Just more than a week ago the Motorola Droid X got its first ever Custom ROM. The Droid X was a tough nut to mod because of it’s locked down boot loader. However, the modding community met with success in a relatively short period of time. Since the Droid X and the Droid 2 use the same locked’ down boot loader, it was only a matter of time for a custom ROM for the D2 to be released. The first custom ROM for the Droid 2 is known as the Epic Unleashed and all the credit for this ROM goes to Matt4542.
Since this is the very first custom ROM for the Droid 2, it does not contain many modifications. This ROM mainly included many scripts, and build.prop modifications. Matt4542 has also ensured that all the Verizon crapware have been removed from this ROM. This ROM also contains the Droid 1 boot loader screen for a retrofeel to it.
However, this ROM has one serious bug according to me. The backlight of the Droid 2 won’t turn off after you lock the handset. This is a pretty big issue for me since the battery life of the device will take a huge hit due to this bug. Nevertheless, the developer already knows about this big and is already trying to fix it.
Click here to read more about the ROM and how to flash it on your Droid 2.
The Motorola Droid X is a multimedia powerhouse. The phone features a mammoth 4.3-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 854×480. The Droid X is also among the very few handsets in the market to feature a mini-HDMI out port. A mini-HDMI port on a phone is very useful as it allows a user to hook the phone up to his LCD and directly enjoy 720p content shot with the phone or loaded on the phone. Other advantages of a mini-HDMI out port are that users can play games on the LCD, browse websites etcetera.
However, Motorola spoilt the party of all the Droid X owners by limiting the HDMI out to only the Gallery mode. Nevertheless, an application called Real HDMI has surfaced on the AppBrain market which allows Droid X owners to take full advantage of the mini-HDMI out port of the device. The reviews of the application are highly positive and the only downsides are some minor bugs.
When Verizon and Motorola launched the Droid X there was a big hype and hoopla over the locked down boot loader of the device. As days passed by, it emerged that the Droid X uses the same boot loader as the one of the Motorola Milestone. This was a bad news considering that the Milestone’s boot loader was yet to be unlocked for allowing custom ROMs. However, the modding community, especially Birdman, did not lose hope and have finally met with success.
Birdman has released the first custom ROM for the Droid X. This custom ROM is based on the leaked Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. Here are the features of the custom ROM :
*OptiPNG optimized apk’s
*Updated Superuser.apk (credits to chainsdd)
Kindle (market app)
Blockbuster (bankrupt company)
EMERGENCY (dial 911 for emergency’s…dont screw around with an app)
My Verizon (bad market app)
Maps (market app)
Voice search (market app)
Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)
Skype (market app)
Google search (market app)
Droid X owners can download the rom via ROM Manager. It is also recommended that users make a backup of their device before flashing this custom ROM on their device. Users also need to make sure that their Droid X is rooted. Keep in mind that this is not the final version of this ROM. This is only the Release Candidate 1 of this ROM. This custom ROM basically removes all those Verizon bloatware and improves the performance of your Droid X.
Motorola released the Froyo update for the Droid a couple of weeks ago. Next in line for the Froyo update is the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X ships with Android 2.1 on board, and is expected to get the Froyo update by early September. However, users who can’t wait until early-September should rejoice! A leaked version of Android 2.2 for the Droid X has surfaced on the Internet.
Users who are interested in trying this leaked Android 2.2 update should make sure that their phone is rooted. If your Droid X is already rooted, then the method is a relatively simple one. Droid X owners should also keep in mind that this is not the final Android 2.2 version and so bugs and performance issues will be present.
Keep in mind that going back to Android 2.1 after this update is a pretty complex method. Here is the step-by-step process on how to update your Droid X to Android 2.2.
When the Droid X was released by Motorola, a lot of fuss was made about its locked down bootloader. The locked down bootloader on the Droid X meant no custom ROMs for the phone. The modding community was quite shocked with this piece of information, since the Motorola Droid had an unlocked bootloader and that made it a popular phone. However, the modding community did not lose hope and started working on the Droid X. Within a couple of weeks of its launch, the Droid X was successfully rooted by birdman.
Now, the modding community has got another major breakthrough. ROM Manager developer koush has managed to get Clockwork recovery working on the Droid X. He even posted a picture of Clockwork recovery on the Droid X on his twitter profile. However, he did mention that the Droid X bootloader is still locked. He managed to get clockwork recovery working on the Droid X by hijacking the boot process of Android.
