Moto G to get Android 4.4 KitKat by January, takes swings at TouchWiz and Galaxy S4

Moto G to get Android 4.4 KitKat by January, takes swings at TouchWiz and Galaxy S4
Motorola hasn't surprised anyone by taking the Google pathway when designing its new devices. The new Motorola devices are sticking very close to Google Android with only minor customizations, and that strategy has been a big part of today's Moto G announcement. Of course, singing the praises of Google Android is one thing, but Motorola has also taken the time to jab at custom skins like TouchWiz.

The big news is that because of the very minor customizations that Motorola has made to the Android software (only adding in Motorola Migrate, Assist, and camera app tweaks), Motorola is touting exceptional performance and extremely fast updates. Motorola has confirmed that the Moto X will be getting Android 4.4 KitKat in the next few weeks, and it has now said that the Moto G will get the KitKat update by January. 

The interesting part of the announcement is how Motorola took this opportunity to take swings at custom skins like Samsung TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Motorola gave voice to a lot of concerns over those customizations saying that they slow down performance, add bloat to devices, and slow down system updates. Motorola even went on to say that the Moto G outperforms the Samsung Galaxy S4 in some basic functions, including making/receiving calls and boot time, because of the minimal customizations. 

We won't expect the performance of the Moto G to outpace the S4 in any other ways, but for basic usage, that's pretty impressive. 

source: Motorola

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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. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Wow I think moto is going to take over since Samsung is giving tizen a big chance. It was just a matter of time before Google showed why it bought moto. Lol

2. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

No threat for Sammy.. Just someone trying to call out the champ to get some recognition

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1221; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Exactly, it's quite hilarious to watch really, the fact that they are comparing their mid end phones like Moto X and Moto G to the Galaxy S4 makes you realize just how delusional they are, lol. I hope they do well though, they seem to be a major drag on Google.

13. Antkik

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Agreed. You have a mid range device that Motora is hoping will take a larger portion of the mobile phone market share with "You can customize the color of the phone". In the end whether blue, black, or purple its still a mid range device with lower end hardware specs that cant compete with the high end devices. I could care less if it boots faster. How many times a day do I reboot my phone...0 times. Okay it opens the dialer a second faster. How has this improved my user experience? Its truly comes down to the old argument. Some prefer stock Android. Some find stock Android lacking innovation and creativity. I personally feel cheated when I go from a TW rom to stock Android. A perfect example is the camera app in stock Android. It has to be the worst excuse for a camera app there is. Until Google can entice me away from Samsung and TW, they can keep their stock Android experience. Just my feelings.

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 895; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Actually not.. Samsung itself is trying to shift to home-made Tizen which cannot compete against Android.. If Samsung tries to give up Android & adopt Tizen by replacing Android, then its doomed.

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Samsung is actually doing the same thing. If you look at Tizen white paper, you will find a few very negative comments towards google. "Tizen’s open governance – which is designed to prevent any single entity from controlling the platform – will help it avoid the pitfalls of previous broad-based industry initiatives, which ultimately suffered from perceived vendor control." "Tizen Association has adopted an open governance approach to make sure that the future evolution of the platform cannot be determined by any one of its members or used as a control point for dictating application or services stacks." Reference: You can clearly see that Samsung and Intel is targeting Google here, even though they don't name google directly.

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The majority of Samsung's global market is not held with the Galaxy S or Note lines, it's Samsung's lower-end devices. That means the Moto G is most definitely a threat.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I wonder if we'll see a high end Moto fairly soon?

7. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

My fingers have been crossed since last year. The DROID Maxx will hold me over until then.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

We all know that TouchWiz is slow and laggy. In my opinion, since most of Android phones are Samsung (and I still have to understand why!) and many people have never tried or even looked at an Android of a different brand, the myth that Android is laggy (which is true, to some extent) is due more to Touchwiz than to Android itself. :)

6. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

" most of Android phones are Samsung (and I still have to understand why!)" me too! -_-

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1221; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Load of BS. There are many of us who are happy with TouchWiz and find it faster and a lot more functional than other custom UIs, hence why so many have gone with Samsung, if it was as bad as you and the tiny little Motorola are trying so so hard to make it out to be, Samsung wouldn't be dominating. :)

10. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

actually I like touchwiz so much that I cant seem to buy any other phone. though i really would love to buy a sony. touchwiz is really functional.

5. loccoc402

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Motorola is returning

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