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Custom Kernels Make Their Way to the DROID RAZR Thanks to Kexec

DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX owners, full custom ROMs will soon be in your future, thanks to @dhacker29, @hashcodeof, and @therealjonpry. Using the kexec method that has become famous on older Motorola phones and now the Galaxy S3, custom kernels are now an option. Well, once they are built by the ever-growing RAZR dev-community. This also means that you will see full and official CyanogenMod builds, something that should excite many of you.

As of today, it doesn’t appear as if there is a public way for you to test custom kernels or find ROMs that have them, but it likely won’t be long.

Via:  Twitter

Cheers Jeremy and Brandon!

  • Nokaoii

    Good maybe one of these updates will fix the horrendous battery bug plaguing some users after the ICS update but has largely gone unreported.

  • Uncle Paul

    Disgruntled EX DX owner with a Nexus.
    I might consider swapping my GNEX for a Razr maxx if it was fully unlocked.
    what car dock options the gnex does have SUCK

  • Darksthour

    Being a Droid 3 owner I know that they are working around the clock and really posting a lot for the D3. Which seems like it should be the bigger news. Especially since moto officialy said that it would get ICS but thanks to a lot of work from 2 great dudes it gets to keep on living long past what moto thought it would. I know kexec wasn’t made by hashcode or johnpry but they are working on the D3. Two other devs who I can’t remember unfortunatly because they deserve a lot of credit are working on the razr.

  • sporty

    Do any builds leave Motocast on the phone? It’s a pretty useful function I’d like to have.

  • T4rd

    It took almost 10 months, but better late than never, eh? Hopefully this same exploit will work with future Moto phones. Even though Moto said future phones won’t have encrypted bootloaders, I have a feeling that only applies to non-Verizon Moto phones.

  • sgtguthrie

    @dhacker29 deleted his twitter account last night over some kind of drama…. So, I hope that doesn’t throw a monkey wrench into things :-


  • Lambo_21

    Can we request the Bionic get this too now?

  • @dhacker 29 and @hashcodeof are to very cool devs and I have much respect for them and their abilities !!! The moto community should be happy to have them! —Kejar31

    • sgtguthrie


  • r0lct

    If phones with locked boot loaders can run real custom kernals and obtain CM certification then locked bootloaders will mean a whole lot less. However as a former DX owner with a buggy CM build I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Droidzilla

      Yeah, but I had some crummy CM builds on my OG Droid, and that was with an open bootloader.

      • capecodcarl

        CM was fine on the OG Droid up until Gingerbread came out. I never found a CM7 build that worked well since the OG Droid had such limited RAM.

    • Came here to post this. Have an upvote.

  • Andrew

    hopefully since the Droid 4 has similar hardware it will be easy to port over!

  • Artistan

    Exciting time for Razr owner. Oh Jah!

  • SirSoloDolo

    Any stable JB roms?

  • connor

    once made stable, dhacker said that it would be easily ported to bionic. hashcode also has kexec working on the droid 3.

    • Tony Allen

      You mean my Bionic might be an enjoyable device again someday? *squeal*

  • already have CM10 on my maxx. This is great news and hopefully it is made fully functional soon

  • NorCalGuy

    With news like this the RAZR HD is going to ba an amazing phone as long as moto keeps up with the same software /hardware thing they got going on with the razr and RAZR Maxx

    • sgtguthrie

      Hopefully with better camera sensors 😉

  • c4v3man

    FYI, they also have KEXEC working on the Droid 3, which is honestly bigger news since the Droid 3 is not getting ICS officially. It sounds like a lot of the RAZR work went into getting the Droid 3 working as well. Apparently they have kernel support with the latest graphics drivers that should provide JellyBean support, not just ICS.

  • Though I’m more than happy with my Razr now, I can’t wait to get a taste of Jelly Bean!! Pair that with the great hardware and the Razr is still competing with the pest of ’em.

    • Q87

      dhacker has a couple alpha 4.1 builds via droidhive, data takes a little “messing” with but I got it up -Plus no camera-
      but Im a crack flasher with a thirst for that jelly bean. Its really amazing how much smoother and faster it is compared to 4.0.

      • Yeah I heard about it, but I don’t want to go to something that is better than ics without it fully working and knowing that I’d have to go back to ics for use as a daily driver. I can’t wait until its done!

    • nokaoii

      Have you noticed any battery issues after ICS? I’ve had two RAZR’s so far with ICS first one burnt 10% battery per 5 minutes of screen on, the refurb does 10% for 10mins. This is on auto-brightness with the screen dimmer function on too.

  • s23

    We should rename kexec to kellex lol

    • sgtguthrie

      Why? Wtf! Are you a groupie?

    • While I’m sure kellex would be flattered… He didn’t have anything to do with this so…. yeah, I don’t see that happening. No offense Kellex lol. – ArcaneXVI

    • Mack

      Kexec = Kernel Execution. It wouldn’t make sense to rename it.

  • Ryan

    Fantastic news!!!