Android smartphone owners have gotten used to carrier-delayed firmware updates, so when Motorola announced an earlier-than-promised KitKat rollout, our robot antenna ears perked up.
"Starting today, we are rolling out Android 4.4.2 to Moto G phones bought on Motorola.com or Amazon.com in the U.S.," wrote Punit Soni, head of product management in an official blog post.
"KitKat will come to other Moto G carriers and regions soon as well."
Motorola is getting a jump on the "early 2014" release window it had originally promised for its mid-range handset during its launch last month.
The Google-owned company has also been steadfast in pushing KitKat to its higher-end Moto X, ensuring Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers are up-to-date.
Droid Ultra, Maxx, Mini also updated
Motorola’s slightly older Droids are starting to receive the KitKat upgrade as well starting today.
The Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, and Droid Mini tweaks include a new full-screen mode, improved security, smarter power use and better camera software, according to a Verizon’s website.
Also, just in time for New Year’s Resolutions, Fitbit direct syncing is now possible thanks to low-powered Bluetooth 4.0.
Other apps being updated or integrated include Verizon Mobile Security, Verizon Tones, Google Photos, and NFL Mobile 8.2.3.
While carrier-owned apps aren’t typically worth toying around with, everything else will make you glad that Motorola is staying firm on its firmware update promises.
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