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Verizon Accused of Remotely Controlling Droid

Recently Verizon was accused of remote-controlling Motorola's new Droid smartphone. Evidently, a bug cropped up concerning the built-in camera's auto-focus. However the problem mysteriously resolved itself in thousands of phones, leading many to believe that Verizon snuck in through the back door and secretly corrected the issue.

But apparently that wasn't the case at all. As Wired points out, the root of the problem is much more stranger than Verizon cleaning up its mess behind the scenes. In fact, the overall problem was a definite bug, but on behalf of the Android OS. Android developer Dan Morrill sent in an explanation as to what went afoul, saying that the issue was date-related.

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

He also added that the 17th is the start of a new "works correctly" cycle, allowing the camera to work correctly until the cycle ends. Morrill said that a permanent fix is in the works. The bug itself is quite unusual, however Wired told curious Droid owners to turn the clock back a few days if they want to bathe in the glory of a non-focusing camera.

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