Over the past few months, there has been several leaked interim builds of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for the Motorola DROID X, but last week Verizon stated that the final version would be made available on May 27th. What wasn’t disclosed is that it was being rolled-out to Motorola “Soak Testers” first to try out. Everything must have been OK with those private testers, as we’ve recieved word that regular customers are now receiving the Gingerbread over-the-air update on their DROID X starting today.
Before you install the update, make sure that you are not using a leaked Gingerbread build, as the phone needs to be running stock Android 2.2.1 Froyo, System Version 2.3.340 first. You can check this by going into the Setting and clicking About Phone. If your DROID X is showing that it is on System Version 2.3.340, you can proceed with the official Gingerbread update by doing one of the following:
You can verify that your DROID X is running the official Gingerbread build by going to Settings/About Phone, and it should show the System Version 4.5.596, Android Version 2.3.3, Baseband Version BP_C_01.09.12P, and Build Number 4.5.1_57_DX5-26.
There are a lot of improvements in the Gingerbread release, which you can view here. The main advantage is the increase in overall speed and performance. Before upgrading to Gingerbread most DROID X phones would score between 1200-1300 on the Quadrant Benchmark app, but after the update the scores will be close to 1700.
If you install the Gingerbread update on your Motorola DROID X, let us know what you think about it by using the Comment section below.
Thanks to MyDroidWorld for posting the update.zip file!
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