Verizon's Moto X getting the big update today

It started as a soak test, but it was either very successful in a very short time or Big Red just decided to let her fly, because the "camera" update for the Verizon Moto X is now pushing out.

We have the full change log right here, but the parts everyone seems interested in are the camera improvements. They turned a mediocre and unreliable performing camera into something acceptable, which has pleased most users. It's still not the quality you would see from the LG G2 for example, but it can turn out some good pictures in the right hands now. Other equally important things that come with the update are improvements to Touchless Control and a bug fix for Motorola Assist. 

You will eventually be prompted to update with no action of your own, but if you want to try to hurry things you can manually check in the device settings. Discuss the good and bad of this one in the forums.

Source: Android Central forums

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  • I like the improvements but forgot to take some "before" shots to compare. XT1060 via Android Central App
  • lol.
  • same here ha forgot to take pics before to compair with
  • That soak test was a total waste of time them.
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  • Because if the soak test started today, as AC has indicated, it lasted less than 12 hours. I can't imagine much data was collected.
  • The soak test went out to a large number of people,so there was a lot testing.You would be surprised how much can be collected.Thats all I can say about that. Also the update still hasnt been released to everyone at once its an ongoing process still in progress.
  • I think the point of the soak test is strictly to make sure devices aren't going to be bricked, data wiped, etc when people upgrade. They do a lot of testing on their own up front. They want to make sure there are no show-stopping bugs. My guess is enough people installed the update during the soak test and reported back to them fast enough that they felt comfortable they didn't break anything that wasn't already broken and the stuff they tried to fix was indeed fixed for a large enough number of people to make the update worth pushing. My "guess" is there were a lot of people in the forums providing a lot of feedback, most of which was, I'm guessing, "Hey this is better than before/hey this works exactly as it did before" and that is what they were looking for.
  • I don't think you realize that quite a few people and some here have been actively participating in the VZW soak test for over a week now. It wasn't useless. We just finished before your number got called. You should be happy that its done. Posted via Android Central App
  • Are there multiple sets of forums? XT1060 via Android Central App
  • If that is true I didn't know that. Everything here on this site has indicated the test was to begin this morning. If that's not the case I'm unaware of it. And I am happy that its done.
  • Notifications for the soak test went out a week ago, and it was reported all over the place. I don't know what he's talking about with the "over a week" business. If the soak test really has been taking place for "over a week," everyone would know about it.
  • My thoughts exactly. Its been talked about for a week but as far as the actual update, I thought it happened to everyone this morning.
  • Believe it or not Motorola and Verizon don't have to specifically email you for every phase of the soak got invited at the end and like I said, they finished before they called your number. Believe it or not I could care less but a few of us on this forum have been on this update for well over a week. Don't get all upset by it. Be happy that its out. I am. Posted via Android Central App
  • Right. You knew about it, but none of the blogs who report on everything possibly rumored about Android knew about it. And it wasn't reported at XDA or any other forums. Okay. I believe you. Posted via Android Central App
  • Good. Bout time. Posted via Android Central App
  • According to Moto's forums rep, there are not multiple sets of forums, multiple builds being tested nor anything else strange going on behind the scenes. The forums were created on the 17th of October, members were invited to join the forums on the 21st and the 1st post by anyone other than by members of the team were posted on the 21st. Reaching out directly to the mods on the Moto forums is pretty easy.
  • And I JUST sideloaded it lol Sent from my Moto X
  • great phone, great update
  • Not big update unless it's 4.3 Posted via Android Central App
  • It's not 4.3 but it is a big improvement on the camera and a few other small fixes. I'm actually really hoping Motorola skips the 4.3 update for the X (and I guess the other 2013 Droid phones) and jumps right to 4.3. Supposedly manufacturers get early access to some of the code to start working on upgrades ahead of release, and with Motorola being "A Google Company" I hope they'll choose to go direct to 4.4.
  • So when do the new Droids get it, seeing as they're practically the same? Posted via Android Central App and Droid Mini
  • Same question here re: Droid Maxx.
  • I second this. I love my MAXX, but wouldn't mind being able to take better pictures with it. Posted via Android Central App
  • My Verizon moto x is rooted but still on stock. Will I still get the update?
  • Not if you used PwnMyMoto to root since it removed stock recovery.There are ways to fix it tho but that will have to be done first otherwise update will most likely fail.
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  • I wish we had more info on just how much work to Android itself is done to make Motorola's add-on features work. Moto Assist, Touchless Controls, and Active Notifications are all apps that can be updated via the Play Store. Obviously there are some low-level hooks to allow these apps to make use of the hardware, but I'd really like to know just how much effort it takes to integrate the apps into a new OS version.