Moto G KitKat

OTA currently rolling out for European devices

While the Moto G received Android 4.4.2 here in the states a little while ago, the European model had yet to see the update. Vodafone had announced that when they launched the device it would be running Android 4.4.2 and it now seems as though the update is available for all the European devices. The update will bring Android 4.4.2, KitKat, which is the most current version of Android available at the moment.

If you have not already been prompted to update your device, be sure to hop into the system settings and check manually. If you've already gotten the update be sure to head into the forums and let us know how it is going for you, and any issues you may be experiencing.

Source: @Clint_76. Thanks everyone who sent this in!


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European Moto G receiving Android 4.4.2 update


" it now seems as though the update is available for all the European devices."
No, I'm in the UK and my Moto G isn't showing any update.

Good. If they tried to roll it out to every device at the same time their servers would crash.

I'm pretty certain you won't die if you have to wait a few more days/weeks.


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I think that "Eurpoean" typo is due to the CES party hangover. I wonder how long it takes for them to fix it.

Just got mine in Belgium (but I ordered it from Amazon FR so I don't know if it affects it).

Is it just me or are the animations a bit more laggy than before (4.3)?

You must be new here. Manufacturers never rollout updates to all handsets simultaneously.

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Got the lad a Moto G for Xmas in UK, he got 4.4.2 o. 09/01/14. He is very happy and thinks it is so much better now and runs smoother.

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Not received it yet on my unlocked phone from phones4u but no rush the phones perfect to me as it is ☺

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Hi Trixz_D,

What concerns me is that at the moment my Moto G works great, it does everything I want really well and shows no lag or issues...people in the forum who have updated to KitKat are reporting problems after updating.
The other thing they're reporting is that it's difficult to tell between 4.3 Jellybean and 4.4.2 KitKat as the differences are miniscule.
I'm leaning towards not updating.

They're certainly not miniscule :) the differences may seem minor at first glance, but from my experience the difference is quite noticeable. I also haven't had any problems, but I have a Nexus 4 so the Moto G may be different in that aspect (though I doubt it, since its skin is so close to stock Android).

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Hi return_0,

I don't know about the changes to the Nexus 4, I've only been reading and asking questions about the Moto G.
Here's the official release notes

Someone on XDA posted that if he hadn't done the download himself, he wouldn't even have noticed it was running KitKat instead of Jellybean because the differences were so small.
I don't know...maybe I'm expecting too much.

yeah same here i have read about problems on some but no problems for others suppose it's just down to luck :-P
but the bit about significant changes isn't true there are several visual changes although not major and several under the hood changes to improve performance of Android in general.

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Motorola is going to fail horribly... well not really, but will get a lot of people mad if they keep this way.

It was actually good that they didn't launch the moto X en Europe, because that "fast upgrade to kitkat" was a lie.

Yeah, fast upgrade if you live in the US, but if you live in any other part of America where they sell the moto X (Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, etc), you will be stuck in 4.2.2 for a while....

I hope that if they release the moto x in europe the 14th, europeans have better luck.

That also applies to the moto G.

So, let me get this straight: Motorola is going to fail miserably, because you're impatient about phone updates? Did I read that right?

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Wait, but what other phones besides the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 have KitKat right now?

More importantly, how many sub-€200 even have a chance at KitKat?

It really doesn't matter, though. Those two dot upgrades were specifically for the Nexus 5. They, in no way, shape, or form, affect any other handset that receives them. So, for all intents and purposes, 4.4 and 4.4.2 are the same.

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I thought so, too. I could be wrong, though.

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Oh ok. That's good!!

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I disagree. If it was strictly for Nexus devices the Moto G wouldn't have 4.4.2. WhatsApp doesn't work when ART is enabled in 4.4. I'd at least like to have that fixed. It's true they are bug fixes but they're not strictly Nexus fixes.

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Ok, you may be right. Even so, there isn't any noticeable difference between the two versions. They very well could be bug fixes not specific to the Nexus 5. But, what bugs does the Moto G have?

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There's also polish in these updates. For example, in 4.4 the quick settings icon for settings (the cog) didn't match the new icon for the settings app it was fixed in either .1, or .2. I'm not sure which. I'd just like for Motorola to not sit on updates, big or small, for their flagship device.

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There are many things wrong with 4.4 on the Moto X. It negatively affects battery life, but the big things are related to Bluetooth. No longer do touchless prompts come over bluetooth, but through the phone speaker, and any bluetooth control with a volume button does not work properly. It's barely possible to get anything but full volume in bluetooth headphones. I hear the latest version fixes these problems, but until then, I've gone back to 4.22 on the Moto X... and I'm back to 5 hours screen-on time instead of half that.

Phones with the Tesco firmware (locked & unlocked) started being offered the OTA on 09/1/14. The sim free retail models seem to be on a second tranche.

So biased

Where are the rumors I fave a month ago? S

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I got mine from phones4u unlocked and I'm on orange/EE In the UK and its still not available to me :(

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Still nothing for me, 8gb unlocked from phones4u although my sister's 8gb which she bought from tesco sim-free and locked got the update yesterday

I thought getting a generic model would be an advantage but nay, still waiting here with my moto g retail version. My girlfriend got it 2 days ago (on O2) and wasn't even excited! Fml

Hi, Anyone from Ireland ??? I got Moto G from UK unlocked and I am on Vodafone IE. Still no signs of kitkat update. Anybody knows what is the story??? Regards,Venky

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I received the kitkat update last night at about midnight, and I didn't have to go through settings to check for it.
Btw I've got a phones4u unlocked 16gb version, so they are being updated guys.

I received my update last night at about midnight and I didn't need to go through settings to check for the update.
Btw I've got the phones4u 16gb unlocked version, so they are being updated guys.

So have just revived my update and was wondering if anyone else had noticed that the swipe left to Google now was missing. Also the removal of empty lock screens has not happened. Does anyone know if this how Motorola is skinning KitKat or if these are app updates I'm still to get?

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