Here’s a plot that would fit well in a fantasy movie: it’s been less than three weeks since Google unveiled the latest version of Android, and Verizon has already begun testing the update for one of its devices. Given the carrier’s past history, you might think it’s impossible even in a fantasy plot, but that’s exactly what has happened, as miraculous as it might sound – Verizon has begun sending invites for the Android 4.4 update for the Moto X, to members of Motorola’s soak test program.
This is also a stark reminder of how it’s a new and improved Motorola that’s operating under Google’s command, and could become a reason for more folks opting for the company’s devices. What makes it even better is that Motorola has somehow managed to ask Verizon to certify the update so quickly, in a world where carriers take their sweet time to push out updates once the unlocked variant of a device receives it, though the early leaks of the AT&T and T-Mobile 4.4 builds for the Moto X indicate the device will get quick updates across most North American carriers (helped by the fact that Motorola is using a mostly stock version of Android).
Okay, so let’s talk about the update. As expected, it brings along the usual list of improvements and features of Android 4.4 KitKat – these include restyled status and navigation bars, reduced memory usage and faster multitasking, emoji support, full-screen immersive mode, printing, a redesign phone dialer app, and more. Also included are updates to Motorola’s own features – there’s the option to find your phone through the device’s always-on Google Now access, simply by saying “Ok Google, find my phone,” and an improved camera interface with new focus controls.
The update should be arriving on devices of soak test members at any moment now, and if everything goes well, the update should be heading out to all users in the next few weeks. Check out the full changelog in the image below, maybe that will make the wait for the update’s imminent arrival a little less hard to bear.