Custom recovery proof of concept for DROID X achieved

By on August 11, 2010 at 12:15 PM.

Custom recovery proof of concept for DROID X achieved

The folks over at alldroid.org have posted a note in their forums claiming that Android tweaker extraordinaire “Birdman” has successfully booted a stock DROID X into a custom recovery state. The post reads:

Using a hack discovered by the folks who’ve done all the work on the Milestone, birdman has booted a custom recovery on his handset. The process is labor-intensive and dangerous if you’re not prepared to recover from a bricked device (and technically this bricks the device since you can’t reboot into Android at this moment), but it’s a sucessful proof of concept.

Right now he’s working on getting ADB up so we can further investigate what it will take to get a fully functional recovery working (that will also allow reboot back into Android).

From there the focus will move to a more robust recovery and discovery if/how we can do Nandroids and/or write a new /System image (like Froyo).

You may recognize Birdman’s name, as his handy work helped pioneer the original DROID X root. We’ll keep our eyes glued to this one and report back when more progress is made. Godspeed Birdman. More →

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Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

By on August 9, 2010 at 10:41 AM.

Exclusive: Verizon Wireless 2010/2011 roadmap!

One of our Verizon Wireless sources has dropped a whole bunch of info in our laps. We’re talking intimate details of Verizon Wireless’ plans for the rest of 2010, 2011 and even some 2012 plans. Android tablets, LTE MiFi units, Android 3.0, video conferencing, and a whole lot more. Read on for the full details! More →

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Motorola employee states Android 2.2 for DROID X due by "early September"

By on August 6, 2010 at 6:48 AM.

Motorola employee states Android 2.2 for DROID X due by "early September"

Yesterday afternoon, a Motorola employee named Matt dropped this little nugget in the company’s official forums:

Some Droid X users are experiencing an issue using Exchange 2003 email. Though the email is arriving on the Droid X, no notifications are appearing. A fix for this will be included in the upgrade to Android 2.2 scheduled for deployment by early September.

The post is the closest thing to an official date released by Motorola; up until now the software update has been coming “soon” or “this summer.” Anybody disappointed by the September timeline? Anyone seeing the Exchange 2003 issue Matt goes on to mention in the post? More →

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Motorola DROID X source code released

By on July 30, 2010 at 11:19 PM.

Motorola DROID X source code released

Yay, open source! Anyone interested in the DROID X source code? If you are, the files are posted on Motorola’s developer site. The code weighs in at a hefty 280 MB and was actually released several days ago on July 28th. If you’re ready to get down and dirty with lines and lines of code, let the custom ROM creation begin!

[Via Droid-Life] More →

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Motorola Q2: mobile sales down 6%, 2.7 million smartphones shipped

By on July 29, 2010 at 8:37 AM.

Motorola Q2: mobile sales down 6%, 2.7 million smartphones shipped

This morning, Motorola announced their Q2 2010 earnings, and the information looks so-so to be honest. The company as a whole saw sales of $5.4 billion during the quarter, earnings of $162 million, and earnings per share of $0.07 (up from $0.01 in the previous year). The mobile division sold 2.7 million handset, generating $1.7 billion in revenue, with an operating loss of $109 million (a $239 million loss was posted last Q2). The company as a whole still has $8.3 billion in net cash, and the mobile division looks poised to improve their Q2 metrics with the recent release of the DROID X and other high-end smartphone devices due out later this year. The results are certainly better than previous quarters, but the earnings of $162 million on $5.4 billion (which actually beat analyst expectations) are still a slight cause for concern. More →

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Motorola takes another swipe at iPhone 4, 'no jacket required' for DROID X

By on July 28, 2010 at 1:48 PM.

