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Clockwork Recovery Lands on DROID X

Check off another step in the process to cracking or at least bypassing the Droid X and its ridiculous bootloader.  Mr. Koush just tweeted the above photo which shows his Clockwork Recovery locked and loaded and ready for some custom ROM action (well not yet, but soon!).  We knew the process was getting close after we heard from Birdman just a few days ago, but this news comes off even sweeter.

Anyone else smiling from ear to ear?

  • Good news on Droid 2 Modding the front: The first custom ROM, said the phone is now available.

  • Tom

    Just rooted my Droid X with easy root, now I need some cool ROMS!

  • Tom

    Just rooted my Droid X with easy root, now I need some cool ROMS!

  • I was thinking I might have to move to Samsung or HTC, loading custom ROMs is 90% of my Droid-life, but this restores some hope that I will get to continue to run Motorola's amazing devices with even better grass roots software.

  • Samsung is notorious for making GARBAGE!!

  • Lil Twist

    Birdman?? RAPPER Birdman?

    Young Money Cash Money Boys! YMCMB! BRRR!

  • PETITION TO UNLOCK BOOTLOADERS ON ALL FUTURE MOTOROLA PHONES (for anyone interested) http://www.petitiononline.com/motoulbl/petition… {{-_-}}

  • gamboo

    Koush needs to be part of the r&d for moto. Just think how much better devices would be if they would use someone of his caliber. Down with unlocked boot loader.

    • KARL


      • Guest

        I'm not sure Motorola pays enough…

  • venomX0125

    here's a question will the 2.2 update make it harder for the droid x to load custom roms? basically what
    i'm wondering is if the 2.2 update will kill the work that's been done so far on the droid x

  • ReebyWantsYoMom

    For everyone saying theyll never buy a phone because of a locked bootloader your making it sound like every phone you've ever purchased was this customizable and open for you to do whatever you wanted with it. neither the droid nor android ever made rooting your Phone easy. If it weren't for our programmers and developers none of us would have root access. Motorola is simply covering its ass from novices ruining there phones and putting them back to stock so they can get another under warranty.
    Thanks to all that have worked so hard for us to have all these possibilities on our phones:)

  • Scottjdemaio

    Maybe I'm totally misunderstanding the functionality of the efuse, but it seems logical that if loading “non official” software bricks the phone, then the x wouldn't be able to get through an OTA without something telling it to chill. My question is does the data they're pushing (or will be) contain the chill pill, or does verizon do an OTA “efuse broadcast”, letting the bootloader know that an update and handshake is coming it's way…?

    • I agree i wish some one could answer you question for the “chill pill” i mean there has to be a file or something it would be the only logical way the efuse would brick or wouldnt with out the code or file.. anyone got some insight

      • Stephen

        if I remember correctly, I read that the efuse is not designed to brick your phone. Instead, it will run a loop at the recovery screen or something like that, until approved software is running again.

        • Neo1738

          i don't have the link but motorola did address the efuse issue, google it

    • Oo3rex

      come on guys, the efuse isnt gonna brick the phone any more than the efuse on the droid would brick it when you loaded custom roms. The locked bootloader is what stops custom roms from loading on the droid x. the reason the official ota's load without a problem is because they are signed by motorola.

  • jack

    off topic but is there anything being done with removing texts from droid x in history

  • Justin

    Wow, a little closer to me wanting to own a DX..maybe one day

  • brando56894

    I dont have one but it just makes me smile that they could crack it in about two months time, even with the encrypted bootloader. The future looks good boys…..

  • andrew401

    ahhhh and this is for all the people that said “oh, have fun with your locked down phone with no custom ROMs blah blah blah”…….. who's laughing now? that's what i thought.

    • texashorns88

      Technically them still.

    • Justin

      Is it cracked?
      Well I AM still laughing

      • Djspikezz

        You only hate cause you can't afford a DX lol. GTFO Android phone is an Android phone, all that matters is that it's not I*hone

  • Jeff

    great work!!!!

  • Hebertm1

    I look like I slept with a coat hanger in my mouth

  • good bye blur. you were neat for a while but now you are just annoying…

  • Why is his battery cover off?

    • Justin

      Because he took it off

      • no shit but why did he take it off

        • blake

          well maybe he corrupted the bootloader a few times before getting the process right. That normally requires battery pull in order to SBF flash.

  • good bye blur… you were neat for a while but now you are just annoying…

  • IT BEGINS……good work!!!!1

  • Koush sounds like good weed

    • Jedi_Gunslinger

      If we see a Chronic ROM in the future we know what's up…!! 😉 lol

  • evltwn

    wait for it……wait for it……

  • RanballX

    Well done devs… you're the best.

  • So friggen sweet!

  • GAME. ON. Baby!

  • Timoh

    Awesome work! Definitely smiling.

    For the Droid X users out there, is there a confirmed wifi tether app that works? I have superuser permissions but it doesn't seem like the wifi tether I downloaded works. No devices can see it, manual input doesn't find it either.

