US Cellular Moto X Getting Android 4.4 Today, Sprint “Coming Soon,” Republic Wireless Early Next Year
Verizon and Motorola shocked us mid last month with the rather expedient Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Moto X. Three days later, we saw T-Mobile follow suit. Then later that day, AT&T joined the KitKat Moto X party as well. Curiously, we haven’t seen an official KitKat update from America’s third-largest carrier: Sprint. Now the fifth-largest carrier, US Cellular, has begun its phased roll out to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Moto X.
Just like what we’ve come to expect from KitKat on other variants of the Moto X, the US Cellular version is only very lightly modified from stock Android. As such, Motorola is largely preserving most Google services, only complementing them when beneficial. This can be seen in the revised calendar app, featuring drag-able exposure controls, and the new “find my phone” feature that we’ve seen on the other variants.
According to Motorola’s Version History page the update is also “coming soon” to the Sprint variant of the device. Unfortunately, no timetable has been given–either by Sprint or by Motorola themselves. That said, we can’t see the carrier holding back for too long, especially after every other major US carrier has already begun the rollout.
Finally, the update for Republic Wireless’s version of the device is also coming soon. The carrier stated on its official Twitter account that the update is expected in “early 2014.” Unfortunately, what exactly constitutes “early” will vary depending on who is asked, and only time will tell when the update will finally come.
Even with the mild delays in certain carrier variants, the KitKat update has made it to most Moto X units in remarkable time—no doubt a testament to Google’s influence on the company’s operations. Are you a Moto X owner? What are your thoughts on the KitKat update timing? Why do you think Sprint and Republic Wireless are taking so long? Let us know in the comments below.