Android 4.4.2 KitKat rolling out to the Moto G, both global and U.S. variants

by: Andrew GrushDecember 19, 2013

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Last month Motorola pushed out KitKat to the Moto X at record speed, and earlier today the company even managed to bring the latest version of Android over to Verizon’s Droid Ultra, Mini and Maxx. Now they’ve done it once again: Android 4.4.2 KitKat is rolling out to the Moto G!

So what’s new here? Obviously the main focus of the update is KitKat and all the new features that come with it. Aside from that, there’s also several improvements to the camera app, gallery, the printing documents and pictures, and even Hangouts.

Here’s the full change-log highlighting what to expect from the update:

  • Android 4.4, KitKat: Android 4.4.2, KitKat, is the latest release of the Android platform. KitKat includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a 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.
  • Phone dialer: Improved the phone app with the ability to look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
  • Camera – Focus and exposure: Enhanced the “touch to focus” option with a new circular, on screen control that can be dragged by your finger around the viewfinder to adjust a photo’s focus and exposure.
  • Gallery – Photo editing: Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more.
  • Printing documents and pictures: Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters.
  • Hangouts – SMS/MMS support: Incorporated a new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. Hangouts can be set as the default SMS app under Settings > Wireless > Default SMS app.
  • Accessory support: Added support for Square credit card reader.

Now it’s important to note that while the update is for both the global and US GSM variants of the Moto G, the rollout is more than likely occur in various stages. In other words, it could take some time before it reaches all Moto G owners.

Either way, we can’t stress enough how impressed we are here. From the unique features of the Moto X to the aggressive price of the Moto G, Motorola has really shown us what it’s capable of under Google’s direction. The fact that it’s KitKat updates are lightening quick is just extra icing on the cake at this point.

For those that own the Moto G, have you received the update yet? If so, did all go as expected when installing (and after)?

  • Jack Parker

    Motorola are on it

  • Azeem

    Motorola has really shown how quick they can be with updates. An example other OEMs should live by. Good job Motorola!

  • NeedName

    What?!?!?! You mean to tell me android can be updated quickly and it doesn’t take six months to get an update out??? GTFO!

    Curious to see if the Moto G performs any better with 4.4+ Vs 4.3.

  • joser116

    I think that’s why Google bought Motorola. To make an example out of Motorola and show other OEMs how it’s done.

  • Richard Borkovec

    This really pushed me into the “I’m probably going to get this” from “eh, we’ll see”. Way to go Motorola!

  • Ignacio Pérez.

    It would be awesome if you made a hands-on review on the improvements on this update!

  • Valtheus

    I got my Moto G a couple of weeks ago and its an awesome device! Its nice to see that i will get the kitkat update sooner than expected (they have said January). Way to go Moto!

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    They said January… Now this is the most positive surprise I could imagine.

  • Javi

    I just got the Moto G for Christmas and the update was ready to go (it’s the Global version). It’s weird, though, the fact that some minor KitKat features are not present, like having Google Now in the left desktop or have the Widgets menu disappear when pressing the menu button, and even the background of the apps menu is still black and no transparent. Anyway looks like a great improvement so far, really happy with the phone and the OS.

  • Mark

    I haven’t recieved yet and I’m waiting for it so exciting I’m from Chile haha