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    Default Motorola Photon Software Updates

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    More easily import contacts from SD card.
    - Improved music playback, both streaming from Amazon Cloud or Internet Radio services and music saved to the

    phone - minimizes occasional skips or -repeats

    - Enhancements for WiFi hotspot in GSM/UMTS mode and adding new WiFi connections.

    - Now supports 1080p HD video capture, and enhanced video settings for more responsive playback.

    - Easier creating and accepting calendar meeting notices on the phone.
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    I'm not sure if this was part of this update, or it happened before:

    I was part of this soak test. During which I went from using GoLauncher back to the default. When I started using default I created groups in the apps area. For some reason I groups would slowly lose apps until they were all out of said group. For example, I would make a "Games" group with 10 apps (or so) then, after several hours, the folder had 8 apps, then 4 apps, then no apps (doing so over several hours).
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    The vid upgrade to 1080p was from update in May ..really can't see any difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogators1974 View Post
    The vid upgrade to 1080p was from update in May ..really can't see any difference

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    What update in May? Are you talking about the SOAK test?

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    Been having serious wi-fi and connection problems lately. I hope this fixes it!
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    There is a significant difference with the new 1080P video recording vs the old limit. I took back to back videos on the Photon, and the play back video via the HDMI out to a 1080P capable TV looked much better.

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    So I Am a noob when it comes to rooting, but since I used the One Click for the Photon it worked fine. I downloaded and installed this update just to see if there were noticeable improvements but there were none. One annoyance is the "scan 4G signals" thing is on the notifications non stop and it doesnt seem to come off.

    I tried to use the same One Click root I used in order to re-root it and it just said "do not have permission" blah blah....

    Any ideas on how to downgrade or to re-root?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaSands View Post
    So I Am a noob when it comes to rooting, but since I used the One Click for the Photon it worked fine. I downloaded and installed this update just to see if there were noticeable improvements but there were none. One annoyance is the "scan 4G signals" thing is on the notifications non stop and it doesnt seem to come off.

    I tried to use the same One Click root I used in order to re-root it and it just said "do not have permission" blah blah....

    Any ideas on how to downgrade or to re-root?

    Try the photon-torpedo method, I've read that method is still working.
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    I think the time has finally come to root my Photon and get rid of the extra bloatware added after the update: Google Plus, Google Plus Messenger, Google Music, and a new Video player. I get it, some may like the new added items, some will not. What gets me is, all of these features are in the google play store, if the end user wants it on his/her phone, they can just download it from there, rather than having Google shove these features to those - like myself - who doesn't want it.
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    The Torpedo-Method did not work for me when I tried to re-root my photon. It said access was denied. What now?
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    It is my understanding that installing this update locks the bootloader... 2.3.5 Update-Photon Users Beware
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    Ya sorry... The soak test in may then last wk.. There was a difference.. Two different parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by witness5324 View Post
    The Torpedo-Method did not work for me when I tried to re-root my photon. It said access was denied. What now?



    I used the method above and it worked. I did a factory reset without knowing that it was still going to leave the most recent update on there. For some odd reason I still had super user installed but I was not rooted. So I followed the method above, and when I was done when I tried to use Screenshot It to take a screen the super user Window came up and I hit allow. Prior to the root above, I got "your phone is not rooted"

    ....so all is well again


    I dont know much about it, and it was kind of difficult since I am not very good with Command Prompt or Terminal, but if you guys have any questions I can try and answer them since I already Factory Reset my phone and experimented with all kinda root methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by christianttt View Post
    Try the photon-torpedo method, I've read that method is still working.

    Thanks. I tried it and it worked. The hardest part was finding a simple method it seemed so complicated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandersJC64 View Post
    What update in May? Are you talking about the SOAK test?

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    That would have been from the soak...

    hd+ recording looks amazing via hdmi... On the screen of the phone you can't tell because it doesn't display 1080p.

    Photon torpedo worked after both soaks for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by itsalex2323 View Post
    I think the time has finally come to root my Photon and get rid of the extra bloatware added after the update: Google Plus, Google Plus Messenger, Google Music, and a new Video player. I get it, some may like the new added items, some will not. What gets me is, all of these features are in the google play store, if the end user wants it on his/her phone, they can just download it from there, rather than having Google shove these features to those - like myself - who doesn't want it.
    Yes, all the Google bloatware with this update seriously blows!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenjaSands View Post
    I used the method above and it worked. I did a factory reset without knowing that it was still going to leave the most recent update on there.
    Is this true? Factory reset still keeps the latest update on there...?
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    Um... Yea. It factory reset never messes with what version you have. Ever

    Sent using my MoPho-King photon
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    I am absolutely not updating to this 4.5.1A-1_SUN-254_13 update.

    I have research it and there appears to be a "Flawed Update" with to many issues.

    But don't take my word for it, please research it yourself.

    Best of luck


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    I realize that there have been issues for a few, but, my Photon has been much improved on the _13 update.

    Better WiFi connectivity, improved (slightly) performance & battery life.

    I've had zero issues, its been a nice improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cellmeister View Post
    I am absolutely not updating to this 4.5.1A-1_SUN-254_13 update.

    I have research it and there appears to be a "Flawed Update" with to many issues.

    But don't take my word for it, please research it yourself.

    Best of luck
    the only upside is 1080p video...

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    Default Re: Motorola Photon Software Updates

    Works perfect on my phone, treat it like a rom. Do a wipe before updating
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvian View Post
    Works perfect on my phone, treat it like a rom. Do a wipe before updating
    I've never cleaned before an ota... and haven't had any issues.... On 3+ years on android. (minus my 4g thing but a restart fixes that)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tirith View Post
    I've never cleaned before an ota... and haven't had any issues.... On 3+ years on android. (minus my 4g thing but a restart fixes that)

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    Is your phone working fine after the OTA?
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    My phone is working fine after the update, just my Yahoo email has been acting up for a while, have to reboot phone to get new emails sometimes... and just rooted it for the first time!
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