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Motorola has confirmed that the Moto G will be running Android 4.4 KitKat by the time it hits the US in January.

moto g in hand

The Moto G might just turn out to be one of the best budget phones ever. Not only does it have the looks and hardware to compete with phones that cost a lot more, but Motorola has confirmed that by the time it arrives in the U.S., it’ll be running Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

According to Mark Randal, senior vice president of Motorola’s supply chain and operations, “Wave two, products that we ship after Christmas, will start with KitKat. So if you think about it, everyone by the end of January will have KitKat. Wave 2 is in the U.S., there’s South East Asia and other countries.”

So by the time the Moto G lands on U.S. store shelves in January, it will be running Android 4.4. It isn’t clear whether the phone will come with KitKat pre-installed, or if you’ll have to install an update after taking it out of the box. But either way Motorola seems to be a heck of a lot faster than many other other smartphone makers, some of which haven’t even detailed KitKat update plans yet.

So not only will you be getting some very respectable mid-range hardware in the Moto G, you’ll also be getting the latest software available, which is becoming increasingly rare for new devices. The lack of LTE support makes me think the Moto G is geared more towards other countries, but there’s no denying it’ll be a very good deal in the U.S. as well.

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  1. I used to think lack of LTE was a big deal in the USA, but after using my Nexus 4 for the last 10 months I have changed my mind. I doubt anyone who has experienced LTE will go back to a non LTE phone, but if you have only used 3G it won’t be an issue. My guess is the Moto G will be a very popular option for GSM MVNO users.

  2. Very nice phone for the price tag

  3. Slightly bizarre the “G” does not include NFC, when KitKat has it’s emulation mode for managing mobile payments without a secure element SIM. Seems it would have been more natural to incorporate NFC with this model as mobile payments start to become a reality (yes, I just used ISIS at a coke vending machine).

  4. Technology Blaze Saturday, November 16, 2013

    Moto G is very nice phone with such low price. This configuration could not be found anywhere this low price. I am just waiting for this phone to be launches in India in January 2014.

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