We’ve got some sweet news for you guys today! Android™ 4.4.2, KitKat® has been certified by Sprint for use on the Republic Wireless Moto X™. KitKat has become the #1 request in our ThinkTank, so we already know that you are excited as we are about this announcement. Without further ado, let’s dive into what KitKat means for you, and what the release schedule looks like.
The Android 4.4.2 update, aka KitKat, will give your Moto X experience a nice boost. There are several tweaks that will smooth out some minor bugs, but you’ll likely first notice the update in some of the new functionality you’ll get. Here’s a sampling of a few:
- Improved Google Now Search
Google Now is even better. It can predict information based on location or favorite sites. Android 4.4.2 also features a new app-linking feature, which allows Google Search to deep-link search results to applications on the device. So for instance, searching for restaurant information via Google Now can direct you to a reservation app.
- Camera Update
You’ll be able to take even better pictures—the "touch to focus" option is enhanced 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.
- New Dialer
KitKat includes a new design for the dialer—it’s got a search field that can be used to search your contact info. Additionally, the new phone app also prioritizes contacts based on the people you talk to most to make it easier to reach your faves.
As with any new release, we’ve tested the update extensively—still, the absolute best way for us to battle test the customer experience is to bring some of you guys on board. So what we’ve done TODAY is randomly release KitKat to 2,000 of you—those folks will have an Over The Air (OTA) update available to them which will load up KitKat.
Why are we releasing it randomly? First, to ensure that we’ve got a wide variety of testers. Second, because it’s the fastest way to get it out for testing (and as we understand from you, speed is of the essence!).
Why 2K? 2,000 is just enough that we’ll have lots of data to play with, but small enough that we can handle the feedback all at once. We expect to let KitKat marinate with those lucky folks until April 30, and then (barring any unlikely issues), we’ll roll this out to our next batch of folks for our deeper dive test. We’ll continue to roll out in batches until we’re confident that the user experience meets our high standards for you guys. Our goal is to have everyone on board by May 9.
TL;DR? (Too long; didn't read?)
We’re releasing in phases to ensure we nail the user experience. We aim for everyone to have it by May 9, though it’s possible it would roll out earlier depending on how the releases go.
Want to Learn More?
Still have some questions about KitKat and the KitKat release? Check out our KitKat FAQ. It’s got a lot of information for the curious.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, let us know here!