Two developments are rocking the world of Android geeks who happen to use the shiny new Droid X smartphone. First, a hacker figured out how to create a ClockworkMod recovery for the Droid X.

If you don’t know what that means, here’s the short version: The Droid X was first rooted shortly after it came out. That means users can gain root access to settings that would otherwise be unavailable — but not all settings. For instance, you couldn’t access the recovery partition. Now you can… sort of.

Apparently the hack “hijacks” portions of the boot process, allowing users to load custom ROMS, start a system recovery, or make some other changes. But it won’t let you replace the kernel or boot images… yet.

The second major development in the Droid X world? A system update that brings Google Android 2.2 to the Droid X has been leaked.

Verizon is expected to start pushing the Android 2.2 Froyo update soon, but if you don’t want to wait until the over the air update is available, you can download the update file and install it manually. Of course, there are always risks involved in going this route. This might not be the final version, it could harm your phone, and so on… but the update is available for download right now for the impatient types.

via Android Police

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...