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Android 5.1 update now rolling out to Verizon Moto X (2nd gen)

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

HTC is not the only one bringing Android 5.1 to its US carrier-specific devices. Motorola is also getting in on the action as Verizon announces the latest Moto X (2nd gen) software is ready to begin rolling out to smartphones across the USA.

This news comes only a few days after said device was starting to get Android 5.1 soak tests. It didn’t take Big Red and Motorola much longer to get it all worked out, obviously. This update takes the software to version 23.16.3, which brings forth a series of improvements that will definitely be welcomed by users across the USA. This is an important Lollipop update, after all – one we have all been waiting for.

Without further ado, let’s tell you what this OTA update brings to the table.



Android 5.1 offers some great interface modifications. For starters, the volume settings icons have been replaced with ones that better match those in the notification area. Added pull-down controls for WiFi and Bluetooth connections have also been added.

In addition, Interruption controls have now been integrated, allowing users to easily modify notifications for specific contacts. Other improvements include notification volume controls and better factory reset protection. You can go ahead and read the documentation below to catch all the details.

Wrapping up

Sadly, people won’t exactly be getting everything they were hoping for. HD Voice and Voice Over LTE are a couple very requested features that didn’t make it to this software version, but they may come at a later date. For now, all users can do is wait around and see when the update shows up.

This documentation is not exactly proof the update is rolling out as we speak, but it usually takes very little time for Verizon to release these updates after they publish them. Do keep in mind these roll out periodically, too, so not everyone will get the upgrade as soon as it is released. Try not to smash the screen trying to check for updates every few seconds; the update will come!

Do hit the comments to let us know what you are thinking of this OTA update. Are you satisfied? Where you hoping for more? Also, have any of you actually gotten the update yet?


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Motorola preparing Android 5.1 Lollipop for the DROID Turbo

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


Tonight, Motorola announced that Android 5.1 Lollipop is “coming to a #DroidTurbo near you.” The company issued a tweet on Monday evening that thanked everyone for their patience, likely meaning that a software update with Lollipop is imminent for the Verizon-exclusive device.

Since its launch in October 2013, the DROID turbo has remained stuck on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. People have been waiting more than six months just to see a current version of Android reach the DROID Turbo. We all know that Verizon takes its sweet time with software updates but this long of a wait seems really unfair for consumers.

A soak test for the software update with the DROID Turbo has already begun as select owners are reporting its arrival.

Source: Motorola (Twitter)

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New images leak of the Moto G (2015)

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


The new Moto G is soon to be announced sometime this year and we don’t know much about it yet. That changes today because the Moto G (2015) or codename “Osprey” has had some photos leak out.


The exact hardware is not confirmed, but rumours state that it will ship with a 5-inch display with 1280×720 resolution, Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 8GB of internal storage.

Source: TechnoBuffalo


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Moto G 2015 images show up online

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


The latter half of the year is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing; some awesome devices are soon to be announced. The rumor mill has started turning and today we are setting our eyes on what will probably be another record-breaker for Motorola – the accessible Moto G, a phone that redefined series that redefined affordable smartphones forever.

Rumors of the new iteration of the 2015 Moto G have started surfacing the past couple months. We saw it quickly peek its head out over at Flipkart’s website, then we managed to get a hold of some images and a video. All that evidence was a bit fuzzy (both in the literal and figurative senses), which is why we are so excited to show you the latest leaked images.


These are by far the clearest third-generation Moto G photos we have seen. They come in the form of a few press renders and corroborate previous leaks in terms of smartphone design. The 2015 Moto G now has that odd LG-like, silver strip on the back. As opposed to the LG G series, though, this phone seems to implement the design element purely for aesthetic purposes.

Otherwise, the 2015 Moto G seems to incorporate a cleaner look with a simple back and an trim that resembles that of the Nexus 6. The front-facing speakers are still on board on board, which is definitely a plus, and its size is still perfect for one-handed usage.

Sadly, these leaked images don’t come paired with some juicy spec rumors. Previous reports claim the new Moto G will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 5-inch 720p screen, a 13 MP camera, a 5 MP front-facing shooter and LTE support.

