Motorola bringing Android 4.4.3 to Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E this week

Motorola has come a long way since the days of MOTOBLUR and a casual attitude towards Android updates, and its latest family of smartphones hasn’t only offered extremely pared-down, near stock Android experiences, but delivered platform updates with speed rivaling even what we get from straight-up Nexus devices. Today we see the latest proof of just how nimble Motorola has become when it’s time for a new update to arrive, as it gets started updating its own phones to Android 4.4.3 just one day after the build saw its official release.

Considering how we’re still waiting for OTA updates for some Nexus models, that’s a huge deal. Motorola says that starting today, users of the Moto X on T-Mobile, Moto G users in the US and Brazil, and Moto E users in the US will begin seeing 4.4.3 updates arrive. There are a few stipulations based on how you bought your handset determining how quickly you’ll get an update, with unlocked phones being part of this first wave.

Motorola had already promised that the E would be updated through the next major Android release, but this one has arrived so soon post-launch that the manufacturer is considering it a “freebie,” and the phone will still get the next platform update after this, too.

Beyond the normal Android 4.4.3 bugfixes, Motorola says Moto X users can expect improved camera image quality, and both the Moto X and Moto G will get new video recording controls and the new Moto Alert app we looked at a few weeks ago.

Source: Motorola

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