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Android 4.4.2 Update Approved for Verizon Moto X as 164.55.2, Here is the Changelog

Yesterday, we saw soak test invites go out for Verizon Moto X users – today, the update has been approved by the carrier. That doesn’t necessarily mean that mass rollout is upon us, and we’ll still likely see a soak test over the coming days, but clearly Verizon feels comfortable enough with the build to give it the green light.

The update is Android 4.4.2 as expected, build 164.55.2. 

You are looking at an improved phone dialer, enhanced on-device security, improved connectivity when roaming, enhancements to Isis Mobile Wallet, battery life bonuses, and the latest in VZW bloatware (Navigator and Tones).

Be sure to let us know when the update hits your device.

verizon moto x 4.4.2 update

Via:  Verizon
  • The location button in the default power control widget is updated to reflect visually that “off” is actually putting it into low power location mode.

  • Sara Merlos

    I have moto x I think its the best phone out there so far. I love it. Plus the update is cool keep them coming. 🙂 people who have iphones or other phones u don’t know what u r missing.

  • hawkeinmd

    hit my phone this morning – so far so good

  • Just received the 4.4.2 update this morning. Installed it and so far, no issues

  • Michael Smith

    Update just installed

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I got the update and it cut the volumes on everything down way to low. Had to change my alarm clock tone I use all the time because it was too quiet and there’s no way it would wake me up. Went to watch a YouTube video on the toilet like I always do and can’t hear it. For shame.

  • Sean

    Oh the best software is vZw tunes wanted a new camera

  • Shawn Christopher

    Just got it…



  • Chad

    Thank God the screen unlock lag appears to be gone!! Now to find a root method so I can get rid of these obnoxious ads (Droid-Life included)!!

  • Jared Denman

    Here’s the file if anybody wants to flash via stock recovery. Enjoy!!


    • Steveo

      Is this safe? Will my phone still try to update once the official download is released? Thanks!

      • Jared Denman

        This is the official

    • chris kilps

      do you need a root to install this?

      • Jared Denman


  • bluefolder

    So if I’m rooted, bootloader unlocked, I just don’t do anything, right?

  • chris_johns

    breaks root? cant lose my gravity box

  • tonypulz

    Just finished updating. Everything seems fine. No bloatware was added that I can see.

  • John Clausen

    I don’t want an update. My X works absolutely perfectly now. I don’t have a single problem with it. The chance that they screw it up is higher than the chance that they fix anything

    • needa

      lol. if you think it is good now… you should have seen it when 4.2.2 was on it.

    • TechTinker11

      They fix the battery drop that 4.4 brought for some users, fixed the email exhange, lockscreen lag are some of the problems that 4.4 had.

  • Hoping this makes the VZ Moto X fully functional on TMobile http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2578665

  • Rob Watkins

    I notice that Verizon is being kind of general in their description of the software update specifics. The other software updates included software for the camera, does this update have it too?

    • needa

      i think you can update the camera app itself once you have 4.2.2. at least i think that is what i read a month ago.

  • Rob Watkins

    Verizon Navigator…are they still charging $10 per month for that BS?

    • Dan DeMarco


  • Raven65

    WHY is Verizon still pushing VZ Navigator?!?!? Does ANYONE actually PAY to use that instead of FREE Google Maps/Navigation???

    • MartinNaskovski

      not unless one’s been living under a rock for a long time…

  • sirmipsalot

    I’ll wait until motorola posts the factory images.

  • Richard Giordano

    Hopefully wen the soak test starts for the 2013 Droids we will also see battery life improvments and an improved dialer to go with KitKat. Oh and it would be nice to see a white status bar to plz.


      Agreed, my maxx was fine for me on 4.2.2. Lost hotspot, all the sudden I had to factory reset from no where

      • Richard Giordano

        Yea Ik there’s been a lot of glitches since the update . I was able to get a little bit of better battery life by swicthimg the runtime to ART from Dalvik.

  • bobby

    I don’t see Cloud Print being fixed. I really would like to see that.

    • needa

      what wrong with your cloud print? mine works fine. although i am still waiting to see the types of paper, such as photo so my printer knows to go high detail.

  • ali jawad

    I’ve recently encrypted my Moto X, and am wondering if this update will cause issues because of that. Me thinks it’ll be ok, but anyone have experience with updates on encrypted devices in the past?

    • Nope. You’ll be fine. We have 6 Moto X’s at our company and encrypt all of them. Never had an issue updating them.

      • ali jawad

        Awesome, thanks for the quick reply.

  • iNomNomAwesome

    I had hoped this would finally fix the Bluetooth music that 4.4 broke on my Moto X, but it’s not in the changelog :/

    • Mathayus_Beck

      What is your bluetooth issue ?

