Verizon and Motorola are Announcing New DROID Phones October 27

Verizon just invited us to a an event that is taking place on October 27 in New York City. Any guesses as to what the focus will be? Yeah, you already know. It’s for new DROID phones, of course. In fact, the invite says that Verizon and Motorola will unveil DROIDs, as in, multiple DROIDs. 

Sources of ours, along with a handful of other leaks, have suggested for a while now that we should expect two new phones:  DROID MAXX 2 and DROID Turbo 2(more…)

Verizon’s DROID Turbo 2 is the “Kinzie,” Plus Some Other Details

Remember that mysterious Motorola device that showed up in a benchmark, rumors, and at the FCC back in May/June/July on its way to Verizon under the codename “Kinzie” and model number XT1585? It’s the DROID Turbo 2, in case you were wondering. Why it hasn’t arrived yet is beyond us, but we have learned some additional details about the device today.  (more…)

Verizon and AT&T Moto X (2nd Gen) May See Android 6.0 Update After All?

After recently strolling through the WiFi Alliance for certification, it appears that the Verizon and AT&T variants of the Moto X (2nd Gen) may see an Android 6.0 update after all. On October 2, Motorola posted an official list of devices that were to receive Marshmallow, and to the outrage of possibly the entire Internet, XT1097 (AT&T) and XT1096 (Verizon) were not listed.  (more…)

Moto X Pure Edition Receiving First Soak Test Update

According to emails rolling out to select owners, the Moto X Pure Edition is about to receive its first soak test from Motorola. Ah, the benefits of not being tied to a carrier.

Sadly, the email gives no hint as to what owners might expect to see, and it does not seem probable to hope for Android 6.0 Marshmallow this early. Although, you never know. This update could merely be for bugs that launched with the device.  (more…)

Ugh, Smartwatches.

I’ve spent the better part of the last year or so with a smartwatch or smart something-or-other strapped to my wrist. It has been a miserable experience. From Android Wear to Pebble to Apple Watch to Samsung’s new Tizen-powered Gear S2, I think it’s safe to say that I’m smartwatch’d out. I need a break. My wrist needs an immediate break or I might snap.  (more…)

Monday Poll: Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images are available and over-the-air (OTA) updates are rolling out slowly, what do you say we play a little future predicting? Google, as is always the case (except for that one time Motorola was on top of it), pushes updates to its Nexus line-up first, but after that, it’s a race to see who can be next.

Many of the big manufacturers have to get updates ready for their skins (Samsung, LG, HTC, etc.), while others just need time to make sure all is working well enough with their add-ons (Motorola). Of course, there are carrier barriers here that add time to the process, along with companies having to find the resources needed to work on update testing. In the past, we have seen companies lay out schedules for delivery, while others often shock is with how quickly (or slowly) they get these things ready.

So today, we want to know who you think is going to be first to push an official Marshmallow update (Edit: Outside of Nexus devices, folks. Come on.)? In the poll below, we went with the big guys, but did list an “Other” category as a catch-all for those not listed.

Which Manufacturer Issues the First Marshmallow Update?

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Motorola to Shut Down Moto Migrate and Moto Assist for Marshmallow Users

To cut down on redundancy, Motorola announced today that with the future update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, owners will no longer see Moto Assist, Moto Migrate, and Chrome extension support through Motorola Connect.

The reason stated for these removals is quite simple. With the launch of Marshmallow, features that Motorola offered with these applications are now built in natively to Android, meaning that their existence is no longer required. Instead of working against Android, Motorola will opt to work with it, removing their software from devices following the update.  (more…)

Verizon and AT&T Moto X (2nd Gen) Apparently Won’t Get Android 6.0 Updates

Motorola just posted a list of its phones that will receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The list includes no real surprises, but a number of you noticed that in the mention of the Moto X (2nd gen), Motorola only listed the Pure Edition and no carrier variants. We originally just assumed that they left the carrier models off the list because they are working with carriers to decide what to do there, but according to Motorola’s forums manager, the decision has already been made. The decision isn’t a good one either.  (more…)