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Nexus 6 vs Droid Turbo: Another civil war within Motorola

nexus 6 vs droid turbo

For weeks we heard rumors and picked up leaks about the DROID Turbo, and now it’s finally here. Like a souped up Moto X (2014), the DROID Turbo has a lot to offer. However, the new Nexus 6 also is a monster of a phone, both in specs and in size. Motorola has been hard at work this year developing its own flagship, and a flagship for Google, and a flagship for Verizon’s DROID line. So, which of these two newest ones are better? Let’s get down to brass tacks.


Motorola Nexus 6 vs Motorola DROID Turbo


Lets start with what users first experience on a device, the display. Both of these phones have a QHD resolution (2560 x 1440), but the Nexus 6 has a 5.96″ screen while the DROID Turbo has a 5.2″ screen, making the pixel density of the former 493 ppi, and the latter a phenomenal 565 ppi, which Motorola says is the most pixel dense smartphone out there. Due to these screen sizes however, they will be very different experiences with the Nexus 6 being a “phablet” while the Droid Turbo might be more comfortable with its smaller screen size. This is a matter of preference though. So while both have very good screens, the DROID Turbo comes out on top with its denser screen.


The battery is another very interesting part of this spec war. The Nexus 6 has a fairly big 3,220 mAh battery, while the DROID Turbo has a massive 3,900 mAh battery, with Motorola claiming you’ll get 48 hours of mixed usage with this phone. Also, since the Nexus 6 has a larger screen, it will suck more battery. Both of these phones take advantage of Motorola’s will take advantage of the turbo charging technology, where 15 minutes of charging gives you 8 hours of usage. Because the DROID Turbo has a much bigger battery and smaller screen however, the DROID Turbo wins this battle.


When it comes to processing, these two devices are actually exactly the same. They both have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.7 GHz, with an Adreno 420, and 3 GB of RAM. Where the Nexus 6 will have the advantage is in two ways: it will have vanilla Android, which is known to be snappier and more responsive, and will have the latest version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop, when it releases. The DROID Turbo will launch with Android 4.4.4, and likely will upgrade to Android 5 soon, but it still won’t have vanilla Android, with Verizon’s bloatware layered on top. How well they respond won’t be known until some interaction is given, however, so for now I’m giving this one a tie.


Here is another interesting battle. The Nexus 6 has a 13 MP rear camera with OIS, and the DROID Turbo has a 21 MP rear camera, while both have 2 MP front-facing shooters. The DROID Turbo camera has more pixels, but seemingly no mention of OIS. Also, the newest version of Android will give the camera capabilities a significant boost, allowing RAW formats. Again, the DROID Turbo will likely have Android 5.0 at some point, but won’t at first. These capabilities of Android 5.0 camera processing remains to be seen however, so I’ll give this round to the DROID Turbo.


What needs to be noted here is that there will be three different versions of the DROID Turbo. A Metallic Red, a metallic black, and a Black Ballistic Nylon. 32 GB will be available among each version, but only the Black Ballistic Nylon will have a 64 GB version. While the Nexus 6 has two colors (midnight blue, cloud white), there will be 32 GB and 64 GB available in both colors. Nevertheless, there are options for 32 GB and 64 GB in both models, so we have another tie.

Verizon’s latest DROID is a beast of a device, with a lot crammed into one package. Its worth mentioning that the DROID Turbo will have the latest Moto suite of services (Moto display, Moto Voice, etc.). However, the Nexus 6 will have Android Lollipop which has a bunch of new goodies, with its own version of Moto display and Moto Voice. The Nexus 6 will be available to all major carriers, while the DROID Turbo will be unique to Verizon. Also, we have yet to see if the Nexus 6′ size will be comfortable and likeable by people. All in all, I think this war goes to DROID Turbo. The collaboration of Motorola and Verizon is intense, and I can’t wait to hear how it runs.

Which do you think is the better device? Do you think the Nexus 6 deserves more recognition here?


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Root Nexus 5 Running Android 5.0 Lollipop With SuperSU

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The Nexus 5 running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop software can now be rooted using a SuperSU package, formed from the Android 5.0 SDK with a build number of LPX13D.

This is great news for Nexus 5 owners concerned with keeping their root access when the Android 5.0 Lollipop update lands on their devices from the official OTA in November.

Using ChainFire’s SuperSU with the CF-Root tool gives you root access on the Nexus 5, and to do so yourself follow the steps below.

Root the Nexus 5 On Android 5.0 Lollipop

  1. Download the SuperSU root file here.
  2. Download the adapted hammerhead boot image here.
    – extract the contents.
  3. Note: You must have Android SDK already pre-installed before starting.
  4. Use the extracted file from the boot image folder and copy it over to the same folder that the SDK is sitting.
  5. Connect the nexus 5 to the computer with the USB wire.
  6. Have the SDK folder open and right click the mouse and hold the ‘Shift” key on the keyboard.
    – now you have the command line open and ready for us to type some commands.
  7. Type the first command: “adb reboot bootloader”.
    – you are running in bootloader mode.
  8. Type the second command: “fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
  9. This command takes some time as it is flashing the file. Do not touch any keys until it finishes.
  10. Select the recovery option from bootloader mode.
  11. Choose the “install” option from the main menu.
  12. Locate the root file from earlier and upload the file to the Nexus.
    – confirm the process and do not touch any keys until it finishes flashing once more.
  13. Go back to the main screen of recovery and select “reboot System Now”.
  14. The initial boot process can take minutes longer for the first time.

