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Verizon Moto X Android 4.4.4 Update Now Available to All, Here is the Changelog

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Verizon has gone ahead and approved the Android 4.4.4 update for their variant of the Moto X, making it available this morning to all. The update, which first hit soak testers on Friday, includes improved camera picture quality by improving photos taken in fluorescent lighting and enhancing the dynamic range. It also introduces an option for pausing and resuming videos during recording. Finally, a new dialer with a new graphical layout and colors has been introduced.

The update jumps the device up to build 210.12.41.

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

If you aren’t seeing the update, you can manually update using the file included in the comments.

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Via:  Verizon
Cheers Adam and Nathaniel!
  • jestin

    Do not update guys.. They always mess up things so we upgrade our phones.

  • Jprime

    I’ve had some Google force closes and everything seems a bit laggier

  • One Meat Ball

    If there’s a wrong way to do it – I’ll find it. That said, I can finally report success! I now have a rooted Dev Ed running 4.4. 4. After many false starts, bootloops and other headaches all of my own creation which began when I foolishly tried to install the download below to a TWRP recovery rooted phone. But with the help of the Moto X Toolkit, I reverted to stock. Took the OTA update, enabled Developer Options, enabled USB Debugging, installed TWRP and Superuser. Ran Root Checker and yes I have root again!

  • bigfire

    This patch fixed the bluetooth volume issue with LG headphone. Previously the volume control for the headphone and the handset are one and the same, resulting in eardrum splitting volume level. With this version, the volume control on the phone and the headphone are split, and the volume control is finally working.

    Still does not retain pairing with my ancient Toyota Prius 2005, so I’m giving up on that.

  • motoxguy

    Thanks for the share. The install worked perfectly!

  • I’ve noticed the image link posted by @kellex:disqus has baseband at MSM8960PRO_BP_2323.038.123.00R and version 212.55.26.ghost_verizon.Verizon.en.US. What should those be?

  • echeck

    Can anyone offer some more feedback regarding battery life after updating? I’ve been postponing the ota 4.4.4 update since Monday morning when I got it waiting for feedback here. Tyler posted good news running the soak couple of days ago. Anyone else? Perhaps no news is good news.

    • pizzaparties

      I’ve been waiting as well for the same reason.

      • echeck

        Well I went ahead and installed it this morning, but won’t have any real feedback for 1-2 days. On vaca this week so won’t get a true apples to apples comparison on battery life until next week, but I will follow up here.

        • echeck

          Not a typical day, but Android OS seems to be back in a single digit percentage.

  • Aaron Lee

    can have a Video Comparison between 4.3 & 4.4.4

  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    still no ota for me. I don’t want to do it manually, I want the ota. Waiting patiently, Verizon.

  • Sanjay kumar negi
  • JD

    I can no longer double-tap-hold to zoom /media pictures =(

  • John Clausen

    Has anyone else noticed that the noise when you press the home, apps, or back buttons is slightly different?

    • Jprime

      Yes… It’s louder I think

  • acashe42

    Still on 4.4.2, the official L release is my next destination.

  • gekko

    … requires an unlocked bootloader, I take it? 🙁

    • Jeremy Wray

      no

  • Michael G

    Coming from a GNex and dealing with the occasional frustration of flashing roms, I decided to stay stock when I got my Moto X last year. I’m amazed at how nervous I was to do this simple task. lol

  • Jacob Mata

    so I flashed the update & what’s bugging me is that I am not able to disable the messaging app. (old text messaging one). it shows that disabled is is not an option. its darkened. someone help

    • Ryan Dombroski

      You can not disable it

    • Jeremy Wray

      if you were able to disable it then you wouldn’t be able to text anyone. whether you use hangouts, handcent, or whatever they all use the core messaging app to function.

  • Robert Aubey

    Still can’t tether, yet every other phone on my account can tether (GS3), Droid Razr Maxx HD, Droid 2, no option to switch phones. VZW wants to charge me an additional $30 on top of my unlimited data to tether. Anyone know a work around, I’m on 4.4.2, am I SOL?

