WhatsApp on Android now features end-to-end encryption, turn off read receipts, multiple group admins and more

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

So long, WhatsApp has been facing some privacy issues, but now it appears to be one of the most secure messaging service. WhatsApp has announced that the latest version of WhatsApp for Android includes a default end-to-end encryption system that will keep the communication highly secure. The latest update also brings loads of new useful features, which we have listed below.


Samsung to launch foldable display smartphone in 2015, to reduce smartphone line-up

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The concept of flexible displays has been evolving all over the tech world for quite sometime, but we have seen such displays making their way on smartphones only recently. For instance, the LG G Flex, Samsung Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Round boast flexible displays onboard. With this first phase already in existence on smartphones, the next one is the incorporation of displays that can be folded in half.


Leading retailers refuses to stock Android One devices, to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop update in January

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Google created a revolt in September by launching the first three Android One smartphones in the sub-$100 price bracket. Google initially launched three such smartphones which include Spice Dream UNO, Karbonn Sparkle V, and Micromax Canvas A1 with similar specifications and sold them online. The project that was aimed to deliver affordable and reasonably specced smartphones in the emerging markets seems to be in trouble.

Android One

Screenshots of HTC One (M8) running Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 6.0 leaked

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Ever since Google announced the commercial release of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, there are numerous reports making rounds across the tech world suggesting the changes that the update would bring to the existing high-end models. We already saw the preview of Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Samsung flagship devices, now it's time to see how the Lollipop update would be transforming HTC’s flagship smartphone, the One (M8).


Corning announces Gorilla Glass 4, claimed to be two time tougher than other cover glass

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Corning has officially announced the Gorilla Glass 4 that is the successor of Gorilla Glass 3 for the upcoming devices. This new Gorilla Glass 4 is relatively thinner and lighter than its predecessor. Besides these changes, the latest offering is also devised to deliver improved damage resistance and it is claimed to be two folds tougher than the other competitive cover glass designs available in the market.

Corning Gorilla Glass 4

Micromax announces YU brand in partnership with Cyanogen Inc, first YU smartphone launching in December

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Few days back, the second largest handset manufacturer in the country, Micromax announced its new subsidiary, YU Televentures that will be releasing devices under the YU brand starting from the next month. Confirming the previous rumors, Micromax has partnered with Cyanogen Inc. to launch these devices that are aimed to provide customized software and services to the users.

Cyanogen Inc

Alcatel OneTouch Flash with 5.5-inch HD display, 5MP front camera launched in India for Rs. 9,999

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Alcatel OneTouch has silently announced a new mid-range Android smartphone in the Indian market dubbed as Alcatel OneTouch Flash. As the name suggest, the OneTouch Flash is targeted towards selfie-lover. The Alcatel OneTouch Flash comes in two colours Crystal White and Gun Grey and is priced aggressively at just Rs. 9,999. The smartphone is exclusively available from Flipkart

Alcatel OneTouch Flash

HTC Eye Experience update now rolling out for HTC One (M8) in India

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A month after rolling out the HTC Eye Experience update for HTC One (M8) in Europe, the Taiwanese tech giant has now started rolling out the same update for HTC M8 in India. Alongside Eye Experience, the update also brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the One (M8). As always, the update is rolling out over-the-air.

HTC One (M8)

Panasonic Eluga S with 5-inch HD display, 5MP front camera available in India exclusively from Snapdeal for Rs. 10,599

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Panasonic has officially announced a new smartphone in its Eluga series. Dubbed as Panasonic Eluga S, the smartphone is focused towards selfie lover and comes with mid-range specifications. The Panasonic Eluga S comes in pearl white and black colours and is priced at Rs. 11,190. The smartphone is exclusively available from online retailer Snapdeal for Rs. 10,599.

