Droid X ROM Review, rubiX ROMs! Updated 02/02/2011 NEW rubiX ROM 2.0 Released!

| October 13, 2010 | 14 Replies

If you are a Droid X owner like me, chances are you are waiting and holding your breath for efuse/bootloader to get cracked so we can get some great and true custom ROM’s going (CM6! ).  Until then you are pretty much stuck with either stock Froyo or one if the many leaks or using the Team Black Hat Tranquility bloatware removal zip, but a new and more Blurless ROM has emerged called “rubiX Focused 0.3″.

I have always hated companies bloated custom UI’s such as HTC Sense and Motorolas Blur, and have always had a way to pretty much remove all of it from any Android Device I have used, and thanks to drod2169 and his new ROM rubiX Focused 0.3, I can run my Droid X with almost no Blur remnants at all!

I have been running this for 3 days now, and I have to tell you guys its the best thing that’s happen to my Droid X so far.   My battery life has increased by at least 20%, my boot up speeds are lighting quick, and unlike other blurless alternatives, I have nearly all blur removed from my phone!

What’s been changed in this ROM you ask? Drod2169 explains:

Tranquility 2.3.5 base (2.2.3.15 base) thanks to p3droid, motorola (hah) and google Build.

Prop tweaks (thanks to Beesley)

Market fix System fully deodexed All apps optimized/zipaligned (Credit to me)

ADW Launcher as stock launcher (No more laggy blur home!)

Bloatware removed (Credit to me) 135.42 MB free in System!

Speedy (Credit to me) Google market apps removed (download from market)

Auto Brightness Hack (credit to Pete, huge battery saver!)

Speed and battery tweaks (Credit to me. Thanks Nenolod and Pete for inspiration on sysctl tweaks)

Few more things that I’d like to keep secret for the time being

This rom is VERY speedy, stable, and loveable, it’ll make you want to laugh in Moto’s face for the locked bootloader.

I 100% recommend this ROM, its is in fact fast and blurless, and the developer offers great support and quick fixes in his thread.  So head over and check it out!

Grab ROM & Fixes & Support Here.

Note:

The screenshots taken are from my current setup, I am running rubiX Focused 0.3, with Galaxy S theme from ROM Manager and Launcherpro paid.

UPDATES!
rubiX is getting better and better! I am running V.5 and I am here to tell you, if you are not running this, you and your phone are suffering. Battery life is increased, device is faster than it has ever been, and the developer drod2169 is updating constantly adding more and more features….check out his release notes below.

Now up we have rubiX Focused

Much loved rom by the masses, Blurless as can be! here it is:

Release Notes: 0.5:
Now using my OWN base!
Based off of 2.3.15, deodexed the ota packaged together!
Build.Prop tweaks (thanks to Beesley)
Market fix to see all apps System fully deodexed
All apps optimized/zipaligned (Credit to me)
ADW Launcher included Launcher 2 Built from AOSP, synced and compiled on 10/6/2010 All replacement apps are now AOSP apps, same as Launcher 2 compiled from scratch. Bloatware removed (Credit to me)
Over 125 MB free in system! Google market apps removed (download from market)
Gmail added back in for sync issues.
Also compiled from AOSP, 2010 Speed and battery tweaks, as well as sysctl tweaks Bug fixes from Focused 0.3,
Calendar working perfectly! AMAZING Boot animation from WJD Designs! Thanks!
Few more things that I’d like to keep secret for the time being.

RubiX Blurry:
Release Notes: 0.3:
Based off 2.3.15 (ota)
Completely deodexed, zipaligned, optimized, not like everyone mean it when I say optimized! Custom speed/battery tweaks Tweaks to sysctl.conf
Market apps removed Wallpapers installed to SDCard instead of in launcher!
Build.Prop mods (Credit to Beesley, edited by me
Certain System files replaced with LATEST 2.2.1 source build a (Calculator, Music, Gmail) Bloatware Removed LOTS of free space in system! Over 100 mb!
I can’t remember amount, i’ll edit it in when I load it back up Amazing Boot animations credit to WJD Designs!

BIG NEWS UPDATE!

AngDroid Drod2169 & Matt4542 Present Vanilla Android For Your Droid X
First Public Preview Beta
I wanted to port the ROM to DX so here it is. Drod2169 and myself ported the ROM and he did the testing since I do not have a DX. I would very much like one so I can continue this project so if you would like to donate to project you may do so by clicking HERE. I want to thank Drod2169 very much for doing this with me. It was a pleasure working with you and good luck! All 3 of us created this together and it will turn in to Drod’s rubiX ROM and hope he stays with the Fission team

Grab it Here.

