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Peter Alfonso Releases GPA16 (GB 2.3.4) For The DROID – And We Have The Hidden File

Peter Alfonso is a man well known for keeping our old favorite Motorola DROID, aka “OG” (we started that) alive and kicking. He is still making this phone his main priority and is releasing a new build of Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread for the 550 MHz processor rocking relic. So all we can do is thank him a million times over for dedicating all his time to this project and making this phone more up to date than carriers would have ever expected. 

For Original DROID Devices Only!

Download: GPA16

Download: Secret CPU Toolkit Zip (Adds CPU Settings straight to the Android settings menu)

Instructions: Place the zips on the root of your SD Card – Flash in ClockworkMod Recovery.

The ROM includes all the new Google goodies. The new Market, and also Google Talk with video capabilities. Hope everyone enjoys the new ROM, and as always, please let us know below in the comments if you run into any issues.

For more info, changelog, check out Pete’s Blog and follow him on Twitter!

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  • Having trouble installing the CPU toolkit. Flashed in GPA 16 with CWM recovery and working great. Put toolkit in sd and when in recovery, it aborts. I even renamed it update.zip
    No luck. Any suggestions or link to detailed instructions? Thanks.

  • Chllhu

    Anyone know of any issues with this OS? I flashed it and I get the red flashing eye alternating with the white DROID screen. Heard it may take a while to load the ifrst time but it’s been going on 45 minutes. I’ve got the original Droid by Motorola and Super user root access.

  • Jacoviiix

    how do i run the tool kit

  • OG

    can this be rooted with z4root

  • Scott

    Running 2.2.2 OG with clockwork recovery.  Rooted phone, started clockwork and installed the above GB16 ROM from SD card.  Everything was going well and then the phone restarted.  GB was installed but the phone is stuck in a continual red eye/DROID loop.  I did a battery pull and it’s still in the boot loop.  What happened or more importantly how can I get the phone to boot up again!?  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

  • Chadman

    i have no notification bar… Does anyone know how to get it back??

  • SteveTango

    I love it, as always. One complaint though, is that my beautiful super clock widget keeps resetting and I dont know why.

  • Curious if anyone is using a different launcher with this, specifically Launcher Pro?  Notice any difference?  I would like a better theme with gpa16.

    • Kellehair

      I used LauncherPro before, and still like it.  I tried GO Launcher after loading this ROM and like it too. It looks good with the dark style of this ROM, plus it works well.

  • Dbarden31

    Are these instructions for already rooted devices?

  • CW

    just installed this on my OG – very very nice! my OG is slightly over-clocked as well – it runs beautifully. no issues so far.

    makes me now think twice about upgrading to the D3 – i’m at that point! decisions decisions …

  • I tried flashing my phone with this ROM but it just gets stuck in a loot at the “Droid / Red Eye” like its crashing and then restarting itself.

    1. OG Droid
    2. FRG83G
    3. SuperOneClick (Rooted)
    4. ClockworkMod Recovery (App Store)

    Anyone have any ideas why its not taking the ROM?

    • CW

      i had the same issue. fixed by clearing all the caches (dalvik, etc.) and then resetting user data/factory reset (i think it was)

      once i did these 3 resets and i then reinstalled the zip, rebooted and after the droid eye, it went right into the new user setup screens

  • Otto Dieffenbach

    it is always amazing the quality of the builds. i have been using it 36 hours no 3g drop yet or 1x stand still or even tied out downloads…. and it flies through screens. amazing!

  • Dave1078

    Just installed it. Awesome!!

  • Klu

    Need help, I loaded this update but the calling aspect of the phone is not working? Anyone know how to fix this issue?


      REBOOT !!


        should have been a ?? didn’t work for me either

  • Stevegonz102

    with only a month until my next upgrade from my d1. i think its finally time to root this baby. lol need help though. <uber noob when it comes to rooting. running 2.2.2

    • Stevegonz102

      oops. lol ok will im not new to rooting. just never tried it. or tried and got lost. im running 2.2.2 frg83g

  • Anonymous

    Flashed This last night after my CM7.1 RC1 was missing texts and calls, i love the theme-ing built into cm7 but i would much rather have something stable and reliable, Pete’s stuff is awesome and will be the only thing on my OG till my bionic

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  • How does one install the super secret cpu thing?

