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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…

  • Sammy Guyana

    Makes me really re-consider the BIONIC.  Delayed, and now doomed.  SAMSUNG has resurrected their reputation.  Charge is getting GB, and Im going to buy it, and later the GSII.   DONE.  I’ll never consider the bionic.  Typical american company, stumbles upon a “hit” device, (original StarTac, and then the OG) but follows up with short sighted products, to clearly “cash in”, not trying to “re-invest” and improve.  Good job MOTO.

  • Simon Son

    I had the leaked gb rom on my d2. The only problem I encountered was that dropbox would force close when I tried to scroll up or down while downloading an item in dropbox.

  • d2gb

    D2 runs GB perfectly fine.  Just push the damn thing out to those unwilling to install the leak.

  • Eliaseje

    I have the original Droid and Peter Alfonso has perfected his version of gingerbread. GPA16!! LOVE IT!

  • Gfacekilla

    Of course it was pulled. Motorola is one big FAIL. The GB update for the DroidX was a disaster, the Xoom is an ongoing disaster  so what else is new

  • Gfacekilla

    Of course it was pulled. Motorola is one big FAIL. The GB update for the DroidX was a disaster, the Xoom is an ongoing disaster  so what else is new

  • Anonymous

    Considering the bugs in Droid X GB (that’s what I’m running), this is a very good thing.  Motorola, get it right before you alienate your entire Droid family user base.

  • Anonymous

    I dumped Moto months ago. The DX, the beast it could have been. Moto’s broken promises, buggy software, half-a$$ UI and rebooting issues. Good-bye Moto.

  • SugaShane

    My droid X broke saturday night (because of undisclosed reasons,) and assurion replaced it with a Droid X2. Now, unbelievably, I’m back to gingerbread hypebeastin’. It’s a vicious cycle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Perry/651895305 Ryan Perry

      Insurance fraud!! LOL

  • Jonhstay

    Moto you failed me for the last time, Htc you just got a new customer when my contract is done

  • http://twitter.com/singingsabre Edward Arriola

    The release of GB on my phone has made me consider switching to Apple.  At least I know their software isn’t buggy.

    • Sammy Guyana

      not so fast, im making my switch from iphone 3g FOR THE VERY SAME REASON.  Software FORCED my switch.  Apple slowed my iphone down so much, it’s a useless brick, that drops calls.
      Im getting a sgs2

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    i want that update on my first droid 2 and i wish i had cyanogenmod

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    sorry about the link im not spamming didnt no there was open id

  • Max

    finally i dont have to be on that crappy liberty rom wish there was cyanogen mod 7 or just a plain gingerbread rom with out all the extras 

    maxtechnewz.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Had it not been for the possibility of running the CM7X, I would have RSD’d back to Froyo and stayed their.  I loved Liberty 2.0 it was about as close to perfect as possible.  Now I’m sad waiting for a stable CM7 =(

  • Anonymous

    Had it not been for the possibility of running the CM7X, I would have RSD’d back to Froyo and stayed their.  I loved Liberty 2.0 it was about as close to perfect as possible.  Now I’m sad waiting for a stable CM7 =(

  • Anonymous

    Rumor: Motorola sucks

  • http://twitter.com/hpizzy Hiral Patel

    Root your DX and use a Rom – I have used Apex and Liberty and never had a problem with GB ROM

  • Jeff

    so does anyone know what these bugs are? I really dont have too many problems with my droidx OTA update

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    im running the leaked GB on my Droid 2 R2D2 and really dont have any issues other than the Market saying that certain apps are compatible with my device when i know they are (i download from 3rd source or backup from froyo and it works)

  • Guest

    So, Gingerbread (stock via OEM) is running well on how many different phones?  The nexus?  And, that is about it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

      it running on the Xperia Play

  • Anonymous

    BLUR BLOWS… I loved my OG Droid, but this hunk of battery sucking Moto-crap [D2G from Asurion] is sooo freakin’ GONE when the Nexus 3 drops!!! No more waiting for updates, no bloat, no blur, NO DELAYS.. Ice Cream Sandwich goodness that the droid 2 global will NEVER see.

