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DROID3 Update Pulled from Moto Servers, Adds GTalk with Video and Other Bug Fixes

An update has been pulled from Motorola’s servers for the DROID3 that appears to give it Google Talk with Video along with a new radio that will more than likely improve its finicky battery life.  We are pretty sure that this is the test update that has been floating around to a number of D3s, but have no idea if this is the build that will actually get approved for mass consumption.

Scottml is the XDA member that made this discovery and has listed out some changes:

– BP upgrade for the Radio
– Talk2 for Video
– Boot.img patch
– Recovery.img patch
– Various patches to alot of system files
– And some stupid bloatware patches as well.

And to answer the million dollar question that is running through all of your heads right now, “Yes, this version can still be rooted.”

Download:  Blur_Version.5.5.959.XT862.Verizon.en.US.zip

Simple instructions:  Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.  Reboot your phone into recovery using “adb reboot recovery” and then choose to install zip via sd card.  It is recommended that your phone is unrooted and 100% back to stock before attempting this.

*Warning – Like I said above, there is no guarantee that this is the next official build that will be released to everyone.  So if you update, know that there is a chance that you will be stuck on this version unless an SBF comes out or another update path.

You can re-root afterwards using this file.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Ryan!

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  • ACM313

    um…i bought my droid 3 as soon as it arrived in stores and my phone says my system version is “5.5.959.XT862.verizon.en.US,” same as the filename of the download above. seems sketchy. Yes, I am one of those people who get terrible battery life on my d3. barely lasts 8 hours without doing much on it. Hope an official OTA comes through soon

  • Robwscottsdale

    My Droid 3 came loaded with 5.5.959 when Verizon shipped it to me 3 weeks ago…..I understood that this was the final release version for the Droid 3.

  • I’m not installing any non-official system file mods without an SBF to go back to stock to be able to get future updates.

  • Meanbean

    Found a problem swype on this update is stuck in spanish

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  • Anonymous

    Installation aborted. I still need an sbf. :/

  • Booboolala2000

    Fix the camera and exchange support. Using touchdown but prefer native support. The workaround didn’t work for me but td did.

  • Can I get some reviews of how ur phone is doing after this new patch?

  • Anonymous

    How about a fix for the effing blue camera??

    • Simmeltron

      tell me about it.. it HAS to come at some point… no reason for such a thing

  • Battery life bad on a Motorola phone? God forbid but if its an HTC phone, everyone is up in arms and saying its there fault… not everything is hardware related, its usually software so people need to give it a rest, technology improves but sometimes when it improves they become more battery hungry even if they do improve the battery, its almost a stale mate when it comes to battery life.

    • My D3 battery is more than adequate for me. This will be icing on the cake.

    • Anonymous

      Not at all.  HTC includes smaller batteries and life is significantly less than pretty much any other manufacturer.

  • How do you get unrooted??????????  

      • One more question.  My phone already says this same firmware build 5.5.595.  Is this version different?  Or do I somehow magically have the newer version?

        • Guest

          Yeah, it’s a bit odd, the filename has 5.5.959 in it, but the end result of applying this is a build version of 5.6.890.

          • James_Ever

            Yeah that link in the article needs to be changed because 5.5.959 is what the Droid3 came with already installed upon launch and 5.6.890 is the rumored version of the new update since a tester on the support forums received this update three weeks ago.

          • Can anyone confirm that root rollback even works? Everything I read at that link looks like it has issues. 

  • Kevin Radloff

    Hmm… an omap-hdcp kernel module. Does that mean some official Netflix HD support is coming down the pipe?

  • joey

    are there any instructions how to unroot from the root file we just got last week?

  • Note that D2G’s 4.5.606 leak cannot be updated to 4.5.607 as 607 requires 2.4.330.

    This might be the case with this update as well; if a new incremental update comes, it will probably be based on the stock version, not the leaked one.

  • Anonymous

    Probably also will patch the exploit that was used to root.

    • Actually if you read it says root can still be achieved. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah this leaked version but who knows with the official version

      • Anonymous

        Yeah this leaked version but who knows with the official version

  • Chad

    Without an SBF, I’ll pass! Not gonna take any chances.

