Last week some time, my Moto X1 push-notified me that a system update was available – for ‘security and performance improvements’, as I recall. I haven’t given every feature of my phone a scouring since, but I’ve notice two adverse changes since installing:
The Flashlight feature was removed from the swipe-down icons (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, etc.). I used this feature all the time and, go figure, discovered it was missing in an area that was pitch-black. The ‘free apps’ out there to mimic this one-time OS feature are bloated with invasive permissions, leaving no suitable replacement.
I shook my phone to activate the camera feature and capture a special moment with my family. The phone proceeded to activate the FRONT-FACING camera and I was staring at a picture of my own face while trying to find the swap-cameras button – which had been REMOVED. The moment passed and was lost. Looking in the Motorola Camera app itself, it looks like the rear-facing camera is no longer used at all.
I seriously want to find a way to remove this update from my phone. I haven’t noticed any new security features or improvements in battery life or any other phone performance. Below is what I find in the About Phone screen:
Android security patch level: 2016-08-01 – curious, since this update was supposedly for security reasons
Baseband version: MSM8960PRO_BP_23255.142.97.00R
Fri Sep 16 08:40:32 CDT 2016
System version: 222.21.19.ghost_row.RepublicWireless.en.US sprint
Build number: LPA23.12-39-R-19
Many thanks for any information on this.