Panasonic Eluga S

Xiaomi Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G launched in India for Rs. 8,999 & Rs. 9,999

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Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note in India earlier this year in July. Now, Xiaomi has officially announced that the Redmi Note will be available for purchase in the Indian market starting December 2nd. Similar to Mi3 and Redmi 1S, Xiaomi has also revised the price of Redmi Note, which will now retail for Rs. 8,999, rather than Rs. 9,999 as mentioned earlier. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Nokia N1 with 7.9-inch display, Android 5.0 Lollipop, 64-bit Intel processor officially announced for $249

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In a surprising move, Nokia has announced the launch of its first ever Android powered tablet called the Nokia N1 at the Slush 2014 keynote on Tuesday. The tablet's hardware and software are designed and implemented by Nokia, with manufacturing being handled by Foxconn, who is also responsible for full business execution and customer care support for the N1.

Nokia N1

Google Nexus 6 launched in India, available for pre-order from Flipkart for Rs. 43,999

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Google has officially announced the launch of sixth generation Nexus smartphone in the Indian market. Dubbed as Google Nexus 6, the smartphone is made in partnership with Lenovo-owned Motorola and is now available from online retailer Flipkart. The smartphone comes in Cloud White and Midnight Blue colours and is priced at Rs. 43,999 for 32GB variant and Rs. 48,999 for 64GB variant.

Google Nexus 6

Android 5.0 Lollipop update now rolling out for Google Nexus 4, factory image available

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Google started rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 5, WiFi only Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013) and Nexus 10 devices starting November 12th, Nexus 4 was the only exception. Couple of days after releasing the Lollipop update for four Nexus devices, Google has published the factory image of Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Nexus 4 smartphone.

Google Nexus 4

HTC One (M9) reported to arrive with Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3GB RAM and more

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HTC was rumored to announce a large screen HTC One (M8) called the One (M8) Max later this year in time for the holiday season. However, it appears like HTC has cancelled the launch of One (M8) Max and is focusing on the next generation HTC One smartphone, the HTC One (M9). A recent report reveals the possible specifications of the HTC One (M9) smartphone that could presumably be unveiled at the MWC 2015 in Barcelona.

HTC One (M8)

LG Display roadmap reveals plans for bendable, foldable and rollable display devices by 2017

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The concept of flexible displays on smartphones have been making rounds in the tech media world since many years and it was in 2013 that we saw couple of such devices with curved screens. However, the panels in the LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round were not bendable. It appears like LG Display has a plan to progress from curved displays to flexible displays.

LG Display roadmap

Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 (SM-G7200) specifications revealed via GFXBench website

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The benchmarks for new smartphones are usually welcome as they let us see how they stack up to those devices that already exist in the market. Also, they reveal what hardware is running under the hood of the upcoming devices. A new set of benchmarks has surfaced that tells us what the Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 (SM-G7200) has onboard.


Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus 10 (factory images included)

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today is that day every Nexus owner has been waiting for since June 2014, after Google unveiled the next iteration of Android. Google has officially announced that it has started rolling out the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update for most Nexus devices. The devices which are currently running on KitKat will be updated to Lollipop and the newly launched Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 gets a small bug fix update. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 running on Android 5.0 Lollipop detailed

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So far, we have seen the test builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop on the current Samsung flagship smartphone, Galaxy S5. Now, the last year Samsung flagship smartphone Galaxy S4 has started flashing with the update. Those folks at SamMobile have managed to grab an internal build of Android Lollipop for the Galaxy S4 and have been testing it for a while. However, the report claims that as it is in the early stages of testing, there are numerous bugs all over.

Samsung Galaxy S4

LG to roll-out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for LG G3 starting this week in Poland

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The South Korean tech giant LG is not only in plans to upgrade its Nexus devices – Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 to Android 5.0 Lollipop, but also its current flagship model, LG G3. LG has officially announced that it will roll-out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for G3 starting this week. The update will be rolled out first in Poland followed by other key markets.

