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Android 4.4.2 Update for Verizon’s Moto X Rolling Out to All

At the end of last week, just as the soak test for a new software update was beginning on Verizon’s variant of the Moto X, Big Red fully approved the Android 4.4.2 update by publishing a changelog. Here we are not even a full week later and the update is rolling out to the masses. The update was waiting for me as I awoke this morning, along with a couple of dozen emails from readers who had received the same love. 

The update is by no means a big one, but it does bring you up to the newest version of Android, something very few Android phone owners can lay claim to. You’ll see improved connectivity while roaming, an improved dialer, battery life enhancements, the new version of Isis Mobile Wallet, and more.

The full changelog can be found here.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

Cheers D, A, P, D, N, W, D, D, G, S, J, K, R, M, R, S, K, J, R, and everyone else!
  • shakypete

    I have the developer version. It is April 5th. I still have no indication of an update. What is going on here?

    Is the rooted developer version prevented from getting an update?

  • Kenne Phimmasonsouk

    This is BS! That’s why I got the moto x for fast updates but the gs4, note 3, lg g2 has got them all before I did…. At&t….

  • Michael Luscher

    Now all this has to do is transfer over nicely to the new Droid family *cough*(My Maxx)
    And I’d be golden. $100 bill credit, and a yr of 1 extra GB of promo data. Thanks Amazon
    I feel slightly less reamed.

  • boybert

    I was having lots of trouble with data over 2.4 GHz WiFi networks (5 GHz was fine). I could connect, but data would only transfer sporadically and eventually not at all. After updating, all is good!

  • jonnyrazr

    what about Droid Maxx?

  • chris_johns

    now if only i could take this without losing root…since i cant unlock root plus gravity box is absolutly necessary

  • froyoman

    Anyone else having problems with volume after the update? I can’t change media volume in apps any more — it only changes the ringer volume. This happens in Play Music, PvZ2 and Netflix. I have to leave the app and go all the way into system settings to make changes. Also, this morning there was no volume for my alarm app (Alarm Clock Xtreme) even though they system setting show is at max volume. WTH?!?

    • froyoman

      Nevermind. Seems to be working normally now. But I swear it was acting strange.

  • Dariel Silveiro

    How frustrating that When I had a Galaxy Nexus for Verizon I couldn’t get an update to save my life. Now I have the Moto X for AT&T and Verizon is the first to do updates?

  • DA_NYK

    Nexus 5 people…nexus 5

  • dilon

    I have a rooted moto x developer edition device. when i go to install the new update it reboots into recovery. (TWRP) but dosent do anything from there. I reboot the phone backup and it goes back to the normal homescreen for about 30 sec then just reboots back into recovery .. i need help getting this installed. The phone has not yet downloaded any of the new files for 4.4.2 so i guess you could say im stuck in a bootloop .
    can anyone help ? would be greatly appreciated.

  • wmsco1

    Verizon Galaxy Note 3 kit kat update when? Need some love here Verizon!

  • Matthew

    Still Waiting for my Damn RAZR HD to get Updated from 4.1.2 -_-

  • Shawn Gill

    Got the update last night. What a difference my phone is so incredibly fast and smooth again. Camera seems to be improved from the few shots I’ve taken so far. Too soon for battery but so far really happy with this update.

  • sirmipsalot

    I guess I decided to live dangerously, since I could always return to 4.4 if necessary. I’m rooted, unlocked bootloader (dev edition) – ran the update, still have root w/o any issues. (I had/still have stock recovery, though).

    • eddieonofre

      so you were able to install the update?
      I have the verizon moto X dev ed. rooted and unlocked. I tried the update with no success.

      How did you proceeded to the update?

      • sirmipsalot

        Yes, I was able to install the update – I just took the OTA, and it worked. Notably, I have stock recovery, though. It seems several are reporting failure if they have a custom recovery installed.

        • eddieonofre

          I did have custom recovery but I installed the default one and still have issues

          • sirmipsalot

            If you can no longer boot after attempting the install, you may need to go all the way back to scratch by flashing the factory images for 4.4, then updating, then rooting. 🙁 If you can boot but had a failed update from an attempt w/ a custom recovery… then I you probably still need to go back to factory, it would seem.

  • AbbyZFresh

    finally. Now this means the Droids will be updating very soon.

  • Gr8Ray

    They just updated the Moto Assist app today too.

  • jim

    why does that pos get it before the NOTE 3,,,,THAT AINT RIGHT

    • Patmw123

      Better question: Why would you honestly think that the Note 3 would get this update quicker than the Moto X? The Moto X received 4.4 before some nexus devices did and doesn’t really have a manufacturer’s skin such as touchwiz on the Note 3. If you planned on receiving timely updates, you shouldn’t have bought a Samsung phone.

    • trixnkix637

      If you knew the update process, not only is it right, but it makes perfect sense. Blame that Touchwiz, not the Moto X.

  • Kdub

    WT F Samsung get your head out of your butt !

  • eddieonofre

    I get an error while trying to update.

    On the update screen, half way while is trying to update I get and error.

    I have a rooted, unlocked verizon moto X dev ed

  • Silver Veloz

    YAY – It’s installing as we speak. Now, both my Moto X and Nexus 7 (2013) will be rocking 4.4.2. Happy Camper here.

  • Cesar

    Woke up to the notification myself. Squealed like a fangirl as soon as I saw it.

  • Julian C. Taborda

    Anybody else having the issue of double navigation bars after the update?

  • keeley991

    I’m so glad my AT&T moto x is running 4.4.2……….. O wait

    • Matthew

      Atleast you have 4.4 Jackass

      • keeley991

        Wow Someone is a little bitter

  • icedrop

    Anyone else notice that when you try to turn the GPS off after the update, it doesn’t turn off but the icon only half disappears. Whats going on here?

    • Craig Queenan

      I just came on here to see if anyone else was seeing this. I get a half icon lighting up now when I go to toggle it on and off. The only way to turn it off is to go into the settings, location, and turn it off from there. Annoying.

    • Craig Queenan

      Looks like it now lets you toggle between high accuracy and battery saving, but not turn off GPS completely through the toggle.

    • Raven

      That is a 4.4.2 thing. My Nexus 7 does that as well. But, my question is why would anyone ever shut off their GPS on a Moto X? The battery drain when you are not doing something like Maps or Nav is almost nothing.

  • chris kilps

    anyone notice anything different, so far the only thing is the easter egg is now k instead of 1?

  • gpzbc

    I’d be lost without VZ Navigator…
    Seriously, can’t Verizon see any usage stats?

  • stabone

    razr m now please?

  • Lucky Armpit

    I can’t wait for the update to VZW Tones! *excited*

  • s0nic69

    Does anyone have the link to download Motorola original bootloader? looks like I need to use recovery tools and flash the original before I can apply this update.

  • mcdonsco

    Damn…when is the vzw lg g2 going to get KitKat?

    This is my first lg phone…seems like its taking a long time.

    • bobbyp

      The G2 looks like an amazing device but I don’t think LG has a very good track record for timely updates.

      • GJV

        The AT&T and Korean G2s already have KitKat. LG is not the hold up.

      • Kevin

        not that it means a ton, but i did an online CS chat with LG and the person told me the ball is in the carrier’s court.

        • bobbyp

          If that is the case then I wonder why LG seems to have no pull with carriers. The phone seems to sell pretty well.

    • pubasnacks77

      Hopefully not too far off as I am waiting for it as well

    • trixnkix637

      LG has a horrible track record with updates.. I’d try hitting them up on social media to see if you can get a ETA there.

  • DC

    Anybody see the change to the GPS/location icon in the power control widget? You can toggle between half and full, but you can’t turn it off unless you go into Settings.

    • Marcus

      KInd of scary!

    • Craig Queenan

      Yeah saw this. Very annoying.

    • trixnkix637

      I haven’t had this problem. I was in on the soak test though, so I’m not sure if that makes a difference.

  • nicholas cusmina

    Please tell me why VZ tones & VZ navigator still exist??

    • EC8CH

      Verizon apparently still has a lot of clueless customers.

      • michael arazan

        Like the ones that traded in unlimited data for tiered data?

    • John Clausen

      Because, somewhere out there, some poor, stupid bastard doesn’t know any better.

  • Alex Boro

    “I awoke this morning, along with a couple of dozen emails from readers who had received the same love”
    If you know what I mean;)

  • Bootleg Zani

    I got the update on my Moto X DE this morning. Time to test out the Exchange fixes.

  • Mike

    Man I cant wait for the Moto X2

  • Drooblz

    Got it around midnight. w00t.

