Verizon Moto X soak test suggests Android 4.4 could be coming soon


We get a lot of e-mails from tipsters, but none do we like more than the type flooding our inbox as we speak: exclusive updates rolling out in real-time. Several readers have told us they’ve just received E-Mails from Verizon with, “an invite to participate in an early preview of a new software release,” for the Motorola Moto X.


What software? We’re not sure… but Android 4.4 KitKat would be a good guess. Google has already started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, so it’s no wonder that the next closest thing to a Nexus device would get OTA treatment. If anything is surprising, it’s that Verizon is getting in on the action.

ice-bathFor those wondering what the heck is a soak test, it rolls out the software update to a limited and growing number of participants to ensure that software is stable. Consider it the equivalent of running a closed beta so that one big massive update doesn’t get accidentally pushed with a glitch causing widespread problems. If all is good with the soak test, Moto X owners on Verizon could be seeing the update relatively soon.

That being said, I want to reiterate that there has been NO indication thus far that this soak test is actually testing Android 4.4 KitKat. It could be a system update that fixes minor bug problems, LTE issues, or anything else.  Stay tuned to Phandroid as details emerge.

Sorry if this soak test thing is a bit like a cold bath.

[Thanks, Tipsters!]

Rob Jackson
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    1. Was just about to ask if that was you in the tub? xD

      1. Nah, dudes too tall. :P

        1. I just tell the ladies we’re all the same height lying down.

          1. With all that ice, the water must be really cold. Maybe they should call it a shrink test…

    2. Not all of us are into the ladies… thanks for throwing us a bone (pun intended).

      1. I see what you did there.

      2. Leave.

        LoL!! Took me a moment.

    3. Some of us will take pictures of shirtless dudes over ladies any day. Even better, shirtless dudes with puppies.

  2. “Google has already started rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat updates to the Nexus 4” – wait, what? When?

  3. I don’t understand why they call it a soak test. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear that is testing the device’s resistance to water.

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