Verizon's Droid Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

Verizon did not secretly fix a Droid bug but phone owners might not be happy about the real story

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM PDT
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Droid users can rest a little easier. Verizon is not secretly controlling the iPhone killer with a remote control.

But the real story behind a strange bug with the Google powered Droid's autofocus feature might upset those who spent $200 on the smartphone even more.

When a glitch with the Droid's auto focus was magically fixed over night, paranoid conspiracy theorists everywhere renamed Verizon Amazon.

But the makers of the phone went to Engadget to put out the conspiracy fires.

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

Nov. 17 was the start of the new cycle, not the first anniversary of a secret Verizon invasion of Droid users privacy.

But the weird glitch does leave Droid owners with an unusual problem: their phones will only work properly every other 24.5 days. A permanent fix is currently being developed. 

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