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Verizon’s DROID MAXX 2, aka Moto X Play for the US…

Posted by Kellex August - 25 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Verizon’s DROID MAXX 2, aka the version of Motorola’s Moto X Play that appears to be the only X Play coming to the US, is starting to leak left and right these days. The phone is not official by any means, but it just can’t seem to stay out of sight until Motorola and Verizon have a chance to do that.

Thanks to new images, we now know just about everything, outside of a price and launch date. Here’s what we have. 

First, the phone looks identical to the Moto X Play, which is Motorola’s mid-tier Moto X device for the next 12 months. All those previous leaks were spot on in that this phone really would just be re-branded as a DROID when it arrived here. As far specs, it features a 5.5-inch 1080p display with on-screen navigation buttons (no capacitive!), 1.65GHz Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 21MP camera, 3630mAh battery, and Android 5.1.1.

The screenshots below suggest that the phone has 8GB of storage, but the Moto X Play starts at 16GB. My guess is that CPU-Z is just reporting it oddly and that there is 16GB of storage. We haven’t seen a base of 8GB in a phone in a long time, unless it’s a low-tier phone like the Moto E or Moto G. Also, there is more than likely a micro SD card slot in the SIM tray. Motorola is using their SIM trays for that purpose these days – at least they are in the Pure Edition.

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The phone is sneaking around under the name “lux” and model number XT1565. The Moto X Play carries model numbers of XT1562 and XT1563, in case that all sounds familiar.

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And that, is your DROID MAXX 2.

Edited:  Tweaked info on storage.

Verizon’s DROID MAXX 2, aka Moto X Play for the US… is a post from: Droid Life

You know how we were all disappointed to learn that Motorola’s Moto X Play was skipping the US and instead stopping off at all of our surrounding countries? That’s because it’s more than likely showing up here as the DROID MAXX 2 with Verizon exclusivity. This news shouldn’t shock you, since Motorola made mention during their big event last month that US customers would get other options later in the year. 

According to HelloMotoHK, along with a number of other news outlets who have since jumped on the news, the Moto X Play will be branded as the DROID MAXX 2 here in the US. It will also be joined by a follow-up to last year’s DROID flagship Turbo. That phone will be called the DROID Turbo 2. If you were looking for proof of the idea of a new DROID MAXX 2, look no further than the image included here. They show backs for the Moto X Play next to those from the MAXX 2, which as “DROID” and “Verizon” branding towards its lower backside.

As a recap, the original DROID MAXX was a 2013 flagship phone that was supposed to be the king of battery beasts. It seems a bit odd, though, that Motorola is now dropping the MAXX line into a secondary mid-range tier. I say that because the Moto X Play is most definitely not a flagship, and if this is the US version of that phone, well, it’s not a flagship either. The Turbo 2 will be the new DROID flagship, likely based off of the Moto X Pure Edition.



Interested in a new DROID?

Via:  HelloMotoHK [2]

Moto X Play Will Probably Arrive in the US as the DROID MAXX 2 With a DROID Turbo 2 Alongside It is a post from: Droid Life

DROID Turbo Getting Minor Update to 23.11.39, Soak Test Set to Start

Posted by Kellex July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Even though the DROID Turbo only began receiving an update to Android 5.1 three weeks ago, another update for the phone is ready this morning. A number of our readers received an invite to a soak test for the update through Motorola’s Feedback Network last night and at least one non-soak tester already received it this morning. 

The update appears to be software version 23.11.39, which must be minor knowing the original Lollipop update was 23.11.38.

A changelog on Verizon’s site lists out all of the changes that came with Lollipop, so my guess is that Verizon and Motorola will stop that original update and instead push this new version to everyone. They must have caught a bug that is fixed in this new build.

I should point out that this new changelog once again mentions multi-user and guest mode as being included, but that would shock me.

To pull the update, head into Settings>About phone.

Cheers Steve, P, A, J, J, A, C, J, J, N, B, and S!

DROID Turbo Getting Minor Update to 23.11.39, Soak Test Set to Start is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola Moto X (2015) shows off its backside in new leaked image

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


With all of the leaks and rumors floating around about Motorola’s next smartphone lineup, it can certainly be difficult to keep all of them straight. We’ve already gotten a good look at what’s supposedly the Motorola Moto G (2015), but you didn’t think the rumor mill would leave out the next-generation Moto X, did you? A new leaked image that comes to us from Google+ user Roger Pretto, who works for Lenovo, shows us what’s purported to be the new Moto X’s back side.

As you can see from the image below, this device falls in line with basically every other leaked image we’ve seen thus far. The back looks to feature a smaller camera module with an aluminum accent that extends down to the iconic Motorola dimple. The edges are surrounded by an aluminum casing, making the whole thing resemble the design language of the Nexus 4.