Change Log from public alpha: Source synced and compiled today (10/15/2010)
3D Launcher 2
3D Gallery (No HDMI out yet) *SHOULD* Have Black MMS App (credit to Koush/Cyanogen)
Call logs now working Lock screen placed correctly
Black text on gray buttons instead of white on gray
Vanilla lock screen Auto brightness upped to 16 from 2 (stock droid x value is 45ish) big batte
Incoming call sliders should function properly now (Credit to JsinLegacy!
Market apps removed (Gmail, Maps, FB, Google Search, Voice Search, Car
Wifi scan upped to 180 seconds (3 minutes) BATTERY SAVER

I have been running this for a few hours now, and it is a fast vanilla Froyo beast! It is still beta and has some dialer graphics issues, but other than that its a lean mean rom.
I highly recommend it!

UPDATE 11/01/2010

Focused 1.6.
RELEASE NOTES:
Made from my own base
All apps Deodexed, Optimized, Zipaligned by Me
De-Blurred COMPLETELY Build.Prop Tweaks (credit to Beesley) All AOSP apps compiled 10/29/2010 3D Launcher 2
3D Gallery
WORKING PHONE INCOMING CALL SLIDERS! (Credit to me and AngDroid)
Bloatware Removed 140+ MB Free in System at install!
Certain Market apps removed (Download from market)
Speed and Battery tweaks (Credit to me)
Internal Memory Manager raised to give better stability, battery life, and pe Syscontl.Conf tweaks (Credit to me)
Updated BusyBox (Credit to JRummy)
Various bug fixes from Fission 1.0/rubiX 0.5
FaceBook now syncs to contacts! Sign in through FaceBook app! AMAZING NEW AND UPDATED Boot animation credit to WJD Designs! Battery percentage by the 10′s, ACCURATE (images credit to kejar31 from xda
Rounded corners in the status bar (Credit to Cyanogen team) Transparent Notification Pulldown
Undervolt on install (48 vsel) for better battery life and stability

I have been testing and running 1.6 for a couple days and it is smooth and blazin fast! Highly recommended!

GRAB ROM HERE.

NEW UPDATE! 11/16/10

Change Log from 1.6

Added reboot option to power menu
Security Features for my benefit Various code cleaning and fixing Couple of bug fixes
Upgraded to 2.2.1 Drivers Framework better suits
Generic (Lock screen tab placement, text placement) Tweaks tweaked
More Blur removed than ever before
Added 3G HotSpot app
Home screen memory fix (credit to Beesley)
App Widget Picker included (Can’t remember who made this, anyone know?)
Music Mod instead of Source Music app (Credit to Eliot Stocker)
Added Car Home back since it was removed from market.

I have been running this and tests for a few days now, and its better and faster than ever!

GRAB 1.8.6 ROM HERE.

UPDATE!
VERSION 1.8.9

Updated tweaks (credit to Collin_PH for some of them) Kernel tweaks (NO this is not a custom kernel upgrade of any sort, simply set the CFS to behave more like a BFS) i’d like to thank inkarnit for working on these behind the scenes with me. He helped me test the kernel tweaks.

These kernel tweaks will kill your quadrant score. If you score ~900/1000, you know they are working. These quadrant scores are changed in the I/O scheduler, but increase cpu performance and the like. The phone OVERALL will run FASTER and SMOOTHER than before. THESE LOW SCORES ARE NORMAL. Linpack scores, on the contrary, will increase.

Added transition animations (credit to Myn, and JsinLegacy for pointing them out)
Re-optimized, zipaligned all apks and framework-res/moto-res OGG (sounds) optimized Updated moto files with 2.3.320 files (some anyways)
Now compatible with OC on boot (seems to not work on the leak) and will not cancel out my tweaks
Bootstrap is installed on boot (takes a few minutes), to reboot into recovery, either run the bootstrap app or type bstrap.sh -r in terminal emulator *STILL BETA*
Some other things I can’t remember right now, will update when my memory is better

I have been running this version for 3 days now and its running smooth as ever! The bootstrap on every reboot is an amazing feature, and the whole ROM is phenomenal.

GRAB 1.8.9 HERE.

UPDATE 12/03/10
rubiX Focused 1.9.0

CHANGES:

Adjusted tweaks to fix the battery situation.
Reverted back to my old 1.8.4 as a base (which was an internal build).
Couple more security features. Zipalign on boot.
Various code cleanup and clean up of my errors

Well after testing this and 3 SBFs with early builds/tests I have to say that drod2169 has really stepped up his game! The ROM is faster than ever and the battery life has been made significantly better. Best ROM out there hands down.

GRAB 1.9.0 HERE.

12/20/2010

Sneak Peak of Up Coming rubiX ROM!!!!

