Moto G Will Ship With Android 4.4 KitKat In The U.S.


Motorola has confirmed that the new Moto G will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat when it goes on sale in the United States early next year. Those who have already bought a Moto G — or plan to in the coming weeks — will be upgraded to KitKat by the end of January.

The Moto G, which went on sale in Brazil and parts of Europe following its unveiling earlier this week, is currently shipping with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But with Motorola now owned by Google, we knew it wouldn’t be too long before the device got the latest KitKat software.

And Omio has managed to confirm with Motorola’s Mark Randal, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Operations, what the company’s KitKat schedule is for the device.

Randal explained that there are two waves of Moto G releases: wave one consists of the devices currently on sale or set to go on sale in the U.K., Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and France before Christmas; wave two includes all of the devices that will ship after Christmas — including those in the U.S. and South East Asia.

“And wave 1 will release with 4.3 [Android Jelly Bean], and by the end of January, all those people will get onto 4.4,” Randal said. “Wave two, products that we ship after Christmas, will start with KitKat.”

Motorola is bringing the Moto G to more than 30 countries in total, teaming up with over 60 carrier and channel partners. The device will start at just $179 in the U.S., and for that you get a 4.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.