Aging Androids are really enjoying a fresh dose of attention over at Verizon. Earlier today, we told you about how the Samsung Continuum is getting a ridiculously-overdue update to Android 2.2 Froyo. Now there are signs that the another 2010 model is due for some fresh software, with the publication of update notes for the Motorola Droid X.
This update hardly seems as exciting as the Continuum’s, if only because the Droid X is already running a relatively modern build of Android, but there are still a whole bunch of bugfixes that make this one sound pretty decent, all the [...]
We’ve already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it’s time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software.
Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on [...]
The last time the Verizon Motorola Droid X got an update it was version 4.5.602 back in August and it brought a cornucopia of fixes and improvements to the table. One issue still remained though: the keyboard bug.
According to rumors, Verizon is preparing to roll-out an update on September 19. It will be version 4.5.605 and its sole purpose will be to “resolve keyboard stability and usability issues in order to optimize performance during text entry”. The update, even though it’s only fixing a single issue, weighs 113MB and, according to those who had the [...]
Motorola Droid X users finally got their chance to officially move on up to Gingerbread right around the start of June. Even after a public test of the update, though, the release ran into its share of problems, including some reports we heard of it bricking users’ phones. Since then, Droid X owners have been noticing some newly-introduced bugs in the software. Now a new update is available with the intent of correcting these problems, but does it follow-though?
The release notes for this update, Droid X system software 4.5.602, mention dozens of changes it brings to the [...]
If you’re not familiar with the MIUI term or don’t know what MIUI ROMs or Ports are, we’ll tell you that it’s a ROM that offers a different user experience. It started out as a Chinese customized version of Android, a Frankenstein build if you will, borrowing stuff from several manufacturer customizations.
If you want to try a MIUI Port on your Motorola Droid X or Droid 2, you can now do that, thanks to the recent 2nd-Init custom ROM hack discovered. Both ROMs are built from CyanogenMod 7 nightlies but make sure to check out the source links for more [...]
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update was a bittersweet for owners of the Motorola Droid X and customers of Netflix. The phone’s update to the latest version of Android broke compatibility with the Netflix app. Some were able to “unofficially work around” this problem, but it took an update to the official Netflix app to bring full support back to the Droid X.
The Droid X now enters an elite group of Gingerbread phones that are officially supported by Netflix — Google’s Nexus family being the only others with “official” Gingerbread [...]
The Motorola Droid X has one of the more “well-protected” bootloaders of the current batch of Android-powered smartphones. Essentially this prevents Droid X users from flashing custom ROMs on their phones, including CyanogenMod ROM. Unfortunately, the bootloader hasn’t yet been unlocked, but it is pretty impressive to see CyanogenMod 7 running quite well on the Droid X.
Using some “2nd-init” techno-voodoo @cvpcs was able to circumvent the bootloader to get CM7 booting and running on the phone. The new ROM runs on top of the original Motorola Kernel, [...]
The Motorola Droid X has recently received its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which unfortunately bricked some phone according to reports but that aside it’s Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread SBF file is now out so you might want to grab it while you can.
An SBF file is one you can flash to your smartphone with a special program and that will put your device in a factory out-of-the-box state, should anything bad come out of your tweaking or modding activities. The SBF file for the Droid X is Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread (4.5.596) and once you apply it you will get stock Verizon [...]
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 [...]
Motorola has committed to releasing Gingerbread updates for its Droid X, Droid Pro, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global, all set to arrive by the end of Q3. The first model to receive its updates was announced as the Droid X, and just last week Motorola rounded up some owners of the smartphone to help it test out its code. Those users started receiving their Gingerbread updates over the weekend, and apparently the distribution went without a hitch, since Verizon has now taken the reigns off and is sending the update out en masse.
Droid X owners should be receiving their Gingerbread [...]
With Verizon publishing details on the upcoming Motorola Droid X Gingerbread update, we knew it was nearly ready to head out. Earlier this week, Motorola reached out to Droid X users for their help with a special Droid X project; of course, we assumed that would be some late-stage Gingerbread update testing. Sure enough, those involved with project have been contacted by the company, informed they can hope to start getting their updates tonight.
The testers were contacted and informed:
● The update will be pushed late tonight. If you go to bed, it should be waiting [...]
We’ve recently heard that Motorola confirmed the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X among others, and now Verizon is publishing the changelog and benefits of updating your smartphone to Google’s lastest.
The update is called 4.5.596.MB810.Verizon.en.US and, aside from the Gingerbread bit, brings several improvements to the Droid X. There’s a new app added, Download Manager App, to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps. Multi-Touch Key-Chording allows you to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut [...]
We just saw Motorola reach out to Droid X owners in what we could only assume was part of a test-run for the smartphone’s Gingerbread update. We’ve known that a Droid X update has been in the works for some time, along with other Androids from Motorola’s Droid lineup. Today representatives from the company confirmed (and re-confirmed) some of these upcoming releases, including one we hadn’t heard about before.
