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Verizon's Motorola Moto X getting updated later today?

Verizon's Motorola Moto X getting updated later today?
Last week, we told you that Motorola had started inviting members of the Motorola Feedback Network totin' a Motorola Moto X to take place in a soak test. We've explained before how Motorola uses these tests to load an update onto a few units of a certain model at one time, in this case it is the Verizon branded Moto X. By keeping things small at first, it prevents bedlam if the update bricks the phone. Consider that some units of the Microsoft Surface RT just got bricked after loading up the Windows 8.1 RT update. While admittedly the numbers are not large with only .1% of Surface slates doubling as a paperweight, it just adds more work for Microsoft, who has sent out a fix, and Surface owners who have to install the fix and make sure that their slate works.

Wow! Did we get sidetracked. Anyway, the point is that the Verizon branded Motorola Moto X will be the recipient of an update on Tuesday which is later today. Those who are members of the Motorola Feedback Network received an email telling them to expect the update later this morning. One of the instructions sent in the email tells you not to call Verizon or Motorola about the update because reps are not yet ready to handle such phone calls.

The update should be the same one that other carriers have received. You should see improvements in the camera with better color reproduction, improved focus in low-light conditions or when your subject is constantly moving around. The update also makes it faster for Google Now to learn the verbal cue "Ok Google Now" and also kills some bugs dead. No, it is not Android 4.3.That update will require another soak test to be held another day.

"Thanks for signing up for the Verizon Moto X software test. The software should be pushed to your phone tomorrow morning.

Your input is very important to us. To ensure we hear you, please follow these guidelines:

Please post all your feedback in our private community (link below). This also where you'll find help during the soak. Don't email feedback or questions to this address. (Other than log-in issues -- see below.)
Please do not call or contact Motorola or Verizon support for help during the soak. Those teams are not yet ready to support this software.
I'm not able to check private messages on the forums during soaks, so if you need immediate help that's not a good route to take.
If you have any problems accessing the private community, please reply back to this email with details, like what error message you see.
NOTE: you must log in using the email address of the account where you are receiving this email
If you log in and find yourself in your account profile, it means you have not completed your profile. Complete it to proceed. Thanks!"
-Motorola

source: MotorolaFeedbackNetwork via AndroidCentral

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 01:04

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Good job Moto.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 01:20

2. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So I'm confused. Did the soak test already take place, or is this going to be the beginning of the soak test?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 01:49

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4103; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Now that you say that, it is a bit confusing. I read the email quoted in the article more thoroughly, based on the line, "Please post all your feedback in our private community (link below). This also where you'll find help during the soak." I assume the email is saying that the people who signed up for the soak test will be updated today, not every Moto X on Verizon.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 01:54

4. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Sniggly,
This artical is confusing. If you click on the androidcentral link at the bottom of the artical it makes things clearer. This is obviously about the fact that they will be pushing out the update to be soak tested and not the actual verizon widespread up to all moto X devices.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:00

5. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


On a side note how long do you thank it will be before the new Droid line sees an update? How do you like your Droid Mini?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:12

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I hope it isn't too long, as the Droid series has minimal differences from the Moto X itself.

Still liking the Mini a lot, honestly. It's a hell of a lot better experience than my rooted Atrix. I still kinda wish that I had been able to get the X or Maxx, but the Mini's been a good, tough little phone.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:17

7. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


I just got one (Droid Mini) about a week ago myself. I dont know if it is just me, but to me the Droid Mini feels like Motorola has let the build quality has slip a bit. My Razr M just felt like it was built better. I was just wondering if I was the only one or if you felt the same?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:28

8. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I'm not a big fan of the resin they sprayed on the back, if that's what you're talking about. Also not a fan of the delineation between the screen and the back, but I'll tell you what: the other day I was in the break room, and sitting in our cushioned easy chair. I accidentally dropped the phone and it fell between the arm and seat, down to the bottom where I could move the chair and get to it.

However, I couldn't move the chair and watch the phone at the same time, so in moving it, I dropped the leg down on the screen. Of course, when I realized what I did, I practically threw the chair off, lol.

However, the phone survived without a scratch. Still works perfectly, in fact. It may not *feel* as good as the Razr M did, but it certainly survives just as well.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:37

9. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


I have noticed on the left side where the kevlar meets the body that it seems to be loose. if I press on the kevlar on the left side at that seam it produces a squeeking or chirping sound. Have you experanced this?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:46

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7177; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Not really, no. Once in a great while I hear a little creak.

I'll still take that over the iPhone 5s rattle though. :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 02:48

11. o0Exia0o (Posts: 428; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


Me too. Well Ill quit before we get moderated for being off of topic. Thanks for your time.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:27

16. rabidhunter (Posts: 90; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


I'm loving my Mini, too. I'm glad to see that other's have it. My phone does squeak a little when I squeeze the sides, but other than that it's not bad at all. I love it. I, too, hope that the updates come soon to the new DROID line. For the price, it's one of the best phones on the market. The thing is so fast and smooth.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:57

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5917; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I was wondering when the update would make its way to the Droid (Maxx in particular) line as well. If this is a limited edition beta test, probably not until early 2014?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 09:53

15. roldefol (Posts: 3085; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The Droids aren't that much different from the X. Do we really expect it to take that long? I'd like to see the camera update within the next month, and then move along to KitKat in the first half of 2014.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:54

18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5917; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


VZW takes extra time before releasing updates. Got to be sure the update is bloatware friendly.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 14:07

19. roldefol (Posts: 3085; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Other than Ingress and Droid Command Center, I saw all the same bloatware on Verizon's Moto X and the Droid line. They should be on roughly the same update schedule.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:26

12. roldefol (Posts: 3085; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


First the Moto X, then the Droids? Please?

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:17

17. Penywyz (banned) (Posts: 255; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Yeah, I was really hoping my Ultra would get this update sooner rather than later.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:51

13. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1754; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


It's not that confusing, a soak test goes out to a limited number of phones. If they show no adverse issues, they send out to a larger number of phones. They keep doing this until all phones are updated or until a problem is found. So assuming everything goes OK, all Verizon Moto Xs should be updated by the weekend.

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