Well folks, I have been testing for drod2169 for a few weeks now, all the way from early Alpha to now Beta, and the new rubiX ROM is running better and faster than ever!!!  I cant tell you to much about it just yet, but drod2169 did allow me to post some sneak peak screenshots and tell youa tiny bit about it.

1. There are quite a bit of Gingerbread Goodies involved.

2.  There is also a new stock theme (Thanks to Mycahya)

3. My experience has shown that on a normal Droid X use day, I can get at least 12 hours of battery life easy before I need a charge.

4. Speed! This is by far the fastest made  ROM out there!

Sorry I cant tell you guys more, but follow http://twitter.com/drod2169 and you will get the latest news on this Amazing ROM.

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New RubiX 1.9.5 Release! 12/26/2010

It is finally here folks, no more teasing and no more waiting! rubiX 1.9.5, the fastest Droid X Rom is now available for download!
Get it HERE!
As you know I have been testing and running this for a couple weeks now, and it is by far the fastest and most thorough Droid X ROM available…..So go grab it and Enjoy!

Changelog from 1.9.0:
Switched base to GummyJar (Credit Kejar)
Full firstboot functionality.
AOSP Settings Menu (No Compass Calibrate/Battery Manager. For Battery Info, check out About Phone/Battery Use)
GB Keyboard with working size (cause size does matter )
Theme by Mycahya
Working 3G HotSpot
Phone as Modem (Instructions stored in rubiX Folder on your SDCard)
Market Apps installed to Data Partition
This Includes:
Maps
Gmail
Voice Search
YouTube
ADW Launcher
Street View
Spare Parts
Adobe Flash Player
DL Crutch Lite (For Browser Downloads)
Tweaks adjusted
File Manager (Credit to Cyanogen)

Gingerbread Parts: (Credit to Pete)
Launcher 2
Gallery 3D
Alarm Clock
Desk Clock
Microbes LWP (from the Nexus S Dump)

PRESENTING: rubiX 1.9.7

Changelog:

  • SMART One-Click Overclock App (QuickClock for rubiX) (Credit to Paul Anderson’s amazing work!)
    * This is a very brilliant OC app. It configures specifically for your device, and OC’s to the BEST value, and voltage settings for your phone.
    **If your max speed turns out to be <1100, it will only overclock to 1100. This is for the sake of Overclocking, and the safety of your device to not push it higher.
  • Base is GummyJar (Credit Kejar)
  • Full firstboot functionality.
  • Rotary Lockscreen Option
  • AOSP Settings Menu (No Compass Calibrate/Battery Manager. For Battery Info, check out About Phone/Battery Use)
  • GB Keyboard with working size (cause size does matter  )
  • Theme by Mycahya
  • Working 3G HotSpot
  • Phone as Modem/USB Tether Option (Instructions stored in rubiX Folder on your SDCard)
  • AOSP Lock screen instead of themed Moto tabs!
  • Lockscreen pattern no longer on a timer.
  • Market Apps installed to Data Partition
  • This Includes:
  • Maps
  • Gmail
  • Voice Search
  • YouTube
  • ADW Launcher
  • Street View
  • Spare Parts
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • DL Crutch Lite (For Browser Downloads)
  • Tweaks adjusted
  • File Manager (Credit to Cyanogen)

Gingerbread Parts: (Credit to Pete)

  • Launcher 2
  • Gallery 3D
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk Clock

I Have been testing and running 1.9.7 for the last few weeks, and it is by far the fastest and most stable rubiX release yet! I get at least a full day of battery life out of my Droid X now, and it is faster than any other ROM I have ever run on my X!  And now with an amazing built in overclock app, it is better and more customizable that ever! Two Thumbs Way Up!

DOWNLOAD HERE

You thought because I gave up my Droid X I wouldn’t tell you about th latest best ROM for the X? Shame on you! Her it is folks…rubiX 2.0!

Change Log for rubiX 2.0:
Sysctl.conf adjustments:
Changed vm.dirty_background_ratio to 70 from 60
Added rm /dev/log/main for extra performance/free memory
Changed NO_NEW_FAIR_SLEEPERS to NO_FAIR_SLEEPERS; this was a typo, as there are no new fair sleepers in the dx kernel already.
Cleaned up the /system/app folder
The following market apps were further removed:
Talkback
Kickback
Soundback
Added new Interactive and Conservative kernel scaling governors (credit Milestone team)
This is a Droid X first. These two governors bring a big difference to the table; here is what they do:
(Credit Cyanogenmod GITHub for this, source is here: https://github.com/CyanogenMod/cm-ke…/governors.txt)
Interactive:
Advantages:
+ significantly more responsive to ramp cpu up when required (UI interaction)
+ more consistent ramping, existing governors do their cpu load sampling in a workqueue context, the ‘interactive’ governor does this in a timer context, which gives more consistent cpu load sampling.
+ higher priority for cpu frequency increase, rt_workqueue is used for scaling up, giving the remaining tasks the cpu performance benefit, unlike existing governors which schedule rampup work to occur after your performance starved tasks have completed.

