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Jul
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Motorola's sale to Lenovo doesn't seem to have dampened its resolve for speedy Android updates. After upgrading the 2013 DROID line to the latest version of KitKat earlier this week, it looks like the Moto X and the Verizon-only version of the Moto G are getting ready for the same treatment. We've been sent alerts that some users are being invited to a "soak test" for Android 4.4.4, which means that a full rollout is probably a few weeks away at most.

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A soak test is basically a release candidate for phone firmware, which allows manufacturers and carriers to iron out any last-minute bugs before sending the update to the wider user population. Usually Motorola sends invitations to soak tests via its customer forum, asking users not to mention it to anyone else. Lately that hasn't worked so well - over-the-air ZIP files tend to be disseminated on other forums like XDA-Developers long before the general OTA update is sent out.

Both phones were already running Android KitKat, so the switch to the newer firmware will probably result in minimal user-facing changes, though there's a lot going on behind the scenes. Check out our coverage of 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 to see what's new. If you're not among those in the soak test, expect the standard update before too long.

Thanks, Anon!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Guest

    Why hiding the status bar?Nothing special to show.No need to tell,Artem.

    • Godspoken

      Probably just low battery, didn't want to distract anyone.

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        Yeah android really drains the battery

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  • Gary Hicks

    Lol I sent a tip in about 3 days ago about it.

    • Steve Loughlin

      Few do their own research...

  • Sadananda Nayak

    I have already received the soak test for 4.4.4 in India on 3rd of July 2014.

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    • Varun Bansal

      That wasn't soak test update, that was real/final build update....
      P.s. I've moto G (dual) and moto E (dual)

    • Chirag Goel

      front cam not gud after 4.4.4 in moto g wtf old1 was gud...!!

  • morteum

    How long does it take to receive the update after one completes the soak test survey?

    • Hothfox

      If it makes you feel any better, I have also not received an update after taking the survey. Last one of these I did, I think a couple days went by, then I got an email directing me to the special forums to look around, and then a couple days after that I got the OTA.

      • morteum

        So you got the soak build a couple days later, or you're saying you didn't get it until it was released to the general public?

  • Felix Matthies

    Motorola still is a Google Company, isn't it? So they announced the deal, but not that the buyout was completed.

    • ajerman

      Yes, Engadget keeps doing this as well. Announcing a sale and closing a sale are massively different but these tech sites don't seem to notice.

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  • sandy

    Hi Dear Members I am having moto x gsm unlocked phone which was procured from USA. I am using it in India. Suddenly its front has started showing error. Front camera has become unresponsive. I have done all settings told by Indian customer service center.

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  • anmolm97

    Received 4.4.4 on my Moto G here in India.

  • joser116

    Finally! I was already upset at how long it was taking for 4.4.3. It seems its because they decided to go straight to 4.4.4.

  • Akash Srivastava

    Got update here, in india on my moto G.
    Loving the new dialer.

    • Bharat Bisht

      I have received upate and updated new 4.4.4.

      Good thing is, Dialer is great...
      Bad thing is, Phone back key getting hanging, which earlier not...Can i go 4.4.2

      • pinchu panda

        Back key is hanging a lot and so are other apps like Whatsapp and Viber...there in a lag in the response...

  • Abhishek Shinde

    I'm using moto x in India. I still on the 4.4.2 n service provider is Airtel. May I directly getting the update of 4.4.4? Do I need to perform any prerequisites in order to get the new updates?

    • Varun Bansal

      No.. nothing to do from your side... nor any carrier fault (here in India)... All you have to do is wait...

      • Abhishek Shinde

        Thanks for the updates!!!

  • Gayan

    still no updates for my moto x :/ xt1052 :/

  • Heisenberg

    Hopefully the cam update will be rolled out for all Moto G versions soon. The camera is a disaster, I'm embarrassed to shoot any pics or videos. They have already done it with the moto x, there is a significant camera improvement after the OTA update.

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  • Daniel Marcus

    Two reminders (to commentators):

    - This is specific to US Verizon. If your carrier is not US Verizon, the status hasn't changed. We have known for weeks that the Moto X and Moto G have 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 updates from Motorola, but not all carriers push out the updates right away.

    - The soak test is part of a process. It's a good sign that the OTA is getting ready, but if you haven't received specific notification from Motorola and accepted the agreement to participate, you won't magically get this.

    So a reminder how this works on VERIZON.

    Motorola submits their proposed software update, and Verizon tests it. This takes 3-5 weeks if nothing major comes up. Motorola usually works with Verizon to do a soak test. A number of users who are signed up are asked to participate, and Verizon pushes an OTA to them.

    The process helps determine that the OTA is safe to deploy in the wild. If the OTA goes well, they will usually start the official OTA 1-2 weeks after the soak test is deployed.

    • Jason B

      The soak test updates actually come from Motorola servers. I honestly don't think Verizon does any testing (other than updating PRLs, testing signal, and pre-loading bloat). They just hold the updates. If you don't believe that, then why not look around at the poor Samsung people with their KitKat update issues.

      • Daniel Marcus

        I am sure Motorola can't push anything out to Verizon users without their approval.

  • Bharat Bisht

    I have received upate and updated new 4.4.4.

    Good thing is, Dialer is great...
    Bad thing is, Phone back key getting hanging, which earlier not...Can i go 4.4.2 versioin

  • nj

    I wanna upgrete my phone