Droid X Android 2.2.1 update available again after an oopsie on the initial push

Good news for those of you patiently awaiting the Android 2.2.1 update for the Motorola Droid X -- it's available again. Just go to Settings>About Phone>System updates to pull it down.

Funny story about this update, apparently. Motorola initially planned to push it out to a test group of 10,000 or so in the middle of the night Wednesday. Only, it forgot something: The Droid X has that built-in battery manager that by default shuts down the radios at night. And it's tough to update a phone that can't talk to the network. Just one of those things. We've got the full e-mail from Moto Matt after the break. Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Droid X Update: What happened -- and what happens next


Many meetings and much analysis today. We've made some decisions based largely on what we've learned from this community. Let me share what I've learned and what we're up to. Apologies in advance for the length.

First -- why did so many updates fail?

We tried a new kind of test this time. During a typical update test, the update "window" is open to all even if we only tell a few people about it. We've learned that enthusiasts will quickly find out about an update and come-a-running. As a result, our plans to test with 10,000 owners end up getting out to 20,000 or more. This can be bad if we find problems with the software. So we tried this middle of the night push and tried to prepare you -- plugged in and turned on -- so that the package would download while you slept.

We miscalculated. The team came to the forehead-slapping conclusion that the default Nighttime saver battery mode prevented the download. Some of you beat us to this conclusion. In this case, many of you helped us test our process rather than the software. That's great for our testing but I know it's been disappointing for many. I wish we had figured this out ahead of the trial. It's also possible that the Verizon 3G data outage contributed to the failures. It's (embarrassing) spilled milk now, and we'll know this next time.

Second -- how do you get the software now?

Because of concerns about the rate of failed updates, I've not yet sent out the software evaluation survey. But over the last two days, two of us did a sweep of all the posts in this community and collected all the reported issues. The results were very good. We saw no issues that made us seriously concerned about the software. We have also received very few phone calls in the call centers or other signs of problems. This soak group has been the largest and most detailed source of feedback.

So, we're going to do another push tonight. This time, however, the "window" won't close. Any one who doesn't have the update will be able to pull it by going to Menu > Settings > About phone > System updates. We're confident enough in the software that we're ready to let a larger group load it.

(We did discuss waiting and doing another test with this group, to make sure our hypothesis about Nighttime saver mode was correct. But in the end there were very good reasons to proceed with another large push. I support the group decision in this case, especially because it means all of us can get the update tomorrow without having to change our battery modes, etc.)

I am going to send out the software evaluation survey tonight. I hope that each of you respond, once you have a chance to use the new software. We want to collect your feedback as a baseline for future updates, and if the next push should reveal any issues we'll really need your input.

Folks, this one didn't go as planned. That's what happens with testing. We learn and move on. I've read many of the comments posted here. I truly appreciate the many kind words and encouragement so many of you have offered. Constructive criticism -- and even some that isn't so constructive -- is very welcome as well. We want to continue to get better and hope you stick with the Motorola Feedback Network to help make that happen.

So -- watch for the survey and please respond. If you haven't received the update, watch for a new notification. If you don't receive a notification by tomorrow morning, try to pull the update.

Many thanks,

- Matt

ps Just to set expectations, I don't know how much I'll be on the site tonight. Excuse me if I don't reply to responses quickly.

pps This reminds me. Yesterday I had a flood of PMs, which I think were mostly about the problems with posting on this site. I have not had a chance to read them and if they are about that, I won't be responding. Let me give a blanket thanks to everyone who tried to help with that. I do appreciate it.

Phil Nickinson
  • Downloading my update as I type.
  • Downloading now.... Hope all goes well.
  • Just got the Official Droid 2.2.1 pushed to my phone!!!! :) Let the news rip!!! It's official!! 12/10/2010 9:24AM
  • I was one of the 20,000 who came running on Wednesday morning! :)
  • Did I just see 2.2.3 flash on my screen?
  • unusually long boot or am i screwed?
  • Don't worry. It's an unusually long boot time. It's a completely different file system, you know. No going back now! Don't use 2.2 SBF 2.3.15 peeps! :p -Elo
  • I updated and mine got stuck on the DROID eye after reboot. I let it sit for about 30 minutes just in case it was still installing in the background. Used the old faithfull BB trick and did a battery pull and it booted up just fine and I got the message for a successful install. GTG!!! ps....and rerooted with z4 :)
  • Did this fix the market issue?
  • I don't have a market issue. Therefore, I would say, yes :P
  • My reboot said I was upgraded to 2.3.3. What am I misunderstanding?
  • I got my this morning this morning.
  • Sorry it says System version 2.3.3. Android version 2.2.1 Sorry to bother.
  • lol. You're not the first. That's why we did this yesterday: Android 101: What version of Android am I on?
  • Will I loose root if I install this? I dont really have any problems with the phone now.
  • Yes, but you should be able to reroot using the same method you used before the update.
  • Thanks!
  • Thanks!
  • I got stuck on the M screen twice. Update won't install. I have to redownload it everytime. What should I do?
  • Are you rooted? Did you delete bloatware? If so, reinstall bloatware, unroot, and try again. I was rooted and just used z4 to unroot, downloaded and installed update, rerooted. All is well.
  • I get an upgrade failed message. I rooted, deleted bloatware, unrooted, downloaded upgrade, factory wiped, downloaded upgrade. Nothing. How do I reinstall the bloatware if that's the issue?
  • Download worked for me on the first try with no problems....once I got the mirrored link working. Only thing I notice so far is my memory isn't draining as low as it use to.
  • I get an update failed error. I unrooted and have 928droid on. I WILL NOT DO A SYSTEM WIPE.,
  • z4 did the trick. sweet
  • I need some help guys. I changed the suffix back to .apk on the bloatware I had frozen. However, I did not unroot before I installed the update. It installed successfully and to my surprise I still had the superuser icon in my app drawer except my phone was no longer rooted. My add-free android app and root explorer could no longer obtain root access. I looked for the fastest and easiest way to root. Downloaded Z4root, hit perminent root button, it restarted but didn't work. Any ideas?
  • DoRoot did not work on my DX, but z4 was a success after this update.
  • All I can say is BATTERY DRAIN. Ugh. 10% and hour with 2 minutes 57 seconds screen time...