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Install CM10 Alpha 2 on Motorola Droid X2 and Update to Jelly Bean OS

Those who own the Droid X2 smartphones should know that there are few chances to see the OTA (Over The Air) Ice Cream Sandwich or the Jelly Bean official updates released by Motorola for their devices. Anyway, you don’t have to worry about that, as there are and will be custom ROMs available, which can easily install the platforms mentioned above on your Droid X2. The same can be learned today, because the present guide will show you how to install the Android 4.1 based CM10 custom ROM on any Motorola Droid X2.

Recently we have showed you how to flash the ICS based CM9 firmware on the same device, so you can choose which update you want to install on your phone. The present one comes with the latest Android features and capabilities, so you will be able to easily power up the performances of your Droid X2. In order to learn how to update the phone with CM10, you will have to follow and complete the next step by step guide along with the pre requisites, which are being mentioned during the following list.

Now, this is the Alpha 2 version of CM10, meaning that there are few improvements and bug fixes since the previous release of the custom ROM (obviously, I am referring to the Alpha 1 variant). The firmware is being developed by those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for the present tutorial. Furthermore, if you want to explore more about the CM10 features, things that works and about the reported bugs and issues, then you can anytime check the developer page, by using the link from here.

If you want to install the Jelly Bean based CM 10 Alpha 2 on your Motorola Droid X2, then as mentioned in the introduction, you will have to prepare your phone first. You should start by making a backup operation, because the system will have to be wiped out. I have mentioned some backup and restore tips during the next list. Then, you must root the current OS of your X2, or else CM10 will not work on your device. By rooting the warranty will be void and the only way possible for restoring the same is by downgrading to the stock ROM (so note the current ROM, or just back it up). Also, a custom recovery image must be flashed on you Droid smartphone. A tool like this will be used for the wiping process and for the update one, meaning that you can’t go further without applying the same. Now, let’s take a look over the pre requisites list:

  • First, as promised, let’s talk about the backup.
  • Well, you can start by downloading SMS backup and restore apps.
  • Then, there are tools that can be used for saving the call logs.
  • The contacts can also be backed up by learning how to sync with Google.
  • The current ROM can also be saved, by using a custom recovery image, like CWM recovery; in case something bad happens, you can easily restore and use the stock ROM.
  • For other backup tips and tutorials, check out our how to section.
  • Remember to root and install a custom recovery image before heading to the steps.
  • You will have to use a Windows running computer; on the same and on your Droid X2 deactivate all the security tools.
  • The handset should be fully charged.
  • The USB debugging option should be checked (enabled) on your phone.

After completing all these lines, you can concentrate on how to install the CM10 custom ROM on your Motorola Droid X2. You shouldn’t apply this step by step guide for a similar device because you can end up in bricking it. Also, if anything bad happens we are not responsible; you are performing this operation at your own risk. That being said, let’s go and start the installation procedure.

How to Install CM10 Alpha 2 on Motorola Droid X2 and Update to Jelly Bean OS

  1. On the computer you have access to, download the update file.
  2. You can use the download link from here.
  3. Also, use this link for downloading the Google Apps package, because it is not included in the update system.
  4. The, after connecting your phone with the PC (via USB cord) take the file and copy paste it to the phone SD card.
  5. Unplug the USB cord.
  6. Turn off the device.
  7. Reboot in recovery.
  8. This can be done by pressing on the Volume Down, the Camera and the Power buttons.
  9. By reaching in recovery, you can then select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  10. Then, after returning to the main menu (“+++go back+++”), you must select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
  11. Pick the update file and install it; do the same for installing the Google Apps package.
  12. Just for the Milestone X2 users install also the WiFi patch from the SD card (download link here).
  13. In the end, when the installation process is over select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.

That was all for today. If you own the Motorola Droid X2 now you can enjoy the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience; the CM10 custom ROM firmware was successfully installed on your smartphone. After testing the new firmware, maybe you will want to return here and share your impressions with other users too. Do tell if there are bugs or things that aren’t working.