T-Mobile’s Moto X KitKat update is now live

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 22 Nov 2013

Moto X KitKat

Just a couple of days after rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Verizon’s Moto X, Motorola has started rolling out the KitKat update for the T-Mobile version of the device. 

A pre-release KitKat firmware for the Moto X had leaked in the first week of November, suggesting that Motorola is working hard on quickly bringing the update to the handset.

The update brings the same changes as seen on the Verizon’s Moto X KitKat update including a new Phone dialer, translucent navigation and status bar and more. Some of the highlighted features of the update are below -:

  • 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 Emoji. 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.

The full release notes for the update can be found here. The update is being rolled out in batches, at least initially, so it might take up to a couple of weeks to show up on your device.

T-Mobile, unlike other major carriers in the United States, does not sell the Moto X on contract, and the handset has to be purchased off-contract for its full retail price of $500.