Update Now Rolling Out To Sprint Moto X Users As Well, AT&T and Verizon On Deck!
When the Moto X came out, much was made of the 'Clear Pixel' camera that was supposed to let the 10 megapixel camera take great low light photos, which combined with the 'Quick Capture' gesture for opening the camera would make for a killer combo. During the reviews of Motorola's new flagship however, while the build quality, OS speed and cool software extras like active notifications were praised the camera tended to fall short of expectations and made many wonder whether the 'Clear Pixel' design had been oversold to consumers.
Well we're happy to say that the T-Mobile version of the Moto X has been receiving a fairly major software update today that includes some substantially improved software that really makes a dramatic improvement in the Moto X picture quality in both low light and clarity overall. As 'Anandtech' states
Imaging performance improves dramatically indoors and out with this update. The update changes the tuning of the camera by improving exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes, white balance and color accuracy across the board, and reducing noise in low light scenes.
Both Anandtech and Droid-Life have issued a series of comparative before/after photos from the Moto X to show how dramatically improved the photos are before and after the OTA update. You can visibly see a huge difference and it should probably aleve potential buyer's concerns if it was camera performance that was holding back a purchase decision. The Droid-Life photos in particular show that the picture quality is roughly on par with both the Galaxy S4 and LG G2 after the update. Now while we haven't had official word from Motorola, it's assumed these camera software improvements will be rolling out to all Moto X versions, so if you're not with T-Mobile don't fret.
As I mentioned above, this OTA update for the T-Mobile Moto X contains a number of other updates and improvements beyond just the camera. From improved Touchless Control to Improved Voice Quality that supposedly takes care of the 'clipping' problems some have had, to improvements to Motorola Asist Driving Detection and more... a number of software components of the Moto X have been improved or fixed. The full changelog is below and as we said above...we can expect all of these updates to go out to other carrier Moto Xs before long...we just don't know exactly when.
T-Mobile OTA Update Build 139.12.57 Full ChangelogAnandtechDroid-LIfeMotorola Support Page
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 youre 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