    OH and the locked bootloader.. No Thanks! Bye Moto!

  • Anonymous

    Let’s be honest: when compared to the monumental og Droid, the Droid 2 is a failure of a device. Point made.

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I had an OG I loved, but got destroyed. Now I use a Droid2 running Liberty Froyo, which is more or less stock Android, and it’s far more powerful than the OG ever was. Plus the keyboard is nicer. Apart from the #$%&*ng locked bootloader, the D2 is an awesome phone.

      Point is, I think Blur is the failure, not the Droid 2.

      I’m beginning to see there was a reason Moto was on the brink of collapse before their OG release saved them. It’s run by idiots. The OG was a lucky fluke on their part and now they’ve squandered their opportunity to be the Android phones to beat.

  • Rob Meyer

    Which is why you should let people root.. Because there are droid folks much more talented than the ones over at moto to create a GB based roms without the bugs moto isnt capable of correcting the first time.

    • hkklife

      Motorola is staffed by a bunch of total retards, at least at the top. After smashing success with the OG Droid, they spend big $ developing Blur, everyone hates it, yet they continue to “refine” it and force it down our throats.

      All they would have to do is release a trio of handsets (Droid 3, Droid X2 w/ bugs worked out, 4.5″ Bionic) running vanilla Gingerbread and they would have happier users AND fewer R&D $.   It boggles the mind .

  • Anonymous

    I complained a few hours ago on motorolas forum about reboots while playing music on GB. Never had any issues when on froyo. Matter of fact I sbf’ed back to 2.2. Without sbf I would go nuts on motorola.

  • AubreyVT

    After I received the OTA for my DX I had minor issues but it started getting worse. I had never rooted or ROMsd before but decided it had to be better than this. I am proud to say I am on Liberty Rom 2.01 v0.8 and flashed Gingercomb Juiced theme. Never going back. Sooooooooo much better.

  • JoeInMO

    Most of the problems with GB on the X is due to BLUR.  If Moto would use some basic common sense and just use GB the problem is solved.  They continually cause more and more problems with their BLUR skin.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Motorola could try submitting one of the Dev community rom’s see if VZW rejects that LOL :)

  • Eklinge79

    HTC is also dropping the ball, where’s GB for the Droid Incredible?  I recall a droid life post about a rep from HTC saying the inc will definitely get GB by the end of June, well……..  I guess I shouldn’t get my hopes up, after all it was only a rep that stated it. 

    • LionStone

      two more days… ;) 

      Ya, I was kinda surprised the TB released with 2.2, but I guess it was all they could do to just release it as they did! Probably would’ve added 6 mos. to the release date if they had put GB on it.

  • Anonymous

    Ive got my son running one of the old Froyo roms and he is perfectly happy. He has no interest in having me upgrade him to Gingerbread.

  • Booboolala2000

    Six months for them to work out bugs? Patience?! I think people have been more than patient with these lazy coders at Moto, and the others.

  • Anonymous

    Is it seriously that difficult for the manufacturers to understand. They are wasting their money and our time to put a skin that we don’t want on something that would function just fine without it. They waste their own time trying to differentiate themselves from their competitors, meanwhile they could accomplish just that by not screwing with it.

    In the end they would save money, and probably make more on top of that, since they could promise the consumer a quicker OS update timeframe, which is all we really want anyway.

    • hkklife

      I’d MUCH rather see them differentiate themselves with their hardware and their support history, not lame skins and custom UIs and bloatware. 

      You can choose between an Alienware, Falcon NW, Origin, iBuyPower or any other hotrod gaming PC builder. They all differentiate themselves on their hardware & aesthetics.  They all basically ship with vanilla Windows, and leave it up to the users to do their own software customizations.  Why can the smartphone industry not follow this trend?  Oh that’s right…carrier interference and too many $ at stake.

