Moto G KitKat

No preamble needed: Motorola is delivering Android 4.4.2 KitKat starting today for the Moto G.

Here's 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.

The update is for both the U.S. and global versions of the Moto G.

Source: Motorola

 
There are 129 comments

jmbburg26 says:

Wow! Go Moto!

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mcgowan398 says:

I know right? :) that was fast for a non-nexus device (sorta) ......But then again, they are a Google® company. I'm surprised they updated it before the Moto X though.

~Merry Christmas!

Mpearce25 says:

I'm sure the moto x will get it quickly, and the moto g never got 4.4 and it probably wasn't much more work for Motorola to add the .0.0.2 update. This was an great device(regardless of price) with jellybean but now that it is running kit Kat which requires less Ram it must be even better.

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James H1 says:

Google had nothing to do with this phone. Motorola Mobility is still run by Motorola employees.

Source: Motorola CEO

Device: SGH-I317M running 4.3

cruz allen says:

Love my moto g. I'm thinking motos gunna be the company to go with. Good products with a slick user experience nearly vanilla and fast updates+ killer battery life. Just sad the S3 got the 4.3 before my s4 active.

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JimBen73 says:

Motorola rocks

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IAMZWANEE says:

I was under the assumption that the Moto G was only going to stay at Jelly Bean?

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I din't think that, but I did not think KK would happen this fast.

MERCDROID says:

And, why would you assume that? Have you read nothing about Motorola updating the Moto G to KitKat by January?

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IAMZWANEE says:

Because of the specs of the phone. It being a low cost phone and all I figured it wouldn't move up in the OS department.

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NoNexus says:

I am not really sure that you can expect 5.0, maybe another .X or two release but as you said it is a budget phone....

MERCDROID says:

That's a fair assumption. But, Moto has even publicly stated that this device would be updated to KitKat. January was the original launch and timeframe for the update. But, it's not too surprising to see the update come sooner, as the launch surely did.

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pmops5 says:

They want to sell as many of these phones as possible. Updating it makes sense.

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sicembaylor says:

Ah, so then you've read absolutely nothing about either the Moto G or KitKat. You missed the fact that, on the day the device was announced and every day thereafter, Motorola has stated unequivocally that the G would get KitKat by January. In addition, you evidently read nothing about KitKat being optimized for low-end devices with as little as 512mb of RAM. In addition, despite the price point, I wouldn't call the internals of the Motorola G "low end" (except the camera) regardless of the price point.

Basically, I question what the hell brought you to this particular story in the first place. Go hang your head in shame and stick to iOS.

NoNexus says:

I wouldnt say they are all that low end, but definitely it is a 2 year old phone. See the comparison below. I am not knocking the phone. It is a great little phone at a great price. But lets call a spade a spade

fifthbus says:

It's better than a Nexus 4, a one year old phone, in most aspects. I'm not too sure why the comparison is with a GS3, a phone definitely not top-of-the-line when it was released.

NoNexus says:

Are you saying the Nexus 4 was not top of the line on release or the sgs3?

If you are saying the sgs3, your credibility is shot. It absolutely was and held up very strong all year long.

I would guess that it was phone of the year that year by a large margin across most tech sites.

I have no comment on the n4

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cruz allen says:

I have both of them and honestly the snap dragon 400 out performs the s4pro in a lot of areas. The adreno 320 outshines the 305 on testing but otherwise the two devices are hard to distinguish in user experience. My wife enjoys the moto g more due to the excellent battery life. She had been using my old Nexus 4 for awhile. The moto g out benches the N4 on Antutu for all u benchers

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IAMZWANEE says:

You're a tool.

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SoCalBIGmike says:

"Because of the specs of the phone. It being a low cost phone and all I figured it wouldn't move up in the OS department."

These comments fucking KILL me. You are talking out of your ass, point blank.

The specs aren't low end. Its a fucking QUAD CORE CPU *with* a QUAD CORE GPU, with a 1GB of RAM. This device can run 4.4 and future versions just fine.

It technically has better specs than your plastic S3.

