At the launch event of Moto G, the Google-owned company announced that Moto X will get the taste of Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming weeks. Today, we have a treat for all those Moto X owners who are tied to Verizon.
Motorola recently confirmed about the Android 4.4 KitKat update for Verizon Moto X and mentioned it is rolling out to users. They didn’t mention an exact time frame for the update for other carriers, but if it’s rolling out for the Verizon version, it shouldn’t take too long for the update to hit other major US carriers as well.
The new update comes with several new features and enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and more.
Here are some of the improvements coming to Moto X with Android 4.4 KitKat release:
- 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.
You can also check the release notes for more details and information. It’s worth mentioning that some of you may not receive the update this very moment, you might have to wait a few days for the update to reach all devices. But, if you’re too impatient, you can manually check for the update from settings app.
If you’re one of those lucky users who received the update, please share if you can notice any improvement in performance or any new features. For other carriers, Motorola said they’ll share more KitKat news very soon.