Wow, that was fast. The Nexus 4, cellular Nexus 7, and the Google Play Edition phones haven’t even gotten Android 4.4 over the air (OTA) yet! The GPE phones don’t even have a ROM (full update) to flash!
Starting today, Moto X users on Verizon will be able to upgrade from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean straight to Android 4.4 KitKat. That’s quite the update for this really good phone. You’ll of course be getting all the improvements from 4.3 and 4.4 included in this update. Fair warning though: Motorola says you will be unable to downgrade from this update to an older one, so mind your bootloader.
Full release notes are as follows:
- Android™ 4.4, KitKat: 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.
- Phone dialer: Improved the 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.
- 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.
- Hangouts -SMS/MMS support: 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.
- 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.
- NFC – Host card emulation: Enhanced support for NFC Host Card Emulation (HCE), to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
- Accessory support: Added support for Square credit card reader
That’s a really great update. So those of you with the Moto X on Verizon, are you glad you’re getting this update quickly? Or if you don’t have a Moto X, will you now get one for the quick updates?
And those of you on the cellular Nexus 7, Nexus 4, and Google Play Edition phones (like me) are you jealous that the Moto X on Verizon got 4.4 before you did?