When Motorola and Verizon released their latest bug fixer for the DROID X as build 4.5.621, they pissed off owners of the device for the 116th time in under 2 years (actually it’s probably more than that). I’m referring to the fact that all previous root methods are now blocked, leaving those that updated to the new firmware without the ability to root again and fully enjoy their “open” Android device the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Well, in classic bird-flipping fashion, a root method has been discovered. Ready for it?
The steps involve flashing an SBF file that turns your phone into a Milestone X (the European variant of the DROID X), rooting that, and then taking control of your phone from there with a DROID X custom ROM. So again, you have to flash Milestone X .604 software onto your phone, root it, and then pick out a DROID X ROM that suits you best. It’s not pretty and as far as I can tell is not rooted .621, but it will give those that are stuck on .621 a chance to get off of it.
Cheers Brian and Joe!
Owners of the DROID X are reporting success when manually pulling the .621 OTA update from Motorola and Verizon. This update is the major Gingerbread bug fixer that folks have been waiting too long for. Less device crashes, general improved stability, and even a fix for that annoying bug where the phone reboots while playing music. But remember, early reports are showing that after flashing the newest update, SBF abilities have been revoked and you could end up with a bricked device if you try to go back to earlier firmware. Good luck.
To pull update: Settings>About Phone>System Update
Cheers everyone who sent this in!
If you are a DROID X owner and enjoy rooting and flashing ROMs, then you should be immediately made aware of this new development by Motorola. If you have updated to the newest .621 firmware, flashing older versions of firmware via SBF could result in a perma-bricked device. Many folks who have tried the process since the update have been reporting on multiple forums and online sites that after flashing an SBF, the phone becomes a paperweight.
Until we learn more about what is going on, we recommend not trying to SBF your DROID X if it is on firmware version .621. Has anyone here ran into that problem or have you been able to successfully SBF after taking the update? Let us know down below.
Via: RootzWiki, Android Forums
Development for the DROIDX is still going strong and Ice Cream Sandwich has unofficially made its way to the handset thanks to the underground Android developer community. A dev by the name of firstEncounter over at RootzWiki got a little tired of not seeing enough ICS for his device and decided to go ahead and start making one that worked properly.
He must have done pretty well because we have been getting lots of emails regarding his work. From the looks of the forum post, his ROM almost has all the fully working features one would hope for in a daily driver. The ROM is based on CyanogenMod 9 and has working radio/data, SMS, WiFi, hardware buttons, and so much more. But as always, there are a few things that are not working as well such as the camera, MMS, and voice input. Development is continuous so we are sure to see some of those kinks worked out soon. (more…)
Who doesn’t love getting a tidbit of what the future holds in store. We have been given tastes of Ice Cream Sandwich here and there and it was only a matter of time for a developer to bring his interpretation to the table. Recently released is “ICX” coming from Mobile Sensei, and it definitely looks good. There seems to be a bit of ICS, Sense, and Blur all thrown into one.
This ROM comes with plenty of themes, so go have some fun you Android hackers. Please be sure to follow all instructions given and don’t forget – make a backup!
Download and instructions here.
Via: Android Forums
Actually, this method should root just about any Motorola phone running Gingerbread. So not only will it work on the DROID3, DROID2, DROIDX2, and DROIDX, but it should also work on the DROID Pro and D2 Global when they receive an update – hopefully the DROID Bionic too. We were inspired to write this for the simple fact that the D2 received Gingerbread last night finally, and within 5 minutes I was rooted.
Thanks to Framework43 and psouza4 for putting this together. It couldn’t be any simpler than this method right here. (more…)
If you installed a rooted version of the original DROIDX Gingerbread update, I’m guessing that you would like the latest version that fixes numerous bugs while staying rooted? The folks at MyDroidWorld have you covered as usual. There is a catch though – you’ll need to SBF back to Blur 2.3.340 (or maybe not? See note) in order to install these files. That’s the price we pay to have a semi-open phone though, isn’t it?
Downloads: Part 1 | Part 2
*Note – you may be able to upgrade without SBF-ing back to Froyo if you are 100% completely stock on .596, with root. You can find instructions here.
1. Return your phone to Froyo 2.3.340 using this SBF.
2. Root the device using z4root.
3. Bootstrap the phone using DROID2 bootstrap (yes, DROID2).
4. Drop both files from above on your SD Card.
5. Tell Bootstrap to “reboot recovery.”
6. From within recovery, “install zip from sd card” and flash the Part 1 file.
7. Before leaving recovery, flash the Part 2 file.
8. Once both files have run successfully, you can reboot your phone.
Full support can be found at this MDW thread.
Cheers Brett and David!
You all know MIUI by now, don’t you? This would be one of the few ROMs that actually gives you a completely new user experience. We released the port of the new overhaul last week for the original DROID, but today, it’s all about the DROIDX and DROID2. This has been one of those ROMs that wouldn’t make its way onto either device because of its stingy bootloader. Well, thanks to our boy @cvpcs who figured out his 2nd-init magic for some CM7 goodness, we now have MIUI. Huge props to the MIUI team (Frameworks43) for getting this out to us. (more…)