So, are you still one of the many that has that Motorola Droid? Are you wondering if there will ever be another update past 2.2, considering Motorola has said something on those lines on a few forums here and there? Like you, I am also still using that old faithful device, the Motorola Droid. It is a work horse device that has given many users the ability to have a solid Motorola device, but not be bogged down with a great deal of bloatware and craptastic user interfaces. It has also proven to be one of the easiest devices to root. Because of that ability alone, it has been a mainstay device for many geeks and hackers. Well, for all of those that rooted their phone, here is a treat for you! The new 2.2.1 Froyo update pre-rooted and rom’ed for your Droid!
Right off the bat, I will tell you, you will NOT be seeing to much different from the 2.2 to 2.2.1. For the most part, they both feel the same. However, there are some minor updates to be aware of. Most of which are just OS optimization updates. I dare say my Droid handles memory a lot better than 2.2. I have seen apps open and close much quicker. Supposedly, 2.2.1 also gave users a bit better Exchange Server connectivity. Unfortunately, I do NOT have access to an Exchange Server, so I can not tell you how well it works. Since 2.0, when I worked at a cable provider in northeast Kansas, I didn’t really have any issues with connectivity with their Exchange servers. However, if it worked fine then, I can only imagine how great it works now.
There are two flavors of the leaked ROM. First is the ODEXED version, which is essentially the format it would arrive from developers, locking the OS into a state of their choosing. It also reboots faster and tends to be a bit more stable. The DEODEXED version is a tweakers dream come true. This allows you to fine tune the installation to your specific liking. Everything from icons to installed apps to fonts to sounds.
The following image is a screenshot (using DroCap2) of my Droids “About Phone” information showing that it is now running Android 2.2.1 Froyo.
Are you ready to take the plunge? First off, I recommend that you go and root your device using the method Droid Life covered and that I have also covered. Then Download the ODEXED or the DEODEXED ROM. Then install Rom Manager Free or Rom Manager Premium, as this will make installing the update incredibly easy. I recommend doing a backup incase of any issues you may have with the update. Follow the on screen instructions and reboot as it instructs.
This update process will take about 10 to 15 minutes. After that, you may need to re-establish privileges for certain rooted apps. If you are using Move2SD Enabler, you may notice your apps are not visible like normal. Just go to Settings>Applications>Manage Applications and allow your device to search all installed apps. Everything will be just fine and your apps will reappear in your App Drawer.
All in all, enjoy your newly updated and rooted (super user) Droid 1!