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We mentioned recently that Motorola updated its timeline for when some of its premium devices would get ICS— even though you know, it was first found in December 2011. If you own a smartphone or tablet such as the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, Atrix 4G or XYBOARD series of tablets, then you have a lot to look forward to– starting next month. On the other hand, devices like the DROID 3 and DROID X2 were left out of the exclusive Android 4.0 club, despite being released within the past 12-15 months as well. Motorola certainly ruffled more than a few feathers as many owners of those devices were furious. MOTO took some time and elaborated on why devices such as those won’t be getting the coveted update:

“You may be wondering why all devices aren’t being upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here’s the deal. We work very closely with Google and cell phone carriers for every software update. And, obviously we want the new release to improve our devices. If we determine that can’t be done—well then, we’re not able to upgrade that particular device.

Happy upgrading”!

To sum everything up: if it’s too much of a hassle going into the R&D as well as the cost of updating a device, MOTO won’t even bother trying to update– especially if it knows ICS won’t improve the device. Definitely a bummer I know folks, especially the release of the DROID 3 and DROID X2 had a poorly timed release, but is more than capable of handling the update. While you all won’t be tasting MOTO-infused ICS, all is not lost for those owners. There’s always the act of rooting and flashing a custom ROM which can definitely suffice and even prolong the life of your smartphone. Here’s hoping MOTO doesn’t leave a sour taste in the mouth for owners of devices not receiving the update.

source: Inside Motorola Blog



DROID X2 minor update (1.3.418) is now live

Posted by wicked March - 15 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

The DROID X2 may not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, but that won’t stop Motorola and Verizon with minor updates. The latest is build, 1.3.418.MB870.Verizon.en.US, is now rolling. If you’re not anxious, you can wait till it pushes to you automatically, otherwise hit the Menu followed by Settings/About Phone/System Updates to manually pull it. The update includes the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Verizon Video and VZ Navigator® 3D City are now preloaded.
  • A Google Security Patch has been added to improve the security level.
  • Purchased ringtones are now able to be saved and set.
  • Device is enabled with the Wireless Alerting System.
  • Shortcut names can be updated and saved.
  • The keyboard Input Auto Error Correction setting defaults to off.
Thanks Colin and Bruce



Droid X2 will not get Ice Cream Sandwich, according to BBB response

Posted by wicked March - 14 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

Droid X2 owners, we have some bad news. According to a letter that was a response to a Better Business Bureau complaint, the Droid X2 will not be receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The complaint was filed due to Motorola’s update and bootloader practices. The response letter also gives the familiar answer that Bootloader unlock will be available “where carrier and operators will allow it”.

Dear Ivan,

I am responding to the complaint you filed with Better Business Bureau regarding our Droid X2 model phone. I reviewed your recent case notes and it is noted that you received information from Motorola regarding Bootloader unlock and Ice Cream Sandwich.

We are working to balance the operator requirement for security to the end user, while supporting the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform. It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM on other devices, where carrier and operators will allow it. This process is requiring a good deal of consideration and technical infrastructure and we have no announcements to make at this time for unlocking any devices.

Droid X2 is not on our list of devices that are slated to get Ice Cream Sandwich, but that does not mean it is not continuing to get support. Though it will remain on Gingerbread it is eligible for software updates if it’s determined that any are needed.

Thank You,
Dorothy Hodges
Corporate Consumer Advocacy Office

Motorola had listed the Droid X2 as being in the “evaluation & planning” category with “further details to follow” in their last software upgrade information release. However, Verizon had not mentioned it in their list of ICS upgrades. This news is disappointing, but the letter does mention that the Droid X2 will receive continued support. In fact, the Droid X2 is currently getting a soak test. How do you feel about the update future of the Droid X2? Let us know in the comments.

source: Droid-Life



Droid X2 Getting Another Soak Test

Posted by wicked March - 13 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

 

Apparently, the Droid X2 is about to receive another soak test from Motorola. A soak test is where a software update is rolled out to a handful of users for some real-world testing before it gets rolled out publicly. There is no word yet as to what this update contains. Here is the message sent out to potential testers.

Hi,

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are inviting owners of the Motorola Droid X2 on Verizon to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Droid X2, please excuse and ignore this email. Click this link to take a short enrollment survey if you wish to take part.

Note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to be included. If you have not logged into the new site (forums.motorola.com) please do not wait until the soak starts to do so, as we will have little capacity then to help with any log-in issues. This is a confidential test under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network.

