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Jun
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Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that cvpcs has achieved the impossible: he's thrown together (but not yet publicized) a build of CyanogenMod 7 that works on the Motorola DROID X!

Naturally, since no one but cvpcs has the firmware yet, there are still a few kinks that need to be ironed out before the ROM goes public - for example, GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, and the camera/camcorder have not been proven to work just yet, and audio (including phone calls, speakers, the microphone, etc.) definitely isn't functional at the moment. However, as our own Justin Case put it, "If it boots, it can be fixed."

Update: cvpcs just tweeted that, with some help from Stephen Bird, he was able to fix the audio issue.

Bugs aside, this is no small feat - the X's bootloader has yet to be unlocked (yes, that was a hoax), which thus far has resulted in a slew of ROMs based on MOTOBLUR. CyanogenMod, however, has its roots deep in the well of stock Android, making a version for the DROID X (or, for that matter, any modern Motorola handset) seemingly infeasible. So how on Earth did cvpcs do it? On RootzWiki, he wrote:

This was done using my recently new-found-knowledge of 2nd-init, which I will describe later in a blog post (don't want to get into it here). This still runs on top of the original Motorola kernel though. I repeat, the bootloader is still locked, and you are still forced into using Moto's kernels, but that doesn't really prevent us from doing all that much. :D

Additionally, he recently tweeted that:

You have to use the Froyo kernel to boot it (2.3.34 sbf), but the firmware is Gingerbread :)

Though cvpcs is currently the exclusive owner of this firmware, he says he'll be looking for beta testers later in the week - definitely exciting news for tech-savvy DROID X users. He also promises to share more information later tonight, and we'll be sure to update this post accordingly as soon as that happens.

Sources: RootzWiki, cvpcs (Twitter)

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Tyler

    Oh god I can't wait :D

    • matt

      Good for guy. CM is a freaking genius. Watch moto send him a cease and assist letter lmao. Locked bootloaders are the anti christ. I couldnt imagine the last year with my evo being locked. Hope it works out for you only took a YEAR!!!!!!!

      • Milque

        Just an fyi before you possibly get flamed:

        CM isn't a person - it's a series of roms based on stock android and magic. Team Douche is the "group" that works on the various ports for phones - and the team is comprised of many, many intelligent dudes. Just to clear that up.

        PS - The person apparently working on this permutation goes by the Twitter name "cvpcs"

      • Chris

        I'd love to see Moto send him a cease and assist letter. They'd finally be taking things into their own hands and this crap could finally be put behind us!

        I think you were going for cease and desist, but I hold out hope for moto in the future.

      • MikeJwF

        I here ya on the EVO being rootable, I feel like I have a new phone every day! April 2012 upgrade, get here whenever you want! I wonder if my wife will let me tinker with her Droid X.

  • Milque

    Great. After my fourth HTC Incredible died and learning how to root it manually and loving CM, Verizon "made it up to me" by sending me a refurbished Droid X...and it came with the new Gingerbread.

    As far as I've been able to tell, since I'm just getting familiar with the Droid X forums, it looks like I'm pretty much screwed right? Unless someone roots the GB update...I don't know if any of the guys are even trying since I'm so late to the party everyone else knew better than to flash the official update.

    UGH!

  • pizzlewizzle

    you can sbf back to froyo and install rooted gb... or wait for CM to come out sbf to froyo and load that

  • Nikos K.

    Big deal.... Moto DEFY running CM7 for months now!!!

  • Jacob

    Awesome news for us DX users. There is a small glimmer of hope!!!

    Hot Damn!

    Thx

  • Lorenzo in a Benzo

    CVPCS does great work, I am glad he joined the CyanogenMod team. His Ruby and Saphire Roms for the Incredible were awesome! This is great news for DX users, I know my roomates will be pumped!!

  • Sean

    Gah, it's so painful being stuck with a Droid 2 after reading this.