Nov 17th, 2009

Droid BackReports are buzzing that the Motorola Droid’s auto-focus lense may now be, well, focusing. But you’ve got to use a little elbow grease to get the job done.

Though no official word has been given, users are reporting that an oily substance thinly coats the Droid camera and that if you take a cloth and wipe it down really good, you’ll start to get those magical green indications that your camera is focusing. Not to mention, pictures will turn out a little better.

I know you lazy folks enjoy hands-off OTA updates to fix your every problem, but embrace the Amish lifestyle for once and use a physical piece of matter along with human labor to accomplish your goals. Once you do, tell us if you’ve noticed an improvement on your Droid camera?

UPDATE: Numerous readers (including in these comments) have linked us to a comment supposedly by Android Engineer Dan Morrill which points out the REAL problem:

Yes, this is exactly what is happening.

There’s a rounding-error bug in the camera driver’s autofocus routine (which uses a timestamp) that causes autofocus to behave poorly on a 24.5-day cycle. That is, it’ll work for 24.5 days, then have poor performance for 24.5 days, then work again.

The 17th is the start of a new “works correctly” cycle, so the devices will be fine for a while. A permanent fix is in the works.

We’re looking into this and will report back with official word ASAP!


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