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We all thought they were going to miss the end of summer, but they squeaked by and released at midnight on the very last day of summer.  With that the official Froyo update for the Droid X has arrived, and is available for anyone to download to their phone right now!

To update your phone:
Tap the menu button from any home screen.
Tap Settings.
Scroll all the way down and tap About Phone.
Tap the first option that says System Update.

After that you should be prompted with the screen above asking you download now or later. (Note if you don’t select either it will automatically download after 25 seconds)

Now you can sit back, relax, and let your phone become among the Android gods with all that Froyo goodness!!

So what about all of you guys that were on the leaked version we handed out to you a few weeks back?  Well you have two options.

First:  You can restore your phone to 2.1 using the SBF file and RSDLite program, and our guide found here.  Once rolled back to 2.1, you would have to reinstall all your apps, and configure all your settings.  You could then follow the normal instructions from this post to pull the update down to your phone.

Second: Do nothing.  You guys are running either system version 2.1.9 or 2.1.13 already depending on what leak you installed, but either way there really should be any major differences between the two.  On top of that, if you wait just a week or so I will be we will see the 2.1.13 version put up for us to download as some kind of update installation.  One thing you should note is this leaked version actually blocks you from getting the official OTA.  If you checked your phone and checked the system update option it would tell you your phone is up-to-date already.  So if you’re worried about getting ANY official over the air updates in the future, I would suggest going with option 1 above.

IMPORTANT: Once you have updated to the official OTA 2.2, you will no longer be able to use the 2.1 SBF that’s in the wild (Not the leak, the actual OTA update).  There is more than a good chance it will brick your phone.  So that means if you update to the official 2.2, you are stuck there.  It’s OK though, because we can root it.  Just be warned in case you ever had any reason to want to go back to 2.1 after getting the official update. (Which I really can’t see why anyone would, but just in case)  (via birdman)

Enjoy!

Source: Droid-life.com

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Tranquility Rom Is Here! (Updated)

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Droid X, Root
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P3Droid is rolling out a “vanilla” 2.2 rom for the Droid X right now to some testers.  If all goes well he plans on releasing this to everyone tonight!

This should be a pretty basic build getting rid of all things MotoBlur and leaving you a clean running phone.  Hence the name Tranquility.

We’ll be sure to update you as soon as this is available, but take note on a few things beforehand:

1. This is for Rooted users only!

2. You must be running the leaked version of Froyo for the X. System version 2.3.9  (Not Android version which will be 2.2)

3. You must be using Koush’s Bootstrapper for ClockworkMod recovery.

We’ll let you know when it’s released! Check back soon!

Update: P3Droid said final testing is done and he’s uploading.  Should be available in about ten minutes!  This will need to be installed via the recovery menu in ClockworkMod by choosing install SDcard .zip

Update 2: It’s here! Go ahead and grab it now! http://bit.ly/bVZaag Make SURE to follow the instrucions in the post from P3Droid on their! (Don’t say we didn’t warn you if you don’t!)

Source: P3Droid

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Well I didn’t see this one coming.  According to Androiddoes.net, starting tomorrow (9/2) you can go into Verizon, buy almost any smartphone, and activate it on a pay-as-you-go plan.  Pictured above is the list of devices that will be allowed to be used for this plan type.  Below you can find the pricing comparison between different pay as you go offerings from other networks.

This is a great way for someone with bad credit, no credit, or simply might not be old enough to get mom or dad to sign a 2 year contract for them.  If you think you can foot the bill, but just couldn’t find a way to get in before, this is your chance.  As you can see from the list, you can grab any of the popular Droid series phones, as well as BlackBerry’s and other’s.  Also note if you happen to have one of these lying around from a recent upgrade, used phones can be activated on one of these plans as well.

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First Custom Rom Hits Droid X!

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Droid X, Root
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Birdman delivered yesterday as promised with the first custom rom for the DroidX, titled FlyX.  This rom is in RC status meaning there WILL BE BUGS.  So far a known issue is the physical search key not functioning properly, however most people are not having many issues with it for being a release candidate.

A couple of notes before taking the plunge on this.

  1. You MUST be rooted to do this
  2. You MUST be running the leaked 2.2 version that is in the wild (or you can get it from us here)
  3. You have to install the Droid X Custom Bootstrap app, available from the market for $2.00
  4. You must have Rom Manager installed, available from the market for free, or a premium version for $3.99
  5. By doing this your forfeit your chance to receive the official OTA Froyo update from Verizon and Motorola

With all that said, you could always roll back to the stock 2.1 on your phone and then get the OTA update that way. We have a guide for that as well, here.