  • Adam Baer

    I have a developers edition with no SD card any suggestions?

    • faganm24

      Internal partition

    • Jeremy Wray

      no Moto X has an sd card slot…..

  • ranlil

    I just put this on my DE that has TWRP. I put the file on the SD card. I flashed a stock recovery. Ran recovery and chose the update. After update I had root. Then flashed openrecovery-twrp-2.7.1.1-ghost.img to recovery and now back to normal with the new software.

    • ranlil

      Actually openrecovery-twrp-2.7.1.1-ghost.img

  • Tyler

    So i have noticed substantially better battery life in the past few days of running the soak test. I used to max out at around 18 hrs of standby with at most 1hr of screen time and yesterday i made it to 2hrs of screen time and 1day 8 hours of standby time. No longer does Android OS use up 25-35 % of my battery.

    • hoodieNation

      I would cry if I only got 2 hours of battery life.

      • Tyler

        Back in the 4.2 days i could get between 3-4hrs of screen time with 18hrs of standby time and I would assume now i would be able to achieve that again.

  • Nerds Logic

    Following these instructions I got “installation aborted” after attempting to verify update.

  • fitzgerald52

    Really liking the new dialer in 4.4.4, thanks for posting the manual update method!

  • Alex P

    will this update my screen to 5.9″?

    • s0nic69

      also adds front facing camera flash, and turns it into optimus prime. Enjoy the update!

  • tlingitsoldier

    A couple questions; I know people are mentioning the different version numbers (ghost vs. falcon, etc.) but my current system version is “164.55.2.ghost_verizon.Verizon.en.US” and I’m still on 4.4.2. This appears to be the same as what I just downloaded from the link Kellex provided. I want to make sure I’m flashing the right thing.

    Also, is there a chance we could get an MD5 for the file? It would set my mind at ease knowing it matches.

    Thanks!

  • Jonathan Alstad

    What are the chances that this update will somehow enable the FoxFi/PDAnet team to get wireless tethering working again?

    • Armyof2

      Zero or less

    • Ryan

      I just got the Moto X – Developer Edition, and it worked with FoxFi/PDAnet out of the box.

      • Jonathan Alstad

        The wireless tether worked? Or just the bluetooth/wired? On Verizon?

  • tu3218

    Does it matter if I have switched my phone over to ART? Should I switch back to delvik before updating?

    • DJ SPY

      I had my DROID on ART when I updated to 4.4.4 and there were no problems.

  • Justin Kos

    seems like people were so excited for this update, which brought no new features lol

    • Diablo81588

      It brought a usable phone dialer for one. That has irritated me since the day I upgraded to 4.4. It also fixed the bluetooth connectivity issue that I had with my car. Not a major update but saying it brought nothing is wrong.

      • Ryan Dombroski

        The new dialer is way better –

  • Dan

    I’m getting a no command when booting into recovery.

  • Iskandar

    done. Sweet. Thanks

  • Jerel McCollum

    Updated perfectly fine on stock Moto X. Thanks for sharing!

  • @1MPitts

    Factory reset recommended?

  • Scott Capodice

    This update took dang near an hour for me to complete….

    • bigfire

      mine is still on-going. I also shifted the runtime to ART so that may account for the length.

      • Scott Capodice

        I’ve been on ART for a long time. It still took near an hour to finish.

  • During the 3 short days of the soak test, I got 2.5-3 more hours of battery life during regular usage. streaming music, taking pics, checking emails, reading blogs. simple stuff like that. i haven’t had a chance to push the limits on it yet though.

    • I hope you’re right, and I really hope the supposed reports of battery drain are wrong.

      • i’ve had zero unaccounted for battery drain. i always wonder what apps others are using when they report battery drain on soak tests like this. i can’t see battery drain being an issue on some and not all if it is in deed the soak test that is the culprit.

