Motorola DROID Gets Gingerbread ROM

Peter Alfonso – the revered developer responsible for the BuglessBeast series – has done it again: he’s maintaining a 100% pure ROM of Android 2.3, and his efforts started with the latest .2 incremental upgrade to add full read/write capabilities for any NFC-equipped devices. You’ll have to get some Google apps – such as YouTube and Gmail – from the Android market, but after that you should be running Gingerbread just as wonderfully as any Nexus S owner or CyanogenMod 7 user is right now. [via Peter Alfonso, Thanks Rutherford!]

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  • karnka

    2.3.3 is going to add the NFC write API not 2.3.2

  • Glenn Joseph Pingry

    This is really irritating to me as a HTCEVO4G owner has been waiting to get this very important update to my phone ASAP!!! Whassup with this??

  • QuantumRand

    “You should be running Gingerbread just as wonderfully as any Nexus S owner or CyanogenMod 7 user is right now.”

    So which is it? CM7 isn’t quite 100% hardware compatible with the devices it’s for, so I wouldn’t really say it’s the same experience a Nexus S user would have.

  • Richard

    As a proud htc evo 4g owner since june 4th 2010, We have enjoyed so much any many updates from sprint that now I believe the next device that will have GINGERBREAD will be the New Htc Evo 2 4g it will come out the box on the new Evo. After the new has been out then the old EVO4g will get the gingerbread update. No other android device has it nor will they get it no time soon and yes that includes the Nexus one and this above Droid at least no stock devices.. I will purchase the New Htc Evo 2 4g this June 2011…. SPRINT and HTC RULES ANDROID

  • zed

    And yet my milestone is still on 2.1 cos of a bloody locked bootloader.

  • Daniel

    “You should be running Gingerbread just as wonderfully as any Nexus S owner or CyanogenMod 7 user is right now.”

    CM7 is far from wonderful at the moment, especially on the Droid. Of course it’s not even a RC yet… so no one can really complain.

  • lho

    does it work with milestone?

  • Buenos Dias

    @Richard – STFU!!! Nobody cares about your ridiculous obsession with the EVO, yes it’s a great phone but Jesus, give it a rest. You always post the same nonsense about Sprint and the HTC EVO 4G. You bash all the other carriers and you contribute absolutely nothing to anyone. Go jump off of a bridge with your EVO!

  • UncleMike

    I installed this last night, with a couple minor hiccups – ClockworkMod Recovery wouldn’t go past displaying the triangle at startup… twice. This being my first custom ROM install, I was wondering what I had gotten myself into, but reflashing the recovery solved the problem.

    One issue I have now is that some apps I was previsouly running aren’t found in the Market on my Droid. This includes CallTrack, CamScanner License. I was able to download CallTrack from the developer’s site, but CamScanner License is a paid app and I can’t readily download it elsewhere.

    I’m not too crazy about the black notification bar, but I’m sure it will grow on me. :)

  • Ace Curry

    Aaah the power of the unencrypted bootloader.
    The Droid was the only Motorola Android device worth buying.

  • sputnick

    @UncleMike

    The black notification bar will save a little battery life as well as using dark wallpapers. So maybe that little tidbit will help it grow on you. Peace.

  • Paul

    Pshh. I have an Eris that is running Gingerbread. Hooray rooting! I love Android

  • yomomma

    a Droid 2 is the phone in the title photo but we are only talking about the original droid unless its the same roms? Dont see why it would be any different other than cpu speed.

  • norm

    My Sprint Hero is running a totally functional version of 2.3 as well—its based on CM7 and EVERYTHING works

  • im not a retard

    Gingerbread has been around since december for motorola droid. before bugless beast gingerbread there was liquid smooth roms gingerbread, and cyanogenmod gingerbread.

  • Nideda24

    That’s a nice DROID 2 in the article’s photo.

  • Nideda24

    That’s a nice DROID 2 in the article’s photo.

  • D-man

    (Psst. Wrong picture. That’s a Droid 2.)

  • Covert

    @sputnick not true, only LED screens save battery with dark colors,LCD like the droid and most other devices do not save an ounce of battery with darker screens.

    @quantumrand
    i think he meant they are pure 100% gingerbread experiences, which is true, some devices still have bugs but i am running nightlies on my EVO and use it as my dailey without a problem, everything works except for 4g (which now has a supported cm7 beta) and HDMI, the GPS issue is fixed and it is a great experience

  • Covert

    @sputnick not true, only LED screens save battery with dark colors,LCD like the droid and most other devices do not save an ounce of battery with darker screens.

