New 2016 Moto X, Motorola DROID Phones Surface and Look Mighty Familiar (Updated)

Alright, so remember back in December when a photo surfaced of a supposed Motorola phone we dubbed the Franken-iPhLumia360 (that’s pronounced eye-floom-ee-uh-360)? It was of a phone so distant in design from Motorola’s previous efforts that we stated something that didn’t seem all that outlandish at the time – that we were going to be beyond shocked if it was on any level real. Welp, it might be real! Check out all of these fabulous new renders that were posted by the folks at hellomotoHK over the weekend that look identical to that phone.

My, oh my.

So what are we looking at? Well, there is a lot to talk about here.  (more…)

If You Care About Software Updates or Security, Stop Buying Motorola DROID Phones

Here’s a pro tip on a Wednesday – stop buying Motorola and Verizon’s exclusive DROID phones if you care at all about software updates or security. I say that because Motorola and Verizon don’t seem to care about keeping them up-to-date, even as Google and the rest of the Android industry are at least doing their best to provide timely security patches. Not only are owners of these phones missing out on new features, but they are susceptible to non-patched security vulnerabilities that most phones are protected from.

Marketed as the ultimate flagships when they launch, the DROID brand of phones have become laughing stocks in terms of support. At this point, we are well beyond blaming Motorola’s thinned out support staff and Verizon’s notoriously slow update approval or testing process. This is borderline offensive and should deter you from even considering a Turbo 3 or whatever robotic name these two cook up and sell you on later this year.  (more…)

DEALS: Nexus 5 32GB for $140, DROID Turbo for $170

Need a phone at the moment, maybe one that is a temporary placeholder as we wait for phones like the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 to arrive? Today, there are two phone deals worth looking at.

The first is for the Nexus 5 with 32GB storage that can be had for just $140 over at eBay. The second is for Verizon’s DROID Turbo that can be had for as little as $170 over at Groupon. Each phone is refurbished, so they aren’t new. But again, they could be great placeholders for someone in-between phones or who may have broken their current phone and can’t fork out another $500-$600 at the moment for a new one.

The Nexus 5 is the original and will work on T-Mobile and AT&T here in the US. The DROID Turbo will work on Verizon (of course), but should also see GSM HSPA+ support on AT&T. If you want the full LTE experience, though, you really will want to stick to Verizon.  (more…)

Motorola Details Which Phones to Receive Marshmallow Update (Updated)

When Lollipop was released by Google last year, it seemed many OEMs were in a race to deliver the good to customers as quickly as possible. As we all saw, Lollipop was absolutely riddled with bugs and performance issues, leaving a few Android users wishing they still had Kit Kat. This year, the same thing is happening, but each OEM has stated that they will not send out any OTA updates until they know the OS is stable and ready for consumers.

Motorola has now posted its official list of devices that as of this morning, should see the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. As no surprise, most of Motorola’s newer lineup will see the update, including the Moto X Pure Edition, Moto G (2nd Gen, 3rd Gen, and LTE 2nd Gen), and DROID Turbo(more…)

DROID Turbo Receiving Soak Test, Likely a Stagefright Patch

DROID Turbo owners will soon receive an update, as invites for a soak test are beginning to roll out from Motorola.

No exact details have been posted yet that detail what owners should expect to see, but since the Turbo has yet to receive its Stagefright patch, it might be safe to assume that’s what it is. Don’t get crazy and think you will see Marshmallow pop up.  (more…)