  • Andrew K

    Also for those with rooted phones DE or Non-DE that made tweaks to the framework you can read this forum on what to do. http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-x/general/4-4-2-vzw-t2656843

  • Ericmarkwilliams

    I just made an NFC Google Wallet payment this morning after the Update. Has Google Wallet always work on the Moto X or is it now working after this update? I thought Verizon had locked it out of their phones

    • guest

      its always worked

    • Alex Coldstone Simon

      Host Card Emulation, since kit kat. 🙂

  • NexusMan

    Very odd that Verizon rushed this update out. (Don’t comment on how other carriers had it already, I know that. That’s not what I mean). They approved it before the soak test ever even began. Isn’t that the point of a soak test? To TEST it, before approving?

    • Adrynalyne

      The last few updates were approved by Verizon before the soak started. It doesn’t make sense, but it is what it is.

      • NexusMan

        I participated in the Soak, and I started to experience force closes of Google Music after the update.

        • Adrynalyne

          Did you clear data? That isn’t terribly uncommon when the application database doesn’t or cannot upgrade properly.

        • Gr8Ray

          I manually flashed the OTA when it was posted to XDA a few days ago, and I haven’t had any problems with Google Music. I was even streaming it to my chromecast for a couple hours last night.

    • bobbyp

      They do that all the time with Motorola phones at least. I know the Bionic and Razr phones would see soak test invites and then before it started we would see them push it out to everyone at the same time.

    • Patmw123

      The soak test definitely happened, it was just short lived.

      • NexusMan

        Yes, I know it happened. I took part in it. But before it even began, Verizon announced that it was approved.

        • Patmw123

          Guess I misunderstood your post.

  • csd5

    is this update coming out for the droid maxx too? kitkat update ruined my battery by 25%…

    • breadable

      Yesterday with the 4.4.2 update I got more battery life out of my Moto X than I had been getting from the Maxx since the 4.4 update. It better be coming to the Maxx soon

      • csd5

        wow…so the maxx will stay ruined unless it gets this update? never thought the update can make that big of a difference?

        • breadable

          Just an update fixing this would be great, I had worried my barely 6 month old non replaceable battery had fried. I was getting about 22 to 34 hours of heavy use, now it’s down to 12-18.

    • Daniel Maginnis

      Same happened to my droid mini. Lost like 50% battery life tho. Went from around 28 hrs to maybe 15 after kit Kat. Worse is very recently messaging has been regularly crashing and consuming 30-40% battery. Had to disable it and am now using hangouts for SMS.

    • Lucky Armpit

      It must be an app you have installed, as 4.4 didn’t “ruin” my Maxx’s battery life. I still get 2 days between charges.

      • csd5

        its not an app, i wiped the phone, google it or read the couple people that responded to me on here….youre one of the lukcy ones i guess

  • Milind Shah

    “Cheers D, A, P, D, N, W, D, D, G, S, J, K, R, M, R, S, K, J, R, and everyone else!” xD could have wrote this instead “Cheers to everyone who sent this in” 😛

  • G Money

    Any info on root for 4.4.2?

  • Asa Thomas

    “Ok Google” hotword detection fixed on Google Now Launcher!

    • NexusMan

      Why, I think you’re right!

  • EC8CH

    Warning to those with custom recoveries installed, don’t take the update.

    I have TWRP installed on a stock unlocked and rooted Dev Edition and accepting the OTA will stop at the recovery, but it reboots back to the recovery everytime you boot back into the system.

    I guess for people like me all you need to do is flash back to the stock recovery, install the update, then flash back the custom recovery:


    • mwjohn1000

      Tried to install the update before seeing this post. If I restart I get about a minute of screen time before it boots back into the custom recovery (TWRP). Can I download the stock recovery from Motorola on my computer, transfer it to my phone, and flash the stock recovery all while in TWRP?

      • EC8CH

        That’s exactly what mine does. I just did a backup when it rebooted and stopped at TWRP. Then I restored an older backup that I had. I plan on flashing the stock recovery while in my older backup and then just restoring the system that was restarting and see if the update goes through then. Hopefully then I’ll have 4.4.2 with all my up to date data.

        If you don’t have a stable backup to restore, there are probably ways to download and flash the stock recovery through something like ADB.

        • JoshGroff

          There is, same like with the G-Nex, but you need an unlocked bootloader to do it. You download the full system image, extract, and flash through fastboot.

        • mwjohn1000

          I’ll try to restore an older backup and see if I can get the stock recovery on from there

          • EC8CH

            Let me know how it goes. I’ll probably be trying the exact same thing later this evening. Good Luck!

          • mwjohn1000

            I successfully restored an older backup but can’t seem to find the stock recovery anywhere to download.

