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  1. Ubercharrge

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    OFFICIAL MOTOROLA BLOG:

    The Official Motorola Blog: The Download: Moto G Gets Android 4.4.2, KitKat, in Record Time! And more.

    RELEASE NOTES
    https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/97632/action/auth
     

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    I went to settings and checked for an update, but it says there's no update needed. Anybody help? Thanks
     
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    Wait for it to be rolled out to your device. Not everyone will get the update at the exact same time.
     
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    Same here. :(
    Also, welcome to the forums! :)
     
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    Exciting news!! I'm enjoying my Moto G so far and can't wait to get Kit Kat going! Guess we'll be notified when there's new software available individually.
     
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    Has anyone seen the update yet?
    Only seen a handful on XDA (whether truthfully or not) so I think it's a pretty slow rollout. (Im)patiently waiting on mine. ;)
     
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    No update for me yet...:questionmark:
     
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    The update is downloading right now.
     
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    Hell yeah, downloading now! That's a nice pre-Xmas present. :)

    Edit: Updated!
    Folks, feel free to post any things you find as enhancements. As you may know, this is essentially a media device for me so it's not a daily driver. :)
    FYI, looks like ART is an option. Tread carefully if you want to try it. ;)
     
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    My phone is not active yet (waiting on my sim card) but my phone similarly would not see the update. I then unlocked my bootloader in prep for rooting the phone, and upon reboot post unlock it saw the update, downloaded it, and installed it.

    I wouldn't get too excited, based on what I see the differences are minimal. The only thing I noticed so far is the transparent status bar. Everything else looks exactly the same. Maybe they changed more stuff under the hood, I dunno.
     
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    Tried ART, makes the device very fluid ;) Removes the choppiness when opening/switching through apps and feels very fluid in comparison to dalvik
     
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    Think I'll give it a go, thanks! :)
     
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    Yeah, they've kept it very familiar visually but there are some nice little touches. To my understanding this is mostly an 'under the hood' update and a very good one at that. I updated a few days ago while playing pool at a bar over 3G. If I'd tried to do that with my old phone I'm fairly sure the world would have actually ended. Anyway..
     
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    Could somebody explain the ART vs Dalvik thing to me? Sorry, I must have missed out somewhere along the line. Are these essentially different ways (language-wise) of running the same OS?
     
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    I was trying to find a thread I could point you to, but to no avail. So, here's what I remember from what I've read: ART replaces dalvik caching. From everything that I've read, the phones run speedier and smoother after changing over to ART from Dalvik.
     
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    Thank you very much for your help! That's got me on the right path.

    Thanks Thom! That is very helpful. Sounds like it might be worth messing around with at some point.
     
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    Switched over to ART but not noticing a huge difference. Hey, it still works just fine unlike borking my Gnex when I did it there. :eek:
    If anyone does do it, keep in mind it'll reboot your phone and reset the cache for ALL your apps. If you have many installed it'll take several minutes, just let it do its thing. You won't lose anything so no worries. And, you can always change back to Dalvik if you like.
     
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    I'd recommend sticking to dalvik. ;)

    ART is most likely the future but its just not there yet
     
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    Is there a firmer date for the update in the UK than Jan/Feb?
     

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