While the Moto G launched just earlier this month with Android 4.3, Motorola isn't wasting any time keeping the device's OS up to date - they've just announced an Android 4.4.2 OTA for the company's super cheap entry-level handset, mere weeks after the phone itself was unveiled. Here are the changes Motorola's touting as part of the update:

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.

For more, check out the official release notes right here. The new build number is 172.44.4, and rollout begins immediately. This news comes on the heels of the Android 4.4 release for the DROID lineup on Verizon, which by Verizon standards arrived lightning-quick, though today's Moto G announcement goes to show just how fast the new Motorola is iterating software for its devices - Google fast.

Motorola Blog, [Changelog]

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • TheRunner024

    Motorola is awesome.

    • Roemraw

      I know, right!
      But somehow, somewhere I can't shake the feeling that we should not get used to it, or at least that once Moto becomes a bigger player things might change for the worse. Kinda like how Google usually works; hand out great services for free....once you have the userbase you start racketing up the ads, data harvesting, etc

      • Mkvarner

        We are the product :)

  • Guest


  • Michael

    Newer version than X :S

  • nofearofimaginarymen

    If my next phone isn't going to be a nexus, it will most likely be a motorola. Great job guys.

    • Mike Reid


      My $200 phone gets official OEM KitKat before my much more expensive phones !

      Awright ! :)

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      The fast update of the X (same day the 4 started getting KitKat), combined with this fast update of a $180 phone has convinced me of exactly the same. And it makes me so happy to know I'll have more than one choice each year now, as long as this keeps up. This is spectacular. I have no plan to get a G myself, but whatever the next X is could replace my 5 if I'm ready.

      • nofearofimaginarymen

        Great options at great prices. I love it.

  • Jake

    You've quoted the other items in the newsletter instead of the update changes.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Gah, thanks.

  • Tony Byatt


  • Bram Degryse

    Motorola is really kicking ass lately!

  • Cherokee4life

    I feel like Android 4.4 is the fastest updated OS so far.

    • AbbyZFresh

      No it's not. It's just the the only phones updating them so far were already stock android to begin with.

      • david coffey

        that may be the case, but it still doesn't disqualify it from being the quickest os roll out for android. i think it's pretty clear that it is. nexus 4, nexus 5, moto x across all networks htc one and s4 google play variants and now the moto g. sure, they may have been stock android or near stock android to begin with, but a lot of people have these devices.

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          I'm having a hard time trying to figure out, which device I want to get... Moto X, Nexus 5... I'm mos def getting the Moto G for my wife...

          • jonathan3579

            I have both and I'd choose the Moto X over the N5 almost any day of the week. That being said, I still can't let go of the N5 entirely. Lol.

          • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            For any particular reasons?... I'm sure both have something that's better on one, than the other...

          • jonathan3579

            The battery life of the N5 leaves much to be desired. Sure, it's got stellar standby time but I use my phone by regularly checking Twitter, browsing the web, and normally 30 minutes or less of streaming music. I've pulled an easy 6 hours screen-on time with the Moto X and still gotten into the 16 hour uptime mark with that usage. As of now, I'm lucky if my N5 can pull 4 hours of screen time. (It's getting worse and my habits stay exactly the same.)

          • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            I thought battery was one of your reasons... I put phones through about the same kind of use... My phone is also a work space for testing apps I'm working on... So good battery life is a must have... But so is storage... My device is cluttered with app materials... I have a GS2 Epic with 16GB, and a 8GB SD... Most of the SD is filled up, and I try to keep my apks in dropbox... But I still use more than 16GB's... The Moto X only has 16GB?... I checked phone arena and Sprint, and that's all I'm seeing... 16GB...

          • jonathan3579

            If the N5 had better battery life, oh man, I'd probably love the thing to death. To me, standby time is great and all but that really only comes into play while I'm sleeping and 95% of the time I'm charging overnight anyway. My biggest gripe with the X is really just the screen size and resolution but neither of those are technically bad. You're in luck, my friend! The Moto X does come in 32GB now on all the carriers.

          • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            Ok, cool... I'm going to have to go to Sprint personally... Because the website only has the 16GB $0 down... And I have a free upgrade... I'm sure the 32GB will be like $50, hopefully... :) Screen size isn't a issue, the GS2 has 4.5, so it will be a jump up... Resolution Might be more of a problem to me... I build personalization apps... And as is,I'm having a hard time building apps, and knowing what they would look like on a 1080p display with a display that is 480p... It's like I'm working blind... And I kind of am... :)

      • KingofPing

        The HTC One International (Sense) was stock Android?


  • david coffey

    i swear, if the moto g came with the active display for the same price tag of $200, i'd buy it and get rid of the nexus 5.

  • abqnm

    Let's see Samsung pull that off. Hah.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      Motorola is out doing Samsung by leaps and bounds... I thought Samsung was one of the best at updating their flagships... Guess not... Good job Moto!!!

  • Michael Plastina

    FFS. Still no KitKat for Moto X outside the US though!

    • Leonardo Loures Quirino

      We are already receiving it in Brazil. Me and a lot of other people already have the update.

    • Leonardo Loures Quirino

      We are already receiving the moto x Kit Kat update in Brazil. A lot of people, including me, already got 4.4, Just waiting to see if this 4.4.2 update is coming too.

  • Googlerolaa

    In the meantime, for carriers outside the US, Motorola hasn't even provided the Android 4.4 update for the Moto X. Good to know Motorola values its imperialist overlords..

    • Guest

      This is the first update to 4.4+ for the Moto G, and it goes out to everyone in every country. . . so you haven't been screwed over at all, just the opposite as the phone came to the USA later. . . .

      I swear, some of you just try to find something to cry over.

    • Guest

      apologies. . .

      I see you are bitching over the Moto X. . .

      I misread as Moto G. . .

    • Paulo Caixeta

      I am in Brazil and I already got my Moto X upgraded to KitKat. Thank' s Motorola!

  • Aooga

    Something's wrong with this world. Why does a $179 phone get updates faster than a $649 phone? Witchcraft is what it is.

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      Maybe it has something to do with the carriers... The Moto G is unlocked only isn't it?...

      • Aooga

        Yeah, but the Moto X wasn't and it's still almost half the price.

  • Adam B.

    What about Google Dialer ? Are they going to update it via Play Store?

    • androidguy

      google dialer is reserved for nexus only devices at present, however you can manually install if provided you are rooted and running custom recovery.

  • http://twitter.com/Rodrigost23 Rodrigo Tavares

    Awesome! My new Moto G arrives tomorrow!

    • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

      Same here, woowoo! I can't wait to get my hands on it, yes.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Mine will be here tomorrow, woowoo! Glad I ordered one, yes.

  • folpyx

    There is my personal experience with Motorola Moto G http://productchart.eu/?id=168&action=detail

  • alexus

    I wonder when Moto X will see update to 4.4.2)

  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

    Is this for both the US and International models? I have a US model hitting my mailbox today in Canada for a client. I'll be setting it up this weekend.

  • Ratan Parai

    My next phone is going to be from Motorola +1

  • Alex

    Great phone! Best I've bought at this price since I started buying cell phones...