This phone seems like an awesome upgrade over its previous generation, and the design has been completely revamped. Do you like it? I suppose my opinion will be completely formulated once I learn more about pricing. Hopefully it can stay within that sub-$200 range. We will find out more soon, as the previous iteration hit the market in September of 2014.

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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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.

motorola kinzie xt1585

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

Moto G (3rd Gen) Showcased in Leaked Press Renders

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

New images of the Moto G (3rd Gen) have hit the web, showing off its new backside design, but an overall unchanged frontside. The images are press renders, posted by TechnoBuffalo, giving us a possible best look yet at the upcoming mid-range device from Motorola

Besides what it looks like, not much is known about the phone, including specs and release information. It is rumored the Moto G will feature a 5″ HD 720p display, Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear-facing camera.

On the backside, we see Motorola has a plastic-looking piece going vertically up the housing, giving the phone a rather unique look. Why Moto did this, we do not know. Could it be a button? Possible, but rather unlikely. Early reports suggested that the Moto X (2nd Gen) would feature a button, but it turned out to be just an odd design.

Share your thoughts on the new design below. Is this what we should expect from the new Moto X, as well?

Via: TechnoBuffallo

Moto G (3rd Gen) Showcased in Leaked Press Renders is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon’s Moto X (2nd Gen) Gets Approval on Android 5.1 Update, Ready for All

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

The soak test of Android 5.1 for the Moto X (2nd gen) on Verizon must have gone well, because Verizon approved the update (version 23.16.3) for all this afternoon. They posted release notes for the update to their support site, which is almost always a sign that they are about to press “Go!” on the rollout. 

As a recap, in Android 5.1, you get easier controls over WiFi networks and Bluetooth connections through quick toggles, new Interruption controls, tweaked volume control access, and factory reset protection.

If you were hoping for VoLTE, HD Voice, and simultaneous voice and data, you will be disappointed. None of that made it into this update for some reason.

To check for the update, head into Settings>About phone. If it’s not there, expect it within the next day or so.

Let us know if you get it!

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Via:  Verizon

Verizon’s Moto X (2nd Gen) Gets Approval on Android 5.1 Update, Ready for All is a post from: Droid Life

Unannounced Motorola ‘Kinzie’ (XT1585) phone packs powerhouse specs

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


The longstanding relationship between Verizon and Motorola received new life in 2014 when the two released the DROID Turbo. The device, which was available exclusively to Big Red’s customers, had everything that a spec-obsessed consumer could want right down to long battery life. And this year Motorola will produce another device for Verizon being referred to internally as ‘Kinzie’.

Specifications for the unannounced device from Motorola surfaced on GFXBench, showing power that exceeds that of the DROID Turbo. Kinzie has 5.5-inch display with Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 20MP / 4.8MP cameras, and 32GB of internal storage. The size of Kinzie’s battery, though, was misssing.

The other notable item here is that it will ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, so we should see a launch this summer before Android M arrives.


Source: GFXBench
Via: TechnoBuffalo

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The Latest on Motorola 5.1 Updates for Moto X, Moto E, and Moto G

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

Late on Friday, Motorola’s David Schuster dropped another handful of status notes on Android 5.1 updates for his company’s line of devices. The weekend has now passed, and most of the world checked out by the time Schuster shared the info, so here is the news to catch everyone up. 

  • He confirmed that the Verizon Moto X (2nd gen) is indeed going through a soak test of Android 5.1. Of course, we already confirmed as much. If all goes well, though, the update should start this week for everyone.
  • Soak test for the Moto G (1st gen) LTE to Android 5.1 started in the US.
  • Soak test for the Moto E (1st gen) to Android 5.1 is resuming in Brazil and India.
  • Related, but not from Schuster:  Invites to a soak test of Lollipop for the AT&T Moto X (2nd gen) went out on Friday afternoon.

As a recap, the DROID Turbo also should have started last week, so assuming that goes well, the update could be available to the rest of you within the next week. I do not believe Motorola has actually begun that test yet, though. We’ll keep you posted there.

Via:  +David Schuster [1, 2]
Cheers B, B, and J!

The Latest on Motorola 5.1 Updates for Moto X, Moto E, and Moto G is a post from: Droid Life

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