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T-Mobile Moto X Gets Android 4.4.3, Moto G and Moto E Too

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Remember the invites for participation in a soak test of a new software update that Motorola sent out last week to owners of the T-Mobile (unlocked) Moto X? Remember how we had no idea what it was? We now know. It’s Android 4.4.3 and what is more than likely a new record for an Android version update for non-Nexus or Google Play Edition phone.

The update, as can be seen in the screenshot above, not only includes Android 4.4.3, but introduces improved image quality and the ability to pause video while recording, as well. Users will also see the new dialer application that we highlighted yesterday, plus support for Motorola Alert, an app that was previously an exclusive to the Moto E. 

Keep in mind that the T-Mobile (unlocked) model of the Moto X is controlled by Motorola, so it can easily push updates to it, which is why they were able to do this so fast. The other variants (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint) will need to go through that whole carrier approval processor that often slows things down. Still, pretty impressive, right?

Update:  Motorola has now announced Android 4.4.3 for the Moto G and Moto E as well, along with confirming the update for the T-Mobile variant.

Here are the devices receiving 4.4.3 starting today:

  • Moto X T-Mobile users
  • Moto G users who bought online in the U.S. (includes Moto G 4G LTE) and at retail in Brazil
  • Moto E users who bought online in the U.S. and Canada. For Moto E users, you are still up for the next major Android update as well. Consider this the cherry on top.

And here is the full changelog:

  • Improved camera image quality for Moto X including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, and improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.
  • For Moto X and Moto G, pausing for video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Motorola Alert in this update for Moto X and Moto G users. This new app helps give peace of mind by sending periodic messages to the contacts you choose.
Cheers L!
  • MyStroPro

    So… I still can’t get this update on my T-Mobile Moto X. Not through System – Update in settings or through Motorola Device Manager. :-(

    • syst3m

      I just got an OTA update few hours ago. Any luck?

  • Bibin

    Please update when Moto X update is coming to Indian varients?

  • wkwk

    So did the dialer retain all of its features (like caller ID) this time around?

  • Paul

    I really wish Lenovo hadn’t bought Motorola. I was/am looking forward to the Moto X+1, but I’m having a hard time believing that Lenovo will repeat what Google did with the Moto X. I want to believe…

  • enloquecido

    WoW! T-mo and Moto make a compelling option. Keep the updates coming and show me a flagship phone and killer watch design and that might do it.

  • Scott Loucks

    Question is does it fix the X’s battery issue that came for some with 4.4.2…

    • Hothfox

      I think some updates of Motorola’s own apps helped mine. Yesterday I got 3.5 hours of screen on time and my charge lasted 20 hours down to 6% before I put it on the battery. The screen on time for me has been phenomenal, and exponentially better than it was before the recent app updates.

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    I just installed this updated 4.4.3 KitKat version on my Nexus 5 and its new dialer looks impressive. Now I am not even facing the camera bug issue. Well, right
    now it’s resting on qi charger. Once it gets fully charged, I will definitely wants to explore more features of it. My wife has Moto G and it’s good to know that they are offering this latest version on it too.

  • needa

    another instance of moto not doing any testing on an update before pushing it out to their customers. i personally would wait before installing this. head over to the moto support forums for a few days and make sure nothing is wrong. motorola did this with the 4.4 update and it ruined our phones for weeks. it took five or six different app updates before it got great again. and it still is not as good as it was when running 4.2.2.
    granted, this will not be as much of a change as the major(ish) kit-kat update. but you never know what new bugs will be introduced.

    • Gary Hicks

      They did a soak test for this……

      • needa

        when? invites are not the soak test start.

    • myname

      Lol, based on what information are you saying that moto did not test this update?

      It is absolutely absurd to insinuate that a software company doesn’t test its software before leasing it. There will always be bugs (as there has always been in all software ever released), but I’m sure moto has a test suite they run to ensure the update is stable for the vast majority of us.

      • needa

        how much testing can be done in a day?

        • myname

          I guess you aren’t too familiar with software development, but testing is done in parallel with development. You don’t just finish the thing and say “now lets test it”…

          • needa

            let me explain. moto has had this for a day. just as every other oem.

