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Old September 23rd, 2013, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Camera Update for Moto X Tested

Anandtech got their hands on the new update for the Moto X, which apparently is imminent on T-Mobile with other carriers to follow. Their testing showed dramatic camera improvement when compared shot-for-shot with a non-updated unit. No word on whether the Droid lineup will get the same update, but given how much is shared between the new Droids and the Moto X, I certainly hope it's in the pipeline.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 02:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Props to Moto for getting this out there, but WTF not having this dialed in at launch? The camera was the Achilles heel of the reviews, and probably cost them dearly in lost sales.

I'm sure the update is in Verizon's pipeline for us, but I'll bet we'll see something stripped out of the Tmo update we can sideload later this week.
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I installed this and REALLY like it.

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Yeah, same. Really like the interface. The JB stock is clean but maybe a little too stripped to be useful. At least, when the auto settings leave me wanting more control.
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But does it take good pictures on the Maxx?

I'd suggested in another thread that the problems with the camera we're just the camera software, but others said it could involve the hardware drivers. I'm curious if this is really a solution 2 whatever problems people are having.
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No. The interface is different, but it appears all the backend processing is unchanged, aka meh.
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Talked to Verizon today, I wanted to ask some questions because I'm debating between the Maxx & the X. I told them one of the reservations I had on either was due to the camera, and inquired if the update that's going out to the X's on T-Mobile, AT&T, & Sprint was coming to the X & Droids on Verizon. She did an alert check for any updates and found one for the camera that's supposed to be showing up in 2 weeks, 3 at the latest. Just thought I'd pass it along.
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Talked to Verizon today, I wanted to ask some questions because I'm debating between the Maxx & the X. I told them one of the reservations I had on either was due to the camera, and inquired if the update that's going out to the X's on T-Mobile, AT&T, & Sprint was coming to the X & Droids on Verizon. She did an alert check for any updates and found one for the camera that's supposed to be showing up in 2 weeks, 3 at the latest. Just thought I'd pass it along.
Thanks for the info! Just to clarify, is the update she found for the X, the Droids, or all of the above?
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Thanks for the info! Just to clarify, is the update she found for the X, the Droids, or all of the above?
She said it was for all those plus the Razr models. She said it would change the interface as well. That part did worry me since the Razrs and the current crop (2013 Droids & the X) have different camera hardware. Perhaps they're stripping the part of the update that fixes the camera issues on the current phones for the older models.
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Anyone know how to handle this OTA if you're rooted? I've heard a couple of opinions. Do you have to do a recovery or can we just install the patch and worry about rerooting later?

All I need root for is Tethering. Any custom ROM I would like would look exactly like this stock version.
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Try asking the root questions in the All-Things-Root sub-forum.

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What Thom said.

But,
Judging from past updates on previous phones, the update will break root and it will take the gurus some time to fix that.
No one will know for sure until the actual update appears in the wild.
If tether is that important, make sure you DO NOT accept the update until there is a new root option available.
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