Slack jawed and awestruck, we discovered this morning that US carrier Verizon will begin today rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto X.
With the paint still drying on the Nexus 5 launch, and only a handful of older Nexus devices updated to Android 4.4, the Moto X becomes the first carrier-sold device to be updated to KitKat. Even more amazing, the device is receiving the update, with Motorola’s improvements to Touchless Control and Active Notifications, before the Nexus 4, HTC One Google Edition and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition receive their updates, too.
While Motorola Canada wouldn’t comment on the availability of the KitKat update for the Moto X, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it arrive sometime in the next few weeks. At the Moto G unveiling last week Motorola promised that it would be “in a matter of weeks.”
The update will look like stock Android 4.4 with a few tweaks and additions; a new dialler, with easier access to frequent contacts; a better file picker and gallery, with built-in Snapseed photo editing; native SMS integration with the Hangouts app (and a way to choose the default SMS app from Settings; an improved camera experience, which “lets you control both the focus and exposure of your photos…[by] simply drag[ging] your finger to set just the right exposure and focus point”; Immersive Mode and transparency on the status bar.
Fido and Rogers customers, get excited.