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Verizon rolls out the DROID Turbo 5.1 Lollipop update tomorrow

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


Motorola first announced the update was coming soon, but it looks like Verizon is rolling out the 5.1 Lollipop update tomorrow to all. Verizon told Droid Life that the “actual push will begin tomorrow afternoon.” Do not expect to receive it right away as with most updates it rolls out in phases.

If you do not see the update tomorrow be sure to manually go into your settings and check to see if anything is available.

The full Verizon changelog can be seen below

Source: Droid Life



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Verizon to begin pushing out Android 5.1 update to the Droid Turbo on July 1st

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

If you’re the proud owner of a Motorola Droid Turbo, your wait is finally almost over. Verizon has just announced that it will begin pushing out the Droid Turbo’s Android 5.1 Lollipop update beginning in the afternoon of Wednesday, July 1st. The update, which Verizon says will bring the device’s software version to 23.11.38, will roll out to devices in stages.

So, what does Android 5.1 bring to the table? Aside from a few new Moto Actions on the Motorola side of things, Android 5.1 will bring performance improvements, a ton of user interface enhancements, factory reset protection and much more. Remember, you’re moving up to Android 5.1 from Android 4.4 KitKat (not 5.0 Lollipop), so this is a pretty huge update. To get the full list of changes, feel free to check out Motorola’s full changelog, as well as a complete Android 5.1 walkthrough from our very own Joe Hindy.

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Try to make sure you have access to a strong Wi-Fi network tomorrow, and keep your phone charged up in case the update comes to your device in the afternoon. If you’d like to check for it manually, you can head to Settings>About phone>System updates>Check for update. Oh, and be sure to let us know once you receive the update in the comment section below.

So, who’s excited?

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

Verizon LG G4 Update Live, Brings Enhanced Advanced Calling

Posted by Tim-o-tato June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

An update is rolling out for the LG G4 on Verizon, bringing a few features to owners, but nothing all that special. The software version is labeled as VS98611A.

Included is an enhanced Folio display while a call is taking place, an updated consistency for displaying contacts and non-contacts in the Dialer app, and an enhanced Advanced Calling feature. That’s it. 

If you rock the G4 on Big Red, keep your eyes open for the notification to download the update.


Via: Verizon

Verizon LG G4 Update Live, Brings Enhanced Advanced Calling is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon DROID Kinzie sighted on GFXBench, will have a 20MP rear camera

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

Aside from the Moto G 2015 version, Lenovo-owned Motorola is now also working on new DROID phones. We have limited information on the future handsets but a recent GFXBench benchmark gives us an idea about the Motorola XT1585 Android phone. Also known as the Motorola DROID Kinzie, this upcoming smartphone is bound for Verizon only so it’s an exclusive deal.

The Motorola DROID Kinzie is said to feature a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a 20 megapixel rear camera, 4.5 megapixel front-facing camera, 1.9GHz octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU, 21GB of built-in of 2.8GB RAM (round off to 3GB RAM), some 21GB built-in storage which could still be 32GB. This “Kinzie” is just one of the new DROIDs in the works as there’s also the DROID “Clark”, the one powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor and comes with a smaller 5.2-inch Quad HD screen.

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We can expect the DROID Kinzie to run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop as it’s the latest version of the sweet platform so far. We don’t have much details on the DROID Clark but at least we have an idea about the specs of the Kinzie and that it’s going to be the more powerful variant.

No images have been shared yet but give the geeks a few more days and we’ll see some renders or leaked images spreading around the web.

VIA: TechnoBuffalo

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

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

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile’s CEOs are paid…. a lot

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


One would expect that the carriers in the United States pay their chief executive officers by performance. By that assumption, the total compensation for Lowell McAdam, Randall Stephenson, Marcelo Claure, and John Legere would be in order of their employers’ position in the market. That, however, is not the case. The total compensation for each CEO really varies because each company has a different set of incentives on top of base salaries.

So who is the highest paid leader among carriers in the United States? Hit the break to find out.


During the fiscal year that ended in March 2015, AT&T Randall Stephenson earned nearly $24 million, easily trumping the competition. Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s CEO, actually came in fourth at $18.3 million. Sprint’s Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile’s John Legere were surprisingly ahead of Lowell with $21.8 million and $18.57 million, respectively. Why is it surprising? Verizon is the nation’s largest carrier, Sprint is constantly getting heat for its network’s quality, and T-Mobile is still rising. It would make sense, in looking at it that way, for Stephenson and McAdam to be the highest paid.

Sprint defended Claure’s total compensation by saying that comparing it to the other CEOs is unfair and that he had several one-time payments when hired.

Here is what the Big Four’s CEOs earned in the last fiscal year:

  • Randall Stephenson (AT&T): $23.98 million
  • Marcelo Claure (Sprint): $21.8 million
  • John Legere (T-Mobile): $18.57 million
  • Lowell McAdam (Verizon): $18.3 million

For the current fiscal year, I would expect Legere’s total compensation to see the most change. The carrier is investing a lot in its network and adding customers at a rapid pace. The likelihood of being acquired by an even bigger company will certainly help, too.

Source: FierceWireless

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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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