Ian Stacy · May 20, 2012 at 09:00 pm

Extremely Alpha CM9 Arrives for the Droid X2

Now that Motorola has confirmed that it will not release an Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Droid X2 (much to the dismay of many X2 users), it stands to reason that some clever developer would whip together an ICS build for the device. XDA Recognized Developer dragonzkiller has done just that, and released an extremely experimental ICS build for the snubbed device. Even without an official Motorola ICS kernel, the build is on it’s way to being totally functional. From the release thread:

Working:

  • WIFI
  • Bluetooth
  • Data/3G (see known issues)
  • *Maybe* tethering, but I doubt it (turns on, but haven’t tested)
  • HQ and LQ Youtube (used to be a problem)
  • And a lot of little things

Known Issues:
Besides a whole lot of little things:

  • Camera doesn’t work: there is a fix for this for Tegra devices, but it’s not working for us yet
  • MMS rarely works: this probably has to do with how data works with the phone and how i had to “hack” the data to get it to work.
  • Graphics memory sometimes runs out: as we are on less RAM the memory management is a bit whack. Sometimes while rotating an app (noticeably the browser) it will “twitch” and crash. Also systemserver (the main background service) will crash and Android will restart (rarely).
  • Data usage doesn’t work: this requires kernel mods which I haven’t worked out yet (but started on as I have one of them in the build)
  • Chrome beta doesn’t work: it also requires kernel mods which I haven’t messed with yet.

Lack of manufacturer support be damned, if you’d like to install this ICS build on your X2, head to dragonzkillers release thread and download the ROM. Be sure to read the instructions thoroughly and back up your entire device before installing the ROM because you are required to bootstrap a recovery and overwrite all partitions on your X2. Don’t forget to thank dragonzkiller for his quick handiwork, and a big thanks to XDA Senior Member kenjesse for the tip!


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Ian Stacy

Ian Stacy is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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