          • EC8CH

            Guy in the video says to grab it from any of the Moto Firmware packages:

            Assuming you are on verizon:

            Download the file VZW_XT1060_4.4-13.11.1Q2.X-69-3_1FF.xml.zip from here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-x/development/moto-x-firmwares-superthread-4-4-t2538394

            Then unzip and inside will be the stock recovery file. Then the app he used (Recovery Tools – Flasher) should be able to use that file and flash your recovery back to stock

          • IGOT CAUGHT

            Same thing happened to me except my mistake was forgetting to uninstall XPosed. Kept crashing back to recovery after a minute or so of screentime. At least that left it possible for me to restore a nandroid and start over.

          • crackers8199

            just wanted to clarify on this (probably going to update mine tomorrow, haven’t had a chance yet but i’m sick of the damn popup every five seconds telling me to update)…

            i have an unlocked, rooted vzw DE, with TWRP. i gather from reading this thread that i need to do the following…

            1. uninstall xposed / gravitybox
            2. flash stock recovery
            3. take OTA

            4. flash TWRP
            5. reinstall xposed / gravitybox

            is that all i need to do? will i need to re-flash SU after that? is it 100% necessary to uninstall xposed first?

      • bbb

        You should be able to clear cache and dalvik to get back up without the reboot.

    • cmdr430

      Just curious. Why does your system version say “retail” in it not “verizon”

      • EC8CH

        Video is not me, so I don’t know why.

      • ReturnOfTheMak

        The device in the video is a developer edition so if it’s running a custom ROM it’s likely that it will not show that it is tied to Verizon.

        • RetrunOfTheMack

          Never mind, I just watched the video and it seems like he is running stock software so maybe the developer edition does not show that it’s from verizon.

          • EC8CH

            He used a recovery name XT1053, so wouldn’t that mean his phone is a T-Mo Moto X?

      • Jason B

        The XT1053 is the retail version of the phone for US GSM carriers. Unofficially it’s the “T-Mobile” version, but anything with Retail in the system version is a non-carrier locked phone.

    • ranlil

      Mine snuck in on me. I just loaded stock recovery and wiped everything except userdata and took the update. Then I just flashed TWRP and I was back to root normal.

  • bluefolder

    Rooted and Unlocked Moto X DE. What do I need to do?

    • EC8CH

      if you’ve screwed with anything other than unlocking and root, then stop… don’t do it

      if you’ve just done that and have a custom recovery see the video in my other post

  • Tim Swann

    will foxfi work with this verision of android? I purposely haven’t upgraded to 4.4 on my moto x because it doesn’t work

    • NexusMan


    • Mike

      On my SG4 FoxFi is warning of the upcoming update turning off wifi tethering so, I’m not sure of Foxfi works with any 4.4.x versions

      • NexusMan

        It does NOT. The latest version wifi mode works on is 4.3, and they specifically say it will work on 4.3 on the GS3, GS4, Note 2 and Note 3 on Verizon only, NOT AT&T.

    • Tim Swann

      so it sounds like Google put something into the 4.4 code that messes with this possibility for this working on non-rooted devices.

  • Josh P.

    That noise you hear… Thats the rage of all the VZW Note 3 owners…

    • ShadowGTX

      Not at all I st got my foxfi <3 plus I don't root so I'm happy with my note 3 as is

      • kali bred

        Yes I saw this update the other day and haven’t done it because of foxfi so until then I’ll be on 4.2 until foxfi works on 4.4

    • tdurden64111


    • Beavis

      That’s why I got a Moto X.

    • T4rd

      Raging about how awesome our lives are with 2+ day battery life and chuggin on all our giga RAMz!


    • jamaall

      Droids have to wait extra also even though they’re the same phone with different batteries and screens :/

  • r0l

    More interested in whether we’ll see 4.5 or 5.0 in June. Well until it hits the ATT Moto X…

  • Raven65

    I didn’t get a notification, but did a manual check for the update and it was there. Just D/L’d and installed. the first thing I did was fire up the camera. It definitely seems to start up faster and, here in the relatively low light of my cubicle, the focus & exposure seem to lock in faster and more accurately.

  • Justin Duncan

    Sitting here with my g2 still on 4.2.2 verizon…..

  • T4rd

    Inb4 Verizon bashing and Moto humping.

    • Keith Taylor

      Rest assured that VZW added all the bloatware they could. I have a G2 on ATT and they added atleast six new apps..I dont want or need beats on my phone.

      • Raven65

        I may be overlooking it, I don’t see any additional VZW bloat.

      • NexusMan

        Rest assured, they did NOT.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      What’s wrong with moto humping?