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Pete Brings Back Bugless Beast, Updates Original DROID to Android 2.3.7

Now that is a name we haven’t heard in some time, “Bugless Beast.” The original DROID ROM that was one of the staples back in the day has returned thanks to our buddy Peter Alfonso. Instead of continuing on with his GPA series, he’s going back to Bugless as the name is just to sweet to let retire. He has also added support for a handful of other devices like the Nexus S, Nexus One and DROID Incredible (beta) that are probably worth checking out. OG DROID owners though, you can feel good knowing that you are running Android 2.3.7 before most of the rest of the world.

Downloads available in ROM Manager.

More info. Changelog.

Cheers Mike and Kris!

  • longchamp


  • Conrad200002000

    Can someone explain to me how to root this to my OG Droid which has never been rooted before. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never tried this before.  Are there instructions on how to do this?

  • Sars In A Jar

    An absolute waste. Tried installing but it just hangs and resets the boot animation non stop. Had to use nandroid to restore my previous stock 2.2.2 system. ANyone know exactly what i did wrong? What is it that i need to correctly install this step by step?

    • Sars In A Jar

      Nevermind, got it to work, had to wipe!

  • TC Infantino

    I have a question about something odd that happened after I installed the new BB ROM.  All my apps installed themselves from the market, just like normal, but the Droid-Life app didn’t.  I did a search in the market for it and could not find it.  So I went to DL in the browser and used the market link to try to get it, and the page for the app comes up with a yellow band across the top.  Inside the band is a triangle with an exclamation point and “This item is not available”  I checked to make sure that I had show all apps checked in the market content filtering, as well as making sure Unknown sources was checked in the applications settings.  I have never seen this before and I was wondering if someone could give me some help so I can have the DL app on my OG again.

  • SjB

    i went back to my backup of GPA17. when i booted and signed in, it wouldn’t reinstall my apps from the market. it happened to me w/ 16 too and i dealt with it, but i’m not this time. it’s not worth it. can’t wait for the nexus.

  • Nrojashbc

    Can’t get it to flash any suggestions ? Og droid? Downloaded off rom manger and sholes link neither one worked.

    • SjB

      did you save it to the root of your sd?

  • Anonymous

    I love Pete for what he’s done for the community over past nearly two years. With that said, as long as Project Elite makes a ROM for the D1 it’s the only one worth considering. It gives you the “buglessness” of Pete’s ROMs but with many of the extra bells and whistles others offer.

  • I’ve stepped back in time. Where’s my flux capacitor?

  • I love Pete because his ROMs are built the way nature intended, but all of the GPA’s I’ve used has really futzed with the Phone app. I hope the return of BB means the return of stable phone service on my… phone.

    • SjB

      yeah, i can’t stand it. i’ve considered going back to froyo. i’d like to not miss every call i get and have to call ppl back, or have my ringtone play for the entire 30 sec and not be able to silence it. it’s embarrassing.

  • tacos

    Very cool.  Have been using my OG as an alarm clock. Bring new life with this updated ROM. Thank you sir

  • *too

  • Joshua Vario

    “he’s going back to Bugless as the name is just to sweet to let retire.” Having a little trouble with the grammar today?

  • Guest

    So the only way to get it through a paid version of Rom Manager?

  • JP

    Do you have to wipe data if you’re going to update from GPA17?

    • i didnt. and i’ve had absolutly no problems.. just wipe dalvik cache. 

      • JP


  • Anonymous

    That’s pretty cool but I don’t know if I could ditch cm7 and the theme changer now that I got my ICS on, its like a whole new phone again, also cm7 is on 2.3.7 as well.

  • Anonymous

    Initially, I almost skipped this because the image made me think it was a Beats by Dre post.

  • Lane Gordon

    I think we will see PE 7.0 before its over with.  Then hopefully these guys will be developing the Galaxy Nexus.

  • David Hayden

    No offense to Pete, as I’m sure this is another great ROM. But is there a point to updating us to 2.3.7? I’m pretty sure the only thing it did was add the Google Wallet support, but the OG Droid doesn’t have NFC. Regardless of this, I’m glad someone cares enough about the Droid to keep making ROMs for it.

  • Jason

    About time a new story came out! Work is boring!

  • J Dub

    All the GB builds I have tried on my OG just do not work up to par as I wish. PE with LP (RIP) is just so hard to beat. My biggest issue has always been the camera and the gallery. It is just slow as molasses on GB builds for my phone.

    However, I may have to try this just because it is a BB build.

    • Anonymous

      I dont think it’s actually a BB build.  It’s just GPA18 renamed to BB.

      • J Dub

        I notice this now. Seems like what Moto did with the RAZR. Playing off a known brand.

    • chmcclellan

      I’ve had luck uninstalling the gallery and using quickpic on my OG.  The android gallery app is a sluggish hog.

      • J Dub

        Never thought of that. This build has been the best yet so far for me. Good enough to keep. Not as good as PE 4.2 but good enough. Going to my home screen is still a little sluggish and sometime takes it a couple seconds to draw all the apps and the one widget I have.

  • John

    Much respect for Pete

    But I’ve been a PE/Liquid guy for some time now.

  • Anonymous

    Its so hard to let go of my CM7.1 tweaks for a vanilla flavor 2.3.7. OG DROID FTW!!!

