Yesterday, the bootloader was unlocked on some major Motorola phones by Dan Rosenberg; the RAZR (MAXX) HD, RAZR M, and the Atrix HD. Motorola devices are notoriously difficult to unlock, so that was a pretty big deal. Today, that unlock tool was released to users. As a warning, it does void your warranty, and the tool cannot relock the bootloader, only unlock it. Motorola also will probably fix the exploit used in a future software update, so if you want to unlock your device, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later.
To get started, you’ll simply have to have a rooted, supported device, then follow the instructions below, and remember that as of right now, this is irreversible.
We usually don’t get exciting news on Sunday nights, but get ready for this one. A method to unlock the bootloaders on a few popular Motorola phones has been achieved by Dan Rosenberg. If you own a DROID RAZR HD (and MAXX HD), DROID RAZR M, or Atrix HD you are in luck. This method appears to be tied to Snapdragon processors only since it will not work on any devices with OMAP CPUs.
The instructions haven’t been posted yet, but the above image, as well as the one below, is proof enough. Word is the method will be posted tomorrow, and we will let you know as soon it’s posted. Hit the break for another image and a video of the Atrix HD unlocked.
AT&T announced on their Consumer Blog the availability of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola ATRIX HD. The update follows the release last week of a Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. The Motorola ATRIX HD joins the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the HTC One X+ as devices in the AT&T portfolio boasting Jelly Bean.
The update is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update via Wi-Fi. Users can can get the update by going to Settings -> About -> Phone -> Software Updates on their device.
source: AT&T Consumer Blog
Motorola has sent out a message via their Motorola Feedback Network advising members that testers are needed for a new software release for their Motorola Atrix HD smartphone. The invite reads:
We are inviting owners of the Motorola ATRIX HD on AT&T to participate in an early preview of a new software release, and provide feedback. If you are not currently using a Motorola ATRIX HD, please excuse and ignore this email.
Unsurprisingly sparse in details, the invite does not give us any clue as to whether this may be the planned Jelly Bean update. We will keep a watch for word about the update once it starts to roll out to testers.
On the heels of releasing the DROID RAZR M Developer Edition and the DROID RAZR HD Developer Edition, those anxious to be able to do the same type of customization with the Atrix HD are in luck. The Atrix HD Developer Edition from Motorola is now showing up on their website, but in information registration form only. There are no specifics as far as pricing or availability. All the requisite warnings will still presumably apply and the second you purchase the device, your warranty is void. Basically, there is no warranty. However, this edition does let you customize to your heart’s content like custom software and themes thanks to its unlocked bootloader.
Motorola has revised its software upgrade timetable yet again, this time denoting specific devices that will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Surprisingly, the list is larger than we had anticipated. The chart indicates that every device released after the Droid Bionic will receive a taste of Jelly Bean. This leaves the following devices eligible for the firmware upgrade:
- DROID RAZR M
- DROID RAZR HD
- DROID RAZR MAXX HD
- ATRIX HD (MB866)
- PHOTON Q
- ELECTRIFY 2
- DROID RAZR
- DROID RAZR MAXX
- DROID 4
- DROID BIONIC
- MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi-Only
- MOTOROLA XOOM WiFi + 3G/LTE
Considering Motorola’s disappointing history with software updates
, it would probably be wise to take the above information with a rather large grain of salt. As always, Motorola says it’s still evaluating things and updates are subject to change. Head past the break for Motorola’s full list of currently planned US software updates.
As with any other Android device, root is eventually achieved. The Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD have all received root thanks to XDA user djrbliss. The process that exploits root in these devices is called Motofail2Go and is a virtual one-click root process.
You’ll need a Windows PC, Motorola’s latest USB drivers and the program itself. If you’re brave and willing to give this a shot then head on over to the source link for instructions and more information regarding this rooting process.
As owners of the original Atrix 4G wait patiently for their upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, Motorola has begun rolling out a minor software update to the Atrix HD. While it’s not Jelly Bean, version 77.12.22 does manage to address a slew of bugs that were apparent in the handset’s previous build. The camera should now handle low-light situations better, and users shouldn’t experience problems with Spotify pausing when changing songs.
Be sure to check out the official list of bug fixes and instructions on how to update after the break.
Will the third time be the charm for Motorola and AT&T? The first Atrix debuted about 1 1/2 years ago, and it’s hard to believe we’re already on the third installment. The Atrix HD is the first Motorola phone to hit North America with a 720p HD screen. It features ColorBoost technology, which is trademarked by Motorola. What exactly it refers to is unknown, but it just might be another way of saying Super AMOLED. The price of $99 screams mid-level, but this is far from that with some pretty hefty specs.
It features a 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) display with ColorBoost technology, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB of storage, microSD slot for an additional 32 GB of storage, 1780 mAh non removable battery, HSPA+, LTE, Android 4.0.4, and a hefty dose of Kevlar and nano coating. It comes in at 8.4mm thick which is .5mm thinner than the DROID RAZR MAXX. The reason for that is that it doesn’t have the massive 3300mAh battery that the RAZR MAXX sports. With a price of $99, I guess you can’t complain.
The “3-ring style” clock widget from the Atrix HD has been pulled and made available for your device via the .apk file. The clock is broken up into 3 different parts and are all interactive, showing you time, weather in multiple cities, your battery and data plan percentages. Sadly, this widget is proprietary to the home launcher which means you have to install the Atrix HD’s home launcher in order for this widget to function. Instructions and a download link will be available after the break: