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Soak Test for Verizon’s Moto X Incoming, Likely the Camera Update

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Invites to a soak test of a software update for Verizon’s variant of the Moto X were sent out this afternoon, which we’d imagine will be for the camera-focused update that has hit every other carrier variant over the last couple of weeks. As you are all well aware, the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular variants have all received a similar update, that not only dramatically improves the camera experience (before and after pics), but fixes a number of bugs as well. It’s the update you have all been waiting for. Well, until Kit Kat becomes official.  

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There is no telling at this point when the test will start or when it will be approved and then sent out to all users, but this is a step in the right direction. Verizon Moto X owners, you are next!

Cheers D, B, M, N, J and E!

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  • jonnyrazr

    Oh, good. Then the Droid Maxx should get the update soon by December.

  • Cody Revels

    How do we get in this ‘soak test’ is what I want to know

  • TheDrunkenClam

    The way you take pictures of these devices reminds me of what that pervert did with Peggy Hill’s feet in that one episode of King Of The Hill.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I hope its not going to be a month before it rolls out.

    • zach471

      Wouldn’t really be that long, would it?

  • MikeSaver

    Do we assume that Moto is skipping 4.3 for the Moto X and just going to go right to 4.4?

    • Daniel Clifford

      I don’t think we can assume anything just yet. I would think Moto is working on 4.3 now since it is out rather than wait for 4.4 to be released to start working on their update.

  • Robert

    Since it looks like the Nexus 5 is not going to make it to Verizon (ever), is the Moto X the best replacement for my Galaxy Nexus on Verizon at the moment? What about the S4 or L2?

    Thoughts?

    • shecalledmejay

      Yeah thats the plan for me too, I’m just waiting for the moto maker options

    • Daniel Clifford

      I got the Moto X on glitch weekend to replace my Gnex. No regrets

    • ddevito

      I came from a GNex and have zero regrets. I actually bought the Nexus 4 and was going to dump Verizon. Then I played with a coworker’s Moto X, and the rest is history. I freaking love this phone.

      • Booyah

        Same here. Excellent replacement for the GNex. The camera is the only thing that is mildy sub par, but outdoor shots are still amazing (low light stuff, not so much). I just can’t stand TouchWiz or any other garbage UI. That and my Moto X has incredible battery life too.

    • Scott

      I came from the GNex and have been satisfied, at least relating to disastrous reception on the GNex. The camera really is pretty bad, but this should fix it. Battery is good, but not stellar. I’m getting almost 3 hours a day screen time. My iPhone 5C crushed the Moto X battery life. I remain hopeful it will improve with future updates. It is also worth mentioning that I’m not having the mic issues many have complained about.

      • Jeralmac

        Do you have your brightness all the way up? My MotoX is unplugged from 6am until about 9:30pm. By the time I plug it in, it’s usually at around 20% battery with 6-7 hours of screen time…..

        • Weber

          Wow, that’s a lot of screen-on time. I usually get about 4 hours with about 20 hours before I decide to charge it around 15% left. Good for you, though.

        • Scott

          No, I keep my brightness down, usually on a quarter of the way up from the most dim. I hear of this 6-7 hour screen time happening, but it never does to me. I wish there was a way otherwise. I’ve turned off all push notifications, except Gmail too.

    • Scott Webber

      The moto x is my favorite of all the phones I have owned. I went from a gnex to a DNA to the moto x. The DNA had a better screen, but it’s really great to have the stock Android experience, and a phone that will actually fit in my pocket.

      Once the update is released to fix the call dropouts and improve the camera, this phone will be nearly perfect.

  • enigmaco

    It’s about damn time being with verizon is like being that kid in school that’s always last to be picked for any team sport.

    • Dan DeMarco

      About damn time? The phone hasn’t even been out two months for Christ’s sake.

      • enigmaco

        Yes and like usual the last carrier to update it. Let me guess I am not allowed to speak about their incompetence

        • Dan DeMarco

          And also the first carrier to almost never lose service. Pick your poison brotha-man.

          • enigmaco

            Well seeing the update can help fix service issues with the phone I’ll go with the software update. If three other carriers can figure out how to send out updates in a quick manner so can Verizon

  • MikeSaver

    How long do Verizons updates usually go out after the soak test is released?

    • chris125

      usually a week or so, sometimes quicker or slower if any bugs or issues are reported

      • MikeSaver

        DIII-ESEL!

  • Brady KEITH

    “It’s the update you [Verizon customers] have all been waiting for. Well, until [3 to 5 months after] Kit Kat becomes official.”
    .
    ..

    *fixed*

    • chris125

      I would take the camera improvements and other bug fixers over a new update that most likely will introduce more bugs into the phone. The nexus users can be beta testers to get all the bugs worked out

      • ddevito

        That’s what the Nexus program actually is

  • Paul Hansen

    I’m curious if this will carry a radio update unlocking band 4 AWS LTE. If so, I’m totally stealing the radio and loading it on my MAXX

  • Tyson

    Where is the new Droid MAXX camera fix????????????

  • Scott

    Sweet!

  • zach471

    I’ve deleted all of the unwanted apps while I had root. While it’s a certainty that this update will break root, I wonder if it will add back the VZW apps that suck up space.

