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.
||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.
||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.