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I think we were all a little impressed and surprise last week when Motorola announced in rapid succession that the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile variants of the Moto X were all getting Android 4.4 immediately. They even beat Google's own GPE devices to an OTA. That's kind of incredible.

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The fact that Motorola is now Google-owned probably had just a little bit (OK, a lot) to do with this, but the company's renewed attitude toward Android updates is something enthusiasts have been begging for in an OEM for years now. A lot of people resort to custom ROMs not only for their features, but because the manufacturer of their respective phone can often take months after the announcement of a new version of Android to update even flagship hardware. And really, who likes to wait for new stuff?

Motorola's absolutely blown the doors off whatever the previous record for an OS update to a non-Nexus device on a US carrier. Heck, I'm pretty sure they even beat the large majority of Nexus devices that were on carriers.

Anyway, Motorola's definitely taking care of owners of its new tier-one device, the Moto X, in terms of software support. It's getting more developer-friendly, too. Does that make you more likely to consider them for your next phone (this is assuming, hypothetically, their phone would be available in your country)?

Will Motorola's rapid updates to Android 4.4 make you consider them more for your next phone purchase?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Charlesvtiu

    Speedy updates are nice, but flagship phones nowadays typically have most of the features I'd need in a phone already even without the latest OS. I feel like Android's developed enough that new updates only bring incremental changes so I don't really look forward to them as much as before.Awesome to get the update, but not terrible without it.

    • Gaja

      It's not about features, it's about what's under the hood. Even SGS4 didn't have TRIM support until Android 4.3, even though TRIM is VERY important..

      • chris125

        Agree. Most people think, "well it doesnt look any different so I don't care" but they fail to see that the under the hood improvements are often times more important than the looks changing. Especially with TRIM and helping keep devices running normally a year or two down the road.

  • John Bailey

    Come on Sprint!!!! Release the Kit Kat!!!

  • Connor Mason

    if Motorola becomes a more expensive, consumer focused version of the Nexus line (which is developer focused), I will definitely buy a Motorola phone next.

    • Jason Rittenhouse

      I don't think the nexus line has been developer focused for a few versions now, not that that changes whatever it is you don't like about them.

      • Noah Hamlen

        If I had to guess, I'd say crap batteries and cameras. This is coming from someone who has a Nexus 5 and had a Nexus 4 before. I love them, but I'd love them more if they were $100-$200 more had had big batteries and great cameras.

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          is it only me or are other people who never touched stock android since 2.2 totally lost on a nexus device? For whatever reason the one in sprints store didn't have a phone icon and i could figure out where to find it or how to add it back to the bottom section :/

          I also couldn't figure out how text messages worked...there was like a talk or hangout thing for messages but no text message section.

          Alright now go and troll away since i don't understand probably something basic but i was lost and gave up after a few mins messing around. If i can't figure out something that basic in that period of time either i am stupid or something was either messed up or google failed to make it plain and simply.

          alright troll away....i bet i am asking for it :/

          • dapoktan

            no one's gonna touch this comment cuz of the preemptive troll accusations? ha!.. google the solution, or stick to a nokia 5000..

            talk about passive aggressive

          • acb

            The phone icon may have been removed since it was a display model. Adding it back is just like previous versions of Android. Go to app drawer->long-press phone icon, drop on home screen (or wherever).

            The SMS thing is a little more complicated. You can now pick a default sms app through the system options. Normally, when you first boot kitkat, you are guided through this process. But a display model in a store may have been set up weird.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            interesting i tried the long press to get to apps but phone wasn't in it in any menus so i gave up lol.

            Any who thanks. The message thing was definitely what throw me for a loop

          • NemaCystX

            there are two other ways to get to the dialer if it was hidden. Chances are the store disabled the dialer app so it was removed from the homescreen and the app drawer. To see if it was disabled, go to Settings>Apps>Disabled if its not in there go to Settings>Apps>All

            and look for the dialer in the list, that list shows all apps including system level processes which the dialer is. In most cases if its an executable app that is accessible to the user from the app drawer, it will have an icon for it in the list so look for the blue phone icon.

          • saltyzip

            I love stock android, but I do despair that the Android phones don't have a demo mode running on them in shops. If they did and with it done properly no one in their right mind would pick an iPhone over it.

            Without the demo mode people are left to mess up the widgets and spread icons all over the place. To the uneducated smartphone punter who comes along to have a look at the device, he will form a bad opinion of the phone in mere seconds, purely because it looks a mess and nothing seems to resemble an ounce of sense.

            I do wish Google would address this issue, shop owners need some help in locking the home screens down and have looping demos showing all the sexy bits.

          • NemaCystX

            Verizon has a demo mode screensaver on their phones but it doesn't lock the homescreen from being changed

          • ins0mn1a

            just in case you are saying these things seriously: the phone app is in the app drawer (shocking, i know). texting: open hangouts, press a plus sign (as in "new message". it's quite literally the only visible option, all others are behind a menu thing), then type a name or a number or choose a contact from the list below. i really don't know how it could be any simpler.

            it's normal to be slightly lost when facing a new interface. our brains become wired to do things the way we did before, and the new way just makes no sense at all. but... you didn't know to look for an app in the app drawer? maybe you should consider an iphone?

          • androiduser23787

            fuck off you stupid wanker

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    • Frekko

      Give moto a year or two, the king will be back on his throne.
      Never stopped believing in this company. It has a massive potential. Now the tiger is out of the cage, let him roar. Beware the members of Tech forest!

