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Moto X Soak Testers on Verizon Receiving Android 4.4.4 Update

With news of Android 4.4.4 rolling out to the Verizon Moto G, more than a few readers lamented that Motorola wasn’t giving the Moto X preferential treatment. Lucky for those folks, the company has begun a consolatory soak test for those who are a part of the Motorola Feedback Network. 

The changelog for the firmware in testing, KXA21.12-L1.26 is not dissimilar to the Verizon Moto G’s we saw yesterday. Improvements include enhanced camera picture quality, the ability to pause video recordings, and usability improvements to the phone dialer.

Assuming that testing goes well, a source of ours states that a broad rollout will begin July 30.

Don’t lose faith, Verizon Moto X owners!

Cheers testers!
  • vamc_kisna

    After the upgrade, not able to connect to network. Any possible fix for the same, please share.

  • goutam

    Hey guys … I own moto x .. I received update of android 4.4.4 yesterday night …. Shall I update it or…leave it as it is to 4.4.2… Very much confused seeing all coments

  • Slavs

    Just got the update Clifton, NJ

  • echeck

    JUST noticed the 4.4.4 downloading on my Moto X in n.e. OH. It’s not even done yet. Leaning towards waiting to install it until others post more feedback here. Bad battery life would not make me a 4.4.4 praiser.


    I’m downloading the update right now. Hopefully there aren’t the battery issues everyone has been talking about.

  • diverken

    No battey problems after 4.4.4 update on my Motorola x , on Verizon.

  • Arron Hall

    This is the only reason that I have chosen Nexus 5 which is right now placed on wireless charging pad and ditch my Moto X because Nexus series Smartphones comes with a guarantee of being upgraded to new versions of Android before other devices.

  • NexusMan

    So mad I missed out on this one. I replaced my original Moto X and didn’t realize I wasn’t opted in for the 2nd one.

  • jaredgreenwald

    How does one get into this program? I signed up for the Moto Feedback Network or whatever it’s called and opted-in to give feedback, but no love…

  • saradduclos

    Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail

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  • trwb

    Got 4.4.4 on my Nexus 5 a while back. Lets just say bad battery got even worse. Hopefully doesn’t do that to my moto g once it gets it.

  • Jeff

    Hopefully this means AT&T won’t be far behind. I really want the feature to remove the carrier logo from my notifications bar.

  • Victor Who

    Fina-freaking-ly! Why so long?

  • traumadog

    Two observations:

    1) on the Maxx, I’ve had none of the reported battery issues on 4.4.4

    2) it’s good to see these updates from Moto on such a regular basis. I’ve gone from 4.2.2 to 4.4 to 4.4.4 in less than a year.

  • MicroNix

    Improved camera picture quality. Seems to me that was on every D3 update I had as well. Never helped. Still not understanding what makes it so difficult for them to produce a smart phone that takes great pictures when everyone else has been doing it.

  • saradduclos

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  • Bootleg Zani

    I love how the Developer Edition doesn’t get the updates any faster on Verizon.

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    At least the Moto X is getting the updated dialer, us Droid Maxx users were screwed out of that for some reason

    • Michael Watson

      Still no Google Caller ID or Smart Search though… : (

      • droidrazredge

        Is that what the Nexus 5 phone has ? Here I thought the new dialer came with the Google Caller ID and Smart Search :(. I wonder if someone can extract the .apk for those.

    • droidrazredge

      That’s unfortunate you guys did not get the new dialer or contacts updates. That’s the thing I was looking for most when I first heard about the 4.4.3 update that T-mobile pushed and it had that dialer. I wonder why Motorola did not update the Droid Maxx’s dialer ?

    • TC Infantino

      I had wondered about that. I have the Maxx, and when we got the update to 4.4.4 I was looking for all the changes that people had mentioned. I noticed that the dialer and contacts seemed the same, but I just assumed that it was a subtle difference that I just missed.

    • Hothfox

      In the looks department, yes. I was hopeful that it would include the caller-ID feature, but it looks like that is remaining a Nexus exclusive. I was sad.

    • thhn

      I hate the new dialer, how do I get the old one back?

  • Casey Artner

    I hope I’m not the only one to notice that they seem to be rotating the order carriers get updates. Verizon got the first Moto X update first and since then it has dropped further back each time. I’m kinda hoping that means the L release will show up pretty quickly for big red.

    • needa

      it will take a while for the l release.

      • DJ SPY

        I don’t think so. Since Google released the developer preview, I think that allowed manufacturers to start working on L. Updates to L should be much, much faster.

  • motox

    great to see this keeps getting updated but i’m still on 4.4 because i want to keep root. if they release 5.0 or android L on it, i’ll update then.

  • pizzaparties

    A few other websites are reporting battery problems after the update. Let’s hope that gets fixed!

    • Casey Artner

      Odd, I got the update last night and after a full charge unplugged it over night. Before the update (and since 4.4) my Android OS was causing massive drain, after its much more calm.

      • pizzaparties

        Very glad to hear that.

    • Diablo81588

      They are wrong. I am part of the soak test and battery life seems fine.

      • needa

        depends on the person i guess. my brother lost over 20% overnight. last night after the update he was having massive drainage problems. wifi and 4g on at all times. plugged it in and the phone automatically reverted to airplane mode etc.

