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    Default Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Just got an update from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4 for my unlocked Moto G in the UK, running on an EE sim card.

    Download and install was fine with no problems, it seemed to take longer than the update from Jelly Bean to Kit Kat which concerned me while it was doing the install but everything is fine.
    I was a bit annoyed that they had updated the gallery, I purposely didn't install the new gallery from the Play store because I prefered the original one, I suppose I'll get used to it. The new contacts page is ok, although I'm not convinced the multi colours fit in with the rest of the android design look, again I'll probably get used to it.
    A couple of things I did notice is how much faster the phone is, apps are opening a lot faster than before. Some apps like my Yahoo mail app has always been slow to open, but now it's instant. Chrome has speeded up considerably, my phone isn't full of lots ofapps, I try and keep it down to those I really use, but yeah a definite and obvious speed increase in general use.
    One thing I noticed, which may well be connected with the speed increase, is that my phone is heating up more than before...a few minutes on instagram and I can feel the heat which didn't happen to that extent before the update. I checked in developer settings to se if the update had increased any animation/transition scales but they're the same as before.
    Anyway, those are my initial thoughts.
    I'm glad Motorola are still providing updates for the Moto G, hopefully we'll get "L" whenever that comes out.

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    Default re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Thanks for the input. Overall, what do you think of the update?

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    Default re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Golfdriver97 View Post
    Thanks for the input. Overall, what do you think of the update?
    It really hasn't changed much, although it does feel faster in general usage...at least it didn't go from 4.4.2 to 4.4.3 and then 4.4.4 lol.

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    Default re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    I can't see much of a change except the dialer is different but the phone does seem quicker in general use.

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    A nice little touch is the ability to hide the carrier name in the status bar now - Settings / More/ Mobile Networks / uncheck Show Mobile Network.
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    Yeah, hiding carrier name is what I'm waiting for 😃 I have the EUretail version, so hopefully it lands here soon!
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    Default re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Very good review, and thank you.

    As I don't use the stock launcher, dialler, messaging etc. a lot of the update doesn't apply to me, but since downloading it yesterday evening its most definitely faster with apps in particular opening a lot quicker.

    As mentioned the facility to hide the carrier name is a brilliant touch, although if you're on the Three network like me obviously not so much of an issue.

    Anyway, looking good so far....

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    yeah... my moto g is also heating up after 4.4.4
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    Hi,

    Any idea how one can update a rooted Moto G? I called their customer support & they told me its not possible to update a rooted Motorola device through OTA.

    Also with regards to 4.4.4, does it cause battery drain?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    I've just updated and noticed the annoying persistant icon in notifacation bar after you've removed an card reader has cleared now!
    Not a major concern but annoying!!
    JohnG
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    With regards battery drain, mine is now back to the same rate of drain that I had on jellybean i.e. it lasts ages. On jellybean I could get 48 hours out of the battery with my typical usage. Following the upgrade to KitKat that went down to 24 hours (I did a couple of factory resets too with no difference). But on 4.4.4 I am back to 48 hours and I haven't done a factory reset either. So I'm very happy with it.
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Definitely a slightly better battery life compared to 4.4.2, but I never really had any complaints for 4.4.2. Again easy 48 hours life now with 4-5 hours screen on in that time - best screen on since the update is just over 10 hours now. Was probably about 10-20% less under 4.4.2.

    Also I think there is a change in app access to more advanced battery stats as it looks like third party apps can once again access some wakelock details (kernel wakelocks) without root. Thought that was gone for good with KitKat.
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Bah - still one outstanding and very annoying bug that's been with me since JB - Use GPS for more than about 15 minutes and (for me) about 3 times out of 10 the battery will continue draining at an inflated rate after GPS is closed down (extra 1 to 2% per hour drain) until the phone is rebooted.
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Hi all,
    A quick review of posts on AC about the Moto G's performance shows some people have faced the following issues (one or more) - I've included URLs where it could. Can you guys please see if you're facing any of these issues?

    1. Phone heating up (battery and display both, ranging from somewhat-warm to HOT)
    2. Wi-Fi connectivity issues, particularly loss of range or frequent disconnections (this seems to be solved by clearing the cache)
    3. Problems with auto screen rotation
    4. Music player not playing some files, perhaps .wma files or pirated music (?)
    5. Google Hangouts freezing
    6. Battery draining
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Just wanted to add that I was talking about issues after the 4.4.4. update...
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    I don't use Music player, but I haven't had any of the other issues.
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Nope, other than the battery drain sometimes after GPS use which isn't new to 4.4.4 (don't use Hangouts though, and only use Play Music for all Access, use DSub and SubSonic for personal music collection)
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    I have the problem with the wma files. Won't play in music player, and custom ringtones with wma files not working.
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Which is the best app on the play store that can help to save battery for my moto g?
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    For some reason the phone now seems to be unable to open WMV videos via the gallery. Has Microsoft made Motorola remove this function for license issues?
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by moarun View Post
    Which is the best app on the play store that can help to save battery for my moto g?
    I don't believe in them, just use my common sense.

    I manually adjust the brightness to the minimum comfortable setting for the light conditions (I've never found auto mode to be particularly satisfactory on any phone); all locations services permanently off unless or until I actually need them; likewise Wi-Fi off if I'm not actually using it; the only apps I allow to sync are Gmail and WhatsApp; I only use vibrate for notifications whilst at work and never use haptic feedback; and NEVER use a task manager to kill your apps or keep manually killing them yourself, Android takes care of everything so just leave it alone.

    Quite a few others I could mention but those are the main ones above. And of course, the BEST battery saver is to use your phone as little as possible!!

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    The only apps I use mainly are WhatsApp and some games like candy crush saga, doodle jump,etc... My location settings is on. But it is on battery saving mode...my brightness is really low..
    In spite of all this the battery drains quite fast when my screen is on for a couple of minutes.. That's what bothers me.
    I have reseted my phone to factory settings once... There was a good improvement.
    But the battery started draining a little now.
    I used to use battery doctor and du battery n all... Didn't find it very helpful. :/
    I thought Facebook played a major role in the draining of my battery. So I uninstalled it too..
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    I think its narfed my phone. Hadn't had the no sim icon till a day after I went up to 4.4.4 ... Now it happens every minute or so and I have no signal. At first I thought it was a problem with the three network, till I noticed the no sim icon showing up. Which means the sim definitely is not being detected right?

    Anyone else got this or is it just me?
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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Try wiping the SIM with a lint free cloth and remount it.

    I've noticed that with this and my previous XT890 that sometimes it can be a little tricky for the SIM to engage in the slot so make sure it properly clicks in.

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    Default Re: Moto G Kit Kat 4.4.4 first impressions

    Tried this to no avail. Seems like a dodgy sim could be to blame. Vodafone simcard worked fine in it. Three are sending me another one out to be delivered tomorrow hopefully. Will see how that goes.

    Weird how it coincided with the update pretty much. At least it's not looking a problem with 4.4.4.

    Mentioning the sim slot it does seem a bit flimsy.
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