Android KitKat heads to Moto G ahead of schedule

We reviewed it back in November and to be honest, we were very impressed with the Motorola Moto G, especially at the price. Should be even more impressive with a new operating system.

We were a little disappointed that the Moto G didn't arrive with Android 4.4.2 KitKat onboard, but it did promise an upgrade as soon as early 2014. Seems that date has been brought forward, with some phones already feeling the love. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be UK phones right now.

The first Moto G phones to get the KitKat update are the ones bought via Motorola's website and any bought via Amazon in the US. In the unlikely event that you fit into either group, welcome to an exclusive club. As for the rest, Motorola is simply saying 'soon'.

That could be anytime, but the important thing here is that the update is ready and rolling out. Ok, you might face a wait as Motorola rolls it out country by country, with a longer delay if you have phone network testing too. But the wait shouldn't be huge.

The Android KitKat software includes restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, stronger security, smarter power use. But the update goes a little further than than that, with Motorola offering an improved phone dialler, enhanced focus and exposure on the camera, gallery photo editing, added printer support, a new version of Google Hangouts and better accessory support.

In other words, an update well worth the wait. We'll keep digging on that UK rollout, but rest easy, it shouldn't be too long off.

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