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Download: GPA17 (Android 2.3.5) For The Motorola “OG” DROID By Peter Alfonso

We are no strangers to the work of Peter Alfonso, here at Droid Life. Pete has been pumping out ROMs since the beginning, and he just keeps on delivering for the masses. His newest release is GPA17, which is Android 2.3.5 for the Motorola DROID. Pete has added in a few noticeable features of course.  You have to love the fact that this device is still getting love, but we should point out that this may be his last update for a while since he is headed back to school.  

*Rooted OG users only!

Added features:

  • 180 degree rotation
  • Overclockable kernel
  • CPU toolkit (can be removed by deleting “Toolkit.apk”)
  • FLAC audio support
  • Ad-hoc network support
  • Facebook sync
  • Reboot option
  • Modified widget picker
  • Headset/headphone icon in statusbar
  • Latest Google apps
  • Busybox
  • Bug fixes/code improvement from CyanogenMod

Download GPA17

Download the file onto your SD card, then flash using ClockworkMod Recovery. Don’t forget to make a backup, since we recommend a full wipe of your device before flashing. If you have any questions or run into any problems, let us know.

For anymore info, visit Pete’s website.

Cheers Nick and Chris!

  • Harrylikesjb

    I have a question. First off, I have Android 2.2.2 and have never done anything to my droid that wasn’t official and I’m not rooted either. I would like to upgrade but I’m worried that I’m going to kill my phone. Can anybody tell me how to install these new GPA’s. 

  • Song To

    Had the Droid since it first came out with a couple of replacements throughout the years and from BB to GPA 17 these ROMs always been good choices for the OG. Thanks to Pete.

  • Maurilio

    Hi all, have you had any problem with your MOtonav GPS after install this new ROM? I’ve heard that whether install any new adroid version and if you have Motonav already installed it’s necessary to reset the phone! Sombody has faced this any way?

  • SkateRyan

    When I try to install I get the following:

    E:failed to verify whole-file signature
    E:signature verification failed
    Installation aborted

    Can anyone help?

  • Finally decided to root my OG Droid, since it’s out of warranty anyway. Did that and then installed this.
    Let me just say, that even though I’m a noob at this, this ROM is awesome!

  • Wow! Super update – thanks! I too was having trouble with the 2.3.4 ROM (slow response, heavy battery usage, etc.) but this version is sweet! Battery usage is excellent, I’m running @ 1000 MHz / 800 MHz (flawlessly and no overheating) and the responsiveness is back!

    Thanks again for giving extended life to my OG Droid. I love it! Its still a beast spec-wise … now if only it had more memory and a true 1GHz processor!

  • Ryan C

    Anyone know what build number GPA17 is? wasn’t GPA16 GRI54?

    • GRJ90

      • Ryan C

        Okay thank you! I just like to know them so I can include it in the title of the folder i save each one to.

  • Seansnuhouse

    Love the rom. Thank you Pete. My phone feels updated 🙂

  • Dbarden31

    I need help!!! Every sense I loaded this ROM onto my device imy speaker doesn’t work while making or receiving phone calls. Not even when I switch it to speaker phone. The person on the other end can’t even hear me. What should I do to fix this problem?

    • Anonymous

      battery pull. 

      its happened to me before, but after i reset or battery pull the speaker starts to work again

  • ajharman53

    Great ROM, overclock it to at least 800 mHz for it’s max potential. 

  • Frank M.

    Hello, I wuz redding this blog as I often do. And am very interested in updating my Phn with this software. The only problem is I don’t have the slightest clue on how to do it. So I wuz wondering if anyone would b so kind as to email me the step by step instructions on how to. Wut apps I’m going to need etc etc. I have the OG Droid. All original, running version 2.2.2. firmware. My email is [email protected] . Thanx guys.

  • Chris

    if your having slow phone issues try Chevy’s simply stunning 5.5 (2.3.5) he has a themed and un-themed version and they both run really fast clocked at 800 mhz. Battery life is amazing as well which has been the problem with me running 2.3.5 on my 2 year old OG. but i love GPA17 which is my daily driver at the moment. not many developers pumping out roms for the Droid 1 anymore, gotta give props to the people still doing it.

  • I simply wanted to thank you so much yet again. I do not know what I would have made to happen in the absence of the actual tactics shown by you directly on such situation. It had been an absolute challenging case in my view, however , being able to view a specialized approach you resolved it took me to jump with delight. I will be thankful for your work and in addition have high hopes you are aware of an amazing job that you are doing teaching men and women through your web page. Probably you’ve never met all of us.

  • Anonymous

    How does GPA17 (2.3.5) compare with EliteProject (on 2.3.4)? EP has been working great for me for a month or so now, so not in any particular hurry to change, just wondering what color green the grass is on the other side.

  • I couldn’t keep ADW-EX loaded in RAM.    Project Elite keeps it there and has been more stable with GPS and 3G.

    GPA 17 better?   Last I tried was 15.

  • Huttmannb

    What does ad hoc network support do?

  • Anonymous

    It’s the f’ing Catalina Droid Fixer.

  • Does this fix the issue where when you receive a call or start a call it’s already in speakerphone?

