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DROIDX Gingerbread Update is Ready, Verizon Releases Changelog (Updated: Friday)

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The Gingerbread (Android 2.3) for the DROIDX is finally ready.  After 3 or 4 leaks, word from our sources that the .596 build had been finalized, and a “soak test” announced by Moto, Verizon appears to be ready to make it official.  The support page for the DX has been updated with new GB information, including the entire change log which we’ve captured for you above.  You are getting everything we saw in the leaks like the new blue Blur, ActiveSync fixes, and that snowy looking new fixed dock.  The update will weigh in at 112MB.

I should point out that we’re still waiting for a date and for the soak test to finish, but when these documents go up on Big Red’s site, it’s usually a good sign that we’re within a week.  So try to hold off from “pulling” at your phone’s system update page for now until we know more.  We’ll hopefully have more in the morning.  Sweet dreams.

Update: Verizon has notified the blog world that the update will be available on Friday (May 27).  

*Note – When this does become available, we’ve heard plenty of word surrounding the root situation of this update which is not pretty.  What I mean by that, is if you are currently rooted and want to stay that way, the update might not be the best thing to accept.

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Cheers Jim!

  • Droid is really one of the best, but this changelog looks a bit weird, at least for me.

  • daze&confused

    it comes with 7 pages but i only need 3,anyway to delete them? i used to use adw launcher but i was wondering if the gingerbread did that to?

  • The update has been a huge mess for me; i am now on my third replacement DX since downloading GB on 06.05. i have spent hours on the phone with Moto & VZ level II techs, and they are trying to catch up with the changes themselves. They would work with a DX, going through the steps with me to try to work out glitches, and their devices were bugging out, too.

    i have almost finished dialing in what i hope is my third and final DX replacement, and i have determined that Gingerbread crumbles as a replacement for the rock steady Froyo. My essential Andro Market apps such as MultiScreen Wallpaper and Missed Reminder that worked flawlessly before the “upgrade,” are lagging, freezing, or not working at all. The conflicts are many and complicated, and who knows if and when app developers will get around to trying to resolve the issues, especially when Gingerbread is inherently unstable in this particular device.

    The Froyo to Gingerbread changeover is comparable to Microsoft’s Vista changeover from the well-respected XP OS. And we all know how that story ended.

  • Sydney8908

    I did the new update and my phone starts up normally but once the screen turns off it won’t turn back on nor will it receive calls/texts/etc. How do I revert it back?

  • Nineironputt

    Is it just my phone or did they do away with the headphones plugged in for FM radio, says app no longer available. Still showing under applications, but as being 0bytes. Bummer… I liked using it..

  • Scott

    It is the 30th and there is no update for my Droid x for GB????  What gives?

  • Mrwsga88

    Anybody got the update today

  • Alan

    So I shouldnt have my droid x roots for this?

  • Buckgrad

    Anyone know if the earlier links to unrooted GB still work? Any suggestions as to the best one? Droid X on stock froyo here. Not sure I want to go the way of the ota if will not be able to root in the future. Still playing with the idea of rooting, so don’t want to lose the possibility. But also don’t like hearing that rooted users may not be able to access things in the future, like Google movjes, etc. Input anyone?

  • Inkster09

    Czech meant vzw sorry spell check ansmd typing to fast

  • Inkster09

    Verizon is terrible they will never have vanil la android hence no nexus devices. When consumers learn more about android and the crap motor and vzw put on their phones, ie makes it slow and jittery either Czech will have to change or the real android community will leave vzw. Yeah their network is good but true android enthuist will leave vzw. They products are outdated, lye won’t work with dual core or blur or TW or vzw bloatware. Thyself why there is no bionic and won’t ever be. Vzw is in there own world

  • This friday?  I can definitely dig that.

  • Looks like I need to upgrade to 595 from 591 and hope 596 is rooted quick.

  • Anonymous

    The fact that my phone may not be rooted anymore isn’t a big concern to me. I don’t really use any of the root capabilities anymore, aside from using a ROM.

