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Camera-improving Update Now Rolling Out to DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini Owners

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The update that should improve the camera performance and squash a bunch of bugs for the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini – which Verizon detailed earlier this week – is now rolling out to all owners of these phones. Previously, only members of the soak test for each were receiving the update, but as of early this morning, the update has been made widely available. 

Outside of major improvements to the camera, you are looking at a free 50GB of Drive storage through the update, better 4G LTE connectivity, new NFL Mobile app, updated Touchless Control, and improved wireless charging (MAXX and Mini). To see the full list of changes, hit up this post.

We should point out that Verizon’s changelog shows the update as build 12.15.10, however, the update is actually 12.15.15 (as seen above).

Note: If you are rooted, attempting to install this may be a bad move both because you may lose root and it may cause boot loops.

Cheers Lucky Armpit, Jeremy, Javier, Kent, and Elwin!

  • hushdrops

    All of the talk about rooting, updating, but what about the camera fix, does it actually improve the Ultra’s camera performance? As usual we geeks get caught up in worrying with the update process but don’t pay attention to the actual everyday use of the phone itself, ha.
    On the fence to replace GNex with an Ultra. Thanks

  • googlyeyedfrog

    so what’s the workaround if you have your device unlocked and rooted with pwnmymoto?

  • Droidtommy

    Anyone out there know which, if any, root methods will work on this new firmware?

    • Sean F.

      Yes I’d like to know this also… What is the new root method prescribed?

  • Malcolm Love

    I restored my bootloader, the update said it failed, but came up optimizing apps, and version number is 12.15.15. I’m mildly concerned.

    • Droidtommy

      You may notice that the baseband did’nt update. That was what i experienced. I also restored my recovery using houseofmoto. I checked mine to the screenshot posted above. I got the same notification as you, and mine also seemed to fully update.

      • Malcolm Love

        I just checked. My baseband did not update. That would be the part that failed I guess.

  • Michael Evans

    I’m rooted with Motoroot. I have SuperSU and OTARootkeeper installed.

    1. Should I backup root, then unroot, take update, and restore root?

    2. Does this break stock wireless tether checksum exploit?

    • Michael Evans

      Took the update without doing anything. Still have root. WiFi tether still works!

  • Malcolm Love

    Glad they made a fix for the buttons staying lit! I got the update notice last night, still need to restore my recovery before I pull this update though.

  • Matt

    Is “Developer Options” gone for anyone else?

    • Matt

      Ok, I figured out the Developer Options thing. It is gone by default now. You have to go to “about phone” and tap “Build Number” until it unlocks you as a developer.

      source: androidforum.com

      • RoadsterHD1

        NICE. Thanks

    • RoadsterHD1

      YES, gone, WTF

  • Rob

    has anybody updated with their rooted phone? I have Motoroot and was curious to know if root was lost or kept?

    • Lucky Armpit

      I just updated mine with no issue, and I also have MotoRoot by JCase (his first method, NOT PwnMyMoto). I did NOT lose root!

  • RoadsterHD1

    I don’t see a lot of difference in the camera yet. My install went well. Has anybody received the 50gigs on Google Drive yet? I have not. VZN log states to open app on device and follow directions. I opened it and saw the same thing as always and only 15gigs of space. Anybody seen their 50gigs?

    • Fawzi94

      Force close, clear app data, re-open

      • RoadsterHD1

        It worked, thank you very much. Much appreciated.

      • Tripod

        If you don’t see the offer for the 50GBs for 2 years, just select the “Product Tour” from the “Hamburger” menu and the 50GB offer will appear.

  • Tripod

    More detailed Change log from Motorola is here https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/96493/action/auth

    Square Reader support. Added support for the Motorola Skip NFC accessory that was previously only for the Moto X….

  • Operator3088

    Any idea on how to get the 50gb for google drive?

    • Operator3088

      Never mind, apparently I had to uninstall the Google Drive update and reinstall it to redeem the 50gb update.

