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Motorola Preparing Droid Turbo Software Soak Test

October 1, 2015 - Written By David Steele

When Motorola is preparing a software update, it has a habit of inviting those customers who have opted into the scheme the opportunity to download the update onto their device as part of a soak test. These customers are able to download a new software update or version before the general population, but do so with the understanding that the software is still undergoing testing and that there may be adverse effects. This is a hallmark of beta testing, in that the new software could be unstable, buggy, crashing or may plain and simply, not work properly. Sometimes, soak test updates are quickly moved into full release and at other times, Motorola’s cache of soak testers uncover issues that Motorola had not discovered and these must be subsequently addressed, fixed and resubmitted to the testers. It now seems today that Motorola is working on a new software version for the Motorola Droid Turbo, which will shortly be rolled out in the shape of a soak test. The Droid Turbo was Motorola’s late-2014 flagship device and contained the best hardware available at the time, including a 2.7 GHz, quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch, QHD panel, a 21MP rear camera and kept alive by a 3,900 mAh battery.

Another Motorola habit is to quickly release new versions of Android including Google’s patches and fixes: in some markets, the original Motorola Moto X was quicker to receive the update to Android 4.4 KitKat than the LG Google Nexus 4! Earlier this week, Google announced a new version of Android, version 6.0 Marshmallow, but before customers get too excited, this software update is absolutely not the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Marshmallow will be released in a the coming weeks and months for a number of devices, but the code is not yet ready.

Instead, the software version is likely to be more in the shape of a Stagefright fix, with perhaps other security patches and fixes embedded into the release. As such, this is a software patch designed to strengthen Android against the threat of the Stagefright vulnerability, which is a part of the Android software that could, potentially, allow a malicious MMS (typically a video) to execute code, which can take control over part of the device. Once the code has a foothold in the device, it would be able to install additional applications or scripts and it could do all this transparently such that the owner wouldn’t even see it (especially if he or she were asleep). At the moment, there are no details as to the changes or as to what Motorola have adjusted in the build just yet, nor is there any information on the size of the update.