Verizon Motorola Droid 3 Gets A Software Update

Last month, Verizon rolled out a software update for the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone. Verizon will soon roll out a software update for its predecessor, the Motorola Droid 3. The size of the update is 224.8MB. However, this update does not bring the much-awaited Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. With just 512 MB of RAM, Motorola Droid 3 is not expected to get the Android 4.0 update in the future.

The latest update is numbered 5.7.906.XT862 and it can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It comes with a Google security patch, improvements to the camera’s auto-focus, pre-loaded VZ Navigator 3D City app and much more. Check out the complete changelog below.

Motorola Droid 3


Device Features:

  • A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
  • Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
  • Avoid device interruption when accessing an application prior to the storage being fully mounted on the device.
  • Improvements in device stability help avoid device power cycles.
  • When connected to a Bluetooth headset or HDMI cable, the device will no longer lock up and power cycle.
  • Improvements to the camera’s auto focus will reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.

Call Features:

  • Use a wired headset without the interruption of a high pitched tone.
  • Plus code dialing has been enhanced, improving the experience while traveling.

Applications & Widgets:

  • Playback media can be heard while using a Bluetooth headset.
  • Place a call to the appropriate recipient using the contact widget.
  • When moving applications to the SD card, shortcuts to these Apps will remain.
  • After updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI will display the latest contact information.
  • Successfully post and play videos on Facebook.
  • Purchased ringtones are now able to be downloaded, saved and used where appropriate.
  • Contact pictures display properly in Google Voice.
  • VZ Navigator 3D City is now preloaded.
  • Resolved excessive data usages and continuous downloading for VZ Navigator 3D City downloads.

Verizon will roll out this update within a few days. If you do not get this update on your smartphone, then just go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Device > System updates and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

Motorola Droid 3 Reaches Root Status

The Motorola Milestone 3, known stateside as the Droid 3, has been rooted!   The well-known kernel hacker and security researcher Dan Rosenberg, has posted the details of a simple vulnerability that provides superuser access to the device by using a configuration value that prevents the Android Debugging Bridge from de-escalating its root privileges.

The Droid 3 is the successor to the very popular Droid 2. It launched on Verizon back in July, with a locked bootloader preventing customized kernels and ROM cooking. The original Motorola Droid implemented security measures that required signed images for flashing. It took almost a year before it was rooted and Motorola stuck with their choice to alienate power users by enforcing signature checks on their Droid series of devices.

Featuring a spacious 5-row hardware QWERTY keyboard, qHD screen and all the methods of connectivity you can handle, the Droid 3 is a powerhouse of a device. Although none of the Droids are included in the guide to the Best Android Phones in India, the original Droid pushed Android launch sales over the iPhone and beat the Nexus One.

Now that Google and Motorola have joined forces, the Android community can expect more top-tier hardware built by Motorola and powered by unskinned, unmolested and bloatware-free Android, receiving timely updates directly from Google.