Motorola's sweeping Android Lollipop updates are continuing with a couple of U.S. Cellular devices getting their upgrade to Android 5.1. The first is the second generation Moto X, the company's latest flagship, which is now getting software version LPE23.32-21. The other U.S. Cellular Motorola getting Android 5.1 is the Moto E LTE, which is receiving software version LPI23.29-15.
Want a cheap handset that is a bona fide smartphone, and still a pretty good one at that? Look no further than the original Motorola Moto G. Of course, we have been saying that since the handset launched two years ago, but at the moment the Moto G is even more of a bargain grab as Best Buy is selling the Verizon variant for just $19.99, and that's not with a contract by the way.
The Motorola/Verizon DROID Turbo may be having battery problems, as we reported yesterday, but we still think it's a stellar smartphone. One of the best in the mid-range category in fact and while we reported the battery drain issue because... well, it's what we do, we are confident that Motorola and Big Red will get it sorted out quickly with an update. So, for our money the DROID Turbo remains one of the most enticing smartphones out there, although we have often thought the design lets it down.
We don't hide the fact that we think the Motorola DROID Turbo is among the best smartphones on the market, it's an opinion we have held since the handset launched late last year. Even though newer devices have been launched, the Turbo remains a potent device with market leading specs. However, despite its beefy battery and solid battery performance, the Motorola DROID Turbo is suffering from some strange battery ussies.
Motorola is having a spring sale in the United Kingdom starting today, with the company slashing the prices on a number of its products. If you are in the UK you can take advantage of the savings starting Monday and ending Wednesday. The sale includes the company's top products like the new Moto X flagship, the Moto 360 smartwatch, and the Nexus 6 handset.
The second generation Motorola Moto E is one of the best budget smartphones on the market and it even packs LTE with its humble price tag. Of course, as it was launched in February, the Moto E second generation came with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, but Motorola is keeping up its reputation of updating devices quickly by bumping the Moto E to Android 5.1.
Motorola has been typically quick in updating its smartphone portfolio to Android 5.0 Lollipop and is even moving on to Android 5.1. However, the original 2013 Moto X has proven to be problematic for the company and it has still not received its upgrade to Google's newest operating system. Luckily that is about to change with Motorola confirming that the Moto X will receive the update starting "full deployment in a few weeks."
The Moto X second generation is a solid device, but considering Motorola rolled out the better DROID Turbo and Nexus 6 later it has never felt quite like a true flagship. The next iteration, the 2015 version of the Moto X has the chance to change that by arriving with the best hardware, such as a Quad HD screen and a newer processor/battery etc. The question is will it? Well, it seems yes as the specs for the 2015 Motorola Moto X have apparently leaked.
Motorola confirmed earlier in the month that its first generation Moto smartphones (Moto X and Moto G) would be skipping the Android 5.0 update and moving straight from 4.4.4 KitKat to Lollipop 5.1. That roll out is expected soon, especially now a changelist for the Android 5.1 running on the first generation Moto X showed up today.
Motorola's spiffing Moto E 4G LTE second generation has been made available in India starting from today, bringing the budget king to the second most populous country in the world. The device is selling for the same as $127 US dollars from Flipkart, an online retailer in the subcontinent. If you have an SBI card you will get a 10% discount, which would make the handset $115. It is actually a little bit more affordable than the list price from when Motorola launched the device.