          • myname

            I guess it would be far-fetched to think that the low level of customization to Android Moto has done on their phones would speed up the process of ensuring the update works. Most of the Moto X specific features are modularized in the apps, so as long as the update doesn’t break app compat the Moto X software shouldn’t need changes.

            Also, you know that Google has some phones that they test the updates on, and these phones are likely very similar to the Moto X, if not the Moto X itself. Also, note that Moto is still a subsidiary of Google.

          • needa

            naw man. google gives no special treatment to moto. they are treated the same as the others. two totally separate companies. its just that one has access to the gigantor checkbook of the other. the apps… after the kit-kat update those apps caused one to three second delays on the lock screen and various other problems. as i said below, it took a month for them to get it all fixed. and it wasnt until the 4.2.2 update months later (a week or so for nexus devices), that corporate email got fixed. the same with the bluetooth issues. and fixing that in the point two caused other issues for others. this is the testing that i am talking about. pushing out an update this fast does not allow for that testing. just as it did not happen on the kit-kat update.
            all i am saying is… take the time to make sure the phone is still as good as it was. i don’t feel like that is too much to ask.

          • myname

            Its a reasonable ask. I just thought it was absurd to say that don’t so any testing.

            I would rather them release the update for us to take, and then fix the issues later. As long as they don’t have any serious issues (phone does not boot, some critical app is completely broken) then the update should be OK for most users.

            I acknowledge the bugs from the previous updates were issues for some. It could be that Moto simply doesn’t want to have a 6 month testing process like Verizon does. I like fast updates, even with the increased risk of bugs that might come with it. Your point about those who are risk adverse waiting to take the update is valid. But I think most people here want the update asap

          • You Serious Bro?

            You seriously think that Motorola got the 4.4.3 code yesterday, compiled it into their codebase, released it to their production servers and got everything set up to push to the masses in one day?!?! You obviously have no experience in software development and the effort it takes to release something like this.
            It would be interesting to see what the build date is on that kernel version. That’s more than likely when they created this build.

          • needa

            considering moto just confirmed everything i have been saying about when they get the updates, i guess i don’t need any experience in software development. maybe you need a bit more experience so you can figure out how they get it done so fast. cept it doesnt look like it has been released yet, so they obviously cannot do it in a day.

          • guesswhat

            no they have it for atleast two months!!

          • needa

            read above.

    • Trevor

      I’m fairly certain the OEMs get to play around/test new OS updates early. Part of Google’s push to lessen fragmentation of Android.

      • needa

        htc did an infographic on the update process. their way of saying, ‘quit bitching that it takes so long’. they clearly state that they get the software at the same time nexus owners get it. they get updates to the pdk early. but that is hardware related. i will try to hunt it down.
        http://www.droid-life.com/2013/12/26/awesome-infographic-htc-shows-us-the-anatomy-of-an-android-os-update-from-pdk-to-ota/

        • Trevor

          No need to hunt it down, I know what you’re talking about (the PDK). I thought that involved software, too. It just seems crazy the manufacturers wouldn’t get their hands on the new software until release day. You could be right though.

  • Alan Marchman

    Welp, the Verizon Moto X will get this around 2015…

    • Hothfox

      Does everyone forget that the Verizon Moto X got 4.4 first?

  • Stew560

    Using my TMo MotoX on StraightTalk (AT&T)… No update available. Should I pop a TMo SIM back in, or will this roll out to ST soon too? (Is it based on the actual device or the carrier?)

    • Syst3m

      I have the same question

    • Simon Belmont

      Shouldn’t be based on the carrier if it’s unlocked. It should just update.

      Your comment is from 11 hours ago. Did you get it yet?

    • Scott

      They did say “this week” so we aren’t at the end of the week yet :)

  • Cael

    Camera update yay!!!!!

  • nabooska

    IMPROVEMENTS IN LOW LIGHT PICS ON FRONT FACING CAMERA HALLELUJAH !

  • Ronald Bernard

    Wtf? How is this getting it before the nexus devices? Bulls*** Jeraldo!

