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DROIDX2 Gingerbread Update Hits Soak Test Members, Here is a First Look

The DROIDX2 Gingerbread update is only rolling out to members of Motorola’s soak test at this time, and we’ve got a first look at it thanks to the amazing group of readers we have here at Droid Life.  Verizon’s support tweeted yesterday that the update was rolling out, but we haven’t heard from anyone not in the test group that has received it (that includes our device).  The full rollout will likely begin some time this weekend assuming there are no major bugs found during this initial test.

So what do we have inside?  Well, it’s only Android 2.3.3 which means that you won’t see the fancy new 3D-esque Blur or lockscreen that can be found on the DROID3 and DROID Bionic.  It did update the icon set to match those two devices, but for the most part, will look exactly like the previous version of blue Blur that you all had on 2.2.2.  Gingerbread though, is unbelievably good.  You’ll more than likely notice immediately that your phone is faster and more stable thanks to the tweaks that have been made by the Android team.

Below, we have a benchmark, the About screen and a couple of additional looks to tide you over until the mass rollout starts.  

Cheers D, R and everyone else!

  • kilmon

    Please tell me we get the awesome forest wallpaper the D3 has…..if not anyone have a link lol?

  • Lfkiter

    here we are saturday night, and still no update for me..i’ll just load the fucker manually, dumb ass vzw

  • Owlcitybelanova

    Im developer & Im using the new 3D blur on my X!
    coming soon for beta

    • DROID VADAR

      DX1?

  • Chefmelv20

    This update had made my phone much better. Everything runs smoothly and no lag that I have seen.
    I’m a bit bummed they left out some goodies, but that’s all they where.
    Overall great update because this phone was starting to piss me off. I wanted to wait for root but there where to many issues to sit around and wait. Although p3droid has done work with it and is looking for testers. It is also known that you can sbf back.

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  • Rob Rotundo

    My battery died in a couple of hours after I upgraded today.  The phone was running very hot too.  Anyone else having issues?

  • Godfrey2009

    My benchmarks actually went down after this update.

    • Guest

      Same. It was just a little bit it did go down. At least the phone itself is faster on the home screen and such. No lag switching between the screens now.

  • Billyrouth2000

    I got the gb update and im not part of the soak test. The phone definitely is faster

  • Gcfforeal

    i had high hopes for this update ..considering the new 3d blur on the d3 is actually decent ..the new camera and video app seems to be alot more stable. I just dont understand why moto purposely left features out of the dx2 its like youre being punished for having the phone… my dx was replaced with a x2 after the gb update now that they have cm7 and miui i miss my dx1 sooo bad….with the way moto is handling phones and purposely skimping on features on supposedly high end phone just to make the next(bionic,d3) Seem more appealing i think its safe to say i wont be buying a moto phone for a while….anyone know if the dx2 will get that 2nd init. hack to get miui and cm7 anytime soon??

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

    It honestly blows my mind that they would take the time to do a 2.3.3 on this phone and not give the X2 the same version and interface as the D3. I could *maybe* understand if this was the X1 and it didn’t have quite the power to do all the fancy UI with the lesser processor, but that’s not the case here. This seems like such a waste of Motorola developer resources.

    Now Motorola has 3 different versions of GB out there on 3 phones that have been both released and updated in far less than a year of each other (X, X2, 3). When is Motorola going to learn that fragmentation is a BAD thing?

    • hkklife

      My prediction: 

      The DX will eventually receive this exact same version of GB as its “fixed” final OS update.  The D2, D2G and Droid Pro will also probably eventually receive this same version as well so those devices can be safely put out to pasture. 

      The X2 may eventually see a 3D Blur update to 2.3.4 or 2.3.5 but I wouldn’t count on it.  I think Moto & VZW are content with letting all of their 3G Droid (Droid 3 aside since there will be no LTE equivalent for quite some time) have the “old” Blur & GB since those are all EOL devices.  The X2 is the odd man out, as it arrived too late to the 3G party but came too soon to get all of the D3 goodness.

      Oh well, the X2 still got GB faster than I expected it to and so far it’s extremely smooth, fast, and reliable, other than an occasional camera app hangup.

      • Anonymous

        After unrooted users finally get a decent version of gingerbread on the droid x I will be rocking a custom rom running icecream sandwich. MIUI is good enough for now……

  • Anonymous

    I was looking forward to the fancy 3d blur =

    • SugaShane

      That was more of a buzz kill then Buzz Killington… “Who wants to hear a story about…” 

  • http://twitter.com/MrMRM513 Mike Marano

    Any word when MotoRizon plans to issue a fix patch for the bug-ridden Droid X GB update issued over a month ago? 

  • http://twitter.com/MrMRM513 Mike Marano

    Any word when MotoRizon plans to issue a fix patch for the bug-ridden Droid X GB update issued over a month ago? 

    • Anonymous

      My fix was to keep replacing phones until eventually they sent me a DX2. I can’t live with a phone that randomly loses ALL connectivity – no calls, no 3G, no 911 – every day. GB on the DX sucks. Verizon refuses to acknowledge anything is wrong. I even tried to get their level 2 support to check the Moto support forum but they are not allowed. Verizon has its head in the sand. The best we can hope for is that they don’t screw up the DX2 as badly.

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

        “Not allowed” = Lazy. CS reps have full internet access or could escalate the problem if they wanted to. You just haven’t talked to the right rep, yet.

    • Adiehl12

      VZW fixed my X……sent me an incredible 2. Amazing how much easier my life has gotten since I don’t have a Motorola anymore.

