DROID 3 Bootstrap Released, Get Your Recovery And Backups On

This morning we had the pleasure of the bootstrap for the DROID Bionic being released and now all you lovely DROID 3 owners can have some fun too. Thanks to HashCode, users can start backing up and restoring from SD Cards, and even flash some soon-to-be available ROMs. Make sure to be careful when attempting these procedures.

FOR DROID3 DEVICES ONLY

Download: DROID3Bootstrap.apk

Video showing off the newly bootstrapped DROID3:  (more…)

ClockworkMod Recovery Booted Up On DROID3

All you DROID3 owners can sit back and start getting excited. ClockworkMod Recovery has just been booted up onto the DROID3 thanks to the work of Hashcode, and we are now awaiting instructions for flashing. ClockworkMod will help users create full nandroid backups of their devices, flash custom ROMs, and a gang of other excellent features.

Stay tuned, we will have full instructions on how to boot it up as soon as they are posted.

Update:  We are hearing that it will be an app similar to the bootstrap apps we have seen in the past.

Cheers @KShen1!

Tip: Saving Power With the PenTile Display on Your DROID Bionic, DROID3 or DROIDX2

Ahh yes, PenTile RGBW displays again – boy do we love talking about these.  Instead of voicing our strong opinions on the use of these screens though, we wanted to try and stay positive this afternoon and pass along a tip that may help those of you with PenTile devices (Bionic, DROID3, DROIDX2).  Over at the PenTileBlog, a recent post discussed the best way to save/extend battery life based upon the type of wallpaper that you use.  As experts on the subject, they recommend that you choose wallpapers that use less highly saturated colors, meaning backgrounds withs lots of blacks or a mix of black and white are best:

In other words the worst case power consumption for a PenTile display is when you are displaying more than a minimal amount of highly saturated colors, regardless of whether it is red, green, blue or a combination of these colors.  This is true even if the image is largely dark.  The best power consumption, other than a totally black screen, would be to use unsaturated colors or simply black and white.  The worst case power consumption for OLED  is the best case power consumption for a PenTile RGBW display.

As an example, if you pop open the wallpaper app for your Bionic, you should try to skip almost all of them aside from the white and grey paper at the very end (pictured above).  And if you need some other options, feel free to check out the Oreo Slice wallpaper pack that we featured a few months back.

Via:  PenTileBlog

DROID3 Update is Ready: Includes Google Talk with Video and a Massive List of Bug Fixes

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Earlier in the week we learned about a soak test that was being performed on the DROID3 which is almost always a clear sign that an update is just weeks away.  Today, we are seeing the changelog for that update on Verizon’s servers – another good indication that the update should be here in no time.  Normally when these things go up, we see the soak test begin within a day followed by the mass rollout within a week; assuming all goes well that is.

So what can we expect?  Google Talk with Video is the star of the show.  Other than that, we get 30 or so bug fixes that will help to make the device and its newish Blur that much more stable.  I found it odd though that they fixed bugs in some of the bloatware.  Because the only fix that can truly be done to bloatware is by giving users the ability to uninstall it.  Just sayin’.

Soak testers, be sure to let us know when this starts going down!

The new build is 5.6.890.  The update is 57.6MB in size. More info.

DROID3 Update Coming This Month, Soak Test Set to Begin

DROID3  owners have been begging for an update after the device launched to hopefully help fix an odd battery issue and also add in Google Talk with Video.  According to an email that was sent out to a number of our readers, that update will arrive some time this month.  A soak test for members of Motorola’s Feedback Network will be invited to grab the update early (as in the next couple of days) and report back on any serious bugs.  After that, the rest of you will be able to enjoy.

Cheers M and E!

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…)

DROID3 Update Pulled from Moto Servers, Adds GTalk with Video and Other Bug Fixes

An update has been pulled from Motorola’s servers for the DROID3 that appears to give it Google Talk with Video along with a new radio that will more than likely improve its finicky battery life.  We are pretty sure that this is the test update that has been floating around to a number of D3s, but have no idea if this is the build that will actually get approved for mass consumption.

Scottml is the XDA member that made this discovery and has listed out some changes:

- BP upgrade for the Radio
– Talk2 for Video
– Boot.img patch
– Recovery.img patch
– Various patches to alot of system files
– And some stupid bloatware patches as well.

And to answer the million dollar question that is running through all of your heads right now, “Yes, this version can still be rooted.”

Download:  Blur_Version.5.5.959.XT862.Verizon.en.US.zip

Simple instructions:  Download the file from above and drop it on your SD card.  Reboot your phone into recovery using “adb reboot recovery” and then choose to install zip via sd card.  It is recommended that your phone is unrooted and 100% back to stock before attempting this.

*Warning – Like I said above, there is no guarantee that this is the next official build that will be released to everyone.  So if you update, know that there is a chance that you will be stuck on this version unless an SBF comes out or another update path.

You can re-root afterwards using this file.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Ryan!

DROID3 1-Click Easy Root Already Released

Struggling with the manual rooting method for the DROID3 that was released this morning?  No need to stress.  A 1-click easy root has already been created by Framework43 and psouza4 for those of you with Windows machines.  The instructions couldn’t be more simple.  Oh, and our homie @P3Droid is pretty sure that this rooting method will work for all Moto phones running Gingerbread.  Hello, Bionic?  Unless of course, Moto finds a way to patch it before we see that phone on September 8.

Instructions:

1. Make sure you have Motorola drivers installed – [Download Drivers]
2. Download and unzip ‘Droid 3 easy root script v5′ – [Download 1-Click]
3. On your phone:  Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging(check box)
4. Plug phone into computer and select “Charge Only” mode
5. Navigate to ‘Droid 3 easy root’ folder and run ‘Click to root your Droid 3.bat’
6. Now just follow the instructions in the command window and unlock the phone after each reboot.

Via:  RootzWiki (be sure to check here for the latest version)

Cheers Travis!