Motorola has been heavily criticized by developers and consumers for locking down the boot loader on their devices. In its defence, Moto said that carriers also play a part in locking the boot loader on their phone, and that they will unlock boot loader on their handsets sometime in the 2nd half of this year.
Now, the folks over at BriefMobile, have somehow managed to get their hands on a test build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Atrix 4G. The test build allows them to unlock the boot loader on their Atrix 4G, by simply using the fastboot oem unlockcommand.
Below is a video of the Atrix 4G boot loader being unlocked :
It is not confirmed whether the final build of the Gingerbread update for the Atrix 4G, will allow users to unlock the boot loader on their handsets.
BriefMobile does state that they have confirmed with representatives from Motorola, about the possibility of unlocking the boot loader in the final build of the Gingerbread update.
If Motorola remains true to their words, then this move will definitely please all the Atrix 4G owners out there. An unlocked boot loader would mean faster un-official Android updates, AOSP ROMs, custom kernels with Overclocking and under-volting support etc.
Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset based handsets and tablets owners rejoice! Nvidia has released the highly anticipated Tegra Zone app for your Tegra 2 based device.
The new Tegra Zone will provide users with the best games available for Android, which will be optimized for the Tegra 2 chipset. The app ties into the Android Market itself, thus providing users with quick access to the Tegra optimized games. It will also contain high resolution screenshots and video of the games on offer.
We’re working with game developers and publishers to turbocharge mobile gaming for Android super phones and tablets. Our goal is to bring a console- class gaming experience to super phones and tablets and bring the generation of gaming to the future of mobile devices. Tegra Zone is a free app we’ve built so gamers can find great games for Tegra in one easy place.- Tony Tamasi, Senior Vice President, Content and Technology at NVIDIA
The launch titles have some impressive games including Dungeon Defenders: First Wave Deluxe HD, Samurai II, Fruit Ninja and Galaxy On Fire 2. Dungeon Defenders is the first game to be released for Android to be based on the popular Unreal Engine 3.
Nvidia is also working closely with more game developers to add more titles to the Tegra Zone. All the games available on the Tegra Zone will feature richer graphics and improved performance. Users can download Tegra Zone for their Tegra 2 based handset or tablet from here.
The dull gaming scene on the Android ecosystem has surely picked up pace with a bang thanks to Nvidia!
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.
During the AT&T Dev. conference in CES 2011, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of the Atrix 4G handset for AT&T. However, the company did not announce the full specs of the handset. Now, AT&T has listed the Atrix 4G on their website with its full specs. The Motorola Atrix 4G sports an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Like the Droid Bionic, the handset has a qHD display with a resolution of 960×540. However, the size of the display measures in at 4-inches, instead of the 4.3-inch screen estate on the Droid Bionic.
The Atrix 4G also packs 16GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash while the front has a VGA camera. The Atrix 4G also has a unique security features – fingerprint login. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
The phone will be powered by a mammoth 1930 mAh battery which will provide users with up to 9 hours of talk time.
Sadly, the Atrix 4G will run on Android 2.2 with the BLUR UI on top of it. The Atrix 4G also has a webtop dock which converts it into a netbook. Users can read more about it here.