August 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Sometimes it’s difficult to find a root method for aging devices. It’s not that the devices are bad, but more often than not developers have moved on to bigger and better things. For many Droid users, all of the latest updates on several devices have a solid root method. Oddly enough, it’s the same exploit and it seems to work on a plethora of devices. These include the Motorola Droid X, Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global, and the Motorola Droid X2. This includes all of their variants.
The exploit was found by phifc at RootzWiki and posted here by XDA Forum Member bhigham in the form of a LiveCD. Users are to download the ISO, burn it onto a CD, then boot from the CD. From there, users put their phones into bootloader, flash the exploit, and that should root the device.
Despite the exploit not being posted in all of the device forums, the exploit works on quite a few devices. As bhigham explains:
This CD is for the D2,R2D2, D2G, and DX on Android version 2.3.4, and the DX2 on 2.3.5.
The development of an AOSP-based ROM such as CyanogenMod is sometimes troublesome on certain devices. The issues, bugs, and missing features sometimes range from broken 4G data or camera issues, down to things like problematic MMS. However, many bugs that have been plaguing CM9 progress for the Motorola Droid X2 have finally been fixed.
The ROM in question is CM9, and while ICS is not the newest OS on the block anymore, it’s still quite an achievement to get it running on older devices that haven’t yet received it. XDA Recognized Developer dragonzkiller has been actively working on the CM9 port, but has experienced a few issues making the camera work properly.
While seemingly a small problem, cameras can often be tricky to enable. It should also be noted that while still camera functionality is now fixed, video recording is not yet functional. With this problem being solved, though, all of the main features of the Droid X2 CM9 now work. This includes calls, texts, data, camera, WiFi, and Bluetooth. With only a few other issues remaining, it might not be long before Droid X2 owners get a fully functional CM9.
For additional details, head over to the original thread.
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:
- 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
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!
January 19, 2012 By: liwen
Forum member dragonzkiller has manged to port CyanogenMod 7.2.0 to the Motorola Droid X2. Sure, it’s based on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, while other devices like the original Droid are getting Android 4.0 now, but for the Droid X2, this CM7 port is not only completely free of the Blur skin, it also opens to the door for further development work. As the dev notes, this port is the “first step” to getting AOSP, MIUI and even CyanogenMod 9 and other Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs running on the Droid X2.
This ROM contains all the CM7 features you’d expect, but not everything works yet. For example, FM radio isn’t working, though that may be fixed soon, while HDMI is not supported by CM7 at all. Also, if you want to flash this ROM, you have to be on Android 2.3.4, and there’s of course always the possibility of bricking your device – so be careful.
With this in mind, continue to the forum thread, which contains download links and the full instructions.
January 9, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
For those who are budding developers, tools that help make the process a little easier to understand and a little faster to learn are always welcome. And, of course, all the respect to the pioneers of Android development who had to learn without nifty tools like these.
Here’s a description of the tool and it’s use from wesf90:
It extracts your framework-res.apk file and allows you to edit the files. After editing, the script will compile, sign the apk, create your update.zip with the correct structure for flashing, and then sign the .zip. Everything you need to modify and flash your framework-res.apk file.
While it hasn’t been tested with those pesky .9 png files yet, wesf90 has stated that he’ll add the functionality if it’s requested enough.
Currently, it’s posted in the Motorola Droid X2, but it seems as though this is compatible with more phones than that and could make its way over to the Android Development and Hacking section eventually. Additionally, the thread is being used for bug reports as well as requests. So if you’re an aspiring themer, developer or if you just want to head over and check it out, follow the link above for additional information and download links.
December 21, 2011 By: liwen
Even after attaining root, the Motorola Droid X2 still refuses to play nice with custom, AOSP-based ROMs. Development efforts have been going strong since late November, but the developers still need some help from, well, other developers. More developers.
This thread is for the discussion of where to go next.. tricks, techniques to debugging a foreign ROM on our 2nd-init boot.
@ this point i have had varying success in booting cm7, still allot of bugs in logcat, and still getting a bootloop.
Please only chime in if you have any ideas or thoughts related to this.
So, if you’re a developer who knows his/her way around Android ROMs and are skilled enough to help, please head over to this forum thread to assist your fellow forum members in getting the Droid X2 to boot custom ROMs.
Our stance on adding forums to this site has slightly changed. However, there are certain new and upcoming phones that we cannot turn our backs to. One such device is the Motorola Droid X2, which is the successor of the hugely popular Motorola Droid X, which happened to be Verizon’s flagship for a while before more powerful phones started coming out from different manufacturers like Samsung and HTC. It comes with several improvements over its older brother such as a higher resolution display, bumping the bar up for qHD display (boasting at 960 x 540 pixels) and a dual core 1 GHz Tegra processor just like the Motorola Atrix. Some of the features that were carried over were the 8 MP camera, dual LED flash, and Android 2.2 (Froyo), which to be honest is kind of disappointing. Seeing how other phones are no longer shipping with Froyo, Motorola will likely release a Gingerbread update sometime soon (we hope).
If you have one already, or are thinking about getting one, please share your thoughts and findings with other users in the newly created forum.
You can visit the Droid X2 home on XDA here.