  • Villella1717

    So does this mean that the DX will be getting a fix sometime in the near future?

  • Jeffrey Kaplan

    I haven’t had most of the problems being reported on my X after updating to Gingerbread.  What I DO see are these two items:

    * My BT headset will periodically lose and regain its connection
    * I no longer have access to my email settings – one GMail and two IMAP accounts – they all still work, but I have no access to the server or login settings

  • Anonymous

    sounds like moto needs to hire the CM team, they have gingerbread running on everything! the only reason i havent unlocked and rooted my xoom is because they havent created a custom rom for it.  its also the reason i am tentative about getting a new phone, if CM will suport the device.  They are  more important and trustworthy than any of the manufactures or cell phone companies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742189391 Cameron Miller

    …pissed but content at the same time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    So the Droid 3 is either coming with Froyo, or delayed indefinitely.

  • lil nuffin

    wow…wouldn’t just be the cat’s pjammas if V halted GB for these other devices based on the bugs coming out of the DX rollout but then never released an update for the GX?  Wouldn’t that so terrible yet all-too-believable?

  • Fd2blk78

    So lame that GB is 6 months or however old and these giant corporations still can’t get it right! I’m on a thunderbolt now but my og droid has Pete’s GB build on it and it runs like a champ! How is this even possible?!? Totally unacceptable!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BenBGriffiths Ben Griffiths

    Expect the Bionic to hit Some time Next March, with GB at this rate…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    Lost GPS, (Which I had to figure out how to fix on parent’s phone), Music player crashed like it did in the first Froyo update (although I couldn’t avoid it anymore. Froyo, you just couldn’t rotate the phone while listening) and slightly worse battery life if I remember correctly. Still, I thought it was an improvement overall.

    But I’m on Cyanogenmod now, and not looking back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Gulyas/709632554 Daniel Gulyas

    Lost GPS, (Which I had to figure out how to fix on parent’s phone), Music player crashed like it did in the first Froyo update (although I couldn’t avoid it anymore. Froyo, you just couldn’t rotate the phone while listening) and slightly worse battery life if I remember correctly. Still, I thought it was an improvement overall.

    But I’m on Cyanogenmod now, and not looking back.

  • Anonymous

    My battery life was so bad on DX GB, I went back to installl RubiX Focused 2.0.1 and it just works. Yes I wish I could be on GB, but it’s not worth the trouble. Once CM7 bugs get fixed, I’ll be flashing that as soon as I can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Strothmann/501639430 Derek Strothmann

    yeah how about 2.3.4… oh that would be to much trouble. Creating updates based off of new OS’s, What was i thinking…….

  • Daniel

    Rebooting, battery life, and lag issues on mine

    • bc

      I had similar issues and a factory reset cured most of them, but overall I agree the DX GB migration has been a bit rockier than the previous one from Eclair to Froyo.

  • Anonymous

    4 comments….. Usually a post like this will generate 4 comments per minute. Has everyone stopped caring about Moto/VZW and their lame ota’s? UNLOCK TIME MOTO! Let the devs fix you up right.

    • Abc

      It is to the point that I will be dumping my DX for a new non-Moto phone.

      • Anonymous

        Point, set, match.

  • Anonymous

    4 comments….. Usually a post like this will generate 4 comments per minute. Has everyone stopped caring about Moto/VZW and their lame ota’s? UNLOCK TIME MOTO! Let the devs fix you up right.

  • Anonymous

    4 comments….. Usually a post like this will generate 4 comments per minute. Has everyone stopped caring about Moto/VZW and their lame ota’s? UNLOCK TIME MOTO! Let the devs fix you up right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    Umm… Even though I’m rooted and on Liberty what issues are they having with the DX

    • Anonymous

      yea… i’m running the same… i don’t have any bugs.  Maybe Motorola should hire JRummy16 to develop for them :-0

    • Email

      There are many, but the main ones that I’ve experienced are: battery life, thermal issues, and WiFi to 3G hand-off issues.