        • jamaall

          It seems like there’s a large update going through Motorola Services right now. I now have 44% battery in 5 and a half hours on my Droid MAXX and Moto Services is the culprit. It’s constantly pinging my WiFi connection doing who knows what.

      • Steveo

        Currently at 9 hours 14 minutes on battery. 59 minutes of screen on time. 29% battery left 🙁

    • PoisonApple31

      It’s probably someone in an underground parking garage testing it out.

    • Arc

      Other websites are reporting battery problems ON OTHER DEVICES. How does this pertain to the Moto X?

      • pizzaparties

        No it was specifically for the moto x. Hopefully they’re wrong though. I don’t really know the websites that were posting it. It just popped up in google now for me.

        • DJ SPY

          I’ve read reports of battery problems on Nexus devices after 4.4.4. I myself have experienced a decline in battery life to my Nexus 7 2013.

        • BryanMillsIsCleaningHouse

          I had battery problems on the Moto X after the 4.4.2 update…never had issues before that. Now I have a G3 with 4.4.2 and the same battery issues. I don’t think this is the phone manufacturer’s problem…I think there are battery issues with KitKat. Hope they fix it soon.

          • gallen408

            Bring on project volta!

        • Arc

          Unless it pertains to the Verizon Moto X, it’s irrelevant. More likely than not, it’s some kind of bloatware from another carrier that’s causing the battery drain.

    • C-Law

      I noticed sometimes the GPS icon would stay in the status bar after I updated to 4.4.4 on my moto x. That could be causing some people’s battery issues maybe? I did a hard reset and everything has been perfect all day. Battery life has been great today with 4 hours screen on so no complaints

  • Daniel Russell

    I’ve had this 4.4.4 update on the droid maxx for a couple of weeks now, but I’m not sure what “improved camera picture quality” they’re talking about. My San Diego Zoo pictures were still not very good.

    • needa

      i thought the improved camera was the front facing cam only.

      • droidrazredge

        They improved the Dynamic Range and quality under florescent lighting for the camera.

    • droidrazredge

      They improved the Dynamic Range and quality under florescent lighting for the camera. The improved Dynamic Range is helpful for finding the best ratio between the maximum and minimum measurable light intensities (white and black, respectively).

  • Ralph Bretz

    Running it now. Seems pretty good so far. See how it goes after a week. Battery life, signal strength, smoothness v. lag.

  • Bryan Kolb

    Hm, I wonder why I wasn’t notified of this soak test. Did they invite a smaller group, or did I just do something wrong last time?

    • french toast ghost

      same here…hmmm

  • Connor
  • rda990

    Anyone know if it fixes the KitKat Camera battery bug?

    • What camera bug do you have? I am on Kit Kat and no issues that I can tell.

      • Jordan Webb

        Some people are affected by a bug where an app that uses the camera (like Skype) screws up the API call and the phone doesn’t sleep.

    • Jason B

      It fixes the hard-to-focus/constant refocusing issue present in 4.4.2 and the always active camera issue (mm-qcamera-daemon) which was draining the battery in some cases (fixed completely in 4.4.3).

  • Cesar

    Welp, time to start frantically tapping the “System Update” button.

    • Noogies

      You might want to hold off, there’s a lot of bad feedback coming in regarding the battery performance after 4.4.4.

      • Bryan Kolb

        Worse than 4.4.2? Ever since that update, Google+ has been murdering my battery unless I force stop the process. I don’t even know why a system update would cause that.

        • Noogies

          My battery also became noticeably worse after 4.4.2, but I have Google+ disabled. Most Google services, now that I look at my list of disabled apps. I’m one of the people who when you look at battery usage, Android OS is almost always 40% or more. Right now it’s 35% and it’s just been sitting here on my desk.

        • Noogies

          I’m sorry, I just realized I didn’t answer your question. The people who loaded screenshots or other data to the soak test thread I was on, were reporting up to 40% worse battery performance when trying to run it under similar conditions. One guy went from 11 hours ‘normal use’ to 6-7 hours. Newer model, so he doesn’t think it should be battery age/degradation related. I know that’s just one case, but others hopped in reporting noticeable battery performance degradation.

        • techwxy

          Agree, it can’t get any worse than 4.4.2. Same here, Android OS has always been 35% or more after 4.4.2, that can’t be good…

      • Jake

        Where can I find all of this alleged feedback?

        • Noogies

          Connection/SIM performance: https://forums.motorola.com/posts/7f300a76e3
          Battery Drain: https://forums.motorola.com/posts/217630f240

          Those links good enough for you?

          • Guest

            if they can track down your email or motox name from this… posting those liinks will get you banned from the feedback program. <– i am just trying to look out for ya.

          • Ryan

            Those links are NOT from the feedback program, those are general forum links NOT pertaining to the Moto X.

          • Arc

            One of those threads is for the Moto G, and the other is for the Droid Ultra. None of them pertain to the Moto X.

            And, NO, the Moto X is not the same thing as the Droid Ultra or the Moto G.

          • Ryan

            No, different phones, cant compare them directly to the Moto X.

          • Kevin

            Google X phone running version Y with battery drain and you get lots of links. What’s your point?

      • Arc

        Please quit posting stuff completely irrelevant to the Moto X.

  • Greg

    I’m a part of the feedback network but wasn’t invited to this soak test. Bummer.