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Motorola Droid X Gingerbread Update Leaks, Get it Now



There have been numerous reports floating around today that Motorola Droid X Gingerbread update version 4.5.588 has been silently hitting devices. And while it’s still unknown as to whether or not this is the official build that Verizon is going to release to the masses, it looks like it can be pulled by anyone with a Droid X if a few conditions are met.

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First discovered at Droid X Forums, the update silently rolled out to one device owner and from there, it was confirmed by Motorola expert P3Droid to be the real deal.

Now, the update has been discovered and can be flashed right now by anyone with a Droid X with Blur version 2.3.340. If you don’t have that version of MotoBlur, don’t bother trying to get this. It should also be noted that there is no root method available for this version of Gingerbread.

So, without further ado, here are the instructions (courtesy of Droid-Life) to get Gingerbread version 4.5.588 installed on your Droid X right now:

Download this:
>1.  Download the file from above and drop it on the root of your SD card.
2.  Rename it to
3.  Turn your phone all the way off.
4.  Boot into recovery: *Hold the Home button + Power.  When triangle appears, press Search.

5.  Choose the option to install using your volume keys.
6.  Your phone will now load the new Gingerbread.
7.  Enjoy!

Rooted users will have to go back to Gingerbread version 2.3.340 in order for this to work. So. follow those and you should have Gingerbread up and running on your Droid X in no time.



  1. Nyankeesfan84

    04/12/2011 at 11:53 pm

    awesome it works!

    • Rclove22

      04/13/2011 at 12:17 am

      how did you get yours to work?
      i think i did something wrong

    • Vtekracer

      04/29/2011 at 6:42 am

      yeah it works but I can’t use the paypal app not sucks

  2. Rclove22

    04/13/2011 at 12:13 am

    it didn’t work for me??

    • yamadroid

      04/13/2011 at 12:28 am

      try renaming the file to update not i couldnt get it to work, and renamed it just update. because it was already a zip file extension, and worked fine. just takes a while to update and bootup the first time. but its worth it! hope this works!

      • Rclove22

        04/13/2011 at 12:52 am

        now when i try to download it is says there is a data connectivity problem because of too many server directs. so i can’t even restart the download

      • andy

        04/15/2011 at 1:30 am

        THANK U NOW IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Gutscheincode

    04/13/2011 at 12:37 pm

    I tried installing this stupid thing like 10 times and it won’t go I did everything they said rooted, installed bootstrap, ECT and it keeps saying the zip is bad and installation has been aborted. Am I doing something wrong?

    • joporque!

      04/14/2011 at 2:45 am

      yes you are

    • Jaywilczewski

      04/14/2011 at 10:15 am

      Just name the file update not and put it on your sd card and try again. That’s what I had to do. Hope this works

  4. Gkanary

    04/13/2011 at 1:55 pm

    How do I drop to root of sd card. I have astro but can’t seem to move download

    • Albertvazq81

      04/14/2011 at 7:13 am

      Google it!

  5. 68fury

    04/13/2011 at 5:58 pm

    Do you lose your current contacts and data?

    • Alchemist311

      04/14/2011 at 7:51 pm

      Also wondering this.

      • Simba7

        04/14/2011 at 9:12 pm

        That’s why you back your stuff up first.

        • Alchemist311

          04/14/2011 at 10:48 pm

          What program do you reccommend? Titainium backup?

  6. Albertvazq81

    04/14/2011 at 4:38 am

    DROID x looks way better now..took me a while but I got it done..

  7. Degen463

    04/14/2011 at 5:44 am

    not working for me

  8. Degen463

    04/14/2011 at 5:46 am

    it says some file wont show up when installed to the phone???am i doing it right?

    • Albertvazq81

      04/14/2011 at 7:16 am

      Download astro app…

      • Alchemist311

        04/14/2011 at 7:53 pm

        What exactly would downloading AstroApp do?

        • Albertvazq81

          04/15/2011 at 12:30 am

          I did everything through astro to get my update to my DROID X..

      • Alchemist311

        04/15/2011 at 3:56 am

        Which Astro App? The File Manager or the SMB Module?