  • Mctypething

    Weren’t you raving about battery life in your official review? Which is it? Finicky or good?

    • Murphy

      Battery: Battery life for me has to this point been phenomenal. As you can see from the screenshot below, I’m well into a full day and still have 41% left on my charge. It may look like the phone is spending all of its time in standby or idle, but I’d love for anyone to show me a phone that can even last this long doing just that. The Thunderbolt sure as hell isn’t lasting a full day on standby. I’m not sure if this battery success has to do with Moto’s qHD screens, the OMAP processor or some combination of both. No matter what, I’m a fan.

      • Anonymous

        the thunderbolt is also a 4g phone which uses more battery. I easily make it through a day in 3g areas with my tb.

      • Mctypething

        Exactly. Battery life is a huge factor to consider when buying a phone. I’m glad I didn’t rely on this review saying the battery life was phenomenal when I’m now being told by the same site that the battery life is finicky. Whoops.

        • My battery life is great.  The “finicky” battery life is only with some users.  More than likely because they are installing retarded apps or doing something stupid with their phone.

          • Anonymous

            No, battery life has been very hit or miss with the DROID 3.  It seems to improve if you remove the SIM and set it to CDMA only mode, but there are definitely some battery issues.  There also seems to be a bug where Cell standby is taking up a huge amount of battery life (like 40-50%), hopefully this fixes that and the random reboots.

            With my 1900Mah battery I get a day if I lightly use the phone, sometimes two if I really don’t use it at all (just checking Gmail a few times) which is OK battery life IMO, but not great.

            I’ll wait to see if this update has any huge bugs before I install it.

          • Anonymous

            While there maybe *some* with “retarded apps” on their phone, there is definitely a problem with certain D3s excessively consuming battery.  I got two on bogo and my wife’s D3 which is literally completely stock gets as sucky of battery life as mine that pulled down all my apps I had with the D1.  Many report that when they actually got VZW to replace the phone that battery life was night and day.  I have the extended battery and unless I “double charge” it, it won’t make it 8 hours with virtually NO usage.  If I throw it on the charger again for 30 minutes after taking it off in the morning, battery life is at least 2x.  There are problems and I sure am hoping this update has a fix for it and the laundry list that users have compiled on the Moto forums.

        • You really should try it in your area before you decide. If I stay in the small town I live in all day the battery lasts with no issue. Driving around from suburb to suburb is when I have issues with my D3.

    • Stephen D

      Some can’t make it through a day. Others make it a few days on one charge. I can get about 2 days on one charge. Battery life is pretty fantastic for me. And I do use my phone a lot and still manage 2 days. It’s either hit or miss it seems, and I think that’s what he meant by finicky. 

    • With my D3, I’ve found that if I’m traveling through different suburbs (therefore theoretically switching towers often) my battery drains quicker. But if I stay in one city (same tower all day) I have great battery life.

    • Anonymous

      My battery life after rooting and removing the bloat went through the roof. I was doing 12-16 hours on a typical day before root and bloat removal. Now I’m getting 24-28 hours with all the bloat gone. It’s crazy how much battery the bloatware was sucking up. I wonder if VZW realizes that they are killing the battery life of their phones with all this bloat.

  • Motorola will probably release this update before the Charge, Fascinate, Incredible, and Thunderbolt even get Gingerbread. 

    • Stephen D

      The Mesmerize, a Fascinate on another carrier, just officially got 2.3.4. I think that all of the US Galaxy Ss will get Gingerbread eventually, but that will be it.  

  • Dukeuni

    Does anyone know if this fixes the “data roaming” problem with the Droid 3?

    • Simmeltron

      If you are referring to the msg that pops up about Data Roaming, that is just a setting you can disable (data roaming is free in the US as long as you are not near the Canadian or Mexican borders.

      Settings -> Battery & data manager -> Data delivery -> check Data roaming.

      • MrToTo83

        he means that it does not stay on. i and many others have this issue. u live in a rural area and it turns off every 5-10 minutes

  • PyroHoltz

    Excellent news….but I really just wanted these updates individually and not as a package.

    • Anonymous

      Cool thanks for the link