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Video: DROID X Gingerbread Walk-through

When the leaked Gingerbread (Android 2.3) builds for the DROID X and DROID 2 were released last night, we couldn’t help but dive right into them and see what Moto had changed.  At first glance it looked like a lot, but after playing with this DX build for a few minutes you quickly realize that alongside the few eye-popping cosmetic changes there are some back-end things that really make the difference here.  The performance increase you’ll see will have you excited even if the new blue Blur isn’t your thing.  We go hands-on after the break.  

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  • http://twitter.com/metalhead520 Nick

    Kellex, have you tried Z4root to see if the 2.3.3 can be rooted yet?

  • Akowal

    Any idea if the look of the media dock app has changed?

  • Akowal

    Any idea if the look of the media dock app has changed?

  • Anonymous

    Does the new Blur now continually sync your contact photos with Facebook? Old Blur didn’t keep them updated, you had to unlink/relink your Facebook account to update the contact photos. Also, the old Blur’s Contact widget would distort/delete the photo sometimes on orientation change, screen load, etc… hopefully this has been fixed as well.

  • Jerald Danganan

    I saw someone on Android Central say they got 6 hours of battery life does any body else have the same problem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/robrbecker Rob Becker

    What about the lock screen animation when locking the phone? Does it have the CRT style blip out?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      did u not watch the vid? he said its not there.

    • Anonymous

      No, but I haven’t checked to see if there is a setting to enable that or not.

    • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

      Nope.

  • Anonymous

    Not going to install this. I have heard from two guys so far that know their stuff – both phones are bricked.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      your lost. this is pretty wicked dude :) im loving it.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        I’m loving it too way better my x is awesome now kuckily I returned that POS thunderbolt

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        I’m loving it too way better my x is awesome now kuckily I returned that POS thunderbolt

    • http://profiles.google.com/lancedirk13 Lance Wolken

      They obviously didn’t know their stuff. This is 101 material.

    • http://twitter.com/illrigger Jeremy Turnley

      If they bricked their phones, they obviously don’t know their stuff. Next to impossible to brick a Droid, with the SBF readily available.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        Lol

  • digsoreos

    Anyone try the Netflix leak to see if it works with this build? Just for s&g.

    • http://profiles.google.com/lancedirk13 Lance Wolken

      Well, before going to GB it would force close before i could even browse. Now with GB i can browse and manage and. . . . . nothing else, damn

  • tim1984

    Okay, so I’m on stock 2.2. I just downloaded ZRoot, Kouch Bootlooader, and the GB update…can anyone help me from here? Thanks a burnch.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      you cant root yet if you installed gingerbread.

  • Anonymous

    Noob question. I’m rooted, used bootstrap to make backups before etc. But I’ve never flashed anything to my phone. I want to try this out but am concerned about losing text message history, photos etc. I have titanium backup but I know that will be inaccessible for now since there is no root. Any one have a good suggestion on the best way to back up everything/restore it assuming I have to do the factory restore during the process?

    • RickX93277

      Doing this update is like upgrading your pc. I did it and didn’t loose anything. So far I’m pretty happy with it.

    • RickX93277

      Doing this update is like upgrading your pc. I did it and didn’t loose anything. So far I’m pretty happy with it.

  • John

    bummer. they didn’t fix the unlock screen lag. the most annoying part, imo

  • Eazy

    battery life is pretty good so far

  • JayDee

    Noob question. I am rooted now (z4), I know I will loose my root if I load ginger bread. My question is how do i go back to my old rom and being rooted again(dark slide 4.2)? Also to all the people that have tried it, hows battery life?

    • Eazy

      sbf to froyo. its the only way cause you lose root when you apply this update

  • Javonte

    Can you flash back to a rom.if you dont like the leak?

    • Mmm77

      No. You need to sbf back to 2.2, then flash a backup.

  • B-do

    Yeah, does it still “fly right through” when you are flipping through if you are actually using the blur-widgets?