  • Anonymous

    I really wanted to update to Gingerbread, but if it eliminates my root access, then I guess I’ll just wait until XDA or others make root for Gingerbread.

  • Joy2great

    What happen if you just accept the update on a rooted phone?

  • Goatweed

    so…right now I’m on a rooted .340 which I SBF’d to before I rooted. I had tried to install GB once but it didn’t work (boot loop issue) so I stuck with froyo thinking official GB would be out eventually and rooted. the official rollout (.596) of GB as of now is NOT rootable – is that correct? And if I want root on GB I need to load a leaked build like .595 – which I tried before and failed at?

    So if all of that is accurate, I can either refuse the update and stay they way I am now or take the update and enjoy GB but not have access to any of my root-friendly apps.

    Is that the gist?

  • Scott in MA

    It would be excellent if this is released to us tomorrow. (Happens to be my 21st wedding anniversary.)
    I just hope it is for real.  I will look to this site to tell me when to go look for it.

  • Scott in MA

    It would be excellent if this is released to us tomorrow. (Happens to be my 21st wedding anniversary.)
    I just hope it is for real.  I will look to this site to tell me when to go look for it.

  • Cubsoxs87

    Wont gingerbreak work to root it

  • Cubsoxs87

    Wont gingerbreak work to root it

  • Steve

    Could this mean the Droid 2 isn’t far behind?

  • Heyimsteve029

    All thanks to me for this update, because, of course, I finally installed the rooted .595 last night, and I wake up to see this. Oh well, at least I have root!

  • Joe12304

    Update my D2!

  • Anonymous

    Where is a reference to Verizon saying this please?

  • Roberto Taylor

    I read Gingerbreak would be able to root this. Is this not true?

  • Goodwidp

    So, assuming that I’m rooted now (Droid X) and I want to remain with root, should I just hold off on accepting the OTA until there is a rooted version of GB released? Can I get in trouble with VZW or any other drawbacks to not accepting (aside from not experiencing the new features of GB) or will I be fine waiting for GB Root? Thanks all.

  • John


  • Rain_king46

    Does anybody know if the soak test has been started? I assume since the normal guys havent posted a rooted version yet that it hasnt. 

    • Rain_king46

      The Verizon announcement of the 27th has me thrown off. That means even if the soak starts today they will only have one day of feedback before they release to the masses? That seems counter productive. 

      • Chad

        I was thinking the exact same thing!

    • Johnediii

      I had the feeling all along that the soak test may not be for GB all along anyway.  Most of us have been “testing” GB for a long time.  Let’s be honest, Moto isn’t ignorant to what goes on with Android so they’ve probably been watching the Forums to see how it’s working.  I have no reason for this.  It may be wishful thinking that the soak test is for something newer and better.

      • Rain_king46

        If I remember correctly Moto did something very similar when they were releasing Froyo. The soak testers got the upload and like a day later everybody got it. The soak testers all reported a few issues including text message problems, Active sync problems, music player peoblems, etc. Moto was supposed to release a patch to fix these issues, some issues got fixed, some got bandaids like Moto offering free TouchDown licenses to users who needed activesync. I really dont understand the thinking behind many of Motos decisions. 

  • Ozyman666

    So if I’m rooted with Liberty 2.0.1, do I SBF or wait for the inevitable Liberty Gingerbread?

  • JoeyMalcomb

    Noob here. When this update goes through, I’ll still have all my apps, right? Will my widgets still be in place (or will I have to set up my phone like it’s brand new)?

    • steve0617

      No promises, but what should happen is after the update, everything is back exactly as it was before. Reality? Back up everything (My Backup Pro is good) in case anything screws up and you need to do a factory reset.

  • Anonymous

    So where’s Ice Cream Sandwich?! I neeeed it . I can’t live without Ice Cream Sandwich. Pleeeeeze.

  • SugaShane

    I really don’t care if it unroots my DX. I just want it to come out so I don’t have to hear about it anymore. 

