Following close behind the arrival of KitKat for the Moto X on both Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T has now announced that it, too, is pushing out an OTA. Between Verizon's version of the handset getting the update before anyone else and the Moto X getting Android 4.4 pushed out before the Nexus 4 and both Google Play Edition devices, there is a lot to be surprised about here. Surprised, and impressed.

The update is being distributed as part of version number 140.44.5.en.US.


The changelog for AT&T's version of the Moto X is the same as the others. Since Motorola hasn't added much on top of Android, the changes listed are mostly those that come as a part of Android 4.4.


AT&T customers, enjoy. Every one else, don't worry, at the rate these updates have been rolling out, you shouldn't have long to wait.

Source: AT&T, Motorola

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  • aNYthing6

    How the hell did Motorola manage to do this? What happened to the "carrier testing" period?

    • Scott

      It's amazing when a company wants to get shit done, it get's done.

    • Freak4Dell

      It would appear that Motorola started working on it as soon as they got the code through the PDK. Leaks started appearing about 2 weeks ago, and typically, a leak means its in the carrier testing phase. Looks like they not only pushed themselves, but they also pushed the carriers, and they've shown that other OEMs are just slacking off most of the time (or fighting to cram in all their bloatware).

      • Chris

        I'll go with "fighting to cram in all their bloatware" for 600.

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    • madquack

      Is she accepting resumes? /s

  • Bojan Gutic

    Good for Motorola! I've been rooting for them to make a turnaround since the release of the Moto X, and they're definitely doing it!

    Definitely glad I've recommended the Moto X to so many people!

    • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

      did you bought it?

  • http://twitter.com/xionone xionone

    Moto X on a carrier will have 4.4 before Nexus 4 and Nexus 7? Mind boggling.

    • Gabernasher

      Factory images have been available.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It's true, but since you need to be unlocked for that to work, if you just wait for the OTA, chances are you won't get it before the last Moto X does, since Moto X's rollouts seem to be much less staged. It just depends on how you look at it.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Wtf the it's went out a week ago dude

      • http://twitter.com/xionone xionone

        My Nexus 7 doesn't have the OTA yet... so no. The release is in phases, not all at once

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Just you don't have it doesn't mean it's not out which it is

          • http://twitter.com/xionone xionone

            Tell that to the countless people still waiting for it. Being "out" isn't the same as "everyone has it,"

          • dontsh00tmesanta

            I have everyone it's out now wait and meanwhile go play outside

  • NemaCystX

    Welcome to the New Motorola!

  • EH101

    This is simply amazing. I never in a million years would have guessed any company, even a subsidiary of Google, would beat Google to updating their devices. Now all Motorola needs to do to get my money is put out a Note competitor.

  • NemaCystX

    Got Google Wallet tap n pay, screw you Verizon, AT&T and ISIS

  • Jonathan McHatton

    And yet AT&T has been sitting on the 4.2/Sense 5 update for HTC One X for months now. This is ridiculous.

    • Cody

      I'm starting to wonder if they're ever going to push it out now...


    Come on Sprint. I can't believe they are the last one to get it!

  • demtri

    Another way to really look at it is moto really doesn't have a huge set of customization on top of android as it is so its a lot easier for them to update their devices.

    • selonmoi

      It's partly a technical decision, partly a business decision. (And indeed the technical decision was no doubt largely motivated by the business one.)

      But look at how long Samsung held back the updates for the Galaxy Nexus versions they controlled. They had literally zero customization to contend with.

      In any case, good on Motorola. If I lived in the US, I would definitely be considering them for my next phone. Or, you know, if they were to offer Moto Maker in Canada...

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    I can handedly confirm this allows you to do tap and pay on at&t.

    at&t, member of isis, previously blocked the old wallet app in google play and blocked tap to pay functionality in the newer versions of the wallet app, now on 4.4 with host card emulation it seems no carrier will be able to stop it :D Extremely awesome when verizon devices start getting 4.4