  • Birdman Rules the Roost!!

  • Animal


    • Droidzilla

      Blur has no chance to survive, make your time!

      • Looks like Koush set up us the bomb.
        Move zig!

  • texashorns88

    These guys are ridiculous. Mad props. Quick question for anyone running 2.2 via BBv.04 on D1, I can not get it to sync with my Microsoft Exchange company email server so I keep having to go back to Sapphire 1.0.0 where it does sync. Any help is appreciated

    • Flyinion

      Stick with Sapphire? What do you like in BB that Sapphire doesn't have? Just curious, and Sapphire is a bit newer than BB .04. I might be a bit biased in my opinion but I'm loving Sapphire 1.0 + Watermark'd 3.2 theme.

  • jahpickney

    IMO, I think that the Droid X is the new flagship Android phone. 16 g vs 8 gig sd, hdmi vs no hdmi, 8mp vs 5mp, now the ability to do custom roms……even though the Droid 2 will probably get this too, it hasn't lived up to the hype that the OG Droid provided last year.

    • Droidzilla

      I don't know; that's a tough call. Taking the Galaxy S in its entirety might make it the flagship (Galaxy S, Captivate, Vibrant, soon to be Epic and Fascinate, too). 4″ SAMOLED screen, front facing camera (not all models), best processor, unlocked bootloader, and soon to be made into tablets. They even have a model in Korea that has a built in projector!

      Not that the Droid X isn't teh radness; it's certainly the best thing on Verizon right now (until the Fascinate, and then it's up for debate).

      • andrew401

        LOL!!! not even close little man

      • Sjschwar

        i wouldn't say best processor, maybe best graphics processor.

        • Droidzilla

          Best processor, 2D graphics rendering, and 3D graphics rendering:

          There's a fix out there for the read/write issue on the Samsung, which makes its Quadrant score jump far ahead of the Droid X (and 2, if it were on 2.1).

          • Sjschwar

            That is blur and the higher resolution slowing it down. I still think the OMAP is faster, the samsung has the updated graphics processor, I'll give you that.

            Samsungs PowerVR SGX540 vs. the Droid X PowerVR SGX530

            but just look at this thing?

          • Droidzilla

            Well, the Samsung has Touchwiz, so I think that makes it about even with blur.

            Still, both are fast enough that the only differences will be the screens, once they both get custom froyo. LCD vs SAMOLED is a whole new discussion.

            Either way, I'm personally waiting for the Galaxy tablet vs that crazy Motorola one coming out.

      • ReebX

        The other carrier's versions maybe, but the verizon version just looks neutered. I still wonder what it's going to be the like for call quality because my last Samsung phone was atrocious. Dropped calls worse than an iDon't 4.

  • timarnette

    This makes me so happy. I love my X, I find myself still playing with my Droid 1. Great work guys. I have no idea how you do it but Thank You.

  • Holeshot

    Sweet. This is why I only run his Roms

  • GNO

    If you're in SA, I could tell ya where to get one right now…. 🙂

  • Rondr Cafor

    I bought an X and I'm always going back to my rooted D1 its DOES more than the X. New Google voice search, Flash, super fast running BBv.04 and a low voltage 1.25 kernel. I have little faith in Verizon giving the X those features anytime soon, Have 11 friends with D1's STILL waiting for the OTA 2.2! Feel gypped that the X shipped with 2.1 and the D2 comes with 2.2. We need to support all these wonderful developers to give us what Big Red Apparently can NOT!

    • Djspikezz

      bahahaha. You'll be singing a different toon when DX gets 2.2, I had a D1 that was rooted and all that goodness,I don't miss my D1 one bit. Just wait til DX is cracked and we can put on custom roms etc.. DX = WIN!!!

    • Can you do panoramic pictures with it?

      • yes. panoramic is available on the X

        • Anonymous

          And works well 😀 well most of the time

  • Nice! Good job!

  • David Hehn

    I just hope that this will eventually mean custom ROMs for the Milestone…

    • Djspikezz

      Time to retire the milestone

      • David Hehn

        Not so much. I like my phones to last longer than six months. Besides, I’m in Canada and the cell companies here don’t offer much that’s better.

  • Almost there! {{^_^}}

  • eddieonofre


  • This is quite sweet for nandroid backups and compilations but it sadly still won't allow to change the kernel, from what I understand…

  • josh1980

    Still waiting on the OTA 2.2 for my D1. In TX. Thinking about ordering a DX this weekend and make my girl jealous. 🙂

    • GNO

      If you're in SA, I could tell ya where to get one right now…. 🙂

      • josh1980

        San antonio?

        • digitalicecream

          New York City!? Get a rope…

          • Timoh

            Haha, awesome.

          • josh1980

            That was pretty good. LOL

        • GNO


          • Anonymous

            I’m about three hours north from San Antonio. How much do they want for it.