Conservative:
The CPUfreq governor “conservative”, much like the “ondemand”
governor, sets the CPU depending on the current usage. It differs in
behaviour in that it gracefully increases and decreases the CPU speed
rather than jumping to max speed the moment there is any load on the
CPU. This behaviour more suitable in a battery powered environment.
The governor is tweaked in the same manner as the “ondemand” governor
through sysfs with the addition of:

freq_step: this describes what percentage steps the cpu freq should be
increased and decreased smoothly by. By default the cpu frequency will
increase in 5% chunks of your maximum cpu frequency. You can change this
value to anywhere between 0 and 100 where ’0′ will effectively lock your
CPU at a speed regardless of its load whilst ’100′ will, in theory, make
it behave identically to the “ondemand” governor.

down_threshold: same as the ‘up_threshold’ found for the “ondemand”
governor but for the opposite direction. For example when set to its
default value of ’20′ it means that if the CPU usage needs to be below
20% between samples to have the frequency decreased.
Basically, this means more speed and battery life control

Adjusted 01cpu for a better sampling rate if the new conservative governor is found.
Added script: gov
gov allows you to control which governor you use; ondemand, conservative, or interactive. The function is:
gov -ondem for the ondemand governor
gov -cons for the conservative governor
gov -inter for the interactive governor
Alternately, these can be changed via SetCPU or Droid Overclock.
GRAB 2.0 HERE.

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  • Great Article – now makes my decision easier :)

  • Mike F says:

    where can i download this theme at?

  • Leonard Spinelli says:

    I heard that an AOSP ROM will eliminate all functionality of the HDMI Capabilities of the X. This didn’t seem right to me, but aparently my “source” was trying to explain to me that the source code that allowed the DX to use the HDMI Outport was built in to Blur – thus no Blur, no HDMI. I find it hard to believe that a programmer couldn’t just write source codes into an AOSP ROM that accessed the HDMI Outport on the phone. In a shorter breath: Does this ROM eliminate the use of the HDMI Port?

  • Evolutioncsr says:

    Nice article and you have got me running it :) Is that beautiful widgets? I don’t see that theme in the download list.

  • Alvinm 77 says:

    Is everything working on this rom, hdmi port, camera, camcorder, etc? What about bloat ware. I actually like some of the motorola apps like DLNA. The rest could go I guess. I hate that moto blur crap and use ADW and LauncherPro Plus anyway so I would love to try this. I just hate having a crippled phone when thing I use aren’t working. Someone plz let me know!!!

    • Chris Bogart says:

      I have been running this ROM for a while now and I can say that everything is running smoothly so far for me. The camera is blazing fast and takes amazing photos at 8MP, the video recording works very well also. I am using Launcherpro Plus with no issues. I have not tried the HDMI port, but there should be no reason for it not to work. The Bloatware has been removed and this ROM is blazing fast. I would recommend saving your current ROM so you could easily go back to it if necessary, but you should be very happy using this.

    • Cody Geest says:

      Ok from what i can tell DLNA is not in this rom. I personally never got DLNA to do anything so this is not a huge issue for me. FM radio is not working yet and has been removed, it probably will be worked in eventually. Hdmi port is not functional in this rom yet. Yet another thing that will probably be in the next release. Otherwise camera and camcorder seem to have no problem.

    • Cody Geest says:

      Ok from what i can tell DLNA is not in this rom. I personally never got DLNA to do anything so this is not a huge issue for me. FM radio is not working yet and has been removed, it probably will be worked in eventually. Hdmi port is not functional in this rom yet. Yet another thing that will probably be in the next release. Otherwise camera and camcorder seem to have no problem.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just got it! So far I’m loving it! The speed is insane!

  • Sadisticmind says:

    Thank you so much for your posts. Im checking it everyday for updates. Droid2169 does awesome work. Rubix is the best!!

  • Nik says:

    I have one question: is backup assistant left on here and some needed blur applications? I’ve only had one real ROM on my phone (fission) and it completely screwed up my phone. no contacts, no backup assistant, no root access and i couldn’t get it back. And i had to stick like that until the 2.2 SBF came out and a compatible version of RSD lite was as well. So basically, what’s left on here?

  • OnMy2ndGP says:

    Running 2.0 now. It’s only been about several hours of moderate to heavy useage but my battery % is 20% higher at this time of day. And of course rubiX is still the fastest and most stable ROM I’ve used on my DX. Be sure to buy DRod a few Red Bulls. ;-)