    • Tom Z

      What kind of problem are you having? Bluetooth Music works fine for me…

    • ObsidianGT

      Yes, please explain the Bluetooth music problems you’re experiencing. SBC and AptX codecs work fine for me. I recommend a Kinivo 450 BT car adapter. You’ll be very happy with the sound quality! aptX is extremely close to wired quality! aptX has a data rate of 352kbps, with 16-bit, 44.1kHz audio and a Freq Response of 10-22kHz means it is very close to CD-quality sound. Plus, the Kinivo has automatic BT connect upon car start. http://www.kinivo.com/Kinivo-BTC450-Bluetooth-Hands-Free-Input/dp/B009NLTW60

      Since the question might come up, automatic play upon BT connect is a little trickier. PowerAmp on the Play Store supports “resume on BT connect”. For those with Spotify, Tasker combined with Media Utilities works great! http://androidtrix.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/tasker-spotify-plug-load-and-play/ (Modify these instructions from headset to Bluetooth connect).

      My only complaint with the MOTO X and its Bluetooth audio is that it has a warning about turning the volume up too high. We should have the option to disable the message so that it never comes up and the volume stays where we previously set it!

    • Andrew Flerchinger

      I had BT audio issues, too. For me, the problem is the minimum volume level is way, way too loud, and it only went up from there. Same thing happened on my Nexus 7 when it got 4.4. Haven’t tried again in a month, but this update just hit my Moto X and I’ll give it a shot tonight.


    Everything I see these posts, there always has to be a “WHAT ABOUT MY PHONE” comment. Last time I looked, it said MOTO X. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, STOP WHINING. Go buy a Moto X if you want up to date builds. That’s why I sold my S4 and went to an X.

    • Ricardo Rodriguez

      That’s exactly what i did. I sold the S4 to get the Motox X on my VZW because that’s as close as i’ll get to timely updates hahaa.

      • njdan30

        i love my moto x but my s4 has 4.4.2 on it also, actually before this update came out lol,only regret it i didn’t get the 32gb i got the 16 and no external sd like my s4

  • Scott Kart

    Looks like it was removed from Verizon’s site

  • gallen408

    How about the camera enhancements that were mentioned earlier, anyone with 4.4.2 notice any change?

    • Stnkycheezman

      I think 4.4.2 updated the camera on the nexus 5 only….lame, I know.

  • Diablo81588

    Got the soak test invite yesterday. Still waiting for the update though.

  • Diablo81588


    • Albert

      I don’t think its a new/different dialer. Just an “improved” dialer, as in bug fixes.

    • chris_johns

      i like it

  • Razma

    this better not disable my usb tethering app

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    Im glad that battery fix is coming, I definitely noticed that decrease in battery life after i updated to 4.4.

  • thedonxr

    I wish that the Dev. Edition could get updates that do not have to be approved through Verizon and don’t include all the bloatware…

    • Zach Cline

      No doubt . That’s honestly the one thing that I HATE about android is the carrier bloatware. And no I’m not into rooting or running buggy Roms.

      • Blue Sun

        You should check out the GPE & Nexus devices.

        • sirmipsalot

          Neat. Which one of those runs on Verizon, again?

          • Blue Sun

            Yep, that’s one notable downside of subscribing to a CDMA network.

      • Ralph Bretz

        Depends on the ROMs you pick. I’m running a stock/blur based ROM on my Moto X and no issues at all.

      • Riz Virani

        You could just root and freeze the apps.. haha

      • Sara Merlos

        If u hate android go to or back to iPhone dumbass

  • wills96

    I got offered this update about a week ago but didn’t have time to install it and tapped later, now I can’t get it..

  • KCCO

    Oh thank heavens I won’t feel lost with the new VZW Navigator and my friends will enjoy my VZW tones.. *derp

  • Bharath Kannan

    How does one obtain a soak test invite?

    • KCCO

      Emails went out yesterday. Looks like you just have to be a member through Moto forum..

      • Hothfox

        Member of the forum in good standing. I don’t know what constitutes good standing, but apparently I am.

        • TechTinker11

          Neither do I, I mean I guess I signed up sometime but never posted. Haha.

    • Ryan Cota

      Become part of the Motorola Feedback Network.

  • cgalyon

    I thought there was a camera improvement patch Motorola was releasing. Guess it didn’t make it to this update?

    • Guest

      You know this is just a summary, right? If you go read the actual changelog, from the link at the bottom of the article, you’ll see a much more detailed list of changes, including several for the camera.

      • Jeremy Kolb

        What changelog? The PDF? I don’t see any other link.

      • cgalyon

        Will look for that. I assumed (I guess erroneously?) that the camera update would have been mentioned in the summary here. I think of camera updates as a pretty big deal, but maybe they’re not to everyone.

    • BrianLipp

      4.4.2 was the camera update for the N5, so theres probably some stuff in it to improve camera stuff, but there might not be Motorola specific stuff.

    • Andy Taylor

      Camera can/is updated through Play Store updates.

      • cgalyon

        Normally that is true, but Motorola had posted a while back that the significant changes they were planning for the Moto X camera required low-level software updates that could not be done through the Play Store app (only via firmware). So normally, yeah, camera is updated through Play Store, but the “big exciting” patch that’s coming will not be done that way.

