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Jun
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As just announced on Motorola's official blog, the company will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat to unlocked Mot X, G, and E owners this week. Motorola has made a point of rapid updates since it was acquired and subsequently sold by Google, with Punit Soni acting as the public face of Motorola's software update team.

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This update will be rolling out to unlocked (T-Mobile) Moto X owners, the unlocked Moto G (including the new and old 3G variants, as well as LTE the version), and the Moto E. This does not include the AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint Moto X, or the Verizon prepaid Moto G at this time. Those devices must go through carrier certification, though Motorola has historically been quick to update them relative to most other carrier-branded Android devices.

The update to 4.4.3 brings a few things, as detailed by Moto below:

Motorola users will also enjoy:

  • Improved camera image quality for Moto X including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, and improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.
  • For Moto X and Moto G, pausing for video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.
  • Motorola Alert in this update for Moto X and Moto G users. This new app helps give peace of mind by sending periodic messages to the contacts you choose.

Here is the specific changelog for Moto X:

Android™ 4.4.3, KitKat®
Android 4.4.3, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes several stability, framework and security fixes in addition to accuracy improvements to the power profile.

Camera - Improved image quality
Improved camera image quality including better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash coloring, improved photos in low light conditions using front camera.

Camera - Pause video recording
Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.

Updated Phone dialer
Updated Phone dialer with a new graphical layout and colors to improve consistency and usability.

Enables Motorola Alert
Application download
New Motorola Alert application sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts.

For Moto G:

Android™ 4.4.3, KitKat®
Android 4.4.3, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes several stability, framework and security fixes in addition to accuracy improvements to the power profile.

Camera - Pause video recording
Added the ability to pause video recording with a convenient pause/resume button on the viewfinder.

Updated Phone dialer
Updated Phone dialer with a new graphical layout and colors to improve consistency and usability.

Enables Motorola Alert
Application download
New Motorola Alert application sends periodic alerts with your location to your selected contacts.

And Moto E:

Android™ 4.4.3, KitKat®
Android 4.4.3, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. This release includes several stability, framework and security fixes in addition to accuracy improvements to the power profile.

Updated Phone dialer
Updated Phone dialer with a new graphical layout and colors to improve consistency and usability.

As stated, the updates will begin rolling out this week for all of the aforementioned devices.

Motorola

David Ruddock
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  • David Boyer

    The same Dialer like Nexus phone ?

    • http://techdissected.com/ Nick Schiwy

      It would be my guess that it will be the AOSP equivalent. (no business contact stuff)

    • Andrew Beard

      The release notes from Motorola mention a new dialer. Not sure if it's functionally equivalent to the Nexus one or not.

  • JimJam707

    Here's hoping it comes out in the UK soon (and through Tesco)

  • Gokh

    They will get it before my N4 Oo

    • Pootis Man

      Nexus 4 was released yesterday.

      • brkshr

        They don't know how to side load

        • gokh

          Aaahhh sarcasm 😌

          • Pootis Man

            Yes

  • Balvinder Makkar

    Haha first gpe device now moto
    I guess my moto e will get it before my nexus 5..:-D

  • Salvatore Mazzarino

    One question: my moto g has the booloader unlocked and I have rooted it. Furthermore I have flashed a custom kernel faux kernel. May I update?

    • Josh

      No. Once you have a custom recovery or have modified the stock kernel or rom, you don't take OTA's.

      • Salvatore Mazzarino

        I have rooted it and I have a customer recovery. I could recovery the kernel coming back to the stock kernel. After that I can update?

        • Chileball

          I've seen pleople installing OTAs via custom recovery, root does not affect the installing, recovery does, you can flash stock recovery using adb or try with custom recovery.

          Nevertheless, if you did a backup before flashing kernel, I suggest to restore that system backuo just in case.

          • Stephan Reich

            I recommend returning to stock recovery and kernel before trying to flash any OTA from the Motorola. I was at the Jedi exhibit at the Tech and soft-bricked my phone...

