It's a situation too many Android users are intimately familiar with. You get a shiny new phone, and you love it. Then the days turn to weeks, the weeks to months, and suddenly a new version of your phone is released. Oh sure, at first you think it will be fine. The new phone is faster and thinner, but you like your smartphone. Then the updates dry up like a puddle in the unforgiving desert sun, and your phone slides slowly into complete obsolescence. Well, unless you have a Droid X, which Verizon just decided to update after not touching it for a year and a half.

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The update comes with version number 45.621.10.MB810.Verizon.en.US. No, it's not a magical update to Android 4.3 for a phone released over three years ago. Instead, this is mostly a security update that rolls up some patches Android has gotten in the last 18 months. There is also an improvement to the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).

If you're still rocking the Droid X after three years, the update should be showing up any time now. There must be a few of you out there.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

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  • Ryan

    I lol'd when I saw this. I haven't touched my Droid X since the battery bloated in it and haven't been able to get another one since.

    • madmaglio

      Hah! Same thing happened to mine. What the hell is that about? I'm two phones past it now.

      • Ryan

        I want to say the Droid X batteries in particular were pretty bad in general. Don't remember what I heard about them.

        • Sokudoningyou

          Really? I never had a problem with mine, except it finally conking out after almost two years of use. I bought another on eBay, and now it's still strong (though only in use with Torque and bluetooth for my car).

          • Ryan

            You never know with lithium ion batteries to be honest.

        • shadowdude777

          My dad had a Droid X and his battery also bloated, leading it to last about 10 minutes on a full charge. Got him a cheap $6 one off Amazon and it worked great until he upgraded to the S3. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have gotten him that cheapo battery, given all the "batteries setting phones on fire" stories that are ultimately caused by aftermarket batteries.

  • Antony Greenman

    Did you mean "unless you have a Droid X?" I'm confused about where the Moto X came from in the story...

    • Ryan

      Probably, more than likely a typo on their part since the Moto X is a different phone now.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yeah, that was a typo. I've typed Moto X 5000 times in the last week, and haven't thought about the Droid X in years.

  • Ark

    Mostly symbolic, But nice to see Google swinging that whip.

  • Nicolas Fuentes

    Now my mom can experience what happens when VZW OTA bricks you!

  • RichA

    I had an X, now a cab driver in Queens has my X. It was about 2 years ago it got "lost". Hope he enjoys it, :P

  • Gnex

    A bootloader patch, no doubt.

  • PolarBear

    How about the Motorola Droid X2?

    • iheardulikemlg

      Got this update a few months ago.

  • Simon Belmont

    My sister is STILL using her Droid X. So, telling her about this article will actually prove useful.

    She's actually in the process of pre-ordering a Galaxy Note 3 to (finally) replace it, though. I wonder how many people are still using Droid X handsets to warrant this security patch so very, very far past its EOL.

    • joe

      I am still using a Droid X daily, found replacement batteries easily and am also going for the Note 3. I like Moto & kept holding out for a decent camera. Now I just want the Note 3. Motor screwed up.

      • nicotinic

        I agree. Motorola is a beast when it comes to radios and call quality but their cameras suck. I remember being embarrassed by the pics I snapped with my Droid X . It'd also have issues with timing the flash when taking a low light photo(when new) . Like, wow I didn't know that this room absorbs all light. Ugh!

        Still loved that phone.

      • Simon Belmont

        I actually had found replacement batteries for my sister's Droid X. She was originally going to replace them and soldier on with it for a while longer.

        But I think she's caught the "new phone bug" and wants to upgrade. The Droid X was a nice phone, don't get me wrong, but I can sort of understand where she's coming from considering the age of its hardware.

    • nicotinic

      Ultimately security trumps EOL... Maybe it a testament to how popular the handset was. It does show a continued effort to support a device which, while odd/surprising is pretty cool. I still despise VZW's pricing.

      • Simon Belmont

        I've seen security patches on devices that've reached EOL before (my old Sprint HTC Hero got one at least around a year after it was EOL'd). But not nearly 2 years after EOL, haha.

        I'm too, am not a fan of Verizon's pricing. They gouge big time, and I don't think the modicum of potential extra coverage is worth the many hundreds more that one has to pay over the lifetime of a contract. That being said, Verizon isn't the only one guilty of this practice. It is nice to see them care enough about an ancient phone to patch its security flaws, though.

        • Avko

          Look into Straight Talk: you can still use the Verizon network with everything unlimited fro $45/mo. No 4G though, but apparently a few people did get that as well.

  • csk

    Still rocking mine. Rooted romed and still going strong on unlimited data. But I do have my eye on a used maxx.