    • Ryan C

      from what i understand, when your in recovery and install the update.zip file, before you reboot, go to install from SD card again and select the cpu toolkit.zip

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  • hmmm

    maybe I’m daft but it appears my notification bar has vanished after flashing this. any thoughts? (i’ve been using pete’s rom’s for a long time so I’m not a noob)

  • John Mougey

    this phone will never die!

  • John Mougey

    this phone will never die!

  • So the website says if you’re on Bugless Beast please install this upgrade… so does this mean it can install on top of it or do i need to wipe? data/cache

    • ugh nevermind. i tried it, and my phone would not get passed boot logo, guess i’ll have to wipe dalvik

      • Sanjonny

        I flashed it over without emptying everything just for fun (I have titanium in case I had to) but it worked fine flashing over the most recent version of Bugless Beast. Just can’t figure out how to turn off the ads.

  • Anonymous

    i downloaded these from here, no wipe data/cache…it applied over CM7.1, and thus i had problems with it…went to Rom Manager, and re-downloaded it, wiped data/cache, booted up no problem, but the in call speaker didnt work, until i rebooted the phone…and now this works swimmingly

  • Raed1217

    just installed it and there is no video with google talk

  • Ryan C

    Could I install this coming from 2.2.1 FRG83? and does “Wireless Tether” still work in this? It does for me on 2.2.1 FRG83 but i don’t know about newer builds such as 2.3.4. Also my current build has a 7slot 800Mhz cpu. What does GPA16 have if I would just install this?

    • Anonymous

      I would also like the answer to this as well…

      • Ryan C

        i would at least like a demo video of the features included

    • Ysra7

      Yes Tether by USB works perfectly (windows 7 + GPA16 +  1000Mhz SV cpu), you can see the specs from GPA 15 on Pete’s page.
      Also includes the new Market and some other goodies

  • Ryan Finchum

    how do i install the cpu toolkit?  i flashed the main ROM with both the files in the root folder of the sd card, but it does not appear in the settings menu…how do i implement it?

    • Anonymous

      im having the same problem….Says installation failed!

      Someone, please help!

  • Jason Cothran

    Can anyone comment on the “LED notification” abilty as far as screen on? I tend to prefer the more stock ROMs like the GPA series except for the fact that I can’t get the LED to flash on them when the screen is on.

    • Ryan C

      mine hasnt since 2.2.1

      • Ysra7

        Mine isn’t working since 2.3.3, anyone?

  • Anonymous

    I miss my OG Droid. I feel like a traitor

  • Awesome. GPA15 has been the most stable BG rom by far for me. Going to give this a try as soon as I get off work.

  • Feeling dumb. Is there something specific you have to do with the CPU Toolkit to get it to install?

    It was in the root dir with GPA16 when I loaded the new rom.

    • In firefox, I dragged directly from downloads to sd card. Used CWM recovery, get from sd card, scroll down and find it, hit it and it will install very quickly. Reboot.

  • Anonymous

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  • Anonymous

    Pete is amazing.

  • MHousel52

    anyone else get stuck on the reboot?

    • Anonymous

      it takes a minute to reboot…give it a chance

      • Ysra7

        Check if you wiped the Cache before rebooting

  • Fastlane1000

    Downloaded!  Can’t wait for PE to get a hold of this

    • Adam Metzner

      Get a hold of what? He made it

      • Fastlane1000

        Project Elite

  • Anonymous

    You would think by now, Verizon would pay him to do what he does, and provide support for his updates to the OG community… it would win them a whole lot of brownie points, thats for sure.

    • Brian

      But then they can’t sell as many new phones!

  • CyberCowboy

    Can anyone tell me if this has root access and wifi tethering?

    • Anonymous

      It will keep your root (as you have to be rooted in the first place), but I don’t know about the wifi tethering.

      • Ysra7

        Yes, GPA16 has USB Tethering by default

  • OG mike

    Im still rocking bugless beast overclocked to 1.1 ghz on the OG.   Thank God for pete, he extended the life of my phone over 1 year.  

