Long Term ROM Review: Apex 2.0 “Beta”

Well guys I know its been a while, but life happens ya know? And one thing you can always count no matter what happens in life is that the world keeps spinning. Including the tech world! One of our favorite devs, Fabdroid/@bigxie has done just that and released the “beta” version of his Apex ROM for the Droid X and Droid 2. Now this isn’t like what most people think of when they hear “beta”. Like he says himself, it’s “beta” in the Google sense of the world. This is no doubt a daily driver ROM. I’ve been going back and forth with other ROMs based off of various (read: waaaay too many) different leaks of the Gingerbread build from Motorola. ZombieStomped, Liberty GB, Rubix BlurryBread all come to mind and none have left me properly satisfied. Granted Liberty isn’t finished yet and I’ll of course be giving it a fair shot when it’s got some polish and finish. But until now there hasn’t really been “that” ROM based off Gingerbread for our Droid 2. In fact, this is one of the few I’ve tried that’s being made for the Droid 2. Most of the ones I’ve flashed that get updated are actually Droid X ROMs and then having the DXtoD2GB.zip flash file on hand. But this Apex 2.0 has really come along and I think you’ll be very impressed with how it looks, feels, and performs.

Keep clicking if you want to find out more in my in depth review and whether it’s worth installing for you or not!  Continue reading

I’m Still Here!

I know it’s been a long weekend, but believe me I’m still kicking. I haven’t left here, I haven’t even started at my other blog yet! But I also have not been feeling the best. Sickness hit my workplace and after a long week of stay up probably a little too late I hit a wall and crashed hard. I’m recovering now, might be posting a lot later. We’ve had some great stuff happening for the Droid 2 (mostly the Droid X) over the weekend. But, thanks to Jboxen, we can try out any of those juicy new Gingerbread based ROMs on our Droid 2’s! I myself have taken him up on the promise of his DXtoD2GB converter file. This little magic file sets up the keyboard, camera, and other little fixes that make any Droid X ROM based on any Gingerbread link. That’s right, even that new leak that got sent out OTA to a few lucky Droid X users. You will have to double check in the .zip that there is no (RDL) folder or (BP) folders in the .zip according to Jboxen. Those are the files that upgrade the baseband for the radio and may in fact fry your phone’s. If they have those folders, try a different version. I can personally confirm that his latest update to include working bluetooth does work. I have a long night of flashing ahead of me, but I can confirm right now that the LexLight 4.1 (the version based on that latest GB OTA Droid X leak) does work on my Droid 2. Upon initial install the Market hot reboots on any app install, but a quick data/cache wipe fixes that up. From there it’s smooth sailing. I’ll be posting a lot more of my indepth Day 1 experience with this previously Droid X exclusive later. I’m loving it so far and will let you guys know how it goes. Anyway, just wanted to give you guys a heads up that I have NOT in fact left, you can still count on me for continuous updates throughout the week on all the Droid 2, Android, and tech/geek/nerd news you all can handle! I will also be starting writing for TechHog.com this week. You can check out my app reviews over there sometime this week. Till then:
You stay classy, World Wide Web.

LexLight 4.1 Link: Here

DXtoD2GB.zip download at DroidForums.com

Want to Try the New Droid X GB OTA on Your Droid 2? Now You Can!

Mad props go out to Jboxen over at DroidForums.net!!! He (or she) has concocted a way for you to get all those delicious Gingerbread ROMs that have leaked (are leaking?) working on your Droid 2!!! I haven’t had a chance to test this out myself so YMMV as of right now, but I will definitely be trying this out tomorrow. I’m going to bed after one more post. This new flashable .zip is a godsend for anyone drooling (maybe a little exaggeration) over the new leaks for the Droid X, originally thought to be an OTA. Now confirmed to just be a mistakenly pushed (but officially signed) testing update, this new leak has several improvements and I personally hope for notification LED function as well as improved backlighting on the softkeys and the hardware keyboard. I flashed back to stock 2.2 foolishly hoping against hope for an OTA that never came and then decided just to come back to the original Gingerbread leaks made for the Droid 2. I’ll be trying this method on the new Droid X Gingerbread leaks tomorrow and posting back to let you guys know how it goes. If you’ve already tried it, feel free to provide feedback in the comments. Happy flashing!

