Droid-x can not be upgraded to latest version of OS

 

I find that my Verizon Droid-X can not be upgraded to the latest OS.

It appears that Google drops all support for a droid phone 18 months after the phone has been announced.

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

So, this is one negative of the Droid

Define what "Latest OS"

The Droid X on Verizon most current update is Version 4.5.605.M810, Android 2.3.3. This is higher than many other phones.

Droid

Interesting, my Droid2 was just recently updated... and it will be receiving ICS soon. Not sure where you get the idea they don't support their devices. In fact, you can upgrade to ICS immediately on your own if you root the phone.

http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/01/how-to-root-the-droid2-...

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Start looking for custom

Start looking for custom ROMs and use those instead to continue upgrading. And...consider yourself lucky that you're not in my shoes and CAN upgrade using a custom ROM. The manufacturer of my device refuses to release the drivers, making custom ROMs difficult.

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CyanogenMod

Start looking for custom ROMs and use those instead to continue upgrading. And...consider yourself lucky that you're not in my shoes and CAN upgrade using a custom ROM. The manufacturer of my device refuses to release the drivers, making custom ROMs difficult.

CyanogenMod is available for the Droid X:

http://www.cyanogenmod.com/devices/motorola-droid-x

I'm going to try it out on my Optimus V in the next few days, which currently runs 2.2.1.

Here are some of the features:

http://www.cyanogenmod.com/about/features

Google never supported the Droid X

HowardZ wrote:

I find that my Verizon Droid-X can not be upgraded to the latest OS.

It appears that Google drops all support for a droid phone 18 months after the phone has been announced.

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

So, this is one negative of the Droid

Google never supported the Droid X, it is supported by OS updates from Motorola and they have to be approved first by Verizon before pushing them out to the Droid X.

The Apple is easy because they only provide OS for their own product where the Android phones are manufactured by dozens of different companies.

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Here's a chart

Here's a chart that shows which Android phones can use which Android OS upgrade.

http://goo.gl/VuAd8

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Stuck on version 2.3.3

Well, my phone is on Android version 2.3.3

It is my understanding that 2.3.4 has been out for some time, but this version appears to not be available for the DroidX.

I think 2.3.4 is referred to as IceCreamSandwich, and is discussed a little bit over here: http://theunderstatement.com/
and the link in the above post.
Reading it, it seems there have been many android phones that shipped with old versions and never got updated ever because after the sale there is no profit in providing software updates. The article states that the phones hardware can handle the upgrade, and hackers have managed to do this.

The majority of android phones that are in use can not be upgraded to the latest versions - at least not though the normal legitimate means.

Yes, I enjoy my Android Droid-X smart phone.
But, lack of upgrade support is an issue.

Howard

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HowardZ wrote:

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

Funny, I didn't think you could install the newest iOS5 on the original iPhone or iPhone 3G.

Nope

HowardZ wrote:

I think 2.3.4 is referred to as IceCreamSandwich...

ICS is not 2.3.4, it's 4.0. I have 2.3.6 on my Nexus S. However, this is a 'pure' Google device, with no carrier skins overlaid, and comes unlocked when you buy it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history#2.3.x_G...

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ICS is 4.0

as mentioned above. 2.3.4 is still Gingerbread.

ICS is marked 4.0 and so far it has rolled out to currently latest devices that hit the stores. Most manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and LG confirmed it will be rolled out in early 2012 to former glorious droids. if this release rolls out to older (more than 1 yr old) devices depends on both manufacturers and cellular operators.

my phone is T-mobile G2 made by HTC, so every update to android done by Google, still needs to be modded by HTC (they use HTC sense software layer over it) and then by T-Mobile who adds their own apps into it too.

I'm currently running 2.3.4 on my HTC (it's Vision model). still don't know if it ever gets ICS, because it is a single core processor phone and so far ICS has been confirmed to roll out to dual core processor devices only. so it all depends if older phones get it or not, even if they are less than 18 months old.

However Motorola is now owned by Google, so I would expect this makes the software updates on their phones faster.

here is Motorola current android release schedule I found on google:
https://supportforums.motorola.com/community/manager/softwar...

By the way, older iPhones are unable to update to latest iOS5 either, it's a hardware incomptibility. my friend has old iphone 1 and the latest firmware for him is like 3.0 or something, he didn't even got to 4.0 iOS.

