Finally Verizon and Motorola are going to roll out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for the Droid X. Verizon have updated their Droid X support page which states that the Froyo update for the device is ready to be rolled out soon. Sources suggest that the update will be rolled out within a couple of days. The software update version which will be rolled out is Verzion.2.3.15.MB810.
The Android 2.2 update for the Droid X will bring with it improved and faster web browsing experience including Flash 10.1. The update will also improve the 3G Mobile hotspot application on the Droid X. Hopefully; the update will also fix the Exchange server issues which have been plaguing the X.
This update will also install Verizon’s VZ Navigator application on your Droid X. The update will also improve the performance of the phone.
Click here to read the full change-log.
At the time of the launch of Droid X, Motorola and Verizon had stated that the Droid X will get its Froyo love sometime in late summer. Now it looks like the update is not too far away. The folks over at Droid-Life received a document which was hidden in Verizon’s Droiddoes.com website. The document contains information about the Android 2.2 update for the Droid X. The document states the exciting new featureswhich the update will be bringing to the handset.
The document was created on 10th September which in all probability means that the update will be rolled out anytime soon now. The document highlights the three new features in Android 2.2 for the Droid X Flash Player 10.1, Automatic Software updates and 270 degree screen rotation. The document also provides a link where users can see the complete change-log. However, that page is still not up!
Nevertheless, this news must have made Droid X owners pretty excited. I seriously hope Motorola will be able to fix the sluggish performance of the Droid X with this Android 2.2 update.
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.
Bad news for the Droid X owners who installed the custom Android 2.2 ROM on their phone. According to Motorola, if you have installed or you are planning to install the custom Android 2.2 ROM on your Droid X, then you will not get the official update of Android 2.2 on your phone. Motorola said that once custom ROM is installed, you will remain stuck with that leaked version.
Motorola at their support page clearly said, ” WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.”
I have a inner feeling that even if this happens, developers will find a crack and solve this problem. But if any of you Droid X owners are planning to flash your phone with custom Android 2.2 ROM, then beware of this ‘Warning’ by Motorola.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S is available in the U.S under the T-Mobile and the AT&T network. T-Mobile sells the device as the Samsung Vibrant while AT&T sells it as the Samsung Captivate. Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S the Epic 4G will hit the stores on August 31st. The only other major network operator in the U.S which still does not offer the Galaxy S is Verizon. Rumors suggest Verizon launching its version of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate on September 9.
Giving strength to the rumor is the fact that the Fascinate is now up for pre-order at Best Buy. Verizon already offers a very impressive list of Android smartphones like the Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid 2 and the Droid X. The Samsung Fascinate will be a worthy addition to the Verizon line-up.
It was just yesterday we had reported that Samsung had managed to sell more than 1 Million Galaxy S handsets in the U.S.
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 2 is the hottest thing on the internet right now. Nearly all the information is available about the device, except for its launch date. The Motorola Droid 2 is powered by a 1Ghz OMAP processor, and packs in 512MB of RAM. The Droid 2 will be the successor to the original Droid. The original Droid was and still is one of the most popular Android phones in the market.
The Motorola Droid 2 features a 3.7-inch TFT LCD screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well. According to leaks, and mini-hands on review, the keyboard on the Droid 2 has been greatly improved as well. The keyboard also features 4 arrow keys, instead of a D-Pad found on the original Droid. The Droid 2 will be the first Android phone to hit the market with Android 2.2 (Froyo) on board. Rumours say that the Droid 2 is going to be launched on 12 August.
Now, BGR has received some information from one of their Best Buy sources that the Droid 2 release date is indeed pegged at 12th August. The only thing left is Motorola confirming this piece of news. The Droid 2 launch will be pretty quiet compared to the Droid X launch.