    • http://twitter.com/illrigger Jeremy Turnley

      I had FB, Twitter, corporate email and Gmail all confgured through blur, and still as snappy as Launcher Pro was on 2.2.

  • Anonymous

    anybody having problem with launcher pro!!?? scrolling threw apps something wrong there

  • Anonymous

    anybody having problem with launcher pro!!?? scrolling threw apps something wrong there

    • wheels

      yeah, i actually wound up uninstalling it. the blur launcher works very well, i think. the problem i was having was solved by not using the 3d drawer

      • Anonymous

        The 3D drawer doesn’t work in gingerbread.

  • Chad

    Anyone else notice that they removed the led notification from GMail? That sucks!! And the lights on the four bottom keys seem brighter.

    • Jeyrivera89

      I noticed the hard key lights being brighter… but my notification LED still flashes with gmail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    I am now in love with Blur!!!! ♥ It has been greatly improved! Loving the lock screen controls! The rotation animations are pretty nice also! Im also loving the whole new color scheme because it actually matches the DROID 2′s color! I basically love everything! lol

  • Jeff

    My first benchmark score was 1584. I am using my launcherpro plus with gmail widget and this phone is just humming. Great job guys!

    • Sillygirl71

      mine is at 1685. I’m not using any other launchers.

  • tim1984

    Do you need to be rooted before you do this or can u be on stock?

    • http://twitter.com/jpbagley Jim Bagley

      I believe so since you need to go into clockwork recovery to load the zip.

      • tim1984

        thank you

  • http://twitter.com/thmcdonald1 TJ McDonald

    Figured out my benchmark score problem! I had a 1599, used acCleaner and advanced task killer, ran the test again, and got a 1750

  • DroidzFX

    Mine does not say verizon wireless in notification bar…..hmmmmmm

  • http://twitter.com/jpbagley Jim Bagley

    I was not going to put this on since there is no root yet but I can never resist trying something new. I am glad I took the plunge even for just the text editing alone the cursor is MUCH improved. I also like the profiles where I can now have up to three different desktop configs. Moto has got this right and I hope that they and VZW push this out to the masses soon.

  • DroidzFX

    Mine does not say verizon wireless in notification bar…..hmmmmmm

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    is anyone else really hating the blue? new blur is faster, but i cannot stand the look of it.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    is anyone else really hating the blue? new blur is faster, but i cannot stand the look of it.

  • Anonymous

    The screen rotation animation is worth mentioning as well (from portrait to landscape or vice versa). It is a nice touch and the best-looking/most-fluid I’ve encountered yet on Android.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      yeah i agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55712305 Lee Sandy

    also, can’t get active sync to turn off

    • Anonymous

      Did you wipe data/cache? People who didn’t seem to have this problem. You’ll lose all your data and have to resync but doing a factory reset in the settings should fix that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55712305 Lee Sandy

        will it factory reset to GB still?

        • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

          yes.

  • Anonymous

    Still downloading…. :( thank you bad data connection downtown.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55712305 Lee Sandy

    I didn’t wipe before I updated to this and my corp sync acct is there but isn’t showing under settings > my accounts. Anyone know any other way to remove it so I can re add it under settings > my accounts ?

  • Anonymous

    It might seem stupid to people who did the update but I really want to wait for root. If only because the bloat garbage. Hopefully someone will figure it out soon enough.

    • napes22

      The bloat garbage is annoying, and I’m sure there is a ton of it. Would losing root really be that big of a deal if you saw the performance increase listed by Kellex?

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty happy with the performance on Liberty 1.5. It doesn’t feel lacking at all and all the screen transitions and drawer icons run smooth. I’ve been tossing it around in my head and I just finished a nandroid backup. Going to see how I like it and sbf/restore when I get home if I don’t.

        • Anonymous

          Bloat can be hidden in the drawer by doing the custom group. Immediately what I don’t like is that you have to have 7 home screens, unless someone can tell me how to get rid of a few.

        • Anonymous

          I upgraded from Liberty last night FYI. I’ve been very pleased. Only thing is miss is the WiFi tether for root app. The battery life has been pretty good FYI, and I was running ULV profiles with underclocking whewhen the screen was off.

