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DROID X ROM: Apex 1.3.0 with Gingerbread by Fabolous

We already gave you a Gingerbread theme for the original Droid, so now it’s time to take care of the Droid X users out there looking for some Android 2.3 loveliness to take them into the weekend.  Fabolous, who’s Apex ROM has always been a top choice, has released version 1.3.0 which is based off of the new 2.3.340 DX update and has pieces of Gingerbread sprinkled all over it.  It’s a mostly-Blurless ROM, but has just enough of the good parts that we love.  Tough to beat this one.

Download:  Apex_1.3.0.zip



1.  YOU HAVE TO BE RUNNING official 2.2.1 (system 2.3.340) (2.3.320 could work too).
2.  Do I need to say it again?  YOU HAVE TO BE RUNNING official 2.2.1.
3.  You obviously have to be rooted.  (Instructions)
4.  You need to have Koush’s Bootstrap Recovery.
5.  Open the DX Bootstrap and “boostrap” the recovery.
6.  When that finishes, “reboot recovery.”
7.  Once your phone boots to Clockwork Recovery, scroll down to “backup and restore.”
8.  Choose “backup” to make a clean backup of your phone.
9.  After that choose “wipe data/factory reset” to wipe your phone.

*I was able to come from stock rooted 2.3.340 without having to wipe.

10.  When that finishes choose “install zip from SD card.”
11.  Then “choose zip from SD card” and find the Apex_1.3.0.zip, select it and hit “yes.”
12.  Your phone will apply the ROM. When it finishes, reboot and enjoy!

Full support thread can be found here.  Donate to Fabolous here.

  • Very nice ROM……Very happy to have this one as an early Christmas present to me

  • Tarsis Brito

    this rom is the best no questions ask. I have a question how can i put back my menu buttom back the default position. I replaced it by mistake and now i can not get it back. I have to add applications on the screen so i can see them. Any suggestions

  • vic

    Verizon backup assistant isn't working after flashing with this ROM. Basically backup assistant is installed but cannot pull down contacts. I believe its because its not added as an account. I tried to add it but the option isn't there like other ROMs. Any ideas as how to fix this?

  • Tombo890

    After applying this ROM I have not been able to play music. I tried the stock player as well as mixZing and pandora will not load music either. It will load the album cover then give an error and exit. Can someone please help me with this?

    Tom Kline

  • GraveHypothesis

    it wouldve been awesome if you put in there that the .zip needs to be on the sd card before proceeding steps… ugh im a loser lol

  • Nckmsn

    This is definitely the way to go! Simple easy install. I am really impressed by the speed and battery life.

  • Brttwrd

    1.3.1 apex is up at fab's site btw

  • Hello guys i know maybe this osund dum but i can not see middle square to see all my apps. Please help

  • elchristobale

    Hey, does anyone know what that clock widget in the middle picture is? the one that's telling time “twoFORTYtwo”

    • Galactica_Actual

      it's called Clockr

  • Ped1

    can you reset back to default?

  • this is going to sound so dumb but, i have loaded this rom several times, it has booted and everything, except non of my apps work, like google goggles, or my music application. i have had to restore everytime. what am i doing wrong, i'm currently running rubiX Focused 1.0, and my system version is 2.3.15, please help…

  • Tuna

    Alright, so I'm going to bite the bullet and SBF back to stock so I can get either this or the new Rumm Rx 1.3 what do you guys suggest I should go with??? Is there a basic instruction for SBFing back to stock out there somewhere????


  • Toky_neg

    Have a noob Quetion? If I flash a rom…do i have to re-activate my phone and reinstall my apps? or it just go over the system files retaining my data, settings and apps?

    looking forward to flash this rom but have to weight in the work if i lose my junk.
    Thanks guys,

    DX 2.2.1 stock + root + bootstrap

  • WilFoReal

    I LOVE IT and it was myy first time messing with my droid x.. I FEEL SOO SMART and cool to have a different looking droid x.. GREAT DOWNLOAD!!

  • Yfzisfaster

    How do u remove apps from the ii dock? Please help!!

    • Yfzisfaster


  • Bigceez

    when are we getting this for droid 2

  • vyruz

    we need a droid 2 rom

  • Manronaldo07

    yo fab the profile pics in the messaging log dont come up… what should i do?

    • Eric

      I have the same problem. ne 1 have the fix for this?

  • Sweet rom. I did not “wipe data/factory reset” and it worked great!

  • eric

    Can you overclock/underclock with this rom? Im having problems with setcpu and jrummys droid overclock. Any one know?

    • Installed this rom last night and running jrummy's oc @ 1.3Ghz LV w/ no problems at all. I've also got my profiles set for unclocking when batteries off/low, temp >, etc…

  • What blur features does it have? I like the social networking one where it syncs my photos with contacts 😀

  • So far I've bricked 3 Droid X's.
    Guys I'm out of control lol.
    I think I may need help.
    I recommend video instructions.


    The crazy thing about this rom ive lost all need for gingerbread now this rom is all i need.

  • 360silent

    how do i get my apps back…btw it is the best rom ever..thx dev

  • Dr. Tom Fooligans

    Anyone else loose the ability to switch back and forth from multiple email accounts?

