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.
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 Motorola Droid X was released on 15 July to the general public. After its launch, there was a lot of issue about its locked down bootloader and the eFuse technology used. The locked down bootloader meant that custom ROMs are a no go until someone manages to unlock the bootloader. However, six (seven for some countries) days after its launch the Droid X has been rooted.
The credit for rooting the Droid X goes to birdman. The steps to rooting the phone are pretty simple. Rooting will allow users to access applications which require root access like adfree, take screenshots etcetera. It will also allow users to remove the bloat ware that the phone comes pre-installed with.
Now the only thing left is to unlock that tricky bootloader. Hopefully, that should happen soon as well. Here are the steps to root your Droid X.
The Motorola Droid 2 is expected to be launched during August by Verizon and Motorola. Nearly, all the relevant details about the handset are available thanks to the various leaks. The Motorola Droid 2 will feature the same 1 GHz processor used in the Motorola Droid X. The phone will have a 3.7-inch TFT screen, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Now one of the readers at Droid-Life had the opportunity to use the Droid 2 for a few minutes.
The reader reports that the handset was running on Froyo, and was noticeably more responsivethan the original Droid. He also reported that on top of the Android shell, the Motorola Blur UI is also present. With regards to the keyboard, the reader said it was phenomenal. According to the reader, the look, size and feel of the phone was like the original Droid as well. There were only a few subtle changes like the new silver color of the handset.
According to the information provided by this Droid-Life reader, it looks like the Droid 2 will be launched with Android 2.2 on board. This also means that the original Droid and the Droid X will be getting the Froyo update soon.
Remember the HTC Droid Incredible software update we told you about? Apparently, the update has been postponed to a future date. The update is now expected to be rolled out by end of July, or early August. The reason for the delay in this software update you ask? Well the change-log of the software update has been edited to add one major update Froyo. Yes, the Droid Incredible is expected to get the Froyo update by early August.
This piece of news has been confirmed by an unofficialVerizon Tech Support. Here is the proof-:
Along with the Incredible getting the Froyo update, the Verizon tech support guy also confirmed that the Motorola Droid will be getting the Froyo update within the same time span. Hopefully, most of the HTC phones and the Motorola Droid X will get the Froyo update by the end of August.
The Droid X was released only a few days ago, and was sold-out in a relatively short time as well. Now, Verizon is gearing up to roll out an OTA software update for the Droid X. Droid-Life reports that software update is expected to be rolled out tomorrow i.e. 19th July. The software update won’t be bringing Froyo the Droid X, but will be improving many other aspects of the phone.
The improvements include a better battery charging status indicator, better looking GPS status bar symbol, and an updated weather widget icon. Along with this, the software update will also bring smoother transition in the camera and video recording application. The software update is also expected to include the Amazon Kindle Book application, which will allow users to download and read thousands of eBooks available at the Amazon Kindle store.
Along with the above said changes, the software update will also improve the loading time of Exchange ActiveSync, and will organize the favourite contacts by their call counts. It might be possible that this is the same software update, we had told you less than a week ago.
According to a post on MyDroidWorld, the Motorola Droid X includes a self-destruction mechanism to prevent unofficial ROMs being installed on the phone. The Droid X has something called an e-fuse chip, which basically bricks the phone as soon as it detects that the bootloader has been tampered with. Here’s a selected excerpt from the forum post:
If the eFuse failes to verify this information then the eFuse receives a command to “blow the fuse” or “trip the fuse”. This results in the booting process becoming corrupted and resulting in a permanent bricking of the Phone. This FailSafe is activated anytime the bootloader is tampered with or any of the above three parts (firmware information, the kernel information, and the bootloader version) of the phone has been tampered with.
I doubt that even this would succeed in entirely blocking unofficial ROMs. BoyGeniusReport assures us that the same mechanism was also present in other OMAP3 handsets like the Motorola Milestone. In fact, one modder already seems very optimistic about the Droid X. Nevertheless, this can potentially turn out to be a major hurdle for modders. If you like to mod your Android phone, then you might want to wait or pick up one of the many alternatives.
The wait is over folks. The Droid X is now available for purchase on Verizon Wireless’ online store. The handset costs $199.99, if you opt for a two year contract with Verizon. Without the contract, it will set you back by $569.99.
The Droid X is Motorola’s much awaited answer to the Apple iPhone 4 and HTC EVO. It boasts of a 4.3” screen, along with a 1 GHz processor. Also included is an 8 megapixel camera that is capable of recording HD (720p) videos.
If you don’t mind standing in a queue, you can also pick up the Droid X from a Verizon outlet in a few hours. Even as Apple continues to struggle with iPhone 4 issues, Motorola is betting big on the Droid X. Will the Droid X succeed in taking America by storm? Let us know what you think.
One of the main reasons why the Motorola Droid sold like hot cakes in the U.S was because of its unlocked bootloader. The unlocked bootloader allowed the modding community to play with the phone to their hearts content. Thanks to the unlocked bootloader users could flash a custom ROM with tweaked settings, overclock their CPU etcetera. Sadly, the European version of the Droid a.k.a Milestone featured a locked bootloader due to which it did not do sell very well.
When Motorola announced the Droid X, the modding community hoped that the Droid X will also feature an unlocked bootloader. Sadly, it was found out that the Droid X uses the same bootloader as the Milestone. Now in a shocking move, Motorola has officially announced that it won’t allow Custom ROMs on their handset from now on.
Securing the software on our handsets, thereby preventing a non-Motorola ROM image from being loaded, has been our common practice for many years. This practice is driven by a number of different business factors. When we do deviate from our normal practice, such as we did with the DROID, there is a specific business reason for doing so. We understand this can result in some confusion, and apologize for any frustration.said Lori Fraleigh from Motorola.
Motorola even suggest people to buy a Nexus One or a Google ADP1 developer phone for flashing and playing around with their phone.
Bad move from Motorola here! I am sure the sales of Droid X and Droid 2 will take a hugehit due to this.
The Motorola Droid was and still is one of the hottest Android phones around. When Motorola, along with Verizon launched the phone back in 2009, it set the sales chart on fire. Even though the phone is still selling well, the hardware inside has become dated. Many people expected Motorola to launch the successor of the Droid at the Droid X event held on 23 June, 2010. But Motorola and Verizon only announced the Droid X at that event.
However, many leaked pictures of the Droid 2 suggested that the phone is not far away from launch. Now Verizon has unintentionally made the Droid 2 official. BGR received the Verizon Summer/Fall catalogue from one of their sources which mentions about the Droid 2. The document even gives a sneak peek into the Droid 2 specs. The phone will feature a 1 GHz processor, a 5MP camera, and 3G mobile hotspot functionality. An 8GB memory card will also be pre-installed with the phone.
Since the Droid 2 features in the summer catalogue of Verizon, the device will be launched in the month of August..