    • Luca

      I don't know how it works with a custom kernel, but without it I'm sure you can update the phone by sideloading the OTA file

    • kabloink

      Your eligible for an upgrade according to the Motorola support, but it will likely fail with your custom kernel.

      source: https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/91999/p/1449,8620

  • The Rock

    if anyone gets the update please capture link before updating and post it here. thanks

  • NaNNy`

    that was fast... motorola <3

  • Michael Tran

    wow just wow! i'm amazed

  • Guest

    "For Moto E users, you are still up for the next major Android update as well. Consider this the cherry on top."
    Impressive

  • probals

    As a Moto G Dual SIM user, one update I was looking forward to was the option to hide the 2nd SIM icon in the status bar when the 2nd SIM is not in use. Currently the red cross mark and blank sim icon is a real eyesore. Hopefully next time. Thanks.

    • dozi

      Im pretty sure there is an xposed module for this

    • Paola

      Oh, I hated this about my Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos. It's so annoying!

  • roberto

    my next device will be a motorola!!

    • Brad

      I wouldn't jump just yet...

      • joser116

        They have proved more than 6X already that they are fast at updates. The Moto X 4.4, 4.4.2, and 4.4.3 updates, the Moto G 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 updates, and the Moto E 4.4.3 update. I said more than 6X because they also relatively quickly updated their new Verizon Droids.

        • Shawn

          They are still operating as more of a Google company at this point. Once Lenovo kicks in I'm sure you'll be back in line.

          • joser116

            Motorola has said they will stick to their ways.

          • Brad

            yeah, but lots of companies say lots of things... plus their new phones might blow. I'll wait to see what they put out. They're definitely an option, but not the only choice.

          • Kevin

            Well, let's all enjoy it while we still can.

          • miri

            Apparently Google ownership had no effect on Moto's product lines and they had to go through the same channels as everyone else. Their software was just designed to be updated quickly.

          • EowynCarter

            Yup. Because the software on moto phone is close to "raw" android, update go easy.

  • brkshr

    If there really isn't going to be new Nexus phone this year. I will definitely be buying the new Moto X. Whatever it's going to be called.

    • J2

      X+1

  • lololol

    If anyone doubted that Moto IS the new Nexus...

    • br_hermon

      Until it officially falls under Lenovo's rule, then we'll see if the same statement can be made.

      • Bob G

        Slow down there, McCarthy.

      • thartist

        God hear you... Not!

  • SHunter

    WHAT THE HELL. What about the other line such as Droid Maxx ???

    • Dilligan

      Verizon is interfering with you there.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      WHY ON EARTH (notice what I did there) would you think a carrier basterdized version of a phone would get timely updates???
      No but seriously. Its a crap phone on an evil carrier. You chose your fate.

  • Luca

    So happy of my moto g! Probably I'll get the update before my nexus 7 2013 LTE

  • Ali

    As a Nexus user, I'm not even mad. That's kinda amazing.

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    • Gaurav Arora

      What! How can you not be mad!! We are the Nexus users! We are a superior race !! RAGGEEE GRR!! Now where's my cool-aid!

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  • vgergo

    Please, Samsung watch and learn

    • WestFiasco

      Lol, not just them all the other manufacturers.

      • vgergo

        Yeah, but we paid double for some of their "flagships". And their software updates come late, and make our phones each time worse. Samsung should hire at least one software engineer to lead their herd of tasteless monkeys.

        • WestFiasco

          Lol, I understand your frustration. I would like to see all manufacturers use stock android and relinquish their "value adds" to preinstalled apps similar to what Motorola has done. I don't have the full picture but I think that should speed up things.

          • vgergo

            I am sorry, I got a little carried away

      • LeeroyJ.

        HTC has gotten very good with updates on the newer models as well. I'd say anything under 3 months wait is alright.

        Samsung and Sony are the worst. I would never even consider buying a Samsung no matter how good they got just because of this.