        • SparkysShocker

          This is good to hear, because my Droid Maxx as been chewing through battery on 4.4.4, so I am looking forward to my newly acquired X to get a bit more life during the day.

      • Tyler

        As per my comment here ( http://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/28/verizon-moto-x-android-4-4-4-update-now-available-to-all-here-is-the-changelog/#comment-1508914009 ) the battery life on the soak test is much better and on par with 4.2 which hasn’t been the case since the update to 4.4 for me.

      • I typically would get 12-13 hours on 4.4.2 with the same kind of usage i had yesterday, but yesterday i got almost 17 hours with 19% to spare on 4.4.4.

  • gpzbc

    Does it finally allow the dialer to rotate into landscape view?

  • Justin Bontrager

    Can I cast my screen yet?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It does not show up as an option when using the Chromecast app on 4.4.4.

  • Tran Nguyen

    I don’t understand why the carriers prefer upgrade this phone A over another phone B ?

  • Mudd

    I have a moto X dev with TWRP. Do I need to flash old recovery to install OTA?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Yes, you need a stock recovery and stock /system files (can have apps disabled in settings, but not missing/frozen by something like TiBu) to be able to apply an OTA. I would wait until TWRP has been tested and verified with 4.4.4 before applying the OTA, as once you are there you can’t downgrade, even with an unlocked bootloader.

  • Nathan Borup

    Any fix for the massive battery drain I have been having?? My phone doesn’t even last a day anymore…

    • Lunkman

      I contacted Moto about this a little over a month ago- they gave me a code for a BRAND NEW PHONE (I was even able to change my colors!). I did it via chat through Motomaker website- I told the person that I may need a new phone because of inexplicable battery drain, he then asked me if I had downloaded new apps recently (the answer was “no”)- and maybe one other questions- then he gave me a code and emailed me a shipping label to send the old one back (upon receipt of the new one). It was about a 5 minute chat- I suggest giving it a shot….(I know I am reaching- but maybe this is a perk of a non-removable battery??)

      • Nathan Borup

        I already did this a while ago… not to mention I have a Custom Verizon Moto X with an unlocked bootloader. Don’t want to lose that

    • Qwerty

      Exactly how massive is your battery drain? I could’ve sworn I used to get more than 3 hours on screen time prior to upgrading to Kit Kat. I was lucky enough to exactly 2 hours on screen time yesterday and now with the 4.4.4 update, it looks like it got a little worse.

      • Nathan Borup

        I use my phone very little… at least with the screen on (bluetooth music in my car, mightytext/hangouts at work, the occasional phone call) and sometimes it just drains… like I maybe used my phone for an hour total and my phone dies after 9 hours of sitting

        • Qwerty

          That’s so bizarre. My battery life behaves similarly but I wouldn’t say it dies nearly as fast. Ever since jumping onto Kit Kat, the battery dies noticeably faster. I uninstalled apps I wasn’t using as frequently. I disabled those that I couldn’t remove and also wasn’t using as often. It seemed to help a bit, but right after installing the latest update, I’m back to where I started. I even own the developer edition on Verizon and never felt the need to root it because it was performing beautifully up until now.

    • Tyler

      It has fixed my battery drain due to wakelocks caused by android os. I am in the soak test and have been using this update for the past few days (got it mid last week) and have noticed significantly better battery life over previous versions. More details in my comment here: http://www.droid-life.com/2014/07/28/verizon-moto-x-android-4-4-4-update-now-available-to-all-here-is-the-changelog/#comment-1508914009

      • Nathan Borup

        Do you know if the soak test is any different from the official OTA?

  • Sean Walton

    4.4.4 is getting out rather quickly which is great to see. My Sony Z1 got 4.4.4 in Canada this morning.

  • Qwerty

    Pulling the update now. I’m surprised I was able to do so on the first try.