  • Anonymous

    Still somewhat new to rooting. Haven’t tried putting any ROMs on my DX. Still running stock 2.3.340. I know I will have to un-root before trying this, but will I have to SBF back to stock 2.3.340 before updating when GB comes out? Any help will be appreciated!

  • KakaPooPoo

    Anyone that thinks this won’t get rooted within a few days is crazy.  That is all. 

  • Daniel Rowen

    I’ve been running .595 on my Droid 2 and absolutely loving the new blur and overall improvement in battery life and performance under Gingerbread.  It’s like an entirely new phone that performs better than when I bought it a year ago!  Mind you I’ve rooted and loaded ZombieStomped 1.7, but the blur that’s here is great.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that the “enhancements” do not include more bloatware like the Froyo upgrade did. It will be interesting to see what the “cost” is for this upgrade considering all the new phones have so many “extras” in the way of VZApps installed. (17 if I remember correctly on the Samsung Charge).  Will VZW be “giving” us these “apps” as well under the guise of “improved user experience”?

    • John

      you’d be silly to think it wouldn’t come with its share of bloatware. =P

      • Anonymous

        Oh, I don’t expect them to REMOVE what is already there, I guess I am just hoping against hope that they are not going to add MORE to the mix.

  • John

    eff yes!!! about time vzw

  • gimme gimme gimme gimme

  • guest

    Droid X owner as well as Macbook user… needless to say, some apps and tweaks just don’t sync well with my laptop. I wish this leak came with a screenshot feature. I’ve had a hard time finding an app or simple way to take any screenshots.

    • Eswebb

      I’m with you on both accounts – hope someone can provide some insight…

      • I assume you guys are non-rooted, right?  There’s no easy way to screenshot if you aren’t unfortunately.  If you are rooted, an app like shootme will work very easily.

    • MrC1122

      try drocap2

    • Dominick7777

      The only way I’ve found to be able to get screenshots is by using the MyPhoneExplorer app, but it’s for Windows, don’t know if it works on Apples OS for desktop. It’s basically like a Microsoft Outlook but with the ability to create screenshots when the Droid X is connected to the PC. Works very well. Could never get the that convoluted Java way to get screenshots to work.

      • Dominick7777

        This works for an unrooted phone btw unlike most other apps. And no I’m not affiliated with them, it just works and I’m happy to finally be able to get screenshots of my Droid X screens.

  • Amm5890

    will gingerbreak root this version…i remember seeing on drew garens site that we should not accept the ota update if we want to stay rooted 

    • LivinFree

      No Gingerbreak will not work on the OTA update. None of the known rooting process work on it at all so there is no way to root it, at least not at this time. Google patched the exploit in the source code.

      • Matreyu13

        aw man, I was waiting for the OTA THEN i was finally going to do my first root since i’m figuring this will be the last OTA the DX will be getting.

      • Mike

        This is why I don’t understand why the exploits were released on leaked builds. If you’re smart, you wait until the OTA update to release your root exploit so they can’t fix it. Dur da durr…

  • Trophynuts

    the awesome thing is that letter doesn’t describe all of the goodies that will come with this update. And no matter what some people say this build is and will be faster than froyo even at the stock non rooted level.

  • AmadHTCcustomer

    Will stick to froyo 4ever.

    GB has nothing I want.
    And it isn’t much faster, if faster at all.

    • Anonymous

      Did you try Gingerbread on the DX? In my opinion there was a noticeable difference.

    • Anonymous

      Did you try Gingerbread on the DX? In my opinion there was a noticeable difference.

  • Sboman32

    Let’s have some gingerbread on the incredible, k? Thx.

  • Stupid question, do I have to unroot my Dx to get the OTA update? 

    • John

      no, as long as you’re running foryo stock(w/ bloatware etc in tact) + just rooted. it’ll just break your root (ugh, possibly even losing it forever?) when u accept the OTA

  • Doc

    apparently when you update to GB you go back in time by one hour

  • Anonymous

    Until its rooted, dont want.

  • Sanderson

    Droid X, non-rooted, leaked GB .588…can I receive the OTA update, or do I need to go back to Froyo? If so, how do I go back to 2.2 w/o having to do a massive reloading of all my apps and stuff?

