How To Update / Upgrade Motorola Droid 2 To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread


19.06.2011

How To Update / Upgrade Motorola Droid 2 To Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

In August 2010 Verizon released Motorola Droid 2, a smartphone that came with amazing speed at that time.¬†Motorola Droid 2 features a 1GHz processor, unfortunately a little bit slower than the one equipping the Global brother, a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex CPU. It also comes with a 3.7-inch TFT capacitive display with 16 million colors at a resoution of 480×854 pixels.

On¬†Motorola Droid 2, the American company decided to fit a 5MP camera, with face detection, geo-tagging and image stabilization. With¬†Motorola Droid 2 you can record videos at 720×480 pixels at 30 fps.¬†Everything¬†happens on a Android 2.2 Froyo background, which can now be updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. You can download and install¬†hundreds¬†of applications from Android Market, and I mean literally, as¬†Motorola Droid 2 comes with 8Gb of internal memory, and a 8GB microSD memory card included. You can replace the 8Gb memory card with a new one, expendable to up to 32GB.

As about¬†Motorola Droid 2 connectivity, it comes with Rev. A to up to 3.1Mbps, WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1. Now you can add a full qwerty sliding keyboard, and here it is:¬†Motorola Droid 2. What can I say, it’s a real beauty, with promising specs, a real¬†competitor¬†for iPhone 4.

If you are one of the¬†Motorola Droid 2 lucky owners, learn that a new firmware update is available for your device. Now you will be able to update your¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware version. This Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update is only for the Verizon Motorola Droid 2 devices, not other handsets like¬†Motorola Droid 2 Global or¬†Motorola Milestone 2. We also recommend you not to proceed if you unlocked your¬†Motorola Droid 2 from Verizon. Anyway, before proceeding to update¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, let’s have a look at the tweaks that come with the new firmware version.

Most of the new firmware updates are rolled out to introduce new features, improve the existent ones, and fix bugs. The same happens with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for Motorola Droid 2:

  • After you install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your¬†Motorola Droid 2, you will notice that a new icon was placed in the Applications folder, named “Downloads.” This section will help you manage all your downloads in an easier way.

  • Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update also comes with some new tools like Cut, Copy and Past, which will allow to copy / cut any word in your phone, whether it’s in a text message or on a website and past it on the web, or in another text message.

  • The new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware update also brings a new color scheme to your Motorola Droid 2, so, once you install the new firmware version on your device, it not only look cooler, but it will also give you a great sense of capability, mostly because of the new Dock icons, and because now you can customize it.

  • If you worried about the data on your SD card, learn that once you update your¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, the data on your memory card will be¬†encrypted. You will also be able to customize the Application groups.

  • The calendar of Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread also comes with some¬†tweaks, like a new layout and it looks easier to use.

  • Adobe Flash 10.2 is now available on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, and you will also be able to update it to the latest version, 10.3. Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread also comes with some new apps as standard, like Google Books, Accu weather and Amazon Mp3 Store.

  • But one of the best things about Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is that it was optimized to drain fewer battery power, so after installing it on your¬†Motorola Droid 2, you should also increase the battery life of your device.

Now that you know what are the most important features of the brand new Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread for Motorola Dorid 2, let’s see what you will have to do in order to properly prepare your device for the update procedure. Since this procedure involves some risks, we recommend you to closely follow both the following instructions and the tutorial on how to update¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, so you will be able to safely install the new firmware version on your device. Also note that Softsailor.com should not be held responsible if you brick your device in any way. Now let’s see how you should prepare your¬†Motorola Droid 2 to be updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread:

  • First of all, you will have to make sure that the device you are trying to update on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread using the below procedure is a Verizon¬†Motorola Droid 2. If not, do not¬†proceed¬†with the upgrade procedure.

  • Since Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread was officially rolled out on Verizon Motorola Droid 2, and since this is just a firmware installation procedure, using an official ROM, please note that you will not loose the warranty of your device, after performing the below procedure.