  • JBartcaps

    Lol people don’t use the Play Store to update their bloatware so Verizon forces you to update from the OTA

    • EC8CH

      so true

  • Droid Ronin

    Honestly, why would Verizon expect anyone to use VZ Nav nowadays? Especially when there is Maps and all the other free GPS Nav apps out there. Sure, it was useful back in the feature phone days, but no reason to keep it alive now.

    • Derek L.

      Do you still have to pay to use it? If so, what a joke!

    • Cael

      There’s still people they can trick or fool into using it.

    • Detonation

      Unfortunately there are people who probably got used to it and want to stick with it. I had to setup a new PC for my friend’s grandfather and he insisted I load his copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips 2005 onto it, rather than just learn use Google Maps.

      • Droid Ronin

        LOL, I vaguely remember MS Streets and Trips. That pretty much fell by the wayside quickly.

      • What is there to learn about using Google Maps? Lol

      • BroRob

        I’m sorry sir, Streets and Trips is no longer compatible with your version of Windows…. done! LOL

    • Gr8Ray

      I guess your parents/grandparents don’t have smartphones? There’s the target demographic, right there.

      • Tom Z

        What are you talking about? My parents are using Google Navigation just fine…

    • TC Infantino

      I am guessing that there are enough people who either like it or don’t know any better, and are using it (paying for the subscription as well), that it is worth it for VZW to keep pushing it as non-removable bloatware.

      • njdan30

        some people like getting ripped off some times,there’s people who seam to think if it cost more its better.

    • CarlosRubirosa

      They do it cause they want you to buy vznavigator instead of google maps.

    • Sara Merlos

      Because some people like it

  • acashe42

    Staying on 4.4

    • trd105

      Can I ask why? Unless you’re rooted then I understand.

      • acashe42

        Rooted and this is just a small useless update.

        • trd105

          Fair enough. I’m sure some people could use the exchange email fix tho so I wouldn’t call it completely useless.

  • woot

    does it break root?

    • nmaxfield

      with an update from moto/verizon, you can pretty much guarantee it will break whatever root exploit is currently available. meaning jcase or whoever else will have to go back to the drawing board. i’m just hoping it won’t be as much of a pain as it was to get root on 4.4.

      • Detonation

        I believe the key to current root exploit was being able to downgrade your bootloader to the 4.2.2 version after you took the 4.4 OTA. Normally downgrading bootloaders like that is blocked (for this exact reason) but we got lucky. I can only assume Verizon/Moto will have that hole patched this time around, so rooting this version is probably going to be even more complicated. (thank god I bought the dev edition!)

    • RedXander

      In my experience it did not break root. I was able to download the zip from a user that uploaded it on XDA, load it from recovery and maintain root. I did have to uninstall Xposed Framework and unfreeze the apps but otherwise it seemed painless.

  • The Narrator

    Annnnnnnnd bloatware, lol.

  • John Galt

    Does anyone know if AWS is currently activated, or if it will be through this update, or ever?

    • woot

      pretty sure its currently active. i get must faster speeds on this than i ever did on my gnex. and if it isn’t, 40-50 Mbps is fast enough for me

      • John Galt

        Cool, thanks. I just ran a speed test and pulled 50 Mbps down, so I figured it was. I just haven’t seen anything “confirming” it.

        • Malcolm James II

          I dont think it is currently, but hopefully it is in this update. I get 50 in Atlanta, but on my AWS enabled iPad I always get 70+

      • Nolan Rader

        Yes. It is.

      • BrianLipp

        Well, the radios in the GNex were just notoriously horrible, and Samsung isn’t known for making the best radios in general. Motorola usually has pretty good radios, and having come 2 years later it would naturally have better radios, even if they arent AWS.

    • Tom Z

      It is already very much alive. I’m getting an average of almost 40 mbps download in Chicago. That has to be the new lte channel.

  • Adrynalyne

    Can’t wait to see the new VZ Tones!

    Plus updated VZ Navigator! It is Christmas all over again!

  • tyguy829

    Is there any chance the “improved phone dialer” means it now does business search/caller id out of the box?

    • fvqu

      I hope it atleast means they actually updated the icon to the new 4.4 one.

      • BrianLipp

        The Moto dialer app is based off the AOSP dialer, which has the old icon and got the new UI, but doesnt have the enhanced search. The “Google Dialer,” which is still exclusive to the Nexus 5, has the new icon and the search. Google will probably eventually release some version of it on the Play Store to install over the AOSP dialer.

    • Guest

      Hope it atleast means they finally updated the icon to the 4.4 one that was absent from the last update, for some reason.

      • Brett Vrancken

        hope it means that landscape mode is at least functioning while on phone call in car dock.

  • BrianLipp

    O, good, i really couldn’t use my Moto X to its full potential without those VZ apps and Isis enhancements…

  • Steve DeBellis

    Ugh.. what about my Galaxy S IV VZW? 🙁

    • *

      Don’t expect it on Verizon before the S5 launches…they need to lure you in somehow