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Moto G Receiving Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” Update Today in “Record Time”

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We thought Motorola pushed out Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” to the Moto X in record time, but they may have crushed that timing with the rollout of Android 4.4.2 to the Moto G, their low-end global phone. Announced through the official Motorola blog by Punit Soni, the update to Kit Kat for the Moto G begins today. 

For those keeping track, the 4.4.2 updates puts the device slightly ahead of the Moto X, which is only running Android 4.4.

In the update, Motorola is introducing restyled status and navigation bars, Immersive mode, color emoji support, stronger security, smarter power user, and more, all of which are a part of stock Kit Kat. The update also includes an improved phone dialer, an enhanced focus and exposure mode in the camera, new photo editing in the gallery, cloud printing, Hangouts with SMS/MMS, and support for the Square credit card reader.

Here is the full changelog:

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.


If you are at all interested in the Moto G and its $179 starting price tag, be sure to check out our unboxing and quick overview of the device.

Via:  Motorola [Release notes]
  • bibbyboi

    Has anyone on straight talk received the update yet?

  • Jesus

    Shames other OEMs? Really?

    Lets get real: Motorolla’s firmware is pretty much stock.

  • David

    I have the international version, and am pulling the update right now.

    • David

      After the update there’s a HUGE improvement to the camera.

      • landmarkcm

        I dont think the camera is to bad but an improvement with the focusing will be nice & needed. I am bit confused though because the g already came with the circle touch thing. Is it better?? Whats “enhanced” about it ?? Can you actually tap to focus better now.. The shutter speed looks better. I am still waiting on my KitKat update though! Thought id have it by now..

  • Dominick White

    Will be getting this phone for my little brother soon.,. does anyone have a opinion on the best pre-paid cell service to go with ?

    • Lucas

      If it is just for calling, you could use AT&T. It is 0,10 USD per minute. SMS is 0,25$. I refill 25$ every 3-month period. So far, I haven’t run into any problem.

      • Dominick White

        Thank you, yes I think it just be for calling and texting for now, He is only ten. Want to see how well he does with this before get a pre paid option with data

    • needa

      i really enjoy straighttalk. you wont get the lte speeds iwth this thing. but for 45 a month and full use of the att network, you cannot go wrong

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    Now make a phone with great specs, great camera, and great battery life and you will have an all-around winner!

    • Larry Bublitz

      Agreed. Next doesn’t have to a a beast phone– just keep doing what they’re doing well– easy to hold, better battery, better camera, keep the customization, and add Wireless Charging.

    • Kenton Douglas

      sounds like you want something to compete with the nexus 5? that doesn’t make sense from a Google/Motorola perspective – unless Moto are making the nexus 5

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        Last I heard, the Nexus 5 only has a mediocre camera and poor battery life. I want a phone with the specs of the Note 3, display and bezels of the G2, battery of the MAXX, and the camera of a Nokia Lumia. :P

        • Kenton Douglas

          So you’re talking about a phablet? there’s space for one of those between a nexus 5 and 7 …

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Since when is a 5.2″ phone a phablet? Have you seen the LG G2? It’s slightly smaller than the S4

          • Kenton Douglas

            Back to the same point then. Why would Motorola (Google) offer up two 5″ class phones (one nexus one from Motorola)? Doesn’t make any sense – it’s a duplication of effort. Either Motorola makes a nexus, or they do something bigger (or smaller). I personally suspect their next phone will in fact be a 4″ device that’s even cheaper than the Moto G (Moto E?) for the emerging markets – that’s where the action is, and that’s where the competition will come from Nokia (Microsoft) and/or Tizen, and/or FirefoxOS. The ‘flagship’ market is largely saturated, and how would Motorola price such a device next to the very competitively priced nexus 5 anyway? The subsidised market is really only prominent in the US and a few other select regions.
            NB. The Droids don’t count as they are a specific contract for one carrier.

  • H Class

    Cool. Just got my Moto G yesterday so this is perfect timing.

  • WickedToby741

    Insane off-contract pricing, unlocked bootloader, near instantaneous stock Android updates. Let’s just call this what it is, a Motorola Nexus.

    • NexusMan

      That’s insulting to Motorola. The Moto G is much more affordable than a Nexus. The Nexus 4 is 3G also, and look at it’s price compared to the Moto G.

