Android Phones

Droid X Gingerbread OTA update rolling out, kills root

April 12, 2011 | by Michael Heller

Motorola

Droid_X_Bomb

This story is one of those strange things that probably sounds worse than it is. The report is that the official OTA Gingerbread update for the Droid X is now rolling out, but it comes with a caveat that it will kill root access if your phone is rooted. And, if you want to taste the dark-colored goodness of 2.3.3, the OTA update does include a new Bootloader, which will kill root access. Worst of all, there is currently no way to regain root access with the new Bootloader. That said, I’m sure the dev community is already hard at work on it.

There is another rumor surrounding this update. The update includes a .jar file apparently with the word “netflix” in it. It seems like a pretty short hop to assume this means that the Droid X is being prepped for Netflix compatibility, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed, so you’ll have to stick with us for any updates on that.

Personally, I hope the Netflix rumor turns out to be true, because I want to see Netflix start to roll out to phones that are already in the wild, rather than being preloaded on specific new phones.

If you have a Droid X and you want the update, but haven’t yet received it, you can always try dialing *#*#CHECKIN#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*) to force your phone to check for an update.