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Verizon’s Moto G Now Receiving Update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat”

The Moto G from Verizon is receiving its update to Android 4.4.2 “Kit Kat” as you read this. The update actually started rolling out yesterday, but Verizon just now published the support documents to show all that is involved. There aren’t any surprises, however, the update is pretty significant.

Once updated, you’ll find all sorts of goodies that were introduced by Google with Kit Kat. For example, full-screen “Immersive” mode is there, as is Hangouts as the default SMS app. You’ll also find a new dialer application, better photo editor, and cloud printing built into the OS.

To see all that Kit Kat has to offer, be sure to check out our recap of Android 4.4

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To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

In case you missed it, we took it on a video tour when it was first released:

Via: Verizon
  • mcdonsco

    Let me guess…notification bar icons are still blue, aren’t they?

  • Donald

    I recive my update yesterday on my moto x tmobile. For 4.4.2

  • kdub

    Wtf come on sammy my s4 need kitkat !

  • how come the Moto G is getting this update before the Moto X? or is it not necessary ?

    • dreadfall

      Moto X got 4.4 way before any phones didnt it?? if you are talking about 4.4.2 then .2 is minor. their main goal was to get all phones to 4.4 min.

  • Raven65

    Regarding making “Hangouts” the default SMS app (replacing the stock “Messaging” app), I have the “Assist” app on my Moto X configured to detect when I’m driving and read incoming text messages to me automatically. Does anyone know if this still works when using Hangouts as your texting/SMS app?

    • John R

      Yes it does

    • Lawrence_Hart

      It does work and you can speak to type your reply and then send the text.

    • Dan

      It will only work for TEXT messages. Assist will not read Hangout Messages. So Hangouts does service both but Assist will only read the messages that come through as SMS.

  • teejaycard

    Wow…prepaid before post. Damn.

    • Scott

      I don’t think that has anything to do with how updates are rolled out.

  • Jason V

    I have a Moto G just using it as a media player. Does anyone know if this update breaks the OTG support? I have read on XDA that KitKat on the GSM models does.

  • Brian Kircher

    One of the features that’s new with the update is a new dialer app, I’m curious to know if that’s the Google dialer app. Can anyone post a scree shot??

    • Philip J. Fry

      Are you talking about the one that comes with the nexus 5?

      • Brian Kircher

        Sweet!!! thanks for that video! Looks like Moto got rid of the blue colors as well! A nice change from the 4.4 update. Looking forward to using that dialer app! Hopefully ill be lucky enough to get a soak invite for the Moto Maxx,

        • webmatt01

          As turdbogls stated above, the Moto X 4.4 update included the “new” dialer, but it did not have the powerful search engine function included. It is only able to search your phone book, not the internet for local phone numbers like it does on the Nexus 5. I have not heard if that is anything they added between 4.4 and 4.42. (Doubting they did)

          • Brian Kircher

            well, on the droid maxx, i dont even have that much of the dialer app, so ill take it. haha

    • turdbogls

      it looks the same as the Nexus 5 dialer but lacks the powerful search function (for local businesses and such)

      • Al-Burrit0

        Yeah I was wondering what happen to that feature. It would come in handy. Hopefully in the update soon!

        • turdbogls

          it (the search part) is google proprietary software…so unless they let it (the google dialer) loose on the play store, you are going to have to deal with the one from AOSP (the one you have)

          • Al-Burrit0

            Oh thanks I thought it was part of kit Kat as a whole

          • turdbogls

            the re-designed dialer is, but there are bits and pieces that are “google only” until they release them on the play store. mainly the search in the dialer, and the google now launcher.

          • Dan

            Google Now Launcher was pushed in the last Google Search update. As long as you add the “Google Experience” launcher apk sideloaded.

