The Motorola event has ended for today, which means the Moto G has been officially announced. As we were expecting, the Moto G will be arriving as a low-cost alternative to the Moto X. And while we didn’t think Motorola was going to abandon the Moto X, we were a bit surprised to see them intro the event with a Moto X status update.

Motorola did not offer any specific sales figures to battle against the recent reports suggesting poor sales, however they did say they have seen a boost in sales given the recent changes. Those changes of course, dealt with Moto Maker opening to all four major US carriers and the pricing cuts. Perhaps more important for current Moto X users though, Motorola did mention Kit Kat.

To that point, they have said the handset would be updated to Android 4.4 Kit Kat within a “matter of weeks.” As we often see, this will likely be dependent on carrier timelines and approvals, but it is refreshing to see that Motorola will have it ready in weeks. That is assuming there are no issues that pop-up to cause a delay.


Otherwise, Motorola also touched on some of the features of the handset. Here they spoke about touchless controls and the camera. Specifically, Motorola has said given these two features, they find that voice is being used 10 times more often (for things like searches) and the camera is being used 25 percent more often because of the flip gesture.