    • dapoktan

      I certainly wont buy a nexus again.. I was so excited to get my Nexus 4, as I was tired of looking up launchers and ROMS.. it used to be fun, but I decided I just wanted a stock experience.. w/ first updates... but why would I stick c/ the nexus line now? I bet Moto gets 4.5 before the Nexus 5 next year..

  • herbivoor

    This is insane. This is how it should be. Other manufacturers, take note!

    • danishdhanshe

      No thanks
      No note for me
      I'd rather go for a Motorola!

  • Zac Shannon

    Funny Story. I just bought a Moto X on swappa because of this. Even having an HTC One with 4.4, being able to have a stock device, with up-to-date android, as well as on screen keys is really what ive been looking for.

  • Am79

    All I want is the Moto X with 1080p and a better contrasted screen.

    • John

      You don't need 1080p.

      • Gabernasher

        Noone NEEDS 1080P, he wants it and I can't blame him. The N5 screen is many times sharper than the N4.

      • UCLAKoolman

        Nobody needs anything. 1080p is nice though.

        • Tuấn Ankh

          True lol. People don't even need 720p. It's not like anyone will lose productivity with a 480p. XD

    • Di Lu

      All I want is Moto X for $350 off contract, since that is not the case I am fine trading some features for a cheaper Nexus 5.

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

        $299 at Republic Wireless off contract, and with $5, $10, $25, $40 monthly plans.

        • Terry

          An off contract phone that I can only use with one vendor feel like a on contract phone to me. They may not be subsidizing my phone but I'm still locked into them.

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

            Yes, paying half as much per month can be a difficult cross to bear.

          • Terry

            I pay $29.70 a month on T-Mobile and my phone doesn't need wifi to work. So where does paying half come from?

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

            $5 or $10 or $25 plans are still less - more than half off in some cases. WiFi gives you connectivity where you otherwise wouldn't have it.

          • Jeremy Gill

            Sprint sucks in a lot of areas.

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

            Every carrier sucks in a lot of places.

          • Di Lu

            Hence why Nexus 5 is handy as it works on 3 out 4 US carriers and have very wide radio band coverage.

        • Alan Shearer

          off contract means unlocked.

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

            Off contract means not on a multi-year contract; month-to-month or pre-paid.

          • Alan Shearer

            off contract = not carrier specific = unlocked = works on any carrier with compatible radio frequencies

          • Chris

            No, unlocked off contract. Not the same, never will be, can't be, but it doesn't mean they can't coincide.

          • thedosbox

            Nope. Off contract = you're not committed to a particular carrier for a given period of time.

            SIM unlocked = can be used on any carrier with compatible frequencies so long as you have that carrier's SIM.

        • Terry

          We just have different ideas on what a useful smart phone plan is. I don't consider any plan without data a useful smart phone plan. The $5 plan can be more or less be replicated for free with other services however I'm sure Republic makes this much more convenient, relabel and worth the $5 or $10 if you are just going wif only. However, I think the vast majority of people expect to be able to use the smart part of there phones just off the highway at random gas station. Repubilc does not do this until the $25 plan.

          I'm excited about Republic because this type of thinking is always good and shakes up the industry but pretending the $5 & $10 plans are a true replacement for the way most people use their phone is just not being honest.

          • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

            I think you may be projecting your usage pattern onto a larger market. For example, the $10 plan is perfect for me, as I'm typically around WiFi, and when I'm not I'm mostly interested in voice and text/MMS.

            Republic Wireless' ability to change the plan twice a month (no extra charge) on the fly - instantly - from the phone with prorated billing means that if I do need data while I'm out and don't have WiFi, I can turn it on. When I no longer need it, I can turn it off. Instead of paying for data I'm not using because of the ubiquitous WiFi in my area, I only pay when I actually want it.

        • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

          And Sprint speeds. No thank you. Republic's a fantastic service for certain people. But I left Sprint for a reason.

    • thedosbox

      AMOLED screens (as on the Moto X ) have the highest contrast levels due to their ability to display true blacks.

      • Di Lu

        and the worse legibility under sunlight due to their low white pixel brightness(MotoX/GS4 at 320ish nits, while N5/HTC One are in the high 450 nits)

        • thedosbox

          The comment I was responding to specifically talked about contrast.

          As for brightness, phones are used indoors most of the time, so while it's a fair point, it's also less important.

      • Mantas

        They suffer on whites though.

    • Alexander Sinco Reyes

      Being an AMOLED screen I think that has enough contrast if that's what you mean.

  • shakerya

    Just give Motorola a Nexus, and we're sorted.

    • chris125

      the moto x is a nexus just not by name

      • TylerChappell

        False.

        • chris125

          Alright you keep thinking that...

          • gmaninvan

            Not exactly. It still does have Moto specific software modifications

          • Steve Freeman

            If a device has to have a Developer Edition so people can unlock the bootloader, it's not a Nexus device.

          • chris125

            That was only on certain carriers. But I guess if you want to nitpick then no it wouldn't be. But in terms of updates it is a nexus. So just because it doesn't have an unlocked boot loader on some of the carriers, still doesn't make it not a nexus. By that logic the sprint and verizon galaxy nexus aren't nexus since they didn't get updates right away.

