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Rumor: Motorola Puts Gingerbread Builds on Hold for DROID2, Global, Etc. to Work Out Bugs

It’s been almost 2 weeks since we first reported that the DROID2 Global‘s Gingerbread (Android 2.3) soak test was about to begin, yet here we sit today without a mass rollout or announcement from Verizon/Moto that the file is available.  Let’s also not forget that the DROID Pro was primed and ready at one point, but has seemingly disappeared from sight.  After the original DROIDX received GB all the way back in May, we were expecting each additional Moto device including the DROID2, DROIDX2, Pro, and Global to start seeing updates right away – except that isn’t happening.

What we’ve been told is that Verizon has now rejected all Gingerbread builds from Moto until they have worked out a number of bugs that came with the DROIDX’s 2.3, a list which seems to be growing by the day.  There is no telling when these will all be ready, but we’re our sources say that Motorola is reassembling teams to get this taken care of.  It could be weeks or months before we start seeing GB on other devices – we really have no idea at this point.

Stay tuned…

  • youngrr

    I just got a Global as an insurance replacement for a Droid Star Wars model. This Global reboots at will with only one installed app (Cadre Bible). I removed the app, now let’s see if this lame phone keeps rebooting. I am not a fan of droid phones after three duds.

  • Guest

    You know what would fix this? If manufacturers didn’t release non-stock OS’s full of bloatware!

  • According to the article: “What we’ve been told is that Verizon has now rejected all Gingerbread builds from Moto until they have worked out a number of bugs that came with the DROIDX’s 2.3, a list which seems to be growing by the day”

    So where is this list? Why didn’t they put it out there. I have no problem with GB, i like it better than Froyo!

  • I’m glad Verizon is waiting on this. There’s too many bugs for my taste in the DX GB build they officially released. 

  • Blueethernov13

    Droid X Gingerbread was sweet for maybe 3 days, then it just started random restarts (reminded me of Blackberry Storm days). There are so many small bugs, its ridiculous. (The camera settings reset everytime, so when i want a picture taken, i have to re-do the settings to 5MP etc etc…)

  • Scott

    Moto’s been really disappointing lately…DX GB issue, Bionic delays, locked bootloaders.  They need to start to get it together and quick. 

  • Rain_king46

    I still find it amazing that Moto cant release an OS update that isnt filled with bugs after MONTHS of working on it, yet our community devs can take a leak and make it into a smooth running machine in a couple of days of working on it in their spare time… If this is not an argument as to why the manufacturers and carriers should be taken out of the OS process entirely, then I dont know what is. Lets face it, OS updates should come directly from Google. Bone stock and ready to go. 

  • Anonymous


  • Wonder if this has anything to do with the rumor of unlocked boot loaders for devices receiving updates in the second half of the year?

  • digsoreos
  • JV

    I really have to wonder if the VZW upgrade process is the problem.  I am running Liberty GB 0.8 and since I was already rooted and running liberty on Froyo, I had to SBF my phone up to a rooted version of stock GB and then wipe my phone of all data before upgrading to the latest Liberty.  In the past when I had tried moving between roms without wiping data I always had errors, but whenever I’ve wiped the phone I’ve been largely bug free. 

    Compare that to the VZW upgrade process that for the sake of not angering and confusing non-tech savvy  users, does not wipe data.  I really think this causes a lot of the issues people are experiencing.  Even if the VZW setup did wipe data, the act of restoring all the system settings also can create problems.  You can restore apps without causing bugs but generally you cannot restore system settings without causing weird behavior from your phone.

  •  F*ck Motorola for even attempting to put out a buggy version of GB.  I rarely side with Verizon, but that is just unacceptable on Moto’s part.  I can’t wait to get rid of my DX and be done with Moto forever,

  • Anonymous

    if google’s stock gingerbread works completely fine, why is Motorola trying to change it…?

    • Abc

      Why do any of the phone manufacturers change it?

      they want their product to be different.   What they do not realize is that they are screwing the whole system up.

  • digsoreos

    Don’t give VZW too many kudos for stopping GB builds on other devices. They are reacting to all of the problems users are complaining about with their DXs now. Why didn’t they stop that build?

    • Abc

      And now that it is out….what are they doing for those that have screwed up devices.  It does me no good to have a device that I cannot make a call with.

  • Motorola’s an absolute mess right now.  Jha needs to be ousted.

  • Buckgrad

    For those who are having problems with gingerbread OTA update on DROID X, I too was having problems. But I flashed back to froyo, then rooted with z4root, and loaded the rooted 596 that came out after the ota. No problems now. I trust the developers out there more than the Motorola folks at this point. Loving my Droid X again, and the features available to the rooted phone. Good luck, D2 people.

    • Abc

      Not everyone is savvy enough to do this.