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A leaked image appeared a few days ago that featured what’s supposedly the 2015 Moto G, Moto X, and two new DROID devices. The image above looks very similar to what the first leak claimed was the a new DROID device, though this image’s source claims that this is the new Moto X. Even though details are a little unclear at the moment, it’s still apparent that Motorola has settled on a design language that most of its next devices will feature.

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We don’t know for sure when the 2015 Moto X will be officially announced, though Motorola just recently sent out invitations to events in NYC and London with the tagline “Your relationship status is about to change”. Those events are scheduled for July 28th, which is a little more than a week away, so it’s possible we could see the company’s new flagship launch then.

Motorola’s new smartphone lineup is looking better and better every day, but we’ll need to wait a little while longer before we actually see what the company has planned. What are your thoughts on the device? If the new Moto X actually looks like this when it launches, do you think you’d consider buying one? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

2015 Phone Design.

Posted by Kellex July - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Welcome to 2015, where your brand new phone will probably look like that guy’s brand new phone and your mom’s brand new phone and your co-worker’s new phone and the bus driver’s new phone and the homeless guy’s new phone, all of which are made by different manufacturers.


Such design.

Good job, OEMs. 
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2015 Phone Design. is a post from: Droid Life

This Could be the New Moto X (3rd Gen), Plus Other New Moto and DROID Phones

Posted by Kellex July - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Yesterday, the folks at HelloMotoHK gave us a look at what they described as the back cover to a new DROID phone from Motorola. This morning, they posted at even bigger image, this time with four different phone backs said to be of (in order, left-to-right) a new DROID Mini, Moto G (3rd gen), the DROID from yesterday, and the new Moto X (3rd gen). While we have no proof as to what any of these phones may or may not be, one thing is for sure, Motorola appears to have settled on a similar design theme for 2015. 

If we look to the far right at the phone said to be the next Moto X, we are certainly getting a phone that looks a lot like the last couple of Moto Xs, only with that new single metal piece that houses the dimple and camera. This is that design theme I was referring to that all of these phones seem to have in common. Outside of that, we are seeing a metal frame around the outside of the phone, along with that swooping boat neck-like top that features the headphone jack. The backside looks like a grippy matte black and the power and volume keys are in the same spot they were last year. That’s pretty much it.

As for the new Mini and DROID, well, I don’t see how this “Mini” is any sort of mini. It looks to be the same size as yesterday’s DROID and bigger than what should be the new Moto G. Otherwise, it too has a design and texture on its back that could very well be something we would see in a DROID branded phone.

With the supposed picture of the Moto G (3rd gen), we are seeing a phone that looks like the black version of the white model we saw leak a couple of weeks back.

Overall, this style is familiar to the last couple of Motorola lines, so I wouldn’t say it’s disappointing or super exciting, either. I liked the last couple of Moto Xs (obviously) and wouldn’t be mad if this was the new version. In the end, all we really want us a similar Moto X to last year’s, only with a real camera inside. But then again, that’s always been the complaint about Motorola phones and they have yet to deliver.


Via:  +HelloMotoHK

This Could be the New Moto X (3rd Gen), Plus Other New Moto and DROID Phones is a post from: Droid Life

Alleged images of Motorola lineup of new devices shows up

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


A new image has surfaced on the Facebook page for hellomotoHK which purports to show the back side of four forthcoming Motorola devices. The image claims to show a Droid “Mini” device, the third generation Moto G, a new Droid device, and a third generation Moto X. Assuming the information is accurate, the Droid devices should be hitting Verizon sometime this fall adorned with what appears to be a Kevlar inspired design for the back cover.

Considering how some of the lines are not aligned, the image may be a rather poorly done PhotoShop. Let us know what you think in the comments.

source: hellomotoHK (Facebook)
via: G for Games

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Is This the Back Cover for a New Motorola DROID Phone?

Posted by Kellex July - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Ready to get a peek at one of the new Motorola phones, maybe even a new DROID? According to HelloMotoHK, a group who stays close to the Motorola beat, the photo below is of a new Motorola DROID phone. That of course, also means a new Verizon phone. 

The phone part below is a shell or back plate of an unfinished or not-put-together phone, but we are seeing a design that looks like those leaked Moto G (3rd gen) renders from a couple of weeks back, along with a variety of other unconfirmed leaks. I think it’s safe to assume that Motorola is going with a design for 2015 that incorporates a vertical metal housing alongside its phones’ back plates that holds the camera, flash, and dimple.

This particular phone looks a lot like a combination of last year’s Moto X and a DROID Turbo. You can see a metal housing around the outside of the body, along with a covered branding at the bottom that looks a lot like where Motorola put the “DROID” logo on the Turbo (see top image for reference). The triangular design also sort of evokes that robotic or futuristic styling of the DROID brand.

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New DROID (left) vs. Moto X (right)

No other details were provided with the image, but if you see something we missed, be sure to drop it in the comments below.