      • Email

        WiFi to 3G hand-off issues that lock up all of the radios that requires the DX to be rebooted to become functional.

        • http://www.cmiper.com cmiper

          This is the biggest issue that this phone has faced IMHO and after a month, Moto has still not addressed it… http://bit.ly/kg4gWz

    • Abc

      Phone reboots randomly.
      Very laggy.
      Much shorter battery life.
      LED system messed up.
      Phone restarts on its own after a shutdown.

      AND MOST IMPORTANT – the phone does not always work as a phone.  At times, when trying to make a call…the dialer does not respond, or it appears to work and immediately dsconnects for a call time of 00:00.

      • Max

        Other than the reboots, I have had none of these problems. 

        • Anonymous

          Reboots are acceptable?

      • Anonymous

        Compass doesn’t work in portrait in maps, sky map, etc. Add that to the list.

      • Anonymous

        Compass doesn’t work in portrait in maps, sky map, etc. Add that to the list.

      • Anonymous

        Cyanogenmod has fixed all my problems, made it faster, and the camera and youtube work now.

      • James_Ever

        Same damn thing on the droid2global and add extremely hot battery while having stripped the phone of running absolutely nothing. Yeah Moto keep NOT listening as the competition makes you a distant memory.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon has a responsibility to not let a buggy version of the OS out. Rebooting and other annoying issues on a phone is unacceptable, and I’m glad Verizon isn’t letting manufacturers embarrass Android as a whole.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.  This DX GB has been a pain in the ass to a lot of our readers.

      • Abc

        It has been an extreme pain.  My DX from launch day has been a great phone.   Up to GB……totally ruined the phone.

        • http://twitter.com/Jubmasterflex Jubby Salhi

          Seriously? To be honest, my DX has never been better since the GB update, and makes me wonder how I survived so long with Froyo.

          • http://www.cmiper.com cmiper

            Agreed that the DX runs better on GB, but the Wifi/3G switch issue is a MAJOR  issue that Moto needs to get straight.  http://bit.ly/kg4gWz

          • http://twitter.com/a_cross Allen Cross

            Wow — that’s very odd. I’ve seen no such problems with my Droid X and I’ve been saying as much to every Android owner who will listen. I’ll even go so far as to throw in with Jubby: it’s not just a better user-experience under Gingerbread, it’s practically like I have a new phone since the upgrade. 

            Everything on my DX works better, now, and I do mean EVERYTHING. In fact, GB seems to have fixed several annoying issues I experienced with Froyo, including one where WiFi shut down when the screen went dark for more than a few minutes…this, despite the ‘WiFi: Never sleep’ override, in Settings.

            One thing I should point out, though. Due to a glitch in the OTA upgrade, I was forced to sbf my phone back to factory settings. And this was a phone that had no modifications and had never been rooted. Let’s see a Venn diagram of those with GB problems, showing how many rooted or modded, beforehand. 

          • Nunnya Business

            I agree with Allen – the DX has been absolutely, incredibly awesome since GB.  And I am realizing that I, too, had to sbf the thing and start over from scratch (long story, but good experience points) – maybe that’s the common thread?  I had assumed that something about my backup was corrupted since GB would not work properly when I kept trying to restore my apps/data.