LG G3 Lollipop

Motorola starts rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition and Moto G (2nd Gen)

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Motorola is pretty swift in rolling out the Android updates to its offerings and the same was evident with the Android 4.4.4 KitKat update. Now, it appears like the vendor has surpassed Google by being the pioneer to rollout the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for Moto X (2nd Gen) Pure Edition and Moto G (2nd Gen) US GSM and Global GSM versions.

Moto X (2014)

Moto 360 smartwatch with metal bands goes official, priced at $299

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Last week, Amazon put up a brief listing of some new options for Motorola's circular Moto 360 smartwatch. The new options showed diver style metal bands and since then the manufacturer has been teasing the announcement of the same. While these new band options were removed by Amazon instantly, it appears like Motorola is all set to sell some of them. Following a quick announcement via the company’s blog, some new options have been put on sale.

Moto 360

WhatsApp adds blue checks to confirm message is read, to remain free in India

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Few days back, WhatsApp users across the world started witnessing blue tick marks on their messages to indicate that their messages have been read by the recipient. From now on, you can see a single tick when a message has been sent out and double grey ticks to indicate that it has been delivered. When the grey colored ones turn to blue, it shows that the recipient has read the message.


XOLO Q1020 with 5-inch display, quad-core processor, wooden finish launched in India for Rs. 11,499

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XOLO has silently launched a new mid-range Android smartphone in the Indian market recently. Dubbed as XOLO Q1020, the smartphone comes with one kind of a wooden finish at the edges. The XOLO Q1020 is found listed on company's official website and is said to come in black and white colour options. XOLO has priced the Q1020 at Rs. 11,499.

XOLO Q1020

LAVA Iris Selfie 50 with 5-inch display, 5MP front facing camera launched in India for Rs. 7,699

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LAVA has silently announced a new budget Android smartphone in the Indian market earlier today. Dubbed as LAVA Iris Selfie 50, the smartphone is targeted towards selfie lovers. The Iris Selfie 50 comes with 5MP front facing camera and will be available in Black, White and Blue colour options. LAVA has priced the Iris Selfie 50 at Rs. 7,699.

LAVA Iris Selfie 50

HTC Desire 820s with 5.5-inch display, 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek processor officially announced

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Monday, November 10, 2014

HTC has silently announced a new variant of the Desire 820 smartphone in the Chinese market. Dubbed as HTC Desire 820s, the smartphone comes with 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek chipset rather than 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset found in Desire 820. Other than that, rest everything is similar to the Desire 820 smartphone.

HTC Desire 820s

Moto Maxx with 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 SoC, 3,900 mAh battery announced

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As expected, Motorola on Wednesday officially took the wraps off the international variant of the Motorola Droid Turbo at an press event in Brazil. The smartphone is dubbed as Moto Maxx and packs identical specifications to the Droid Turbo. The Moto Maxx is now available in Brazil for 2,199 reais, which translates to US$858.

Moto Maxx

Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Grand 2, Galaxy Grand Neo and Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 gets price-cut in India

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After launching the Galaxy Note 4 in the country last month, Samsung earlier this week reduced the price of several of its smartphones and tablet. The smartphones which have got a price-cut include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 LTE, Galaxy Grand 2 and Galaxy Grand Neo. In addition, Samsung has also reduced the price of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 (T231). In addition, Samsung has started selling the Samsung Gear S in the country.

Google Nexus 9 listed on Google Play in India, pricing starts at Rs. 28,900

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Along with Google Nexus 6, Google has also listed the next-generation Nexus tablet on the Google Play Store in India. Dubbed as Nexus 9, the tablet is manufactured in partnership with HTC. The Nexus 9 was listed on the India Play Store soon after its official announcement last month. According to the listing, Google will be releasing the 16GB WiFi and 32GB LTE versions of Nexus 9 in the country.

