine off, but plan on using them again. Battery life was just to awful before.

  • Robert Butler

    Did it keep root? I rooted with rockmymoto about two weeks ago. Or does foxfi work for the Wi-Fi hotspot?

    • lcasale

      I’d like to know this as well…

    • knightracer

      FoxFi does not work for me. 🙁

  • shelderman

    does swipe right bring up google now?

  • Cody Revels

    Has anyone got the dialer to search for them?

  • Josh B

    Is it by design or a bug that now my icons in the old notification bar are all white? If by design is there a way to go back to the blue? I thought the blue was to indicate that you were connected to google’s services.

  • ForrestTracey

    I jumped on the 32gig the last day of the Moto Maker sale…. It was a hard choice to stay with Verizon or jump ship for the N5 on T-Mobile. I think I’ll be happy with the Moto X esp that T-Mobile isn’t the best coverage here in NM. I does make me happy that Verizon hasn’t held up this update for months. Wonder what their problem with updates to the GNex was?? I should have my Moto X by Friday!

    • jimt

      GNex wasn’t locked down like the Moto X and didn’t have the Verizon Bloatware.

      • ForrestTracey

        So my GNex was a bastard child that Verizon didn’t want to support? lol Well at least Google has Moto now 🙂

  • krk

    Anyone else not able to search corporate listings through the dialer?

  • Now I’ve seen everything.

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    I wonder if Kit Kat will fix that Android OS battery drain that has hit my Moto X and I cant figure out the problem. Mind you I only 1 app installed and I think its one of the updates to one of the google apps.

  • Col_Angus

    Stay with VZW, buy Moto X, and take the 6GB for $30 offer? Or Nexus 5 with AIO and AoL my VZW contract? I barely crack 2GB in a month… I know I’m going to get rage attacked for this, but I don’t need unlimited. It’s great to have, but I don’t need it.