        (Updating the US S3 but not the i9300 lol)

        • WestFiasco

          I would prefer the updates to come as fast as Motorola's especially since there's a time limit on how long devices will be updated. I'll have to wait and see about HTC, after my one X+ didn't get updated to kit Kat despite not being 2years old. I don't really trust their service.

          • LJ

            'The good part about HTC is they update android seperately from Sense. The M7 and M8 will most likely get the update by the end of the month.

  • Ricky

    Motorola, just telling us that buying a unlock phone its worth it, any way you look at it

  • WestFiasco

    Good Job motorola, this is true support.

  • Nathan Fletcher

    Republic Wireless... if only....

    Also, does anyone know how to reduce the use of android os for battery drain on the moto x

    • Casey Artner

      I asked about Android OS on the comments for the original post shared here: https://plus.google.com/+PunitSoni/posts/X9MiM61HuJP
      Though now I can't access the original post, so it must have been deleted. Mark Rose however, did respond saying they would look into it. Such an annoying problem being really my only complaint about the Moto X other than screen burn-in.

      • Nathan Fletcher

        I haven't really experienced the screen burn in yet, mainly because I installed a thing that forces the phone into immersive mode. But anyways, it is a big complaint.

      • PacoBell

        Screen burn-in comes with the AMOLED territory. It happened on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and on my ancient Google Nexus 1. Those blue subpixels tend to degrade quickly.

    • thiazzi

      I'm surprised to see anything about a moto x battery problem. I have altogether stopped worrying about my battery usage since I switched to moto x.

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  • Booyabobby

    Kinda hoping for more battery fixes. Android OS has been around 40 - 50% past 2 months. No clue why. Please roll out to Verizon soon. Keep up the awesome job Motorola.

  • Japmaniaco

    Motorola is definitely the company of the year

  • Rafał Widalski

    What about european version ? D:

  • Kree Terry

    Im interested to see how improved the camera is. Currently rooted with xposed but if its a big enough improvement ill drop in a heart beat.

    • Stephan Reich

      ART is the stock runtime, but hopefully they still have the option to switch runtime compilers to/from Dalvik/ART

  • Stacey Liu

    Good thing you blurred the notification bar! I might have known what time you took the screenshot, or how strong your signal was at the time.

  • Sky

    :)

  • Manuel Bocchia

    Mmmh, that's really nice Motorola, I really love the guys...

    But I'm still gonna wait for the update on my Razr i, guys. Get to it!

    • J2

      Verizon's your problem there. There's a reason this says for unlocked phones. No carrier to slow 'em down.

  • Adek Zakk

    Motorola is an ANDROID SILVER :D

  • Ruben Diaz

    As a moto X owner I can tell you they've been phenomenal so far with the updates and everything.

  • Udit Kumar

    Best descion ever made to buy a motoG!

  • Lucas Albuquerque

    Any report of anyone getting it on US or Brazil?

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Google: new update rollout in 1 day to all devices
    Motorola: basically the same
    HTC/Samsung/lg/Sony: Android 4.4.what?

  • Worm

    Any OTA links for the US Global Moto G?

  • Dhamodara

    This kind surprising awaiting for the update. Great !!!

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  • alexis

    hola ahí alguna actualizacion para el motorola atrix 2¿

  • landmarkcm

    Hello I am starting to get concerned that Cricket Wireless is not supporting the Moto G properly.. I bought mine direct from when it was AIO & Motorola has begun rolling out this software update for it to fix some things and bring improvements to this version 4.4.3 . Mine has not gotten this and when I check it still says up to date.. Does the update come from Motorola direct or is Cricket going to control it..? No one seems to answer or know when I google it. Motorola used to list Aio as one of the carriers for the G also. Now they don't.. Anyone here know??

  • Mohammed Jahir

    I bought my moto g from tesco. Do you know when myself and other users will get the 4.4.3 update?