Enjoy your rooted Nexus 5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop.



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Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM for Nexus 4

Render of Nexus 4 running Android L

Android Lollipop is coming, and everyone is excited. However, if you can’t wait and are willing to tinker with your Nexus 4, then you can get an early taste before the official release.

The thread on XDA (link below) gives some tips on how to flash the Android Lollipop ROM on your Nexus 4, along with some general tips you should follow if you’re going to do this.

A quote from the post says “This is an enhanced version of the developer preview that google released.”

Head over to the thread to get started. If you like the ROM, consider donating to the developer for his work.

Are you going to try this out?

via XDA-Developers


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Nexus 6 not likely to hit the UK before December!


It’s bad news unfortunately if you live in the UK and are looking forward to holding that Nexus 6 in your hands, since the guy that correctly predicted the Nexus 6 release and general accurate rumour reporter says that the device won’t be hitting the UK until at least December.

Paul O’Brien tweeted out the following:

With the Nexus 6 showing as not available in the UK Google Play Store, and no other UK retailers showing signs of even listing the device, including Amazon, you begin to think that the UK may be lucky to see the Nexus 6 in 2014 at all. The same thing happened with the Nexus 4, with it arriving several weeks after ordering only minutes after sales went live.

It is certainly bad news for those in the UK wanting a Nexus 6, so let’s hope this is one of those rumours that isn’t right.


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A Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparison shows us exactly how far the Nexus line has come

Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparisonI think it would be a pretty fair statement to say that the new Nexus 6 polarizes the Android community. Some love it for the performance beast it is, while others find it hard to overlook the gigantic 5.96-inch display. One thing is certain, however, and that is the Nexus 6 is a spectacular culmination of the Nexus devices that came before it, some of which it physically dwarfs. To picture by how much the Nexus 6 dwarfs its predecessors, Phone Arena has constructed some mockups, of which the Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparison is the most pronounced. The front surface of the Nexus 6 appears to almost equally about double of the Nexus One’s front face, remarkable to think that 3.7-inches might have been enough for us at some point.

Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparisonA more traditional size comparison of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 is perhaps less spectacular, but no less distinct – even the Nexus 5 looks tiny compared to its new big brother. I very much doubt that nigh on 5 years ago we would have imagined that the phones that we would eventually own could eventually measure 6-inches, but then again it’s hard to fathom just how far hardware and software developments have come in that identical period. Some days, you just have to love technology.

What to you think about how far the Nexus line of devices has come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Phone Arena

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The Nexus 6 Ambient Display resembles Moto Display


One of the most loved features of the Moto X (2013) and the new Moto X (2014) is the active display, or now dubbed Moto Display. This feature allows you to glance at incoming notifications without powering on the display, and for the new Moto X, without even touching it. I have a 1st Gen Moto X, and I don’t think I can ever go to another device because I love this feature too much… until now.

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Ambient Display on the Nexus 6

Above is a picture of a Nexus 4 with Ambient Display being used (the Nexus 4 has the system from the Nexus 6), a new feature Google has included on the Nexus 6. This feature is included on the Nexus 6 spec sheet, but it was unclear what it was. It’s also not clear whether this will be included on other devices with Android Lollipop or not. We will update when we have more info.

It’s worth noting that the standby time of the Nexus 6 is reduced from 330 hours to 250 hours with this feature turned on, but it is most likely not a big issue in day-to-day use.

Excited to have another device with a feature similar to Moto Display?

via Android and Me


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Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Logo of Google outside their headquarters building in Mountainview, California.With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.

Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.

You can find the guide below. It might not hurt to brush up on a few things if you’re planning on helping a family member make the switch this year.

source: Android

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“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display


When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.

A screenshot of some display setting for the Nexus 6 shows an entry for a feature called “Ambient display” with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This seems to clearly suggest Google benefited from having Motorola produce the Nexus 6.

On the Play Store page for the Nexus 6, there are a couple entries that include a reference to “Ambient Display.” The entries outline the potential impact on standby time for the device if Ambient Display is turned on, which appears to be about a 25% reduction. Despite the hit to battery life, the feature is considered a great convenience and difficult to give up once one gets used to it.


source: +Prashant Gahlot
via: Android Police

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Good-bye Nexus 7; Dedicate Google Play Edition device section also removed

Looks like the device section of the Play Store is getting reworked a little bit. Cruising through the main page you will no longer see a separate section for the Google Play Edition devices (GPE). Instead they have been grouped together under a Phones & Tablets listing.

Google Play Store Phones and Tablets


You can see the HTC One and Moto G are still present and accounted for. However, the Nexus 7 seems to have been retired leaving your only purchasable tablet from Google through the Play Store as the new HTC Nexus 9. I am not so sure it was time for it to go though. The Nexus 5 is still holding in there, although we aren’t sure for how much longer. It would be nice to have them both there for a few more month. Wish Google would give a device retirement heads up or something. It does appear that the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 landing page is still live, but purchasing is closed off.

Wi-Fi Nexus 7

Those looking to get a Nexus 7 will have to resort to other methods like Amazon where you can get the 16GB for $198.99 or the 32 GB for $247.58 or over at BestBuy.


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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root


If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.

Installing the keyboard is easy. Simply navigate to this page, tap the download button and click install when you’re prompted to do so. You may have to allow installations from third-party sources if you haven’t already. To do this head into settings, then security and check the box entitled ‘Unknown sources’ and you’re good to go.

If you happen to run into any issues along the way do be sure to drop a comment in the section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.

Download: Android File Host
Source: XDA

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