  • Anonymous

    I’m probably the last OG Droid user that isn’t running a ROM..

    • Nope.  My wife is still running the original software, but after she saw the latest CM710 update, she wanted me to flash her phone.  

      • OreoMan

        Just her phone?  🙂

  • So… my OG droid can do video chat before my Charge?

    …Anybody want to buy a Droid Charge?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, no, the .apk wouldn’t work with the droid3 at all. This is only for the OG droid, man! Read the article. By the time the d3 is rooted and getting ROMs it may have gotten gTalk w/ video officially, anyway. That or we’ll be focused on getting Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs…

  • Tomswartz07

    Are the GApps and stuff included with the ROM or do you need to install them later (like you do with CM7?)

  • Rhazelwo

    Is this for rooted phones only? Not sure I understand…..I have not rooted my phone.


    • Anonymous

      You need Clockworkmod Recovery installed, so you need to be rooted. Do it; it’s well worth your while. You’ll kick yourself for not having done it sooner!

    • Anonymous

      You need Clockworkmod Recovery installed, so you need to be rooted. Do it; it’s well worth your while. You’ll kick yourself for not having done it sooner!

      • Rhazelwo

        Thanks……will look into rooting this weekend.

  • Fbergman114

    Peter is the man!!

  • Anonymous

    I am currently still Rockin the OG, ecen though it’s well past time to change, haven’t found a suitable replacement yet lol.  Good job Pete been with you since day 1 of your entry into the the ROM business. Will change out my CM7 and check out your GPA 16 today 🙂

    Thanks for keeping the OG alive 🙂  All Hail The OG!!!!! 

    • Anonymous

      The OG, Sean Connery Bond Droid will never die. In two years, when we have 1mm thick 8 core phones, it’ll still be saying, “I’ll take the rapist for a thousand!”

      • Anonymous

        LMAO So right Droidzilla, how the hell are you brother?? What do you think
        about the D3 so far? IMHO it’s still half of what I would expect to folow
        the D1. Good specs but nothing to outpass the Bionic.

        • Anonymous

          I’m completely over physical QWERTYs. Ever since I installed Swype on my OG, I never slid the keyboard out for anything other than gaming (and, once I installed Wiimote IME, never even for that). The GB and Swype keyboards made the slider obsolete for me. So, considering that, I don’t even look at something like the Droid 3. In truth, I stopped looking at the Moto Droid franchise when they started coming out with encrypted bootloaders and Motoblur. The OG was bomb-diggity, but it was also an easily hacked, vanilla Android affair.

          Believe it or not, I’ve actually been rocking the T-Mo Dell Streak 7. Horrible battery life and a sub-par (but not too bad) screen, but the Tegra 2 and 4G (well, HSPA+) connexion make it pretty nice. Add to that it’s vanilla Android (albeit FroYo, though there’s a HC build out for it on XDA) and easily hacked and I’m happy with it. Oh, the fact that I got it for $99 on contract doesn’t hurt, either.

          If I was in the market for a new phone, though, I’d probably hold out for the Galaxy S II. That thing’s hard to beat, and I don’t see where the Bionic will top it. GS2 has the best mobile screen ever made, the best mobile processor yet released, and is rootable/ROMable. Sure, it has TouchWiz (which I hate but my wife loves on her Galaxy Tab 7), but a simple root and ROM and it’s gone (something tells me you’re the type who couldn’t roll stock, anyway). Bionic looks great, too, but I just don’t see why to get it over the GS2; especially with the GS2 rolling with SAMOLED+. Guess I’m kind of over Moto since they started to go down the path to the Dark Side; we’ll see if they turn it around.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I feel the same way but oping Moto will turn it’s ways. The GS2 ust
            looks ugly to me I guess i need to play around with it when it comes out. I
            am hoping for a Nexus on Verizon which probably won’t happen. The Bionic
            could have some hope but will see when it comes out not holding my breath or
            drinking the Kool Aid like alot of the guys on here are doing. Do the
            research and keep your ears to the ground lol

          • Anonymous

            One acronym, LTE.  Bionic has it, GSII likely won’t.  They are otherwise very similar in specs but yes, AMOLED+ beats every other display technology.  We also don’t know when the GSII is coming, from rumors it likely won’t be here for another month or two at least.

