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Android 5.1 Lollipop Bound for the Motorola DROID Turbo

News by Luke Jones on Thursday March 19, 2015.

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Motorola is one of the best companies if you want the latest version of Android on your device quickly. The company has already updated most of its modern portfolio, but surprisingly the Motorola DROID Turbo is still sitting on KitKat. That's a surprise because the handset was the last Motorola launched before the Moto E this month, the Verizon exclusive with blockbuster specs landed in November last year.

However, the wait for Android Lollipop to come to the DROID Turbo is almost over as Motorola confirmed that the device will get Android 5.1 Lollipop soon. That means the handset will skip over Android 5.0 entirely according to Luciano Carvalho, a Motorola software engineer. He says that the company will roll out a update for the DROID Turbo as well as a "bug free" update for other Motorola smartphones.

The DROID Turbo upgrade will not be bug-free though according to Carvalho, because it's "nearly impossible" not to have bugs with "a complex software running on a complex hardware, with thousands of different environment conditions and thousands of usage variations."

When the DROID Turbo launched, we named it as one of the best smartphones on the market:

As is usually the case with DROID devices, Verizon has tasked Motorola with making the design look different to the company's current line-up. So, while you can see the Moto X influence, the Turbo stands on its own with a flatter look and sitting on a chassis that appears to be carbon fiber, although it could be nylon. According to Motorola, the Turbo is also water resistant.

I mentioned that the DROID Turbo takes the best of the Moto X and the Nexus 6, and that is certainly the case from top to bottom. The Moto X arrived with a 1080p screen, but the Turbo gets a Quad HD panel, like the one found on the Nexus, although the DROID's screen size sits at 5.2-inches with an outrages 565ppi.

There is a 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with 3GB of RAM purring under the hood, so performance is positively blistering. Verizon employs a light touch in the software department, so what you get here is pretty much stock Android 4.4.4, which should make performance even better. Of course, this is also in line to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, although Big Red has not said exactly when that update will come. The new smartphone also comes with all the Motorola enhancements that make the Android experience such an utter joy.

The DROID Turbo also gets a massive 3,900 mAh battery, which is bigger than the 3,200 mAh juicer found in the Moto X and should give the handset some long battery performance. As for cameras, there is a 21 megapixel dual LED flash snapper on the rear, beating the 13MP lens found in both the Moto X and Nexus 6. Around front there is a standard 2 megapixel selfie lens.

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