Please note, if you’ve already installed the 2.2 leak, you’re good there.  If you already had the Bootstrap app installed, especially if you downloaded it from Koush’s website, and you get an error reading your SD card when you boot into recovery, go to the market and download the updated Bootstrap app, it resolved the issue for most users.

So with all the warnings and heads up out of the way, if you’re ready to dive in and install this Rom, here you go!

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So here comes Motorola once again with the scare tactics, but in all reality they have some truth behind it all.  As you can see, the forum community manager for Motorola, Matt, updated his initial post in the Droid X support threads to include the following first paragraph (also pictured above.)

WARNING: Do NOT load the leaked 2.2 upgrade that has been floating around on the Internets. There is currently no upgrade path from that load to the official 2.2 load that will be released by early September. Unless you have some plan to flash your phone back to the current official load, you could be stuck on the leaked version.

So with that, if you want to be able to get the official update from Verizon via over the air then you’ll probably want to flash your device back to the stock 2.1 build using RSD lite and our guide(s) here.

One would think however that once the final OTA build is delivered that someone in the community will snag it up and package it into either an update.zip or rom inside of rom manager for us to download.  So eve if you don’t want to take the leap into RSD lite, you should still be able to find a way to get the update, just probably not the first week it’s rolled out.

Not to mention we don’t know if there is really any differences (if any at all) between what was leaked and the final build, although I would have to guess the leaked copy wasn’t a final build or it would’ve been pushed out already.

Source: Motorola Support Forums

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I’ve been waiting on this one for a week now to post up, but wanted to make sure it was released in the market first.  Well it has been, and it is here!  Thanks to gman on droidxforums.com, he’s developed an app that lets you have total control of outputting your Droid X to your TV with the HDMI cable.  There are a few quirks and bugs that need worked out with certain things, but a lot of things have been fully tested and work.  This includes both video AND audio from your phone to your hi-def TV. You can see the initial test video from 8/20 above that gman did.

This app is only $1.99 in the market, and honestly think it would be worth WAY more than that. But luckily gman is nice and is letting us all have what we wanted our phone to do with the HDMI port since the launch of this beast for only a couple of bucks!

Here’s some quick help and a couple known bugs/references for you guys.

Pulled directly from gman’s post on droidxforums.com:

Quick Help

Enabling HDMI Output

Hook up your cable to the phone. When connected the “DETECT” button should change to an “ON” button and “HDMI Detected” status should turn to “Yes”.
If it does not, click on the DETECT button and check your cable and TV Settings.

Once the green button displays “ON” you can click the green button to turn the HDMI output on.

Alternatively you can go to the notification bar, and when it says HDMI = OFF, you can click on the notification icon to turn HDMI ON.

Disabling HDMI (returning to seeing content on phone)

There are 4 ways to disable HDMI output.
#1 When Real HDMI application has focus, you can change orientation of the device.
#2 You can unplug the HDMI Cable
#3 When Real HDMI application in on the screen on your TV, click appropriate location for red OFF button on the screen.
#4 With HDMI on, go to notification bar and click on the notification

Using Dock Modes

The Application provides the ability to simulate the doc modes for your phone. Selecting the Car Dock will enable the Car Dock Home screen.
Selecting the Media Dock will enable the Media Dock Home Screen.
Clicking Dock Off will restore phone to non-docked status

Application Problems

Some applications will have problem displaying video to HDMI as they are built with assumptions about screen sizes. They are using fixed layouts and not proper auto sizing layouts as per Android developers guides. Only way to fix those issues is to have the app developer of the application fix their application.

Enabling or Disabling HDMI out while a video is playing can have strange results as the rendering surface size ends up changing mid video. Stop and Start the application and it should be fine.”

Also note this isn’t showing up on appbrain or androlib yet as it was just added to the market an hour or so ago, so you must search for it on your phone.

Source: DroidXForums.com

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UPDATE/IMPORTANT! DO NOT INSTALL THE LEAKED VERSION OF FROYO IF YOU WANT THE OFFICIAL VERSION.

WARNING! DO NOT USE THE SBF FILE TO RESTORE TO 2.1 AFTER YOU HAVE INSTALLED THE OFFICIAL 2.2 UPDATE FOR THE DROID X, YOU WILL BRICK YOUR PHONE GUARANTEED!

Ok guys,

We all know Motorola doesn’t want us to have any fun, but for some reason this information magically came my way.

So I’m not here to tell you where to download them, but I may be able to provide some useful links (wink, wink)

Now the real disclaimer:  These files are NOT hosted on my servers.  In fact this site isn’t hosted on my servers, however these files are in no way linked to this site, wordpress.com, or any affiliations.  We assume no responsibility for the companies, persons, or entities hosting these files.

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