          • Anonymous

            If the GSII comes to VZW without LTE, it’ll be FTL and Bionic FTW. However, it’s all TBD, so we’ll just have to wait and see. SGSII LTE vs Bionic LTE would make it a no brainer for the SGSII, IMHO. Since it’s TBA, IDK.

  • FlyPanAm

    I think I may only buy phones that Pete is working on.  I want a Droid3 but am finding it hard to justify the money with Pete’s updates.

    Get a Droid3 dude and make a Vanilla Gingerbread ROM for it!  I want video out and a better camera!

  • J Dub

    Does this build get rid of the annoyances of GB on the OG? The 3G issue after call. The camera issue.

    My data always wonked out after a call and my camera and gallery would get wonky too. So much so that the GB features got left behind and I went back to 2.2

    • Gadgetskopf

      Pete’s notes indicate he has incorporated CVPCS’s fix for that issue.  When I tried out GPA15 (which also had the fix), I never experienced any connectivity issues.  My only real GB complaint is that bluetooth appears borked (at least for me).  I know voice dialing has been an issue, but on my device, incoming calls trigger an extremely loud screech of progressively lengthy duration requiring a battery pull to shut up.  This is even with sound muted.  I will definitely give GPA16 a try, but being unable to answer calls while all the dogs in a 100ft radius howl in pain is a bit of a deal breaker (even though the ‘phone’ portion of my Droid is definitely the least used feature).

  • CC

    Anyone having problems with the .3 kernels after upgrading from GPA15 to GPA16?  I had to revert to GPA15 in order to get speed back.

    • Guest

      You just have to re-flash the updated kernels.

    • Guest

      You just have to re-flash the updated kernels.

  • chmcclellan

    I’ve been thinking about trying GPA 16, but don’t think I could go without the T-Mobile theme engine. 

  • Anonymous

    Pete’s ROMs have been amazing on the ol’ OG.  Definitely reason to hang on to it even now that I’ve got the D3 up and running.  Thanks Pete!!

  • Max

    he got it right everyone wants it stock if one rom did that for every device it would be the best

  • SjB

    pete has literally saved me a boatload of cash by supporting the OG and making it so i don’t mind waiting for the bionic, but i might buy a D3 and keep it for the max allowable time and returning it to buy the bionic. definitely installing this in the meantime though!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think he saved you a boatload, literally. Just sayin’.

  • eddieonofre

    Pete’s men you are just so gray i would swear that if you were a woman i will marry you….

    you know what you are so awesome would you marry me?

  • Gonzalo Aida

    Love it!

  • Kris Brandt

    Pete’s roms are awesome and I thank him for all that he has done.  I’ve had the Droid since February of last year and Pete’s roms have stayed on my phone the longest.  Stock or not, he’s done great work!

  • RogerDroid

    Too bad I don’t have a Droid to flash this too :,(


  • Makes me sad that my OG died the other week. Love that it still gets updates!

  • Ioannis Stasinopoulos

    Motorola MUST understand that this sort of community support is essential to keep their flagship products competitive.

    • Anonymous

      I’m going to flash while at work! FTW

      • Anonymous

        You know, taken out of context . . .

    • SjB

      actually they probably hate it…all these ppl keeping the same device for 2 yrs instead of buying another phone. but that just means either the D3 or bionic will have all of those sales due to upgrade time being here.

      • Anonymous

        They should know by now that the wireless providers lock most people into 2 year contracts.  It’s been happening for a long time.  Most people don’t want to pay full price for a phone or an early termination fee, so they stick with the phone for the full two years (or less if the provider gives a few months leeway on the next upgrade, like VZW).  It should be a requirement for them to support their devices for the full life of the contract.

  • Anonymous

    Nice! Not really worth it for me to switch to a new ROM though when I’m getting the GS2 or Bionic when they come out.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Pete is the man..

