Sprint Moto X owners have had to sit by for several weeks and watch as Moto X owners on the other major carriers received their updates to Android 4.4. That waiting comes to an end today, though, as Sprint has revealed that its Moto X will begin getting its own helping of KitKat today, December 12. The update includes all the goodies that we’ve seen make their way to the other Moto X variants:
- 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.
- Camera – Focus and exposure: 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.
- Gallery – Photo editing: 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.
- Touchless Control – “Find my phone”: 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.
This update to software version 13.11.3Q2.X-69-3-8 is rolling out over the air, so you Sprint Moto X owners that just looked down at your phone and didn’t see any updates waiting for you shouldn’t fret yet. After all, these OTAs typically go out in phases, and at least we know that the push has officially begun. Once the update does make its way to your neck of the woods, be sure to shout out in the comments below!