Verizon's Moto X gets a taste of Android KitKat

Moto X Camera
Major improvements to the Moto X camera

Verizon has finally approved Android 4.4.4 for the Moto X, making it as an over-the-air download for devices on its network. Users looking to nab the update should check Settings and dig into About Phone, then System Updates.

One of the KitKat update's most apparent fixes is improving the Moto X camera's overall image quality. Originally the Moto X's camera struggled with some fairly bad dynamic range, but the update will help exposures look better without overblown highlights or murky shadows.

The improvements also extend to any images users take in fluorescent lighting. What's more, Moto X owners can finally pause video recordings. Lastly, the update revamps the Moto X's built-in dialer by introducing a new graphical layout and colors to the interface.

The +1 sequel

This time around the Android updates is a bit late, hitting just over a month after 4.4.4 started leaking onto Nexus devices. We expect this might be last update Moto X users will see until the official release of Android L.

On top of Google working on a new mobile operating system, rumor on the internet street says Motorola is preparing a Moto X successor called the Moto X+1. The purported Moto X follow-up could feature a bigger 5.2-inch screen with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.

The new handset is said to be upgraded internally as well with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 24GB of storage. The styling has also been changed but recent leaks show the smartphone's faux wood panels will make a comeback.