Aug 31 AT 9:45 AM Nick Gray 30 Comments

Motorola will not update leaked Android 2.2 DROID X users to official build

If you missed it, there’s been a leaked Android 2.2 build for the Motorola DROID X floating around for a few days now.  But before you try flashing the latest Android build to your precious phone, Motorola wants you to know that they will not be offering any support for those who update their handset to the leaked build.  While this stance does not sound too extreme, it’s a far cry from the approach that HTC took when EVO 4G users started flashing a leaked Android 2.2 build to their handsets.  We’re not saying that one approach is better than the other, we just wanted you to know what you’re getting yourself into before you find yourself at the end of a dead-end road.

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. Motorola Support

Via: DROID Life

Source: Motorola Support

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website acanthephyra

    That’s standard business practice. You also can’t use the HTC OTA updates with a custom ROM. Which is why the functionality is disabled in custom ROMs.

    FUD sucks.

  • http://Website Taylor

    Shit I need to flash back

  • Mike

    They said ‘Internets’.


  • http://Website DROID Sam

    I know that the leaked DROID X ROm is a little different that the EVO ROm which made its way onto Google’s servers, but I think Motorola needs to do a better job at catering to the development commnity. All we want is a little freedom.

  • http://Website Seth

    I just don’t understand how a company like this gets off screwing its power users. We are their most important users, they should be catering to us, like HTC does, not threatening to sue and making it impossible for us to do all the fun stuff we want to. I for one will not buy a motorola fun unless/until they decide that the power users are important too. And I will recommend my friends buy anything but Motorola as well.

    I vote we all boycott Motorola until they clean up their act.

    • http://Website JL

      Sorry to say, but we are not their most important users. People like me who have already flashed 2.2 on their DXs make up a small percentage of their total sales. The most important users to any company is the casual user. Do you think Apple (remember, public companies are owned by stockholders) cared about the small number of “power users” that bought the iPhone when it first came out, or do you suppose the stockholders cared more about the “casual users” that purchased millions of handsets. While I completely agree that Motorola should let me do whatever I want with my phone, I am not their most important customer. Try to remember that when you’re dealing with any company, HTC, Moto, or anyone else.

      • http://Website Seth

        Unfortunately I don’t think Apple cared about the few power users, because they have a blind following, but I also think that is a flawed analogy.

        Motorola does not have a blind following, and there are many alternatives to the products they make that are very similar. This makes power users much more important because our friends rely on us to advise them on what technology to buy. I don’t know about you, but I have at least one person a week asking me a question about a phone, and from now on I will advise them not to buy Motorola products. Am I under some kind of illusion that the 10 people I take away from them will kill their business? No, but I do think that if all of us take the same strategy we can prove to them that we are more important than they give us credit for and they need to start catering toward us.

        • http://Website JL

          I used Apple as an analogy simply because they are one of the biggest smartphone companies. I could have used the original Droid as an example just as easily. I have swayed a few people toward the Droid, sure, but do you know what swayed a greater number of people to buy the Droid? Advertising. There’s a reason VZW/Moto spent so much on advertising rather than paying us to be “Android Evangelists.” The reason is that it was so much more effective. If word of mouth worked for smartphones as well as TV ads, the Nexus 1 would have outsold the Droid like crazy. Even as a Droid owner I recommended the Nexus 1 because it was a vastly superior phone, but VZW’s ads made the Droid look so cool and gave the phone recognition.

          Again, I would love to be #1 on Motorola’s priority list, but the real world doesn’t work like that. It’s like saying PC manufacturers should cater to the Linux crowd because they’re techies, but that’s not where their profits are at.

  • http://Website Todd

    Dear Motorola: Understanding what “open source” means, both in spirit an to the letter of the Apache license —– FAIL!!!

  • http://Website Michael

    Wait. Moto “The Locked Bootloader” Rola mentioned flashing the rom? That alone should be news.

  • http://Website Jon

    Android blogs should note with this story that you can use the sbf file to return to stock. No one is at a dead end.

    • mac08wrx

      Thats right there are multiple sites with the file and how to info.

  • http://Website Todd

    I just love the way Android saved *everyone* at the mobile phone division of Moto from the unemployment line, and THIS is how they repay that fact.

    Oh and for reference, here’s the Apache license that Android is under

  • http://Website Walter

    Hey Moto F&*$ You I will never buy another one of your device ever again. Nazi Basterds

  • http://Website ren

    What if I pull my sd card and do a factory reset will that work?

    • keridel

      afraid not you will have to re flash the stock rom.

      check xda-developers you may find the original there or the motorola support website.