          • Steve Freeman

            Oh? I didn't realize updates for the X came from Google. And yeah...the CDMA Galaxy Nexus is barely a Nexus. Luckily I don't run the stock ROM so I don't have to wait on Verizon to update it. Which is a FAR easier option with a Nexus device. Fortunately the dev community stepped up to fix Verizon's wrongs.

          • z0phi3l

            It's a cheap wannabe Nexus

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            It would actually need to BE cheap for that to be true.

      • Di Lu

        and by off-contract price.

        • Terry

          Exactly, it's ridiculous off contract price forced me to the Nexus 5. I would much rather had a Moto X but not for $200 more than the 5.

          • Alan Shearer

            $150, 32gb version for 32 gb version. Still a considerable amount.

      • Alan Shearer

        Actually the motorola software is much more optimized for the hardware (sometimes custom hardware) than the nexus phones. Though google seems to be doing better about optimizing the nexus roms for the hardware.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        It's really not, no. It's very similar to a Nexus in that it has received prompt updates and runs a version of Android that appears very close to stock to the user, but that's all it shares with a Nexus. Pricing, availability, openness, stock nature, where it's sold, locked status, etc., are all different. Definitely not a Nexus.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I much prefer they remain separate so I have options. By maintaining both the Nexus and Moto lines, we have at least two entirely different options and approaches to consider. I'd rather not lose that.

  • Frettfreak

    I would already have an x If stupid tmo would offer it through jump. But I refuse to have been paying for the program and not use it.

  • anzensepp1987

    Bring the Moto X to Europe. I'd buy it.

    • Rajvir Singh

      And to the rest of the world..

      • Alexander Sinco Reyes

        It's available in other countries apart from the US, it's available in Canada and Mexico at least. But to be honest many good things like the fact that is locally made and can be customized is just for the US and maybe that´s why it won't have a wider release.

        • SOMFW

          By local you mean China?
          For the 1000th time, the Moto X is NOT Made in the USA. It has very basic finally assembly done here. The back cover, the camera trim ring, the buttons, custom etching, the wallpaper of choice and final packaging. That's it. I have been to the factory. Delivered daily are cases of pre built white or black front moto x's already to go. When they were actually selling, that is!
          Why do you think you only get those 2 choices. Assembled in the USA is not Made in the USA.

          • Brendan Dillon

            Quite correct. However, it's a step in the right direction. It remains to be seen if Moto will continue to bring further operations stateside.

    • henry

      Absolutely, I recently bought a Nexus 5 but my heart was really set on a Moto X. The Moto exclusive features like Moto Assist, always on voice and active notifications are stuff that I'd actually use - unlike the gimmicks in my old S3.

      If the next Moto X gets a spec bump, 1080p screen Snapdragon 805 & comes to the UK for less than $550 for a 16GB then I'm actually gonna buy one!

      • saltyzip

        I decided to hold on to my Nexus 4 and skip the Nexus 5 for this very reason, the N5 just didn't have those sexy moto x killer features.

  • chris125

    yes it is although they need to step their camera game up. The updates to improve it are nice, but it still isn't up to par with other flagship devices. Updates are always nice and its good to see moto not only updating their newer devices but the older devices as well.

  • Ara Wagoner

    I've known this was gonna be my next phone since August. This just means I want it more than ever. Dat status bar, dat lockscreen when there's music or Chromecast playing, dat trusted bluetooth... Oh yeah, baby!! -Ara

  • ElfirBFG

    I just bought the G today. Unlocking it as soon as I get home, bought the code already.

  • Not Kitkat guy

    Still waiting the OTA for the N7 and N4, a friend's X already got the update. I don't even know why the fuck I have bought a Nexus.

    • John

      Finally got mine yesterday on my N7. Thought I'd be the last one.

      • Simon Belmont

        Still haven't gotten mine on my 2012 N7. I figure sometime early next week it'll show up.

        I've been extremely tempted to sideload, but I can wait. I've been enjoying KitKat on my Nexus 5 for two weeks, so I know what it's all about already.

        • Di Lu

          My 2013 N7 is still on 4.3, if the 4.4 OTA don't come by Thanksgiving I will just flash it myself.

    • bozs13

      My wife's 7 and 4 haven't gotten their updates yet either. Mind blowing.

      Loving it on my N5 though.

  • Di Lu

    I am staying off contract, and the off contract price for Motorola X is just not worth it over Nexus 5 for me. If that changes in the future I might go Moto over Nexus but not now.

  • http://rootzwiki.com/news Max M.

    Honestly I'm considering getting the X now...

  • Niall Murray

    I may not consider them for myself, but if my family or friends ask for a recomadation Motorola would be the OEM I'd sudgest.

  • thartist

    Motorola always was my favorite brand. If i look at them now, a million times more than ever.

    I can't take my eyes off that bare-skin, the incredible performance, beautiful features and the updates to KitKat for pretty much every smartphone released in the last 18 months. Even for the Razr HD line. Speechless.

  • Merri Mogridge

    I'm thinking of upgrading my HTC Sensation to the Moto G. It's has great specs for the price and fits my budget too.

  • Bruca

    I've been using a Moto ___G___ for the last couple days and the it's a great device. It's charging right now, after being off the charger for mor,e than 36 hours, with SEVEN hours of screen on and wifi and bluetooth on all the time.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      Wow what the heck? My Galaxy Mega can't even get over 6.5 hours screen on after a 24 hour period. Are you sure you didn't charge it in between?
      Man, I will seriously consider buying a Moto G for abroad trips. That battery life rocks.