      • Tripod

        Or just select “Product Tour” from the “hamburger” menu.

    • mcx3rbm

      For me, I just opened drive app after update. As soon as drive is opened, it prompted me of the 50 gb promotion. FYI

  • Lonetree

    Any confirmation on Band 4? Without an attached band status it’s impossible for me to tell. Already getting 60 down/15 up in Washington, DC before any updates.

  • Pakmann2k

    Too bad it broke Bluetooth Tethering on my Ultra. I don’t have a tethering plan but I could connect my tablet to my phone via bluetooth and hit the “use this device for internet connection.” My Phone would prompt me that I needed to call to add services. When I closed the window, the devices would connect and tethering was achieved. Now, they fixed it.

    • RedXander

      If you don’t mind rooting your device, there is a mod that allows for native tethering. I have used it extensively with the WiFi tethering and it works very well.

      The link to the original developer is here:

      • Pakmann2k

        I don’t mind but it was the first time I had a phone where everything was working and smooth without root or a custom ROM. Was happy with the stock setup for a while anyway.

  • jhlinka

    Also the droids are now compatibile with 3 band headphone jacks (i.e. microphone, square reader), along w/ the annoying issue where capacitive buttons stay lit on certain apps (youtube, daydream).

    • DJ SPY

      Are you 100% sure they’re compatible with the Square Readers?

      • jhlinka

        No, but both square and headphones + mic have 3 bands on the jack so I assume since the headphones work square will. I don’t have a reader to test unfortunately.

    • Pakmann2k

      Have been using this since day 1. Got some Beats with mic and controls and it worked on my ultra since I got this phone.

      The backlit key thing is good though. That did annoy me.

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  • James

    the app viewdini is still on my phone..i thought it was supposed to be removed with the update..?

    • Michael Tate

      Mine too … but when you open the app it give you a notice that it’s dead. I just uninstalled it myself after that.

    • CW Larson

      Mine is gone; is uninstall available now?

    • MichaelFranz

      it will still be there, but now you can uninstall it

  • Jeffrey Tarman

    I thought the camera fix would be part of the update that was downloaded but it was actually in the Play Store after the update completed. Got the 50 GB added to Drive so I’m at 80 GB now 🙂

    • Robert Macri

      The major camera fix is part of the upgrade… but after the upgrade they released a new fix via the play store.

  • flyingpuck

    It’s installing as we speak!

  • flosserelli

    Definitely needed. Yesterday I played with the new Droids in the store, and the camera was awful. Almost every photo looked like it was taken through a screen door.

  • Ayyy

    Got the bug fixer on Razr Maxx HD also. At midnight.

  • dan0matic

    The good old Droid Razer HD and Razer HD Maxx update is out now too.

  • terry12s

    Got it last night 🙂

  • ButtMan

    I was able to do the update. I was rooted using MotoRoot. I retained root after the update and have had zero problems.

    • asdfadf

      I had constant loops and I’m having to get a new phone

      • kingpin

        if you were rooted with motoroot your ok, but if you used pwnmymoto then you’ll get boot loops

    • B!

      How’s MotoRoot on this? I’m getting the Maxx outright & want to root it since I’m used to the root on my Razr Maxx but the custom ROM has it bugged out.

  • Weber

    “Cheers Lucky Armpit”
    Oh, internet.

    • Lucky Armpit

      That’s me. 🙂 And ya gotta have a sense of humor in today’s world.

  • CW Larson

    The official Moto Changlog also says Skip compatibility; https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/96493

    • Jerry Huster

      Yeah, too bad the official app still says “incompatible” in the Play store.

      • CW Larson

        Mine is saying it is already installed…

        • Jerry Huster

          I don’t see it in my app list although I see it as “installed” as well. Kinda weird.

          • CW Larson

            This is really weird…

    • Pakmann2k

      Just in case anyone has an Ultra, which I do, the change logs are identical with exception of some wireless charging changes, which the Ultra does not have. I, too, was happy to see Skip compatibility in the log.