Motorola Moto G Receiving Software Update That Fixes Signal Reception Loss

The update is now available in the UK, US and select countries

By on February 26th, 2014 10:11 GMT

Although Motorola did not announce any new devices during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, the company did not want to miss the opportunity to come forward with some statements that highlighted the popularity of some of its devices.

The US-based handsets maker has recently announced that the Motorola Moto G is one of the most popular smartphones that it has launched over the last couple of years.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean that the profit it got for Moto G sales is as high as we would expect, given the fact that this is a very cheap mid-range smartphone.

The Moto G was released back in November, right after Google announced the Android 4.4 KitKat OS, which is why the smartphone was delivered with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean platform onboard instead of the newer operating system.

However, Motorola promised that the smartphone would definitely receive a KitKat upgrade in the coming weeks. This has already happened in most countries where the mid-range handset is available for purchase, so Moto G owners should feel content with their investment.

Unfortunately, the last KitKat update broke some features and capabilities of the Moto G, such as the signal reception that randomly drops for some users.

Apart from the signal reception loss experienced by lots of users, some Moto G owners reported inexplicably low call volume after applying the update.

Between these major issues highlighted by users, some, if not all, Moto G devices were affected by minor bugs that appeared after the KitKat update.

Thankfully, Motorola put its engineers to work and has recently issued a small software update, which is meant to fix some of these issues.

AndroidOS reports that software update 174.44.1 is now available for Motorola Moto G unlocked units as OTA (over the air) download. Here are some of the highlights of the update:

- Fixed an issue which caused temporary cellular network loss for a small number of customers;
- Fixed wallpaper cropping issue;
- Resolved USB OTG support for USB drives;
- Fixed low call volume as experienced by some users.

Keep in mind that the update is only available for GSM single-SIM Moto G models that are not carrier-branded. Those who own GSM carrier-branded Moto G units will probably have to wait a bit longer for their network operator to approve the update.

It’s also worth mentioning that software update 174.44.1 for Moto G has been confirmed in the UK, United States and “select other countries.” If you own an unlocked Moto G device, you might want to check for this bug fix update by going to Settings / About phone / System updates.

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