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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

Verizon: DROID Turbo Lollipop Update Goes Live Tomorrow (Updated: List of Changes)

Posted by Kellex June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

With the DROID Turbo’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update arriving via soak test to members of the Motorola Feedback Network, the rest of you are probably wondering when the update will be available to your phone. The answer – starting tomorrow. 

Verizon pinged us moments ago, stating that the “actual push will begin tomorrow afternoon.” Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will see the update pop-up on their phones. Instead, the update will rollout in phases, but you can always manually check to see if it’s available through Settings>About phone.

Motorola posted a full changelog for the update that can be found here. Verizon has not posted theirs, but we should have it later tonight or in the morning.


Also, here is a video we did of the original Lollipop update for the Moto X (2nd gen). If you haven’t been keeping up on all that is new in Android 5.0+, this is a good video to check out.

UPDATE:  Here is Verizon’s changelog.

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Verizon: DROID Turbo Lollipop Update Goes Live Tomorrow (Updated: List of Changes) is a post from: Droid Life

Lollipop is Finally Coming to the DROID Turbo. (Updated: Soak is Live!)

Posted by Kellex June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Motorola says so. The soak test kicks off today, according to multiple readers of ours. Yep, the DROID Turbo is actually about to get Android 5.1 Lollipop. 

We’ll update this as we have more.

Update:  The soak test is well underway as build 23.11.38! Share your thoughts in the comments! For those not a part of the soak test, send out those positive thoughts. The last thing we want is an issue to pop up and all parties needing to start over.

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Update 2:  Here is the full changelog for the update.

Material Design You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
Notifications UI & Priorities  In order to alert you to the most timely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:

  • Notifications will appear on the lockscreen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
  • You double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
  • You can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
  • Very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
  • You can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • You can block interruptions until your next alarm. This choice will show only when you have an alarm set within the next 12 hours.  It will prevent you from missing an alarm when you choose ‘No interruptions’.
  • You can choose to enter a scheduled downtime early.  For example, if you are going to bed early and change your notification settings, you can choose “Until your downtime ends”.  This option will be visible when within 4 hours of the scheduled start of your downtime.
  • Adds icons to the volume settings panel that match those that will show in the status bar (None, Priority).
  • You can now alter notification volume controls while media is playing.  With the volume controls showing, a tap on the bell icon will bring up notification volume controls.
New Interruptions & Downtime Settings You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
Recent Apps (Multi-tasking) The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
Moto Display and Ambient Display While your phone’s display is off, Moto Display will continue to surface relevant notifications to you using the low-power Contextual Computing Processor.  It will also intelligently react when you use the Approach gesture under Moto Actions.Android Lollipop also includes a similar feature, called Ambient Display, that displays notifications like those shown on the lockscreen.  If you prefer to try the new Ambient Display feature, you can uncheck the Moto Display setting in the Moto app. Note: Ambient Display does not use Motorola’s low-power core and will turn on more of the display, so battery life may be impacted. The Moto Actions Approach gesture will not wake Ambient Display.
Moto Assist and Downtime Moto Assist integrates the new Downtime feature within Android Lollipop to control when you don’t want to be disturbed.  Moto Assist also now uses the new Interruptions settings so that you can customize exceptions, such as letting only people on your starred contacts list get through.
Chop Twice for Flashlight Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).  Moto Actions let you turn the flashlight on or off with two chopping motions – without waking or unlocking your phone.
Quick Settings You can quickly select different Wi-Fi access points or different paired Bluetooth devices with a new pull-down menu on each tile. Conditional settings tiles that only show if you use the feature – like “Invert Colors” or “Hotspot” – can now be hidden via a long-press on the tile.
Device Protection Lost or stolen devices will remain locked until you sign in with your Google account, even if reset to factory settings.  Note that you must either add a Google account on the device after the upgrade or reset your device to enable Device Protection. A Pin , password or pattern screen lock will also ensure your device is fully protected.
Pin a View/App Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view.  For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
Battery The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
Performance Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
Smart Lock (Trusted Devices) Android Lollipop adds native support for allowing trusted devices to keep your phone unlocked (such as your Moto 360, a Bluetooth car kit or headset, etc.).  Smart Lock replaces the prior trusted device capability in your Motorola phone.  Note that you will need to add your trusted devices back after the transition to Lollipop in the Security settings menu under Smart Lock.

