Sure, Motorola has moved onto the RAZR line as their new pride and joy, but the DROIDX line used to be the top dog in the Android game. Just because the DROIDX2 is a few years old now doesn’t mean it’s dead. XDA developer dragonzkiller has provided the public with an alpha build of CyanogenMod 10 that can be flashed to bring your old device up to speed once again.
But be warned, this is still in alpha stage and a few big pieces are not working just quite yet, namely recovery. Restoring and flashing ROMs isn’t functioning yet, but restoring backups works fine. However, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, Calling, GPS and Google Now are a few of the big features that are working. Installation isn’t too complicated but shoehorning new versions of Android into old devices is always tricky. If you want to dust off your old phone and give it a shot, hit the source link below and please make a backup first for safety.
Update: According to readers, this was updated late last night with working recovery. Go get it!
Late Friday afternoon, Motorola took to its blog to help clarify its reasoning behind the decision to not upgrade the DROID 3 and DROID X2 to Ice Cream Sandwich. This note came just hours after they released a new timeline for Android 4.0 updates, which as in the past, did not include either of them. It seemed odd knowing that both devices have dual-core processors, were released right around the middle of 2011, and for the most part, have above average specs, aside from a lack of 4G LTE and only 512MB of RAM. (more…)
This morning, Motorola sent out invites to owners of the DROID X2 and DROID 3 to participate in a soak test for new software. It’s tough to tell what is included in either, especially since we saw an update to 1.3.418 for the DX2 back in February. The DROID 3 on the other hand, has not been updated since September and is long overdue. Neither will be Ice Cream Sandwich, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the D3’s was pretty major.
Let us know if you receive the update!
Cheers J and B!
We first learned of a new software update for the DROID X2 back on March 12 that we expected to be nothing more than a bug fixer. Since Motorola and Verizon seem to have decided that the dual-core powered phone is not worthy of Ice Cream Sandwich, what else could it be?
The changelog has now been posted and we see that a new security patch is included (goodbye, root?), new Verizon Video and VZ Navigator 3D apps preloaded, and some other mostly meaningless add-ons.
The new build number after updating is 1.3.418. The update will run you 35MB.
A reader of ours filed a complaint with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) over Motorola’s bootloader and update practices, receiving a response back that will not excite DROID X2 owners. While the bootloader info in the response is exactly what we have heard for 2 years now (“where carriers will allow it”), the Ice Cream Sandwich update is a bit more disappointing. The DROID X2 is “not on our list” says the letter we have included below. (more…)
Motorola and their infamous soak tests, they hardly ever hold anything of significance but we still get excited each time they message us telling us about secret projects. Even though they don’t stay secret for long we wait and watch for what is updated, and the next device looking to get some changes is the DROID X2. This is an “early preview of a new software release” but with nothing big (read Ice Cream Sandwich) planned for the DX2 we aren’t expecting much more than bug fixes. We will keep you updated when we hear more on when or what this will include. (more…)
The Motorola Droid X2 was a tough nut to crack, but it seems that there has finally been a breakthrough as far as custom ROMs go. XDA user dragonzkiller has successfully brought CM7.2 to the handset that gave people headaches over it’s locked bootloader. The ROM is almost fully featured as well:
- Full Theme Support For Every Aspect of Your Phone
- Incognito Browser Mode
- DSP Equalizer
- Lockscreen Customizations
- Lockscreen Gestures
- Fully Customized Pull Down Toggles
As far as installation goes, this one is a little bit tough so I suggest heading over to the XDA thread and following the instructions exactly. This has got to be good news to anyone with the X2 that was frustrated with the lack of development for this device. This brings one of the most stable and functional ROMs out there to your phone. Head over to XDA to get started.
A potential permanent root solution has popped up for Motorola devices (including the Bionic, DROID3, and DROIDX2) that you should be able to complete in about 5 minutes time. You have to be rooted already (instructions), but from there you just need to edit some lines in your “mount_ext3.sh” file using Root Explorer. Now, there is a chance that Moto could (will likely) patch this up in a new update, but you might as well attempt it anyway if you love having root access. (more…)