The US-based, unlocked version of the Moto G (2013) is finally getting a taste of the final version of KitKat, that being Android 4.4.4. The update, at just 21 MB, has started to roll out OTA (over-the-air). By now, all Moto G carriers models already have the update, which we reported on way back in June. It's about time though, with Android 5.0 Lollipop just around the corner. Update: Android 5.0 Lollipop has now officially started rolling out to the Moto G 2013, starting in India. Head to the update section for more details.
Moto G 2013 Android 5.0 Lollipop update
Updated: Shortly after the Motorola Update Services app was updated, an important step right before the actual new software version comes along, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update was officially made available to the first generation Moto G (2013). The roll out, which will happen in stages, first hit India with firmware number 220.21.16.
You may be prompted to update your Android phone via a notification, however if this message doesn't appear, you can check if it is available yourself by going into the settings, then choosing About Phone, System updates, selecting ''Yes, I’m in" and then ''install now''.
The update will bring the brand new Material Design to the Moto G's user interface, packed with new animations, notifications, features (like battery saver), Moto app updates (like Motorola Assist), and the possibility to create multiple user profiles for phone sharing, among many other new things.
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Moto G 2013 Android KitKat update
Among the list of changes that Android 4.4.4 KitKat should deliver, the Motorola Support website lists improvements to the power profile, as well as several stability, framework and security fixes including an update to OpenSSL (remember Heartbleed?).
Moto G owners will also have the ability to pause video recording with a new pause button in the viewfinder image. The dialer also has a new layout and set of colours to match the rest of Android KitKat user interface, and lastly, you can now install the new Motorola Alert app, which is available from the Play Store, which will provide you with alerts from your contacts in an emergency (or vice versa).
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Ensure that your phone is charged to 50% and that you are connected to a stable Wi-Fi connection. Tap on the notice to update notification and follow the prompts, or you can check in the settings of your phone under the ‘’About phone’’ category, then ‘’System Updates’’, ‘’Download’’ and finally ‘’Install’’. The version you will then see on your phone is 210.12.40.
Now that the Android 4.4.4 update has arrived, the next update would be Android 5.0 Lollipop, though it could take some time for this to come to the unlocked 2013 Moto G. Check out the list of all Android phones and tablets to get the Lollipop update (that we know so far).
Have you received the Android 4.4.4 KitKat OTA update yet for your US unlocked Moto G (2013)? Have you noticed any improvements?
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