Motorola DROID X gets Android 2.3 OTA upgrade; is Netflix coming to the device?
0. phoneArena 12 Apr 2011, 21:53 posted on
The Motorola DROID X received an OTA upgrade today that takes the device to Android 2.3.3 and brings a new Bootloader to the phone which will kill off root access; speculation that there is a .jar file with the word Netflix in it could mean that the DROID X users will soon have the Netflix application to use...
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1. D2balla (unregistered)
What about the Droid??
21. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Verizon and moto said they will update too, I think they may follow since there was a Leak of the droid 2 gingerbread rom dunno about the incredible because its HTC
45. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh i know there will be an update, i thought that downloading the leaked version would be kinda pointless being the update seemed so imminent. they SHOULD update it while they're updating the X.
58. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
UPDATE: HTC has confirmed Gingerbread to the Droid Incredible in the summer. Source Android Central. Not able to link right now, but it's there
3. roconnell35 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I've been waiting all day and no update for me :(
4. roconnell35 (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
i guess it was just another leak
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I am at v. 2.2.1, so no Gingerbread for me.
7. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Oh. Fuck. Yes. I have it. I have Gingerbread. Details on some of the new goodies to follow shortly. But it does exist and I have it. Had to download manually, but it was pretty simple. Here are the steps:
Find the download link (Wifi recommended, the package is 111 MB)
Once downloaded, find the package with a file manager (I used Astro), rename it "update.zip" and move it back from the "download" folder to "sdcard."
Shut off your phone.
Get your phone into recovery mode by holding home down and then holding the power button until the little green robot with the triangle shows up. Once there, press the search button.
Use the volume up/down key to scroll to "install update.zip" and use the camera shutter button to select it. If you've done everything right then the update should work automatically; it takes about four or five minutes. Once done you just select "reboot phone now." It does take a good amount of time (a couple of minutes for me) for the phone to boot from the pulsating Droid X eye screen. If the install was successful, though, the first thing you should notice is that the Motorola icon is now white on red instead of black on white. And once it loads, you'll immediately tell the difference...
(to be continued)
8. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
First you'll notice that the color scheme is different. The notification tray is a dark blue, with notifications showing up as white.Your battery icon remains mostly the same. The "3G" is blockier and cooler looking. Your initial unlock screen remains the same (except much darker than before), but if you have pattern unlock enabled, the dots are two tone and the circle/line pattern is a cyan/light blue color.
Once to your main screen, you'll notice that it's much the same, except for one very important difference at the bottom. You now have your call/contact icon to the left, a dedicated contact icon to the right of it, your text messaging icon to the right of that, and your app launcher on the right side. Directly below them are seven little dark gray dots representing your screen panels, with the one you're on being highlighted blue. When switching between screens you no longer have the jump dots to use, but the upshot is that your sticky icons are always there. Furthermore, the sticky icons can be swapped out. So if you want to be able to launch your browser from any home screen, now you can.
Sliding the notification tray down brings some other small but awesome changes. The tray itself when expanded is mostly translucent, with notifications showing up on white backgrounds. The clear button seems larger, and it seems you can clear individual notifications.
Hitting the home button on the middle panel now brings up panel multiview, with you being able to select the panel you want to go to. Hitting the menu button from the home screen brings up two new, very important options: "manage apps" and "profiles." "Profiles allows you to set up customized sets of homescreen panels, labeled "Home," "Work," and "Weekend." One minor gripe about this is that switching profiles seems to reset your wallpaper to the default, even if you've switched it prior. No other issues have been discovered with this option though.
The app manager itself is much more robust, with the running apps being clearly displayed in their own tab, and the RAM usage and availability displayed at the bottom of the tab. Other tabs show overall memory usage (the SD card and Downloaded tabs show the amount of space left on the card and hard drive, respectively).
Moving on: Moving between the home screen panels ranges from "barely laggy" to "whatchoo talkin' bout, Willis? There ain't no lag here!" Whereas tapping on an individual widget before would bring up a mini window still on the homescreen, tapping on one now (like the social updates widget) brings up a full screen presentation, with a "cover flow" like 3D interface. Turning the phone sideways changes the format of the widgets to landscape, complete with a neat little "flipping" graphical effect.
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Let's focus on the Social Networking widget for a second: HOLY FUCK IT IS IMPROVED. One of my major complaints about the widget before was the inability to scroll through all updates at once unless you had already scrolled through them all one at a time. Now, once the widget is opened, there is a button in the bottom right hand corner that takes you to the full list of updates. Unfortunately, scrolling through them all at once still doesn't get rid of them on the miniview, but holy hell the improvements here still work.
Moving on: one of the gripes I had about the app tray was how I had to scroll down through the entire freaking list to get to whatever app I wanted, which sometimes I didn't want on the homescreen panel. Now, however, the app tray offers organizational options, allowing you to only view recent apps or to create app "groups." The app tray can now also display in landscape mode.
