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Moto X Update Rolling Out to T-Mobile Variant, Should Improve Camera Image Quality

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Starting today, the T-Mobile Moto X variant will receive a new software update with a focus on improving the camera. As you probably know after reading our Moto X review, we felt as if the camera was one of the few sore spots that needed improvement, but were optimistic that Motorola could do so via software update. Today, they’ll aim to address that issue just as we hoped, through tweaked camera software. 

Here are the areas of improvement in the camera:

  • Enhanced auto-white balance performance and color accuracy
  • Improved exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes
  • Reduced noise in low light scenes

We’ve already posted up a variety of comparison shots between the old and new camera software for you to view and judge. I’d say that we have seen pretty dramatic improvement in our tests, outside of low light performance declining a bit. Color accuracy is greatly improved overall. Before the update, images tended to look almost dead, unlively, and with a brownish tint. Post-update, we felt as if the Moto X camera was really able to capture color much more closely to how your eye sees it.

We would imagine that other carrier variants will see a similar update, but have no word from Motorola on when that will happen.

  • MikeSaver

    Update expected to hit Verizon in 2025

  • http://www.greenless.com Lex Lybrand

    Love how you’re trolling us with a colorful phone that you can’t buy on Tmo yet.

  • John Clausen

    Verizon variant should be seeing the update in 2-3 months.

  • Richard Giordano

    Will the new droid line for Verizon see a similar update ?

    • GentlemanScholar

      Hopefully both the Moto X and Droids on Verizon get the update, but this is Verizon we’re talking about.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Now to apply thus apk to my Ultra. :)

  • NexusPhan

    More proof that T-Mobile is the best American Carrier. Verizon won’t get this until this calendar year is over.

    • Adrynalyne

      If only their coverage was as excellent as their phone and software rollouts…

      • NexusPhan

        For people living in densely populated areas it’s actually better. Nexus 4 on T-Mobile beats my Verizon Gnex on LTE in a speed and ping test badly. Around dinner time it drops to 3G speeds. Verizon is just too congested around me.
        But poor network coverage is still worth it to me for no contracts and Nexus devices (Or non-nexus devices with crazy fast updates too apparently)

        • Adrynalyne

          Yeah..not worth it to me. I live in a suburb, and I work in a rural area. If I decide to move to a place where everyone is packed 3-5 high, maybe then I will consider them.

  • Tom_Cullen

    amazes me that moto, as a smart phone maker, continues to ship out devices with subpar cameras/software after EVERY cell phone review of a motorola phone lists one of the weak points as the camera. you’d think they’d maybe get that right out of the gate on a new phone release.

    • Kurt Caldwell

      100% agree with you thats their only downfall is the camera

  • Adrynalyne

    Verizon will see this by November.

    • NexusPhan

      I doubt they’ll see it before the end of this calendar year.

      • capecodcarl

        This update could destabilize their entire LTE network if not properly tested. You can’t rush quality.

  • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

    So changes that the user should be able to do on their own… I.e. adjust ISO, shutter speed, white balance, etc.

    • Ryan Cota

      but not on this camera app :) Camera FX is great though for that