After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the unlocked Atrix 2, Motorola and AT&T have started rolling out the update for the carrier’s variant of the handset. Motorola was expected to roll-out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 sometime in the previous quarter, but later on delayed it.
The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Atrix 2 brings with it a new magazine like system UI, Holo theme for apps, a new keyboard, enhanced Voice Actions, inbuilt data monitoring tool, face unlock and much more. There should also be a general improvement in the system responsiveness and stability.
The update is being rolled out via OTA and should be available to all AT&T Atrix 2 users within a couple of weeks. Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Phone and then tapping the ‘System Updates’ option.
Motorola Atrix 2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Atrix smartphone. It features a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera, 1 GB RAM and so on. Motorola Atrix 2 was originally shipped with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS during the Q4 of 2011. Earlier this year, Motorola launched this handset in India with a price tag of Rs.21,000 in India.
The manufacturer has already promised the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for this device, however it was delayed for several months. Now, Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 ICS update for the Atrix 2 owners. Currently, this update is available only in India and it will be rolled out in other markets in the coming days.
The latest update is numbered 672.1.18.MB865.AsiaRetail.EN.03 and brings the usual ICS goodies along with some new features such as face unlock, customizable launch bar, direct access lock screen, data usage monitor, enhanced notifications window, recent apps feature, improved settings and enhanced email experience. It also improves Bluetooth audio quality while listening to music, Mobile Hotspot performance and much more.
The size of the update is 257 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). We advise you to backup all of your data and use a Wi-Fi network before updating this device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.
Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for the AT&T’s Atrix 2. Yes, the company did release a successor to the original Atrix. Talk about spamming the market with handsets, and then not even bothering to support them!
Anyways, the new software update for the Atrix 2 brings quite some changes, including a minor bump in the Android OS version to 2.3.6.
Below is the official change-log of the update -:
Camera – Enhancements to deliver better overall picture taking experience so you never miss a moment.
Google Music – Addition of Google Music application so you have greater access to the world of music. Shop millions of songs and hundreds of free tracks. Store your purchases on Google Music for free, and listen instantly on your mobile device.
My Gallery/My Music/My Files – Re-naming of Motorola Gallery, Music, and Files applications for easy access in the Applications Tray
Device Security – Enhancements to deliver greater device security, including addition of Android security patches from Google and Cisco Any Connect VPN enablers.
Emergency Alerts – Enhancement to allow you to receive emergency alerts from authorities such as Hurricane warning notifications.
Amazon Kindle – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to access your library of Amazon digital books as well as access to the entire Amazon library.
AT&T Messages – Enhancement to include link to app for quick and easy method to give you access to all of your texts, calls and messages which have been stored in the cloud.
Keyboard – Improvements to keyboard functionality for better email experience.
Mobile Hotspot – Improved stability for better overall performance
Webtop – Enhancements to improve stability and better overall performance
As readers can see from the change-log above, the v55 software update does bring quite a lot of enhancements which would be welcomed by the few Atrix 2 users out there.
Up until the beginning of this month, AT&T had released 14 new Android phones under their network since the beginning of this year. Today, the company has announced five new Droid phones, taking its tally of Android phones in 2011 to 19.
First and foremost, the company announced the Motorola ATRIX 2. The original Atrix was released at the beginning of this year at CES 2011, and was among the first phones with a Tegra 2 SoC. Its successor also sports a 1GHz dual-core SoC of unknown manufacturer, and comes with 1GB of RAM. The Atrix 2 now sports a bigger 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution, which thankfully is not PenTile.
Other key features of the Atrix 2 includes 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, mini-HDMI port, On-Device Encryption, Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync, IPSec VPN, and WebTop support. At the back of the Atrix 2 is an 8MP camera which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution, accompanied by a front-facing camera of unknown resolution. The handset also supports AT&T’s fake 4G’ network HSPA+ 21Mbps.
Along with the Atrix 2, the company also announced the Captivate Glide. The Captivate Glide is powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 SoC, packs 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory and sports a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The Glide has an 8MP camera with a front-facing 1.3MP as well. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 1080p videos. The usual array of connectivity features including support for HSPA+ 21Mbps is also present. The Glide also has some enhanced security features like Device and SD card encryption, VPN support, MDM, and Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync.
Both the Atrix 2 and the Glide run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is going to get stale by the end of this month.
The other three Droids announced by AT&T are the Samsung DoubleTime, Pantech Pocket and AT&T Avail. Interested readers can find the specifications of these handsets here.