NoNexus says:

It is very low end, and you are comparing it to a 2 year old phone you realize that right?

It is a 400 Snapdragon (the high end is 800 with 805 around the corner)
it is one gig of ram - 3 gigs is high end
8/16 GB storage -- high end is 32/64
camera is a 5MP - high end is 20, but the norm is 8-13MP
GPU is 305 -- high end is 330
battery is 2070 -- right below high end and the norm is 2700
720X 1280 vs 1080X1920

A lot of those specs are behind the SGS3.

It is a great phone, but lets not dress it up here, it is leftover parts from 2011 that need to be liquidated. It is low end.

BTW - It is made of plastic as well...

Calm down, it is a phone

Its not meant to be compared to a damned past flagship phone!

Please STOP comparing this handset to older and newer flagship models!

It is an affordable phone with excellent specs at this market price point. End of.

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cruz allen says:

Yet the Galaxy's are still laggy and I am u impressed with my s4. Back to the nexus. Touch wiz sucks. The new motos are so optimized its stupid. Compare specs if you like but these new motos are nearing the iPhone in smooth ness and blowing nearly everything away I'm real world battery life. And most of the numbers you mention are higher for a larger phone with higher res screen. You obviously haven't had one of these in your hand to see it for yourself. Moto has got it right here. I'm a believer

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KelvinBastow says:

Silly billy

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leif1981 says:

They said it would receive KK in Januaray

fechhelm says:

Actually the phone wasn't even suppose to be released in the U.S. until January.

markluna1 says:

I'm 200% sure Motorola said it would have a guaranteed update to KitKat in/by January.

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James H1 says:

CEO said that himself.

Device: SGH-I317M running 4.3

itmccb says:

You know what they say about assumptions...

...people die. But really, the first thing they said after announcing the Moto G is that it's getting a Kitkat update by January.

yozick says:

Guess I should pull the one for my wife out from under the tree and update it.

KelvinBastow says:

You should

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someguy01234 says:

That sounded kinky.

oddom says:

That picture + those words =rofl

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radofone says:

Ikr lol dwl

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oddom says:

That picture + those words =rofl

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S_C_B says:

Motorola is doing things right!

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kakos26 says:

Yessir!!

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hsaddiq99 says:

This fast!!!

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Ry says:

Good guy Moto.

MERCDROID says:

Spot on!!

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ChillFactorz says:

If i'm a phone manufacturer and have KitKat for my phone, I would release with Jellybean, promise an update, then release KitKat within a month.

Now I'm the Good guy.

If the MOTO X and G released with KitKat, would we all be talking about them as if they are now the OEM to BE (OEM2B)?

....Who cares we got KitKat on an awesome phone!

Note to self get one of these phones.

Zig261 says:

WTF. That was insanely fast. I even just got the the update right now on my G.

Was expecting this news next month. Kudos to Motorola for knocking this out before the holiday.

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still1 says:

Motorola is awesome

MERCDROID says:

We concur!!

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sentinelred says:

I'm glad I came back to Moto with my X. I missed ole Moto

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delphis96 says:

I wonder if the update will be sent to Moto X's in the near future. I applaud Motorola for what they have been able to do, and have been sustaining will all the carriers.

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paulw3 says:

Wow. That was fast. Wish I could get hold of a Moto G.

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Is this update for Koodo and Telus too?

bbud613 says:

Just wait it should arrive. I am on Koodo and nothing yet.

Yay! 4.4.2 came out last week for Koodo / Telus!

cruz allen says:

Well I got my wife's moto g and the thing is truely great. She just went 30+hours without a charge and it had over 7hours of on screen time. 4.4 should only improve that! Kinda definitely a better experience than the nexus 4. Thing lasts maybe 8hours.

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doncoop says:

If it had a camera equal to the nexus 4 I think I'd jump over. Hopefully there'll be a new high end moto for the UK soon and that will be what I'll go for over a nexus 5.

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cruz allen says:

Well I'm shooting identical images with them and honestly not drastically different. Both aren't great shooters but they get the job done. The N4 wins on face cam for sure but back cams are not drastically diff.

