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Sprint Moto X Finally Receiving Android 4.4 KitKat
Today marks the final chapter in the Android 4.4 KitKat update saga for the Moto X, a story that certainly packed a few surprises. We were all caught off guard when Verizon became the first carrier to push out the KitKat upgrade for the device. In fact, the Verizon variant of the Moto X actually received the first KitKat update for any OEM-skinned device, beating out even the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition devices and the Nexus 4.
Shortly after the Verizon variant received the KitKat goods, we saw T-Mobile and AT&T follow suit three days later, followed by US Cellular just over a week after that. At the time, we noted that Sprint’s update was still “coming soon.” And now eight days later, it has finally arrived.
The update comes in at version 13.11.3Q2.X-69-3-8, replacing the previous 13.9.0Q2.X-116-MX-17-57-1 that was released on September 25th. Along with the upgrade in Android version to 4.4, the update also brings a few Motorola-specific features that we’ve already seen in the other Moto X Android 4.4 builds This includes drag-able camera exposure controls, a revised camera app, and the new “find my phone” feature. And for those interested, the full changelog can be found at the bottom of this post.
Head over to Sprint’s update support page to learn more about the update, as well as the previous firmware revisions for the device. Once you’ve updated, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Full changelog for Android 4.4 on the Sprint Moto X (13.11.3Q2.X-69-3-8):
- 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.
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