HowardZ wrote:

Well, my phone is on Android version 2.3.3

It is my understanding that 2.3.4 has been out for some time, but this version appears to not be available for the DroidX.

I think 2.3.4 is referred to as IceCreamSandwich, and is discussed a little bit over here: http://theunderstatement.com/
and the link in the above post.
Reading it, it seems there have been many android phones that shipped with old versions and never got updated ever because after the sale there is no profit in providing software updates. The article states that the phones hardware can handle the upgrade, and hackers have managed to do this.

The majority of android phones that are in use can not be upgraded to the latest versions - at least not though the normal legitimate means.

Yes, I enjoy my Android Droid-X smart phone.
But, lack of upgrade support is an issue.

Howard

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ICS 4.0

ICS is supposed to be available to the Nexus S, even though it has the ARM 8 processor... Again, a pure Google phone.

December 8th is the roll-out from what I've read.

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Information

GadgetGuy2008 wrote:
HowardZ wrote:

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

Funny, I didn't think you could install the newest iOS5 on the original iPhone or iPhone 3G.

http://wp.me/p1Rg17-6Z

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If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else. - Yogi Berra

My Nexus S came with

My Nexus S came with Gingerbread - 2.3.4 and is now up to 2.3.7 - being a pure google phone helps I guess.

Adding a vote for "Go with CyanogenMod"

I'll join the chorus in stating "If you're not happy with what your manufacturer is giving you--root the phone and put on an alternate ROM".

The T-Mobile G2 has recently had what is likely its last "official" update (to v2.3.4 aka a newer Gingerbread version; I expect it'll be the final one as T-Mobile has end-of-life'd it), but there's still lots of options--if I wanted to stay "HTC Official" and add Sense (the G2 is one of the few HTC phones without Sense, but its European twin the Desire Z has Sense) I can flash the Euro HBOOT and a pre-rooted Sense ROM (either official or Virtuous ROM); if I don't want Sense and want something newer than what HTC and T-Mobile want to provide, I have MIUI (which is rather iPhone-ish) or CyanogenMod and variants thereof.

I was a bit impatient with what HTC was providing, and am not a fan of the bit of bloatware that is shipped with the stock ROM, so I'm running a "fork" of CyanogenMod (ILWT CM7--I've even been helping out a bit with this one to make sure every ounce of GPS performance can be wrung out of it grin). This is based on the latest CyanogenMod versions of Gingerbread (v2.3.7) which is newer than what's out for the G2 "officially".

There's even some crazy people who are working on a port of ICS (Android v4.0.0) for the G2/Desire Z...I'd probably want a beefier phone to deal with that grin The G2 runs Gingerbread nicely, though.

Fortunately the Droid-X is rootable (more easily so than the G2--we can root the G2, but perm-rooting it involves a temporary downgrade to Froyo to perm-root then installing the ROM we actually want once perm-rooted grin) and, as others have mentioned, there is a CM7 build out there for it...probably some other customs out there too.

(Then again, I've always been absolutely horrible about wanting the latest and greatest tweaked ROM out there. Was just as bad in my WinMo days, though alternate firmware there didn't require rooting...they never "officially" released WinMo 6.5 for the Omnia but I was running it grin)

Fun with Nexuses...Nexii...what IS the plural of Nexus? :D

Nexuses aren't bad--as I understand it (from folks who do work on CyanogenMod and its variants) pretty much all the CM7 stuff uses the Nexus OS code as a base, and it's tweaked from there grin

(The G2--at least as sold in the US--is *almost* pure Google, but does have a *little* T-Mobile cruftware; mostly just for stuff like Visual Voicemail and Wi-fi calling and the like. Not as pure as the Nexus but close. Just wish HTC would release source code more often for their drivers grin)

agree with CM as a very good option if official ROM sucks

I agree with posters above, not a developer here, but I like playing with my toys when I get bored wink

I haven't tried any unofficial ROMs yet on my T-mo G2, but I was running leaked GB 2.3.3 (this one was broken hehe) when Froyo 2.2 was the latest, learned how to gain a temp root on it, reinstalled 2.2 then updated to "official" 2.3.4 (again leaked, they were distributing it on SD card, so go figure what happened hehe) ... recently received another 2.3.4 update (from T-mobile over-the-air this time) which loaded a little more recent build, but kernel is still same GB 2.3.4 (minor patches for a few annoyances).
The good news is that G2 is EOL since late Summer and yet it is still getting official T-Mo updates (most recent one a month ago), that's a good sign.

