Now that the Galaxy Note 7 is officially done for and not coming back, those of you (a cool million or so of you) who owned the phone are probably wondering which phone should be the replacement as you makes plans for a return. I have both good news and bad news on this subject. The good news is that there are quite a few really good phones out there (or that are coming in a couple of weeks). The bad news is that there are no phones like the Note 7. You will have to sacrifice a bit.
I know that may sound slightly depressing, but let’s run through some decent options and why they may be your best choice today or in a couple of weeks. (more…)
Motorola published a complete list of devices that will see Nougat at some point, with fifteen devices making the cut at this time. As you might expect, newer devices like the Moto Z and DROID Turbo 2 are listed, but others that could also be labeled as new, such as the Moto G (2015), are absent from the list.
Other notables included are the Nexus 6, DROID Maxx 2, Moto X Pure Edition (3rd Gen), and the 4th Gen lineup of the Moto G. It should also be noted that no Moto E devices are listed here. (more…)
DROID Turbo 2 owners, a new update is on the way to your phones through Verizon. The update will arrive as software version 24.31.22 and will include WiFi Calling, along with the latest Android security updates.
And yep, that’s it!
To grab it, head into Settings>System updates. Verizon says that it may not start rolling out until October 3, which is Monday. (more…)
Lenovo, randomly posted this video today to its YouTube channels and Twitter that is of the new boot animation accompanying “new Moto phones.” We aren’t sure if that means future phones, as in, phones coming months from now or if the current crop of newish phones (like the Moto Z family) will see an update to this.
In the past, while still under Google leadership, Motorola frequently update the boot animations on phones like the original Moto X. These weren’t necessarily big feature changes or a part of a software update, but they did add some life to phones that were months old and were something we did look forward to.
Maybe this is a sign that Lenovo will do the same. Either way, let us know what you think.
Now that Android 7.0 Nougat is official and arriving on Nexus devices, many of you are starting to wonder when and if your non-Nexus phone is going to see the upgrade to it. Since we had not yet heard Motorola’s plans for any of their recently released phones, we reached out and heard back this morning. (more…)
According to two sources close to the matter, Lenovo just laid off hundreds of employees at Motorola, potentially more than 50% of the remaining workforce at the mobile device maker. One source actually pegged the number at 700+ out of 1200 remaining who will be told that they no longer have a job within the next day. (more…)
For the Moto Z Play, being a mid-range phone that we wouldn’t typically review, we took a different approach to sharing our final thoughts on it. Hey, look, a video review from Droid Life! This should be interesting.
If you have watched the DL Show in recent weeks or follow us on Twitter, you probably know that I’ve actually become quite a big fan of this phone. It might be the legitimate 2-day battery life that has me brainwashed. Seriously, I have never in all my years reviewing phones, seen one that can last this long on a single charge. You get battery estimates from companies as they announce new phones, yet none ever live up to those numbers. This phone does and I am incredibly impressed. (more…)
The unlocked Moto Z and Moto Z Play are now available for pre-order in the US at both Best Buy and Amazon. Motorola told us to expect them in October and that’s what each pre-order is telling us. The Moto Z is showing a release date of October 2, while the Moto Z Play will release on October 20. (more…)