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DROID3 Update is Ready: Includes Google Talk with Video and a Massive List of Bug Fixes

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Earlier in the week we learned about a soak test that was being performed on the DROID3 which is almost always a clear sign that an update is just weeks away.  Today, we are seeing the changelog for that update on Verizon’s servers – another good indication that the update should be here in no time.  Normally when these things go up, we see the soak test begin within a day followed by the mass rollout within a week; assuming all goes well that is.

So what can we expect?  Google Talk with Video is the star of the show.  Other than that, we get 30 or so bug fixes that will help to make the device and its newish Blur that much more stable.  I found it odd though that they fixed bugs in some of the bloatware.  Because the only fix that can truly be done to bloatware is by giving users the ability to uninstall it.  Just sayin’.

Soak testers, be sure to let us know when this starts going down!

The new build is 5.6.890.  The update is 57.6MB in size. More info.

  • sdecjer

    how do you uninstal the bloatware?

  • Aroldan284

    Just got my update:)

  • Newdroid34

    I received the update, no google talk what so ever

    • Thehiddenfigures

      It’s just “Talk”.

  • MikeT

    Now if only Motorola could get off its ass and give us Droid X users a real update to address all the problems they created with the Gingerblur update.

  • Aaron Hurt

    Just got 2 Droid3s last week.. they came preloaded with the update.

  • Pamelagfay

    Does anyone know if the update on the Droid 3 will include a font package? To give customers a option to choose there font size, the fonts are horrible on this phone. FAY

  • Ton3rl

    Im still a newbie to all this rooting stuff but how do I unroot my Droid3 to get this update?

  • Cflores860

    im confused i thought d3 had google video chat, my friend video chated with me on his a long time ago

    • Anonymous

      dont think so

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  • Anonymous

    I think the update fixed the blue tint with the camera. Or at least greatly reduced it. Too bad I already am using my Bionic now.

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  • Poopsalot

    This ruins the key and home key lighting.

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  • nessa

    how about the charging LED light on the side?

  • Anonymous

    I’m curious to find out how the phone does after this update.  I had the Droid 3 for a week and a half, but experienced several different major bugs and awful battery life.  If this resolves all of the issues I had with the two units I went through, I might be interested in it again.  I loved the size and feel of the device, plus the physical keyboard was amazing (second only to the Touch Pro 2).

  • androidman

    I guess it would of been quicker if they didn’t waste time with the crappy bloatware.  Glad they are fixing the call quality.

  • Anonymous

    I used the swu.zip with AP Fastboot and then rooted again, all is well!

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested if this update fixes some of the nagging issues this phone has than if it breaks root, etc.  The phone is too new to give a hills beans about root, bootloaders and the such.  I just want a phone that works as advertised first.

    Now if ICS comes along and the D3 doesn’t get it, then I’m all over root and going back to flashing roms in search of one stable enough to actually be used every day.  But if Moto delivers, I’m not about fudging the phone until it no longer gets official updates.  Bloatware or not.

    • If you wanted a phone that works as advertised you shouldn’t have bought a Motorola.

  • BJ P.

    want an update for dx2!!! 

    • digsoreos

      More like a fix. If all the next update does is change the vibrate icon like the last update, I’ll pass.

      • mikeym0p

        The vibrate icon on the dx2 was hideous anyway, I would consider it a worth update enough just for that lmao

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    • Dustin Schumm

      no son

  • Unexpected62

    This is not the same version as the leak, which is Blur_Version.5.5.959… this is 5.6.890

    • Snkbitten

      This is the exact same version as the leak.
      Stock was 5.5.959
      Update was 5.6.890, same as the leaked one.

  • Anonymous

    I want this update but I did however delete the bloatware. Is that going to be a major problem if I tried to update? Or how do I return the phone back into its original state?

  • After 2.1 I took off ATK on all phones and they ran nicely…this one for some reason needs it. Nothing in the android task killer is acting up but battery life blows chunks. I’m probably gonna get the extended battery next month or so if I can’t narrow down which apps are crap and which are good for the Bionics overall system performance

  • Bloat doesn’t bother me for some reason like it does everyone else haha, but I’m waiting for an official sbf file before I go and do something like that. :-). My Bionic was rooted as soon as I got home yesterday from the Verizon store haha

    • If the phone lags or does better with a task killer, its the non-essential apps loading in the background that are prob. slowing you down.

  • Just bought my Droid Bionic yesterday…..everything is running smoothly, sadly better with ATK “”shudders””. I wanted to see something like Google Talk with Video on it but know where to be found yet I guess. Maybe in the next update they do for it. We should start a bug list or something for the Droid Bionic in a separate post….and of course the other phones too so we can all send our improvement requests to Motorizon.

    • Root it and get rid of all the bloat.

    • Anonymous

      First, never use task killers. They don’t help. If you are having battery life problems it’s most likely an app misbehaving. Find that app and remove it. If you must kill apps just use the built-in task manager.

      Second, the Bionic came from the factory with Google Talk w/Video. I have used it several times.

  • Where is the update to fix the .602 issues on the X?

  • Dreedy Android

    Wonder if any of the update helps with the blue hue on pictures taken with the flash on…nbd but it would be nice!

  • Guest

    Anyone update yet and notice any improvements? Such as a faster camera load time or something like that.

  • ntg2011

    Do I have to unroot my phone in order to update? Really the only thing I did was remove the bloatware

    • If you deleted bloatware, you’re in trouble.  If you froze it, unfreeze it and you’re ok.  You can install the sbf I’m thinking because looks like the sbf is the same build as this update.

      • Mr.Joe

        If he backed it up he could just restore. 

      • Anonymous

        I deleted most of the bloatware…so does this mean I’m stuck like chuck? What would happen if I installed this update with those apps deleted?

        • Silksmooth12

          The update is going to check to make sure that it is stock, which includes checking to make sure all stock apps are there.  If they aren’t the update won’t go through.  But if you search around you can probably find a way to get those apps back on there.  In the future, if ever in doubt, freeze bloatware, don’t root.  Especially since we don’t have a true, factory sbf to get back to yet…

  • Also, is this the exact same build as the leaked one?  If so I’m going to go ahead and install that!

    • Stephen D

      DON’T RISK IT YET. It very likely patches the root exploit. Wait for the devs to release a rooted update.

  • Root???????

    • Root has been out for a good week now.

      • Anonymous

        Pretty sure he’s asking if the update removes the root exploit.

        • This.

          • LL

            root still works with the leaked update…

      • For this newest build?  Is this confirmed?  Ol daddy loves him some updates but hates him some bloatware!

  • Loooove this phone, can’t wait for the video chat.  Legit.