    • Kerry

      I’m pretty sure that has to do with having Go Contacts installed.  I was running GPA16 and didn’t have that problem until I installed Go Contacts.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to peter, I still have bragging rights over most of my friend’s newer devices! “You are running UStream, Netflix, and Skype on your Droid?!” Yes, I am. Thank you!

  • Steve

    Does data after a 3G call still crap out? Or is this the release that fixes that, despite the last 3 claiming to have solved this. Not sure how people can use their phone with such a serious bug. Sticking to Froyo.

    • This has been fixed since back to GPA16 (cant remember exactly when)

      • Steve

        No, not fixed. GPA16 is useless when I have to reboot after every phone call. So I guess GPA17 will be more of the same. Sticking with Froyo, which actually works.

        • Guest

          This is fixed – it did take another revision, but it is 100% fixed now.

          Kudos to Pete for all his hard work!  Don’t let the negative whiners get to you!

          • Anonymous

            Yeah..3G return after phone calls was fixed in GPA 16.  GPA 17 has a 1ghz kernal baked in.  

          • Anonymous

            My OG seems to have a hard time keeping data with gpa17, never had this issue with gpa 16. 

            very interesting

  • Hm. Just flashed this onto my OG and my notification bar has disappeared. Anyone with a similar experience?

    • pezjono

      Did you format before you installed? I have had the notification bar disappear on me once (some Android root process crashed) and I rebooted to fix.

      • It looks like I needed to wipe the data as well as the cache for this. Should’ve read the instructions more carefully!

        • Anonymous

          I flashed from GPA 16 and only wiped Dalvik cache with no issues at all.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve done a lot of switching between this, Cyanogen and PE, and all of the ROMs are super fast at first, but Pete’s builds don’t seem to slow down as much with usage. I wish there were just a few of the features that the others offer (that I think Google should have included in Android anyway) but I respect what these are meant to be and its probably why it runs so well.

  • Justin

     i appreciate peter and all he does, really i do.
    BUT, my next ROM is flashing my OG Droid into a Bionic

  • Pete is the MAN! I used to run Bugless Beast until the GPA Roms hit. Haven’t tried 17 yet but if it’s as improved as 16 was over 15 I’m going to be a very happy camper when I flash the upgrade tonight. Thanks to Pete I’m going to have to keep my OG around just for fun once I get the Bionic.

  • Razerlite

    Pete is THE MAN!  I was having trouble connecting to my car stereo via Bluetooth but that might just have been unrelated.  I’m sure i’ll figure it out later today.

  • Ssplawson

    People still use this fossil phone haha

    • Everyday 🙂

      • Anonymous

        I’ll still install this on my OG even though my primary phone has switched…always good to have a backup phone, mp3 player, camera, gps, ….the list is unending.

      • Anonymous

        Everyday until something better comes along (which is soon),  

      • Chris

        Thanks pete im always checking your nightly’s for some freshly baked Gingerbread. Gotta say i was surprised to see GPA17 Released already. Runs like a champ. Awesome

  • I wish to point out my gratitude for your kind-heartedness supporting those individuals that have the need for help on your theme. Your special commitment to getting the solution up and down came to be amazingly invaluable and have empowered regular people much like me to attain their desired goals. Your amazing warm and helpful useful information signifies much a person like me and much more to my colleagues. Thank you; from all of us.

  • Tom

    I had been running the CM7 nightlies and release candidates earlier this year on my D1 before tying out GPA16 and now switching to ProjectElite. I liked Alfonso’s ROM a lot but Elite seemed just a touch smoother with my setup. However, the facebook sync hasn’t worked since I installed it.

    Should I go back to Alfonso’s?

    • You should give it a try. GPA17 runs A LOT smoother for me that GPA16 did, and others have reported this as well. I don’t know if this is on Pete’s end, or if Google improved something in 2.3.5 over 2.3.4, but the ROM seems a lot better and faster than the previous.

  • john

    Just an fyi, 2.3.5 has been available for the og for weeks. Get this if you want a stock build, but çheck out droidforums for worked over gb roms

  • Anonymous

    Already running it. He updated it every couple of days for the past week

    • This build has a few changes, please flash it when you get a chance 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Without a doubt I will, just wasn’t sure everyone knew you were still cranking out versions and this wasn’t out of the blue. Greatly appreciate it and even though it doesn’t have the features of Cyanogenmod I perfer it hands down. Thanks for the hard work and good luck at school!

      • Turbosny24

        my phones stuck in an infinite reboot

  • P!X3L

    Sweet so glad my non-NFC OG Droid has NFC support…. PE > GPA

    • I did not include anything related to NFC in this ROM or add new hardware to your OG Droid…but ok.

      • Anonymous

        Haha! P!X3L just got busted…

        • Anonymous

          Must be the work of the Borgs!

      • ^ Made my day!

  • David Rodriguez

    Flashed this rom last night seems to be working good. Was a little laggy with Launcher Pro though

  • Samvelavich

    The OG Droid still lives on!

  • Anonymous

    This guy is epic. +1 pete

  • Anonymous


    Thank you for keeping my OG “current”  Your work has definitely bought me the time I needed before I was able to upgrade.  Good luck at school!

