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Android 4.4 KitKat rollout begins for the Moto X

Moto X users on Verizon will be among the first to get a taste of KitKat. Motorola today announced that the slow rollout of Android 4.4 for the Moto X begins with Verizon Wireless.

"Our software team has been hard at work bringing the latest version of Android to our Moto X users more quickly than ever," Steve Horowitz, senior vice president of software engineering, said in a blog post. "When it came to KitKat, we couldn't wait to deliver."

Android 4.4 KitKat launched on Halloween on the new Nexus 5 smartphone, followed by the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC One Google Play edition.

With features like full-screen album and movie art while locked, an immersive mode to hide what's unimportant, and faster multi-tasking, KitKat also comes with the "OK Google" voice command option already found on the Moto X.

KitKat will provide the Moto X with an improved dialler, more gallery effects, the new all-in-one Hangouts app, colour emojis, an updated camera app, and more. Once downloaded, the update makes it easier to search for contacts directly from the dial-pad, use the Draw function to annotate photos, text animated gifs, and control the focus and exposure of photos with a drag of your finger.

Additionally, KitKat comes with restyled status and navigation bars, new full-screen mode, and enhancements to Motorola features like Touchless Control.

"Our software strategy is to build on a pure Android foundation and complement existing Google services, not compete with them," Horowitz said. "We think this latest release is just that — all the features you love about your Moto X with the latest Android OS."

Motorola unveiled its newest flagship smartphone in August — "the first device that was built from scratch after the Google acquisition." The 4.7in Moto X sports a 1,280 x 720 display with 216 pixels per inch and a curved back.

It is available on all four major US carriers plus US Cellular running Android 4.2.2, but Horowitz teased a KitKat for Moto X update on other carriers coming soon.