Download: Rooted and Deodexed Gingerbread for DROID2

A deodexed Gingerbread was released on Tuesday for the DROIDX, but we almost missed the version for the DROID2 that came out yesterday.  Wouldn’t want to leave out any D2 owners would we?  A big thanks again to the guys at My Droid World for this.

Instructions:

*DROID2 ONLY.

*DROIDX version is here.

1.  You HAVE to already be running the rooted Gingerbread.
2.  Read step 1 again.  Good? Proceed.
3.  Download:  d2gbrooteddeodexed.zip
4.  Drop the file on the root of your SD card.
5.  Using the D2 Bootstrap, reboot into recovery.
6.  Choose “install zip from sd card”, “choose” the file from above.
7.  When finished, your phone will reboot and appear to bootloop, which is fine.
8.  If it bootloops for more than a minute or 2, pull the battery and reboot.

Note 1 – If it doesn’t work the first time, try wiping data and then re-flashing the file.
Note 2 – If you are having syncing issues afterwards, perform a factory reset a couple of times.
Note 3 – If you are missing apps from your market, here is the fix.  [courtesy of JRummy]

Full support can be found at My Droid World.

Cheers Owen!

Download: Gingerbread CRT Screen-off Animation for DROID X and 2 (Updated)

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Many of you noticed that that CRT-esque screen-off animation from the Nexus S and stock Gingerbread (Android 2.3) was missing from the leaked builds on the DROID X and 2 and wondered how to get it.  It’s now available below, although you’ll need to run a few adb commands to get it.

Instructions:

*Note* – This will likely not work on anything but Gingerbread.  I would not try to flash this on a 2.2 ROM.

*Note 2* – I have not tested this on a DROID2, just assumed it would work.  Be careful D2 owners.

UPDATE:  There is now a simple .zip file that can be flashed in Clockwork.  [Download]

1.  CREATE A BACKUP FIRST.
2.  Download this file to your computer:  framework-res_CRT_ENABLE.apk
3.  Rename it to framework-res.apk and place in your SDK/Tools folder.
4.  Connect your phone and run the following commands in adb:

adb remount
adb push framework-res.apk /data/local/tmp/framework-res.apk
adb shell
su
stop
rm /system/framework/framework-res.apk
cp /data/local/tmp/framework-res.apk /system/framework/
rm /data/local/tmp/framework-res.apk
reboot

5.  Your phone will reboot and with CRT screen-off set to “Go!”

Full support can be found at this XDA thread.

Cheers Max and Droidzfx!

New MotoBlur Allows for Quick Text Message Replies to Ignored Calls

With the new MotoBlur that comes over top of the leaked Gingerbread (Android 2.3) that we’ve been talking non-stop about for days, there is this nifty little feature that allows you to ignore incoming calls and then quickly reply to them via text message.  As you can see from the screenshot above, this is the pop-up I received immediately after hitting ignore to a call that just came through.  There are some stock messages already built in, but it also allows you to create your own quick hitter which is a bonus.  You can also turn it off completely if you’d like.

Any other tips like this that you guys have stumbled across?

How to: Get Rooted Gingerbread on DROID 2

As many of you know by now, Gingerbread for the DROID 2 and X was released over the weekend giving all of us a taste of Android 2.3.3 and the new blue Blur from Motorola, only there was one thing missing.  Root access.  Well, that problem has now been fixed by our friends over at My Droid World, and we’ve got full instructions for you after the break if you jumped on GB early.  Yep, we walk you through every single step including flashing an SBF file which is something you won’t find anywhere else.   (more…)

Did 3G Mobile Hotspot for DROID X and 2 Running Gingerbread Just Go Live for Free?

Earlier today we were poking fun at the official 3G mobile hotspot apps for the DROID X and 2 on Gingerbread because they erroneously told us to go sign-up at att.com/mywireless in order to use the service, but we should have dug deeper.  It’s now looking like the feature is free on both devices as long as you are on Gingerbread.  As far as I can tell, this hasn’t been the case up until now, so maybe with this version of Android 2.3 not being official, it’s possible that it had not been turned off yet?  As you can see in the screenshots above, I’ve successfully tethered my DX to my XOOM over 3G.

If you do decide to use this, understand that we have no idea how this could affect your bill.  What we do know is that tethering really gobbles up data, so you might want to be careful.

Anyone else?  Am I just out of the loop and this service has been free for a while?  Maybe they decided to make it free along with the Thunderbolt until May?

And we’re talking the official 3G mobile hotspot app, not a 3rd party app like Barnacle.

Cheers Robert!

Benchmarks: DROIDX and DROID2 on Gingerbread vs. HTC Thunderbolt

I know, I know, benchmarks (especially) Quadrant are inconsistent, can be faked or bloated and aren’t a great tool to compare phones, right?  I’ve heard the arguments, but at least these give us something.  So we took both the DROIDX and DROID2, slapped the leaked Gingerbread on both and then compared them to the HTC Thunderbolt running Android 2.2 with Sense.  The results are about what we figured since the Thunderbolt has slightly different and newer hardware, but Android 2.3 really seems to have given the DX and D2 a nice boost.   (more…)

Gingerbread Released for DROID X and 2, Downloads and Instructions Provided

Yep, our homies over at My Droid World released Gingerbread for both the DROID X and DROID 2 today.  Please thank them at the source links by donating and then get yourself to downloading from the links and instructions below.  Neither have been rooted, but it’ll give you a taste of Android 2.3 and the new Blur long before Verizon will release them to you.  You can always return to stock using one of the SBF files that is in the wild, so don’t be too scared about upgrading.  We can definitely get you back to stock for the official build.   (more…)

DROID X/2/Milestone Bootloaders About to be Unlocked? Keys for SBF Files Released (Updated)

Things are about to get really interesting on the DROIDX and DROID2 bootloader fronts.  @nenolod, one of the few Motorola community members to continue to pursue cracking it, has possibly come through with keys to unlock and sign SBF files for flashing recoveries, system images, etc.  To let you understand how big this is, just know that within minutes of releasing these keys, a C&D was sent from Moto.  This could be the real deal.

Update:  We’re pretty sure this is all one big giant pile of fake garbage (yes, that’s me trying to keep it clean).  This shouldn’t surprise anyone though, it’s not like this nenolod character has ever been right before.  Lame.  Lame.  Ridiculously lame.  It’s time that hackers stop taking to Twitter with their theories and instead show some proof.

Update 2:  Yeah, it was definitely fake.

More info on his key leak can be found here.

FreeMyMoto will be taking over work on the project going forward.