      • Tom

        That Mega 6.3 screen has ruined me for all other phones. There's no going back. 4.3 inch norm is just too damn small.

        • Tuấn Ankh

          Same here. It's hard to go back. But I gotta get a Moto G when I go to visit my home country because the huge size of the Mega will only get me killed by some street robber over there xD

    • Simon Belmont

      That's really great. Not totally unheard of if you're 100% on Wi-Fi, but still really great, and I already recommended the Moto G to a friend who uses Verizon prepaid (when they come to the US in January).

      I've been happy with my Nexus 5 (been using it about two weeks now) and I average around 36 to 48 hours between charges, with about 4 to 4 and a half hours of screen on time and heavy usage, on LTE (not Wi-Fi). It's been awesome.

      • SOMFW

        Sorry, 4 hours of actual screen on time over almost 48 hours is by no means Heavy use. It doesn't even qualify as lite usage. Apparently the phone dies great in standby though!

        • Simon Belmont

          How do you even know how heavy it was or not? Were you here while I was using my phone? Because if you were, that's kind of creepy. I may need to get a restraining order.

          I was using it mostly for heavy web browsing, video watching, lots of pictures and video capture, and heavy 3D gaming, with some texting, and voice calls thrown in for good measure, everything over LTE. I'm not sure where you developed your definition of heavy use, but 4+ hours over 2 days with that usage pattern is really great. When I do all of those in 24 hours of time instead of 48, I get 6+ hours of screen on time before I need to charge. This isn't a phone with a gargantuan 3000+ mAh battery, it's got a 2300 mAh battery, and the battery performance I've been seeing has been great for that capacity.

    • Random!

      WHAT. THE. FUCK. Are you serious? My nexus 4 gives me 36 hours standby time only if used as a dumb phone (no WiFi, no 3g, no GPS, no gaming. Just occasional phone calls and SMS.) If I unplug it from the charger at 100% battery and use it continuously to browse the internet, it takes 5 hours to completely empty the battery with the screen brightness in bare minimum (50% of the energy is consumed by the screen).

  • Laurent

    MotoX is US only.
    MotoG is the poor mans phone, it sucks.

    • Gabernasher

      You have a Moto G?

      • Laurent

        Hell no!
        16Go of memory max, a crappy camera, no Full HD video recording and none of the MotoX innovative features do say it all for me.

  • SickoPsycho

    No- I doubt I'd ever buy a motorola phone. This is mainly because I had so many of them and they have left such a bad taste in my mouth with locked bootloaders, slow updates (if at all) and poor customer service. I'm speaking directly about the DroidX and X2.

    • Gabernasher

      I understand where you're coming from, but what's left a bad taste in your mouth is exactly what Moto is going away from.

      • SickoPsycho

        I understand, and that's great... but selling me a "developer edition" phone at a full, unsubsidized price is not what I want. I want the year of my life back that I spent trying to unlock my droidX =) And thats bullshit when so many other manufacturers offer an OEM unlock of their standard edition phones.

        • Gabernasher

          How about you go away from the carrier who insists on them locking their phones? Verizon is pure fucking evil.

  • Archit K

    Master Race Nexus Warrior for life.

    • Di Lu

      Off contract Nexus 5 still beats Moto X in term of overall cost, until that changes I don't see myself picking a Moto over a nexus even if it have some better features and almost the same update time.

  • jamaall

    People always thought I was stupid when I kept on buying Motorola phones... Now I laugh when they complain about updates

    • SickoPsycho

      yes but it hasnt always been so...

      • wade_county

        I would say, it started when Motorola released the ICS update to the Droid RAZR. Blur was practically gone.

  • Matt

    Yes! I'm so torn right now. I love playing with custom ROMs and prefer unlocked bootloaders, but the speedy upgrades of the Moto X, the customazibility (Moto Maker is an option for me on my family plan for $50 at Best Buy), the speakers are supposedly better and the inherent features (the Ok Google at all times, driving options, on-screen notifications, etc.) are seriously making me consider it over the Nexus 5. The price isn't a huge factor for me right now; my family's plan has plenty of upgrade eligibility so the Moto X is ultimately substantially cheaper by $300 while I pay a decent $35/month for unlimited grandfathered data. At the same time, the screen on the Moto X is smaller and only 720p, the camera is supposedly better on the Nexus 5 (but not by much), and the battery tests seem to be a mixed bag.

    This is the first time since late 2011 that I've considered going non-Nexus and my Google search history for the past 2 days is a heavy serving of every "Nexus 5 vs. Moto X" comparison there is. Somebody make up my mind for me!

  • UCLAKoolman

    If the Moto X had been cheaper off contract, I would have seriously considered getting it over the Nexus 5.

    • NZR2

      Agreed. I was willing to pay more for the Moto X and was fully aware of the spec differences... I just wasn't willing to pay >$250 more. I'd probably trade my N5 for one now, even.

      • wade_county

        $250 more? Isn't the 16GB Moto X $479-499?

        • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

          $299 at Republic Wireless, and if you have an old Gingerbread phone, you can send it in to Motorola for a $100 rebate.