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Qwkslvrmz says:

Thumbs up!!!

Qwkslvrmz says:

Wow, that's fast!!! Moto is getting better and better every day and I can't wait to see what is in store for them next year!!!

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ultravisitor says:

Motorola is kicking everyone's asses when it comes to updates lately.

dmcincubus says:

i don't know why, because i have a nexus 5, but i really want to grab this moto g.

tonybyatt says:

Amazing...This is like Moto's "Nexus" in that they control the updates...

Ry says:

None of the US carriers sell this phone (yet).

cruz allen says:

Amazon, its unlocked, who needs a carrier. Heck buy it straight from moto. I got mine within 3 days of order with overnight shipping ($10 more)

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markluna1 says:

They're leaving me with a good impression for a future investment.

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hodan says:

Awesome!!!

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sicembaylor says:

No update yet for my 16gb US GSM MotoG, but I'm furiously hitting that "check for update" button.

IAMZWANEE says:

So this is why you lost your shit over my comment.

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cruz allen says:

+1 above that guy^

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It says my Moto G is up to date. Any ideas on updating it? Or just wait?

Just wait.

ಠ益ಠ

NoNexus says:

Hey Joe, why are you lying to this guy? He just joined recently and has to learn the proper way to do things.

You mash the update button for hours on end and come back to this thread and post everytime it says "your up to date". The you have to wade through all the posts about side loading and figure out it is not worth it.

Then you write one more post about how much Moto sucks and that you are never going to buy another Crappola or SamSuck again.

You have to teach these new guys or they will never learn...

OP: I am just kidding, it will come more sooner than later. Be patient

elvisgp says:

Your humor.....it will make some people angry.

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NoNexus says:

They will get over it, it's not even like it would be the first time

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MERCDROID says:

Then, those people need a better sense of humor, lol.

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Sicily1918 says:

That sounds like the beginning to a haiku :-)

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Zig261 says:

Gotta wait. Motorola is rollling it out one region at a time. It will take a couple of hours to a few days depending where you are.

Thanks my buds

FreudSlipped says:

My wife has had her G for a few days now. She loves it. She isn't a techie and wasn't thrilled about switching phones. She find the G easy to adapt to and even easier to work with. Good job, Motorola!

Jamaar White says:

So does that mean 4.4.2 is coming to Moto X? The share bug is really annoying and I heard its fixed in 4.4.2

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Cubfan says:

This ^^^

cerebasan says:

Moto updates.....
#likeaboss
!

Motorola is packing their phones with very little crap on it that it doesn't take as long to update to a new version. They only have a few of their own software tweaks to make sure they work properly in order to update. Other manufacturers, SAMSUNG, have a bazillion things they have to make sure work properly before updating. And to do that with several phones at once because Samsung has a bazillion different phones, makes their updating time to an approximate bazillion × bazillion days to do so.

And even though I don't own a motorola phone, which I just might in the future now, GOOOOOOO MOTO!

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siakag says:

Here comes Richard Yarell or whatever his name is.

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Who's that? Lol

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siakag says:

Hint: Nobody beats T-Mobile/Samsung period!

I can't tell for sure, but I think he really really really loves T-Mobile and Samsung.

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Oh well I'm not anti Samsung or anything. Lol I'm just saying that's part of the reason why the updates from different manufacturers are the way they are.

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calebeaires says:

On Brasil, the update is an 1.2 mb file. Still on Android 4.3, read here: http://minigeek.com.br/moto-g-recebe-atualizacao-do-android-4-3-no-brasi...

still1 says:

sometime update do that... next update is coming shortly

Take that nexus!

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littleemp says:

huh?

MERCDROID says:

I'm confused, too.

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thatguy97 says:

Haven't got it yet

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Orion78 says:

Good job moto. One of the reasons why you are the odds on favorite for my next phone in 2014.

f1drivr says:

Baby Nexus.

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Downloading now bbz

vividrich says:

Contract up in July, looking like either Moto or Nexus outright when it's time.

