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Updating Motorola Droid X2 with the Cyanogen Mod 10 Firmware – Guide

The Mod 10 Alpha 1 firmware from Cyanogen for using with Motorola Droid X2 is available in the markets and on internet. Although it looks like there will not be any authentic Jelly bean 4.1.1 or ICS upgrade to be offered by Motorola. This is mainly thanks to developers who create custom ROMs and keep coming up with upgrades. This further enhances the overall Android experience on mobile phones. One XDA recognized developer called as dragonzkiller has come up with this update. The features that need to be working with the X2 are Bluetooth, Calling, GPS, 3G, Google Now, Audio System, Wi-Fi, Maps and camera.

Preparation

Before beginning the procedure visit the Google Play Store and download Root Checker app from there. Verify whether your instrument is rooted or not. In case the mobile phone is not rooted you need to first root and install a custom recovery image on the device. It is extremely important that you take back-up of all your data by using certain steps. However do not create data backup by using the PC Suites as it doesn’t recognize the device in custom ROM firmwares like from Jelly Bean Cyanogen. You also need to ensure that there is still at least 40% battery remaining because there may be a risk of the device getting turned off suddenly during the firmware update. Other requirements include Droid X2 cell phone handset. Do not perform the procedure on other variants of Sprint and Verizon. You will need a USB cable and ensure that the right driver is installed and it is Gadget Serial Driver. Enable USB Debugging Mode and this may be achieved via Settings -> Developer Options -> Check “USB debugging”.

Motorola Droid X2 - Cyanogen Mod 10

Procedure for Updating Motorola Droid X2 with the Cyanogen Mod 10 Firmware

First download the CM 10 firmware on your Droid X2. As stated earlier you need to get your device rooted and then install a custom recovery on it. Connect as well as mount the USB memory on the pc by using USB data cable.  Copy the downloaded zip file on the Micro-SD card root. Also copy other files such as Package zip file and Wi-Fi Patch file. Now switch off the phone. Get into the Recovery Mode. Choose the wipe/factory data reset for easy installation. Then follow the steps:

  • From the SD card choose install*.zip and opt for “choose zip” from the SD card. Now go to the Android 4.1.1 Cyanogen MOD 10 ROM.zip to be installed. Select “yes” to confirm the installation.
  • After completing the firmware installation go to your main recovery menu and choose “advanced” – > “Fix permissions” -> “go back” -> “reboot system now” -> “bio-hazard”. First boot-up will consume 5 minutes.

That’s it. Your Motorola Droid X2 had been installed and upgraded with the Cyanogen MOD 10 software. Go to Settings -> About, to verify the successful installation.


Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.

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