    • meijin3

      Which one? There are three.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    To be honest, my Moto X was one of the best phones I ever had. I know others had some issues but mine ran like a champ. I even had the docks and all that crap. Funny note! Remember when it came out? Everyone was like, "that thing is HUGE! why would anyone want a phone that big." Ahh... how times have changed.

    • neils27

      I agree totally, that's what people said to me, im still using mine, I hate the whole transfer expirence that Verizon let's you expirence. A holes should by now have a way to take fricken images of phone to phone for what we pay!

  • Mark Drummond

    @Ryan Whitwam You tell us what version on Android that we're not getting while not telling us what version we are getting. WTH?


    Typing this on my razr maxx....Droid x upstairs, on wifi, with google voice, using as my home phone... Rooted and rommed.

  • Scott Breitbach

    I let the kids use my old Droid X as a tablet and it still works great, the thing lasts for days without charging.

  • fundun

    Mine sits beside my bed as my alarm clock and bedtime reddit reader.

  • Rob

    yep. I'm here.

  • Tom Toates
  • Tony

    I rather have an update that fixed the wifi problem I have on my Droid X. But I have an iPhone now.

  • Paul

    My X works great, TYVM. I plan to keep using it until it dies. I like my unlimited data!

  • Arkohn

    Writing in from my Droid X now... people are still surprized when I tell them how old my phone is because it sure does not look it (as an early adopter of a large screens). I was also a day one purchaser so my X is as old as they come.

    • Tammara Morgan

      Same here. Still going strong with my Droix X received on day one. Surprised to see an update today so had to google the update version to see what was going on. I want the Note 2 or 3 but not feeling Verizon's price on the Note 2, upgrade fees and no more unlimited data.

      • Arkohn

        Wait a month for the Note 3 to try it out, if you still like the Note 2 it will at least be much cheaper by then. That is my plan at least...

  • Fumblebutter

    Yep. Just happened as I had a panic attack from missing my heart's cherished jewel. I MUST SEND A TEXT, MY SOUL ACHES FOR...oooh an update. I should really get a new phone.

  • Nato

    I still use my droid X because I cant afford to upgrade often. Plus I've never bought a new computer until the old one breaks; phones don't seem so different. I don't know how useful this update really is, but I wish support for poor people's phones was more the norm.

  • humanfuse

    My droid x is still in daily, ie rocking, use after 2 years. It was my first smart phone and is still working well. I was surprised to see the update push and immediately thought it was google/moto putting extra hooks in the code so the NSA can have better access to my data. I upgraded despite my paranoia. lol
    The only issue I have is when using the phone as a GPS nav unit with full satellite image overlay the phone gets hot. Even plugged in to the car charger the patter slowly discharges on a long trip. Turning off the data intensive sat image overlay and just using lines for streets solves the problem but has less WOW factor.
    I don't want to loose unlimited data so I will not upgrade until the old droid x dies.

    • Sid

      Buy a phone on open market. Don't fall for the upgrade trap. I'm off contract for 2 years and upgrade at will. (albeit with cash)

  • Gnex


  • Sid

    I love my unlimited data. That's why I'll just buy a phone on the open market instead of stoopid verizon subsidized phone and stoopid "share everything" stoopidity. (yes it works) If you can't change phones on the website, then call in to switch to new phone.

    Everytime I do a phone switch, the website tries to bully me into switching plans, or texting or whatever.

    Of course, when I call in, the humans try that too. "oh, you'll save money" bla bla. Just tell them "DON'T TOUCH MY PLAN OR YOU'LL GET HURT" Switch my phone and shaddup.

  • Dave Pavano

    My Droid X Works Better Than Any Newer MotoRola I've Tried Since... The Jelly Bean Update Totally Ruined Any Good Experience With TheM... First The Droid RAZR Had It For A Few Months And Jelly Bean Killed The Swyping Feature WhichYouCanSeeHereWhileI'mSwyping
    NowThisIsWhatItDoesNoMatterWhat Settings I Use... So I Have To Space Manually Between Every Word And Still The Caps Keep Coming Up...
    So They Gave Me Another Phone That Still Had Ice Cream Sandwich Which Was An Upgrade To The RAZR Maxx... Worked Ok But Accidentally Accepted The Upgrade To Jelly Bean And Same Thing Is happening. Not Only That But Like The Other RAZR It Slowed Down To A Crawl And I'm Lucky If The Battery Lasts 4 Hours... Then IT Takes Hours To Car Charge It To 15% To Be Able To Turn It Back On And It Dies Again With The Car Charger Plugged In....
    My Droid X Never Gave Me Any Problems And Is Still Fast As A Whip! Just No 4G :'(
    Now I'm Afraid To Do This Update....