What is Wrong with Android ‘Froyo’ on the Motorola Droid X?

Something is horribly wrong with the new Motorola Droid X. What the constant commercials Verizon Wireless and Motorola keep throwing onto the televisions won’t tell you is that the recent Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ operating system update has caused numerous problems. In fact, enough problems that Motorola has been forced to post some of the known problems to its support forum.

Just a few things not working right with the Droid X running Froyo:

  • Freezing on reboots
  • Random rebooting
  • Poor Wi-Fi connection
  • Battery manager crashes
  • Sometimes media refuses to play
  • Playing music cuts off the last few seconds

What the heck is up here Motorola? Froyo is supposed to make Android powered devices better, not Microsoft products. Sorry, couldn’t resist the jab there. While Motorola says that it is aware of the issues, wants you to report any you have and is working on software fixes for all of them, the question has to be asked: did anyone beta test this thing?

Besides just the problems that Motorola is admitting, some Droid X users are also reporting frozen SMS messages that do not scroll when new ones are received. Oh, and the phone slows down when using the keyboard. Oh! And new notifications do not always appear in the notification bar. Who knows how many other bugs are floating around that haven’t gotten enough attention yet to hit the blogsphere? I love the way the Droid X looks and feels but what good is a smartphone if it is always crashing? I am sure that Motorola will be trying to get the software updates out to fix these problems as quickly as it can, but stuff like this does not help the Android brand.

When was the last time you heard of an OS update that was supposed to improve the user’s experience wreak so much havoc? I feel bad for the Droid X owners out there suffering through this. The biggest problem with one company making the operating system for a smartphone and then different companies actually making the phones the operating system runs is that there is so much that can go wrong. Like this.

So how about it? Anyone out there experiencing any of these issues? Some of them? All of them? Wish you could just go back to Android 2.1? Was it worth the trouble? Let me know how things are going for you. I’ll keep you all up to date when the fix for all this finally arrives.

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