Motorola Droid 4 - WL1285 and GPS

Today I had another look at GPS for Droid 4. In theory it has 3 different chips, that have GPS receivers: WL1285C, MDM6600, WG3LTE. The Cyanogenmod changelog for the Droid 4 contains a hint, that WL1285C’s GPS module is the one actually used: Don't hold st_wakelock until BT/GPS is used for the first time Also the stock kernel contains a driver for GPS from WiLink. WiLink based chips come with either SPI or SDIO connection for WLAN and a shared UART for Bluetooth (BT), FM radio, GPS and NFC. Read more →

Motorola Droid 4 - Update

Some time has gone by since my last post, so lets have a look what changed for Droid 4: I prepared a CPCAP LED driver I published updated patches for the N950 display (also used for D4) Milo Kim published TI LMU backlight driver supporting D4’s LM3532 Tony published a CPCAP ADC driver Tony published a simple CPCAP battery charer driver Tony published CPCAP usb phy Tony published Motorola MDM6600 patch for qmi_wwan Tony published lots of droid 4 DTS patches adding Touchscreen LCD backlight GPIO poweroff Temperature sensor HDMI support (incl. Read more →

Motorola Droid 4 - Modem

Today I had a first look at the modems of the Droid 4. Conclusion Modem 1 (2G/3G): Name: MDM 6600 USB ID: 22b8:2a70 Drivers: bpwake - wakeup ttyO0 via gpio mdm6600_ctrl - modem gpio control via sysfs mdm6600_modem - usb-serial driver (unused?) qcusbnet - qmi driver, mainline provides alternative ts27010mux - 3GPP 27.010 mux ldisc for ttyO0 Modem 2 (4G) Name: W3GLTE USB ID: 22b8:4267 Drivers: wrigley_ctrl - modem gpio control via sysfs oob-wake - usb wakeup via gpio cdc-ether - usb network device Both modems require a GPIO control driver for powering them up/down. Read more →

Motorola Droid 4 - RTC driver

With Debian up & running I had a look at what needs to be done in the mainline kernel. Tony is working on the ADC parts, which are required for the battery/charger work and mentioned he will have a look at USB. He also mentioned, that somebody with spare cycles could take care of CPCAP’s rtc & watchdog. I had a look at Motorola’s vendor kernel and as far as I can see CPCAP does not come with a watchdog (unlike twl4030/twl6040). Read more →

Motorola Droid 4 - Debian

In the last post I rooted the Droid 4 and installed LineageOS with SafeStrap as bootloader. Today I took care of getting the mainline kernel running and preparing a rootfs. After some communication with Tony I got the kexec stuff running (at the end the problem was my compiler generating binaries not suitable for Android). Instead of getting a compiler toolchain for Android I decided to rewrite the binary into a shellscript, so that no compiler is required. Read more →

Motorola Droid 4 - rooting

Yesterday I received the Motorola Droid 4 from my previous article. It came in a reasonable condition with a few scratches in the case (none in the display) and some of the back cover’s clips being broken. First impression: The phone feels a bit more clumpy than the N950, but much less than the N900. The sliding mechanism feels qualitatively worse than Nokia’s and the same goes for the keyboard quality. Read more →

Motorola Droid 4

Tony Lindgren is currently working on mainline kernel support for the Motrola Droid 4 (Wikipedia, GSMArena, iFixit Teardown). He documented his work to get serial over USB on the following page: I just got myself a used one via Ebay, since it’s a decent upgrade from the Nokia N9xx phones. It’s also quite cheap (30$ in US, 50€ after import to DE (shipping + customs)). Last but not least there is no newer phone available, which has a proper hardware keyboard. Read more →