    @quantumrand
    i think he meant they are pure 100% gingerbread experiences, which is true, some devices still have bugs but i am running nightlies on my EVO and use it as my dailey without a problem, everything works except for 4g (which now has a supported cm7 beta) and HDMI, the GPS issue is fixed and it is a great experience

  • Covert

    @sputnick not true, only LED screens save battery with dark colors,LCD like the droid and most other devices do not save an ounce of battery with darker screens.

    @quantumrand
    i think he meant they are pure 100% gingerbread experiences, which is true, some devices still have bugs but i am running nightlies on my EVO and use it as my dailey without a problem, everything works except for 4g (which now has a supported cm7 beta) and HDMI, the GPS issue is fixed and it is a great experience

  • Kevin

    Dark colors use MORE power on a traditional LCD because you need to apply power to the pixels to make them block out the backlight. They use less on an LCD screen, as Covert said. However, the amount is insanely small and doesn’t even matter in the slightest. It’s all aesthetics.

  • Daniel

    I tried this ROM out, seems like every few hours I stop getting texts and have to reboot. Even going into Airplane mode and back out doesn’t work, it just hangs up.

  • Sputnick

    @Covert and Kevin

    Thanks for the clarification…good to know.

  • Jim

    Okay, but I need to learn how to root. Someone please link an idiot-proof guide to rooting a D1.

  • kamon211

    Switched over from cyanogen 6.2
    I’m loving the new look

  • Adam

    pete has done it again. Repacked another ROM as his own. Fail.

  • Wyatt

    @im not a retard:

    This is a “stock” Gingerbread ROM, not subject to all the extra crap CM and Liquid and BD add to it, and it’s the first of its kind.

    @Adam:

    Pete made this ROM from AOSP source, so the only “fail” here is you.

  • B-Rose

    Haven’t tried P. Alfonzo’s yet. There is CM7, which folks have mentioned, which is still in nightlies and definitely isn’t super stable yet. I’m running that on my Droid right now. Also worth mentioning is Liquid Gingerbread (from the guys that made Liquid Frozen Yogurt). I ran LGB when it first came out, and it’s quite good, too. Roughly as stable as CM7, which is impressive, considering how much smaller their team is.

  • lucas

    Pete makes the best roms around. I have only run his roms on my phone since i rooted my phone. Im going to miss his roms when i change over to my mytouch 4g on tmo.

  • Fletch

    For reasons like this, I simply won’t ever leave my OG Droid until it breaks or Verizon decides to leave a suitable device unlocked.

  • jerome

    What about the Droid incredible can that be rooted?

  • http://gadgethub.info Latest Gadget Reviews

    great job motorola

  • Rutherford Atlas

    This version is definitely more stable that the CM7 nightlies, and it fixes some of the issues on those builds (camera, backlit keys, redraws). ‘ve been using it since Friday, and the one and only problem that I’ve had is that the CRT screen-on animation doesn’t work (CRT screen-off works fine, however); instead, it takes the screen a second or two to kick on. Overall, it’s quite polished and fast.

  • lucas

    The inc can be rooted, they have plenty of roms out for it. Just hit up the fourms to check them out

  • GB

    Tried this ROM and had way to many quirks for my taste , missed calls and emails and text , market would flake out , gmail would ask for resync (and yes had resync on) , LED notification would not work (screen off) .
    Would drop 3g after calls sometimes taking up to a minute to come back up , 3g and signal strength meters would turn white then green .
    Hate to say these words , but it is buggy not bugless .
    Went back to 6.2.1 and it flies compared to this ROM .

  • GB Rom

    To many quirks for my taste , missed calls and emails and text , market would flake out , gmail would ask for resync (and yes had resync on) , LED notification would not work (screen off) .
    Would drop 3g after calls sometimes taking up to a minute to come back up , 3g and signal strength meters would turn white then green .
    Hate to say these words , but it is buggy not bugless .
    Went back to 6.2.1 and it flies compared to this ROM .

  • Guardian452com

    @Buenos Diaz, that about sums it up for my sentiments. I seriously cannot wait for some more phones to come up that will step all over his EVO. I seriously wanted that phone (on release day), no longer, better phones await……..like my Sexy Nexy (T-Mobile sucks where I live, data wise at least (living in 2G) waiting for my triumphant return to Verizon for the Thunderbolt.

  • -Dante-

    @zed @iho Gingerbread for Motorola Milestone is on alpha development in fact you can test it right now. CyanogenMod 6.1.2(Froyo) and CyanogenMod 7 (Gingerbread) can be downloaded from here. http://android.doshaska.net/

  • dodge

    My milestone’s been running 2.3 for a week now, stable.!Only hiccup is that there is multiple entries for contacts and have to delete em manually!

  • Darryl

    I am wondering why my question was not answered??????? my question is can this rom upgrade be used on the droid X ????? Thank You