          • Douthatbiker

            I never modded my phone (DROID X) other than to install a few well recommended market apps. (PowerAmp, PowerSearch, YouVersion Bible, Cadre Bible, MySword, ColorNote, maybe few others I can’t think of.)
            I had a flawless experience with FROYO, other than its inherent limits, but market apps like PowerSearch and PowerAmp worked fine to overcome those poorly designed features in FROYO. (How STUPID not to be able to search my calendar events to recall data; that’s the ONLY reason I ever considered a smartphone to replace my Palm device.)
            Anyway, I restate. Original, stock device updated to FROYO, had no issues, loved the phone.
            Updated to GB, phone totally sucked. No built in search of calendar yet, but now PowerSearch wouldn’t work properly, only searching back a month or two. PowerAmp was buggy as the Maine woods. Reboots became common. NEVER had to remove my battery before this, now had to learn that new trick. Battery life took a dive (and yes, I did go through and find as many processes I could stop as I knew how to do; maybe missed some but not because I ought to have known about them.) Videos recorded corrupt files, unable to view them. Lost videos and pics.
            I DID the factory resets, etc to no avail. And that included full format of SD card and wipe of cache.
            Finally got a replacement sent by Verizon (kudos in that regard, they didn’t give me lots of crap about it but agreed to send as soon as we had tried appropriate corrections, and not more than once.)
            So I got the certified like new replacement Droid X and started again. Had troubles right away with video corruptions, among other things. Did ANOTHER factory reset, SD card and cache wipe, etc.
            Bottom line:
            STILL HAVING MANY ISSUES, all of the above mentioned, and more. Bluetooth comes and goes. Phone shuts down and restarts on its own (only occasionally, maybe has been 3 times in last few days.) Calls are dropped without reason.
            THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. I’ve lost lots of time both fighting with issues and documenting them, going through the crap of exchange, etc. I am happy for all who have not had issues, and that’s great!

            But I KNOW FOR CERTAIN that my issues were NOT due to mods or failing to care for my phone. It was about 9 months old and was in perfect condition, zero scratches, marks, etc. Camera lens was perfect. I carry it in a protective pouch in pocket and treat it as the expensive item it is.
            Thanks for NOTHING, Motorola. GB should never have been released on us and you know it now. So what will you do to repay our losses??
            Believe it or not, I STILL value my phone AS IT WAS!!! And I WANT IT BACK!!
            Signed, a formerly happier DROID X owner

          • Inkster09

            Agreed. My sister’s DX just zings along.

          • Anonymous

            Count yourself lucky.

            I’ve been hit with a number of problems, reboots (rare), dropped voice network (common), battery drain (constantly), etc. I regretted the update within 24 hrs.

          • Anonymous

            Count yourself lucky.

            I’ve been hit with a number of problems, reboots (rare), dropped voice network (common), battery drain (constantly), etc. I regretted the update within 24 hrs.

        • http://twitter.com/a_cross Allen Cross

          Just curious — have you tried doing a full factory reset (‘sbf’) prior to applying the GB update? Also, had you ever done any serious mods to this phone or was it always basically stock?

          See my further remarks, below.

          • none

            @Allen unfortunately there is no such thing as basic stock as they have that piece of crap blur running. Some phones take a hit on battery life others have different problems (rebooting etc.) Any reported issues on the Nexus S similar to this? No because its stock. Everyone is trying to make their flavor of android more marketable and its killing the process.

          • Anonymous

            ” STOCK” for the phone I am sure he means. The issues ( that i have personally seen) are notable BLUR issues… they may be Driver problems.. they may be GB issues ( as i have heard others with connectivity issues, even on CM7), so while i know it is in store to bash the skins, in this case it doesn’t apply.

          • Anonymous

            i updated my OG to CM7, and then Liquid GB, and had all the issues that alot of the DX(my husband’s COMPLETELY stock DX included) are experiencing…now i’m back at stock rooted froyo and my OG works like a charm.

      • Anonymous

        It’s frustrating because we all want the software update ASAP, but if they can’t get it right then don’t release it at all. A phone on 2.2 is better than a phone that runs a half-assed version of 2.3. It makes the Android community look bad. I’m starting to get the feeling that Verizon really isn’t the bad guy when it comes to timeliness of updates.

        Of course the better solution is to unlock all phones and let us install CM7 instead (or whatever ROM you prefer). That way we’re happy as consumers and Verizon is happy because we aren’t looking for the greener pastures of another carrier.

