Awesome news today on the Droid X front: the first custom ROM for the Droid X has been released by birdman. For anyone not living under a rock, this is a pretty big deal - Motorola was pretty serious about locking down the Droid X, and it's a relief to see that manufacturers can't completely kill the aftermarket.

The ROM seems to be based on the earlier leaked 2.2 ROM, and has only a handful of customizations:

v0.1 includes

  • OptiPNG optimized apk's
  • Deodexed
  • Busybox
  • Updated Superuser.apk (credits to chainsdd)
  • Removed
    • 3g hotspot
    • Kindle (market app)
    • Blockbuster (bankrupt company)
    • EMERGENCY (dial 911 for emergency's...dont screw around with an app)
    • My Verizon (bad market app)
    • Maps (market app)
    • Voice search (market app)
    • Swype (removed for their constant anger towards rom devs)
    • Skype (market app)
    • Google search (market app)

The ROM can be downloaded via ROM Manager, and as far as flashing it goes, it looks like you'll need to be rooted and have ClockworkMod Recovery. You'll also have to have the leaked 2.2 ROM installed. Assuming you've got all those things, you're good to go - flash away, and let us know your thoughts on it.

[Source: Steven Bird (a.k.a. Birdman)]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • http://www.pallab.net Pallab

    This isn't really new news. The SE UK Twitter account has been repeating the same for the past few weeks.
    e.g. http://bit.ly/ajU9ee
    The only difference is that instead of saying end of Q3 (which also means by September), it is now explicitly stating end of September.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Er? Wrong post?

      And next time, maybe tip us?

      • http://www.pallab.net Pallab

        Yes. Replied to the wrong tab.
        And dude, your edit as well as request deletion thing doesn't work in Opera.

  • Brandon

    Removing Swype is a deal breaker for me.

  • Mike

    So just reinstall Swype as a separate .apk

  • Rob

    Where can I get 2.2