    • Anonymous

      you’ll need to revert to .240 froyo to take the update. The best way to do that, unfortunately, requires root. Titanium Backup Pro has a back backup option, which can backup all your apps and data for said apps with one click, and restore is also that easy. It can keep all your settings and apps, and save on your SDcard, then once you’re back on froyo you can restore.

      without root? well, you don’t have much option. So at least root to backup then it’ll be undone when you revert to stock. 

      • Sanderson

        I’ve never tried rooting my phone before…is there a good guide somewhere that you would recommend to make it easy?

        • Skeetch79

          Rooting your phone back? I think you mean SBF’ing. You will need RSD Lite 4.9 and the SBF file (VRZ_MB810_2.3.34_1FF_01.sbf). Help and download links can be found over at http://www.mydroidworld.com.

        • Skeetch79

          sorry disregard my post, i read your question incorrectly.

          To root Froyo you can use Z4Root found over at XDA-Developers: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=833953 (you need to register though, it is free and easy)

          To root the Gingerbread leaks (Most, except for P3Droid’s stock unrooted .595) use Gingerbreak:http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1044765

          • Sanderson

            Thanks for the help, Skeetch…this shiite is so confusing. I wish I had just left my phone with Froyo to begin with and waited for the OTA GB. I’d like to try rooting sometime, but it is a company account phone and I don’t want to screw it up. I’ve got one more year left before i can get a new company phone, so I gotta be careful with this baby.

      • Skeetch79

        You need to SBF back to 2.3.340 (not .240) – this is the only software version that will accept the OTA. You do not need to unroot – but you will lose it with the OTA.

    • Anonymous

      Nobody really know about what will be upgradeable.

      However, you do not need to root. Just sbf back to .340 (google it)

      • Sanderson

        I assume you mean .240?

        • Skeetch79

          You need to SBF back to 2.3.340 (not .240) – this is the only software version that will accept the OTA. You do not need to unroot – but you will lose it with the OTA.

          • Sanderson

            I’m not rooted…straight up stock. I guess sbf doesn’t work with non-rooted phones?

          • SBF works with non rooted phones you’ll just lose your data during the factory reset/wipe segment of SBFing

          • SBF works with non rooted phones you’ll just lose your data during the factory reset/wipe segment of SBFing

          • Skeetch79

            You can SBF both non-rooted and rooted phones. As Dakota said,you will loose all your data – but your phone could re-download all your apps once you activate and sign back in – you just wont have any saved game or game progress data.

          • Sanderson

            I’m not rooted…straight up stock. I guess sbf doesn’t work with non-rooted phones?

    • Skeetch79

      You need to SBF back to 2.3.340 (not .240) – this is the only software version that will accept the OTA. You do not need to unroot – but you will lose it with the OTA.

      Once you activate your phone and sign in after SBF’ing your apps should all sync up and download – worse case scenario you will need to re-download them all.

      If you are currently rooted I suggest using Titanium Backup to backup all “User Apps and Data” under the “Batch” option. SBF to Froyo .340, re-root and if your phone does not sync and redownload all your apps, then restore them with Titanium Backup once rooted – “Batch” option then “Restore User Apps and Data”

      • Sanderson

        This is the easiest way to do it? Is this for non-rooted phones?

        • Skeetch79

          SBf is really the only way

        • Skeetch79

          SBF is for rooted and non-rooted.

          Titanium Backup is for rooted phones only

  • Anyone know if the “fixes” to active sync include notifications to email that gets assigned to subfolders? Froyo doesn’t push subfolders at all, the first leak I tried would push subfolders, but you wouldn’t get notified of new email that came into subfolders, only the inbox.

    All the same, untill someone comes up wth a root for it AND the ability to wifi tether, I’ll probably just stick with Liberty 2.0 🙂

  • With google blocking rooted devices from video services….do we even want to root anymore 🙁

    • So long as Netflix keeps running, I don’t care 🙂

      • netflixdroidx

        Hope so lol im.not updating till I find out if its working on it

    • Anonymous

      absolutely! i give it maybe a week before the community finds a workaround. plus, the pros of being rooted heavily outweigh the cons.