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty happy with the performance on Liberty 1.5. It doesn’t feel lacking at all and all the screen transitions and drawer icons run smooth. I’ve been tossing it around in my head and I just finished a nandroid backup. Going to see how I like it and sbf/restore when I get home if I don’t.

      • GNO

        I say yes. I love being root and I don’t want to move into Gingerbread until that is an option. To be honest, the phone is still fast under 2.2 No prob with games or lagging or anything. While increased speed is always nice, I get a lot out of being root and I’m still hitting 1300+ Quadrant scores (without trickery :-).

    • napes22

      The bloat garbage is annoying, and I’m sure there is a ton of it. Would losing root really be that big of a deal if you saw the performance increase listed by Kellex?

    • napes22

      The bloat garbage is annoying, and I’m sure there is a ton of it. Would losing root really be that big of a deal if you saw the performance increase listed by Kellex?

    • napes22

      The bloat garbage is annoying, and I’m sure there is a ton of it. Would losing root really be that big of a deal if you saw the performance increase listed by Kellex?

  • k$

    The thing I was impressed with the most was the fluidness of screen transitions and scrolling if thats hard to believe.. Call me crazy but it does look like the performance has had a nice boost… Before the screens were all laggy and even scrolling in the app drawer was not too great…

    I’m impressed

    • Anonymous

      if that’s the case then I’m going to be super impressed with this build. The one detriment everyone hears when they let an ifan play with their android phone is that “it’s laggy” or “not as snappy” as the i*hone…

  • Thrlckdkn

    Quick question guys – if I were to upgrade to 2.3 would I lose the apps on my phone that aren’t on the SD card? Does the new operating system wipe the old apps?

    • Lilsoccakid724

      You will not lose apps :)

      • dudearonious

        If you follow the instructions as listed, and are forced to do a factory reset and data wipe, YES, you WILL lose your apps.

    • Lilsoccakid724

      You will not lose apps :)

    • dudearonious

      I was stuck at bootloader, and had to wipe all data/factory reset. I lost all of my apps. At first I was all ticked off about that, but now I’m actually kind of glad. It’s a much, much nicer UI than I had, and now I can clean out some of the scraps. Just remember to back up your phone, contacts, and all of that jazz first, and then copy the data from your SD card to your PC just in case.

  • Anonymous

    Running Gingerbread on my DX along with the Sony Ericsson Home Launcher just plain Awesome!

  • Sillygirl71

    you can also shut off shutter sound in the camera app

  • Miguel

    I don’t think I will go back to stock. I love this. is there any reason I should go back to stock after a while?

    • http://www.facebook.com/GSletta Greg Sletterink

      If you installed this rom you are stock lol.. this is motos stock gingerbread rom

    • http://www.facebook.com/GSletta Greg Sletterink

      If you installed this rom you are stock lol.. this is motos stock gingerbread rom

  • Ilovechi23

    Kellex you listen to rap???? I got gingerbread on my droid x after I bricked it….. lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      is that a problem???? to each their own.

  • http://twitter.com/thmcdonald1 TJ McDonald

    How are your benchmarks so high?! Mine is maxing out at 1599, and my phone is not bogged down at all. Is there something I need to do to optimize my performance?

    • Lilsoccakid724

      TJ,

      I am not sure what made my benchmarks go from 1500 last night to 1800 this morning. I could be wrong, but it seems the longer i play with 2.3.3, the smoother it gets.

      • http://twitter.com/thmcdonald1 TJ McDonald

        Thanks. I’ve been playing with it all morning and last night, but I’ll give it a bit, maybe use ATK and a cache clearer and try that out

        • Lilsoccakid724

          Sounds like a good idea. Maybe a reboot as well?

          Good Luck and enjoy 2.3.3!

        • Lilsoccakid724

          Sounds like a good idea. Maybe a reboot as well?

          Good Luck and enjoy 2.3.3!

