Sprint Pushing Out Android 4.4 Update For Moto X


Sprint started rolling out the much-anticipated over-the-air (OTA) 4.4 KitKat update to all Motorola Moto X handsets located in the United States earlier on today. This upgrade brings a multitude of additional bug fixes, stability improvements and speed enhancements.

The Moto X launched back in August, 2013, and packs a gorgeous 4.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720 x 1280, a snappy 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage, a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter and a disappointing 2,200 mAh battery.

The full changelog for the 4.4 KitKat update (version 13.11.3Q2.X-69-3-8) can be seen below:

  • 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.
  • Improved Phone Dialer app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts and search your corporate directory easily.
  • 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.
  • NFC Host Card Emulation support to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
  • 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.
  • 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.

If you own a Sprint-branded Moto X and have not yet received the over-the-air update, you can head into “Settings,” then “About Device,” and select “Check for Updates” to manually scan for the upgrade. Alternatively, you can wait for the push notification to be pushed to your device, prompting you to download and install the update.