Google’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat update roll out isn’t showing any signs of slowing down as it continues to roll out to more Android users just a week after Android 4.4.4 KitKat replaced Android 4.4.3 KitKat as the company’s latest Android upgrade.
Earlier this month, Google started rolling out an Android 4.4.3 KitKat update to Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 5, Nexus 4 users and owners of several Google Play Edition devices. The update also landed for the Moto X, Moto G, Moto E. The Android 4.4.3 KitKat update delivered a number of enhancements and fixes to Android users.
Shortly after Android 4.4.3 KitKat’s arrival, Google pushed out another Android 4.4 KitKat update in the form of Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which rolled out first to Nexus users, is a tiny update that brings security patches. And while the update is tiny for those that are already on Android 4.4.3 KitKat, the update is much larger for those that are currently touting Android 4.4.2.
Such is the case for Moto G Google Play Edition users. Today, Google is starting to push out the Moto G Google Play Edition Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. The update will take Moto G GPe owners from Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Android 4.4.4 KitKat and the 161MB update will bring security enhancements, bug fixes and more.
The Moto G GPe Android 4.4.4 KitKat update delivers the same fixes and enhancements that we’ve seen roll out to Nexus users and owners of other Google Play Edition devices which means that it’s update that is worthy of consideration, especially from Moto G Google Play Edition users who are dealing with Android 4.4.2 KitKat problems.
Of course, Moto G GPe users are going to need to remain patient. Google’s Android roll outs typically push out over the course of a week or so. When the update does become available, there will be a prompt that alerts users to the update’s presence. Once the file is downloaded, the installation process should take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.
The Moto G GPe is just the latest device to receive Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Last week we saw a number of devices, including Sony’s Xperia Z1 and Google’s LG G Pad 8.3, receive the bump up to Google’s latest software. The update, however, is still missing for several devices including the Nexus 7 LTE which just recently received its boost from Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Android 4.4.3 KitKat. It’s still not clear when Google plans to roll out Android 4.4.4 KitKat though given the update’s size, we imagine it could be just around the corner.
It’s not clear where the update will be heading next though Android 4.4.3 KitKat rumors pointed to an arrival on the Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A. The Galaxy S4 LTE-A Android 4.4.3 KitKat update was rumored for July while the Galaxy S5 Android 4.4.3 KitKat update was rumored for arrival in June. Given that today is the last day of the month, it’s looking like the arrival of Android 4.4.4 may have pushed Samsung’s updates deeper into the summer.
HTC also recently confirmed Android 4.4.4 KitKat for the HTC One M7, last year’s flagship, in the United States. The company is likely working on the update across all carriers though it hasn’t confirmed one way or the other.
If the update is heading to last year’s device, then there is a good chance the HTC One M8 will get Android 4.4.4 KitKat as well. Both of these updates were rumored for June though it doesn’t look like HTC will be able to deliver the updates inside of the rumored window. Unlike Samsung, HTC will more than likely offer timely updates in regard to its progress.
Motorola also confirmed Android 4.4.4 KitKat updates for its Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini. The company says that the updates should be out in a month or so though a specific date hasn’t been nailed down.
It’s not clear if other manufacturers like LG will be delivering Android 4.4.4 KitKat or if they will simply wait for the Android L release later on this year.