We are huge fans of the Motorola DROID Turbo here at MobileBurn, despite its flaws (ugly, Verizon exclusivity, and unnecessary battery issues) and we are excited to see what Motorola cooks up for Big Red next. That upcoming device is codenamed the "Kinzie" (15XT85) and is reported to be coming with plenty of interesting (read high end) specs.
We broke the news earlier this month that Motorola will be bringing Android 5.1.1 Lollipop to its original Moto X some time during June. Fast forward two weeks and the company is delivering on its promise and is now updating its 2013 flagship in three countries, with more sure to follow.
Motorola's original Moto X (launched back in 2013) has still not received an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, a fact that goes against the company?s reputation for being the quickest OEM to upgrade to new software versions. Given Motorola's near stock experience, the lack of update for the Moto X is a surprise, but it does seem as though the wait is finally over as Android 5.1 Lollipop is expected to land on the old flagship during this month.
Motorola is currently working on a 2015 version of its Moto X flagship, and we have already seen leaked images of the handset. A week after those original photos arrived we are being treated to some more, with the new images seemingly revealing that the handset will not have a fingerprint scanner as the previous leak suggested.
It is the time of year when we can start expecting some noise from Motorola as the company rolls out replacements for the Moto G and Moto X (both moving to their third generation). While we suspect the company will make the handsets available in the early fall, a report today suggests that the Moto G could actually be announced as early as next month (July).
Canadian carrier Rogers is going to be sending out the Android 5.1 Lollipop software for its version of the Moto G LTE during June. The information showed up on a list of the company's upcoming updates (also revealing the original Moto X will get Android 5.0.2 during June too) making the handset skip directly past Android 5.0 to 5.1.
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.