Nineteen days. That’s how long it took Motorola to update its flagship Android handset, the Moto X, to KitKat, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Among Android handset makers, that's as astonishing an accomplishment as breaking the four-minute mile. And it comes, no less, on a carrier not known for speedy software updates: Verizon Wireless.
The update came through on my personal Moto X just a few hours after news of the update was revealed, and we were eager to see how Motorola's build of KitKat would differ from the Nexus 5 and the other supported Nexus devices. It turns out that despite all the changes, not much has changed.
Motorola, a Google company, originally took a light touch visually with its Android 4.3 build on the Moto X, and the 4.4 build is just as conservative. The many visual tweaks to Android’s interface remain intact, with gray as the predominant shade. Basic OS elements like fonts, organization, and notifications remain consistent between the Nexus and Moto X builds.