If the test goes well, Motorola’s David Schuster says that the update should start for all later this week.

Lollipop is Finally Coming to the DROID Turbo. (Updated: Soak is Live!) is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola has done a pretty good job in recent years of keeping their upcoming flagship smartphones under wraps. Sure, we see a leak here or there that gives us a clue or two, but never anything like how HTC phones see full reviews before they are even announced. Motorola has been able to hide most of the details of their last few phones up until the last minute. But as we inch closer to a potential late August-early September launch of a new Moto X, puzzle pieces are starting to arrive.

Remember back in May where I told you to keep an eye on Motorola model numbers XT1585 and XT1578? Well, they are back in headlines today, thanks to a benchmark that showed up over at GFXBench

The specific device that showed up is the XT1585, which is carrying a codename of “Kinzie.” The benchmark reveals a phone that has a 5.5-inch QHD (2560×1440) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB RAM, 21GB storage (which probably means 32GB), 20MP rear camera, 4.8MP front camera, and Android 5.1.1. Sounds decent, right?

Here is the benchmark.

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Now, we are calling this a Verizon phone because of a purported leak through reddit from the same person who gave us those model numbers so long ago. According to this redditor, the “Kinzie” is set for launch on Verizon. He describes the phone similarly to what this benchmark shows.

On a related note, since his mention a month ago of the “Kinzie” seems somewhat legitimized by this benchmark, we should point out that he also attached the name “Clark” to Motorola phone XT1578. That phone is also supposedly coming to Verizon with a Snapdragon 808 on board. Industry pundits think that the “Clark” may end up as the new Moto X (3rd gen), while the “Kinzie” may end up as new DROID.

I can’t say that I have a feeling for either, but I’d be willing to buy into that idea. What about you?

Via:  GFXBench | WinFuture | reddit

Verizon’s Motorola “Kinzie” Shows Up at GFXBench With 5.5-Inch QHD Display, Snapdragon 810 is a post from: Droid Life

DROID TURBO SOAK TEST STARTING. This is Not a Joke. It Better be Lollipop.

Posted by Kellex June - 26 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

It’s coming! The wave of emails in our inbox all suggest that the DROID Turbo is about to get a new update. A number of our readers have been invited to “participate in an early preview of a new software release” through Motorola’s Feedback Network. Of course, the invite doesn’t mention Android 5.1 Lollipop, but this has to be it. It has to be, right? Please just be.


We will update this post as we have more.

Cheers J, A, J, E, N, A, J, A, and everyone else!

DROID TURBO SOAK TEST STARTING. This is Not a Joke. It Better be Lollipop. is a post from: Droid Life

Want to See Lollipop on the DROID Turbo?

Posted by Kellex June - 12 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The DROID Turbo still doesn’t have Lollipop. You knew that, of course, because Motorola told us yesterday that the update is still in the lab going through final testing. Still, that hasn’t stopped Verizon from updating its Turbo listings and support pages to show that the phone probably should have had Android 5.0.2 or 5.1 at some point within the last week. 

Take for example the DROID Turbo simulator, which now shows you step-by-step guides for doing almost everything on your phone with it running Lollipop. From unlocking the phone and placing calls to accessing that brand new Lollipop notification shade, it’s all there. That white app drawer icon, those light-themed settings, the new dialer – all of it. Seriously, even Verizon thinks this phone should have received the update already.

To see Lollipop in action on the DROID Turbo, hit up that source link. You may as well get any taste of the sweetness as you can at this point.

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Via:  Verizon
Cheers Dave, Matthew, and Tony!

Want to See Lollipop on the DROID Turbo? is a post from: Droid Life

Motorola on DROID Turbo Lollipop Update: Still 5.1, Still in Lab Test Cycle Too

Posted by Kellex June - 11 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

So, about that DROID Turbo update to Android 5.1. Because the Internet is going absolutely nuts over its seemingly late arrival, and because there is all sorts of random rumor and speculation floating about causing mass confusion, largely fueled by Verizon updating the phone’s listings with mentions of “Android 5.0.2,” Motorola’s David Schuster took to Google+ to set the record straight.