        • Di Lu

          $479 is the price I see and that's $130 or 2-4 month of phone bill for most people living off contract. Very sizeable difference still. Nexus 5 being unlocked at the price and having 1 SKU that works on a lot of NA Carriers helps its appeal too.

    • Steve Freeman

      If it had been cheaper off contract, I would have gotten one instead of nothing...I hate Verizon's selection. :'(

      • Gabernasher

        Quit Verizon.

        • Chris Hargis

          Loving my G2. Verizon still gets my down vote though, lol.

        • Steve Freeman

          If I didn't still have unlimited data, I already would have.

          • Trina S

            I switched from T-Mobile to Verizon (and paid a break contract fee) to get into grandfathered unlimited data. I realized paying $30 more per month for the same quality of service (in my area) was just not worth it. So, went back to T-Mobile and have unlimited everything for $70/mo. No regrets. Yeah, it sucks having to buy my phone at full price, but still worth it considering how much I'm saving otherwise.

  • Emmanuel Buttigieg

    If only the Moto X was available in Europe.

  • FARCrow

    As others have mentioned, if their flagshipphones become aavailable in other regions then yes I'd seriously consider itm

  • ManiKarnika

    Bad camera experience is a real problem of Moto.

    • Matt

      That's true of Nexus devices, too:-/

  • Eric Jones

    If they had made the Droid Maxx for a carrier other than Verizon, I would have considered them.

  • Jonathan Ly

    Here's hoping that the special Google and Verizon collaborations are through Moto and we get the same experience that the X is getting so far

  • Jarl

    I care as much for Motorola as Motorola cares for Europe.
    And it's not like they have anything better then my HTC Butterfly s.

  • beboo

    what the use of quick update when i can't buy this phone in my country

  • Dan

    Seeing as the software is near to AOSP it's not that surprising, HTC delivered the Google edition build over a week ago. Not saying this isn't great but almost all other phones have skins with even more exclusive features, It's apples to oranges.

  • pablo

    I'll reconsider moto when my RHD finally gets a stinking update.

  • DiamondAvatar

    Already ordered my Nexus 5.

    • Gabernasher

      Why downvote for this? the 5 is a solid choice, fucking haters.

  • Michael McGrade

    That's cool and all but now after owning a Note 3 unless Moto makes something in that sized range with some really nice features I just can't go back to a smaller less featured device.

    • Gabernasher

      Mmmm Bloat.

  • Bariman43

    Going to be honest, when Google announced that GNex updates were being discontinued, the only 4.4 ROMs for the phone all have serious graphics problems, and Moto X is on Verizon for $99 AND gets updates quickly, I made my choice to get a Moto X. Once my upgrade rolls around, I'm switching.

    • Max

      Amazon's having a penny sale on the Motorola X with contract

      • Di Lu

        with contract is the key , after getting off contract and now paying $35 a month less I am not touching a cell phone contract with a 10 ft pole.

  • ted

    If they make a note competitor, I would definitely consider it.

  • Leif Sikorski

    Maybe, but first they need to prove that they do the same outside the US. Back in the time of the Mitestone/Droid series they acted pretty much like Google and did many updates US only while we in Europe had to wait or never got them - this hurt their image a lot. If they learn to think and act like a worldwide company I would be happy to buy a Motorola the next time. I've always liked their hardware, build quality, design and focus on a good battery life.

  • jonathan3579

    You know, KitKat looks really slick on a white face phone. I like it that much more now.

    • JLD

      Was thinking this exactly.

  • InstantRunoff

    It seems like you're really taking your chances unless you get the most major flagship from any manufacturer, and manufacturer-exclusive variants may see just 1 update.

    • Max

      Heck Galaxy Nexus only went from Ice cream sandwich to jelly bean.

      • Gabernasher

        Jelly Bean was 18 months of updates...

  • Booyabobby

    If Motorola keeps doing what they are doing in the future, i will purchase my next phone from them. Active notifications is a must have feature for me.

  • duke69111

    Yes, if they would put current specs in a $600 phone. I understand it is a good phone, but I'm not dropping that much money for two year old specs.

    • Gabernasher

      2 gigs of RAM is 2 years old? 720P on a 4.7" screen is 2 years old? Do you live 2015?

      • duke69111

        2gbs of ram is close at 1.5 years was in a phone may 2012 and my g nexus from two years ago had 720p on a 4.65 screen so yea old specs.

        Hate if you want, but its true. I have nothing against the X as i hear its a good phone, but me personally i'm not sold.

  • caron

    This is just half the way. Delivering a new version for your brand new top model is one thing. Doing that for at least 18 month is another one.

  • Narciso Neto

    Of course, my next Android device will be a Motorola (still in doubt of Moto X or G)

  • Teryl Todd

    This is only one update, lets wait and see how the next couple are handled before we go all ga ga over Moto.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/moneta.mace Mace Moneta

      Now that Motorola Mobility is owned by Google, and this is the first product of their joint development, I imagine it will go well.

  • mustafa

    Its near vanilla looking, so no

  • Ivan Myring

    How about: No 'cause they don't f*cking sell stuff in the UK

    • AbbyZFresh

      Put down the swords and stop complaining. At least you got the G which is just as good and far cheaper than we have the X here. Plus, you're already guaranteed for KitKat in the coming weeks by January. What's the problem?

      • Ivan Myring

        As good? Worse screen (non amoled), no always listening Google now, worse battery, less RAM, less storage, worse CPU and GPU, no 4G and no active display (or whatever it is called)
        But as you say it is a hell of a lot cheaper.

