Back in February, Motorola released a list of devices that it would be upgrading to Ice Cream Sandwich along with the expected timeframe of the update. As time passed by, Motorola failed to meet its expected timeframe, and until now has only managed update a handful of its handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich – the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, DROID 4 and recently, the Atrix 2.
The ICS update for the DROID Bionic, which was at one point of time Motorola’s flagship Android handset, has slipped into Q4, which has rightfully angered all Bionic owners.
Today, Motorola updated its Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out chart to make some sad changes. The company has decided not to update the original Atrix 4G, the Sprint Photon 4G and the Electrify to Ice Cream Sandwich. All these handsets are more than capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly, with their dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
The Atrix 4G and the Photon 4G are very similar to each other, and were at one point the company’s flagship handsets for their respective carriers. Not upgrading the Android OS version of its previous generation flagship handsets even once clearly shows how incompetent Motorola is. The Atrix 4G launched with Android 2.2 on-board, even though it was released well after Android 2.3 Gingerbread hit AOSP. The company then took its own sweet time to roll-out the Gingerbread update for the handset, and has since then only released some minor software updates for the device.
Google may have purchased Motorola for its patents, but the company will definitely be mending ways how Motorola conducts its business.
Via – Motorola Forums
Motorola has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread update for its first dual-core phone the Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G was announced way back at the starting of 2011 with FroYo on-board, and was supposed to get its Gingerbread update sometime soon.
The Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G brings with it a host of welcome changes, including better system performance and stability, along with improved battery life. Other enhancements include an improved Gallery and Music application, and a new version of MotoBLUR UI, with a new dock. The update will also bring the ability to side-load apps on the Atrix 4G i.e. to install apps other than from Android Market.
Atrix 4G owners should also expect a speed improvement in the Webtop mode of the handset. Firefox 4.0 is also included in this update, so the browsing mode in Webtop mode should also improve. They can also enjoy full-HD videos playback on their handset.
Users can download and install the update on their phone, by going to Settings > About Phone, and selecting the Check for updates option.
It was also rumored that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G, will unlock the boot loader on the handset. Sadly, users who have already installed the update have confirmed that the boot loader is not unlocked post the update.
The whole change-log for the update can be found here.
Via – ThisIsMyNext
Motorola Atrix 4G owners, this is the day you all have been impatiently waiting for. Yesterday, we reported that Motorola might unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
However, the awesomely talented folks over at XDA have managed to beat Motorola, and have unlocked the boot loader on the Atrix 4G.
The whole method to unlock the boot loader on the Atrix 4G can be found here. Do make a backup of your data, since the handset will be wiped clean of any data when the boot loader is unlocked. Sadly, there is a catch though. The method only works on AT&T branded and OLYFR branded version of the Atrix 4G.
Other branded version of handsets threw an error when users tried to unlock the boot loader. The phone did not brick itself, so there is no issue in trying.
The unlocked boot loader means we should start seeing custom kernels and true custom ROMs for the handset. In fact, ClockWorkMod Recovery is already available for unlocked Atrix 4G handsets. Here is the link to the appropriate thread over at XDA forums.
Motorola has announced the first Nvidia Tegra 2 powered handset to be available under the Sprint’s network the Motorola Photon 4G.
The Motorola Photon sports a 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. The handset is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset running at 1GHz.
The back of the handset sports an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, while there is a disappointing VGA camera in the front. The handset also packs in 1GB of RAM, along with 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and a proximity sensor are also present. Like the Atrix 4G, the Photon 4G will also have WebTop capabilities.
The Photon 4G also has a kickstand at its back, which will allow users to enjoy watching videos on their device. The handset will also support’s Sprint’s WiMAX network, along with support for 3G networks outside the U.S, making it a World ready’ handset.
The Photon will be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a new and improved version of MotoBLUR running on top of it. The handset will be available sometime this summer under Sprint’s network. Final specifications and pricing of the handset will be revealed sometime before the estimated release time frame.
AT&T has started rolling out two new software updates for the HTC Inspire 4G and the Motorola Atrix 4G. The software updates for both the handsets mainly aim at removing the cap from the upload speeds.
The Inspire 4G software update brings with some bug fixes, and some email enhancements including automatic configuration for Hotmail, Live and MSN email accounts. The software updates also enables higher upload speeds on the Inspire 4G, for which AT&T has been criticized.
The software update for the Atrix 4G enables higher upload speeds for the handset, and also bumps up the Android version to 2.2.2. Apparently, Motorola is also rolling out another software update for the Atrix 4G. The update in question is this one, which Motorola did not release to the consumers for some reason.
The updates for both the handsets are OTA one, and will be automatically pushed to all Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G handsets. Users can manually check for the update as well, by going to the Settings-> About Phone menu and selecting the Check for update option.
Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced the Atrix 4G and the Droid Bionic. While the Atrix 4G is already available to the general consumer, the Droid Bionic was expected to be released sometime in Q2 of 2011.
The Droid Bionic is the first dual-core 4G LTE phone headed to Verizon’s network. However, there is a twist in the tale. At the company’s Q1 earning call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha told the folks over at Droid-Life that the Droid Bionic launch, as well the XOOM’s 4G LTE update has been delayed.
Instead of the original Droid Bionic, Motorola will now release a new improved and better spec’d Bionic in Q3,2011 .
The XOOM 4G LTE update has been delayed because of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It looks like the carrier wants to beef up its network, before the XOOM gets 4G LTE support.
For the people who were worried about the low sales figure of the XOOM, the company managed to sell more than 250,000 units.
Keeping in mind that the XOOM launched in the last week of February, and is still not available all over the world, 250k units is not bad at all!
Motorola has started rolling out a software update for the Atrix 4G. The software update version is 4.1.57 and weighs 17MB in size.
The first ever software update for the Atrix 4G will bring with it a host of performance improvements and bug fixes.
The software update will improve the multimedia experience of the Atrix 4G with Bluetooth accessories and improve compatibility with additional Bluetooth headsets. The performance of the Car Dock application along with the Fingerprint reader at the back of the phone has also been improved.
The display of the handset will also turn off when plugged into the charger. Motorola also states that the battery life of the phone will be improved after installing this software update. The general stability and performance of the Atrix 4G will also improve after the software update.
Sadly, the software update won’t enable HSUPA on the Atrix 4G. AT&T has apparently disabled HSUPA on the Atrix 4G and the Inspire 4G, frustrating its users with very slow upload speeds.
The company has promised to release a software update sometime in the future, which will enable higher upload speeds on the handset.
After the launch of the highly successful Motorola Droid, Motorola started shipping its phones with locked down bootloader. These highly locked down bootloader severely restricted the modding capabilities of Moto phones.
One of the most talked about phones this year the Motorola Atrix 4G also ships with a highly locked down bootloader. However, the highly talented developers at XDA managed to get root access to the phone system’s partition in quick time.
In fact, at the moment many Custom ROMs are also out for the Atrix (They are not AOSP based, though).
Now, another awesome developer Sogarth has got a full-blown Linux distro, Ubuntu, up and running on the Atrix 4G. This mod is obviously not meant for the faint hearted, and newbie Atrix owners are highly recommended to stay away.
Possibilities of bricking your beloved Atrix or putting it into an infinite reboot loop are also very much possible. As usual with these mods, a few caveats do exist like installing certain packages can break the Ubuntu installation etc.
The highly complicated steps of installing Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix 4G can be found here.
Motorola unveiled the Atrix 4G at the CES 2011. The Atrix 4G is a beast of a phone packing a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) LCD display. The phone is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor and has 1GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal memory.
What makes the Atrix 4G special is its docking’ capabilities. At the CES, Motorola wowed the whole world by plugging in the Atrix 4G into a WebTop’ dock and transforming the whole phone into a laptop.
When plugged into a WebTop’, the Atrix 4G can provide users access with a full fledge Firefox web browser with full Flash 10.1 support and some other useful apps including one for IM. Android lovers and techies all over the world were totally awe-struck by the beast of a phone Atrix 4G.
Now, Motorola has released another promo video of the Atrix 4G. Below is the video I am talking about :
After watching the above video, I am pretty sure most of you would have been completely blown away by the handset. The docking’ capabilities, fingerprint recognition, dual-core processor and the abundance of RAM make the Atrix 4G one of the most desirable handset to have.
The Atrix 4G is supposedly going to hit the stores on Feb 14th. The Atrix G sure is going to set the sales chart on fire after it’s released to the general masses.
Living in India, I can only hope that Motorola launches this beast of a phone here as well. I also hope that the Atrix 4G won’t come with a locked down bootloader like the Droid X and the Droid 2. Otherwise, the modding potential of this phone will be heavily restricted.
The Motorola Atrix 4G, one of the best Android smartphones unveiled at CES 2011 was supposed to launch in Q1 2011. Now, thanks to some leaked documents from AT&T, we have the exact launch date – March 1.
The leaked data from AT&T shows the complete specifications of the Motorola Atrix 4G along with a launch date and an SKU. Normally, AT&T launches new phones only on Sundays, but March 1 is a Tuesday, so this may turn out to be wrong, but from what we know so far, March 1 seems to be the most likely date for the Atrix 4G launch.
The Motorola Atrix 4G comes with a dual core ARM Cortex A9 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It will have a 4.0 inch qHD display and a 5 MP camera. It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the MotoBLUR UI on top.
We don’t have the price yet, but you better start saving up for it right away.
via Android Central