Android 4.4.4 is just a minor security update, but what's the point of buying these Nexus and Google Play Edition devices if you can't have the latest and greatest no matter how minor the update? The Google Play Edition Moto G is finally living up to expectations with an OTA to Android 4.4.4. Just like the LG G Pad Google Play Edition (that's the LGGPGPE for "short"), this device is making the jump straight from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4.


The update package takes you from KOT49H to KTU84P. You can only use this OTA if you're running that exact build on your device. Rooted devices are fine, but you'll have to re-root after the update is done. A custom recovery is required to flash the update manually from the device itself. Stock users can still use the update OTA, but you'll have to do an ADB sideload. Follow this guide, substituting the new files.

Download: 8139a3b77162488d3bc058c378e28ff2ea22ae78.KOT49H.M004_5-KTU84P.M003_18.zip

File Size: 161MB

MD5: 55a1714dcf2fdb160c6d4e80c0a4545e

[XDA – Thanks for the screen, Mahmoud Abd Elhafeez]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Steven Brumfield

    Hopefully soon an upgrade for the Moto X then.

  • Leif Sikorski

    It's a good promotion for their upcoming X+1 as well. Hopefully they'll keep going with this strategy.

  • DanSan

    that battery level..

    • Darrien Glasser

      Don't worry, he can't install it unless it's above 50%. There is still order in the universe.

    • mgamerz

      You can't trust a picture with low battery man. You just can't.

      • Grayson

        More like, you can't trust someone who uses BBM on Android.

        • Wolph Ramírez


    • Guest

      after downloading update my phone request plug in my charger, then charge to 21% and i press install and restart after that my phone install the update and boot again .. this Pic from my phone

  • Athanor

    Meanwhile my moto G europe is still waiting on 4.4.3 ! Anybody else stuck there with their moto G ?

    • NaNNy

      They want to release the 4.4.2 -> 4.4.4 in one OTA: they have stopped the actual update to fix things

    • NimeshT

      Same for Moto G India edition

  • Chad McKenzie

    "The update package takes you from KTU84P from KOT49H" -- I think you're missing a "to".

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Meanwhile in the Nexus 7 LTE land....

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      ...they have spotted dinosaurs and shit.

  • dude

    You could flash the GPe firmware to the regular unlocked Moto G. Too bad there isn't a Moto G LTE GPe version, so I'll have to wait.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

    This update is actually huge. It's 161MB which is pretty large for an OTA. Keep in mind that this is the first update that this phone has received since being released in January, so I'm sure Motorola had a bug list a mile long. Interestingly, one thing that jumped out at me was that the bootloader was updated to show the "Powered by Android" logo. That seems kinda pointless on a GPE, but cool nonetheless. Motorola is the only GPE OEM to have done that so far.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      And in case there's any question, you could feasibly sideload the closed-source Email APK, but if you do, you'll also need to sideload the closed-source version of Exchange Services (the Moto G stock ROM has the AOSP version of that too), and I'm not sure if how well it'll work, even if you do all that. Might be worth playing around with if you're bored some night.

      • krazyfrog

        It's shocking that a Play Edition device did not get the 4.4.3 update at all and is only now getting the 4.4.4 update. Even the stock Moto G got the 4.4.3 update. Whatever happened to quick updates to GPe devices?

      • Nicholas Polydor

        "One thing the update did NOT fix is the fact that the stock ROM uses the wrong versions of Calendar and Email. It uses the AOSP versions (com.android.calendar and com.android.email) where it should use the closed-source Google versions (com.google.android.calendar and com.google.android.email)... Even if they were to replace them with the correct closed-source versions, there really is no good way that an OTA update could migrate data between the AOSP and Google versions of those apps in a way that's seamless and transparent to the end user."

        Couldn't this functionality be integrated into Motorola Migrate?

  • HappyUser

    I wonder if they fixed a problem with loosing Network Signal. It happens a lot - mostly on Dual Sim versions, but also on single sim, too - as many users reported on Kitkat bug thread.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      That was a problem that seemed to affect the Moto stock ROMs for the Moto G. I haven't read of anyone having that issue on the Google Play Editions.

  • Hrishikesh Bisen

    161 MB for GPE????

    • mgamerz

      4.4.3 was a sizable update, which is included in 4.4.4.

  • CPA01

    WHAT? There's a Moto G GPE?

    NICE. Too bad it's still just the 3G version.

    • Rakshith Kumar

      Check Moto G 4G LTE :p

      • CPA01

        But it's not GPE.

        Only 3G is GPE.

  • srini

    This update is suitable for moto g dual also can any one answer me

    • KVCmoto

      No..only single sim

  • Aditya

    I bought MotoG GPE from US and am using it in India. When I go to Settings > About Phone > System updates, it shows me Android 4.4.4 Update available. But it says couldn't download. Tried with Mobile data and also with Wi-fi, the error is same. Can anyone help me with this?

  • Romek Traum

    Hello! Where can I take MOTO G GPE 4.4.4 ROM ( full file ) ? Thanks a lot

  • Naveen Gowda

    where can i get 4.4.4 for moto g dual sim

    • Bond

      In Flipkart India.

  • Rohit
  • Vasudev

    Can I Flash the image to Moto G Global GSM?

  • Yash

    Hey by mistake I have turned my self in developer .So would I get the update .If yes than how.Pls reply.😢😢

  • LongLiveHHDL

    I purchased my phone on August 20th. The specs Android 4.4.2. Shouldn't it have come with 4.4.4?