Google Nexus 9

Google Nexus 6 officially listed on Google Play in India, pricing starts at Rs. 44,000

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Google officially took the wraps off the next-generation Nexus smartphone called the Nexus 6 last month. The smartphone is made in partnership with Lenovo-owned Motorola Mobility. Soon after its official announcement, Motorola revealed that the Nexus 6 will be launched in 28 countries later this year, out of which Google has listed the smartphone on Google Play in 12 countries recently, including India.

Google Nexus 6

Samsung Galaxy S6 codenamed Project Zero details leaked online

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Samsung is done with releasing its flagship models for the 2014, but the tech world is flooding with rumors and leaks regarding the next flagship smartphone, Galaxy S6. The time has come for the gossip mongers to start talking about the Galaxy S5 successor and SamMobile has come up with a report revealing that it is codenamed Project Zero. According to SamMobile, Samsung aims at developing its next-flagship device from scratch, to achieve something different and unique.


Flipkart app for Android Wear smartwatches officially launched

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The Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has launched an application exclusive to the Android Wear platform. The Wishlist app is available on the smartwatches running on the Android Wear platform and the retailer becomes the first in the country to launch an Android Wear application.


Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 with slim metallic profile officially announced

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Lately, Samsung announced the Galaxy A lineup of smartphones officially with the two models – Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5. The high-end model, Galaxy A7 is yet to be launched officially. For now, Samsung has not announced the pricing of the latest launches and it is claimed that these devices will be made available starting this month.

Samsung Galaxy A5

HTC to roll out Android 5.0 Lollipop update for One (M8) and One (M7) in 90 days

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Earlier, HTC announced that it will rollout the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to its offerings within 90 days of receiving the code from Google. Now, the Taiwan based vendor has confirmed that it has received the final code and that it will debut with the proceedings to rollout the official updates for its flagship smartphone, HTC One (M8) and its predecessor, One (M7).

HTC Advantage

'Champagne Gold' variant of Moto 360 smartwatch listed briefly on Amazon

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It appears like Motorola has come up with the different color options and alternate bands for the Moto 360 smartwatch. Before these new variants were listed on Amazon for a while, the Android Wear powered smartwatch was selling with a black or stainless steel finish with grey, black or stone grey bands. Though the listing has been removed, the retailer made it to the headlines for selling models with diver style metal bands and new Champagne Gold color cases and bands as well.

Champagne Gold Moto 360

Google Copresence, cross platform file sharing service coming soon

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Google appears to be all set to rollout a new service under its sleeve to compete with Apple’s AirDrop feature. This new feature is likely to be called Google Copresence and it is claimed to be similar to Google Nearby. It is said that the Copresence would let the users of Android and iOS devices to share media with those nearby them.

Google Copresence

Project Ara modular smartphone working prototype shown in Video, Developer Conference in January 2015

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Ever since Project Ara broke cover many tech enthusiasts are excited about the possibilities of a modular smartphone concept. Though we have not seen much about Project Ara, it appears like the development is progressing well. Well, Google has revealed that it will host couple of developer conferences for the platform in January 2015 to cover major changes and advancements.

Google Project Ara

Updated Android 5.0 Lollipop build for Samsung Galaxy S5 leaked, Galaxy S4 to get Lollipop update next year

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The Galaxy S5 being the flagship smartphone of the South Korean tech giant, it is not a surprise for the vendor to roll out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to the device at first. While we have already spotted an early build of Lollipop on the smartphone, there are reports suggesting that it will be updated in December. A SamMobile report reveals that Samsung has updated the Lollipop base from the earlier LRW58J build to LRX02E that brings quite a lot of changes.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Lollipop

Moto Maxx (Droid Turbo global version) live images hit the web ahead of official launch

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Usually, the Verizon’s Droid lineup do not make their way on the other US carriers or international market, but the latest flagship model Droid Turbo appears to follow a different strategy. Motorola came up with an announcement that it will be launching the smartphone in Brazil on November 5th and that the global variant will be dubbed as Moto Maxx.

