T-Mobile Moto X now getting its Android 4.4 KitKat update

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: November 21, 2013

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Heads up, T-Mobile Moto X owners, because it looks like you're next in line to receive a tasty KitKat treat. Motorola just announced that the an update to Android 4.4 is now rolling out to the T-Mobile-flavored Moto X, bringing with it a better phone dialer, improved "touch to focus" in the Camera app and much more. Here's the full list of changes as provided by Moto:

  • 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

The T-Mobile version of the Moto X is the second variant of Motorola's flagship handset to be bumped up to Android 4.4, coming just days after the Verizon model began receiving its update. Best of all is that these devices are being upgraded to KitKat less than a month after Google officially introduced the new version of Android. It's great to see Moto working hard to get its updates out and spread to its different carrier Moto X models quickly, and I hope that the company can keep it up for the rest of its Moto Xs. 

So, T-Mobile Moto X-ers, have you gotten your piece of Google's KitKat bar yet?

Via Motorola

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