The Android 4.4.4 KitKat OTA update is now being rolled out for the Moto G Google Play Edition, so if you happen to own this particular smartphone you would better keep an eye on the notification bar. As you may know, the Moto G was updated to Android 4.4.2 a while ago. It will skip Android 4.4.3 and get updated straight to Android 4.4.4.
Even though Android 4.4.4 is just a minor update meant to increase security, the new firmware update that it’s currently rolled out for Moto G Google Play Edition owners also patches the improvements brought by Android 4.4.3. The latter update arrive with a redesigned phone dialer app with card-based interface and a new color scheme for the dialer itself, along with slightly revised People app.
Just like any other software update, the Moto G GPE Android 4.4.4 OTA update is being rolled out in phases, which means that some of you might have to wait a bit more. Once your Moto G will become eligible to receive the new firmware update, you should be able to see a system update notification in the notification bar. Tap on it, choose download, wait until the download is completed, then select install now. In case the system update message fails to show up, you would also want to perform a manual check under Settings > About phone > Software updates > Check now.
If the manual check doesn’t work either, you can also flash the new update manually. You can download the OTA zip file from here, then flash it to your Moto G using the “adb sideload” command or from your custom recovery like you would flash any other ZIP file. It’s also worth noting that the new firmware is labelled KOT49H and that the manual flash only works if you are running KTU84P.
Because the Moto G GPE Android 4.4.4 update file has a weight of around 160 MB, it’s recommended to use a WiFi network while downloading it to avoid unwanted data charges.
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