According to Schuster, the update will indeed still be Android 5.1 when it rolls out. Motorola is still in the “lab test cycle” at the moment, so it’s probably safe to assume that the update needs more time to bake before it’s ready for your phone. In other words, an update showing up this week is probably unlikely.

Here is the full quote:

Hey, I wanted to give a quick update on our progress on the DROID Turbo 5.1 lollipop upgrade since there seems to be A LOT of inaccurate information out there. We are still in the lab test cycle and things are looking good. We have not provided a launch date yet, but I will let you know as soon as the update is available.

Via:  +David Schuster

Motorola on DROID Turbo Lollipop Update: Still 5.1, Still in Lab Test Cycle Too is a post from: Droid Life

A rumor floating about the interwebs over the last week suggested that the DROID Turbo would finally receive its update to Lollipop yesterday, June 10. That didn’t happen, obviously, but Verizon was clearly, at one point, thinking that June 10 sounded like a good idea because last night, they updated the specs for the Turbo to show that the phone runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. There are a couple of things to talk about here. 

First, the Turbo didn’t receive 5.0.2 yesterday – that much is true. A new date may be June 12, though like the rumor for the 10th, things can always change last minute, so don’t get too set on it. I would imagine that we will get word on the update any day or Verizon wouldn’t be updating the phone’s listings to show that it runs Lollipop.

Second, what the hell, 5.0.2? Motorola told us to expect a jump straight from KitKat to Android 5.1. Has something changed? Sources of ours yesterday actually told us that the update that has been approved is Android 5.0.2, not 5.1. We haven’t been able to receive a second confirmation on that, so expect one or the other, just don’t be shocked if it ends up being 5.0.2.

Update:  Here is a list of “release” software for Motorola phones, which clearly shows the “quark” as having a 5.0.2 build ready. The “quark” is the DROID Turbo. Again, though, we were promised 5.1, but don’t be surprised if it’s 5.0.2.

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Update 2:  Motorola chimed in this morning with a status update because this whole situation has gotten completely out of hand. According to David Schuster, the update is still in lab testing and will still be Android 5.1. They will let us know when the update is ready.

Verizon Link

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Cheers Tony!

Verizon Updates DROID Turbo Specs to Show Phone has Lollipop, Except It Doesn’t (Updated) is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon DROID details leaked, new lineup in the works

Posted by wicked May - 29 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Motorola is still in the business despite being thrown around like a ping-pong ball. From Google to Lenovo, Motorola’s mobile group is gearing up to announce the rest of the 2015 Motorola DROID collection. In the United States, the DROIDs will work with Verizon only and a series of leaked docs tells us that several Droid models are arriving soon. A device codenamed Clark and with model numbers XT1578 and XT1097 have been spotted, as well as, something codenamed Kinzie for a certain model XT1585.

The new Droid phones are expected to have sharp displays anything between 560 and 640 DPI(dots per inch). A larger Droid is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC while the smaller will run a Snapdragon 810 SoC processor. Both devices will have 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box.

Nothing is really different from the previous Droid releases where specs are almost the same except for the chipsets used and the screen size. However, the smaller Droid here features a more powerful processor compared to the bigger model so we can’t say the latter is better.

A Redditor noted that a model XT192A was also sighted earlier in testing facilities in the US already but has since been removed from any listing. We’re not sure how many new Droid phones are in the works but there could be more than two. We don’t know when the new Droid line will be announced but last launch was October so let’s expect a fall release.

VIA: SlashGear

DROID MAXX, Ultra, and Mini All Get Mini Update That No, Isn’t Lollipop

Posted by Kellex May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Verizon and Motorola are pushing an update to their 2013 line-up of DROID devices, the MAXX, Ultra, and Mini. The update is not Lollipop in any shape or form. It fixes bugs and improves stability. That’s it.

You are looking at a build number of 24.13.2 when all is said and done. The update was approved on Friday, so you should see it any day if you haven’t already. 

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

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Via:  Verizon [2]

DROID MAXX, Ultra, and Mini All Get Mini Update That No, Isn’t Lollipop is a post from: Droid Life