  • Kree Terry

    whats the updated dialer look like? I lost root on 4.4 a few weeks ago and accidentally flashed the 4.4.2 files when restoring. I was on vacay last week and totally missed the TowelPieRoot on xda for 4.4.2 and below. Just got it working but xposed isnt working for me and many others so if the 4.4.4 update is worth it i might just give up on xposed and go to 4.4.4.

    • TechTinker11

      Same here, I just found the TowelPieRoot and I can’t get xposed to work, but apparently some others have had success. Shame we finally got a one click root, and already an update. #MotoXProblems

      • TheDrunkenClam

        How do I tether wothout Verizon knowing now that I have achieved root with towel pie???

        • Kree Terry

          If you can get xposed working there is a module that allows it. But with changes in system resetting on reboots I’m not sure how xposed will work. Hopefully I can get it working soon to try it out.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The updated dialer looks pretty much exactly like the new AOSP dialer on the Nexus 5. Still no integrated magic-Call-ID-from-Maps like on the Nexus, though.

      The main reasons to update are the security updates, the improved camera and the Bluetooth fixes.

      • Lucky Armpit

        Thanks for posting that; my Droid Maxx got 4.4.4 a few weeks ago but no new dialer. Weird that two very similar phones get different features. Guess that’s what I get for preferring a Droid-branded phone.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Unfortunately, Verizon still has most of the control when it comes to the Droid line, from hardware to software. That is why they didn’t have 4.4.2; by the time it was ready to Verizon’s wishes and specs, 4.4.3 had dropped, then 4.4.4 a week or so after that.

  • eazyean1

    Cant open file??

  • jim

    Seems like Verizon is starting to realize that getting updates to their phones means a lot to customers

  • ecorea

    We need some comparison shots of the improved camera quality! Not sure if its worth giving up my tethered root

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Basically, it is just more consistent with the color and exposure from shot to shot, rather than being cool in one shot then warm in another a second later, etc. So, your first picture will be a “good” one 90% of the time, rather than 50%.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Do you guys use the Google Camera or the Moto Camera?

        • Jordan Webb

          Moto camera because flick-to-open is too good to give up.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          I use the Moto Camera, unless I want to make a PhotoSphere or Lens Blur shot.

        • droidrazredge

          I use both, but I mostly use the Moto Camera but when I need to use PhotoSphere or Lens Blur I’ll use the Google Camera.

          • s0nic69

            Same here.

      • jnt

        Flash shots are greatly sped up as well.

    • Gr8Ray

      I wouldn’t get too excited, this update was pretty “Meh” as far as user facing features go.

  • I assume they fixed the battery issues some people in the soak test were complaining about?

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      The OTA is the soak. So, if soak testers were complaining, they were ignored, or it was something specific to their devices/affecting a small enough number to allow the push.

      • yeah I figured the “falcon” part was and update addressing these concerns. I read below that’s the codename for the Moto G. Thanks for the info!

    • Ryan

      There were no battery issues in the soak test for the Moto X, the Moto G and the Droid Mini had some, but not the Moto X.

    • Dwayne

      I was in the soak test and my battery did seem to drain faster during the first 24-48 hours, but since then it has settled down and I’m getting better battery performance than I did on 4.4.2.

  • Ryan Dombroski

    Whats going on with the Falcon Name ? I have 212.55.26.ghost_verizon.Verizon.en.US – And I agree with others – That picture is horrible – I could do a better job :/

  • TheRunner024

    I guess I need to unroot my Moto X to get the update.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      If you want root, don’t update. There is no confirmed root method for 4.4.4 as of yet. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there were no root method found for a while, just like there wasn’t a root method for 4.4.2 until the exploit being closed in 4.4.3/.4 forced jcase to release it.

      • TheRunner024

        Yeah, I think I will just stay on 4.4.2.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          How do I root on 4.4.2?
          That telnet stuff seemed complicated as the instructions weren’t very detailed.

