The Moto X Android 4.4 KitKat update has arrived for more and more users over the past few months, and now we’ve received word that the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat release is headed to one more variant of the Moto X.
Over the past few months Google’s been busy with software updates. Rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat, then quickly after that Android 4.4.4 KitKat back in June. This disrupted the update timeline for many carriers and manufacturers, Motorola included, but they’re finally back on track.
Last month Android 4.4.3 arrived for the Moto X from a few different carriers in the United States, while others such as Verizon were still stuck on Android 4.4.2, which introduced a few software issues and bugs. However, today we’re hearing the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat for the Moto X on Verizon is coming soon.
Motorola was one of the first to issue updates to Android 4.4.3 KitKat for many of its popular devices, and it looks like Android 4.4.4 KitKat may be up next for those with the Verizon Moto X. Just like earlier this week, today the Motorola Feedback Network is inviting select members of its forum to test a brand new Moto X Android software update, but they didn’t state which version.
As a reminder, the Verizon Moto X currently runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, and never received the 4.4.3 upgrade the Sprint and T-Mobile variants saw late last month. Verizon isn’t usually first to software updates, but the Motorola devices on their network have received rather excellent support when it comes to software updates and fixes.
In what Motorola calls a “soak test” certain members of their feedback network get to beta test final release software before Verizon Wireless distributes it to the mass public. This usually signals that the next software update is finally ready for the public, and needs one more final beta test before getting the green light.
The Motorola DROID Ultra and MAXX started getting Android 4.4.4 KitKat earlier this week, skipping both Android 4.4.2 and 4.4.3 and going right to the latest and greatest, and many are expecting the Verizon Moto X to receive the same treatment. There isn’t much difference between Android 4.4.3 and 4.4.4, but Google’s improved the experience and patched some extremely important security holes. So the update is certainly welcomed.
So what does this mean for regular Verizon Moto X users? This means that both Verizon and Motorola have finalized a software update for your handset, and after another day or two of quick testing it should hopefully start rolling out to all users. If no issues or problems are found, expect the latest Android 4.4.3 or Android 4.4.4 KitKat for the Moto X to arrive on your Verizon smartphone over the next 1-2 weeks.
Traditionally soak tests only takes 24-48 hours to make sure all is clear, then Verizon posts the full update details and changelog to its support forum. Once that happens we can expect the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update to start arriving the same day, and complete within two weeks. This means all Verizon Moto X owners are likely just days or weeks away from running the absolute latest version of Android released by Google.
The Moto X already received Android 4.4.4 KitKat outside of the U.S. but carriers stateside tend to take a little longer than other regions. That being said, the wait isn’t very long and we’ll know more as soon as the soak tests start hitting beta tester handsets. That will confirm which version of Android is coming in the next Verizon over-the-air update, and what to expect. Stay tuned and we’ll report back with any and all details once they’ve been made available.