Motorola has definitely gone above and beyond to roll out the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system onto its devices. The Moto X was among the first devices to update, and now the Verizon-powered Droid family and the newly released Moto G are receiving Android 4.4.
Though none of these devices are Nexus-branded, since Motorola now being a division of Google, they are Google devices for all intents and purposes. It makes sense that Motorola would have an easier time navigating the update process than other manufacturers, many of which are not expected to begin updating their current devices to Android 4.4 until well into 2014. The Droid devices all released with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, while the native system for the Moto G is Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, DROID Mini and the international and U.S. Moto G models all began updating to Android 4.4 on Thursday. Verizon announced that the Android 4.4 rollout would take place in phases for its devices. The same can likely be expected for the GSM-powered Moto G.
Android 4.4 for the DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, DROID Mini and Moto G is now available over-the-air, which can be checked manually by accessing Settings > About phone > Check for updates. Access update changelogs for each device (linked above) for more information. Users may want to wait until their device prompts that the Android 4.4 update is available, as they will have to initialize the update through settings anyway.
The Android 4.4 KitKat update includes enhancements to the phone dialer, camera and gallery and Google Hangouts, as well as the touchless control “find my phone” command, enhanced NFC support for Host Card Emulation, and the increased Accessory support for the Square credit card reader.
The Moto G released in the U.S. on Dec. 14. The mid-range Moto device features a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel camera. The Moto G sells for $179 without contract.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.