        • AbbyZFresh

          I have a Moto X with the listening Google Now and i can tell you. It's overrated, half the time it works and the other half it doesn't. I barely use the active notifications feature anymore.

          And here we go with the specs game again.

  • Steve

    Mine came on Friday. Kit kat update was waiting for me once I finished the setup. This phone is fantastic!

  • aaron cooper

    Now that Google owns them, I can put that Cliq XT phone debacle behind me and get one or stick with my Nexus...

  • Defenestratus

    No. Never Moto. Never again.

    I had the OG droid, the Droid X, and then it went downhill quick with the Droid X2 (3 had to be replaced due to faulty screens) and I bought a Xoom 4G on verizon on launch day. That last experience alone was enough to make me never ever buy Moto ever again.

  • dhamp2g

    I hope moto makes a nexus

  • sdny8

    Throw in some top notch specs into a phone for Q2 2014 and I'll trade in my G2 already.

  • MrNinjaPanda

    If Google/Motorola starts selling their (developer edition) phones on Google Play at a reasonable price, then I'll consider.

    • Gabernasher

      What's reasonable, the Nexus price? Below average price?

  • Simon Belmont

    I don't know that I'd consider them for myself (unless Motorola makes an actual Nexus device), but I think I'd consider recommending Motorola for my wife's next phone. Although, I think she's going to be happy with her HTC One for a few years since it was such a huge step up from her HTC EVO 4G (original generation).

    We'll see where they are in a few years and perhaps they'll be on my list, too. I just got a Nexus 5 and I doubt I'll be upgrading for a good long time.

    • Gabernasher

      The OG Droid was boss.

      • Simon Belmont

        It was. My friend still has his.

        It's his alarm clock now. Kind of like how I started using my 2009 HTC Hero as an alarm clock.

  • Matthew Merrick

    I voted the top one, but it's not true for the reasons given. As soon as the Moto X came out, I wanted one. I've just gotten to the point where I don't want anything other than a phablet.

    6“ 1080p moto X? Yes please!

    • Peter Oliver

      Right there with you. A Moto XL would be close to my ideal mobile device.

      • Gabernasher

        Perfect name for it.

  • Derek

    Moto Project Ara FTW!

  • Android Developer

    in order to make them look better for me, it's not enough to have better support of android versions. if that was what i'm interested in, i could just use a nexus.

    one of the major reasons why i don't wish to buy from them is the super high SAR value.

  • master94

    It's nice to see Moto doing this, but they really need to improve in the camera department. It's too slow and pictures just don't come out well. Even the Moto X camera is over rated. The average customer doesn't care what version of Android they are running but they do care how the pictures look.

  • Arun Karthik C

    As a current Nexus 5 owner, I'll definitely be picking up the Motorola Ara in early 2015.

  • Chris

    I'm more than likely purchasing the Nexus 5 BUT, I know this is early, I am going to be really excited to see the Moto X successor.

    It's Motorola's first real big flagship phone, so it's kind of the "let's see how this works" kind of product. Their next phone (and I say this with a grain of salt) will hopefully be the "let's get this done right" kind of product. I'm not saying the Moto X wasn't done right, but it's Motorola's entry into the big market. I think the next iteration of the phone will really define the Moto lineup.

  • deltatux

    They don't have any AWS HSPA+ capable phones, though once they do I'd consider them if priced right too.

  • Markus

    All I've got to say, official word (or lack of) on the Razr HD. Yes, so Moto X has got KitKat, nice...
    But the phone is unavailable outside US and meanwhile my Razr HD was still running the stock 4.1.2. It's running 4.3.1 courtesy of CyanogenMod and I'm looking at whether not to try the completely experimental CM 4.4.

    Even if 4.4 is officially released, it'll be another few months before we get it in Australia. So no... Motorola so far is lagging far behind anyone else when it comes to firmware updates here in Australia.

    • deltatux

      I think this article is referring to phones designed after the Google acquisition, not before it.

  • Anorax

    Where's the "I already own a Motorola that unfortunately won't get an update" button?

  • ginobili

    I think quickly updates and also great battery performance are the key.

  • Steve Freeman

    If any Moto devices (other than the X, which is lacking hardware-wise) had a decent dev community, I would have one. Until then...no.

  • Cesar

    I've been sold on Motorola since the Moto G announcement.

  • igot2bme

    I would love to see Google and Motorola pull out all of the stops and make the best pure Android top of the line unlocked phone like they did with the Chrome pixel!!! Now I would definitely buy that phone. Come on Google-rola..the world "IS" ready!

  • merman1983

    The support was the last piece of theppuzzle for me. If they keep it up the Moto X2 will be my next phone.

  • KenanSadhu

    Wait. My nexus 4 haven't got the update -_-

    • Gabernasher

      It's a dev phone, they assume you can sideload if you want to, or are patient and don't know any better and can wait.

  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    All things considered, the Motorola update cycle means that I can suggest Motorola devices to people without fear that they'll be left in the past for ages. Go ahead, grab a Moto X, or even a Moto G.

  • Colin Kaminski

    It's a shame the moto x can't out sell the galaxy s4. Motorola is shaping up to be a much better company.

    • Gabernasher

      In due time. People follow the marketing, but once the word of mouth spreads that Samsung blows, people will buy the better product.

