Android 4.4.2 is reaching the Moto X on T-Mobile today, which passed the recent soak test with flying colors. The update notification will be presenting itself soon, but you can also just head into the settings and check for updates manually. Yes, this is one of those rare times the update button will actually do something.

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The 4.4.2 update clocks in at 146.7MB, which is a little hefty for a small version number bump. The changelog for version 161.44.25 lists the following changes.

  • Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
  • Fixed bugs which caused a small number of users to experience shorter battery life after upgrading to Android 4.4.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause email services like Microsoft Exchange to experience intermittent delays in data synchronization.

This variant of the device is actually an unlocked GSM device, so you might be using it on another network. That shouldn't affect the update. The installation should take about five minutes, so get to it.

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Note: Rooted folks with TWRP or CWM need to flash back to the stock recovery to install this update. Failing to do so could result in boot loops.


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.

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  • Cherokee4life

    This is why I have a Nexu5. :)

    • Tyler

      Congrats, but you don't have active display, or touchless controls, two features I can't live without. Plus 4.4 a few weeks after the source dropped isn't anything to laugh at.

      • jonathan3579

        Technically, the Moto G doesn't have those either. ;)

        • Tyler

          But this is an update for the moto x ...

          • jonathan3579

            Total mistake on my part.

        • thedosbox

          Technically, this article is about the Moto X

          • jonathan3579

            Yeah, I don't know why I thought I saw G. (Been too long of a day, I guess.)

    • nofearofimaginarymen

      We also needed the 4.4.2 update to fix our camera woes. The moto X has been glorious since it arrived on the market.

    • Josh Legoza

      You have a Nexu5 because the Moto X is getting a 4.4.2 update? A phone getting a new software rollout seems like a strange reason to previously purchase a different phone. I usually pick my hardware based on its own merits. I don't know, maybe I'm just weird.

  • deltatux

    Interface looks like it was modified from the Google Now activation screen lol.

    • tyguy829

      Moto does that for a ton of their stuff like assist, touchless control, etc. when you first opt in

      • Laura Wilson

        Plus 4.4 a few weeks after the source dropped isn't anything to laugh at.

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    Wont install if you've got TWRP installed. Ugh. I'm working through it now.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yeah, you need the stock recovery. You should be able to flash it.

      • Jeremy Sheehan

        I flashed the stock recovery and it went into a boot loop. I've tried doing a factory reset and it didn't work for some reason. Still investigating.

        • RyanWhitwam

          Can you get into the stock recovery at all? Sometimes it takes a second to pull up the UI after the alarming Android icon pops up.

          • Jeremy Sheehan

            couldn't get into it at all. I could get into the fastboot menu, but that was it. I just wound up doing an FXZ back to the factory image. Not that big of a deal for me since I got it 2 days ago. It was still in progress of being customized to my liking.

    • Marcus O

      Ok, I missed the warning and tried to apply the OTA even though I have TWRP installed. It didn't go well. The phone went into a boot loop, as warned. I restored a four our old nandroid and all seemed well, until I tried to charge the phone. It didn't charge, it only charges if the phone is off. Highly inconvenient.

      So I decided to flash stock recovery and try to apply the OTA correctly. Problem is, the phone isn't recognized when I attach it to my computer. I can't communicate with it. It all worked well last week, now not. It doesn't matter if the phone is up and running or in fastboot mode, I simply can't talk with it.

      I tried reinstalling the Moto X drivers on my laptop but to no avail. I'm getting desperate, what can I do here?

      Should I try a factory reset or will I just make things worse?

      • Marcus O

        Ok, this is embarrassing. Turned out something was wrong with the cable I was using. All good now. I reverted to stock recovery, applied the OTA and now things seem to be working like they should.

        • Jeremy Sheehan

          I have had that happen to me before. Once I figured it out the cable went in the trash. I wound up flashing the 4.4 image and reapplying the update. Wasn't a huge deal for me bc I got the phone a few days ago. Glad you figured it out!

  • aNYthing6

    Just checked for the update on my sisters Moto X and she got it. Nice job, Motorola.

  • BlackAce15

    Can the HTC One for T-Mobile get 4.4.2 already

  • Jeff

    My camera won't open after this update... Anyone help me out?

    • osiris355

      Clear data on the camera app

  • Scott

    Saw this article last night, hit the check now button, instantly got the update. That's how it should be.

  • Rich Tanenbaum

    Lost mobile data after the update. How can I go back?

  • bigmak

    it takes me to teamwin recovery where do i go from there