By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 05, 2014 09:24 AM EST
The budget-friendly Motorola Moto G is now getting an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Verizon Wireless, bringing the inexpensive handset to the latest Android software.
Back in January, Verizon Wireless started offering the Moto G to its customers for just $99.99 unlocked, without a contract. Motorola had already designed the smartphone with budget-conscious consumers in mind, launching the Moto G with a $179.99 price tag unlocked. Verizon's pricing allows for significant savings of $80 compared to the Moto G's original retail price.
If you already own a Moto G from Verizon or you're thinking about getting one, you're in for some good news. Verizon has apparently started rolling out the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for the handset, which originally shipped with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on board.
The news comes from Twitter user Joshua Worth (via Android Central), who also posted a screenshot as proof of the update (see above). The new Android version is now rolling out over the air (OTA) for the Verizon Moto G, which means that it may take a little while to reach all devices.
If you haven't received the update notification yet and don't want to wait any longer, you can also manually check for the update's availability. To do so, access your device's Settings menu, select About Phone, and check System updates to see whether the latest firmware is ready for your handset.
If the update still doesn't appear as available, you just need to have a bit more patience. The OTA is rolling out in phases, but it should reach all devices soon enough.
The latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update will bring a number of improvements to the budget-friendly Moto G. Such enhancements include the ability to install dedicated Motorola applications available on the Google Play store, as well as several other neat features such as restyled navigation bars, an improved phone dialer, bug fixes and improvements, and more.
Considering that several high-end flagship smartphones are yet to get a taste of the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, getting the update on the inexpensive Moto G is definitely a big win for Motorola. The handset may not have top-notch specifications, but the newest Android version will surely make it more appealing.