  • http://Website Droidnab

    Funny how you they say leaked, Android 2.2 was never leaked it was released by Google ( You know Opensource ???? ) So basically its just companies shoving fear to the users, Android 2.2 was never leaked lols it was released hahahaha lols . Android 2.2 aka Froyo .

    • http://Website Erin

      The “leaked” Android 2.2 build is not hte same as Google’s stock Froyo build. It was a build by Motorola specifically for the DROID X with their custom UI and Verizon apps. Most the time when blogs report on “leaked” builds, they are coming from manufacturers for specifica handsets, not from Google.

  • http://Website nate

    Motorola should be kicked out of the OHA

    • Nick Gray

      I understand the sentiment, but I’m not sure why Motorola should be held responsible for getting customers back on the right track when those customers made the decision to their own way. It’s one thing if Motorola rollout a bad update, but this build was a test build that was leaked and those who have it installed did it on their own.

      HTC never gave HTC Hero users a way to get their phones back on trakc for their official Android 2.1 build after multiple leaked versions of the Hero ROM were floating around on the web.

      • http://Website nate

        Im not saying just about this I mean because of all their actions as of late, one of the core principles of android and the OPEN handset alliance is oppenness and then Motorola goes and puts the damn efuse in their phones to promote just the opposite.

  • http://Website Glenn

    I agree with Walter I can’t wait until the HTC Incredible HD comes out I have the Droid X now but now that Moto is deciding to be Nazis like Apple they lost my buisness

  • http://Website shaneaus

    What Moto is doing is alienating the people promote the devices they love the most… The developers and modders. I have turned on over 20 people to Android devices. I love to talk about them. But, I don’t recommend Moto devices anymore because of Moto’s policies. They suck!!

    That being said… It sure was nice of Moto to relieve all of the modders out there – it is nice to know that their stupid “official” release wont’ try to automatically overwrite my perfectly functioning Froyo equipped (via leak) DX.

    Now just gotta wait around for a great HTC device with a 4.0 screen to come to Verizon so I can ditch my DX!

  • http://Website AndroidGenius

    Hey I have an idea. When the official OTA comes out, go search a few internets, one of the internets will have the leaked official ROM. And it will likely be leaked by someone in the first round of updates, while you are near the end of the OTA update line.

    Don’t give in to the fear mongering. Motorola just doesn’t want to loose money on the wifi-hotspot, or the flash advertising, which they are currently in the process of locking down and making inaccessible to the casual user. (But one of is will figure out how to access it anyway, and write an idiot proof tutorial with a video :)

    Thanks for giving me something to do over the weekend (when the OTA hits), Motorola.

  • http://Website Alex

    I upgraded to 2.2 a few weeks back on my droid x. When i read this on a different web site yesterday. I decided to take a trip to verizon i said my charger port was acting up and not working right. They are overnight shipping me a new phone so thats how i fixed my 2.2 problem.

  • http://Website snowbdr71

    Is it me or does verizon and motorola fit perfect with each other? The 4th reich. Life is good with my htc evo on the sprint network. : )

  • http://Website Jimmyz

    LOL I love how most of you are crying about Moto being nazi’s. Give me a break. Quit taking life so seriously. Bad form.

    • http://Website JL

      Yeah I’m not really sure how locking down a phone is equal to world conquest and mass genocide.

      And besides, their policies are exactly the same as any other phone. When I had my Droid it wouldn’t update to 2.1 (or 2.2) if I had custom ROMS on it. I actually think it’s a smart business move. Moto is trying to scare those who know little about flashing ROMS to not try it because they’re more likely to brick it and ask for a replacement, costing Moto money. I actually didn’t have a problem with the letter, all it said was to flash back to stock 2.1 before the update…not that hard. I actually say thanks for the warning cause now I’ll be ready to flash 2.1 right before 2.2 rolls out!

  • http://Website Ryan

    Is there any difference between the Froyo I have and the one that will be the Official OTA?

    I can not see what would be different, except maybe more bloatware?

    if that is the case I’ll stick with my “leaked” Froyo..haha

  • Andriod Hype – an Andoid Blog

    I totally agree – Motorola is pretty clueless about how to engage the open-source community and they probably get legal direction from Google’s lawyers anyway. Both Google and Motorola seem to be happy as pie to have gained such a huge market share for Android within the first year of having a usable product, but the greed has set in early and I wonder if they will really be able to appropriately foster the growth of this OS to its fullest potential.

    Perhaps understandable from the perspective of shareholder interests, but antithetical to the open-source movement. Hopefully these large companies can be pressured into opening up their markets and development builds as the true open-source community grows to help support alternative markets like

    But at this point it just seems like the big guys are taking advantage of their position as overlords of the Android OS – hate to say it, but I’m starting to see a bit of “EVIL” in Google’s associations and even direct actions.