The DROID Turbo root method that was first teased a couple of weeks ago is now available for purchase. Yes, I said “available for purchase.” The root game is difficult these days and it takes an awful lot of time to find exploits, so if you feel like rooting, you need to pay for the opportunity. “MOFOROOT” is the name of the Turbo’s root method and it runs $20 per device. (more…)
You didn’t buy the DROID Turbo yesterday when the new Sapphire Blue ballistic nylon version dropped, did you? If so, you may want to ask Big Red for a price adjustment, because the price was cut this afternoon by $50 to $149 on-contract. The off-contract price dropped as well, from $599 to $549.
As a recap, the DROID Turbo is the first DROID in years that hasn’t brought shame to the brand. Motorola did everything they could to max
x out this phone by tossing in high-end specs like a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 20MP camera, massive 3,900mAh battery, and then covered it in Ballistic Nylon, which is awesome, by the way. Be sure to read our DROID Turbo review if this phone is on your list.
At $149 with a 2-year contract or $549 without one, you are looking at a deal worth considering even with the Galaxy S6 on the way.
The DROID Turbo, a device that cracked our top 5 phones of 2014, is now available from Verizon in a shiny new Sapphire Blue color. Better yet, that blue is atop the Ballistic Nylon version of the Turbo, which is our personal favorite. Like the black Ballistic Nylon version, you can grab the new color for $199 on-contract, $24.99 per month on Edge, or for $599 without a contract.
As a recap, the DROID Turbo is the first DROID in years that lives up to the name. It features a QHD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 20MP camera, and a massive 3,900mAh battery. It also runs stock Android with Motorola’s suite of Moto software add-ons and should get Lollipop any day. Right, Verizon and Motorola?
Be sure to read our DROID Turbo review if you haven’t already.
Over the weekend, owners of the DROID Turbo who were participating in a soak test of new software told us that the update was nothing more than a VoLTE fixer, instead of being Android 5.0 “Lollipop.” This morning, Verizon confirmed as much with a changelog posted to the Turbo’s support page.
The update is indeed software version 21.44.12 and it fixes three bugs. Those three bugs involve call volumes, the email application, and the DROID Command Center Widget. Verizon’s list of changes doesn’t even mention VoLTE or Advanced Calling 1.0.
You can see the list below. (more…)
Back in late January, Motorola issued soak test invites to DROID Turbo owners who were interested in testing out a new software update. At the time, we just assumed that it would be Android 5.0 “Lollipop,” because well, the phone feels long overdue for its update to the newest version of Android. Then weeks went by and our readers still hadn’t received the update. That seemed like good news, because Lollipop is buggy and maybe pointed toward Motorola still polishing things up. And then yesterday, the update started rolling out. To say that folks are a little disappointed, is probably an understatement. (more…)
Back in January, I expressed my love for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology that allows you to charge your phone at pretty insane speeds when compared to your typical USB charger. The technology has been made famous by Motorola within the last year, thanks to their use of it as a selling feature in the new Moto X, DROID Turbo, and Nexus 6. They are also selling a $35 Turbo Charger that can give your phone hours of use in just a few minutes time. But Quick Charge 2.0 is in more than Motorola devices. In fact, the HTC One (M8) from early last year has it, as does the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, and Galaxy Note 4. That’s right, most of the popular phones released within the last year have the technology built in.
Unfortunately, most official OEM Quick Charge 2.0 chargers aren’t cheap, so many of you have avoided buying any. Like I mentioned, Motorola sells their Turbo Charger for a whopping $35, but HTC also has a quick charge adapter that runs $35 too.
If you want a lower cost charger, you currently have to turn to places like Amazon. There are a handful of third party accessory makers now making Quick Charge 2.0 adapters, one of which is Tenergy, who just so happens to be hosting a Lightning deal over at Amazon at the moment. For just $12.99, you can grab yourself a Quick/Turbo charger and realize why I think it’s the future of charging.
As of right now, the deal is 41% claimed, so you may want to hurry.
Invites to a soak test of “an early preview of a new software release” for members of Motorola’s Feedback Network who own the DROID Turbo arrived this morning. Is it Lollipop time for Turbo owners? It might be, though the details in the invite aren’t specific enough for us to know for sure just yet. (more…)
The 2013 DROID family – MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – is receiving an update today from Verizon to version 24.3.7. The update does one thing, so I hope it does it well. The only item listed on the changelog says that this update brings bug fixes and stability improvements to VoLTE, which Verizon calls Advanced Calling 1.0.
These three devices were some of the first to receive VoLTE with HD Voice and video calling, so I can imagine that early adopters who have been able to use the service will appreciate the fixes. (more…)