Otherwise, what do you think of the shape? Again, it looks a lot like the back of a Moto X, which has always been a joy to hold.

Via:  HelloMotoHK

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

Here Comes Motorola’s Next Line-Up of Phones All at the FCC

Posted by Kellex July - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Last week, we told you about a new Motorola device that had stopped off at the FCC looking like the company’s next unlocked flagship phone. It featured a body bigger than the DROID Turbo, supported turbo charging, 802.11ac MiMo WiFi, LTE Advanced, and almost all of the US LTE bands outside of Verizon’s. We speculated that it is the rumored 5.5-inch QHD device currently hiding under codename “Kinzie.”

This morning, after looking through a couple of other recent Motorola FCC filings that could be new Moto G, E, or DROID line variants, we’re pretty sure we found the Verizon equivalent to the phone above. Well, it may be even better than that.

Let’s talk briefly about them all. 

Motorola “Kinzie” for all carriers (FCC ID IHDT56UC1)

The phone we covered last week fell under FCC ID  IHDT56UC2, so it would make sense that an identical phone could be UC1, which we are seeing here. This phone sports the same exact dimensions, LTE-A, MiMo WiFi, and turbo charging, but differs in that it also includes support for Verizon. What makes this phone really interesting, though, is the fact that it also seems to be ready for every single other US network, along with Verizon.

The “UC2″ we saw last week lacked Verizon, but this phone is ready for AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon. That’s shocking because we tend to see phones with support for Verizon’s network lack bands for those from other carriers. The only Motorola device I can think of that currently works everywhere, is the Nexus 6.

I don’t know exactly what this phone is, but it sounds like this year’s flagship from Motorola, one that is fully unlocked and ready for whichever carrier you like.

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Moto G (3rd Gen) or new DROID? (FCC ID IHDT56UB1)

Dropping things down a notch, we also stumbled upon a phone that could either be a new Moto G (3rd gen) or new DROID Mini-like device on its way to Verizon. I say that because this phone must be a mid-ranger. It has all of the band support it needs for Verizon, but it doesn’t have 802.11ac WiFi, which almost all flagship phones have these days. It has a removable back, as well, which is a common feature for the Moto G and Moto E series, since Motorola likes to offer up some customization on those through interchangeable backs. The “UB1″ was not tested with a Turbo Charger. This phone is also smaller than the phone above, but is close to the Turbo in size, which could drop it in around the 5.2-inch range.

I’m guessing it could be some new DROID model, because it seems to big to be the new Moto G, which I’ll get to in a second. I’m not sure why Motorola and Verizon would team up for a mid-range DROID phone, unless again, it’s marketed like the DROID Mini was.

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Moto G (3rd Gen) for Sprint? (FCC ID IHDT56QG6)

Finally, a similar phone to the mid-ranger above appears to be headed to Sprint. This phone is smaller than both of those mentioned above and lacks 802.11ac WiFi, but does have a removable back. My guess is that this is most definitely the new Moto G (3rd gen). It’s dimensions match up almost identically to last year’s model.

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More FCC fun on the way!

Via:  FCC [2] [3]
Cheers Justin!

Here Comes Motorola’s Next Line-Up of Phones All at the FCC is a post from: Droid Life

With Android 5.0, Google introduced support for guest accounts and additional users on phones. This is the type of feature that may not be of use to everyone at all times, but it certainly is a welcomed addition to a maturing platform, as it’s there for those who need it. When Google pushed Android 5.1 a few months after 5.0, they didn’t remove the feature. Although, if you are a DROID Turbo owner who recently updated to Android 5.1 (it’s rolling out now to all by the way), you are probably wondering where it is. 

According to numerous readers of ours who have received the update either through the soak or today’s official rollout, Guest mode and multi-user account setup is no where to be found on the DROID Turbo post-update. While we don’t have a Turbo in house to check ourselves, we had readers not only look throughout settings, but also perform a search through Lollipop’s new settings search functionality. It’s not there. If you tap on your avatar in the notification pulldown, which would normally be a way to quickly switch users in Lollipop, users are being greeted with a pop-up G+ contact card of themselves.

We have also been told that members of the soak test have taken to Motorola’s forums to express their disappointment in this feature being left out.

The whole situation is odd because Verizon listed it as a feature on the phone in their changelog for the update. The images below are clearly from the Turbo too, because the Turbo has capacitive touch buttons that won’t show in screenshots, just like we are seeing here:

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Motorola, on the other hand, did not list it.

Here is the feature in action on a stock Android device, which is basically what the DROID Turbo is.

Tough to say why it’s gone or if it’ll arrive in a later update. But for now, if you were hoping to take advantage of Guest mode or setup accounts for additional users on your Turbo, you are out of luck.

Cheers Renzo, Jay, and James!

Motorola Left Out Guest Mode and Multi-User Support in Your DROID Turbo’s Lollipop Update is a post from: Droid Life