        • Ingy

          Don’t disagree with your statement, but even CM7 had several bugs which seem to be a problem with GB and not the ROM itself.  It was so bad that I went back to CM6 and now actually enjoy my phone again.  Losing data connection with CM7 after every phone call, plus my work email accounts wouldn’t update until i deleted the account and readded them.

          • Anonymous

            You must have a Motorola phone. I’m running CM7 on my HTC Incredible and I haven’t noticed any stability issues at all. The camera app/quality sucks, in my opinion, but the OS is fantastic.

          • Anonymous

            i loaded cm7 on my OG and had connectivity and battery life issues…SEVERE battery life issues(it went from a full charge to 5% in less than an hour)…the connectivity issues were the same as what numerous users of the DX are experiencing now, may be a motorola issue, or a gingerbread issue, i do not know

          • Anonymous

            My wife’s DInc had wifi issues with WPA2-AES.

      • Anonymous

        It’s frustrating because we all want the software update ASAP, but if they can’t get it right then don’t release it at all. A phone on 2.2 is better than a phone that runs a half-assed version of 2.3. It makes the Android community look bad. I’m starting to get the feeling that Verizon really isn’t the bad guy when it comes to timeliness of updates.

        Of course the better solution is to unlock all phones and let us install CM7 instead (or whatever ROM you prefer). That way we’re happy as consumers and Verizon is happy because we aren’t looking for the greener pastures of another carrier.

      • Anonymous

        I’m not sure about complete pain in the a$$ but there definitely are bugs. I’m stock rooted, and 4/5 times I drop my phone into the home dock, reboot instantly. Bluetooth does seem to drop out and reconnect randomly and using the audio equalizer effects increases reboots too.  

      • Anonymous

        Wasnt it the same way when froyo came out for the dx?

        • Anonymous

          There were several bug in the Froyo build (like the battery app that kept crashing) but none (that I recall) that were quite as detrimental as some of the problems now with GB.

          The sad part is, overall I actually live the new build. It makes many parts of the phone shop much better than before it was almost like getting a new phone, but the connectivity issues and messaging issues are real killers.

      • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

        Exactly. I’ve been encountering some random reboots that have been getting on my nerves. I was on a trip this last Saturday from Eugene to Redmond and my phone randomly shut off, when I was getting directions to a gas station. Talk about worst timing. 

        • Anonymous

          we were heading to a wedding, using Gmaps on my OG, only to have my phone reboot about 10 minutes away, and in the middle of a residential neighborhood that it got me into, and couldnt get me out of until the reboot and restart of GMaps was complete

      • digsoreos

        Perhaps Motorola will use this situation to blame Google and the Android system so it can move forward with its own OS? I hope not. They would save a ton of dough and development time if they released Vanilla Android like with the OG DROID. Plus, think if the accolades they would get from hard core Android users. I don’t see why they would change a winning formula like they had. Oh yeah, so they can get ppl to continually upgrade before their contract expires.

    • Anonymous

      If Motorola would give up on this failure they call blur, and just give us stock Android, then there would be no worry of a “buggy version of the OS”.
      Ps blur IS an embarrassment to Android.

      • Jerroldbmail-surfn

        I’m still running my OG droid no problems. All moto droids since with blur all kinds of problems I’m no rocket scientist but hmmmmmm…

    • Mr.Joe

      I like how verizon is portrayed as the hero here.  When y’all are so quick to label them enemy >.<()

      • Anonymous

        I’m not saying hero, but it sounds like the lesser of two evils. It seems like the manufacturers rush out a crappy version of the OS and then Verizon delays it because it isn’t stable.

      • none

        Verizon is a squirrel trying to get a nut. They aren’t evil or good, just trying to make more money than the competition’s android offering. They have a vested interest protecting their network integrity. But with malware issues and crappy UI skin overlays like blur and even Sense they can’t let Google do their job