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Abbagoochie and Valocia Codenames Outed as Possible Upcoming Motorola DROIDs

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

For those hoping to see more DROID devices from Motorola this year, @evleaks has reportedly outed at least two devices codenamed, Abbagoochie and Valocia. The Abbagoochie, which is easily one of the most bizarre codenames ever, is said to be a DROID MAXX replacement device, while the Valocia is to be a rehash of the DROID Mini.

According to @evleaks, both devices will be powered by quad-core Snapdragon 801 processors from Qualcomm, but no other specifications are known at this time. 

As it is mid-July, it is almost surprising we have gotten this far into the year without more news about upcoming DROID devices. Whether Motorola is just too busy focusing on the Moto 360 and Moto X+1 to start the Verizon hypebeast, your guess is as good as ours. As a refresher, the DROID MAXX, Ultra, and Mini were announced last year on July 23.

Besides a possible Snapdragon 801 powering these devices, what other specs do you hope Motorola might bake into any upcoming DROIDs? We will get the ball rolling for you. For us, we would like to see at least Full HD displays, 2GB+ of RAM, 13MP rear-facing shooters, fat batteries that put the competition to shame, and of course, new proprietary software as we saw on last year’s Moto X.

Make it happen, Moto.

Via: @evleaks

Abbagoochie and Valocia Codenames Outed as Possible Upcoming Motorola DROIDs is a post from: Droid Life

Battery cover image leaks for unknown Motorola device

Posted by wicked July - 18 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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An image of a battery cover supposedly meant for a Motorola smartphone has surfaced on the Facebook account for HellomotoHK. The cover is made out of a kevlar-like material or has been designed to give that appearance and is reminiscent of some recent Motorola Droid device covers.

The cover includes several access holes on the back with two large ones seemingly configured in a manner similar to the HTC One (M8) duo camera. According to HellomotoHK, the cover may be meant for the Motorola Moto X+1 or a Google Play Edition version of the same device. It is also possible it may be intended for an updated version of a Motorola Droid device for 2014.

source: HellomotoHK
via: Phandroid

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Is This the Back Casing for a New Motorola DROID?

Posted by Kellex July - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The crew over at HelloMotoHK posted the image above this morning, which looks like the back case for what could be an unreleased Motorola phone. To be more specific, if real, I would peg this for the back casing of a new DROID device. Motorola, as we know from last year, has the exclusive on the DROID brand with Verizon going forward, a brand that tends to use materials like kevlar which is seen here. 

So what’s with all of those holes? Well, my guess would be that we are looking at a camera lens hole at the top, centered in between a dual-flash setup. The hole directly below that could just be a slot for a Motorola logo, like we saw on the Moto X. The odd thing there is the dimple on the Moto X was a piece of the back casing, it wasn’t filled by an attachment to the hardware of the phone, if that makes sense.

There were rumors surrounding the Moto X last year, which suggested that the dimple could be used for controlling parts of the phone. Motorola reportedly killed that after testing. Should they have figured out a way to add that touch-sensitivity back to this year’s line of DROIDs and the Moto X, then maybe that bottom hole will be filled by some form of button. I do not see this being an HTC One-esque dual camera setup, if you were wondering.

Thoughts?

Via:  HelloMotoHK
Cheers Antony!

Is This the Back Casing for a New Motorola DROID? is a post from: Droid Life

Android 4.4.4 changelog for Motorola DROID line (2013) gets posted

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Over the weekend, an Android 4.4.4 soak test was launched with some Motorola handsets. Now, the company has posted the changelog for the Android 4.4.4 update regarding the DROID Ultra, MAXX, and Mini.

The core of the update, which is the latest version of Android that is available for now, improves stability and security. But Motorola has done its job by making improvements in other areas aside from what Google has added. The Camera app’s quality has been improved with better performance in low light conditions and more realistic flash color. The video component of the Camera app has gained a pause button while recording. Bluetooth connectivity is now more stable, too. Even Verizon’s apps have been updated and Isis mobile wallet has been added to increase the bloatware. Finally, the Motorola Alert app is compatible.

Did you receive the Android 4.4.4 update? Let us know how it is in the comments.

Source: Motorola

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Here are the Full Changelogs for the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Android 4.4.4 Updates

Posted by Kellex July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini all started receiving an update to Android 4.4.4 over the weekend that first began last Wednesday with a soak test. The minor changelog that showed up with the update prompt mentioned that there would be camera enhancements, the addition of Isis Mobile Wallet, and bloatware updates. Motorola released a full list of the changes today, along with Verizon’s standard PDF changelogs.

The update, as we already knew, is 21.11.21. The device will see stability, framework and security improvements, along with better Bluetooth connectivity. The camera will see enhancements in picture quality, like improved photos in fluorescent lighting and enhanced dynamic range. Pausing of video recording has been added as well. VZ Cloud and Visual Voicemail were updated, plus Isis Mobile Wallet has been added. 

Motorola also noted in their changelog that Motorola Alert, an app that allows you to alert specific people in times of need, will now be installed.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone>System updates.

Everyone receive the 4.4.4 update?

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Via:  Verizon | Motorola

Here are the Full Changelogs for the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Android 4.4.4 Updates is a post from: Droid Life

Unknown Motorola smartphone running Android L leaks

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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We know that Motorola is readying the Moto X+1, but let’s not forget the DROIDs. We can only assume that new DROIDs will be announced around the same time, just like last year. TK Tech News has already leaked the Moto X+1, but they were given images of another device, but all we know is that it probably isn’t the Moto X+1. What we do know is the display is larger than the Moto X, but it’s our understanding that the Moto X+1 will have a larger display as well, at 5.2-inches. They do compare this device to the Nexus 5, and does appear bigger.

