Following the Moto G KitKat update this month, you can enjoy the Android KitKat 4.4.2 in Moto G now! Motorola did a nice job in updating their handsets in 2013. Moto G is only second to Nexus to receive this KitKat update.
A lot of reviewers regarded Moto G as an affordable middle or low range smartphone. They may be correct as long as hardware specification is the criterion.
In the reality, software is equally important for a smartphone.
The Moto G KitKat update indicates that Motorola treats all customers as VIPs. Moto G, just like its bigger brother Moto X, is also a top-notch smartphone in Motorola’s perspective.
At the end of the day, users enjoys the experience, rather than clock speed. Most of Moto G owners are very satisfied with Moto G, not only for its affordability, but also the excellent (and surprising) user experience it delivers.
Moto G Kitkat update just improve the user experiences again. Some new features are added.
In this post. I will share with you the top 5 new features of Moto G KitKat update.
1. Faster Moto G
Although the hardware specs are not impressive, Moto G is surprisingly fast. Some users even compared this $179 smartphone with Galaxy S4, which is 3 times more expensive in most regions. They found out there is marginal difference in responsiveness between these two for most apps (not the heavy games). Of course, the slowness in Galaxy S4 could be partially due to the packed features in TouchWiz. Moto G is leaner and lighter.
One of the main improvements of KitKat 4.4 is to better the usage of resources. It simply means updating to 4.4 does not demand better hardware. If the handset can run Jelly Bean 4.3 smoothly, it should run KitKat even better.
Moto G’s KitKat update proves this. After the KitKat 4.2.2 update, you will simply feel your Moto G is even more buttery.
Some former Samsung users may be scared of updating. For example, the recent Jelly Bean 4.3 update for Galaxy S4 make some users unhappy for various reasons. I even listed the top 5 problems after Android 4.3 update for Galaxy S4.
So, my suggestion to these former Samsung smartphone users is to get the update. You will not be disappointed. You will enjoy all of the new features of Moto G KitKat update.
2. Simplified and unified messaging system
If you updated your Hangouts app in last two months, you probably noticed that you can use Hangouts for your messaging (both SMS and MMS) in Moto G, and other handsets with Jelly Bean already. Mot G KitKat update simply makes the integration better.
The Hangouts app in KitKat can (optionally) combine your messages (SMS, MMS) with all other conversations in Hangouts. With the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are alongside with your other conversations and video calls. If you are a Hangouts users, you will very likely enjoy the unified messaging system in your Moto G.
Comparing with other third-party messing services, the new Hangouts app in KitKat also allows you to share your location and send animated GIFs. This makes it even better than the most popular SMS app: WhatsApp.
If you are not a Hangouts user, you can still use the old messaging app. When you are ready, you can set Hangouts are the default SMS/MMS app at any time through: set as the default SMS app under Settings — Wireless — Default SMS app.
3. Colorful Emoji for Moto G KitKat update
Emoji can be considered as just smileys. But it is very popular in today’s communications, especially among Gen–Y.
Some third-party keyboards already have some sorts of support for emoji. But it is not easy to use for most users. Also, the SMS app and Hangouts do not fully support emoji before KitKat 4.4, especially the colorful emoji.
Emoji everywhere is tagged with Android 4.4 KitKat: Google integrates a set of awesome emoji with Google Keyboard for easier access. And it natively supported in KitKat.
For all Moto G owners, now colorful emoji can be easily applied in text messages, emails, and other communications in Hangouts after this Moto G KitKat update.
4. Smarter dialer
The new dialer in Android 4.4 is a bit smarter now. Your Moto G can look up contacts directly from the dial pad, see and tap frequent contacts, and search your corporate directory easily.
The phone app also automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to the most. So, the Moto G KitKat update makes your phone even smarter.
5. New full-screen mode
In Moto G KitKat update, the new full-screen mode in Moto G means a really-full screen. The notification bar and the softkeys will hide itself automatically.
So, you can enjoy the contents in the whole screen.
When you need the notification bar or the softkeys (navigation buttons), just swipe from the edge (usually the top).
Other new features you may enjoy after Moto G KitKat update
Of course, there are a few other new features you may also enjoy following the KitKat update. These incldue:
- updated Gallery app: new photo editing options including new filter effects, draw on your photos, advanced cropping, and adjustments to color, exposure, contrast and more, are added
- improved closed captioning support: of course, this also depends on individual video.
- more printing options: support for printing photos, Google Docs, GMail messages, and other content via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and hosted services like Google Cloud Print and HP ePrinters, is added
- restyled status and navigation bars: now it is really transparent and works better with your wallpapers.