Camera update pushing out now to Motorola DROID owners

Camera update pushing out now to Motorola DROID owners
As we told you, Motorola had conducted a soak test the other day for the Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID Maxx and the Motorola DROID Mini. Punit Soni, VP of Product Management at Motorola Mobility posted on his G+ page that the update is now being pushed out to those with one of those three models. In other words, the soak test is over and the update is deemed safe enough to be sent out OTA to users of those trio of DROID phones.

After installing the update, the rear camera on the the three phones should benefit from snappier focusing, more consistent exposure, improved white balance and improved HDR. In addition, you will receive the 50GB of free storage with Google Drive that was part of a promotion. Added to the 15GB that everyone gets, you will have 65GB of cloud based storage to work with.

Soni's post on his G+ page is also interesting for what it says at the end about going right back to work on the next update. Sounds like Motorola DROID and Moto X users could expect to be invited to another soak test soon. Could that be the sound of the long-awaited Android 4.3 update coming?

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: +PunitSoni



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

My money is actually on a Kitkat update that Motorola is working on. I recall seeing in an earlier post after the Kitkat update that Soni said they were skipping 4.2 and 4.3 for the current Droids and Moto X.

4. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Well the current Droids are already on android 4.2. I beleave that they should skip 4.3 all together and go straight to 4.4. I dont recall seeing any where on the moto website that states anything different. I just wonder if thier ever going to update the last round of RAZRs.

16. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

I took a look at Moto's website for the old ones, it just says that plans are coming. It doesn't outright confirm that the update is coming like it does with the more recent phones. It also doesn't rule out a 4.4 update either. I'd imagine that they're going to roll out the newer phones first. Then they are likely to do the RAZR's next.

18. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

There's also the economies-of-scale argument. With 99% of the hardware and software in common between the Moto X and the Droids, and the X being Moto's flagship across all carriers, they should get priority. It would be nice to get the 2012 Droids on KitKat quickly too though, as a show of good faith. (No promises on the OG Razr though.)

15. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Yes, this is true. They appear to be going straight to 4.4, which is fine with me. Moto's website says as much, that 4.4 is coming soon.

7. MrKharming

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

My phone had only downloaded 15% since 3 am smh

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Woke up this morning and the update was already downloaded and ready to install. So that was what, 2 days from soak to full update? Pretty impressive for VZW.

10. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I recieved an update for my Droid Razr M and that update was only announced a couple of days ago. Ddspite being mostly bug fixes and minor enhancements i'm still hopeful about kitkat in a timely matter. So good job Moto this time around.

12. adrialk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Going from Soak to pushing the update in a few days just means that the soak was a waste of time. Obviously feedback from the soak is not going to be incorporated within 2 days.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Or they already had it pretty well polished (since it would have been pretty well soaked from a month of Moto X users) and just wanted to catch any big surprise bugs.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You misunderstand how a soak works. A soak is a test of final software. Minor bugs discovered will be addressed in a future update. If a catastrophic bug is found, the update doesn't happen period until it's fixed. There just happened to be no major bugs on this release that were found. How do I know all of this? Because I'm a member of their feedback network and took part in the soak test, and I actually bothered to read the instructional emails and posts they put up prior to accessing the forums.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Got my update last night, first thing I did was redeem the Google Drive offer, then played with the camera. While it is a big improvement, I wish they would give back some functionality, like white balance. But the story from the other day about the 4.4 update they're working on for T-Mobile has even more camera improvements. Considering T-Mobile already got a camera update, there is no reason that we won't as well when 4.4 comes out.

17. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Plus the camera update that was released seperated the camera app from the core OS. The new camera update comes in the way of the Play Store. Yay Google for seperating that!

20. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

They should just skip 4.3 since it is not really needed, it going to be the same stuff we have already for the phones. The best thing to do is just get an update that can help with the 4.4 for the phones to get them to work properly without fail. That is what I am hoping for for my Droid Ultra.

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