The folks at Motorola just said on their official Motorola Blog the Verizon Motorola Moto X will be rolling out Android version 4.4, KitKat, in phases starting today. Not to beat up on Big Red too much here, but this is a complete surprise to me. Verizon is known for dragging their feet on updates. Not the case here folks!
What to expect to see with the 4.4 KitKat update on your Verizon Moto X –
An improved phone dialer. Now you can search for contacts directly from the dial-pad and easily see and tap on those you contact frequently.
More gallery goodies. KitKat packs in some cool, new gallery effects—such as Posterize, Highlights, and Edges. You can even use the Draw feature to annotate your photos freehand with your finger.
New Hangouts app. All of your conversations now in one place—texts, video calls, and other chats all together in one app. Plus, you can now send animated gifs and share your location.
Color emojis. For when words aren’t enough, the Google Keyboard now includes colorful characters to send in text messages and other communications.
Drag to focus and expose. An updated camera app lets you control both the focus and exposure of your photos. Simply drag your finger to set just the right exposure and focus point.
And more… Restyled status and navigation bars, new full-screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.
I understand it’s Motorola’s jobs to say what we want to hear, but if this is their thought process I hope other OEM’s follow suite. Take a look at what Motorola had to say about their sense of urgency getting KitKat on our beloved Moto X’s.
Our software team has been hard at work bringing the latest version of Android to our Moto X users more quickly than ever. When it came to KitKat, we couldn’t wait to deliver. Our software strategy is to build on a pure Android foundation and complement existing Google services, not compete with them. We think this latest release is just that—all the features you love about your Moto X with the latest Android OS.
This is such great news for such a great phone.