  • bored_guest

    2012 Droid line here we come!

  • MKader17

    Talk about the perfect starter phone!

    Can’t wait for the CDMA version.

  • bibbyboi

    woohoo I just ordered one for my wife yesterday.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    Just got a moto g for my wife. Before that O got her a Gnex and N4. Believe it or not, the moto g is her favorite. Way to go Googlorolla!

    • BlackMaGiC1o0

      Googlorolla….I LIKE IT!!

    • Pedro

      Wow! The Moto G gave your wife an O?
      Upgrade to the vibration setting?

  • yellowmage

    Must be US-only, because I just checked mine and no updates yet.

    • Eldorath

      Just because they announced it, doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will get the update simultaneously, I’d assume. (I’d recommend keeping an eye out on XDA for the OTA/sideload files)

    • Blue Sun

      Please keep in mind that there are staged roll outs.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Brazil is actually the first region getting the update first.

  • Tyler

    This phone is more up to date than HTC One, GS4, Note 3, LG G2, and any other that isn’t a nexus/GPE phone. You’re move Samsung, LG, and HTC.

    • Adrynalyne

      Response:

      Lets jank it up some more with bloat.

      • Eldorath

        Literally LOL’d at that one. Co-workers are looking at me like I’m nuts.

  • Menger40

    Best. Mom phone. Ever.

  • droidrazredge

    Motorola deserves the best OEM award of the year for 2013!!!

  • AbbyZFresh

    With this. Who needs the Nexus 5 anymore?

    • athom07

      Well the thing is, this helps out everybody. If people start buying Motorola phones in large amounts because of the fact that they are so quick to update their phones to the latest Android release – then other OEM’s are pressured to update their devices faster so that they don’t start losing customers. Eventually, everyone is winning.

    • Pedro

      I do.
      And I’d go nuts for a Nexus made by Motorola with the X8 improvements. I sure hope that’s the N5 2014.

      Simple things like Lockring/Navring targets are what I’ve come to expect. Change the tiles in the quick settings. Add a torch. ROM devs keep the OEMs (and Android) on their collective toes.

      • MKader17

        Is there a way to do that on the moto x?

        • Pedro

          Got me. It’s been a custom ROM thing I always look for. And, that’s why I always get a Nexus. And left VZW.

          And, as a sidenote, the monetary savings since leaving VZW provide for a Nexus every year and then some. And then a little more. And then some Christmas cheer.

          • SeaweedBouquet

            I just left Verizon and bought 2 moto g phones on T-Mobile prepaid. I went from 220.00 a month to 97.00

        • kixofmyg0t

          Yes. Xposed framework and Gravity Box.

          • MKader17

            Is XDA still the place for the best info? If not, where should I look?

  • Albert

    Bet the update for Moto X isn’t far behind…

    • AbbyZFresh

      or the 2012 Droids.

      • bored_guest

        My RAZR HD is craving that update already

        • LiterofCola

          Still waiting for my DMaxx update

  • kselby

    The Moto X and G are pretty similar phones…does this mean 4.4.2 will be coming to the MotoX fairly soon I wonder?

    • Mark2134

      This is also what I’d like to know

      • Justin W

        My bet is we’ll have it by the end of December with as fast as Moto’s been going with their updates.

  • Tony Byatt

    Amazing…This is like Moto’s “Nexus” in that they control the updates…

  • Fahad Beg

    and this is why i bought a Moto x. motorola has their crap together.

  • akazerotime

    Here I’ll post this one for people: grumble grumble Darn you Verizon.. grumble grumble but my Gnex still doesn’t have 4.3…grumble grumble

    • BlackMaGiC1o0

      Real question is why are you still holding on to that thing? Got rid of mine after Moto X came out and I’ve never looked back…..MOTO X FO’ LYFE!!

      • akazerotime

        It’s more for the 2 down voters (so far) that I beat them to their obligatory posts. Only reason to hold onto the GNEX is if you are still under contract or you are M2M waiting to see what Moto has cooking next.

  • Mark

    Go Moto! This is looking good :)

  • jrop

    Wow, Moto has my full attention _with their “low end” phone_. Good grief. I’m liking the new Moto.

    • Jonnie Green

      I’m using my moto g n now is amazing

      • landmarkcm

        Im still waiting on the update. Thought id have it by now