        • Albertvazq81

          04/15/2011 at 5:12 pm

          FILE MANAGER

      • Degen463

        04/15/2011 at 4:39 am

        How in the hell do you install this shit…really it csnt be that damn hard. My phones not rooted. When I go to to install update zip. It don’t do shit.hmmm. need help big time

  9. Jaywilczewski

    04/14/2011 at 10:18 am

    Ok may be a dumb question but how would I go about putting froyo back on so I could get the official update from Verizon?

    • Alchemist311

      04/14/2011 at 7:49 pm

      I am wondering the same thing.

    • B Sticky

      04/16/2011 at 7:46 pm

      Same here. How can we go back to Froyo, if we need to?

  10. Alchemist311

    04/14/2011 at 9:09 pm

    Alright. I unrooted. Running 2.2.1 [Blur 2.3.340] again. Renamed it Wasn’t working. Renamed it update. Still isn’t working. Help? Anyone thing of something I could be doing incorrectly?

    • Alchemist311

      04/21/2011 at 6:34 pm


      • Michael Mckain94

        04/26/2011 at 1:29 am


  11. david fried

    04/15/2011 at 1:42 am

    Installed perfectly for me. It might be the official VZW Droid X ROM b/c the DROID X splash screen loads, and the DROID X ringtones are intact. Not as big of an update as I thought, but boy god the folder organization IS SUPER AWESOME! EAt it Iphone Ipoop

  12. Beef22

    04/15/2011 at 6:07 am

    hmmm. my phone is slow as hell after installing gingerbread this way. locks up. i’ve had to pull the battery twice to get it to unfreeze. the other oddity – the android market doesn;t show any of apps in “mp apps”

    i’ll have to hunt around and see what is up.

    • Natevhs

      05/10/2011 at 11:48 pm

      Do you have launcher pro? If so get rid of it and that should help

  13. Trj2112

    04/15/2011 at 7:54 pm

    Worked like a charm! At long last, Gingerbread on my DX!

  14. Penska13

    04/15/2011 at 9:00 pm

    this is straight up B.S! Downloaded the Zip and moved it to SD card Root renamed it with through the motions and it keeps saying installation aborted. Tried to rename it just update on (on the phone) and it wouldn’t let me save it. So I renamed it update from the comp moved it to SD card root and same thing. Installation aborted. What am I doing wrong? Tell me ,Please.

    • Jmckearney

      04/17/2011 at 11:15 pm

      ditto! why does this always happen to me!

    • Charlie

      04/19/2011 at 3:51 am

      are your naming the file “update” or “” because it already is a .zip file, and therefore only needs to be called “update”. If you rename the file “”, that’s not going to work because it ALREADY has the .zip extension; basically, renaming it “”.zip.

      In short, just call it “update” (without the quotes of course!) Hope this helps.

      • WhoDatNation

        04/19/2011 at 11:47 am

        I tried renaming it update and also and keep getting the same error, one error im getting is the traingle with ! and the android guy next to it…..then it says signature verification failed installation aborted…then I try to install through clockwork and rom manager and get the same error….

        • Alchemist311

          04/19/2011 at 4:07 pm

          I’m not sure if this is your problem or not, but as soon as I changed this it worked.

          The instructions say drop the file onto the root of your sd card. When it says this it does not mean go into the sd card folder. I means open your phone files and deposit it inside NO files or folders. The actual update file should appear after all of the thousand or so directories. Change the name there if you have to. Then boot in recovery.

          Once again. That was just my personal problem, but maybe you made the same mistake.

    • Bigjimmy111

      04/19/2011 at 9:28 pm

      It was doing the same to me when I downloaded it from my computer. The next day I downloaded it with phone, renamed the file and moved it using astro. And I also freed up some space on my phone…. got over 25% free space. then tried again and it worked.

      • Michael Mckain94

        04/26/2011 at 1:32 am


        • Bigjimmy111

          04/29/2011 at 1:29 am

          download with your phone browser

  15. Robertcraig72

    04/18/2011 at 7:44 pm

    Worked Perfect! Wow Finally Gingerbread!

  16. Charlie

    04/19/2011 at 3:46 am

    Worked flawlessly for me and only took a few minuets.

  17. mhadden

    04/19/2011 at 6:06 pm

    Worked for me! No 3G connectivity though….

