The Droid X has started its soak testing phase meaning if all goes well the update will hit devices OTA (over the air) in about a week. This update is not Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich but does fix many of the bugs the device has had since its update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The update will bring the Droid X up to software version 4.5.621.MB810.Verizon.en.US.
Motorola Droid X Update Features:
Prevents lockups or resets after the Over the Air (OTA) update.
OTA update notice screen displays the correct estimated update time.
Improved browser security with the Google Security Patch from Android 2.3.6.
Fixed issue where the device may power ON without user interaction.
Resolved possible device resets while playing music.
Adjusted camera settings will be saved, even after the device is powered down.
Reduced Out of Memory errors.
WAV files can be played from Visual Voice Mail.
Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
Improved stability of Music Player reduces resets.
Shortcuts to applications remain on the device even after applications are moved to the SD card.
Improved connectivity with 3G Mobile Hotspot data connectivity.
Addressed error that replicated thumbnails in message threads.
Corrected errors where Yahoo! mail notifications were not displayed properly.
Reduced duplicate message errors.
Improved ability to access and receive Gmail when the Mobile Hotspot is turned on.
Sorted contact groups.
Device recognizes Multimedia ringtones after purchase.
Button background lighting turns off while in the desktop cradle.
Judging by the number of updates this device should feel new when you get it. Let us know how your Droid X runs after the update and we hope for all the Droid X users out there that it doesn’t bring more bugs than it fixes.
We have had a few of you report that your Droid X calendar is not syncing properly. There are a few options available to fix the issue and we will post them below. We couldn’t figure out exactly what is causing the calendar sync issue but have your fix just the same.
Droid X Calendar Fix Option 1:
Go to “Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications”
Tap “Calendar Storage” (if not visible tap “Menu -> Filter -> ALL”)
Tap Clear Data
Wait about 10-15 minutes for the Calendar to re-sync.
If option 1 doesn’t work for you then move on to the second option below. The second option takes a little more work but seems to fix those calendars that weren’t with the first try.
Droid X Calendar Fix Option 2:
Create a new dummy Gmail account
Add your new Gmail account under “Settings -> Accounts & Sync -> Add Account”
You should now see the Calendar, Gmail and Contact sync options
Wait about 5 minutes for the Droid X to do its thing
Now Delete the dummy account and your original Calendar should work
Please let us know if these fixes worked for you. If they didn’t for whatever reason let us know if you notice anything else or need help. These two options seemed to have fixed all of the Droid X’s that we have tried it on.
The Droid X has started receiving an OTA (over the air) update to fix keyboard stability “optimizing performance during text entry”. This Droid X update will bring the device’s software version to 4.5.605.MB810 and will be a huge 113 MB update.
Droid X Update Enhancements:
Download Manager App – New App to manage all of your downloads from web browsing, email attachments and other apps.
App and Power Management Details – Under Manage Applications, a new “Running” tab displays a list of active applications , as well as the storage and memory being used by each.
Multi-Touch Key-Chording – New ability to enter numbers and symbols with keyboard shortcut combos, without having to change to the numeric keyboard mode.
Improved Word Selection and Copy Functionality – New capability to select a word via press-hold. A second press of the selected word copies the selected characters.
New User Interface and Color Scheme – New widgets, icons and screens with refreshed colors.
Dock Icons – Three swappable icons and the App Launcher icon are fixed to the Dock at the bottom of all home screen panels for easy and instant access. The Phone,
App Launcher and Contacts icons are now within this a customizable dock.
App Groups – New App Menu allows creation of custom app groups, in addition to 3 default groups: All Apps, Recent and Downloaded.
Emergent Groups and Smart Contacts – Based on usage, participant and addressee suggestions are made in Calendar entries, emails and text messages. Create groups instantly based on the context of what you’re doing. For example, quickly create a group based on a suggested Calendar invitee list or the group of people with whom you’re texting.
Some users have already reported receiving the update, those of you who haven’t just be patient as it will show up soon. To search for the update yourself go to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates.
If you have a Droid X and haven’t updated to Gingerbread because you want to keep root access its finally here. Most of you need the Gingerbread update to fix the many bugs on the Droid X that have been fixed with the Android Gingerbread update.
After you have flashed back to the stock ROM and rooted your device using z4root continue the process using the steps below:
Install the Droid 2 version of Bootstrap (Download Link)
Download and place the following files on the root of your SDcard (Link 1)(Link 2)
Run bootstrap and reboot into recovery
Install part 1 then part 2 before leaving recovery
Reboot your Droid X
Congrats your are Done!
If you have a Droid X running Android Froyo 2.3.340 ROM this is the easiest root method around for this device. If you aren’t rooted and are running a different version of Android then Froyo or if you have already updated your Droid X to Gingerbread without a pre-rooted ROM then use the following article to flash your Droid X to Froyo: Flash the Droid X back to the Froyo 2.3.340 Stock ROM
Instructions to Root the Droid X on Froyo 2.3.340:
The Droid X has been having an onslaught of bugs since its recent Gingerbread update. Verizon has pushed out an update that is supposed to fix most of these bugs. After installing this update your phone will be running version number 4.5.602.
Fixes that have been confirmed by the Android Community:
No more lag when selecting a contact and it calling out
Hard key lights actually light up now
Slight speed increase (only noticeable when running speed tests)
A few issues the Community is still having after update:
Random crashes when sending text messages
Random crashes when using the keyboard
Even though the Droid X has a locked Bootloader, CyanagenMod7 can be ran on it. This does cause you to be restricted to Motorola’s kernels but still works just the same. @cvpcs states:
Note: this was done using my recently new-found-knowledge of 2nd-init, which I will describe later in a blog post (don’t want to get into it here). This still runs on top of the original motorola kernel though. I repeat, the bootloader is still locked, and you are still forced into using moto’s kernels, but that doesn’t really prevent us from doing all that much.
Currently there will be a lot of bugs but for those of you interested in testing they will be looking for beta testers in the next week or so.
Right now what works is the radio, WiFi, USB, charging, sensors, lights, vibration and bluetooth.
What doesn’t work or is untested is the GPS, 3G/Data, camera, camcorder, bluetooth and all audio.
We look forward to seeing the progress on this project and will keep you informed as updates are brought to our attention.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread has only been out for a few months and it seems that some lucky Droid X users are receiving the update. Those of you Droid X users that haven’t already received this Gingerbread update don’t worry your just not part of the test release. According to other sources once Motorola has determined the update for Droid X is rolled out successfully with no bugs ( or very few bugs ) everyone else will get this update in phases.
There was no official release date that we found anywhere with Motorola although we have found a few locations that have mentioned this including Android Central.
Manually check for the update on your Motorola Droid X:
Press your Home button to get to your Android home screen.
Press your Menu button.
Select System Updates.
If you start receiving anything, be sure let us know so we can report on it here to others interested in hearing more about this update.
UPDATE: All Droid X owners should be getting the Gingerbread update now