At the Moto G's big debut earlier this week, Motorola confirmed that its newest handset would begin rolling out in places like Brazil and parts of Europe as early as this week, with a debut in the U.S. slated for sometime in January 2014. The fact that the Moto G will be doing a little globetrotting before making its way stateside may have been a disappointment to some, but the good news is that the Moto G will make the wait worth it for U.S. consumers by bringing some KitKat along with it.
Motorola executives speaking to Omio have revealed that the Moto G will come preloaded with Android 4.4 when it hits the U.S. and other countries early next year. Mark Randall, Motorola's SVP of Supply Chain & Operations, explained that his company's got a couple of different rollout waves planned for the Moto G. The first wave includes Brazil, the U.K., Germany and others, all of whom will be getting an Android 4.3-powered Moto G that will be updated to Android 4.4 by the end of January. Meanwhile, places like the U.S. and Southeast Asia are a part of the second wave of Moto G rollouts that will get the device after Christmas. Those areas, Randall explained, "will start with KitKat."
Because the Moto G is slated to be updated to Android 4.4 the same month that it'll be arriving in the U.S., it's not entirely surprising to hear that Motorola plans to just preload KitKat onto the thing for its second wave of launches. That doesn't make the news any less exciting, though, as it means that U.S. Moto G buyers will be on the latest version of Android right away. So far the only U.S. carrier that's come forward and confirmed its plans to sell the Moto G is Verizon, which has said that it'll sell the device on its prepaid service in Q1 2014.