  • Yo momma like it

    flashed to 2.3.3 yesterday…..working pretty smooth….sucks that it has no tv off animation…..waiting for root to get my SU apps back…..plus i think the roms for this version will be sick..

  • Sillygirl71

    did you notice the cool Social widget. Install fb, click on the widget..it pops up and scrolls through status updates in flip pages. It’s totally cool!

    • Eishas

      I don’t see it

    • Eishas

      I don’t see it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=800685461 Tyler Hilliard

    Can you do a folder and have it automatically do groups of apps you’ve created in the app drawer?

    • Sillygirl71

      yes. That helps me from missing root a little bit more..it hides the bloat.

    • Sillygirl71

      yes. That helps me from missing root a little bit more..it hides the bloat.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    Question:

    My Droid X is rooted/rom/themed, would I still be able to install Gingerbread without effecting my root/rom/theme status?

    • Yo momma like it

      no….u will lose root/rom/theme…..there is no root for this version….YET

      • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

        Ahh, okay, had a feeling, but as always, wanted to make sure first. I think I may install this later today when I get home, possibly, but not quite sure yet. From a lot of the people who have already installed it, it seems that they are quite happy with their choice in doing so.

        And from the video walkthrough, it looks badass!

    • Yo momma like it

      no….u will lose root/rom/theme…..there is no root for this version….YET

    • Brutalsnowman

      Evan,
      going to 2.3.3 will take away your root, rom, and them.

      • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

        k, thanks!

      • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

        k, thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

    Does the 3G Hotspot app require you to purchase that package through Verizon or is it free?

    • DroidzFX

      ITS FREE!!

      • Eishas

        Wow , I thought you had to pay for wifi hotspot

    • DroidzFX

      ITS FREE!!

  • donuts

    Love the power control widget

  • THE KING OF XXX

    DUDE !! I UPDATED AND NOW MY NETFLIX APP WORKS PERFECT ON THE DRIOD X ..SUPER STOKED!!

    • Yo momma like it

      is this confirmed?

      • Yo momma like it

        app works for browsing…no live streaming..

        • DroidzFX

          no streaming confirmed

    • Brutalsnowman

      Can anyone else confirm this? or is the pron king Trollin

    • Brutalsnowman

      Can anyone else confirm this? or is the pron king Trollin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ronnie-Johnson/100000644761674 Ronnie Johnson

    I want to load it up as well but I just feel I would miss being rooted

  • Anonymous

    Wiz Khalifa sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      Zepfloyd sucks.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      You are a tool. Music is music. Grow up.

      • Anonymous

        Rap is not music. Period.

        • Anonymous

          It is, you just don’t care for it. A lot of people do though. I don’t like country music but I don’t bash it people that do.

          • Anonymous

            I do. Country music is not music. :P

          • Guessa

            I love your taste in music

          • Anonymous

            Does your “phone number links” in the browser actually pull up the number in the dialer when you click on it? on mine the dialer pulls up…but no number…

          • vinnie

            Kellex… have you had any issues adding apps to homescreens? Everything is working great, except that I cant get apps on my home screen. PLEASE HELP!

          • RickX93277

            I just tried, when you long press the app from your app list (not an app already on another screen) it asks if you want to add to your home screen

          • http://profiles.google.com/vinnieallard Vincent Allard

            I figured out the problem a little while ago… Gingerbread doesn’t like Goto Lock. I uninstalled the app and then was able to add apps to my home screens. Before I reinstall it, I’ll just have to get my screens the way I like them. Kind of a hassle, but well worth it for the performance boost.

          • Elgatofelix79

            Do you have any launchers such as ADW? If you do make sure your desktop is not locked. At your home screen, press the menu button and within the options menu, you should know if your desktop is either locked or unlocked. Unlock it.

