Moto X update on T-Mobile improves camera and touchless controls

September 23, 2013
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Today T-Mobile has just issued a software update for their version of the Moto X, and from the sounds of things this update will seriously improve the camera. The folks from AnandTech first confirmed the update, and now we have the full changelog below with plenty of fixes and camera enhancements.

The update rolling out today for the T-Mobile Moto X is expected to arrive for many others, and possibly the same camera features could hit the Moto DROID lineup on Verizon. Although surely that won't be nearly as fast. The update is more than just camera fixes, but that's the most important one as we're seeing some substantial improvements. Just check out Droid-Life's before and after samples.

Motorola has confirmed this update this afternoon with a full detailed changelog, but below are a few of the important ones. While the main focus was on the camera users will also be happy to notice improved call quality, better touchless controls, and an improved driving hands-free mode.

Camera – Improved Photo Quality: Improved capture of natural light (auto-white balance) and color accuracy for more precise exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes
Camera – Improved Focus: Faster touch to focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light conditions and scenes with continuous motion
Camera – Faster Switching: Shortened the time it takes to switch between rear and front-facing cameras, as well as transition between the viewfinder and the Gallery app
Enhanced Touchless Control: Increased accuracy and responsiveness when using Touchless Control, and added easier training of the “OK Google Now” trigger
Improved Motorola Migrate Experience: Improved transfer of content from an old Android phone to a new Motorola phone
Google Drive – 50GB Promotion: Added a promotion expiration date - customers have 30 days from phone activation or installation of this update to redeem the 50GB offer
Calling – Improved Voice Quality: Fixed an issue that could sometimes result in choppy audio being heard by the person you’re talking with on your Moto X
Moto Care – Lost Device Finder: Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent a lost phone from reporting its location to the Moto Care Lost Device Finder service
Motorola Assist – Driving Detection: Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the phone to read out text messages and announce calls when not in Drive mode

This week Motorola started finally selling the Developer Edition of the Moto X, so hopefully this same update arrives for those models and other carriers shortly. We're hearing from countless tips in our inbox that the Moto X has one of the best cameras, and that this made things even better. Good news for Moto X users. Let us know if you've received the update, and how you're liking the changes.


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  • Jon Markman

    Has anyone who ordered a developer edition actually had it ship yet? It was listed as “in stock” when I purchased it on Saturday morning, but the email confirmation said it may take up to 7 days to ship.