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Motorola Moto G Android 4.4 KitKat update starts rolling out

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Motorola has taken everyone by surprise with its early rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Moto G.

The company had previously promised the OS update for its stunning budget phone for some time in early 2014. Now, though, the company has revealed that it is "thrilled to start delivering on that promise early."

Android 4.4 KitKat is rolling out to US Moto G handsets now. As for the UK and other regions, Motorola can only offer "soon."

KitKat isn’t exactly the largest update we’ve seen from an Android release, but it does come with a couple of neat little features. Motorola’s own release notes for the update provide a nice summary.

Besides a general remoulding of the status and navigations bars, users can look forward to an improved dialler that enables you to search for contacts directly from the dial pad. There’s also an improved touch to focus interface in the camera app.

You can now print emails and photos directly from your phone, and there are new editing options within the Gallery app. Hangouts can now be set as your default messaging app, which handles both those instant messages and SMS messages, a bit like Apple’s iMessage.

In addition, Motorola has addressed some of the bugs in its own enhancements, such as the Moto G’s Active Display - which apparently "is now optimised for KitKat and works better than ever."

All in all, this speedy software update is just another reason to love one of the few phones we’ve granted a five star review here on TrustedReviews.

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Prem Desai

December 20, 2013, 10:37 am

Nice one Motorola. A further reason to buy a Moto G.

I've bought one for my daughter and am really pleased with it.

I fully support devices like this which are pretty much fully featured for everyday use and get away from the £500+ price bracket that most manufacturers are aiming at.

Alexander Hill

January 3, 2014, 8:06 pm

What do they mean the Moto G's "Active Display"? The Moto G doesn't have Active Display: it uses an LCD screen!

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