Moto G getting Android 4.4.2 update in US ahead of schedule

Moto GMotorola has announced that it is starting Android 4.4.2 update roll-out for Moto G smartphone ahead of schedule in the United States. The update was earlier supposed to come in early-2014. The update is now available for Moto G units bought from Amazon, and (both Global GSM and US GSM models). Other carrier versions of Moto G as well as other regions will soon get the update.

“Our KitKat family is expanding! When we launched Moto G last month, we committed to delivering Android, KitKat, to devices by early 2014. We are thrilled to start delivering on that promise early,” Motorola noted in a blog post.

Update change-log

  • KitKat goodies: Restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, color emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use, and more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

As you can see, it is pretty much the same update, which has been rolled-out to Moto X smartphones.

  • Update details: The update is available over-the-air and you will automatically get the update notification.
  • Builds: 172.44.4.falcon_umts.Retail.en.US (Global GSM), 172.44.4.falcon_umts.AWSRetail.en.US (US GSM)

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6 thoughts on “Moto G getting Android 4.4.2 update in US ahead of schedule


    (December 20, 2013 - 8:18 pm)

    They removed the upload to picasa feature and replaced with the upload to photos which requires google+ in this version. This may push me to a different photo sharing service and away from picasa.


    (December 20, 2013 - 11:49 am)

    After kitkat update, is Moto G supporting “OK Google” voice feature?


    (December 20, 2013 - 11:39 am)

    no idea but i dont think so it will cost 11k. its surely 15 k ..
    even nexus 5 costs us 8 k more than the US pricing.

      A person

      (December 20, 2013 - 11:42 am)

      if 16GB costs 17k then i think its not worth buying…rather go for any other phone with SD-card support…like Xperia SP


        (December 20, 2013 - 8:39 pm)

        rather just buy a nexus 5 for 22k from the US if u have a relative flying down..

    A person

    (December 20, 2013 - 11:19 am)

    any information when it is coming to india or price range?

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