    • RoomTenONine

      Right now the benefits of rooting and removing bloat far outweigh any potential lack of blockbuster video support (or even Netflix).  The community will find a workaround I’m sure.

  • Anonymous

    I have not done anything to my dX except root and turn off a bunch of crapware by changing file names to .bak;  do I need to undo all those changes before gingerbread drops to my phone?   I haven’t really been paying close attention to all of this stuff lately, so I don’t want to screw it up.   Do I need to unroot as well?   

  • Does anyone know if the sync for contacts is fixed? I mean like, my pictures for my contacts never update now.

  • scotty89

    the questions of “Do I need to rollback to Froyo” remind me of the 2.2 OTA for the Incredible….fight the urge folks, do not root and custom ROM your phone until you’re completely intelligent on how to operate these phones.  Patience, Patience, Patience…..and this is coming from a guy that has NO clue how to do all this stuff.  Tried with my Dinc but said F it after I nearly bricked my phone.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, going to wait for jrummy to update Liberty GB X to OTA.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, going to wait for jrummy to update Liberty GB X to OTA.

  • The device check disabled netflix apk works on Gingerbread 595 but not sure about the OTA. Im sure it should still work.

    • Anonymous

       This among a few other reasons is why I’m going to hold off until I hear otherwise.

  • mousasi67

    DROID 2 as well if you look at the pictures in the how to says DROID 2

  • netflix

    will the device check disabled netflix apk still work on gb or was it just for froyo? i know there where different netflix hacks for people running different things on their phones. if so i might as well stay on 2.2 lol till they make an official netflix app for the x

  • Anonymous

    I see a lot of Exchange ActiveSync improvements. Does this mean full compatibility with Exchange 2010 SP1?

  • Raymund15

    Sorry I forgot what happened after the froyo ota update

  • Raymund15

    Will It erase all of my apps?

    • Anonymous

      It shouldn’t.

  • the only reason this matters is so the ROM builders finally have a final product to work from so we’ll see a “final” version of Apex 2.0 and Liberty GB

    • fartbubbler

      absolutely correct!

  • Zeeweb1

    I’m staying with .595 until .596 is rooted.

  • Nkmett15

    The X2 better be getting this update too!!!!!!!!!!

    • It better be. It should have been shipped with it to begin with. 

      • Bigsike

        Well the DX1 should have been shipped with group so get used to the disappointment :p

        • Bigsike

          Froyo I meant lol

  • Just waiting for my Droid 2 to get it. Come on Moto, don’t make me wait.

  • Dan

    So with my .573 do I need to roll back to Froyo before I can update? 

  • Anonymous

    Alright. I know I’m an idiot, but if I’m rooted now, do I need to figure out how to un-root in order to not kill my phone with the OTA? I can live with it if the OTA un-roots me, but i’d rather my phone not die in my hands lol

  • tjhrulz

    What about some D2 love

    • Thats what I’m thinking. I ditch this phone Aug 5th, but I’d like to be running GB before then.

  • Hoping it’ll come through soon! Thanks for the late night news! 

  • CanIT

    can the dualcore snapdragon with adreno 220 beat the samsung exynos with the mali 400?

  • btw gingerbread is in my own opinion the least “yummy sounding” update name lol jussss say’n


  • John

    Hopefully Droid2 is just around the corner.

    • CaptainHowdy

      I find it funny that at first both leaked and then just DX updates were leaking and no new D2.
      Cant wait for my D2 update though 🙁

  • stm^

    will stick to .595 until it’s rooted 🙂

  • Mckenzir

    Can’t wait for the droid 2 update.

  • vernon

    i’ll just stick to the leak!

  • Anonymous

    Yay. I mean, everyone’s had it… But it just feels so much more “real” now haha night.

  • About time! I’m liking this midnight snack of gingerbread!

  • About time! I’m liking this midnight snack of gingerbread!

  • S9779

    so happy for you droidX