Moto G will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat in the US. Verizon will sell it too
Unlike its sibling, the Moto X, the Moto G didn’t get released in the US first. Motorola’s latest smartphone is already out in the UK and other parts of Europe as well as Brazil, but will only arrive stateside next year.
That said, there is some good news to at least partially mitigate the long wait if you crave the affordable handset and you live in the US. It turns out that the Moto G will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat preinstalled in the US of A. That’s in contrast with the units now available elsewhere, which run the older Android 4.3 out of the box.
During the G’s launch event, Motorola promised to deliver a ‘guaranteed’ update to Android 4.4 by the end of January. So all the Gs will get the new software, but if you’re in the US you won’t need to apply any update – the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system will be on the device when you take it out of the box.
This seems logical since the time frame for the Moto G’s release in the US slightly overlaps that of the KitKat update rollout. The information comes from Mark Randal, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations at Motorola, who spoke to Omio.
And if you’re wondering about which carriers may offer Moto’s latest, we already have a name for you. Verizon has made it official that it will carry the phone starting in “early Q1 2014″, whatever that may mean. More carriers may follow suit, but don’t forget that the Moto G is meant to be bought unlocked and contract-free, thanks to its insanely low price ($179).