Last year's Motorola Moto G getting update to Android 4.4.4 in the U.S.

Own the original version of the Motorola Moto G? The unlocked U.S. handset received Android 4.4.3 in June and that update added some of Motorola's new features at the time, along with parts of Android 4.4.4. Doing that cut the size of the phone's new OTA update to just 21MB, while keeping the changelist to a minimum.

According to Motorola, the OTA update will make the OG Moto G more stable. It also adds security fixes, including one to OpenSSL. The power profile will also be improved thanks to Android 4.4.4. The update will also allow those filming a video to pause at a specific spot, and later resume filming where they had left off. A pause/resume button will be found on the viewfinder following the downloading and installation of the update.

Other new features include an updated dialer that uses new colors and a fresh layout to make it easier to use. Lastly, the update allows owners of last year's Motorola Moto G to install the Motorola Alert app from the Google Play Store. With this app, certain contacts can be notified when someone with a supported handset (such as the Moto G) enters or leaves a certain area. Also, emergency services and certain contacts can be called with a mere tap in case of emergency.

Motorola suggests connecting to a Wi-Fi network while downloading and installing the update. Also, make sure that your batteries are chaged to at least 50%. Those in the U.K. toting the OG Moto G, already received the update in July.. Four months later, it comes around to the U.S. where the new version of the OS will be 210.12.40.

source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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Moto G
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 2070 mAh



1. jonartpop

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

lol Indonesia's Moto G has gotten the update like months ago.

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Got it a few days ago. Bonus, but Lollipop will soon follow anyhow...

3. tincholioi

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 04, 2014

I think they're setting us up for android L

4. Tolooei

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Motorola is Fast for update ....

5. mturby unregistered

Unlike Samsung, LG and some others.

6. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

uh It's had 4.4.4 a while now? My brother's had it on his boost mobile moto g for over a month!

7. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Ye because most likely his phone is factory unlocked.. we get it much faster :)

8. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

If it is unlocked, he sure didn't do it! He bought it new from Kmart..

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

plain models got 4.4.3 before all the carrier variants did, then they skipped 4.4.3 and went to 4.4.4. The only diff btw the two is the ssl bug fix (not heartfbleed).

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