KitKat rolled out to Google’s Moto X


Verizon Wireless customers first to get KitKat on Google's Moto X

Google-owned Motorola has announced Verizon Wireless customers are to be the first to receive the KitKat Android platform update on the Moto X smartphone.

Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat, is rolling out in phases to Moto X on Verizon starting today. Moto X was released by Motorola on 1 August this year. It is the first device to have come out of the company since it was acquired by Google in 2012.

The KitKat update brings a series of improvements to Moto X, including an improved phone dialler so users can search for contacts directly from the dial pad and easily see and tap on those they contact frequently, plus KitKat has new gallery effects, such as Posterize, Highlights, and Edges. It also brings restyled status and navigation bars, new full screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.

Last week Motorola announced the Moto G smartphone, aimed at the lower end of the market. Moto G delivers a premium experience for a third of the price of current high end phones, stated Motorola.

Moto G includes a 4.5 inch HD display that goes edge to edge, the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor featuring a quadcore CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life. It is currently based on Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of 2014.

Moto G is on sale now in Brazil and parts of Europe and will be available within the next few weeks throughout Latin America, Europe, Canada and parts of Asia. It will be available in the US, India, the Middle East and more of Asia in early January. Moto G will be in more than 30 countries with 60 partners by 2014.

In the US, Moto G will be sold SIM-free for $179 with 8GB of storage and $199 for 16GB, as well as through various carriers and retailers on contract.


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