Motorola Droid X Gingerbread Update Bricking Some Phones

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Sometimes you just can’t win; after going to all the trouble of a public test of the Droid X Gingerbread update before mass distribution, it seems that some issues managed to sneak past Motorola’s attention and cause some big problems for Droid X owners. Reports are popping up of issues related to the update ranging from loss of signal to full-on bricking.

In the worst cases, Droid X owners say that the update process eventually freezes up on them, and after power-cycling their phones, they now lock-up while booting. Others manage to boot into Gingerbread, but with the Droid’s radio apparently non-functional. One mitigating factor may be what modifications to the smartphone were made prior to applying the update; we’ve heard of it happening to users who rooted their phones. There’s likely more to it, as other users who claim to be running stock software have also found their smartphones disabled.

Verizon hasn’t made a statement about these problems, and instead appears to be dealing with the issues of individual users as they come up. It’s not clear yet just how widespread this problem is, and how many Droid X owners it’s affecting, but given the number of reports we’ve seen, we’d expect Motorola or Verizon to make a move soon.

Source: Mobile Crunch

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!