Motorola Droid 3: OTA Update 5.6.890 rolling out, manual download available

By Alan Ng - Sep 30, 2011

We have some good news for those of you with a Motorola Droid 3 handset, as it looks like Verizon are now rolling out an update which adds a considerable amount of new features to the device, the perfect tonic for taking your mind off the upcoming Nexus Prime.

Motorola has announced on their official support forums that the update, identified as build number 5.6.890 will be rolling out in stages starting from September 28th. This means that some of you may have already received a notification to update via OTA, but Motorola has also confirmed that you can update to the new firmware version manually if you don’t want to wait.

When you have your phone in hand, simply go to Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates and you should see the new 5.6.890 update available. Once you’ve installed it, you’ll be able to enjoy new features such as Google Talk with Video support, V CAST media manger, improved camera shutter speed, improved stability and no more flickering on the display screen.

Perhaps more pleasing though is the fact that battery life is meant to be improved too as a result of the update, according to Motorola’s patch notes. Those of you having GPS update problems will find that this is now fixed, while Silent Mode will now do away with the start-up animation which you may find useful.

You can see a run through of the full list of change notes by reading the list over at Phonedog here. If you have already installed this firmware update for the Droid 3, let us know your experiences with the handset after updating. On a side note, is the Droid 3 still a worthy handset to own or not, considering the likes of the Samsung Nexus Prime which is whispering in your ear on a daily basis telling you to upgrade to this phone.

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  • Calvin Croucher

    I was one of those poor souls that suffered from constant random reboots, poor camera performance and super short battery life. Following the firmware update it’s like I have a brand new phone! Like everyone else, I had to set my Swipe from Spanish back to US English. Other than that tiny annoyance every defect that I’ve experienced prior to the update has been resolved. The camera shutter is super fast now, no more random reboots and the battery life is absolutely amazing. Thank you Motorola!

  • Ermm.. after the update, my camera keeps shutting down and going back to  the home screen after a snap is taken( I never had that issue). Besides that the swype language was reset to Spanish but thats not a biggie as you can change it rightaway. The phone overall has become really snappy but the camera still needs some looking into and tweaking