How to: Root the DROID2, DROIDX2, DROIDX, and DROID3 Running Gingerbread

 

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…)

Changelog for DROID2 Global Gingerbread Update has Returned

The Gingerbread update for the DROID2 Global has finally returned after a 3 month bug fixing hiatus.  We reported over the weekend that a soak test for the update was set to begin some time in early September and are now seeing the changelog for it reappear.  Nothing has changed at least on paper, but you can bet that all of the fixes that were included in the latest DROIDX update were patched into this.

So that puts 2.3 on the DX, D2 (soak test began last night), D2 Global, DX2, and DROID3.  All we have left now from Motorola is the Pro.  Oh, no word on the Incredible update at this time – it’s still delayed to our knowledge.

Blur version after the update is 4.5.607.    (more…)

DROID2 Global’s Gingerbread Update Soak Test Set to Begin in September

After the DROIDX received Gingerbread back in May, the DROID2 Global was selected by Motorola to be next in line.  Unfortunately for Global owners, the update was pulled the very same day that it was supposed to start rolling out, thanks to an enormous buglist that was introduced through the DX.  Well, here we are almost 3 months later and the update is back and ready for prime time – at least to soak test members anyway.

The initial test group of D2G owners will see the update some time in September (probably next week), with the full rollout happening shortly thereafter.   (more…)

Gingerbread Build for the DROID2 Global Leaks

The DROID2 Global was supposed to receive Gingerbread back in June, but after Motorola realized that the build they had released for the DROIDX was filled with far too many critical bugs, they pulled it.  Well, thanks to fantastic Android community member aceoyame, we have a leaked version 4.5.606 to try out.

*Note:  This file has not yet been rooted.  Also, in order to flash this file, you will have to return back to stock 2.4.330 without root or custom recovery.

*Note 2:  If you update and decide you want to revert back for root or to get the official update, you can still SBF back to 2.4.330 after this.

Download:  Leak [mirror]

To run this update, be sure you are on 2.4.330 with stock recovery.  Rename the file above to update.zip, drop it on your SD card and boot into recovery by holding X+Power.  Then choose to update.

More info can be found at RootzWiki.  (Ignore the unlocked bootloader note. It’s still locked.)

Cheers Gasai!

DROID2 Global Gingerbread Info Removed From Verizon’s Site, Could Be a While Before it’s Ready

The DROID2 Global was poised to get its Gingerbread (Android 2.3) update back in the middle of June, which we were hoping was the start to a massive update schedule for all Moto devices.  As many of you know now though, that never happened.  We were told that the update had been pulled from rollout for not only the D2G, but for other devices including the DROID2 and DROID Pro while the massive bug list that was piling up from the DROIDX’s GB was being worked on.

Our report seems to have received a minor confirmation today thanks to one of our readers who noticed that the D2G’s VZW support page has been reverted back to a previous update PDF.  There is no longer a mention of Gingerbread being ready for it and we’re being told that it could be a while.  There is an update for the DX which includes a ton of fixes in the works right now, but it could be until after that clears that Moto and Big Red start prepping updates for the D2, D2G and Pro.

We’re also assuming that they will wait to see what happens with the DROIDX2′s update that should hit “soak test” members in the next few days.

Cheers Gasai!

Evolution of DROID: Original DROID vs. DROID2 vs. DROID2 Global vs. DROID3

We just received confirmation that the DROID3 will launch July 7 for direct fill orders and hit stores on the 14, but wanted to also pass along this chart that shows the evolution of the slide-out DROID brand starting all the way back with the OG.  Pretty amazing to think that in under 2 years, we’ve gone from 600MHz to a 1GHz dual-core processor with HDMI mirroring, 1080p recording, a front camera for video chats, and an extra row of number keys yet managed to lose some thickness.

Too bad they couldn’t slip in a 4G LTE radio though…

DROID2 Global Gingerbread Available “Soon After” DROID3 Launches

The Gingerbread update for the DROID2 Global was primed and ready to rock back on June 15, but for reasons we have been led to believe were due to bugs that needed to be worked out by Motorola, it was pulled.  Some conspiracy theorists would argue against that after seeing this note from a D3 training document that just popped up.

Would Verizon and Moto really hold back 2.3 to make the D3 look a little more appealing?  Not likely.  In fact, no where in that note does it mention that as a reason, nor does it mention that the D2G’s GB is even ready.  It’s “expected” to be ready which means they still have work to do on it.  Also, if Moto is holding back updates to launch their newest slide-out with the newest software available, why’d they already give it to the DROIDX and skip the DX2?  Exactly.

To help out the D3 side of the argument though, they did release the original DROID as the first with 2.0 and the DROID2 as the first on Verizon with 2.2, so they could try to do the same with this phone.  Although, it would make most of us DX owners a little uncomfortable to see them running around bragging about 2.3 on a phone when we’ve all had it for weeks.  The D3 is launching with a newer version of Blur though, so…who knows.

What we do know is that the GB builds currently available from Moto are filled with bugs – and once they get them all worked out, they’ll be made available to their entire lineup of 2010 devices including the D2, D2G, Pro and DX2.

And enough rambling from me for one night.

Cheers nessa!

Rumor: Motorola Puts Gingerbread Builds on Hold for DROID2, Global, Etc. to Work Out Bugs

It’s been almost 2 weeks since we first reported that the DROID2 Global‘s Gingerbread (Android 2.3) soak test was about to begin, yet here we sit today without a mass rollout or announcement from Verizon/Moto that the file is available.  Let’s also not forget that the DROID Pro was primed and ready at one point, but has seemingly disappeared from sight.  After the original DROIDX received GB all the way back in May, we were expecting each additional Moto device including the DROID2, DROIDX2, Pro, and Global to start seeing updates right away – except that isn’t happening.

What we’ve been told is that Verizon has now rejected all Gingerbread builds from Moto until they have worked out a number of bugs that came with the DROIDX’s 2.3, a list which seems to be growing by the day.  There is no telling when these will all be ready, but we’re our sources say that Motorola is reassembling teams to get this taken care of.  It could be weeks or months before we start seeing GB on other devices – we really have no idea at this point.

Stay tuned…