Last month a pre-release of the official Gingerbread update for Motorola’s Droid X leaked, giving coders the chance to comb through it and prepare a rootable exploit in advance of its proper release. Now Verizon is pushing the update out OTA, but is it safe to update if you’d like to still be able to root your phone?
Users reported the update arriving this morning, arriving silently with no prompt to download, alerting you when to reset your phone to complete the upgrade. The earlier leaked update was build 4.5.573, and a pre-rooted installer was able to get it on [...]
If you’re the owner of the Droid X or jumped ship on the Droid 2 before the special Star Wars R2D2 edition launched yesterday at select Verizon Wireless communications stores yesterday, then you’ll be happy to know that the custom lock screen available on the R2D2 Droid 2 edition has been ported to the Droid X and Droid 2. The hack, which will require a rooted handset, is detailed on Droid-Life with instructions and the necessary files.
Although the U.S. government has recently “legalized” rooting with an updated version of the DMCA rules, the hack [...]
Just one day after the leak of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for Motorola’s Droid 2 and Droid X, we get the nice surprise of a pre-rooted build. Similar to their recent Atrix 4G update, this update brings with it a patch to fix the security vulnerability used for rooting many android devices (rageagainstthecage, psneuter).
Team Black Hat worked around this patch by setting up a pre-rooted updater that deploys from recovery mode, instead of the usual SBF + RSD Lite method. Flashing your device back to the stock ROM is required prior to updating. The modified update deploys [...]
Last week we had some back-and-forth rumors about an upcoming Gingerbread update for Verizon’s Droid X. First we hear “it’s a go for Sunday“, then “rejected by Verizon“. Without any evidence either way, we just had to wait things out. Cut to Sunday, and leaked versions of the official updates for both the Droid X and Droid 2 surfaced. Was this Droid X update the same one Verizon supposedly rejected? We may have an idea why, as analysis of the software shows references to AT&T as the carrier, not Verizon.
If you try running the mobile [...]
Sorry if we got your hopes up, Droid X owners; the rumored Gingerbread update that was just waiting for Verizon to send it your way, the one that could start rolling out as soon as Sunday, has supposedly been rejected by the carrier.
If this tweeted warning is correct, Motorola will have to take another stab at putting together a Droid X Gingerbread build that Verizon is satisfied with. There’s no indication yet as to what exactly Verizon had a beef with; we doubt it was a performance issue, as the Droid X should be more than capable of running Android 2.3 without [...]
We saw what purported to be in-development shots of a build of Gingerbread for the Motorola Droid X back at the end of January. Since then, we haven’t comes across any further indications of progress towards a release of the Android update. According to Droid Life, there’s now a rumor that the phone could receive Gingerbread starting this coming Sunday, March 27.
While we’ve been hearing rumors of official Gingerbread updates for plenty of phones, they’ve been slow to materialize. Droid Life cites developer tweets indicating that the Droid X code is [...]
Enterprising hacker William “nenolod” Pitcock has been hard at work on the Motorola signed bootloader issue and has now posted a method that can be used to obtain the private key for the “sholes” platform. Vulnerable devices include the Droid, Milestone, Droid X, Droid 2, and CHARM. Having the private key allows custom ROM images to be signed and accepted by the bootloader to flash to the device. It is currently unknown if the same vulnerability applies to recent and upcoming devices such as the Atrix or Bionic.
Motorola was notified about the [...]
Verizon continues to expand their Droid line of Android smartphones. The latest and greatest addition to the line is the unapologetically-large Droid X, which has the same huge 4.3″ display found on the EVO 4G on Sprint and the HD2 on T-Mobile. The Motorola Droid X phone has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. It can record and output HD video, it uses a CPU platform that is faster than what is found on other smartphones (in our testing), and it has a ton of capacity for storing multimedia, apps, and more. In our latest Motorola Droid X review, we’ll help you decide if this [...]
New evidence suggests that Verizon’s upcoming Motorola Droid X2 (or X-squared) will indeed sport a 540 x 960 qHD display, which would contradict separate reports from Engadget that paint the device as a minor (or even more minor) refresh with WVGA resolution. This evidence comes in the form of photographs taken by an individual testing the X2 and uploading the images to a popular photo-sharing site.
Specifically, this person seems to have taken a picture of his or her own screen displaying what appears to be a screenshot of a Motorola handset running Android 2.3 [...]
Destined for Verizon, the successor to Motorola’s Droid X, the Droid X2 was shown today in a series of leaked photos courtesy of TheMobiZone. Full specifications of the device were also posted, along with confirmation that the bootloader remains locked as it was on the Droid X.
The device is rumored to carry an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and a 4.3-inch qHD 540×960 LCD display (which is the same size and resolution as the Motorola Droid Bionic). It is also reported to carry an HDMI port for HD output to an external display, and a built-in FM [...]
With all the HP webOS-device news today, it’s easy for less tangible news to get swept under the rug. We’ve heard a few rumors that give us a little bit of insight into upcoming Android phones, and while none of the news provides a comprehensive look at phone specs, or sheds much light on availability, there’s still some interesting information out there on the next generations of a few notable smartphone lines.
The Motorola Droid X2 was tagged as a potential dual-core Tegra 2 phone with a qHD-resolution screen when rumors about it circulated in January. Now [...]
Screenshots of what is rumored to be a recent internal Gingerbread build for the Droid X have been posted to the mydroidworld forums by user p3droid.