    • needa

      the moto x got kit-kat before most of the nexus devices.

    • Simon Belmont

      Actually all of the Nexus devices got it first (except the LTE N7 2013, I think). It’s just in the form of factory images.

      OTAs, I imagine, should roll out this week and be done in a week. I sideloaded Android 4.4.3 to my N5 last night.

    • ArrowCool

      Got the OTA on my N5 today.

      • Ronald Bernard

        As did I. Finally. Lol

  • tu3218

    Come on Verizon! If T-Mobile can manage it, they you guys sure can with all your resources.

    • Blake

      Can – sure. Will – not a chance in hell.

      • tu3218

        ehh I wouldn’t go that far. They were very quick on the past 2 updates. But I’m still definitely not convinced it will happen again.

      • needa

        verizon moto x owners had kit-kat before n4, n7, and n10 owners. it isn’t unheard of.

  • jnt

    The soak test for this went out before 4.4.3 was released for the Nexus devices, right? I didn’t think anybody had access to it until Google released it officially? Or am I remembering wrong?

    • needa

      the soak test invites went out. it takes a week before they push the soak to testers. odds are they are getting it today just like it worked on the kit-kat update.

  • Droid Ronin

    Wow, I haven’t seen the update yet, but I’ll have to start spamming the Check Updates button my T-Mobile Moto X.

  • James

    Buying this phone and switching to T-Mobile were great decisions.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    Question: Isn’t the KitKat Dialer exclusive to Google devices, and not part of AOSP?

    • Nathan Borup

      it is not part of aosp. It uses google services

  • anon

    So before the X couldnt pause while recording videos? Thats great because I use it on my G2 all the time. I would hate not to have it.

  • Ken Bosse

    Since its mostly a bug fixer, carriers have no excuse not to push this out fast.

    • Adrynalyne

      Like 4.3 for the gnex on Verizon?.

    • Blake

      But testing. Testing to make sure it works. Over and over and over. For… safety.

  • JonathonFlores

    And all of a sudden I feel like my Moto X is a Nexus.

    • enigmaco

      Feels that way must be why I don’t miss my nexus 4

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    • sc0rch3d

      I keep looking at phones to replace it, but it’s become the definition of a great daily driver. This is the longest I’ve ever gone without modding a phone .

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      Seriously, they have been ridiculously good at keeping up with releases. I mean to the point where it does seem like a Nexus.

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    Another juicy reason to switch to Tmo. I swear to god, Verizon, I double doggy dare you to take away my unlimited.

    • James

      Already there, my friend. As a former Verizon unlimited data subscriber, I have no qualms about having made the switch. Unless you absolutely need unlimited data or Verizon coverage, it’s a great decision. Come on over, life’s good on this side :)

      • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

        I absolutely need unlimited data and Verizon coverage, but yes, I’ll be joining you if anything goes wrong on this side of the fence. =)

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Doesn’t T-Mobile offer a truly unlimited data plan?

        • Jason Kahn

          yes they do $80.00 for unlimited data no throttling, plus unlimited talking and texting, with 5GB of tethering included. This is the prepaid plan, so after NY state taxes it’s $87.00, on Verizon, 1500 texts with 450 minutes talk, and unlimited data was priced at $89.99, but after taxes and all of Verizon’s made up taxes it was costing me $120 a month

          • Ralph Bretz

            I can’t wait to make to switch. I really hope T-Mobile gets here soon.I’ll save close to $600 a year

      • tu3218

        Unless you’re tight for money, there is no reason to switch if you still have unlimited data on verizon coverage. It’s a great, great feeling. Well unless of course you want like a Nexus phone you’d have a reason to switch.

    • jnt

      X users on T-Mobile are just lucky that T-Mobile didn’t adopt the X as an official device. I’d like to think Tmobile thought “hey, if we just let Moto user their general unlocked X as our phone, our customers can get around our checks quicker and get OTA updates faster.” But that’s not likely what happened. :)

    • capecodty

      I’m using this “T-Mobile” phone on att, and straight talk before that. It’s essentially the developer edition in a color you choose (even takes the same images).