Moto Maxx

Oppo R5 with just 4.85mm thickness, world’s thinnest smartphone officially announced

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Alongside its flagship smartphone N3, Oppo also unveiled R5 that is the world’s slimmest smartphone measuring only 4.85 mm in thickness. This smartphone surpasses the Oppo R3 that was the firm’s thinnest device measuring 6.3 mm and Gionee Elife S5.1 that carries a thickness of 5.1 mm. The Oppo R5 features a 3D welded aluminum alloy build and a hand-polished frame measuring only 4 mm in thickness.

Oppo R5

Oppo N3 with 5.5-inch display, 16MP motorized rotating camera, fingerprint scanner announced

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Monday, November 3, 2014

After a myriad of rumors and leaks, the Chinese manufacturer Oppo has finally announced its flagship smartphone, Oppo N3. The Oppo N3 is the successor of last year announced Oppo N1, which also features rotating camera. The device is priced at $649 without contract and will start retailing in 20 regions worldwide by the end of this year.

Oppo N3

Xiaomi tablet with 9.2-inch display, 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor details leaked

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Xiaomi that has popular smartphones in its portfolio is now in the tech headlines regarding a tablet. Well, a 9.2-inch Xiaomi tablet has been spotted in the GFXBench database that reveals the key specifications of the slate. The listing does not specify the name of the Xiaomi device, but as the vendor has already come up with the Mi Pad (pictured below), it is believed that this new one also will be launched with the Mi Pad moniker.

Xiaomi Mi Pad

Samsung Galaxy A7 complete specifications revealed via GFXBench listing

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Samsung is circulating all over the tech media regarding the Galaxy A lineup of smartphones. However, the leaks surrounding the Galaxy A7 have been pretty scarce. Earlier this week, the Galaxy A7 was found listed on GFXBench website, which reveals some of the key specifications of the smartphone. The Galaxy A7 is the biggest member of Samsung’s new Galaxy A-series.


OnePlus One to be available in India for purchase via India specific invites

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Last month, OnePlus announced that its One smartphone will be launched in India via an e-commerce portal that it would partner with by the end of this year. But, now the vendor claims that the device will be sold via invite only system initially in India as in the other countries. The highlight is that the invites will be specific to India and hence, there will be no issues such as scarcity of invites.

OnePlus One

LG G Watch R global rollout plans announced, to be available starting from November

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LG has announced that its second generation Android Wear based smartwatch dubbed LG G Watch R will debut retailing in the European markets from early November. The G Watch R will be released initially in France, Spain, Italy and UK, followed by the other markets in Europe, Asia, North America and CIS region.

LG G Watch R

LG G3 Screen with LG's 'NUCLUN' Octa-Core processor goes official

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The South Korean tech giant LG has announced the launch of its first mobile application processor NUCLUN (pronounced NOO-klun) and the first smartphone based on this chipset called the LG G3 Screen. The G3 Screen is basically a sized-up variant of the company’s flagship device, LG G3 and is meant for the Korean market only. 

LG G3 Screen

Motorola Droid Turbo to launch globally as Moto Maxx on November 5 in Brazil

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The Motorola’s Droid Turbo that went official recently exclusively for US carrier Verizon Wireless managed to garner lot of interest across the entire tech media world. For those who reside out of America and want to grab this device, there is no need to butter up your friends or relatives over there as it appears like the device will be launched globally as well.

Motorola Brazil event invite

Motorola Droid Turbo with 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 805 processor, 21MP camera official

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Motorola has announced the Droid Turbo officially putting the restless rumors and speculations to rest. The device is the flagship smartphone of the Droid lineup meant exclusively for US carrier Verizon Wireless. The Motorola Droid Turbo comes with monstrous specifications and is now available from Verizon's retailers and online store in 32GB and 64GB variants at $199.99 and $249.99 respectively on a contract of two years.

Motorola Droid Turbo

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