Android 4.4 KitKat has only been available for a few days limited to the lucky customers who purchased the new Nexus 5, but carriers and manufacturers both are busy getting ready to push the latest OS to devices in an update. We’ve heard from Samsung and HTC regarding updates, but today we’re actually seeing it for Motorola’s Moto X.
The update to Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto X on T-Mobile has reportedly leaked over at XDA Developers, but it isn’t quite what we’d call stable. The now Google-owned company should be quick to updating devices, unlike they’ve been in the past, and this leak is certain a good sign for all those Moto X users. We can’t say the same about the DROID lineup from Verizon, but the Moto X might be one of the first devices to KitKat.
According to reports a test version of the Moto X KitKat update has leaked, but it isn’t in a finished or final state, and has quite a bit of issues. Meaning that users have been flashing it with varied success, but for a daily driver device this might not be something you should try. Today we also learned the KitKat experience on the Nexus 5 won’t come to the Nexus 4, or other devices like the Moto X.
After learning a few of the Nexus 5 features were exclusive to the device, this ROM has leaked showing a few signs of just that. The KitKat launcher with Google Now integrated isn’t included, nor are the notification bar status symbols and text changed to white. We’re back with the old Holo blue colors here. Meaning this is either extremely early, or Motorola and future KitKat devices won’t adopt the white color scheme Google is using.
At this point we’re not exactly sure what devices will all get Android 4.4 KitKat, or when, but the Moto X may be one of the first from Motorola. HTC confirmed the Google Play Edition HTC One will get it within 2 weeks, followed by 90 days for the rest of its recent devices.
Considering the leaked KitKat build isn’t stable we won’t provide download instructions, but users can head to XDA from the link above if they’re interested in learning more or giving it a try themselves. It’s safe to say the Moto X for T-Mobile, and other carriers, should be among one of the first updated to Android 4.4 KitKat.