Greg Motorola is at it again! Earlier today, we talked about how Motorola (and Verizon) were issuing official Android 4.4 updates to the Droid Maxx/Ultra/Mini devices. Now, Motorola is sharing some update love with the highly regarded Moto G.
The Moto G, which is prominently displayed in our Best of 2013 Holiday Guide as the one of the best budget smartphones of 2013, is not a “high end” device in the traditional sense. Despite that, it still features a fantastic user experience. And now, this device is further proof that Motorola is capable of delivering updates at a pace that simply embarrases “flagships” from other manufacturers.
Today’s update brings the Moto G to software version 172.44.4. The update is currently rolling out in the form of a staged rollout, and it is currently only being delivered to US devices bought directly from Motorola or unlocked from Amazon. Update timing for carrier-branded devices, as well as devices purchased outside of the US is still up in the air.
We’re quite happy to see Google-owned Motorola pushing out updates at this speed. Are you a fan of Motorola’s expedient update timing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to get in on the discussion in the 4.4.2 discussion thread.
This Moto G software update is for all Global GSM and US GSM models purchased online in the United States. After installing the software update you will notice numerous enhancements and changes, including:
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.
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