Do not post any details or information about this on any public sites.

Thanks — please understand that start times are always fluid. We urge you to respond as quickly as possible but also ask for your patience if you register but don’t hear from us right away.

Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Any X2 users out there eager for an update?

source: androidcentral



Two Mods for the Droid X2 Promises Increased 3g Data Speeds

Posted by wicked February - 13 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

One of the most common complaints with cell phones that the 3g speeds aren’t up to par. That’s not even just Android phones, but basically all web enabled phones. It’s not always the fault of the carriers. Oh wait, yes it is.

For those carrying the Droid X2, there are a couple of mods out there that, when applied, can help boost 3g speeds. Will they be like 4g speeds? Likely not, but they’ll at least be more tolerable.

The creator of the mods, XDA Senior Member motcher41, has released the two mods which, when applied correctly, has been shown to improve your 3g speeds. Either one alone does it, but both together gives you just that extra boost you’ve been looking for.

The process is relatively simple and only requires a few build.prop changes and file swaps. Anyone with ES File Explorer can pull it off. Of course, don’t forget to make a backup first, just in case something goes wrong.

The process seems to be working for most people, some better than others. As motcher41 says:

One user that was plauged with switch to 1x being reported it being eliminated by the mods

So if you’re toting Droid X2 and want some improved 3g goodness, you can find everything you need in the original thread.



The DROID X2 Finally Sees CyanogenMod 7

Posted by wicked January - 13 - 2012 - Friday Comments Off

Honestly, when I heard about the Droid X2 I was pretty excited because the original was a great phone, that is until the Gingerbread update that was installed but that’s neither here nor there. Well it seemed that the X2 came and went with little luster from what I remember, even though Verizon is still selling them. I believe that this was in part due to the fact that it was really difficult to customize in the beginning and partly due to the fact that Motorola over did it on new handsets in 2011. So the X2 really didn’t see any exciting news in terms of rooting and developing, even after the one-click method was released. However that is no longer the case as XDA forum member dragonzkiller has been able to successfully get CM7.2 working on the handset. It comes with the following features:

  • Full Theme Support For Every Aspect of Your Phone
  • Incognito Browser Mode
  • DSP Equalizer
  • Lockscreen Customizations
  • Lockscreen Gestures
  • Fully Customized Pull Down Toggles
  • Swipe Away Notifications
  • And MANY MANY MORE!

Check the source for access for the forum thread for this rom. The process is a bit involved and I recommend reading through the entire forum thread before you go any further. Dragonzkiller does say that this is an alpha rom so, as always, flash at your own risk. But with that, sit back, relax and enjoy one of the better known stable roms on your X2.

 



C Spire Wireless Announces The Motorola Milestone X2

Posted by wicked December - 22 - 2011 - Thursday Comments Off

C Spire has introduced the new Motorola Milestone X2 to its lineup today. The phone (also known as the DROID X2) comes with a 4.3-inch screen, a zippy 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and and nice 8MP camera. All of this will be powered by some of that sweet Gingerbread 2.3 goodness.

The phone is now available both online at www.cspire.com and in all C Spire Wireless stores. C Spire is offering the device at an attractive $99 (after $50 rebate) on a 2-year contract.



Apple iPhone 4 vs Pantech Breakout vs DROID X2

Posted by wicked December - 7 - 2011 - Wednesday Comments Off

With new, more powerful, and smarter smartphones arriving on Verizon, it is expected that prices of earlier devices will drop down.  And, drop they did.  But, that’s good news for customers, right?  The price factor is still a very powerful factor, especially in these days when a lot of consumer goods compete for every dollar that we earn.

In this post, we will examine 3 of Verizon’s popular 100-dollar smartphones: the iPhone 4, the Motorola Droid X2, and the Pantech Breakout.  Among these three candybar phones, the iPhone 4 is the most expensive at US$549.99 retail price. The Droid X2 comes next at US$449.99. The least expensive is the Pantech Breakout at $359.99. But, for a 2-year contract with Verizon, each of these phones is offered at the same price of US$99.99 each, free of shipping charges, too.

Let’s take a quick view of what each phone has to offer.

Apple iPhone 4 (8 GB)

Opposite of being at the top in the price list, the Apple iPhone 4 comes last in size and weight. It is the smallest and lightest phone measuring 114 mm x 58.4 mm x 9.4 mm and weighing only 136 grams. The Droid X2 and Pantech Breakout have more or less the same dimensions and weight. Screen display is very crisp on the iPhone 4 at 326 ppi pixel density.

