Android 5.1 Lollipop update for Motorola Droid Turbo to be released in mid June

What we're seeing on the right is a Motorola Droid Turbo that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, despite the fact that an official Lollipop update has yet to be rolled out to the handset. The explanation for this is that the device pictured here belongs to Jose Arturo, one of Verizon's device test engineers, who says that the 5.1 update should reach end users starting mid June.

As previously reported, the Droid Turbo will be updated from Android 4.4 KitKat directly to Android 5.1 Lollipop, skipping the 5.0 version altogether. According to Jose Arturo, the Droid Turbo is being updated this late because of Verizon's nationwide HD Voice service. More exactly, the carrier needs to make sure that software updates don't negatively impact voice quality.

Right now, you can buy a Motorola Droid Turbo for as low as $99 on contract, or $499 off contract. As you may already know, the handset is available only from Verizon Wireless in the US. Starting May 28 (next week), Verizon will offer the Droid Turbo in three new color versions.

source: Jose Arturo (Google+)

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  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh



1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Between the battery issue from a recent article and the poor performance of 5.0 I'd say it's a bad time to be a Droid Turbo user.

3. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Eh, still a better device than anything Samsung decides to spew out.

11. Metropolis75

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

If you have those issues. My phone works fine so I have no problem being a Turbo user.

15. blahb

Posts: 48; Member since: May 16, 2012

The turbo has allowed me to completely change my thinking about battery saving and charging since I got it. It consistently gives me at least 30 hours per charge and typically with ~4 hours of screen on time. Have fun being bound to your charger and bashing Turbo owners. For me the Turbos is the best phone I've ever owned and 4.4.4 works so well I'm in no rush for lollipop

5. gsssman

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

As usual, Mxyzptlk doesn't know whet ahe's talking about. I have had NO problems with my awesome Turbo and neither have my NINE friends I talked into getting it as well. A few reports of problems do not make for a larger issue. This is a fantastic phone and I'm glad VZW waited to install 5.1, as 5.0 was a disaster and am eager to check out the new version of Lollipop.

8. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

Just hope it doesn't brick my Turbo with Lollipop. I've already got a Nexus 7 2013 bricked in the drawer thanks to Lollipop. (Neither Google nor ASUS cares!!)

9. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

" As you may already know, the handset is available only from Verizon Wireless in the US. " Actually not true. ONLY the Droid Turbo (XT1254) NAME is exclusive to Verizon, not the device. The exact same device, with the exact same FCC ID is being sold IN THE U.S. as the Moto Maxx (XT1250). Exact same bands, being sold by regional CDMA/LTE carriers. Runs on Verizon, if you put in a Verizon SIM card. Internationally, the Moto Maxx/Moto Turbo (XT1225) is being sold in Latin America and India. Same device, but different FCC ID because it doesn't have CDMA, and has slightly different LTE bands. But perfect for AT&T. I own two. Has LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17. The XT1225 also has HSPA band 4 which is important for T-mobile. The whole "exclusive" to Verizon was PR malarkey by Verizon tech reporters didn't bother to check out.

12. philpoe

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2015

What regional carriers have the XT 1250? I've been trying to find one so that I can get upgrades not dependent on Verizon.

13. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I found over half a dozen regional carriers, and posted the results over in the Droid Turbo XDA forum. These are NOT Verizon MVNOs, they are small regional carriers with their own spectrum and towers, although they usually have national roaming agreements with Verizon and/or Sprint to augment their regional footprint. Here's a partial list: Cellcom (Wisconsin) Copper Valley Telecom (Alaska) NorthwestCell (Missouri) Pioneer Cellular (Oklahoma, Kansas) Thumb Cellular (Michigan) Chariton Valley Wireless (Missouri) Chat Mobility (Iowa) Bluegrass Cellular (Kentucky) Custer Telephone Cooperative (Idaho) STRATA Networks (Utah, Wyoming, Colorado) Google their names, go to their websites, see the phones. You will have to pay full price, not a contract. Many are hesitant to sell you a phone outside their coverage area, so tell them it's a gift for someone or whatever you want. :)

14. philpoe

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2015

Thanks! I've tried ebay/amazon/google shopping to find them before with no luck. I'll try the local route.

17. philpoe

Posts: 3; Member since: May 20, 2015

If the device isn't in the Verizon CDMA database, once it has a Verizon LTE sim, it takes full advantage of Verizon's network including all sub-LTE networks (ie 3G, CDMA, etc) and XLTE?

16. EpicSpartan

Posts: 1; Member since: May 21, 2015

As a Turbo owner, does it bother anyone else that the signal status bars (and presumably the wifi bars) aren't solid white like the Moto X?

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Mine are solid white and have been since the day I got it, as are every other one I've seen in real life or online. The Maxx had blue status bars at launch but after the second update, they went to all white as well. You sure you don't have a counterfeit phone?

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