          • TechTinker11

            TowlPieRoot, its an app you download and softboot and viola. Though you need to root on bootup (there is a checkmark) because it get rids of root if you reboot your phone. Also no write privilege. There is other methods with commands and usb’s. But this ones just an app and a click, and done.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Wow thank you! So I have root successfully. Now how do I tether without “the man” knowing I’m doing it?

          • TechTinker11

            That is, sadly, beyond my knowledge. I don’t think they can tell if your rooted when your tethering though.

      • Alex Rieck

        I assume your referring to the normal VZW Moto X and not the Dev Edition correct?

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Of course. If you unlocked the bootloader, then you can do virtually whatever you like, especially since the FXZ for this update was posted over at XDA (and you may be able to get it directly from Motorola shortly via their MotoDev site). I believe that there are still issues regarding not being able to downgrade, but afaik that’s not a huge problem for most, as DE owners tend to want the latest-and-greatest anyway.

      • moelsen8

        is towelroot exploit closed in 4.4.3 and 4.4.4?

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Not certain. However, towelroot only worked on the Moto X *after* the initial “Pie” exploit by jcase (at least, to the best of my knowledge), so whether or not it will work on the 4.4.4 OTA is a big question I have yet to see answered.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Ummm, wut?

    The soak test release is system version 212.55.26.ghost_verizon.Verizon.en.US

    And where the heck did falcon come from??

    And finally that is one of the absolute worst photoshop jobs that I have seen from a supposedly professional company in my life. Verizon, you have failed. Completely, utterly, and totally failed.

    • raddacle

      Good point, Falcon is the codename for the Moto G.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        These “notes” are the worst cut-and-paste job I have ever seen in my life, bar none.

        • raddacle

          Well at least the file name of the file Kellex uploaded seems correct. Clearly Verizon was too busy thinking of new ways to screw its customers over to create a proper changelog.

        • patt

          Who cares?

        • Christian Trevor Clauss

          Didn’t DL write an article about how VZW confused a low end LG phone with an LG G3?

    • Nate

      What am I missing here?

    • Gr8Ray

      Confirmed, that’s the version I’m showing, and I was in the soak test. That image is completely fubarred.

  • hyperbeatser

    improved picture quality huh…

  • ckilps

    same here no update

    • cookebbs

      able to sideload this?

      • Jordan Webb

        He just described how to do it…unless you mean as an .apk, then no. Updates are not apps.

    • iNomNomAwesome

      I love my Moto X but it seems like every update makes it worse. One update ruined the BlueTooth Music, another update ruined the battery life, and recently it keeps randomly switching to silent. I’ve given up hope that the updates will fix these problems.

      • Gr8Ray

        I don’t have any of those issues with mine. Could be something you have installed. I had a lot of issues with my previous older Bluetooth car stereo, so I finally just replaced it, and the Moto X works great with my new one.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I had an issue on 4.4.x where it locked itself at max volume when it connected to my car’s Bluetooth. However, that was actually fixed in the 4.4.4 update. Don’t give up hope 🙂

        I’ve always been able to pin down misbehaving apps for battery issues. Sometimes the OS updates expose some failure in an app that was masked before. Also, I always do a factory reset after an update to eliminate the possibility of wonky cache files causing problems. Don’t think that’s necessary (it shouldn’t be), but it eliminates one point of troubleshooting when something gets wonky.

        • Tyler Lamb

          I had issues with the max volume bluetooth issues in my car (I had a MotoStream since my car is too old for blue tooth). Moved it to another car for a road trip, and since then it no longer had issues. I haven’t tested but about that same time I removed Xposed (anticipating an OTA coming soon) So it could have been related to Xposed.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I was completely stock, so I the only thing I could figure was that there was an issue with the protocol/codec it was using. Hooking up to a Bluetooth adapter like we added to my wife’s car (BTC-450 from Kinivo) it worked perfectly, and the only difference I could discern without a logcat was that the BTC used aptX, while mine used *something else*.

            Whatever it was, it is fixed now. Thanks, Moto!