The images show very few changes from the stock Gingerbread UI, among them a skinned dialer and keyboard. The Droid X features elements of Motorola Blur, which is pictured in only one screenshot at the homescreen, showing the “Profiles” menu button.
No further information is given beyond the posting of the images, leaving us to wonder when we will see it’s official release. As these images are anonymously [...]
Google put GPS navigation companies on notice when they released Google Maps Navigation — for free. They did it again when they updated Google Maps with vector imagery rather than bitmap tiles, and added 3D buildings.
Today Verizon Wireless announced some major changes to their VZ Navigator VX that will help them stay relevant to Google’s offerings. Now available on certain smartphones (DROID X, DROID Incredible, and the Samsung Fascinate), this new version of the app provides “customers with 3D navigation views using enhanced 3D city models and true-to-life [...]
If you have an Android smartphone on Verizon Wireless, you’re most probably familiar with VZ Navigator and you’ll be happy to find out the carrier is preparing to launch an improved software refresh.
VZ Navigator VX will bring Real Views as well as 3D Cities, real highway signs and views to the Motorola Droid X, Samsung Fascinate and HTC Incredible, with other devices being added later in 2011. Other cool features include Satellite View, Smart Traffic, as well as SmartStart Enhanced and according to rumors, the price will be the same as with the older version: $9.99 [...]
The Motorola Droid X has been a popular phone for Verizon. It was their answer to other large-screened devices like the EVO on Sprint and the HD2 on T-Mobile. That said, the Droid X is starting to fall a bit behind in the specs department when compared to the upcoming wave of Android phones like the Droid Bionic.
It looks like a successor to the Droid X, dubbed the Droid X2, might be on its way out in time for the spring. According to HotHardware, the Droid X2, known internally as the Daytona, will have a similar form factor and design compared to the current generation device, [...]
You might remember the HTC Merge as being one of the rumored upcoming Verizon smartphones which was allegedly postponed due to the manufacturer needing time to install an LTE radio.
Turns out the Verizon branded HTC Merge — which showed up at a recent carrier event — might actually be heading to Alltel. Recent rumors reported by Droid-life even mention the device undergoing some tests which, if successful, will lead to Alltel having the device ready as early as even next month. In case the QWERTY slider never sees a Verizon launch, it might still be available via [...]
We’ve seen some good smartphone deals around here before, and this one is right up there with the best of them: not only is Dell Mobility — by way of authorized dealer Simplexity — offering Verizon’s Motorola Droid X free on contract, it’s actually throwing in a $25 gift card to sweeten the deal. Plus, you get free shipping as well as free activation on as many lines as you sign up for, up to a $135 value. Even those folks renewing a contract will get the Dell Dollars, although the price of the phone is bumped up to a still-reasonable $20.
Verizon’s Motorola Droid X has been captured on video running the latest version of Google’s mobile platform, Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The build looks to be a pre-alpha version with number VZW-TestKeys-280657 and the baseband running is BP_C_01.09.07P. In the video there’s also reference to MOTOBLUR which seems to have a way lower role in this build, running as a background service that acts as an interface to Google Apps. Unfortunately, due to the low framerate the video has been recorded, we can’t get a real sense on how Gingerbread operates on the [...]
Motorola has begun investigating last week’s incident of an allegedly exploding Droid X, and has come to the initial conclusion that the device was in fact dropped, according to PCMag’s Gearlog. In direct opposition to supposed victim Aron Embry’s story that a small explosion near the speaker injured his ear, a Motorola employee told the publication evidence suggests that after dropping the handset, “the guy didn’t notice the glass had cracked…so when he put it to his ear, he cut himself.”
Right now both stories seem equally unlikely: [...]
Taking a back-seat to all the Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb news that’s being reported for every direction, is a Froyo update for the DROID X and DROID (original) that is quietly being pushed to users.
This update not only brings both phones up to the latest version of Froyo (2.2.1), it may also bring the Madden NFL app as well (make sure you let us know in the comments if your update included the game, or not).
If you haven’t gotten your update yet, turn off your Wi-Fi, open the dialer, and dial in *#*#CHECKIN#*#* to let Google’s servers know that [...]
Here at pocketnow.com we love updates. Updates bring bug-fixes, performance enhancements, and added features. But when is an update not really an update? When it includes bloatware. “Bloatware” is software that isn’t necessary to the operation of a given device, but is non-optionally included by that device’s manufacturer or distributor. Most bloatware can’t be uninstalled by the device owner, either. That’s not to say that all bloatware is necessarily “bad”, just that it’s non-necessary and an end-user should be able to removed it [...]
Remember the mysterious “third tab” in the Android Market app as seen in the Gingerbread video from earlier today? Turns out it’s a new recommended-app feature that is rolling out right now, in advance of Gingerbread.
Users of various Android 2.2 devices have been reporting that the Android Market app has automatically updated itself on their phones to include the new tab. Exactly what it’s labeled varies from device to device; sometimes it’s “Similar”, sometimes “Related”. The new tab apparently offers suggestions of other [...]
Motorola may have killed the silver Droid X “SE” that we spotted last month, according to Verizon insider black_man_x, but may now be planning to release a Droid X worldphone a la the Droid 2 Global. Little was known about this so-called “Silver” or “Special” edition DX in the first place, other than the fact that it was rumored to sport the same 1.2GHz OMAP processor from Texas Instruments as the recently-released (and even-more-recently-launched) D2G. We’d have to imagine that a supposed Droid X Global would also benefit from a processor [...]