Sadly, this means custom ROMs for the Droid X is still sometime away.
The Motorola Droid X ranks among the high-end super-Android phone currently available in the market. The phone was launched by Verizon on July 15th, and the device has been selling in decent numbers since then. A few days after its launch, the device was sold out online as well as in the retail market. The Droid X features a massive 4.3-inch TFT LCD screen, with FWVGA resolution. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM as well.
The only downside of this phone for some users is that it still runs on Android 2.1. Many users cribbed that Motorola should have launched the Droid X with Android 2.2 on board. At the time of its launch, Motorola did promise that the Droid X will be getting the Android 2.2 update by late summer.
Earlier, it was thought/rumoured that the device will get the update by end of August. However, a Motorola employee while answering a problem with Exchange 2003 email that the Droid X Froyo update is “scheduled for deployment by early September.” This news surely won’t go down well with the existing Droid X owners.
In the true spirit of open source, Motorola has released the source code of the Droid X. It has been available for a few days now.
Android is an open source OS but few manufacturers who build their own customizations on top of Android have released their code. We just hope that others take a cue from Motorola and start releasing their source code soon.
It will help not only modders and hackers but also the phone users in the long run.
You can download the Motorola Droid X source code here: Open Source – Motorola – Droid X
The Motorola Droid X was released on 15 July. Before its release, there was a lot of discussion about the eFuse technology which locked down its bootloader and bricked the phone if you tried to root it. However, soon after its launch, the Droid X was already rooted by birdman of the Droid X Forums. It was an easy method but had too many steps which involved using and setting up ADB (Android Debugging Bridge) and running a lot of commands in the ADB console which scared off newbies.
For those who still haven’t rooted their Droid X, Sil3ntKi113 of the All Droid forums has released a free GUI tool which roots your Droid X with just one click.
Just download the DroidXRoot GUI tool from GUI DroidXRoot and extract all the files to your desktop.
Connect your Droid X to your PC and enable USB Debugging from System > Applications > Development on your phone.
Click on the “Root Me :)” button to root your Droid X.
Note: The tool requires .NET Framework 3.5 which comes with Windows 7 and Vista by default. If youa re using Windows XP, download .NET Framework 3.5 here
Source: All Droid Forums
The European sibling of the Motorola Droid the Milestone has got the Froyo love unofficially. The Motorola Droid is yet to receive the official Froyo update, but thanks to the modding community certain ROMs based on Froyo already exist. The Milestone getting an unofficial Froyo update is certainly big news since the phone has a locked down bootloader.
Dext3r from ModMyMobile forums has ported the Android 2.2 FRF91 build to the Milestone. The only problem with this unofficial Froyo update is that the camera won’t work. I guess this should give Motorola enough hints to start working on the official Froyo update for the Milestone. Motorola had earlier said that they still need to decide whether to bring Froyo to Milestone or not.
Since the Droid X, and the upcoming Droid 2 feature the same bootloader as the Milestone, we expect the modding community to achieve some kind of success in porting Android 2.2 to these devices.
The antenna issue with the latest iPhone 4 has become a major headache for Apple. When Apple announced free cases for all iPhone 4 owners, many thought that the issue is behind us but interestingly Apple doesn’t want to leave it at that. Apple recently created an Antenna performance page on its website that compares iPhone 4’s antenna issues with other major smart phones in an effort to prove Apple’s point that iPhone 4 is not any different when it comes to antenna issues.
Apple does that by posting pictures and videos that show the drop in signal for other smart phones when held in a way that attenuated the signal. Up til now, Apple had targeted Blackberry Bold 9700, HTC Droid Eris, Samsung Omnia and Nokia N97 Mini. However, now Apple has also added Droid X to the list and in addition to posting pictures and video about the antenna test with Droid X, Apple has also post the video to its YouTube page. Apple’s targeting Droid X is a little bit different than other smart phones since Droid X has been called a “serious iPhone competitor”. The strategy Apple has adopted to tackle this issue is not winning Apple any friends in the mobile phone industry. In fact, by calling out names and forcing people to see how other smart phones also have issues, Apple is giving its competitors another chance to come together against Apple’s growing share of the mobile phone market.