Motorola Finalizing Marshmallow Update For DROID Turbo

Motorola announced the DROID Turbo handset at the end of 2014. The device represented one of the most powerful devices at the time, offering customers top of the line specifications. The DROID Turbo offered a similar 2.7 GHz, 32-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor backed up with 3 GB of RAM, a choice of 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. However, for the DROID Turbo, Motorola used a smaller 5.2-inch, but similar QHD (or 1440p) resolution Super AMOLED display panel. The DROID flagship comes with a 21MP rear camera and a high capacity 3,900 mAh battery.

Where the DROID Turbo differs from the Motorola Nexus 6 is how quickly the device receives software updates. When the DROID Turbo was released, it came with Android 4.4.4 KitKat at a time when Nexus devices were launching with Android Lollipop. Customers had to wait until mid-2015 before getting the update to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Motorola had already stated that it was working on a software update for the Droid Turbo to put it to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but the update has been a long time coming and in some corners, people were wondering if it would ever be released. Fortunately, we have seen some evidence today that Motorola is indeed preparing the update to Marshmallow and it has arrived in the shape of a recently dated Wi-Fi Certification. This shows a Motorola model, designation XT1254 (this being the DROID Turbo) running Android 6.0 rather than the current official update, 5.1. Whilst it is possible that the certification is incorrect and the device is running Android 5.1, it is also possible that Motorola is in the final stages of releasing the software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Marshmallow will bring with it a number of improvements to the DROID Turbo, such as including Google's Doze and App Standby modes. These two technologies are designed to reduce battery life by temporarily disabling certain features and stopping the handset and applications from waking it to connect to the Internet. It will also come with Google Now on Tap, a new means of using Google Now by having the assistant look at what's on your screen and using that info to help you gain information when you need it. It will also bring with it greatly enhanced application permissions management, giving customers much more granular control over what device services and applications may certain apps access.

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.
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