The 100-dollar iPhone 4 on Verizon comes with 8 GB of internal storage, and that’s about it.  You cannot add more storage to it.  In contrast, the DROID X2 has the same amount of internal storage, but is capable of extending its memory by up to 32 GB more, courtesy of its microSD card slot.  The Pantech Breakout has only 390 MB of internal storage, but considering that it is also expandable via microSD card, the Pantech Breakout has a memory advantage over the iPhone 4.

Motorola Droid X2

The Motorola Droid X2 has the biggest screen at 4.3 inches, complete with Gorilla Glass touchscreen protection.  But, its screen resolution of 540×960 is only next to the iPhone 4’s 640×960 pixels.  The iPhone 4 may trump the Droid X2 in terms of display sharpness, but with the iPhone 4 carrying only a 3.5-inch screen, the 4.3-inch screen on the Droid X2 gives wider viewing space.  Such difference can matter when browsing Web pages.

Although the Pantech Breakout has the least resolution, it still has considerably good quality screen output at 480×800 pixels.

The three devices are on par with processor speeds at 1.0 GHz, but only Droid X2 uses a dual-core processor. Apple iPhone 4 uses the Apple A4 chipset, which is single-core, while the Pantech Breakout uses the Qualcomm’s single-core Snapdragon chipset.  The Droid X2 has the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset.

Both Pantech Breakout and Droid X2 are powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although the Droid X2 is pre-installed with the Android 2.2 Froyo, an upgrade to Gingerbread is available. The Apple iPhone 4 runs on iOs 4.3 (upgradable to iOS 5).

The Motorola Droid X2’s camera is also superior to the cameras on the other two.  It has an 8-megapixel camera, whereas the other two only have a 5 MP camera each. The Droid X2 can connect to the FM radio stations, too.

Pantech Breakout

The Pantech Breakout’s biggest advantage over the Droid X2 or the Apple iPhone 4 is that the Pantech Breakout is the only one among these three with 4G LTE capability.  While both the iPhone 4 and the Droid X2 already has fast 3G capabilities, the Breakout simply blows them away with its LTE speeds.

The Pantech Breakout has competitive battery life, too.  It can last up to about 12.6 days on standby.  The Pantech Breakout also has a front-facing camera for video calls.  The iPhone 4 also does, but can only use it over a Wi-Fi connection.  The Droid X2 doesn’t have a front-facing camera.

Conclusion

So, you see, these three are powerful phones in their own right.  Each one has something that the other two don’t.  For sharp display and a lovely solid design, take the iPhone 4.  For dual-core power performance with matching internal storage expansion, take the Droid X2.  For super fast 4G LTE connectivity and video chat functionality, the Pantech Breakout is a perfect pick.

Which of these 3 phones is for you?

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Motorola and Verizon push out DROID X2 OTA maintenance update

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2011 - Wednesday Comments Off

For the most part the DROID X2 is a welcome update to Motorola’s original 4.3-inch slate phone, but the Gingerbread update it received this summer is not without its issues. Users have reported iffy keyboard detection, camera issues and random shutdowns. Hopefully those problems will be gone, or at least diminished, when the latest over-the-air update is applied. It’s available now – go to the “System Updates” section of the Android settings menu to download it.

The DROID X2 was favorably reviewed back in May, with highlights including an improved 960 x 540 screen and the new dual-core processor. The phone lacks 4G LTE bands and so isn’t quite in the same class as more recent devices like the HTC Thunderbolt and Motorola DROID BIONIC, but as an original DROID X owner who lives in a 3G-only area, I can tell you it’s still a pretty solid phone. The Gingerbread update came in late July to a grateful userbase.

Other fixes in the “1.3.380.MB870.Verizon.en.US” update include skipping in the included MP3 and YouTube apps, improved functionality with the official desktop dock, a more secure Mobile Hotspot app and better 720p video recording. You can head on over to Verizon’s official page to see the full list of changes. Users who don’t initiate an update manually should see an install message pop up on their phone sometime this week.

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DROID X2 Update Available Today?

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2011 - Wednesday Comments Off

Almost a week ago we reported to you that an update to Android 2.3.4 was right around the corner for the Droid X2. Rumor has it that this update is available right now, or will be sometime later today. Hit up the break to catch the laundry list of changes and be sure to go into Settings –> About Phone –> System updates to see if you can pull it. Let us know if you’re able to pull the update down.

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