    • JosueD

      You update manually! What are you waiting for LOL


      • josh1980

        Not really sure what I'm waiting for. Just haven't done it. But also just
        got my computer up and running again, finally.

  • Seano

    hopefully the method of adding this can be added to rom mabager so its a one click thing making life for everyone much easier.

  • Neo1738

    this is great news! any step in the right direction is good news and at this rate I'm sure we'll have ROMs withing the next 2 months mark my words. Getting rid of blur on this beast is going to make it unstoppable!

  • Tony

    Debating now if I should go on and upgrade to an X from my D1. Sounds like what once was thought impossible is slowly becoming more possible. Have to think if the brains have gotten this far, ROM's are an eventuality.

  • poeddroiduser

    I will be smiling when my Droid 1 gets some 2.2 love!

  • kellex

    God I hope so.


  • Yassss!

  • There is a god……… name birdman

  • There is a god……. named birdman.

  • Epell

    it's a great work devs did. It is becoming tempting to buy DX. (Good job birdman/Koush!)
    but I won't ever buy any phone with encrypted bootloader out of principle.

  • you guys are awesome.

  • trapstar3o2

    wow. 5 days after i return mine. damnit man.

    • timarnette

      Why did you return yours. I love my X.

  • Just so everyone know this is a STEP to being able to load Custom Roms and Vanilla Android, but it is not the final step.

    At this point you can not load Custom Roms and the Clockwork Recovery isnt functional. Koushs Words, but he is working on it as we speak


    • dandroid

      That's why I said, “when they hit the market…” Clearly the final step hasn't been made yet–they will inevitably get there.

    • Rant

      I wouldn’t even look at it as progress. People see custom recoveries and think “I’ve loaded ROM’s from there before, we must be close”. No. Not close. The device doesn’t boot… not a single thing has been done to circumvent the bootloader / efuse by loading a non-functioning recovery. A lot of money and genius has gone into the production and development of the efuse… and it’s going to take a lot of time, persistence and hard work to get around it. I could probably flash clockwork on a nintendo if I tried hard enough…

  • dandroid

    When overclockable kernels and custom, vanilla ROMs hit the market, this phone is going to fly. Huge props to Koush and Birdman for their work on this device…

    • Beesley

      The X can already be overclocked. Check out androidforums.com All Things Root section of the Droid X. I’m running at 1.2 Ghz right now

  • Congrats Guys. Thank you for your hard work.

  • amazing!

  • Droidzilla

    Change my Droid X internal dialog from, “DO NOT WANT!” to “MOAR PLEASE!”

    • TechDeft

      That's what I was just thinking! Same thing with the droid 2….it stands to reason that if they can beat this bootloader, they can beat more!

  • Zachchen1996

    So we can flash custom roms onto the droid x soon??

    • Mrpicolas

      Not yet but this is needed for the bootloader to load into

      • Beesley

        Actually. Yes we can. We can do custom roms, but not custom kernels. Instead of trying to replace the bl, we are using it 🙂


      Yes according to Birdmans tweets

  • pretty strong rumor online about 2.2 starting to roll out for droid incredible tonight. we'll see, but i wouldn't place any money on that horse.

  • JosueD

    Awesome, Man that screen is huge!


  • Oh snap can anyone say “and you heard it first on droid-life!”!!

    • P!X3L

      actually you heard it first from @koush….

      • kellex

        Yeah we are simply relaying the man's message. +100 to Koush.

        • TechDeft

          He's a chronic troll.

          • P!X3L

            Look whos trolling now? are you going to delete my comment again?

          • Anonymous

            I’m not a moderator!

          • Fafdasfd

            Why people believe that a custom recover = getting one step closer to unlocking the bootloader….it is beyond me.
            It’s as if the whole Milestone story was unheard of to all the people writing these articles.

          • and what was the Milestone story?

  • This makes me happy. Can it be that Motoblur is finally dead?

    • kellex

      God I hope so.

      • This would be nice, especially for Droid 2. Maybe finally a reason to get it? Hmm. Now that white D2 is looking considerable…

    • timarnette

      This may sound crazy. I have a X and I do not see blur. Can you tell me please. Thanks

      • Anonymous

        It is toned down, but it is there. Everyone and their brother tried to claim it wasn’t(despite it being proven), but then the Moto CEO came out and admitted it.

  • wow I'm suprised

  • Whiteboyx69


  • kpa

    So sweet.

  • Phoxus

    WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO KOUSHIK DUTTA!

  • This is great news!

    • Bestberet

      I don't unerstand what's so great about it if it doesn't work. How does this get them any closer? Someone please explain why this is significant.

      • Flyinion

        It gets them closer because they were able to get it on the phone in the first place.

        • Bestberet

          Get what on the phone. A placeholder program that doesn’t do anything? Why is that a big deal?

          • Flyinion

            Because they were able to get it on there. Meaning they are one step closer to getting it working, as opposed to not being able to get it on there at all.

  • Wadeivy