I like to hope they keep up with the 18 month update promise. It's a good phone, I like it very much, I still hope the ICS 4.0 will get official release for it.

... but if not, then I take another route and go CyanogenMod for sure smile

And yeah, it's true, the pure Google phones are getting updates as first, so it help to have them. the rest is behind anywhere from a few weeks to a few months (some are not keeping up to 18-month update promise at all).

On a side note, my friend is abandoning his old iphone soon and this weekend him and his wife are switching over to android family (and T-mo network). Each of them will be getting Samsung Galaxy S 2 which I recommended to them. this sounds like a solid and strong (and 1.5GHz dual core fast!) piece of hardware... if I wasn't bound by 2-yr contract still (1 more year to go) I would upgrade to it myself hehe smile

Samsung Galaxy S2 is scheduled for getting ICS 4.0 upgrade in early 2012 according to official confirmed news.

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To be fair

Last Mrk wrote:
GadgetGuy2008 wrote:
HowardZ wrote:

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

Funny, I didn't think you could install the newest iOS5 on the original iPhone or iPhone 3G.

http://wp.me/p1Rg17-6Z

According to Apples site the IOS5 will work with iPhone 3s. In fairness to Apple and Droid nobody can expect updates forever to older models.

CyanogenMod

I now have CyanogenMod on my phone. Getting it on there was fairly easy. I now have Android 2.3.7 (instead of 2.2.1). It runs pretty smoothly.

Rooting

Before I root, I'm going to wait for ICS, and see what it's like. Hopefully, it'll be a lot more feature enriched than the pure Google 2.3.6.

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hmmm

HowardZ wrote:

I find that my Verizon Droid-X can not be upgraded to the latest OS.

It appears that Google drops all support for a droid phone 18 months after the phone has been announced.

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

So, this is one negative of the Droid

The iPhone 4 cannot do Siri, why can it not do Siri, one asks? Especially since the Droid X has had voice commands forever...

Do not think Apple is all magical and stuff. I use iOS and I know better.

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Duly recorded for when I

Duly recorded for when I shop for my next phone.
Thanks.

Fred

Yep, I stand corrected

Ok,

Yes, I stand corrected about Apple and their updates on iPhones and iTouch.

I wish my DroidX could be updated because it appears my version of the Android operating system is the cause of Trapster not working reliably.

Sooner or later Trapster stops announcing red light and speed cameras even though they are shown on the screen.

Restarting Trapster does not help.

Only rebooting the DroidX gets the Trapster announcements working again.

Oh well, at least I still have my Nuvi and poi factory RLC information.

Voice commands

nuvic320 wrote:
HowardZ wrote:

I find that my Verizon Droid-X can not be upgraded to the latest OS.

It appears that Google drops all support for a droid phone 18 months after the phone has been announced.

Apple does not do this. One can load the latest apple OS onto the oldest apple iphone.

So, this is one negative of the Droid

The iPhone 4 cannot do Siri, why can it not do Siri, one asks? Especially since the Droid X has had voice commands forever...

Do not think Apple is all magical and stuff. I use iOS and I know better.

The iPhone 4 does have voice commands but they are limited and not like you can with Siri. Apple wants you to upgrade to get Siri which is not uncommon for most manufacturers. Same can be said for Garmin. You want the latest features you have to upgrade.

lol

gus2259 wrote:

The iPhone 4 does have voice commands but they are limited and not like you can with Siri. Apple wants you to upgrade to get Siri which is not uncommon for most manufacturers. Same can be said for Garmin. You want the latest features you have to upgrade.

LOL SIRI is a SOFTWARE feature, not a hardware feature.

There is NO REASON for them not to enable SIRI on the iPhone 4. There is NOTHING magical about it. It connects to the cloud just like Google Search to find answers.

Your response comparing it to Garmin is laughable. Most people have no need to buy a new GPS every year or two years. The only reason they do so is because the business model is more lucrative to the manufacturer. The hardware is more than sufficient to be updated with new firmware and maps.

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