  • Djenks24

    I was upset with motorola after owning the OG Droid and the Droid X. I thought that the unlocked bootloader was a deal breaker so rather than waiting for the bionic (which will probably be sold out anyway) I decided to get grandfathered into the 4g with the Thunderbolt, even though 4g is a couple of months away from my area.  This was the biggest mistake I could have made.  HTC has done no better than Motorola at fixing problems.  At least when I had my Droid X, I was able to go back to a solid Froyo Build.  With the Thunderbolt there is nothing solid to go back to.  Reboots are a constant problem and Sense is everywhere on this phone.  To be honest, I like blur better.  Even the old blur.  It didn’t seem so “heavy” and the new gingerbread blur was fast becoming my daily driver.  I made a huge mistake Motorola and I’m sorry.  Please take me back!!!  

    Thank god for the dev’s in our android community for at least making this phone usable until I can switch again.  Now, the question is, will the PadFone by Asus be stock android or will they screw it up with a bunch of crap? Is the Droid Charge what I’m looking for? Or did I just plain screw up by not waiting for the Bionic?

  • Erick

    You know, many of the same issues also crop up on the Droid X2 despite the fact it only runs Android 2.2… Makes me think that they didn’t code Blur properly.

    One annoyance I’ve noticed is media stuttering when wifi and 3G is handing off or when 3G is searching for a tower… Yet again, my guess is bad coding on Motorola’s part.

    If my guess is correct, I wonder if Motorola realizes that enthusiasts do a better job writing stable code than the people they actually PAY to do the work…

  • RW-1

    Again, your title is not correlated to the article.

    “What we’ve been told is that Verizon has now rejected all Gingerbread builds from Moto until they have worked out a number of bugs that came with …”

    Ok, so the title should be

    Moto can’t build a GB good enough for VZ.

    So the truth is that there are bugs that have to be worked out … Hmm, ok there is Pete’s build, CM7, others …

    It is VZ causing this with bloat, moto with lockdowns, etc.
    They reap what they sow.

    An unlocked non bloated GB could be out for all alread … oh wait, they are out!

    I’m not saying that the roms out there don’t have issues, but really gang, if we can have the level of performance from non sanctioned OS’s developed by people outside of VZ and moto, why can’t THEY get THEIR act together?

    I guess the answer to that is that the wonderful modding dev’s out there are better at developing, running, hacking, and most importantly of all, DEBUGGING android than the origianl manufacturer and popular carrier.

    Too bad, so sad.

  • Wjburl

    I am also having a problem with outgoing calls and outgoing text messages on my Droid X after the upgrade to GB. A reboot will fix the problem for a couple of days, then it reoccurs.  Verizon tech’s try to tell me that I am the only user who is having a problem.   They want me to do a hard reset, but others have said this doesn’t fix the problem.  My “work around” is to power down at bedtime and power up in the morning.

  • Ozzzy3z

    I run a stock X and didn’t update to Gingerbread.  I think a lot of the problems people are experiecing have to be associated with the X itself or Blur. On 2.2 I experience frequent reboots and freezes. At least twice per day my phone is non-responsive or simply shuts down.  While I really enjoy the X when it is working, I expect an HTC will be my next phone.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if Verizon does not make Motorola load the phones with bloatware and Motorola stops messing with Google’s code, we would not have these problems or delays.

  • Dave

    My partner has been experiencing random reboots on his DX with Gingerbread. Seems to be rather annoying…

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  • Anonymous

    I’m curious to see what bugs people are finding.. I’ve been running the original GB leak (573) since March, and other than text convos scrolling to the top of the message when changing orientation I haven’t found a bug.. and I’ve had 3 months to test

  • Anonymous

    The more time passes.. the more I am kinda convinced that Gingerbread is the “windows vista” of Google. 
    All builds across various devices have been disappointing so far. 

    • hkklife

      I would mostly agree with you, but my Samsung Galaxy Tab (7″) has received a new lease on life from GB.  Its battery now goes for days and performance is blazing across the board.  It also crashes FAR less than my Droid X running GB (stock, non-rooted).   I think GB has been a phenomenal update for the Galaxy Tab, but I cannot speak for any other Samsung Android devices as I do not own any. 

  • Anonymous

    Good, hopefully they fix the DX issues, most notably:
    -If my phone’s left on for more than a day without rebooting, any outgoing call attempts result in an immediate “Call Ended 0:00” message;
    -Phone randomly reboots itself
    -When there is spotty or no cell coverage the location tagger in the camera app gets glitched resulting in corrupted pics and video, and leading to an eventual phone crash.
    -Sometimes the phone doesn’t send DTMF tones when you’re entering phone prompts

  • Oddly enough, my mother was just asking me this morning when her D2 is gonna get GB

  • Oddly enough, my mother was just asking me this morning when her D2 is gonna get GB