Owners of the Motorola Droid 3 are getting a hefty over the air system update that addresses a number of concerns with the firmware and included apps. Firmware version 5.7.905 clocks in at 224.8MB in size, so make sure you allow at least an hour on Verizon's 3G to pull down the file.

VZW Update

As for system bugs, the Droid 3 is getting a few Google security patches, a fix for mysterious device power ons, better camera autofocus, improved call quality, and a few stability improvements around HDMI and Bluetooth. You can also enjoy using a wired headset without any annoying feedback after the update. Some of Motorola's custom apps and tweaks are also getting some love. Calls can now be placed directly from the contact widget, the Motorola system for uploading Facebook videos works now, and data usage for VZ Navigator has been reduced. You can check out the full list of feature updates on the Verizon page.

The device will notify you in the coming days when the update is ready to be installed, but you can also manually force the update. The impatient lot can go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Mash the download button, and all 224MB of bug fixing goodness will be dropped onto your phone.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://twitter.com/zachvossdesign zach voss

    the camera on the D3 is soooo slow. hopefully the "
    better camera autofocus" will help

    • Nobody

      it does. now its just plain slow instead of soooo slow. 

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    It is really frustrating to see Motorola jerking people around like this. Updates like this are a horrible waste of time.

    Motorola as an organization needs to sit down and figure out how to better use their devs' time to give consumers what they really want:

    An 8MP DSLR with a full QWERTY keyboard.

    No I am not talking about a Droid keyboard. I want a full size desktop keyboard with mechanical keys, and a 10 digit number pad.

    THE MASSES HAVE SPOKEN. Stop wasting our time.

  • Milkman

    I don't understand why the latest & greatest OS, ICS, isn't on any of Google's own (Motorola) phones yet?
    They must have really want their OS placed on the Samsung Smart tv so bad, that they sold out, & gave Samsung exclusive rights to ICS on their phones.
    What a shame for such a brilliant young company. Looks like they will be following in the footsteps of Microsoft afterall.....doing whatever it takes to get into the home PC/entertainment industry.

  • Josh

    Will this break root?

    • FatKitty

      It will. DON'T UPDATE.

  • Steveo031986

    Would be great if the update got rid of NFL mobile!