  • Tyler

    I have a moto x and i can say that i have been really pleased with it so far.

  • Jadephyre

    They keep this up, continue to provide bootloader-unlocks and I might just let myself be swayed to buy another phone of theirs.
    I'm still feeling a little bit burned from the Razer where they said that the european version would be unlockable and then pulled a 180 and gave everyone the finger.

  • MrWicket

    absolutely! and I'm a Nexus or nothing kind of guy! I think @connormason:disqus said it right, if they become the more consumer focused version of a Nexus they have a very large market to fill and I'd be tempted more than once to get one.

  • GazaIan

    I'd definitely consider them,, but speedy updates is only the half of it. I have to see if they kill support for the phone much sooner than I'd like.

  • SOMFW

    Fast ? Maybe
    I think it's more like they have had 4.4 for months and it's been basically ready to go since the 4 new moto's were introduced with 4.2.2 instead of the already released 4.3. You might even say, it was planned this way just to get the responses and headlines articles like this are giving it.
    There was no excuse to not release them with 4.3 so this "4.4 Lite version", is an easy upgrade to deliver. So much has been omitted from the real version, it makes one wonder why all the OEMs didn't do the same bypass 4.3 scam.
    The real question is how much did Google pay (giveaway to the carriers) to get them to go along with it.
    Nobody is questioning the obvious. 4 carriers release an update within days of each other? And vividly blinks an eye. What about all the mandatory testing they always tell us about? That takes several months to complete, if ever!
    It's obvious, These OTA's could have been pushed out by Google, probably in the play store had they wanted to. My guess is this is all part of the backroom deals to get the big 4 to sign off on the no profit, direct updates, Moto G that are fast approaching.
    Until Google can dictate the terms, as apple does, they are at the carriers mercy

    Lagy store

    • Gabernasher

      What was omitted? Please do explain which APIs they decided not to include.

      • SOMFW

        Depending on who you listen to,
        droid-life.com/2013/11/22/psa-what-some-device-owners-wont-see-in-their-kit-kat-update/
        the following have been omitted
        1. Transparent bars
        2. Google home launcher and all it entails.
        3. New dialer
        4. New wallet tap and pay, especially on Verizon.
        And counting!

        • Gabernasher

          The first 3 are not part of Android, they're Google exclusives. I'd argue the 4th is also not part of Android.

          • SOMFW

            They are not part of Android? WTF are you talking about? There is only one android it's the stock Google version. So unless you are talking about an OEM skin on top of stock., you don't know what you are talking about.
            Until we all found outout this week that Android kitKat Lite wouldn't have any of the numerous omissions, everyone, including you, thought they were getting them. Show me the articles from when kit Kat was released that said they were ALL going to be exclusive to the nexus 5.
            For all their talk about trying to stop fragmentation, they are sure acting differently. Skimming the moto phones with their gimmicks is one thing, but deleting stock features just goes to show you Googlerola is all talk and broken promises.

          • rod_z

            Google Nexus IS a skin now. Only it's Google's. Google has already started with its exclusives, like the Nexus 5 launcher. That's how it will roll from now on.

          • Gabernasher

            Gmail isn't part of Android, neither is Play. Google Experience Launcher is NOT part of Android, it's a proprietary Google app. You need to understand the difference between Android the open source OS and Google's proprietary apps. There is a difference.

          • SOMFW

            I never mentioned the apps, but since you did... Google owns Android, They dictate what will be included with it at it's base level. If another OEM wants to skin it or make other changes after that fact, that's up to them. They all must adhere to certain functionality - (Access to All things Google). The Things committed from KitKat Lite are not apps. Today I got My N7 '13 update, Omitted from it is the swipe to right lock screen shortcut and the screen symbol to indicate it is there, Checking and unchecking "enable widgets" under security doesn't change this. Are you trying to say that this shortcut, in Android for a few versions is an app? It's Not.

  • TheMysteryMan

    Yes. I actually ran out of patience waiting for Moto X to hit play store or launch internationally. They didnt, and sorry, i wont pay top $ for that phone. If it was $350 on play store immediately following the launch, I would have gone through trouble of ordering it via my main forwarder and importing it here. But not for $550.
    If Moto brings really high end, powerhouse phone at high end price or a mid end phone like Moto X for reasonable $$$, I would not hesitate to buy it now.

    • mustbepbs

      The phone may not pack the "specs" of the GS4, but it sure is smoother and a better experience than it.

      • TheMysteryMan

        Not really. I already have GPE rom running on my GS4 and it is butter smooth. I wanted Moto X as my second phone. To replace my Nexus 4. Ended up buying Nexus 5. Who in their right mind will pay more for Moto X than Nexus 5? And Nexus 5 actually launched here unlike Moto X which never did.
        Moto X had great chance of worldwide success couple of months ago and even in US had it launched unlocked through the Google Play at reasonable price.
        Moto G story should have started with Moto X.

  • Mark S

    For me it's yes and no...I've been on android since the Mytouch 3g and unfortunately I have become one of the many beta testers for certain updates. I want quick updates, but I'd like the issues to be ironed out before I install mine.

    • Gabernasher

      Sorry, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

  • http://www.funbookes.com/ www.funbookes.com

    to be honeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeest, if you want to enjoy the super speed without laggy, you should choose apple or windows .

    • Gabernasher

      Or Nexus?

  • realitysconcierge

    Did android police do a review on the Moto x? I can't find it..