  • Tony Byatt

    What an afternoon…

  • droidrazredge

    are the developer versions of the Moto X not controlled through Motorola like the T-mobile version is ?

    • Chris

      I’m on T-Mobile with a Dev edition and haven’t yet received the update, wonder if dev edition is not included?

  • droidrazredge

    I knew this was what was in the T-mobile soak test from last week!!!! The timing of the soak test with the Nexus updates from yesterday confirmed it.

  • Jason Kahn

    Mighty Impressive beating Google to the Punch at least with the Nexus 5

    • Nathan Borup

      4.4.3 for the nexus 5 came out yesterday…

      • Jason Kahn

        You get the OTA yet, or know anyone who did?

        • Nathan Borup

          dude… the binaries are posted. Get them and flash yourself, you have a nexus device for crying out loud

          • Jason Kahn

            Don’t own a computer, so it’s a wee bit difficult to pull that off, won’t try it on my work PC

          • Justtyn Hutcheson
          • Jason Kahn

            No Nexus 5 Link

          • Nathan Borup
          • Jason Kahn

            Much abliged

          • Nathan Borup

            No prob

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            That isn’t an update zip that you can flash in recovery, it’s the full factory image you need to flash from a computer.

            Sorry to disappoint :-(

          • grumpyfuzz

            that’s not a zip, so can you even flash that?

          • Nathan Borup

            Straight from the google factory images page pal

          • Jason Kahn

            I think thats what Linux calls a ZIP file

          • Nathan Borup

            You are correct. tgz is a linux compressed folder

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            You are correct. Curse you DL, and setting up your posts for future updates rather than having a post for each update *shakesfistatsky*

          • grumpyfuzz

            I found a zip from xda :P http://d-h.st/3l1
            Edit: This isn’t the update zip, it’s sort of like a rom update. You’d have to install it through twrp coming from 4.4.2 I’m guessing.

        • Nick Haug

          No :(, I have a Nexus 5 I got off of Google Play and still no 4.4.3 update

        • Blake

          Still released before hand. OTAs take time to roll out. Besides, the Moto X update has to roll out too. So your point is moot. Release isn’t measured when your device gets it, it’s measured when it’s released.

  • C-Law

    I may have to install the T-Mobile rom for this on my Verizon phone to check it out

  • Justin Foster

    I wish someone could port the dialer to all devices =(

    • Charles Walker

      Agreed. I hate the dialer on my G2.

      • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

        Agreed, hate the dialer on my S4

        • Justin Foster

          Don’t get me wrong, the Note 3 dialer is awesome. I just want that built in directory.

      • bmos18

        Is your dialer laggy on your g2

        • Charles Walker

          Not that I can tell. I’m just not a fan of LG’s skin overlay at all and much prefer the Google dialer for functional and visual purposes.

  • Charles Walker

    Gotta love how fast Moto gets updates. 4.4.3 seems to be very promising too for stability and bug fixes.

    • 4n1m4L

      I’ll do a backflip if Bluetooth is fixed up. When 4.4.2 dropped my car quit seeing text messages.

    • Anon

      Tell that to the Droid Ultra/MAXX/Mini owners on 4.4, who just saw a teensy bug-fix update…that stayed on 4.4.

      The three of them are good phones, but were (ironically) much better phones on the at-release-time 4.2.2 software.

  • chris kilps

    when is the verizon going to get it? why can’t they be first again?

    • Jaxon Wright

      wondering the same.

      • DJ SPY

        Did you read the article? You’ll find your answer there. It’s not even hidden or cryptic.

        • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

          Silly kids just head straight for the comments section after reading the article name.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      As pointed out in the article, the “T-Mobile version” is just a nice name for the US GSM unlocked non-developer version. The carrier testing required for the rest will likely put them a solid 4-6 weeks out, possibly as much a 8 for some variants *coughDroidcough*.

      Patience :-)

    • Kevin

      I say give it a week or two. :)

    • Bowen9284

      Because…Verizon…

  • Larry Bublitz

    Hooray!