          • vinnie

            Kellex… have you had any issues adding apps to homescreens? Everything is working great, except that I cant get apps on my home screen. PLEASE HELP!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

            Actually, rap technically is not music. Sometimes it has singing in the chorus, and that is an exception. However, rhythm does not make music music. You need the notes to be in key with each other, which is not done in rap

            I enjoy some rap, so I don’t consider myself as biased as many people, but I just wanted everyone to know the facts

          • Kierralj

            Music is organized sound…the end. Refer to any Music 101 teacher.

          • NDean

            I normally don’t respond to trolls, but you did pull out the “technically” card…

            where are your technical facts?

            Music is an art form whose medium is sound. Common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike), “(art) of the Muses.”

            hxxp://en.wikipedia.0rg/wiki/Music

            hxxp://www.merriam-webster.c0m/dictionary/music

          • Samuraimke

            Although “technically” maybe rap can be considered some type of music, I think what people mean is that they don’t agree with the insinuations and the messages that are found in most rap music….violence, prejudice, hate and inmorality. All of which have contributed to today’s morally bleak society. Rap is mostly listened to by “young” people. Most are inexperienced in life and driven by strong emotions that they do not understand and cannot control. Anyway, Droid rules.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

            Actually, rap technically is not music. Sometimes it has singing in the chorus, and that is an exception. However, rhythm does not make music music. You need the notes to be in key with each other, which is not done in rap

            I enjoy some rap, so I don’t consider myself as biased as many people, but I just wanted everyone to know the facts

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

            Actually, rap technically is not music. Sometimes it has singing in the chorus, and that is an exception. However, rhythm does not make music music. You need the notes to be in key with each other, which is not done in rap

            I enjoy some rap, so I don’t consider myself as biased as many people, but I just wanted everyone to know the facts

        • James Murphy

          Incorrect.

      • Anonymous

        Rap is not music. Period.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      You are a tool. Music is music. Grow up.

    • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

      Ehhh I never liked mainstream rap much. Underground hip-hop is a lot better IMO. To be perfectly honest, I was about to be on some “Eww, Wiz Khalifa” shit too, but then I remembered I have a life and don’t need to bash other people’s taste.

      If you hate all rap/hip-hop as you seem to, I don’t see why the hell you even bothered to comment dude. It’s not like anyone is forcing you to listen to it, and shocker: most people don’t listen to music they don’t like.

  • Lilsoccakid724

    For the people out there like me, who were very nervous about trying this out.

    I was rooted using z4root and i decided to go for it. Downloaded Droid X Bootstrap ($2.00) and did a recovery and then loaded the zip file. After about 5 minutes (of sheer panic), it slowly but surely got Gingerbread loaded. It was crawling for me for the first 10 minutes, and I thought I just ruined my phone. I was wrong, and after giving it some time, it was up and running, and i must say i am VERY impressed with the new BLUR (I know, never thought i would say it either). my initial full quadrant benchmark was 1500 or so, which wasnt impressing me, and i thought i would miss my low voltage 1.3ghz overclock while waiting for root access, but this morning i was getting scores around 1800, and the phone runs smoother than ever.

    If your nervous about taking the plunge, i completely understand, and i felt as if i made a mistake trying this along the way. But everything went very smooth, and am very happy with my choice.

    Hope this can help some people out!

    • Hb

      Do you have to be rooted first or can you do it from stock?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKWOLBRBYIAPK7UP4GJVINCCBM Chris

        Need to be rooted

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

        You have to be rooted first.

    • hec008

      make a video!

    • Cthebadge

      im taking it there is no way to root your phone once you have gingerbread..? i installed it as well and it runs great. but i have tried everything from z4root to easy root to root my phone and nothing works. is there anyway to get it back to froyo being i can’t root it..?

      • Lilsoccakid724

        I believe you are going to have to hold onto gingerbread until people get this rooted

      • Elgatofelix79

        Try using Gingerbreak 1.1 That is what I used.

    • Cthebadge

      im taking it there is no way to root your phone once you have gingerbread..? i installed it as well and it runs great. but i have tried everything from z4root to easy root to root my phone and nothing works. is there anyway to get it back to froyo being i can’t root it..?

  • lol

    NO COMMENTS?? IM FIRST??