Saturday, March 24, 2012

Verizon Pushes DROID Pro Update Out

The Motorola Droid Pro isn't exactly the most sexy or coolest member of the DROID product family, but it does get the job done. So I was surprised yesterday when I pulled out my Pro to see that there was a software update available from Verizon.


The update, who's official name is 4.7.3XT610.Verizon.enUS, is only a minor maintenance update rather than a full Google Android software upgrade.

This update addresses:
  • Improved security with DigiNotar security patch.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System. 
  • Device will no longer lockup or reset after an Over the Air update. 
  • Device will no longer automatically power on after it has been powered off. 
  • Pressing the spacebar key will no longer cause the device to lockup. 
  • Improvements to keyboard backlighting. 
  • Smart Forwarding will no longer cause forwarded messages to remain in the Outbox.
I'm glad that Verizon and Motorola have figured out a fix for OTA updates, because, well, 4.7.3XT610 is kinda an OTA update, so that's progress, right?  I'm also glad to see Verizon and Motorola pushing out an update that improves the performance of the Pro's keyboard.  Pressing the spacebar key should not hang up your phone, it's never happened to me, but the backlighting on my phone was always a bit schizophrenic.

And, any software update from Verizon wouldn't be complete without some new bloatware, so Big Red has thrown in new versions of their V CAST and VZ Navigator apps.  I'm not sure why anyone is still using Verizon's GPS navigation software when Google Maps and Google Navigation work well and don't require the extra cost of an additional service on your monthly bill.

Anyway, you can read the official change log and directions on how to upgrade your Droid Pro on the Verizon website.
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