Verizon shows off changelist for Motorola DROID 3 update

Verizon shows off changelist for Motorola DROID 3 update
The Motorola DROID 3 was the last DROID in the series to not have LTE connectivity. The handset is underrated with a physical QWERTY that is among the best ever to find its way on a handset and the unit does have dual-core power under the hood. Still, that doesn't mean that the solidly built device couldn't use an update every now and then and Verizon has posted on its website the changelist for the Motorola DROID 3 update currently being soak tested.

The 5.7.905.XT862 update comes in at 230MB and unlike the update for the Motorola DROID X2, this one has a long changelist. Included in the list is a Google security patch for added level of protection. A bug is fixed that used to turn the device on without user interaction. You can now avoid interruption when trying to access an app before storage media is fully mounted on the phone and improvements in power cycles should prevent the phone from rebooting constantly. Additionally, the DROID 3 will no longer lock up and reboot when connected to Bluetooth and HDMI.

Those with the Motorola DROID 3 know how hard it is to use the camera on the phone. Improvements in AutoFocus will help cut the shutter's response time and enhance the quality of pictures taken. The Wireless Alerting System will be aboard the device after the update. The firmware update also lets you use a wired headset without hearing a high pitched noise. For those who travel often, Plus Code dialing has been improved making it easier to dial international calls. Using Bluetooth, playback media can be heard and using the contact widget a call can be made to the appropriate person. When moving apps to the microSD card, shortcuts to the apps will remain, and after updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI will display the latest contact information.

The update will allow you to post and play videos on Facebook and purchased ringtones can now be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate. Contact photos will display properly in Google Voice and VZ Navigator 3D City is now pre-loaded. Finally, the update will fix a problem that required excessive data usage and continuous downloading for VZ Navigator 3D City downloads.

No, the Motorola DROID 3 will most likely not get Android 4.0, but it remains a solid performer and users are just happy to see the manufacturer continue to support it.

source: Verizon

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1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Too bad it's not ice cream sandwich. Motorola has left owners of the Droid 3 in the dark on that one.

2. Droid4Life unregistered

why motorola, why? My Droid 3 craves ice cream sandwich

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Get a better phone. I wouldn't personally ever consider getting something from Motorola due to things like this.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

things like this happen with all OEMs.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

We're not talking about all OEMs. We are talking about Motorola here, but thank you for thumbing me down.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

...Motorola is an OEM pal, by all definitions of the word. xD anyways all OEMs have Phones or Tablets on the chopping block right now. the verdict is still out on whether this one is or not. the Droid 3 is a popular Phone and is the best actual usable World Phone on Verizon. it may yet receive ICS even if that takes a little while. oh and you're welcome btw. ;)

3. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I don't see why it's not getting ICS. Just as powerful as all the other phones. It's only a year old. F*ck Motorola.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's not getting ICS because of the limitations it was given by how little RAM it has. Though it has the same amount as the Nexus S, which has ICS, but the Nexus doesn't has a custom UI over it, and it still runs ICS slowly. They aren't updating it to ICS because they don't want the customers to possibly have a bad experience with it.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i would've said the same thing if i hadn't experienced Moto's version of ICS myself. it's pretty damn close to Stock. o:

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well yes, but still. It doesn't have that much memory to begin with, just getting stock would make it slower, along with that little bit of custom interface from Moto would make it even slower

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

even without ICS the Droid 3 is a pretty great phone. o:

12. Droid4Life unregistered

True. In my opinion, the droid 3 has a better design than the droid 4 and the only better thing about the d4 is that it is 4G. I am very pleased with my choice of phones.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

and the 1GB of RAM but if you're traveling overseas this is hands down the best Android option for you on the carrier.

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