          • turdbogls

            yes, but the launcher apk is what makes the launcher appear…without that apk, you just have the new search app with everything to support the “google now launcher” all it needs is the actual launcher apk installed (which isn’t officially in the google play store) to get everything working. my point was that the google now/experience launcher isn’t in the play store officially, so the average joe wont get it ever.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Side note: I’m loving this new disqus layout especially on my phone.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Ikr its awesome. Disqus needs an android app though.

      • Brandon Sobotta

        Love the disqus app on my Windows Phone 😛

        • Al-Burrit0

          Lol idk why they decided on windows phone instead!

  • kris

    I have the Moto G and am.still on 4.3. I try the manual update and it says my phone is up to date. Help?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Patience. It can take a while to push out to everyone. Generally at least a week.

  • Jake Montague

    what about the moto X on verizon? 4.4.2?

    • cjohn4043

      Patience, padawan. Patience.

    • Nikuliai

      it looks like they are just the Moto X’s 4.4.2 on carriers, here on Chile it’s rumored to get out in 2 weeks, I guess Verizon is gonna update a couple weeks after the Tmo’s version is ready

    • Al-Burrit0

      Need it on my ATT moto x already!

    • Jarred Sutherland

      My wife has the unlocked X and got the 4.4.2 update last night, so I would imagine it should be soon.

      • Scott

        I also have the unlocked X but I haven’t gotten the update yet 🙁

    • reyalP

      I just received the OTA on my unlocked Moto X last night that I use on At&t. So it should be coming to all soon. Mine is unlocked that came with a tmobile sim but I use it on AT&t. Not sure who the update goes through but I would assume it was from Motorola since other carriers are testing now.

  • Philip J. Fry

    I sure do hope lenovarola keeps this kind of update schedule.

    • Patmw123

      Hopefully at the very least, it’ll be so long for the whole transaction to actually go through (and get approved) that it’ll be past the 18-month lifespan of the Moto X and it won’t be quite as big of a deal even if the updates do stop after that time.

      • Avril111

        my Aunty Grace got a nearly new blue Kia by
        working part time from the internet. look at this now B­i­g­4­1­.­ℂ­o­m

    • icyrock1

      For the next few (2-3) years, they pretty much have to follow the schedule that they already have (due to phones taking so many resources to make).

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Anyone have the Moto G? How’s everyday performance?

    • kris

      I haven’t received the update yet and I have the Moto G. Help?

      • Ryan


    • John Legere

      From what i’ve read and seen, like a champ. Better than other OEM skins.

      • Philip J. Fry

        This. Most everybody says this is the best budget smartphone out right now.

    • icyrock1

      Pretty good, actually. I have two (GSM unlocked 16GB and a 8GB model). They run much better than I was expecting. Almost has fast has my Nexus 4 when playing games and browsing the Web.

      • JoshGroff

        It is basically the same hardware as the 4, so that makes sense.

        • icyrock1

          True. I’m was mainly surprised that they were so good for the price. Talk about bang for your buck.

    • Nikuliai

      without update it runs smoothly, a little lag if you really push it, but everyday performance is good even for gaming (my sister got one), gonna check how it does with KitKat tho (the update is not done testing yet in my country :/)

    • turdbogls

      I just picked up a verizon Moto G for $100 to use as a “MP3 player”.
      coming from a nexus 5 and previously a galaxy nexus…the G is right in between favoring performace closer to the Nexus 5. its pretty damn fast. I am really impressed with this phone, and if my N5 were to get lost/stolen/broken, I wouldn’t hesitate to get an unlocked moto G. the screen is fantastic, the speaker is louder than the N5, camera is quick and decent enough, it feels great in the hand (forgot how a smaller device was so nice to hold)

      I mean, side by side, the N5 is the clear winner, but if i never used a N5, and jumped straight from my Gnex, I would be VERY impressed with the phones performance….and the price tag to go with it just blows me away. I can see why this phone is getting so much hype.

      • Scott

        I bought an unlocked Moto G for the gf and damn that phone is amazing. I can’t they could sell something as awesome as it for under 200 dollars.