Dual SIM Moto G with Android 4.4.2 KitKat review

Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Moto G dual SIM handset in India came much faster than anticipated. The update is now available via OTA (Over the Air). File size is 230MB and it takes about 5 to 7 minutes to update after the file is downloaded.

Before you update make sure to keep the battery level over 50%, better still if it’s over 75%. You can check the Moto G with Android 4.3 review here.

Here is a brief Moto G review after the KitKat update

  • The data / apps that you have installed are retained, nothing is lost.
  • The user interface is the same you will hardly notice any difference before and after the update.
  • OTG is supported and you get a notification too. And when you use a file manager app you do get the USBDISK option. With Android 4.3 we never got the notification and one had to navigate into multiple folders to access the pendrive content. Well on KitKat OTG works out of the box. You can copy data from Phone onto the Pendrive using OTG.
  • Camera interface is the same, nothing new. Camera quality seems a little better. The HDR if set in auto mode (camera will shoot in HDR when applicable) improves the picture quality.
  • I have not used the handset much after the KitKat update, but battery backup looks good almost as on Jelly Bean 4.3.
  • Performance is near about the same as experienced with Android 4.3.
  • GPS lock is fast as it was before (almost instant and works indoors too).
  • Internal storage is 5.52GB and of the 1GB RAM available free RAM is 429MB free.

Moto G with Android 4.4 kitkat

Benchmark Score

With Android 4.3With Android 4.4
Quadrant Standard – 8673Quadrant Standard – 8688
AnTuTu – 17194AnTuTu – 17275
Vellamo – HTML5 1937, Metal 522Vellamo – HTML5 1270, Metal 528
Nenamark 2 – 56.9 fpsNenamark 2 – 58 fps

As for gaming all the games that played on the 4.3 will work on the 4.4 version too. If you have noticed the FPS is a little better on with KitKat 4.4.2 Strange that Vellamo HTML5 is lower but other benchmarks are close enough.

Go ahead and get the update done. It also makes sense as future Motorola updates/ fixes will be on the Android 4.4. OTG works and your data / apps are retained (but it would be better to take a backup just in case). Camera quality seems to have improved.

Moto G is available on Flipkart.

Moto G Sample image after KitKat update

Moto G with KitKat review video

{ 365 Responses }

  1. Longkandi says

    Your reviews are really good. I want to purchase Moto G, but I’ve a concern about its reported tendency to prefer 2G over 3G. Has this issue been solved by Motorola? Pls let me know.

  2. Naveen says

    My moto G is good and handling is smooth, but one thing that is annoying me is when I take pictures with flash in low light condition, the pictures turn out reddish in colour!! I updated latest version of camera but still the pictures are reddish in low light, please help me.

  3. Kanishk says

    Will I have storage related problems if I install 2-3 large games like asphalt 8 on an 8GB version? Also does OTG work out of the box regardless of the fact that the version is 4.4 or 4.3?

  4. soujanm17soujanm17 says

    gogi ji is all moto g handsets have network problem…many people complaining that they are facing these network problem…?

  5. siddharath singh says

    Dear gogi ,
    Based on review i bought moto g 16 gb . i m using this since 2 week,it,s give a lag free performance.i m very much satisfied with it,Great phone ..
    i hv to buy another phone in next month, I hv short out, HTC Desire 816,Grand 2,Panasonic P81,& Sony Xperia T2,Which one u recommend ,For me sound Quality will be the main factor.
    Thxs in advance

  6. Prahlada Jhari says

    Gogi sir,

    I have a doubt.
    Can I connect micro SD card to moto g by card reader?
    pls reply me!
    I’m about to buy one.

  7. Rohit says

    Hi gogi,
    I have only one question that you is available free ram is around 430 MB don’t you it’s very less means “IF WE PLAY MORE GAMES ON THIS HANDSET (AFTER SIX MONTHS) WILL IT WORK LIKE NORMAL ONLY OR IT WILL GET VERY SLOW)
    please reply gogi because i am about to order this phone.
    Thanks in advance.

      • Anuraag says

        How is the battery life in this phone after KitKat update. I had to fight for getting 24hrs battery. With Little calls. Wifi and whatsapp mostly , not full time. I feel it difficult to handle for 24hrs. Pl tell us how to manage the battery.

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