Hands on with the DROID Turbo

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The DROID Turbo was officially launched today in New York City, and it’s shaping up to be the best DROID yet. With it’s 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 21 MP rear camera with dual LED flash, and 48 hour battery life, it’s one beast to be reckoned with. The fact that it’s priced at $199 for 32 GB of internal storage ($249 for 64 GB) makes this very intriguing for Verizon Wireless customers. The only question I have, since it’s made by Motorola, is how good is the camera? I will have to wait until I spend more time with it before I can answer that question, but for now, check out our hands on video after the break.


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James Franco Uses Droid Turbo in Confusing YouTube Ad

droid-turbo-redThe Droid Turbo is shaping up to be one of the most exciting devices of 2014, and it’s already causing quite the stir. In a video/advertisement released on YouTube today, actor James Franco is seen riding his bike around on a street and disappearing, only to snap some photos with his Droid Turbo of the people filming him. It seems the ad is showing how fast the Turbo is, but it’s still a little tough to follow. So go ahead and watch it once… or twice:


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Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless

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The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally available for pre-order, but from only one place. And that place is quite surprising. If you want to be the first to get your hands on Sony’s first Android Wear smartwatch, you will have to order it through Verizon Wireless.

They are taking pre-orders for it now for $249. Shipments start on October 30. The Sony SmartWatch is the only Android Wear smartwatch with a built in GPS so it can take advantage of the new features that Google officially announced today. On top of that, it has the best ambient display in the business.


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Verizon tweets image of DROID Turbo, but pulls it shortly after

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I have heard of teasers, but this might top them all. Verizon, through their @DroidLanding Twitter account, tweeted an image of the upcoming DROID Turbo, but then deleted it soon after.

Seriously? Usually when something like this happens, it’s a mistake, so either Verizon is playing some serious games with us or someone just lost their job.


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Details and images of the Motorola DROID Turbo leak along with Moto S back plate

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It’s that time of the year when the new DROIDs usually get launched, and this year is no exception. We expect the DROID Turbo to get introduced next month, and we have some images and details courtesy of HelloMotoHK.

Baring the model number of XT1254, the DROID Turbo (shown with last year’s DROID MAXX) will unsurprisingly sport a Kevlar unibody along with capacitive buttons on the front. Since the all new Moto X sports a dual LED flash, you can expect that on the DROID Turbo as well. Just like last year’s DROID MAXX, the new Turbo will also sport wireless charging. We presume the Qi standard again. Since the new Moto X has stereo speakers at the front of the device, the Turbo should get the same treatment as well.


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Verizon HTC One Update Delayed a Day

HTC_ONE-updateBad news for Verizon HTC One users today: according to HTC’s VP of product management, the HTC One M8 OTA update has been delayed until tomorrow due to an un-revealed issue. However, this is hardly anything to get too worried about, since the update should be released tomorrow without any issues. This update is the same one that was released last week to the M7. A highlight of the update is the new Extreme Power Saving Mode.

Source: Twitter

Metal-banded Moto 360 up for pre-order on Verizon’s web site with a Nov. 11 ship date

VZWMoto360MetalBandWhen the Moto 360 was announced, it was said that metal-banded version would be on its way in the near future. Well thanks to Verizon, we’re getting a bit of a window into when that may actually be. Big Red has the metal-banded Android Wear watch in both silver and black on its web site and if the company’s web page is correct, we won’t see it for a few months.


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Verizon’s @DroidLanding Twitter account awakens from slumber before Motorola’s launch event

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Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.

Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.


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Verizon’s VoLTE, HD voice era to start in the ‘coming weeks’

verizon_VoLTE_calling_appIt looks like Verizon is ready to flip the switch on its VoLTE (voice over LTE) and HD voice services. According to Big Red, the initial rollout will take place in “the coming weeks.”

The good news is that it will be nationwide instead of only a few select areas like their competitors. However, it will be limited to select devices and customers will have to opt-in to use the service. VoLTE will work wherever this is LTE-data coverage.


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