  • Since it’s a firmware installation procedure, all the data on your device will be wiped off, so we recommend you to backup your contacts, messages, call log, music and video files, pictures and applications you downloaded and¬†installed¬†from Android Market, before proceeding to update¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Since the contents of your SD memory card will remain intact, moving the backuped files there can be an alternative.

  • If you previously rooted your¬†Motorola Droid 2, note that after you install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread following the below procedure, the root access on your device will be revoked. The good news is that the warranty you lost when you rooted your¬†Motorola Droid 2 will be restored. Anyway, if you want admin rights on your¬†Motorola Droid 2, you should perform a root procedure again, after updating the device to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

  • When your¬†Motorola Droid 2 is updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, your battery power drains faster, so we recommend you to make sure that the battery level is above the 50% level. By doing so, you will ensure that your¬†Motorola Droid 2 will not turn off during the update procedure, interrupting it.

After closely following the above mentioned instructions, you know that your Motorola Droid 2 is ready to be updated to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. But before proceeding, learn that are two ways of performing the upgrade procedure. Both the methods we will present are OTA (Over the Air) methods, because we are talking about official Google Android releases. Whatever method you will choose, make sure that your internet connection speed is good, and note that since Android 2.3.3 Gingebread 4.5.596 file has a 103MB, it will take around an hour for it to be downloaded and installed.

Update Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA, Automatic, Server – Initiated
  1. This method can be used only if the update to Android 2.3.3¬†Gingerbread notification is still on the screen of your¬†Motorola Droid 2. If so, all you will have to do is choose the “Download” option, by tapping on it, then the “Install” option. Now your¬†Motorola Droid 2 should reboot and the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread installation procedure should begin once your¬†Motorola Droid 2 automatically turns on.

  2. If you don’t want to install Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread on your¬†Motorola Droid 2 right after the download finishes, you choose the “Install later” option then perform the update procedure in 12h time. If you don’t install the new firmware on your¬†Motorola Droid 2 after 12h, you will¬†receive¬†the update notification again.

  3. After choosing “Install” option, once your¬†Motorola Droid 2 turns on, you should be able to see the status bar of the upgrade procedure. Once the update is completed, you will be shown a notification screen, called “Update Status,” reading “The software update was successful.”

But if by some reasons you decided to ignore the update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread notification on your¬†Motorola Droid 2, don’t panic as there are also other ways to install the new firmware version on your¬†Motorola Droid 2. The user initiated OTA method will be the next one we will present you in the¬†tutorial¬†on how to update¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

Update Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gignerbread, Manual, Server РInitiated
  1. If you ignored the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread notification screen on your¬†Motorola Droid 2, and now you want to upgrade your device to the same, all you will have to do is go to Home > Applications > Settings > About Phone. Here, you will have to locate and tap on the “System Updates” option. After your¬†Motorola Droid 2 checks if there’s any update available, you will be prompted a notification screen that will ask you to download the new firmware version.

  2. Tap on the “Download” button and wait until Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is downloaded on your device. Now the¬†Motorola Droid 2 update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread manual procedure starts to look like the automatic¬†procedure.

  3. After the files are downloaded, you will be asked to choose between “Install Now” and “Install Later” options. The first one will reboot your¬†Motorola Droid 2 and start the update procedure right away, while the other option will let you update your¬†Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread later, only it will remind you in 12 hours time that you have a firmware update waiting for you.

Congratulations, you successfully update your Motorola Droid 2 to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Since this is a firmware update, not that the APN settings on your device might be wiped off, so we recommend you to remember them, then restore them after Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread is successfully installed on your Motorola Droid 2. Sometimes the same happens with the MMS settings. If you will not restore the APN and MMS settings, you will not be able to use the Internet, nor sent MMS messages anymore. Anyway, if the problem persists even after setting up the APN, please contact your service provider and ask for the APN Settings corresponding to the firmware version running on your Motorola Droid 2.

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