  • Anonymous

    Peter Alfonso, Creator of Bugless Beast, one of the All Time Android Custom ROM Creators.  If you’re a true OG Android enthusiast then this name is very recognizable in the world of “ROOT”. 

    Thanks Pete for all your hard work and sharing the love of Android 🙂

  • Anneandbrian812

    This may be….sniff….sniff….the last rom ol’ OG gets before I retire her. Thanks Pete for all the hard work you do!! Seems like a dignified way to go. Long live the Beast!!

  • Duck Dodgers

    I find it utterly ridiculous that I’m running 2.3.7 on my two year old Droid, meanwhile my friend has a new Thunderbolt…with 2.2 on it still!!

    • Keith Sumner

      LOL and people give Motorola a hard time about updating devices, MOTO is the fastest to updated besides actual GOOGLE phones!

      • Anonymous

        You do realize that this is no Motorola updating the phone right?

        • hkklife

          Regardless, you can still rock an “official” 2.2.2 on the 2year old OG Droid, whereas the much newer Incredible, Charge and Thunderbolt are all still officially stuck on the exact same 2.2.2.  Pitiful!

          • pj

            Hey, be careful with blanket statements like that, because my incredible was updated to 2.3.4 almost two months ago by verizon/htc!

          • mine wasn’t. ;-(

      • Dominick DeVito

        Um, Pete Alfonso updated this phone. Moto dumped it almost a year ago.

  • Anonymous

    I always enjoyed Pete’s Bugless work and wonder if he will move on to the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Mctypething

      u nostalgic bro?

    • He said the other day on facebook that he’s selling is xoom and hp tab to get a galaxy nexus. 
      i’m gonna make a $5 donation to help him out as soon as my stupid paypal is fixed. 

  • Damn, too bad his roms would always make my OG go into a constant reboot loop, there is no other option for me any longer, just need a new phone 🙁

    • Jason

      Same here! No new ROM is going to help the OG’s failing ram. Just need a new phone! Waiting for the Gnex but if they keep dragging there feet I may have to get the razr.

      • David

        Same here!

        • David

          But that’s not keeping me from giving it a try.  

  • Anonymous

    I used to be a big fan, but I was running GPA for a while…never seen a ROM deteriorate that fast!  I think I am having separate hardware issues though.

    • Keith Sumner

      It’s true, GB roms do get slow after a while on the OG Droid. But there are ways to rectify that, for example, enable “purging of assets” it makes a world of a difference.

      • Jason

        Whats that under? My OG needs all the help it can get!

      • yeah keith, tell us.. i googled.. it looks like a CM7 setting. i couldnt find it in spare parts either. 

  • JP

    Wow, blast from the OG past!  I ran Bugless Beast on my Droid and really appreciated Pete’s work, but have since been all-CyanogenMod (and dabbled with MIUI).  Will definitely have to check this out.  

  • EC8CH


    …thanks Pete!

    • Mctypething

      u happy bro?

      • guest

        u gay, bro.

  • and my bionics still on 2.3.4 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Normally I would flash this and check it out, but I don’t even care anymore.  I’m already running 2.3.7 on CM7.1 and I’ll have a Galaxy Nexus in a few weeks so I’ll grit my teeth and bear it until then.

  • Allarin

    Thanks  It always worked great with minimal to no bugs on my OG Droid, Yes i still have my OGdroid but its about to retire .

  • Dominick DeVito

    PETE’S the man!!

  • Anonymous

    2 OG’s in the game keeping the updates coming. Pure Dedication Pete. Flashing to my D1 right now

  • mm777

    and yet i am running it already thanks to miui

    • miui made me wanna puke after about 3 minutes.. so much iphone inspired crap in there. 

      • Dr. Buttballs

        MIUI is actually a decent ROM. Once you get passed the look and actually start using it you’ll notice that it’s nothing like iOS. Only reason I switched from MIUI to CM7 was because MIUI is way to resource hungry and I had way too many lock ups and reboots on my OG.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you! I couldn’t agree with you more. I’ve tried multiple renditions of MIUI and hated each one more than the previous one. I just don’t get the love for it. It makes your phone look like an iPhone AND slows it down to the point that it’s nearly unusable. I’d rather run stock Eclair on my D1 than run MIUI.

    • Brock Norman

      And miui can thank CM for the source code. 🙂

    • Vts30233

       its running great too

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully he’s stepped up his game on this one. The last Bugless Beast ran horribly on my OG Droid, although previous releases of his ROMs have worked quite well.

    • Mctypething

      u mad bro?

      • HerroMoto

        I hate you…. bro

      • Anonymous

        Was funny.  Now old.

        u annoying bro?

        • Anonymous

          Wish I could like this last comment even more!

          • Mctypething

            What’s up? u guys mad?

          • Anonymous

            I knew sooner or later I would get tagged by the “u mad” troll, you gay bro?

        • Anonymous

          mctypething got flagged for review lol

          • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      If you can’t release a ROM you need to change your avatar because Kip could release a ROM while chatting with babes all day on a 56K connection! :p

  • Anonymous

    i’ve been running the nightlies and upgrayedd-ed to the final this morning. so far it runs great!

  • APP STATE #1

    Awesome, YOU DA MAN PETE!