The DROID Turbo is a beast of a phone, combining the over-the-top specs of the Nexus 6 with the more manageable size of the Moto X and throwing in a huge battery for good measure. The only downer is that it's available exclusively from Verizon... which doesn't have the best track record for Android updates. Despite the fact that the Moto X 2014 has been running Lollipop since November, even on Verizon, and the de-branded Moto Maxx for international markets also has Lollipop, the DROID Turbo is still forlornly running KitKat.
That might be a bit of a blessing in disguise. Motorola software engineer Luciano Carvalho (whom we've quoted before) couldn't help correcting a clickbait headline on a Google+ post, and let it slip that the DROID Turbo is going to be upgraded straight to Android 5.1. That's good news for people who like a ton of bug fixes and user interface tweaks that make Lollipop better all around. Since Motorola's phones run about as close to stock as anything not made by Google itself, it should make an already good phone considerably better.
Droid Turbo is going to be updated to 5.1 ... The bug free part is a complete invention on their part... a complex software running on a complex hardware, with thousands of different environment conditions and thousands of usage variations, currently, it's nearly impossible to make it bug free.
Apparently the decision was made specifically so the Turbo can take advantage of the native Voice Over LTE support in Android 5.1:
Verizon demands VoLTE support and 5.1 brings it to the platform. Basically it... Porting all the VoLTE changes to 5.0 and then switch to the AOSP solution on 5.1 would be a huge waste of resources.
The bad news is that there's still no timeframe for the update's rollout. It could be next week or a month after Android 5.2 is announced. But you really weren't expecting anything different, were you?
- Droid Life