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    Default Moto X and Kitkat features

    Why is is that the Moto X is missing some cool staples of Kitkat such as the dialer search, the new icons, and the redesigned app drawer? I ask now because I don't like the phone icon that much and very much prefer the new kitkat dialer icon but it might be just me >_>.

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    Default Re: Moto X and Kitkat features

    The Google Experience Launcher is exclusive to the Nexus 5 as a natively available user interface. You can install it on your phone by following these instructions, but be aware that people generally notice some glitches on non-Nexus devices:
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    The Google Experience Launcher is exclusive to the Nexus 5 as a natively available user interface. You can install it on your phone by following these instructions, but be aware that people generally notice some glitches on non-Nexus devices:
    Don't want the launcher just wondering out loud why does the Moto X with kitkat not have those features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    Don't want the launcher just wondering out loud why does the Moto X with kitkat not have those features.

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    No phone with kitkat does except for the nexus 5,they are exclusive to that phone.

    -Moto X-
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketsaucev2 View Post
    No phone with kitkat does except for the nexus 5,they are exclusive to that phone.

    -Moto X-
    But why not the icon at least?

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    Default Re: Moto X and Kitkat features

    Get a custom launcher and change the icon to what you want then..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtndewgood View Post
    Get a custom launcher and change the icon to what you want then..
    I was just trying to have a discussion of the reasons for omission of these features in the Moto X.

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    Yes, but I'm afraid the discussion is a fairly short one. The full and fancy KitKat look that you're seeing is exclusive to the Nexus 5. You can make other phones that are upgraded to KitKat look similar by doing what's been suggested (installing the Google Experience Launcher and/or installing a custom launcher or icon pack). As for the reason why the look is exclusive--we'd probably need a Google design engineer participating on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    I was just trying to have a discussion of the reasons for omission of these features in the Moto X.

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    because even though google bought Motorola they are still separate entity.

    heck.. nexus 4 which is a google product didn't get the new launcher. but they updated the launcher to work with any phone so why worry?
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    I did not know this. I am thinking of moto x and wasn't sure if moto x gets the dialer with KitKat. Honestly, I'm not surprised.

    Miracast and photosphere where part of jellybean. Mostly only nexus devices have miracast. Photosphere Samsung and lg have their own and cm has their own as well. Just like the Google launcher and dialer. Google doesn't want those on any phones but a nexus. Especially since moto x and nexus are so similar. But moto x has touch notifications, listening mode, and vice assist.

    If Google let moto x and others have photosphere, launcher, dialer, and camera effects than why bother with a nexus. Google needed some leverage. I know you can install gallery apk but I heard its buggy on KitKat.

    Ironically google gives some things away like the keyboard.

    I wish moto x had the nexus 5 features. I'd get a moto x in a heartbeat but split between the two. At least Google wallet works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AaronDeVante View Post
    I was just trying to have a discussion of the reasons for omission of these features in the Moto X.

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    Because the Moto X isn't the Nexus 5.

    The Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 don't get those launcher features with their KitKat upgrades...

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    At first I wondered why the dialer business search wasn't included on the Moto X, but when I looked closer at it on a Nexus 5 I realized it wasn't worth worrying about. I'm in central NJ and two of three searches I did produced results that were all in NYC, and one hand results in NYC, NJ, and VA. For 8 of the 9 results I got, the are literally hundreds of potential results that are closer, and even the one NJ result was over 30 minutes away by car.

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    Downloaded gel and although the phone and app drawer icons looked cooler all of the icons were too big for the screen.

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