Motorola has been dominating with its update schedule. The Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Moto X beat the Nexus 4, which is incredible to think about. The Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile devices have received the update, and now the US Cellular model is getting its taste of KitKat.
The rollout begins today and will be staged, so not everyone will get it at once. If you don’t get it today, be patient and wait for the next batch of updates to go out. It may take a few days or a few weeks, but don’t worry, you’ll get it. Check for updates in Settings > About phone > System updates.
The update not only features an all-new version of Android, but a few improvements from Motorola. Here is a list of changes:
- Android™ 4.4, KitKat, 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 app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
- Enhanced the camera “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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Enhanced support for NFC Host Card Emulation (HCE), to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
- Added support for Square credit card reader
It’s great to see these devices being updated so incredibly fast, but it’s strange that the Sprint Moto X not only didn’t receive its update but doesn’t even have a date other than “coming soon” listed. We hope that Sprint and Motorola resolve any issues they may have with the device. Are you impressed by Motorola’s update speed?