Last fall, Motorola launched the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 Global. We’ve been hearing plenty about Gingerbread development for the Droid X [...]
Motorola is at it again, recruiting volunteers from among its Android users to help it test something out. We’ve seen it before with the Froyo update for the Bravo, and then just last week for an update the company is preparing for the Cliq 2. While it’s stopped short of saying that there’s a software update in the works, Motorola is covertly seeking Droid X owners to assist with a secretive project.
Unlike the Cliq 2 and Bravo tests, where volunteers were solicited in public via forum posts, individual Droid X users from the Motorola Owners’ Forums are [...]
Just hours after Netflix released its Android app with full streaming video support on select Android models, hackers have already enabled the app to work on an additional set of officially unsupported smartphones.
If you’ve got a Motorola Droid, Droid 2, or Droid X, and you’re running Gingerbread thanks to a ROM like CyanogenMod 7, you’ll now be able to stream Netflix to your smartphone (with the proper Netflix account, of course). The geniuses who lurk in the XDA-Developers forum managed to crack the device checks for these handsets, reaffirming what we [...]
Google Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for the Motorola Droid X has been leaked and rooted but unfortunately, according to rumors, it was rejected by Verizon so it’s still not officially out there.
A new set of hear-say just surfaced according to which an even newer than 4.5.591 build has been finalized by Motorola and sent to Verizon which should approve until tomorrow, May 6. If the rumors turn out to be true, the new ROM will enter its testing phase next Friday, May 13, and could be rolled-out as soon as two weeks from now. Whenever it hits, it can’t come soon [...]
Australian Motorola Atrix 4G owner Irwin Proud quickly discovered that it’s bootloader was locked after his purchase of the device earlier this year. In response, he formed a “Groubal” page to attempt to get the attention of Motorola and convince it that there is a large subset of users who wish to develop for the Atrix and cannot due to the immutable security.
The Groubal page has grown quickly, currently at over 8800 signatures since it’s inception on March 31st. Motorola has since taken notice, and has issued a response: “…It is our [...]
The Droid X² may be the Motorola smartphone getting all the spotlight lately, with its first press shots showing up late last week, but there may be yet another Moto Droid lurking in the shadows, as Droid-life has received some pictures of an unidentified Motorola model, purported to be an in-house multi-core prototype.
While this pictured model looks quite similar to the Droid X, you’ll notice this smartphone features a silver faceplate and is significantly thicker than the Droid X, with a bulging battery cover in the rear. While there have been extended batteries [...]
Now that we’ve seen the first press shots of the Motorola DROID X^2 (X squared) we get a sense of the smartphone being close and also a feeling of the initial Motorola DROID X aging day after day. Amazon Wireless has the good old DROID X on sale for a limited time for $0.01.
Compared to the $149.99, which is the price for the DROID X over at Verizon, $0.01 is a bargain, but it’s not free. As usual, the price is valid with a two-year contract but for one cent you get a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor, 512MB of RAM and ROM, FWVGA 480×854 resolution display [...]
The recently released Motorola Droid X update (update 4.5.588) brought Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of Motorola’s MotoBlur UI, and is showing some major performance upgrades. The Droid X is powered by a 1GHz processor and after its most recent update it is running Android 2.2 Froyo. After the update it is reportedly getting a score of 1918 which is a significant boost over it’s Android 2.2 update and nearly double the score from running Android 2.1, which the phone launched with (scores shown in image above).
Source: Phone Arena
Fresh off the last Motorola Droid X2 video we checked out, showing off the phone’s boot screen with that lovely dual-core confirmation, we’ve come across a bunch of new pics and video of the Android smartphone, showing off some more of the hardware design, and checking out the device’s performance with a Quadrant benchmark.
In addition to the new media, there are some revised specs for the phone available. We’ve been expecting the Droid X2 to have a dual-core Tegra 2 running at 1GHz, but this new rumored figure has it at 1.2GHz. While that would be good [...]
If you’ve been eyeing a smartphone that’s lined-up to arrive with Verizon but have been a bit nervous about what your dream phone will end up costing, we may have some relief in store for you, as a leaked copy of the pricing structure for several upcoming Verizon models has arrived.
While some of the prices are a relief, if only because they don’t seem too over-inflated, a few stand out as models for which Verizon thinks you’ll pay a premium. The Droid Charge is still listed at $300, the same as on the last price sheet that leaked out, making it one of [...]
Verizon has pushed out the over-the-air Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Motorola Droid X and it didn’t take long until it got rooted.
If previously there were some questions about root involving different builds being pushed out, P3Droid from Team Black Hat has now confirmed on Twitter that the system has been rooted. While Superuser access was achieved by the team, there’s currently no public solution available at the moment — though we’re pretty sure it’s just a matter of days until everyone can grab one.
Source: Twitter, [...]