It's a good time to own a Moto X. Hell already froze over earlier this week when the Verizon version of the handset was the first to receive an OTA to Android 4.4, beating the Nexus 4 and both Google Play Edition devices. Now the update is rolling out to phones running on T-Mobile.


The update is rolling out in phases, but the first wave is heading out today. Since the Moto X doesn't come with that many customizations, most of the notes in the changelog detail changes found in KitKat.

  • Android™ 4.4, KitKat®
    Android 4.4, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. KitKat includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development.
  • Phone dialer
    Improved the phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
  • Camera - Focus and exposure
    Enhanced the "touch to focus" option with a new circular, on screen control that can be dragged by your finger around the viewfinder to adjust a photo's focus and exposure.
  • Gallery - Photo editing
    Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.
  • Hangouts -SMS/MMS support
    Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings > Wireless > Default SMS app.
  • Touchless Control - "Find my phone"
    Added a new "Find my phone" command to Touchless Control. Just say "OK, Google Now-find my phone" and your Moto X will ring loudly to let you know where it's hiding when you've misplaced it nearby.
  • NFC - Host card emulation
    Enhanced support for NFC Host Card Emulation (HCE), to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
  • Accessory support
    Added support for Square credit card reader

This is obviously great news for T-Mobile Moto X owners. As for those on other carriers, just sit tight. Motorola says it will have more updates to share very soon.

Source: Motorola [1], [2]

Thanks, Samarth Rajendr.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Scott

    I need to get a Moto X.

    • Jason Bell

      You do. It's a great phone.

      Downloading the update now, btw!

      • Scott

        Just trying to figure out my plan situation on Verizon.

  • Ben Baranovsky

    Still waiting on that HTC One GPe 4.4 update. :(

    • thedosbox

      Pretty sure Motorola can't help you there.

  • mike dunham

    Received it and updated! Motorola is doing a fine job with the Moto X

  • smartypants

    thanks for the shout out there :) Moto is beasting it with these updates.

  • osecond

    Whoa fast, Pat on your back Moto. Good Job!!!

  • Pratik Holla

    Advantage of having little to no custom skin. Take heed Samsung!

  • Nexus masher

    Yay optimised Dalvik 4.4 libraries that can be flashed on next :)

  • Anthony

    come on at&t i want some kitkat goodness

  • http://sjsmos.me/ Stephen J. Sundberg

    What about the S4 4.3 update? I think my next phone will be Motorola or Nexus!