  • Jorge Corn Pop

    I'm from Mexico and untill very recently only the mayor carrier (and the crappiest) had the Moto X but as soon as my current carrier started selling it, I decided that was going to be my new phone, I've had it for 2 days and it rocks!

  • dude

    It have good updates, the price is looking good, now they just need to have the bootloader unlocked. Otherwise Nexus for me. I wouldn't mine getting the Moto G for family members who don't need root though.

  • Seeder

    Forget the fast updates, its tweaks and optimizations are the reason I'll bite. No sense in going for cheap lowend devices now, with ones like Moto G...

  • Stuart Anderson

    Moto X is the only phone I would consider selling my N5 for. If it was a $100 jump, kept Qi charging, had a top end camera, and was still sold SIM-unlocked with all the N5's bands, I would probably do it.

    • Billy G

      So in essence, what you are saying is, if the Moto X was a N5 you would jump? Makes sense

      • Stuart Anderson

        More like "if the N5 had the active notifications and impressive battery life and better camera and smaller body I would pay extra for it"

  • ffh

    Only if they update for more than 18 months, otherwise its a Nexus and ROMs.

  • Sir_Brizz

    It's looking good, but I need to see even more support from them before all is forgiven.

  • missinginput

    Really brings up the question about the conflict of google now being a hardware manufacture

  • TSON1

    I want to see a better hero device before I plunge over to Moto. The X was great, but really is stuck in 2011 in terms of internals. I don't want to be 2 years behind for 2 years while I'm stuck in a contract.

    • MeCampbell30

      The fact of the matter is Moto X will reach its max TDP long after an S4 or One. For mobile performance, running two krait 300 cores at max clock will be quicker than running 4 gimped cores at half clock speed. That's why Moto X is consistently outperforming the S4 on single or two threaded tasks.

      • TSON1

        CPU isn't the only problem. Front + back facing camera sensors are bad, GPU is outdated already, screen is 720p... Newest software is great but it can't offset dated hardware.

  • z0phi3l

    I'll consider them when they put out a proper top of the line flagship device and not this stunted Moto X

  • Phillip DeVore

    Not after the way they burned me on my Atrix. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

    • MeCampbell30

      Of course its now a different company with different management.

  • Adam Truelove

    When your only other choices are Touchwiz, Sense, or whatever crap LG puts on their phones, what other choice do you have? Nexus I guess for those not on Verizon.

  • Nightfall

    I wouldn't consider it still unless they provide fast updates without removing features. The Moto X dialer didn't have the smart search dialer. They updated the looks of the dialer but not the functionality.

  • Camilo Gomez

    5. Yes, I returned my Nexus 5, and bought a Moto X.

  • jibust

    Just needs a ~5.5" screen and I'll make the jump.

  • RenatoFontesTapia

    I actually went and bought a moto g after seeing how fast the moto x update was =)

  • Brad Medlin

    Already a moto user...this changes nothing for guys like me. Besides, moto is almost stock anyways

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Since I can't get a Nexus on Verizon, my next phone will most likely be a Moto now. Currently running an HTC One on Verizon, but disabling all the bloat and running Nova isn't the same...

  • NemaCystX

    Only thing is Motorola didn't do a full KitKat upgrade on the Moto X, it still has hints of ICS blue, it still has the same homescreen folders as it did before, and it still doesn't include the ability to search local business' through the new dialer. Unless this is coming soon, I think this is the result of rushing to push out an update

  • RaptorOO7

    It's nice to see Motorola rolling out the updates so quickly but they still have a lot of work to do. One phone does not make up for their past customer service and quality issues. I would like to see their Moto phone be even beffier.

  • Michael Benesch

    Considering I really liked my atrix apart from Motorola being involved and not updating it and at&t taking its turn with the phone by doing things like needing to have tethering to use the lapdock/webtop. Now that's what I call unlimited data when you can't use it for what you want, when you want it. I'm very excited for project Ara but probably on a carrier that isn't as evil, like sprint or t-mobile

  • Dave

    Still don't understand why they refuse to sell it here in the UK. Grumble grumble. Still at least we get the Moto G.

  • Ben J

    Already own the Moto X

  • jamesfuston

    I plan to buy a Moto X as soon as the wooden backs become available. I'm on AT&T and currently have an HTC One.

  • Richard Markert

    Only 2% of people feel the same way I do? I don't care about OS updates, I care about uSD cards and removable batteries. Motorola phones, like Nexus phones, aren't even on my radar.

    • Gabernasher

      Mmm bloat and gimmicks, love them.

      • Richard Markert

        A micro SD slot and removable battery is "bloat and gimmicks"?

        • Gabernasher

          No, Samsung is. They're the ones who give you what you want.

          • Richard Markert

            You may consider it "bloat" and "gimmicks", but I don't. I do miss a few features from my old Note II on my current Optimus G Pro. Both phones have micro SD and removable batteries. I could possibly live without a removable battery, but no SD slot is a complete deal breaker.

  • shihab

    I am leaving UAE. In my experience Motorola is verse mobaile
    in the world. Bcz I brought milstone and artix2 from Carryfour. Both was loos
    my money and time. This company not provide proper service and spare parts. If you
    by moto mobile when it ll complain, that time should me throughout.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    Yes, I'm changing my old, abandoned and malfunctioning Atrix for a Moto G...

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