    • Mike

      04/19/2011 at 10:50 pm

      perfect instalation…however as everyones noticed…lil glitchy, sync stays on even tho battery don’t drain, and also one of the biggest annoying problems is the led light. For some reason now im forced to use that led app flow. Anybody experiencing same problems. Debating wether to uninstall and wait for new update otherwise update went well, cept a bit glitchy and also overheatage.

      • JonSom

        04/20/2011 at 2:05 am

        How do you uninstall it and go back to Froyo?

        • Mike

          04/20/2011 at 2:09 pm

          im guessing bootloader mode, but i herd it changed. I dunno I might keep this for now until new update finally comes cuz i feel teased loll. Really glitchy now after few days beginnning was fine. Also im getting sick of having to use an app for my LED light agravates me.

    • roebling

      04/21/2011 at 1:14 pm

      I got 3G. Gotta turn off the WiFi to see it, as before. 130kbps on CNET’s Internet Speed Test with 3G (one bar) vs. 2874 over WiFi.

      Some weirdness, though–when I backed-up the phone via the bundled/embedded app, the 3G turned on, even though I had WiFi activated.

      Also, the “updating” icon never goes away from the notification bar.

  18. roebling

    04/21/2011 at 12:16 pm


    Great, clear instructions. Got it going on the first try, downloading straight to the SD card root via Opera (stock browser won’t download a zip file, I guess.)

    I used Motorola’s stock “File” app to rename, no problems.

    I did have one “Uh-oh”-moment, though. I had to guess that the “OK” on the screen bottom required pushing the hard “Menu”-button below it. No touch-screen input there, just hard buttons. Actually had to select “Ok” via the hard “Menu”-button twice–once to initiate the install, then, at the end, to reboot the phone.

  19. mr Deangelis

    04/28/2011 at 7:01 pm

    File set to private, any other links?

  20. Jamatthews5

    05/01/2011 at 7:19 pm

    working for me now first try thanks to yalls posts

  21. Jamatthews5

    05/01/2011 at 7:34 pm

    why would gingerbread have so many force closes?

  22. Obearden

    05/02/2011 at 1:22 am

    I was also having trouble with the .zip file name issue. took my sd card out of phone and plugged to computer with card reader. copied the file to it after renaming the file. put back in phone and continued.worked just fine. looks really good. love it.

  23. Obearden

    05/02/2011 at 1:33 am

    by the way. renamed it with the .zip at the end (with my computer set to show file extensions— go to file options in the view menu and uncheck “hide extensions for known file types” for xp. if using another version of windows just google how to show file extensions. otherwise you will end up with as others have mentioned above.

    It works very well. no problems so far. AND YES ALL MY CONTACT AND APPS WERE INTACT….

  24. Arjun

    05/02/2011 at 8:50 am

    I had launcher-pro installed on my DX and that gave me some troubles after the upgrade was complete. So DX users might want to uninstall/disable launcher-pro if they have it. Otherwise the upgrade process was super smooth. Thanks for the simple instructions!

  25. Obearden

    05/03/2011 at 1:16 am

    Quite a few subtle changes. different colors, seems quicker too. Holding the home key when on main home screen shows one page with a small snapshot of all 7 screens. Also on very nice feature, if you ignore an incoming call (whether you are already in a call or not) a pop-up called “text message reply” allows you to quickly choose from a list of pre-made (you can add your own as well) text messages and send a reply with just 2 key strokes. My old LG enVtouch did this and i have missed it. the launcher button is gone and there is a dock in its place with four customizable buttons. No problems so far.

    • Ariel

      06/13/2011 at 8:54 pm

      I use my GV# for everything, however when I do the text message reply it goes out of my Verizon#. Any way to switch it?

  26. Darryl Hadfield

    05/15/2011 at 5:07 am

    File’s set to private. Can someone offer a link?

  27. iCello

    05/21/2011 at 7:10 pm

     So this is Gingerbread, blur version 4.5.588? Because the name of the file is blur_version 3.2.340, which is Android 2.2.1, which I have installed. 

  28. Ecko

    05/25/2011 at 3:57 am

    Can I download this even though I’m running stock

  29. Anonymous

    10/08/2011 at 2:32 am

    I also want to get one and this new smartphone seems wonderful

  30. Anonymous

    11/03/2011 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the upate link. I will download it:)

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