The DROID TURBO is coming to Verizon, likely very soon. We know that it will support Motorola’s Turbo Charger, sport a DROID MAXX-like battery, maybe even wireless charging, and attempt to hide under the codename “quark” in a body that is only slightly larger than the new Moto X. Rumors suggest it will have a QHD display, 3GB RAM, and Snapdragon 805 processor, which would make it Motorola’s most powerful and next-gen phone in years.
Thanks to the folks at HellomotoHK, we may now know what its back panel will look like as well. (more…)
TeamAndIRC released their SunShine bootloader unlock for the original Moto X and the DROID family from last year (MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini), this afternoon. The unlock tool comes in the form of an .apk that is sideloaded onto your Motorola device of choice. Once installed and paid for ($25 per device), a quick run through of a compatibility check followed by an approval or two is all that it takes before your phone is unlocked. (more…)
According to a report out of CNET, Motorola and Verizon will introduce the DROID TURBO in October. The report also mentions that Motorola and Verizon have decided to release just one new DROID model, rather than the three that we have seen each of the last two years.
What do we know about the DROID TURBO? Well, its codename is “QUARK,” as confirmed to us by both a source and the FCC. The device will likely sport a large DROID MAXX-like battery (model EQ40) and wireless charging. We have confirmed that it will be able to take advantage of Motorola’s Turbo Charger, which can give the new Moto X up to 8 hours of juice in just 15 minutes. The new DROID will be slightly larger than the new Moto X, but that could be because it doesn’t have on-screen navigation buttons. (more…)
Back in mid-August, we caught wind of a device from Motorola under the codename “quark” that appeared to be on its way to Verizon. The device was thought to have incredible specs, thanks to a benchmark, which showed a QHD screen resolution (2560×1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4.4. I can confirm this morning that the device is indeed real, is headed to Verizon, likely as the next DROID, and may have some extra tricks up its sleeves that we had not yet heard, at least according to recently filed FCC documents.
So here is what we know as of today. (more…)
A potentially on-the-horizon DROID phone being teased by the recently awakened @DroidLanding Twitter account will apparently support Motorola’s new Turbo Charger. At least that’s what today’s cryptic Tweet leads us to believe. The Tweet is short and sweet, but does mention that “fast charging is a big deal,” so that’s why Motorola “made it a bigger deal.” The account finishes with hashtag #waitforit. (more…)
A minor update is being pushed to owners of the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD on Verizon, version number 182.46.15. The update is quite small, with only two things being listed on the official changelog released by Verizon. (more…)
The @DroidLanding Twitter account, an official and verified Twitter personality that has been used to unveil new DROID phones, apps and contests in the past, reactivated this afternoon. Well, it at least notified us that reactivation is “fast approaching,” which really means that something new is about to arrive with the DROID named attached to it.
What could it be? (more…)
If you were looking for a solid article that covers the history of Motorola from its glorious days of inventing the first mobile phone to its eventual fall, rise again thanks to the original DROID, to its landslide decline again before being sold to Google and then to Lenovo, Chicago Magazine has you covered. In a piece released at the beginning of the week, the story of one of America’s most innovative companies is detailed from the good times to the bad. We’re talking from its founding days in 1928 as Galvin Manufacturing Corp to its current up-in-the-air status with a Lenovo acquisition looming over their new downtown Chicago headquarters.
You should really go read the full article if Motorola’s history interests you at all, but for the sake of saving a bit of time and grabbing your attention, we have pulled out a couple of excerpts on events that stood out to us, starting in the 70s. (more…)