Motorola Moto G, the company’s latest device that is gaining too much attention due its low price and fairly decent specs is now receiving the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update in U.K and Germany. This will be followed by an OTA update throughout Europe. A few minor issues were spotted in Android 4.3 version of the device. With this update, you should see all the software bugs that you might have seen in the Android 4.3 version of the device disappear. Though Motorola says that you can not roll back to Android 4.3 after updating your device to KitKat, I suppose this should be made possible by developers at XDA forums. However, I don’t see any user would like to do that.
- 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, colour emoji support, improved closed captioning support, stronger security, smarter power use and more tools and capabilities for better app development.
- 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.
- Added new photo editing options to the Gallery app including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping and adjustments to colour, exposure, contrast and more.
- Added support for printing photos, Google Docs, Gmail messages and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services such as 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.
If you have already received a notification to update your phone, simply tap the download button to download the update and install it. Make sure your device is charged to at least 50% before you install it. If not, you can go to Settings>About phone>System updates. If you see an update, download and install it to update your phone to build number KLB20.9-1.10-1.9.
If no update is seen on your device, you can download the OTA update zip file to your internal storage and simply reboot the device.
It is interesting to see that a company like Motorola that produces less number of smartphones each year is committed to providing OS updates as quick as possible unlike companies like Samsung that haven’t rolled out Android 4.4 update to Galaxy Note 3 or any other Samsung devices. Devices like Galaxy S3 have just received Android 4.3 update, a KitKat release might be available for Samsung and HTC devices in the second quarter of this month.