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Summary:

In my review of the Moto X, I noted one deficiency: inconsistent pictures from the camera. Thanks to a software update, the camera should be improved. Sprint and T-Mobile customers already got the software; now it’s AT&T’s turn.

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First T-Mobile then Sprint and now AT&T is rolling out a software update to the Moto X handset that’s meant to improve the camera performance. I noted the inconsistency of the Moto X camera output in my review and really found that to be the only issue with the phone. If the update addresses the problem it will alleviate what I think is the Achilles Heel of the Moto X.

AT&T’s consumer blog said on Friday that the update would begin to roll out, so it could be staged. Here’s a full breakdown of what’s in the software:

  • Camera enhancements:
    • Enhanced camera auto-white balance performance and color accuracy.
    • Improved exposure when taking photos outside or backlit, and improved clarity in low light.
    • Faster touch-to-focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light or scenes with continuous motion.
  • Faster response and improved accuracy when using Touchless Control and easier set up and training of the “Ok Google Now” trigger.
  • Enhanced transfer of content from old phone to new phone using Motorola Migrate.
  • Fine-tuned feature that allows you to find phone when it is lost that sometimes prevented a lost phone from reporting its location.

Aside from the camera improvements, I’m happy to see the Touchless Control getting faster and more accurate. I use the feature a few dozen times per day and although it’s great at understanding my speech, more speed would be welcome. Once I get the update on my handset, I’ll share thoughts on the camera improvements.

  1. Thanks for the early update. Review of the software update by the end of the weekend would be great.

  2. since there are a ton of moto Xs out there with the update that can and are being reviewed by other people, your posting without doing is less than useless – it does not give any information besides what is already out there all over the place AND it leads people to waste their time looking to find out info about how the new camera works.

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