      • Gcfforeal

        how did you get them to send you a inc2…they only offered the x2 as a replacement to my x(which was my fourth one) i even asked them did i have any other choices and they said no

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    Wow. Why is Moto still using a 2.6.32 kernel..? those are so Froyo… 

  • Kkinderen

    Your Quadrant scores are interesting. I’m on an unrooted X2 just received from Assurion replacing my X. Comparing the system screen to the one above I’m definitely not upgraded yet my Quad scores are around 2666. I just ran a benchmark while typing and came up with 2518.

    So… I wonder where the difference comes in and what change I’ll see when GB is installed. I have not had any of the problems others seem to have with the X2. I find it real responsive, stable and fun to use.

    • Anonymous

      Sometime you have to run Quad scores three time before you get the high score. Try it and see. Tell me if they are different or go higher every time you run it.

  • Flip74k

    Why are the pic frame widgets all blurry now?!?

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    This phone will def be better with this gingerbread update

  • Guest

    What is this new icon inbetween the battery and time? Its like a square battery standing up that is empty with a check mark inside it.

    • Guest

      Edit: you can see it in the first picture

    • Thenew3

      That’s suppose to be a clock.  Means an alarm clock is set.

      • Guest

        I was wondering where my alarm icon went! Thank you! Its been bothering me.

  • Flip74k

    I am not part of the Motorola test group. And I got my update. last night so.I do believe it is rolling out to everyone!!

  • http://twitter.com/GregPayne Greg Payne

    Don’t forget the first rule of “Soak Club” is you don’t talk about “Soak Club”.

    • Adam Elghor

      whats the “soak club?”………..*wink*

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBU24KVHRGWOTATIYW3RNBM4AI Gabriel Kennedy

      I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRsU

  • Guest

    Will the DX and DX2 get 2.3.4

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      yes

      • poldude

        Wouldn’t say ‘for sure’ …

        • Guest

          I would like the DX to be updated with the same “blur” as the D3 or at least the DX2

          • poldude

            is there even a difference between the DX blur and the new DX2 blur??

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            yeah I would say for sure…New phone updated specs def will be updated

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      I  want 2.3.5 for D X.

      • kuboo99

        If you get CM7 for DX you do get 2.3.5

        • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

          But I need the blur camera and messaging widget.

    • Anonymous

      Considering neither phone has a front facing camera, does it matter? 2.3.4 pretty much only brought Gtalk video support. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-L-Wolfe/100000451164661 Thomas L. Wolfe

    I downloaded it last night via XDA, and I can say that the memory management is definitely improved.  I average anywhere from 85-105 free RAM at all times.  

    Definitely faster as well.  Disappointed though that we don’t have a screen off animation or overscroll effects…

    • Stelv81

      Free Ram definitely helps a device. I notice a huge difference between my fascinate only having about 85mb free and my inc2 having around 200mb free. Too bad Moto hates putting ram in their phones.

    • Robert Peeples

      What is the link for the update??

  • Anonymous

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    I like it. Awesome efforts in  contents
    writing.
    IFSC CODES
       IFSCstands for ‘Indian Financial System
    Code’. If you are in India and wish to transfer money from one bank to another
    within the country, you can easily do it once you know the IFSC codes of both
    the banks. IFSC required whether you are using RTGS, NEFT or CEMS, which are
    different paymentsystems developed by RBI. IFSC is a 11 digit code 

     

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    Scrabble Helper huh…no wonder I hate playing people online.  Cheater.

  • poldude

    Only 2.3.3?? And no new blur?? wow- thats a damn shame

  • http://twitter.com/Thracks Robert Hallock

    Slower than my Nook Color in Quadrant w/ no funny hacks. Sad.

  • http://twitter.com/Thracks Robert Hallock

    Slower than my Nook Color in Quadrant w/ no funny hacks. Sad.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      based on quadrant?? yeah I think not

  • Stelv81

    Benchmarks mean nothing in terms of real word speed or lag. They are synthetic test. If a systems memory management is horrible (blur) and ram is low, dual core and high benchmarks mean nothing. The phone will still lag because it cannot multitask properly.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      and you have one??

      • Stelv81

        I have used the dx2 many times. It was appealing to me originally and I did a lot research on it because I was going to buy one. I have multiple friends that work at Verizon and I am in there often. I was surprised to see on the ones that I used and from the various videos I have seen on the web that there was still a problem with lag in a dual core device. When comparing it to my inc2 side by side, the inc2 performs better. The x2 is not bad, it just needs to be de-blurred, it needs better software.

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          LaunchPro works awesome with D3, less laggy, but it does need to redraw the homescreen every now and then. It’s still smoother than Blur though.

  • Stelv81

    Benchmarks mean nothing in terms of real word speed or lag. They are synthetic test. If a systems memory management is horrible (blur) and ram is low, dual core and high benchmarks mean nothing. The phone will still lag because it cannot multitask properly.

  • snabb

    Does it come with that awesome background?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      its in the market for free

  • John

    since everyone is going to ask 20 times,
    https://market.android.com/details?id=disney.captainamericalw

    • snabb

      Thank You. :)

    • http://twitter.com/tomleskin Tom Leskin

      You read my mind! :)

    • Adam Elghor

      haha i already have it :P

  • Hamholla

    loved my dx. hate my dx2. 

    • Robert Peeples

      Yeah DX2 is an epic fail.

  • ODAWG

    2.3.3?  Also, the Blur looks a lot like the Gingerbread for X

  • http://twitter.com/GregPayne Greg Payne

    It comes with a Captian America background!!  Count me excited!!

  • Anonymous

    Amazing!