Link: Here

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

Source: DroidForums.net, Jboxen

ANOTHER UPDATE: Droid X Users Not Getting Gingerbread OTA? (Yet!)

Sorry folks, you can quit hitting About Phone > System Updates. You’ve probably heard this already, but the new Droid X Gingerbread OTA said to be rolling out is NOT in fact an OTA. The confusing part was, the update was officially signed by Motorola. What most suspect happened is that this was only supposed to go to Motorola Experience testers and came from the engineer working on it himself. Which is why no one else is getting it. This was never meant to be a OTA, it just got accidentally sent to some smart chap who was able to pull all the system files and get them sent over to P3droid. P3droid (who sold his soul to the devil) then works his black magic on the files, and poof! Root has already been had via flashable patch. There’s a very complicated 3 step procedure (sarcasm, jeez) that’s detailed over at MyDroidWorld. The point of this post was not to hit whore myself but to clarify that you will NOT be getting this specific build rolled out OTA to your phone. There’s a ridiculously small chance you might, but you probably won’t. There will still be an eventual OTA rollout, hopefully for the Droid 2 and Droid 2 Global as well. However, those feeling brave can go ahead and hit the source link below to get their Gingy on. I plan on going back to the original leak later today. Cheers!

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

Source: MyDroidWorld

P.S. Hey look! His links lasted through the night! This is a big deal. Because the files are signed by Motorola, they rightfully belong to them and they have every right to issue a C&D and have them taken down. You know what that mean, get em’ while they’re hot!

UPDATE: New Droid X Gingerbread OTA Gets Leaked and ROOT!!!

Get it while it’s hot folks: P3droid and the Team Black Hat have released the supposed OTA for the Droid X getting users up to 2.3.3 and system build 4.5.588. This is newer than the one that was leaked a couple weeks ago and bring several more than minor updates and fixes. Speed, smoothness and the latest and greatest from Mountain View are yours for the taking! Just head on over to MyDroidWorld for the downloads. P3droid has tweeted that he doesn’t know how long he can host these files before an expected C&D from Motorola. All the more reason to upgrade tonight, right? I’m actually considering upgrading to it myself. Yes I have a Droid 2, but we all know it’ll work at least 90% right? We’ll see. Hit up the links now while you still can! I’ll be posting an updated review and all the changes and tweaks I can find as soon as a version for the Droid 2 gets released.

P.S. Did I mention the best part? P3droid, Lord High Rooter, has already blessed with the gift of super user on this new leak! That’s right, not even a day’s wait folks! Everyone give a shout out to TBH and P3droid on Twitter.

Droid X Gingerbread via MyDroidWorld.com:

http://www.mydroidworld.com/forums/droid-x-discussion/7047-droidx-gingerbread-2-3-3-4-5-588-install-patch-root.html

Liberty 2.0 Update: I’m Not So Sure About This Guys…

FREEEEDOM!!!!! (Mel Gibson as William Wallace)

Well after the excitement of having something new to flash this week (See: Ooh! Shiny!) eventually wore of, I started to realize how I really can’t go back to 2.2. Gingerbread really is that much snappier (baking joke). It’s nothing wrong with Liberty 2.0. I can’t stress enough how unfair this review is. Had Liberty 2.0 come on 3 weeks ago and Gingerbread not have been leaked until 2 weeks from now this would be hands down the fastest, most customizable, and easy to use ROM available for the Droid X/2. This is a fantastic ROM. If you’re hooked (like me) on being able to customize your Android experience and are looking for the most stable way to do that to your new phone, this Liberty 2.0 is definitely the answer. I can seriously find almost nothing wrong with this ROM. I feel horrible for the timing of it because Gingerbread really stole a lot of their thunder here. Make no mistake, Team Liberty has cranked out a spectacular ROM here and anyone not willing to make the jump to either stock Gingerbread or waiting for some custom GB ROMs (like me) will be in no way disappointed. Read more after the break. Continue reading