      • Raven

        I have 4.4.2 on mine and play music to various bluetooth devices (JamBox, FlexSmart X2, Pyle E-9150, and a couple of generic receivers with earphone jacks) all of the time and have great battery life. Please define “ruined the BlueTooth Music”.

        • iNomNomAwesome

          The songs skip and randomly fast-forward, and I have to skip through a few songs every time before it plays normally. It started the day I updated to KitKat.

          • cjohnson481

            I hadn’t experienced this at all until about a week ago and now I’m getting it all the time until I reboot my phone.

        • jestin

          Lucky you.. I would take 4.4.2 over anything! Best battery life

    • Justin Bontrager

      Just installed. Looks good so far.

    • trixnkix637

      Do you need root for this?

      • nmaxfield

        no, just download the file to the root of your sdcard, then flash using stock recovery.

    • Mudd

      Can this update with TWRP on a unlocked MotoX DE?

      • nmaxfield

        no idea. i’ve always read that these things need to be flashed through stock recovery, so that’s what i did. i’m rooted, unlocked bootloader w/ xposed. just disabled each module in xposed, and “uninstalled” xposed, then flashed stock recovery, then updated using this file through stock recovery. so far so good. i’ll be putting twrp back on momentarily and making sure root still works.

        • TheRunner024

          Does root still work? I might try that method later.

          • nmaxfield

            seems like it survived just fine, but if you don’t have unlocked bootloader, i’d be very cautious.

          • TheRunner024

            Alright good, my bootloader is unlocked so I should be fine. Where did you get the stock recovery?

          • Mudd

            So, because I am super impatient and have ADD when at work:

            1. Where can stock recovery be found.
            2. Is it possible to flash stock recovery back without access to ADB?

          • nmaxfield

            1. pull it out of whatever firmware version you’re currently running. got it from here http://sbf.droid-developers.org/phone.php?device=0
            2. i am pretty sure you can use flashify, but don’t hunt me down if it breaks something 😉

          • nmaxfield

            all firmwares can be found here http://sbf.droid-developers.org/phone.php?device=0 🙂

          • TheRunner024

            Okay thanks!

          • skiwong20

            if u r on unlocked bootloader you can flash the update in twrp but you have to edit the xml file found in the zip..not for a basic user.

        • Nate Webb

          I’m going to go a similar route. Did your xposed modules still work once you reinstalled them after the update?

          • nmaxfield

            yup, just re-installed xposed framework and re-enabled the modules. everything was how it was prior to updating.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Kellen, the final system version of the file you linked to does not match the description in the post above.

      I’m guessing that the post (and Verizon’s document) is incorrect, since this file matches the version number for the soak test, which you linked to in the above post as well. That, and the Moto X is “ghost”, while the Moto G is “falcon”.

    • imlip

      I had the soak 4.4.4 version installed then tried to flash this one. It failed and now my phone is soft bricked. the phone boots and displays animation, but blacks out after animation is complete. tried fastboot erase cache and phone still has the issue.

      • trixnkix637

        Not sure why you did that exactly as they would’ve been the same. If you can you probably need to do a full wipe. & reinstall.

      • Jason B

        Go to XDA, get the full FXZ, and reflash the phone in RSD or mfastboot.

        • Steve

          What is an FXZ

      • OmarAnayat

        Try flashing the FXZ without flashing the data.

    • Christopher Settle

      Trying to just drop it on internal storage using ASTRO, but it keeps telling me it can’t move the file. Any tips on where to put it or how to exactly just drop on Internal Storage?

      • LWAPolitics

        Drop in /sdcard

    • MotoXVZWwantmyupdate

      The file says Ghost but it shows in comments further down that Moto G is Ghost and Moto X is Falcon… Will this work on the X or is this for the Moto G instead?

  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    Still not showing as available for me yet in system settings.

  • Mech_Engr_09

    MOAR MOTO NEXUS RUMORS PLEASE!