Well there you have it. The first non Nexus phone to get the KitKat update is the Moto X and it just so happens to be the Verizon version. Motorola just announced that the update will start rolling today. Think about this for a moment….The Moto X is receiving the latest and greatest Android before the Nexus 4 (at least OTA). In fact, I have two Nexus 7 devices that have yet to receive the official update. Kudos to Motorola and their team for getting this done so fast while other manufacturers like Samsung are pushing 4.3 to their devices.
This update will roll out in phases, so be patient because it could take a week or two till everyone gets it. Motorola didn’t offer any info for other carrier versions, but did say they will “have more KitKat for Moto X news to share on other carriers and countries very soon.” Hit the break for the changelog directly from Motorola.
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.