Motorola and Verizon’s Droid 3 didn’t broken any performance records when it was released, back in July 2011, but the QWERTY device still managed to become fairly popular, mostly thanks to its dual-core processor and slide-out keyboard.
Unfortunately, Moto didn’t seem to pay much attention to the software side, and, while there were a few rumors about a possible ICS update, things only grew darker on that front. The most recent news about the Droid 3 just about confirms that the phone will never supply its users with a healthy Ice Cream Sandwich scoop, which is frustrating as heck. Verizon has just announced that it will be pushing a software update for the Motorola Droid 3, and, while the improvements and bug fixes are welcomed, it’s just not ICS.
Weighing in at 224 MB, the new 5.7.906 software build comes with one humongous changelog. There are improvements to applications, widgets, call features, camera, Bluetooth, and also HDMI, which means that you might be in for a whole new software experience on your Droid 3. One of the most notable changes involves the 8 MP rear-facing camera, which now comes with improved autofocus performance and reduced shutter lag.
You can post and play videos on Facebook, plus, code dialing has been enhanced, purchased ringtones can be downloaded, saved and used more easily, and so on and so forth. You even get a spanking new pre-loaded app, the VZ Navigator 3D City, while the overall phone’s stability should be seriously upgraded. That means fewer random restarts, fewer power cycles, and more overall reliability.
The update should already be available for download from your phone’s settings menu, but if it isn’t, you should give it an additional day or two. Also, you might want to get a better Internet connection and restart your device a couple of times to make sure it’s up to date.
All in all, if Verizon’s latest update will in fact bring all the improvements it claims to bring, it should make your Droid 3 better, more reliable, and user-friendlier. On the other hand, the disappointment of not getting Ice Cream Sandwich might not be forgotten easily by users that were still hoping for Android 4. If that’s the case, and you just can’t live without ICS, you could try installing one of the unofficial 4.0 ROMs which we talked about in the past at this or this link.