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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by trophynuts, May 15, 2011.

  1. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User
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    With the great changes that are coming with GingerBread for the X, Does anyone even really care anymore that the boot loader is locked?
    I mean the roms we had/have available for the X are really good and now even stock Gingerblur is nice. So as long as we still have root i really don't see why we even need an unlocked bootloader. ....just food for thought.

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  2. Metfanant

    Metfanant Android Expert

    it would allow for things like cyanogen to run on our phones...and there are lots of kernel tweaks that can be made...but frankly GingerBlur is so nice that right now i don't mind...
  3. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    More food for thought:

    We are utterly at the mercy of Motorola's decision to roll out software updates. You'll never see the next iteration of Android because the devs can't overwrite the kernel, and Moto isn't going to support this phone in another year, in all likelihood. Hell, the G1 got FroYo thanks to Cyanogenmod. Thanks to some more stability in the OS and hardware, there's a good likelihood that the X could have been even longer-lived than the G1... but it won't be, thanks to the locked bootloader.
  4. Metfanant

    Metfanant Android Expert

    this is VERY true and i can't believe i didn't remember to mention it...we are most likely stuck with Gingerbread based ROMS for the rest of our time with the X....there will be no way for us to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich unless Moto releases an update...
  5. Steven58


    I don't mind as much anymore. Plus, I'll not be on the dx for another year.
  6. FragDroidX

    FragDroidX Android Expert

    With Moto's "new stance" on locked bootloaders we may yet see some life out of the Droid X. It may or may not happen but Moto could release the key to X bootloader once its reached EOL. Whishfull thinking I know but it could happen.
  7. bouchigo

    bouchigo Android Expert

    It's already reached EOL......March 31, 2010.......even more so now that the DX2 will be released any time now.
  8. FragDroidX

    FragDroidX Android Expert

    As its still being sold from Verizon online and in stores its not reached EOL yet. Either way I was more referring to the time when Moto will not be releasing any more updates for the X and its no longer available for purchase.
  9. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    That date was some date off a blurry screenshot on a rumored spreadsheet.

    I have NEVER seen confirmation or anything legitimate.
  10. bouchigo

    bouchigo Android Expert

    If it makes you feel better to believe that then it's ok I suppose.

    And they will keep selling them if it's making them money.
  11. alprazolam

    alprazolam Android Expert

    I do care if nothing more than the principle of it. I don't anticipate being on the X past August. By then, I hope to get a dual core, dual channel, FFC, high memory device. Then a year from August...you get the picture.
  12. JrzDroid

    JrzDroid Android Expert

    Enough Said
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  13. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    2nd (third?) to CM7 comments
  14. PlayfulGod

    PlayfulGod Extreme Android User

    CM7 is nice no doubt, have it on my huawei Ascend. but the gingerblur is nice, I've liked it better than any of the roms out for the DX I've tried. Be nice to have some of the features in CM7 in it or maybe the purdy stuff from ginger blur added to CM7.

    Either way no CM for the DX offically til the bootloader is unlocked.

    Far as EOL, nah, not top dog no more yea thats def coming if not already here. The DX is still a big seller, once VZW starts giving them away to get new customers, then u know its day is over. Which is close, amazonwireless is selling them for $.01 now.
  15. dhoffman1421

    dhoffman1421 Android Enthusiast

    For business acumen terms, if it is still an active item in their product sales catalog it is not officially EOL and they do still offer support FWIW. Are they still mfg the DX or just selling from inventory? Anyone know?

    I too would love to see CM on the DX, sigh.
  16. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    maybe since i have never experienced a CM7 product that makes me not fully understand the hype behind it. I have always heard good things about it but really what would be the advantages of running CM7 on the DX versus running Gingerblur with bloat frozen/uninstalled?

    I also agree that after the GB update and probably one more bug fix the update cycle will be over for the og DX at least official ones from VZW anyways.

    Does anyone know the hardware requirements for a phone to run ICS? Is dual core a must?
  17. Flying_Hellfish

    Flying_Hellfish Android Enthusiast

    I think this is kind of the point people are making. Without an unlocked bootloader we will never see ICS on the DX unless moto/vzw release it since no one can sign a rom to be accepted by the BL. That makes hardware requirement irrelevant.
  18. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    actually no it doesn't. Even if the bootloader was unlocked if the hardware in the phone doesn't support the requirements for ICS then ICS would still never make it to the og DX
  19. Flying_Hellfish

    Flying_Hellfish Android Enthusiast

    Didn't you just say the exact opposite of what I said but yet they are still essentially the same answer or is my brain really not working today? :thinking:
  20. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    you said the hardware requirement would be irrelevant. I was simply disagreeing with you.
  21. cougar214

    cougar214 Android Expert

    You say Tomato.....I say tumato.......lol......i'm with Metfanant on this one. i'm having fun with my DX and Gingerbread. An unlocked bootloader is in the back of my mind.
  22. bouchigo

    bouchigo Android Expert

    The unlocked bootloader is not even on my mind anymore......it's not going to happen.
  23. Flying_Hellfish

    Flying_Hellfish Android Enthusiast

    Yeah, but you said unlocked bootloader and I said locked. :D I wasn't as confused as I thought.

    Can we establish if locked it tomato or Tomato so I don't muck it up. lol
  24. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

  25. jroc

    jroc Android Expert

    Yea, those of us that used CM before know what some of yall are are missing. CM and probably a couple of others were real nice.

    Personally, right before Froyo dropped, I went back to stock Android on my Droid 1. I just got tired of the ROM scene. I didnt do any of the ROMs for the X until Dec of last year. After getting the X and the newer ROMs that came out for the Droid 1, I never put any new ones on there until this year. I dont know, I just got bored, tired of it all.

    Blur that comes with GB for the X is nice enough that I probably wouldnt do any ROMs after getting it. Take away the lock screen and dock for Sense UI and I dont really see why ppl just stick with Sense UI. I tried that buggy, beta Sense UI port for the Droid 1 and realized Sense UI is nice. I just dont like that fat dock and lock screen lock.

    Sense, Blur, Touchwiz all seem to be improvements over the last versions. There might be a handful of ppl that get these newer phones that dont do the ROM thing like before.

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