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Moto G Android 4.4 KitKat rollout starts in UK

Sam Loveridge


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Moto G gets to taste the KitKat

Motorola has confirmed the Android 4.4 KitKat rollout for the Motorola Moto G in the UK has now started.

The Moto G will be the first non-Nexus handset to receive the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS, beating rival Android handsets to the KitKat party.

Along with Android 4.4 KitKat, the Moto G upgrade will introduce additional new software features like photo editing options for the Gallery app and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth printing support.

You’ll also receive the new version of Google Hangouts that supports integrated SMS/MMS messaging. You can set Google Hangouts to be your default SMS app in the Settings menu under Wireless > Default SMS app.

Your Moto G should notify you that the Android 4.4 KitKat update is available, but if not we advise you periodically check for system updates in the Settings menu.

The Moto G is a cracking phone available for the very reasonable SIM-free price of £135 and the Android KitKat OS will only make it even better.

Android 4.4 KitKat Features

One of the defining features of Android KitKat is its compatibility with older smartphones with less memory.

“With KitKat, we’ve slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time,” explained Google at launch.

Android 4.4 KitKat can run on smartphones with as little as 512MB of RAM, making it easier for the update to be applied to mid- and entry-level handsets.

Other Android KitKat features include voice search, prioritised contacts based on your most frequent communications and improved multitasking capabilities.

Google also checks local businesses for a match when you receive a call from an unknown number now, which is definitely a handy feature for cold callers.

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Via: Motorola


January 8, 2014, 9:54 pm

I'm in Austria (German-speaking neighbor to Germany) and can't yet purchase the Moto G here. I could order it from Amazon Austria, which is actually in Germany, but they only have the 8 GB version. I want the 16 GB Moto G. What is Motorola waiting for? I may be forced to replace my stolen Samsung with another Samsung phone, although I thought it'd be better to promote another Android OEM, especially Motorola that I admired some years back. Or may be I should try LG or Sony.

Google (which owns Android) baffles me. Everywhere I go in Austria, there are Apple gift cards in the supermarkets, so people can make gifts to friends and loved ones to buy apps. Android is absent. All my friends here love Android, but some have recently gravitated to iOS because Google appears to not care about users. Their arrogance is disheartening.

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