Motorola Atrix 4G, which was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars of CES 2011, is yet to be officially released, but the devs have already begun tinkering with it. BriefMobile is confirming that designgears from XDA-Developers has succeeded in gaining root (super user) access.
Root access will allow users to install essential apps like Titanium Backup and SetCPU, which require superuser privileges, besides enabling sideloading of apps (installation of apps from sources other than the official Android Market) that AT&T notoriously disables.
The one click root tool works on both Windows and Linux, but requires the installation of .NET Runtime (Mono for Linux). The rooting tool as well as in-depth tutorial is available here. Although the procedure is idiot-proof, the standard disclaimer regarding rooting still applies.
Like other Android handsets from Motorola’s stable, the bootloader of Atrix also is encrypted. So, custom ROMs are still not possible. However, the devs are already on the task, and hopefully, someone will soon find a way to bypass the protections put in place by Motorola.
The Atrix, which Motorola claims to be the world’s most powerful smartphone and the future of mobile computing, sports a 4-inch qHD display, and is powered by the meaty nVidia Tegra 2 chip. The handset will launch with FroYo (Android 2.2), but is scheduled to receive Gingerbread (Android 2.3) later in the year. It will be available across the US from AT&T Feb 22 onwards.