Motorola Moto G to be released with Android 4.4 KitKat

Motorola has said that the Moto G smartphone will release with Android 4.4 KitKat in the U.S. at an undisclosed date in 2014.

Motorola released the Moto G last week in Brazil and parts of Europe on Nov. 13, and would release the smartphone in the U.K., Germany, Mexico and France in the coming weeks.

Motorola has also stated that the second leg of release of Moto G in the U.S and few parts of Southeast Asia would be powered by Android 4.4 KitKat.

Moto G will see a January 2014 release date in the U.S., as the smartphone launches first around the world. This trend comes in comparison to its predecessor, the higher-end Moto X, which was only released in the U.S.

The Moto G will be priced at $179 (USD) for 8GB of storage without contract, $199 for 16GB and Motorola says some retail partners may even offer it for less.

The Moto G will ship with removable back covers in lieu of the Moto Maker customization service that Motorola now offers for the Moto X through every carrier. Replacement Moto G back covers will be available in seven variants namely – blue, red, teal, purple, yellow, white and black.

Despite the fact that Moto G’s back cover is removable, there is no microSD slot for expanding storage and the battery too cannot be replaced. The always-on voice gestures of touch less control in the Moto X would somehow not be featured in Moto G.