updated 09:00 am EST, Tue November 17, 2009
Droid autofocus suddenly cured for users
(Update with possible explanation) A problem autofocusing the Droid's 5-megapixel camera has been suddenly fixed according to reports from multiple users. Although it had previously had problems properly locking on to subjects at all since the Droid launch, owners at HowardForums and elsewhere now say it has suddenly started focusing properly in almost every case, suggesting a silent over-the-air fix. Some have noticed it after rebooting the phone or changing settings, but others say they did nothing that might have triggered a check for an update.
Leaked documents had suggested that a patch for the camera bug would only be applied around December 11th with an explicit download that would also address a number of other early bugs. The move may indicate Verizon is now open to pushing smaller fixes automatically.
Update: sources suggest the "fix" is actually the result of an unusual timing bug where particular states of the clock create problems with the autofocusing system. Rolling over to the 17th has fixed the issue only for the next 24.5 days, though the December 11th patch should address it on a permanent level.