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Verizon shocked many of us by being the first carrier to update the Moto X to Android 4.4. This update came less than a month after KitKat made its first public appearance, and it was followed by OTAs from T-Mobile and AT&T mere days later. Then came US Cellular's turn in early December. Today, Sprint finally rises to the occasion and has started to push out Android 4.4 to its version of the Moto X, making it the last of the large national carriers to do so.

Sprint

Since Motorola's changes are relatively minor, most of the new enhancements are those introduced by KitKit. Users will be greeted by a cleaner UI that's noticeably less blue, a new dialer that can search for and call new contacts single-handedly, NFC host card emulation support, and more. As for Motorola-exclusive additions, Touchless Control's "find my phone" feature comes included.

  • 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.
  • Improved Phone Dialer app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily
  • 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.
  • NFC Host Card Emulation support to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sprint is rolling out this OTA in stages, so if it doesn't yet appear on your device, try not to abuse the software update button too much while you wait.

Source: Sprint

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.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dsilinski Darren

    Now, let's hope they get to work on 4.4.X as that fixes the Exchange issues.

  • Captain Spaulding

    Not last, just last for US carrier phones. The Moto X that I won on this site from Bit Defender is an America Movil version, and it's still on 4.2.2. :(

  • http://tech.gtaero.net/ Navarr Barnier

    Not last - there's still Republic Wireless.

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    • someguy

      I was wondering about this too

  • Mohan

    About time, been waiting forever!

  • CJ

    Oh happy day!!

  • Raymond Berger

    I can't wait!

  • Ross MacRae

    And then there is Canada... Come on Rogers!