The T-Mobile Moto X got it's surprise update the other day with a couple nice fixes and enhancements, and now it's Sprint's turn to get the update. It's rolling out in stages, so mashing the update button won't do any good. Not that anyone's stopping you from trying.


The software, with the easy to remember version number 13.9.0Q2.X-116-MX-17-57-1, appears to have the same changelog we got with the T-mobile update, but here it is again anyway:

  • Camera – Improved Photo Quality: Improved capture of natural light (auto-white balance) and color accuracy for more precise exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes.
  • Camera – Improved Focus: Faster touch to focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light conditions and scenes with continuous motion.
  • Camera – Faster Switching: Shortened the time it takes to switch between rear and front-facing cameras, as well as transition between the viewfinder and the Gallery app.
  • Enhanced Touchless Control: Increased accuracy and responsiveness when using Touchless Control, and added easier setup and training of the “OK Google Now” trigger
  • Improved Motorola Migrate Experience: Improved transfer of content from an old Android phone to a new Motorola phone.
  • Google Drive 50GB Promotion: Added a promotion expiration date - customers have 30 days from phone activation or installation of this update to redeem the 50GB offer.
  • Moto Care – Lost Device Finder: Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent a lost phone from reporting its location to the Moto Care Lost Device Finder service.
  • Motorola Assist Driving Detection: Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the phone to read out text messages and announce calls when not in Drive mode.
  • Calling – Improved Voice Quality: Fixed an issue that could sometimes result in choppy audio being heard by the person you’re talking with on your Moto X.

Carriers are taking a look at the update before it heads out to devices. The T-Mobile version of the Moto X isn't sold by the carrier directly, so its update went out first. Sprint is usually not as meticulous with updates, so second place isn't a shocker. If tradition holds, the Verizon Moto X will see this update sometime late next year.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Brandon Jiang

    "If tradition holds, the Verizon Moto X will see this update sometime late next year." LMAO

    • Brad

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  • CJ

    will I lose root?

    • abiezerf

      You should not have root if you need to ask that question....

    • Sam Hollis

      Yeah, you'll need to reflash root.

      • CJ

        so any word on if that MotoRoot app will still allow root access as easy as it was previously? Cause man... that was easy.

        • Sam Hollis

          Most probably. IIRC it exploits a flaw in 4.2.2.

          • Freak4Dell

            It's quite possible they fixed that flaw and just didn't put it in the changelog. I certainly wouldn't be taking this update unless I was ready to unlock my bootloader.

  • jamaall

    The camera is terrible on my maxx in any situation with lighting. Guess I'll be waiting a year for Verizon to fix it

  • Gnex

    According to Jcase, this update breaks root. He also said a little back that he and another developer were working on a Safestrap recovery. Could we flash a modified version of the camera update through said recovery?

  • Chris Cardinal

    "If tradition holds, the Verizon Moto X will see this update sometime late next year." Hahahaha. Too true.

  • Mike

    That last sentence of the article actually made me laugh out loud