US Cellular Moto X Android 4.4 Kit Kat update detailed

December 4, 2013
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We were expecting to see Android 4.4 begin arriving for US Cellular Moto X users today, and well, it looks like the rollout has begun. Details coming from the Google+ page of Punit Soni confirm the update and also mentions that it will be rolling out to users in phases. The key here, we have yet to see any breakdown of how long the process will take.

On the flip side though, the Motorola support pages have offered a full breakdown of what can be expected. The update will bring US Cellular users up to Android 4.4 and with 143.44.2.ghost_usc.USC.en.US. But aside from that small US Cellular specific, the update is going to look familiar to those that have been watching the rollout with other carriers.

The Android 4.4 portion of the update includes an updated status and navigation bar as well as a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security and smarter power use. There changelog also touched on how Kit Kat brings “more tools and capabilities for better app development.”

Otherwise, the remaining items in the log are broken down as follows;

  • Phone dialer: Improved the phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
  • Camera – Focus and exposure: Enhanced the “touch to focus” option with a new circular, on screen control that can be dragged by your finger around the viewfinder to adjust a photo’s focus and exposure.
  • Gallery – Photo editing: Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.
  • Hangouts – SMS/MMS support: Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings > Wireless > Default SMS app.
  • Touchless Control – “Find my phone”: Added a new “Find my phone” command to Touchless Control. Just say “OK, Google Now-find my phone” and your Moto X will ring loudly to let you know where it’s hiding when you’ve misplaced it nearby.
  • NFC – Host card emulation: Enhanced support for NFC Host Card Emulation (HCE), to improve experiences such as contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, card access and more.
  • Accessory support: Added support for Square credit card reader.

Given this update is rolling out in batches, it may or may not be available for your particular device just yet. We suspect some will be checking manually by heading to Settings -> About phone -> System updates, however this may be a better time to sit back and wait for the notification to arrive on your Moto X. And once that happens, it is just a matter of following the prompts.

VIA: Android Police


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  • gabriel

    KitKat arrived in southern NH for US Cellular Moto X on December 11th. If you haven’t received yet it is on its way.