    But if your reading this and still running 550mhz on your D1, your a tard

    • EC8CH

      If you run the OGD @ 550mhz it actually gets cold

      • tjhrulz

        I always loved my overclocked droid, I would pick it up and it felt so warm and inviting, unlike the cold i*hone

    • “you’re”

      In addition, using “tard” as a verbal insult, pretty damn immature.

      • Anonymous

        * Is the conventional denotation for interwebz corrections. While we’re on the subject: *damned

      • EC8CH

        Correcting grammar on the internet is soooo much more mature 😛 

  • Anonymous

    +1 to Pete, thanks for keeping my OGD rocking all this time, you sir, are the man.

  • Toolsinmind

    I really miss my Droid!!!

  • Mauricio Sanchez

    I love Peter Alfonso’s ROMs, by far the most stable I’ve seen! I’ve been rocking CyanogenMod 7 lately, but now I’m stuck on the PE6 Beta… I love Peter’s stability, but when it comes to features, I can’t go back to stock :/ haha.

    • OT I know, but do you know when PE6 is going to be out of beta?  I ran PE5 for a while, but had to stop b/c of memory issues on it, but it turns out it was my own fault.  PE was probably my favorite Droid ROM to date.  

      • Mauricio Sanchez

        PE’s my favorite ROM too, I love it. I had to leave PE5 too, memory issues were killing me. But PE6 runs perfectly, and I’m really impatient for the final version -__- haha. No idea when it’ll release though 🙁

        • I might have to try the beta then.  If you’re saying that it’s stable and no memory issues…..  

          • Mauricio Sanchez

            Yeah man, definitely try out the beta. It runs extremely smooth for me, and I’ve had no problems as of yet. (I only installed it yesterday morning, but still.)

  • I really love the developers for Android. Keeping these devices alive is definitely honorable.I only wish I could help them out more. You go guys and or gals.

  • Nice!  I’m gonna flash this when I get home from work. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m going to flash while at work! FTW

  • EC8CH

    “Word on the streets is that there is a hidden feature and only Droid-Life has the file to unlock it…”

    Pete thowin’ DL some love 🙂

  • Still got my OG… I’ll flash this sucker when I land. :0)

  • Marc

    This might be the last ROM I flash on this mean old beast of a phone. It’s still freak’n kicking though. Thanks Pete!!

  • Motorola hire him? He could teach their software ‘engineers’ a thing or two about support and updates, and most of all doing it in a timely fashion. Kudos!

  • mojo pong

    does the google talk with video actually work though? i’ve heard it works until you go to video on every version thats been “leaked”

    • Anonymous

      Well, considering the fact that the OG has no front camera anyway, you won’t really need to use it much anyway. If it works, great, but if it doesn’t work I don’t think Pete deserves any flack.

      • MojoPong

        not giving any flack just a general question, curious as im getting the d3 today and hoping that something works with it in regards to gtalk with video only thing i’ve seen work with it is tablets and not even all tablets. just the xoom and transformer since they are running honeycomb.

  • EC8CH

    I’m gonna have to give this a shot.  CM7.1 RC1 is feeling soooo laggy lately 🙁

    • T Hall

      RC1 has been working okay, except sometimes on a restart no data… Might try this too.

      • Anonymous

        the nightlies are extremely stable, i even find them to be a little bit better than then RC.  I would try GPA16 but as i remember the last time i downloaded one of his roms it was too stock it had root and that was about it, i don’t even think it had all the Google apps, but more importantly it didn’t have the customization menu/ settings.

  • Anonymous

    can anyone rip the Gtalk with video and link it? maybe it can be used on droid3?

  • It makes me so happy that the OG is still receiving updates.

    A dev community supporting a phone after two years is part of the reason why this was the best phone of all time.

    • OF ALL TIME.

      • Anonymous


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          • Anonymous

            Just to be clear, that wasn’t me being rude. That was me giving absolute praise to my phone, which is still such a badass.

  • get2theTop&bHumbleOrDrop

    “we started that” – so much for humble, lebron

    • Cry me a river JT 😛

    • You might want to reconsider living at the beach as the sand is your vagina is obviously bothersome.

  • Ray

    just gave my OG away damn

  • Anonymous

    I remember when Moto was all the rage…

    • MattInPDX

      And thanks to Pete and the rest of the dev community, it still is.