Verizon Moto X Android 4.4 update roll-out starts today

Moto XJust hours after we reported that Android 4.4 KitKat was set to arrive for Verizon Wireless Moto X consumers, the update is now officially available. According to a blog post by Motorola, the KitKat update for Verizon Moto X starts today and will be released in phases.

The update will be available over-the-air and Moto X users will automatically get a notification to update their smartphone. To manually check for the update, head over to Settings << About Phone << System Updates on your Moto X.

To remind you, Verizon Moto X is the first non-Nexus Android smartphone to get the Android 4.4 update.

Verizon Moto X Android 4.4 update change-log

  • An improved phone dialer: Now you can search for contacts directly from the dial-pad and easily see and tap on those you contact frequently.
  • More gallery goodies: KitKat packs in some cool, new gallery effects—such as Posterize, Highlights, and Edges. You can even use the Draw feature to annotate your photos freehand with your finger.
  • New Hangouts app: All of your conversations now in one place—texts, video calls, and other chats all together in one app. Plus, you can now send animated gifs and share your location.
  • Color emojis: For when words aren’t enough, the Google Keyboard now includes colorful characters to send in text messages and other communications.
  • Drag to focus and expose:  An updated camera app lets you control both the focus and exposure of your photos. Simply drag your finger to set just the right exposure and focus point.
  • And more: Restyled status and navigation bars, new full-screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.

Motorola has also revealed that it will soon be sharing more news on updates for other Moto X variants.

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