The Music app remains much the same, but has the same "flipping" effect now when switching between landscape and portrait. Also, everywhere, when scrolling and "hitting the bottom or top," there's a neat little translucent blue graphical effect instead of the whole list "bouncing off" the boundary.
Even though my phone doesn't need it, the settings include not only a battery manager, but a data manager as well. This may be another hint that eventually Verizon will drop unlimited data plans, but we'll see about that.
The keyboard itself, in every app, seems to be greatly improved. Instead of switching to the symbols board to enter in numbers (though that option still exists) you can now press and hold on any one of the top row of keys to insert the number you want. The keys now give vibrating feedback when tapped. Going to the keyboard settings reveals that this is optional, as well as the keyboard making sounds when tapped. The keys are better spaced while keeping the same general layout as the Froyo keyboard.
The dialer keypad also receives an update, with the ability to add the phone number you've just dialed as a contact right there, as well as the microphone icon for voice dialing. The Contacts app eliminates the quick scroll tab and instead substitutes jump icons for letters in your directory. There is now a search icon along with the group and add new contact icons up top. In the recent calls section, if the same number appears more than once in a row, it's collapsed into one listing with a number in parantheses saying how many times calls were made back and forth in a row to that number.
16. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
You are aware that your comments are going to be removed because of your language right?
36. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I hope not. I've seen my posts edited before for language when most of what I was saying was harmless. I've only seen my posts totally removes when I wasn't saying much beside swearing.
62. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 435; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)
btw, Sniggly you're my hero for this! i've been trying to get my boyfriend this update for a couple months! you said the link but you didn't give one.. which one is legit? where do i find it?
64. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
The various Droid forums have download mirror links. If you google for one you can probably get it; try downloading it through the computer then transferring it to the phone through USB.
10. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
As mentioned already, performance is also much improved. Running Quadrant got scores of 1649 and 1599. (the second was run as the phone was trying to reestablish a wifi connection). I tried out two of my most graphically challenging games, Gun Bros and Pocket Legends, and both not only were much smoother than before, but seemed clearer and crisper graphics wise.
There are probably far more changes that I haven’t even covered, and I’m sure I didn’t need to go into so much detail, but I was so excited at all of these changes that I just had to share. For those who’ve read this far, thanks, and I hope you all get to experience the new version of Android and Blur!
34. snowgator (Posts: 3382; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
My buddies fiance has an "X", and I just copied and posted your steps to have on hand to help her watch for the upgrade. Colorful metaphors and all. Thanks, Sniggly!!
37. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Lol! You're welcome, Gator. The steps I listed are for a manual update. If she goes to the DROID X forum on her X she can find a download mirror (I chose the mediafire link provided there). It's certainly much easier to DIG than with the last leak. If she waits to have the update pushed to her phone she may not even have to go through all of those steps.
75. harvener (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Hey Sniggly: Thanks a bunch for your review of the Droid X upgrade - I had just updated mine and saw a lot of differences that you so graciously "brought to light" in your appreciated explanations. Question: (boohoo) where is that cute green battery ICON that INDICATES "how much battery life is LEFT at any given time?" Can only find modes and what areas drain the battery but nowhere HOW MUCH IS LEFT!! Can you help?
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Quick update: running Quadrant again with wifi and location turned off got a score of 1665.
55. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)
i get mid 1800s on my stock Thunderbolt....
its my party and i'll cry if i want to.
12. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
kinda wonder if its faster just because you restored and erased everything off. my phone was faster when i first got it
13. cheetah2k (Posts: 1155; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Amazing... Still nothing for the Motorola Atrix...........
15. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
That piece of crap just came out, you have to wait at least 6 months before any update at all....
22. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
actually some leaks of the droid x shown that atrix has an update going on, it may occur within the next weeks
17. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
Nothing OTA for the wife's X yet, but what I want to know is, what about the Incredible??????
18. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
So glad i got rid of that pos. No waiting months for an update that doesnt fix anything.
23. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
how do you know it doesn't fix a thing? you don't own one to actually tell
30. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well, Hawk, I'm so glad I typed a list of all the sweet fixes and tweaks and improvements in the Gingerbread update just so you could completely ignore it and type an ignorant comment about a major software update that "doesn't fix anything." This is especially ironic considering that you didn't even keep the X long enough for Group to come out, and half of your original complaints were the result of you not listening to the salesman or doing the research. Let's not forget that you managed to brick what, like 3 brand new DROID Xs in a row?
Yeah, we all know exactly who isn't an authority in this thread.
54. irishdroid (unregistered)
ugh hawk you are such a misinformed douchebag.
19. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Stupid question: to what extent do the visual improvements in this update resemble those in the "X2" photos? (I'm still of the opinion that those photos are all bogus, and the X2 will not look identical to the X.)
24. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
saw i few picks of the leak for the X (not he new one)and the new UI looked like the one on the bionic, here is a snapshot
couldn't see the X2 photos but i think the rightful descendant is the bionic, and there wont be any X2
25. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
I think the one codenamed "Targa" will eventually be the X2, the pictures that were claiming to be the X2 I think is just a refresh
27. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I dont think it could be a good idea to get so many hight end phones but its Motorola, they love to mess with their own sales
32. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Agreed. The form factor, shape, the fact that it will apparently have a segment-leading 12+ MP camera... the Targa looks like this fall's flagship, just like the X was last year. And if you consider how X owners love their phones, and those on annual upgrades will be eligible in August... it all makes sense to me.
There may be a mildly refreshed X, but I don't think it will be enough of an upgrade to warrant a "2".
26. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
Although I agree the Bionic is the rightful successor
31. snowgator (Posts: 3382; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Thanks for the picks- nice looking phone. It is all shades of confusing, the way companies do new phones. Code names, secret leaks, unnamed sources. Surprised we are not all hunted down by unseen operatives to shut us up....
41. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
missed the leaked pic
43. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The new version of (ninja)Blur looks even better integrated than before. I know people are still going to complain that it's not stock, but as long as it's a well-done skin, I have no problem with what Moto is doing with the Droid line.
47. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I think this is why moto hired so many people to work with OS, they want to bring something noone has (see atrix) so they have something 'revolutionary' also they want to make sure their tweaks to the OS are well integrated.... they need to work or the will disappear
48. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
Agreed. I think Moto is definitely moving in the right direction
28. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
congratulations to moto for being the first to update to gingerbread! those ninjas sure know what they are doing.... now could you spare some ninjas to help your GSM market out?
35. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
For all the crap people give Blur, Moto has been infinitely better about updates than Samsung. That's one reason I keep leaning toward Moto for my next phone (which is, painfully, not until Oct.)
38. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And if we're talking about Verizon Android phones, the X still functioned just fine when it came out. The Fascinate, on the other hand, initially had a list of major bugs that was pages long.
39. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I want to like Samsung. Really, I do. I like their designs and I love my AMOLED screen. The SAMOLED+ looks like a work of art. Their new Tabs look great. But it's taken them half a year to adapt the Fascinate for Froyo while their competitors are already moving to Gingerbread. What is it about Touchwiz that's so damn hard to upgrade? And why can they do it with one Galaxy S phone but not another?
40. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I know. The captivate is already at Froyo.
But as slow as these updates come, at least they don't brick phones like a certain Cupertino company's updates do... :)
42. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
motos huge problem is related with the marketing department and its GSM update department they both need to be executed
but moto is not a bad company overal,l its after all my second choose when it comes to android phones (SE is my first even tho I've been getting moto phones recently) moto needs to establish a better way to do sales
44. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)
Agreed. I have no problems with my wife's X, and I still have an OG Droid as my backup to the Incredible. I typically stick to HTC and Moto for my phones, although I would like to give Samsung a fair shake if they can prove to update their devices in a timely manner.
46. Shanism (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
I told you guys! haha I was so right all the Droid X2 picks are just droid X with the gingerbread update. LMAO! I knew moto wouldnt have the same design for the the x2
59. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, if pricing leaks are to be believed, they are releasing a refreshed X and may even call it the X2. But if all they're doing is swapping out the FWVGA screen for qHD, the 1 Ghz OMAP3 for 1.2 Ghz, and increasing the RAM from 512 to 768, and Gingerbread... that's not an X2, it's an X1.5.
49. knuckleballer34 (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
I'm definitely going to wait and read the feedback from other users experiences with Gingerbread before I install it on my X. I just switched to the X after a bad experience with a Droid Incredible (i'm thinking mine was just a lemon)...my battery life and call quality on Froyo are both too good for me to jump to Gingerbread right away. Prior to the X i've had three different Android devices, and each one of them had lower signal, less battery life, and poorer call quality after receiving software upgrades. Coincidental or not, they were all HTC...i'm hoping the X responds differently. Looking forward to reading the upcoming feedback on Gingerbread!
50. Sniggly (Posts: 7281; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
So far my battery life seems to be about the same. I haven't had an opportunity to test the call quality yet, but my reception seems about the same. Overall the new version of Blur combined with Gingerbread 's improvements is a sight to behold.
51. knuckleballer34 (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)
Thank you very much for the comment! I didn't expect direct feedback at all in regards to my comment, much less within six minutes. I greatly appreciate it!
I'll be completely honest; I don't use my phone for anything else besides calling, messaging, e-mail, and browsing. But I want to upgrade for the sole purpose of getting a virtual keyboard with a comma and numeric buttons on the main keyboard. I've tried two other keyboards from market, but both were buggy.