Motorola takes another swipe at iPhone 4, 'no jacket required' for DROID X

Advertising wars are so much fun! Late yesterday, Motorola took another swipe at smartphone rival Apple, capitalizing on the free-case fiasco of the iPhone 4. In a Facebook post, the company displayed a poster that read:

At Motorola, we believe a customer shouldn’t have to dress up their phone for it to work properly.  That’s why the DROID X comes with a dual antenna design.  The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like to make crystal clear calls without a bulky phone jacket.  For us it’s just one of those things that comes as a given when you’ve been making mobile phones for over 30 years.

Burn. The first ad Motorola put out was a little tongue and cheek, however this one is a sharp stick to the eye… a very funny sharp stick to the eye. We’ve got the full-sized image after the bounce.

[Via Droid-Life] More →

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DROID X gets one-click rooting tool

By on July 27, 2010 at 8:10 PM.

DROID X gets one-click rooting tool

Want to root your DROID X? Find yourself confused by all these references to this mysterious adb program and its cryptic commands? If you are nodding your head in agreement, then you need to point your browser to the forums at Alldroid where member Sil3ntKi113 has packaged up a simple and easy rooting tool for Windows users. The application installs all the files and drivers necessary for rooting the DROID X, and launches with two simple buttons — “root me” and “unroot me”. Initial feedback suggests that the program roots the DROID X as well as the manual method of typing terminal commands. Purists may turn up their noses at the ease of rooting that is provided by this application, but for those who are new to Android, this application is a life saver.

[Via Droid Life] More →

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Apple takes on the DROID X in its latest antenna death-grip video

By on July 26, 2010 at 7:13 AM.

Apple takes on the DROID X in its latest antenna death-grip video

Apple took aim at the Motorola DROID X in the latest video to hit Apple’s smartphone antenna performance webpage. In the video, Apple demonstrates that the DROID X, like the iPhone 4, will drop 3 bars when held death-grip style by someone with presumably gigantic hands. Though these videos are designed to show that the iPhone is not alone in exhibiting signal attenuation, they are causing a maelstrom of controversy amongst smartphone manufacturers and owners alike, with each entity defending its platform with vehemence. With the laser sight pointed squarely at DROID X, this latest video strikes at the heart of the Android platform and is bound to generate similarly heated responses from the Android community. Android fans can prepare for the battle by watching Apple’s controversial video embedded after the jump. More →

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Motorola DROID X inventory remains exceedingly low

By on July 26, 2010 at 6:46 AM.

Motorola DROID X inventory remains exceedingly low

In a research note to investors, analyst Mark McKechnie of Gleacher & Co pointed out what most Android fans on Verizon already know- the inventory of the flagship DROID X remains incredibly low. According to Gleacher, most retail stores are sold out of the DROID X and all incoming inventory is being used to fill existing pre-orders. Walk-in sales of the flagship handset are near impossible. The situation online is not much better with the target ship date now pushed back nine days to August 4th. Anyone still looking for DROID X frustrated by this delay or are you happy to wait for this hot Android handset? More →

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BGR Caption Contest: Motorola DROID X launch

By on July 22, 2010 at 9:01 PM.

BGR Caption Contest: Motorola DROID X launch

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Who thinks they can come up with the best captions for this photo we took of the Motorola DROID X announcement event? From left to right, Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering at Google, Sanjay Jha, CEO of Mobile Devices, Home Business at Motorola, and John Stratton, EVP and CMO of Verizon Wireless. So what do you win for having the best caption? We’ll send you some BGR swag. Plus you earn respect. Total respects. Ours is up above! Let’s hear ‘em, guys…

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Motorola DROID X gets rooted

By on July 22, 2010 at 8:36 AM.

Motorola DROID X gets rooted

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All that hoopla about Motorola using e-fuse to brick DROID Xs seems like a thing of the past doesn’t it? Thanks to some serious Android noodling by a user named Birdman, the DROID X has been successfully rooted! In order to acquire root you have to follow a relatively simple twelve step process which is detailed in full over at droidxforums.com. Hit up the read link to give it a shot, and do let us know how you make out!

UPDATE: The original root was discovered by Alldroid.org, and is liked to here. More →

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