    • King Lo

      The answer is yes.VZW might even add a couple just to be sure.

      • zach471

        A boy can dream….

    • Mahercs

      Usually, if you removed any of the bloatware, the OTA will fail, or possibly brick the phone. I hope by “remove” you meant “froze” or you may have an issue when this rolls out.

      • zach471

        Uh oh…..

        • Mahercs

          DOH!

          • zach471

            What are you going to do at this point? I still have the Verizon log in installed, just disabled, as well as the permissions. Stuff that’s gone can be reinstalled from the market. As I said, a boy can dream….

          • moelsen8

            FXZ will get you OTA ready.

          • zach471

            I’m going to have to research that, because right now it looks like it’s beyond my capabilities.

          • Pedro

            Throw it in the hot tub! Assurion is your friend.

          • zach471

            Not a whole lot I can to at this point other than hope for the best. It’s been so long since I’ve had an OTA update that I didn’t know the procedure. Oh, well.

          • zach471

            I’d love some advice on this if you could spare the time.

          • moelsen8

            I can’t tell if you’re trolling or just really sarcastic or what, but if you’re serious, here:
            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2446515
            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2411618

          • zach471

            None of those things, just generally stumped. I haven’t accepted an OTA since the original DROID and just wasn’t aware that deleting . apps could jeopardize the OTA. At this point just worried about it, and don’t know how to fix.

          • moelsen8

            Yeah the otas check the system and if any changes were made it will fail. So you won’t be able to update until you restore the system to stock. And since there is no recovery on rooted moto x’s you gotta watch out for the bootloop if you do take the ota. I don’t know too much about that though.

          • zach471

            Wanted to say thank you. I was able to complete the process using the second link that you sent. Sometimes it’s hard to get a read on people on these forums, so just wanted to say thanks — you helped me get it done.

          • moelsen8

            yeah, word man. fight the power.

          • zach471

            Thank for the links. That second one will do the trick if the OTA fails

  • DigitalDK

    How do you get into soak tests?

    • Dan

      Sign up for Motorola Feedback program @ Motorola Forums.

  • Ryan Powell

    Every time I see that photo I want to pick up the phone and give it a good home where it’s never laid glass down in the dirt.

    • lensgrabber

      It deserves a good home.

  • jnt

    Not too bad for Verizon… just a few weeks difference.

    • Dan

      I was shocked too. But who knows how long the soak test will be.

      • Chad

        Still, Soak test?!? Only a few weeks delayed. I have a hard time imagining Verizon stepped up their game. Maybe moto delivered this one on a silver platter to them NFL mobile and all?

      • michael arazan

        Verizon has passed on updates because of the soak test, just look at what the GNex missed

    • Adam Truelove

      This is a soak test. The real update won’t roll out for a few months.

  • http://petervideos.com/ Peter Mansour

    Im surprised there isn’t a Verizon Watermark on every picture you take on a Verizon Device.

  • JRUIV

    I just updated my Motorola Profile and signed up for the Feedback Network. fingers crossed that I get an invite

    • Tucker Nebel

      I just did the same.

      • JRUIV

        I got an invite! Just finished taking the survey. :)

    • chris125

      You had to have it done, once the invites go out its too late

      • JRUIV

        You were wrong…I still got an invite

        • chris125

          Well then they probably don’t have many people who signed up because before with the droid maxx and other devices once the email went out it was too late. Must mean they haven’t been selling well, which isn’t surprising.

          • JRUIV

            IMO most people don’t think about or know where to sign up for this kind of thing.

    • Fozzybare

      im glad that page will not let me update my info, it says a first name is required…and i have my name entered…jerks.

      • Pedro

        Try Fuzzy.

        Who knows? (shrug)

  • deadpenguins

    Verizon, you are the vertical horizon. That is to say, a hopeless endeavor.

  • Ryan

    Hopefully this fixes the issues with call quality as well!

    • jnt

      curious, what issues? when I had my X, it was top notch in this area

      • John Motschenbacher

        Moto X not Droid X

        • ReturnofTheMack

          Haha how do you know he didn’t just have the Moto X for a short period of time.

        • jnt

          That’s what I was referring to :)

      • Ryan

        People complain that random words get dropped and that it is difficult to hear. I did some research and it looks like it is a fairly common problem. One post on the Verizon support forums said the update fixes the problem.

        • http://www.mecha-digital.com/ Jason@MechaDigital

          So let me get this straight… a stock/near stock phone, marginal battery, so-so camera, and call quality issues. Hmmmm, why does this sound familiar?

    • ceejw
  • Shane Redman

    Droids too???

    • MichaelFranz

      i would hope so. Basically the same minus a few apps and screen size. if not right away i wouldn’t expect it to be far behind

    • Booyah

      Moto will likely update their flagship before the Droid line.

      • Shane Redman

        Verizon would likely push the update to their “flagship” before moto’s take on a phone.

        • Booyah

          Moto sends updates per phone, not one update for a whole line. They’ve likely sent Verizon the Moto X only. That’s what I meant.

          • Shane Redman

            hmmmmm….touche’

  • Tony Spence

    About time