    • Niel

      Use the following commands to get the universal inbox back
      sys -rw
      mv /system/app/Messaging.bak /system/app/Messaging.apk
      sys -ro

  • KleenDroid

    I don't know if it's just me but everything is too small for me with this rom. The keyboard is sorta shrunk …

  • Drew

    I just want the sick polka dot wallpaper! where can I get it?

    • Sdf

      Light Grid Pro for 99 cents in the Android Market

  • Drew

    anyone know the wallpaper in the pic?

  • Drew

    Official as in not manually updated from this site official?

  • HowDoIShotWeb

    This is my first DX rom and I have to say that this is the most awesome rom of all the roms I've ever had (OG included)

  • Jacob

    When I downloaded the Droid X Bootstrap from the market, I opened it and clicked on the first one such as you, Kellex, said. However, when it said done, I then clicked on the second one, also as you said, but nothing happened. I'm definitely a noob, and haven't found anything when I looked for it in the forum. Help is much appreciated!

  • Davidukfl

    First time installing an actual full ROM and went with this. It's absolutely brilliant. Close to flawless, the only bugs it has are almost not worth mentioning.
    Also noticed a massive increase in battery life

  • Anyone know where I can get my hands on the polka-dot wallpaper?

  • Towelie420

    Been using this rom a couple days now and it is so awesome

  • also for all the D2 people out there, there is this Rom (with other options) for D2 in Rom Manager. I downloaded it and wipe data and so far it is working pretty good. did not put a theme over this just the way it came. just to let you all know. I have the rooted R2D2 Edition and like i said it seem to be working good.

  • Lakerzz

    The-best-rom-ever…thanks Fab…you did it again…

    (I must admit that I was kind of worried of the “fly in” effects of different transitions, but it doesn't slow it down at all. My eyes are gobbling up all this eye candy, and loving it. Definitely donating again…)

    • Towelie420

      I feel like im getting over the fly-in flips in some areas like for example, the new market app. But then on other things like for example droidx overclock, the little flipping popups look so sweet. What to do

  • Retrn2rapture

    This is by far the best rom I have put on my X!!! Just the right amount of blur and runs fast!!! Great job fab!!

  • Higher_Ground

    Wow good bye phone numbers… any idea on how to get them back?

    • Stupid question but did you back up your contacts to google before you hooked up the new ROM? If you did then they should sync back up when you set up your google email on the phone.. Otherwise you may have to return to your back up of your original ROM

      • Higher_Ground

        Thanks, I ended going back and sure enough they hadn't been synced in quite a while. I'm going back to apex and will see if it syncs back up.

  • The keyboard seems a lot smaller than the normal droid x keyboard. My only issue with it.

  • Left4deadinvegas

    it eats the battery like crazy

    • Lakerzz

      I was thiking just the opposite…

  • Just missing voice mail..

    I bricked my DX attempting this.

  • anyone else notice an inability to use custom ringtones? all of the stock ones work fine but any that i have downloaded dont work…?


      Download whoisit from the market allows for custom ringtones u have downloaded

    • -=SPUG=-

      Has anyone else found a fix for this?

    • -=SPUG=-

      Has anyone else found a fix for this?





    • Dude just create a new short cut (ie short cut for APP DRAWER activity) and drag it down.. Also stop yelling at us..


        Lol my fault bro I always type in caps from all my posts until now I didn't know I was yelling indirectly I was actually giving advice sir.

        • Either way, I did the same thing as you and you simply have to create a short cut to to an activity which is “App Drawer” then once the shortcut is created drag it down into the dock to replace

  • Higher_Ground

    Having some trouble waking the screen while using winamp – had to battery pull 2x

  • NeoTheOne

    Where can I get that wallpaper and that clock widget from?

    • Clock is clockr on the market

      • NeoTheOne

        Cool, can you post the wallpaper? It looks like its from flikie, but that app no longer works.

        • I dont have the wallpaper myself, I didnt even try to find it on the market cuz if it costs I can't pay for it till I get my darned new check card…

          • NeoTheOne

            Ah, ok. Yeah, there is no charge for it, but the app where everyone gets that wallpaper from no longer works.

  • Mike

    Is there an installing custom roms class for dummies? Seems like I'm not the only newbie seeking help. Basically looking for the 101 class that explains the basics.

    • Cgmartin33

      Mike don't feel bad…I've been doing this since the beginning and I still have to second guess myself.

    • Would you like me to explain everything?

    • it is all right here.

    • Mike

      Well I'm rooted and understand the general idea of a custom rom. I'd like to try some and basically want to know any ramifications like losing pictures contacts apps etc. Or can I go back to sq one with a backup if I screw up? The whole wipe data and reset part of the install is what worries me. Thanks

      • Anonymous

        When you make a backup of your phone it pretty much takes a picture of it.. your phone will be EXACTLY like it was when you made a backup when you restore it. pictures, apps, messages, it will all be there except, obviously, things saved on your SD card

    • Anonymous


      Here you go! Even though it says Droid 2 it will give you everything you need to know even if you have the X. Check it out!

  • jerlinxit

    Just wow! Donating…

    Didn't wipe from 2.2.1… working great, super fast!

  • Chris

    What happens if I do the software update while rooted in the old apex rom?