  • Anonymous

    Feel the same way, man. There are so many apps (mostly games) that are claimed to work with OG, and others claim to have working on their OG’s, that will just not work with my phone. I even got a free replacement (factory model, the old one was dropped so much that the lock button got busted. Gotta love VZW’s extended warranty :D), and after ROMing it up and everything I still get few newer games working. Thank God for the Marbians, Fruit Ninja, Gameboid, and Robotek.

  • Although I still don’t use my OG Droid I still mess around with it, and it’s still nothing less then amazing. I’m saving it as my back up phone incase my thunderbolt goes out.

    I think Peter’s ROM are the best out their for the OG Droid, Ive never had an issue and have been nothing less then amazing.

    • babadush

      That’s exactly what I do too

  • Anonymous

    The real OG is Peter for his dedication to everyone.

  • Joey

    May test this on my OG droid for fun since i’m now on my d3 since launch day 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Is there any way to get the CyanogenMod notification power widget, or an equivalent, in Pete’s ROMs? They’re so amazing and stable, but I’ve gotten so damned used to the toggles in my notification bar that it’s so hard to stick to any of his ROMs. Any help here?

    • anon

      If you use widgetzoid they have an option to place toggles in your notification pull down. Its what I do.

      • Anonymous

        Why thank you, kind sue.

      • Jason

        Gonna check out the ROM tonight when I get some Wifi, have always liked Pete’s ROM’s. Thanks anon for the advice on the widgetzoid cause I am just like inquizitor, I’ve gotten so used to having it that I expect it the rom’s now lol. it’s a great tool.

  • Balls

    i think i might sell my droid x, and use my OG again

    • Anonymous

      Already did that! 😉 Of course I am holding the money for the Nexus/Droid Prime

      • Balls

        same here!

  • Poedroiduser

    It is nice of him to do this but the larger question is WHY ISN’T MOTO and GOOG doing this? Time to trade in my OG and making less and less want to buy an other Android to find it being left out of the future versions

    • Zepius

      you clearly do not understand the memory limitations of the OG. he and other rom devs for the OG trying to do GB had to make some massive changes to make it work correctly.

      • babadush

        Exactly. It has 256megs of ram. The op should be grateful pete is this awesome

    • CineSLR

      The man has a point…  But the reason is all of their bloatware takes too much time to code…

      • Zepius

        do you enjoy being wrong? the man has no point. once again, you dont understand the limitations of the hardware the OG has. do you expect a 10yr old laptop to run windows 7? if you do, i want to live in your fantasy world.

        the OG is not different.

  • Nice! My Droid has been acting up, so maybe this will be nice to it… I feel like my Droid just keeps slowly putting along, but needs a new ROM install like every week to keep it going…

    Poor thing has been through a lot 🙁 — keeps going strong!

    • Brian Walls

      I’m in the same boat… just waiiiiiiting to upgrade

      • Anonymous

        same here. first my power button died. now the right side of my screen is no longer responsive. COME ON NEXUS PRIME!!! GET HERE ALREADY!!!

        • its called warranty bro.. dont you buy total equipment coverage? i wouldnt be caught dead without it. And usually by the time im ready to get my next phone there are several things wrong with the phone and they are covered by warranty so i swap the phone with a refurbished like new phone and then sell it once i get my new phone…

    • Agreed 100%. Whenever I install a ROM, it runs great for a few days. Then back to slowness. Need the Bionic.

      • Which leads to the question, what are you doing after you install the ROM that does it?

        I used to get that too, but ever since there were certain things that I stopped trying to tweak after a fresh install, I no longer got the slowdowns. Some of it was apps not worth reinstalling, or things that it turns out if you reinstall the system data from Titanium, that’s what screwed everything up. 

        • Nothing different, I think it is a degradation of compcache, which I turned off. Then it simply doesn’t have enough memory to do standard tasks like navigation. Calls connect 30+ seconds after pressing the call button, etc, etc, etc.

          • Yeah, mine has been doing that lately too, hopefully this ROM will alleviate those problems

          • RINZLER

            I’m not even running a ROM but have the call issue. I hope I don’t have an emergency where I need to make a call fast because sometimes it takes over a min to send the call.

          • Mark

            Yeah – waiting for calls, waiting for the home screen to load… not getting texts and calls… I couldn’t take it anymore so I I finally did a factory reset. Sure, it’s annoying to reload all my apps, but my phone is running PERFECTLY now. For OG users (who have never rooted and) who are frustrated with the slowdown I can’t recommend this enough. I’ve also didn’t reinstall all of my apps, and that probably helped. But the factory reset seems to have done the trick.

            This definitely bought me a couple months so I can wait and see what happens with the Prime, and hold off on the bionic… for now. 

    • Chris Schoeps

      I went back to Froyo the other day because I was having this same issue. Even changing very little from the ROM install, I was slowing wayyy down.

      Froyo is really slick still, just miss the copy/paste.

      • I think you’re right, I have been on GB for months, but I don’t think the D1 handles it well. I can’t handle not having control of text.