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Moto G will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat in the US

motorola moto g press render

Motorola is promising Android KitKat for all Moto G users by the end of January. Some won’t even have to wait for an OTA update, though. According to Motorola’s Mark Randal, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations, the Moto G’s staggered rollout provides the company a chance to tinker with the software version handsets will run out of the box. Regions getting the G after Christmas will see the device ship with Google’s latest mobile platform update, Android 4.4 KitKat.

This “Wave 2” rollout includes the United States and Southeast Asia. Regions that were part of “Wave 1” (Europe, Canada, Latin America, and some Asian countries) did not see the Moto G ship with KitKat initially, but the update should begin arriving around the time that Wave 2 devices begin reaching shelves, which fits in with Motorola’s initial timeline.

The Moto G is an affordable handset that might be considered a budget version of the Moto X. Available below $200 on contract, the phone features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and 1GB RAM.

[via Omio]




  • rylickliter

    Below $200 OFF contract. Slight typo there.

    • CerealFTW

      nope :-D

      • Robert Goddard

        Yup, $200 off contract is the pricing that was announced.

        • CerealFTW

          I thought he was saying it being off contract was a typo

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I thought that too but I think they’re referring to the Moto X not the Moto G in that sentence.

      Edit: Nevermind you’re right.

  • Scott Stafford

    Google is setting themselves up for everyone on the planet to have one of their phones. Google is an information company. If you think about it, this is actually quite scary.

    • Dominic Powell

      Skynet 2.0. I am not worried though.

    • Deads

      Yeah cause all the other phone manufacturers can be completely trusted with your information.

      • Scott Stafford

        You’re misunderstanding… I’m die hard Google and Android. But if you step back and think about the amount of information they have access to, it’s a scary thought.

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    they won

  • steveb944

    Fingers crossed that this is compatible with T-Mobile! Does any other manufacturer tinker with the OS in later releases of a device? I don’t think they do, they just rely on OTA.

    • UMA_Fan

      Its gsm unlocked so yes. Its basically what we thought the moto x was going to be priced. Except no LTE. It seems Motorola is charging $300 more for a customer design + LTE.

      • Aravind Reddy

        Plus all the extra features that come with the X8 chip and an AMOLED screen like Ok Google Now, Touchless Control, Shake to Launch Camera.

  • AbbyZFresh

    And the KitKat for Moto X will come out when Motorola?

    • schitzengigles10

      there was a story a couple days ago saying Verizon is already getting ready to soak test KitKat for the X, and presumably the other carriers are not far behind

      • AbbyZFresh

        Verizon of all carriers reported this? Before any other carrier?

        Now this is really unexpected. HA.

  • Phaz0n

    Does anyone know if this phone is being produced here in the US like the Moto X?

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  • Jason Crumbley

    I may have to get one of these.