Samsung makes a plethora of Android devices each year, devices that cater to high-end, mid-range and low-end markets. However, it doesn’t make as many Windows Phone devices. Microsoft certainly wants its mobile platform to flourish, and for that it needs to get major OEMs on board. It recently acquired the devices and services division of its biggest OEM, Nokia. While Samsung won’t be selling its hardware division any time soon, rumor has it that Microsoft is offering $1 billion in support to the company if it continues to make Windows Phone devices.
A deal of this nature isn’t unusual. Prior to its acquisition of Nokia’s division, Microsoft was paying the Finnish manufacturer $250 million per quarter in “platform support payments,” however it got money back as well since Nokia was paying it to license Windows Phone. However the deal might sound feasible to Samsung given the fact that it is being rumored that Microsoft is considering waiving Windows Phone licensing fees for OEMs altogether. There’s no official confirmation from either company that $1 billion is going to change hands, the rumor has spread through well known mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin, who is known to have connections. However since nothing is official yet, its best to take this rumor with a grain of salt.
If you happen to be rocking to a Moto X from Motorola and are a subscriber of Sprint, then here is some good news – your smartphone would now be on the receiving end of the Android 4.4 KitKat update. Sprint has recently updated its Moto X support site, ensuring that the Android 4.4 KitKat update will roll out today, in order to keep up with the pace set by the remaining Moto X variants. Having said that, do expect to be on the receiving end of an improved phone dialer app, a better camera focus and exposure experience among others.
Some of Sprint’s changelog include various enhancements that range from a restyled status and navigation bars to a brand new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more tools and capabilities for better app development. There is also the inclusion of NFC Host Card Emulation support so that one can enjoy experiences like contactless payments, loyalty plans, transit passes, and card access among others. Haven’t received the Android 4.4 KitKat update yet on the Moto X? Just check the update manually by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates, and you should be able to see your Moto X’s software version get bumped to 13.11.3Q2.X-69-3-8 once you’re done. [Support Page]