Another interesting clue is that the phone is running on Verizon and has some Verizon bloatware. That certainly doesn’t prove that it’s a DROID, but it certain doesn’t rule it out. Lastly the device is running Android L, which isn’t unusual since I am sure Motorola is testing it as we speak. Assuming this device is released in the late summer or early fall, it’s unlikely it will have it onboard out of the box though.

TK Tech News made a video of the images and talked about his thoughts and he also uploaded a video of the boot animation, which looks similar to the video of what was believed to be the Moto X+1.

Check them out below and let us know what you think.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Click here to view the embedded video.

source: TK Tech News

 

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Soak Test for Motorola DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Rolling Out Today (Updated)

Posted by Tim-o-tato July - 9 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Yesterday, Motorola sent out emails to select members of their product forums, stating that a soak test would be soon be underway for an update. The soak test, which we now know will begin “later today,” is specifically for owners of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini

Testers are assuming it is Android 4.4.4, given that Motorola stated the updated would come soon after the final build was released by Google. We are nearing Motorola’s own timeframe for when the update would be available, so the timing for Android 4.4.4 makes complete sense.

If you are a tester, and own a MAXX, Ultra, or Mini, be on the lookout this evening.

Update: A couple of testers have reached out, confirming that the update is in fact Android 4.4.4.

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Hello!

Thanks for signing up for the Motorola Feedback Network software test for Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini. The test should start later today. We have a very large group of testers signed up – thank you! To avoid being overwhelmed by feedback, we have split the test team into two groups. Some members will provide feedback in a private community and a survey, while another group will provide feedback via survey only.

You have been chosen at random to provide feedback via a survey only. We will send that out in a few days. We look forward to seeing your comments.

We ask that you do not post your feedback in public areas, but save it for the survey. In the event you have a serious problem with your update — one that makes your phone unworkable — please reply back to this email. For minor issues, we ask that you simply note those for the survey.

Thanks so much for your participation! We really appreciate your time and insights.

Matt

Motorola Feedback Network
Motorola Owners’ Forum
Visit us at: forums.motorola.com

Cheers anon and anon!

Soak Test for Motorola DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Rolling Out Today (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Soak Test of Some Kind Coming Soon to DROID MAXX, ULTRA Owners

Posted by Kellex July - 8 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As we were heading into the holiday weekend, Motorola sent out invites of some sort to a potential soak test for DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini owners for what we can only assume is an update to Android 4.4.4. The invites didn’t provide much info, nor were they the typical soak test emails, but readers of ours who did receive one seem to be on the same page as us – what else could it be? 

Motorola told us shortly after Google released Android 4.4.4 that it would be approximately 3-5 weeks before they could get approval on the update and have it pushed to the MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. We are almost at the 3-week mark.

Unfortunately, since sending the invites, Motorola has yet to push out the update, so we have no confirmation on the test. Once we know more, we will update this post.

In the mean time, we would love to hear from participants in this latest update from Motorola.

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

Soak Test of Some Kind Coming Soon to DROID MAXX, ULTRA Owners is a post from: Droid Life

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Updates Another 3-5 Weeks Out Now That 4.4.4 is Available

Posted by Kellex June - 20 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Shortly after Google released Android 4.4.3 to the world, Motorola updated the Moto X through various carriers to the new build quicker than Google could to some of its own Nexus devices. The same couldn’t be said for the DROID line, though, which includes the MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini. Thankfully, Motorola’s David Schuster gave us an update on the situation, stating that all of those devices would be upgraded to Android 4.4.3 shortly, bypassing the 4.4.2 update they had yet to receive.

And then Google released Android 4.4.4 yesterday with an important security fix. 

So what is the DROID situation now? Well, Schuster took to G+ again last night to talk about the new update. In short, the security fix has indeed pushed the timeline out a bit, but because the security fix is that important, Motorola had to resubmit updates to carriers again for testing. Moto is hoping for technical approval on the new updates within 3 to 5 weeks.

Here is his comment:

Sorry for the delay in giving an update on the 4.4.3 upgrades but I had to wait unit Google announced KitKat 4.4.4 today (I am bound by a NDA). A significant security vulnerability was discovered by OpenSSL (https://www.openssl.org/news/secadv_20140605.txt) and is fixed in KitKat 4.4.4. We had to wait until KitKat 4.4.4 became available. Consequently, all of our 4.4.3 upgrades that were in carrier labs worldwide (including the 2013 Droid’s) had to be respun, tested and resubmitted again. This was a significant unplanned effort that we had to undertake. We should be re-entering labs next week and hopefully getting TA (technical approval) in 3 to 5 weeks later depending on the carrier.

I know that isn’t the news DROID owners were hoping to hear, but it is what it is. Security fixes are security fixes and Motorola and Verizon want to make sure their devices are not vulnerable.

Via:  +David Schuster
Cheers Loren!

DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Updates Another 3-5 Weeks Out Now That 4.4.4 is Available is a post from: Droid Life

droidpack

Admit it. You’ve looked at a buddy’s Android phone and thought, “Damn, that wallpaper is nice.”

You weren’t sure how to get the wallpaper for your own phone — it’s not like wallpapers have highly accessible names that you can just “search.”

Or can you? A new arrival in the Play Store allows you to do just that.

DroidPack, app app created by XDA Forum Member donniemceduns, allows you to select between the stock wallpapers from various OEMs, Android versions, ROMs and even other operating systems (yes, this means iOS). The collection is completely categorized and lets you download the wallpapers straight from the app.

It’s a nice addition to the Play Store — go check it out for yourself! Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a gallery of screen shots.

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