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Had a gut feeling that Google would be prompt with updates on this phone and is a major reason for getting it over the competition.

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tone84 says:

Uhhhh this pisses me off.. what about the note 3,.The lg g2? You know, high end phones that have already been out. Not low end devices

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mattrb says:

The moto g has zero ui bloat whereas samsuck does. It will take a while for you.

NoNexus says:

You misspelled samtastic!

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MERCDROID says:

If you bought one of those devices expecting timely updates, then you purchased said device for the wrong reason.

Motorola is owned by Google, and together, they chose to push out this update. The manufacturer of your chosen device and your carrier of choice are the reason why you don't have the newest version of Android.

Plus, as the poster above me noted, Motorola has started using a near stock UI, which makes pushing updates a lot easier.

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NoNexus says:

The game is changing, and the others hopefully will change as well.

Besides, it has always been 3-4 months for this kind of thing to rollout. 4.4 has nothing that is a must have, and up to. 2 is Nexus fixes.

As has been said, you bought a phone for what it is, not what it will be.

That being said, anything outside of 4 months is criminal for 2013 carrier branded phones. LG is really gonna put that to the test if they hold the schedule they announced.

Samsung I get. They are really the only ones to support a phone for really 2 years. They are getting the 4.3 out the door to everything, like the Note 2,sgs3 and phones along those lines.

4.3 this month, 4.4.2 next month

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MERCDROID says:

Spot on!

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dante501 says:

motorola promised and delievered. So far very everything speaks for motorola and keeping there promises. Thats how u make friends.

seanpr says:

Woohoo!

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Yet my Moto X hasn't even received the regular 4.4 in Mexico. Whyyyyyy?!?!?!?!?!?!

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Aaron Cortes says:

Saw a comment in a Facebook post from Motorola that said that they'll have more info about the Moto X 4.4 update starting 2014 :( So I guess Moto G users in Mexico will have to wait even more :((.

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thatguy97 says:

I can't wait to get the update and to see how kitkat performs on it primarily to see if google is right

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Kolten Nay says:

My next phone is definetly going to be a moto!

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strav22 says:

Just got it, installing!

Where abouts are you

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miknxn says:

Sweet! On the lookout!!

kaiser10123 says:

I just want my 4.4 on my RW moto x to sync fitbit

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HWOW says:

This is bullshit!

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NoNexus says:

issue?

K White1 says:

/Shakes fist at HTC

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Muzta says:

Holy Shit, my Moto X isn't even the most up to date Motorola phone any more

I'm assuming they could do this so quickly because the G is even less skinned then the X?

NoNexus says:

fewer features built in as well (active notifications being the one that comes right to mind)

someguy01234 says:

The hand in the article's photo seems pale, like it needs some vitamin C.

The Moto G proves itself yet again as the top value budget phone.

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CBanda77 says:

Motorola gets it for sure! now there's really no excuse to be settling for crappy cheap low spec phones that have soiled the Android experience for so long. You know the ones, the ones still rocking GB, the ones usually thrown at unsuspecting noobs looking for a bargain.

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Anyone got it in the UK yet ?

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AgentXIII says:

Not yet

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deeb215 says:

I hope OEM's are taking notice to what Google and Motorola have done lately and improve upon it.

miknxn says:

Why are the Nav buttons blue? Anyone?!

Paola1993 says:

That's great. Bought mine yesterday :D

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kgh00007 says:

Still waiting with the Telus version from Koodo in Canada! :-D

Anyone gotten the update yet? My Moto G still says it is up to date.

miknxn says:

Here in South Florida got it last night with a regular update check in settings. Just keep checking. It'll go blank for a sec when you get it because the window with the info is a popup..good luck! Tell me how you feel about the network icon. They removed the traffic arrows :-(

omar9a says:

Hi i have galaxy s4 in 3
daysby him self shotdown and start all ready i change battery please help

spiritbear0 says:

Just got the update for the Moto G on Telus Canada today (Jan 14) - for KitKat 4.4.2 (hudsoncm@ilcbld34 #1) - finally!