Australian Motorola Atrix 4G owner Irwin Proud quickly discovered that it’s bootloader was locked after his purchase of the device earlier this year. In response, he formed a “Groubal” page to attempt to get the attention of Motorola and convince it that there is a large subset of users who wish to develop for the Atrix and cannot due to the immutable security.
The Groubal page has grown quickly, currently at over 8800 signatures since it’s inception on March 31st. Motorola has since taken notice, and has issued a response: “…It is our [...]
Previously we told you about a heavily discounted Atrix 4G on Amazon that would cost you just $49.99 with a new two year contract. An even better deal has appeared at Best Buy, with the final price coming to a fantastic $29.99. Why the low price? It’s likely that the Atrix 4G is less popular than the retailers thought, and so they’re trying to draw down their inventory. The Atrix 4G, which got a lot of attention thanks to its impressive spec sheet with a Tegra 2 dual core CPU and an unheard of 1GB of RAM, was first available for $199.99.
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Last month, AT&T responded to complaints that Android phones running on its network were crippled to disable HSUPA for high-speed uploads. The company quickly went on the defensive, first trying to argue that it wasn’t actually “capping” speeds by selling smartphones with this mode disabled. Perhaps it realized that no one was buying its claims of innocence, as it followed-up a couple weeks later with a promise to bring HSUPA to the Atrix 4G sometime in April. Though it’s yet to announce that a patch is ready, it may already be going out to users, as at [...]
The Motorola Atrix 4G is up on Amazon with a great price which you don’t want to pass on if you’re in it to get this smartphone. For $49.99 you can have this baby given you sign a two-year contract with AT&T and become a new subscriber.
Motorola announced the Atrix 4G at the beginning of February with bold specs including NVIDIA’s new Tegra 2 1GHz dual core processor, four-inch display with a 540×960 qHD resolution, front facing .3 megapixel camera, five-megapixel camera on back with LED flash and auto-focus as well as a fingerprint [...]
For those searching from the U.S. today, Google‘s “doodle” features an olde-fashioned Ice Cream Sundae because it’s reportedly the 119th anniversary of the “first documented” Ice Cream Sundae. If you’ll pardon the pun, that’s where things get sticky. Apparently there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding where the “first” Sundae was made. The controversy isn’t new, the disagreement has been around for quite some time. So why would Google go on-record and take sides now? More importantly, what does a Google doodle [...]
In a move that will certainly please hackers and owners of the Atrix 4G alike, Motorola has made public the kernel source code. The release includes code for the device’s included drivers and utilities such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as the Webtop.
Changes to the kernel can affect things such as battery life, stability, and features. Utilizing the code in this release, developers will be able to compile a complete kernel from scratch and build kernel modules, which may lead to the ability to disable some of the devices security, or enable previously locked abilities. [...]
Earlier today, FCC documents showed that HTC was working on a Inspire 4G software HSUPA fix that would hopefully let AT&T users finally get the most out of the company’s high-speed network. AT&T has now confirmed that this isn’t an isolated case, and that the Atrix 4G will also have its HSUPA turned on sometime next month.
We had been concerned that Motorola was too busy trying to fix the nebulous voice call problems plaguing the Atrix to worry about upload speeds, but today’s statement from AT&T clearly shows that’s not the case. The [...]
With widespread reports of call quality issues on the Atrix 4G on both incoming and outgoing calls, Motorola has responded by collecting data both from returned phones marked as having this problem and from users on it’s support forum. It is looking for users to fill out a short survey, providing info on environmental factors that may contribute to the problem (using a case, screen protector, etc.)
Motorola’s noise cancellation technology, which uses input from multiple microphones and a special algorithm to reduce the volume of background noise was previously [...]
We’ve been having a difficult time tracking down AT&T’s supposed 4G network, as has the vast majority of Atrix 4G and Inspire 4G owners. The lack of HSUPA support on these devices mean that data speeds actually benchmark worse than 3G devices. Nevertheless, AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, which is only available in places with “enhanced backhaul” (for which there exists no coverage map), has been spotted in Detroit, as you can see in the below video. YouTube user lopertit6 was able to clock a pretty impressive 4.8mbps down in one run of the [...]
The Motorola Atrix (sans 4G) is available in Canada via Bell Mobility and will go for $169.95 (around the same amount in US dollars) on a three year contract, that is with HSUPA disabled according to reports.
We’ve seen a game of words with AT&T’s denial of capping 4G uploads on the US Motorola Atrix 4G though “the ATRIX is a HSUPA-capable device” the carrier said. According to the early adopters, the Bell Motorola Atrix doesn’t do HSUPA as upload speed tests barely reach 400kbps. Whether this is a software or a carrier issue is yet unknown and [...]
If you’re on Sprint but have a thing for AT&T‘s Motorola Atrix 4G — with the lapdock and the other cool accessories — word is that you’ll be able to get it soon as the smartphone is rumored to arrive to Sprint next month.
The rumor comes from an anonymous person in the know and according to the hear-say, the Motorola Atrix 4G will come to Sprint — including the lapdock — with support for the carrier’s 4G WiMAX offering. If there’s any truth here, we’ll likely to hear an announcement next week at CTIA where Sprint [...]
I’ve been hard at work on the Atrix 4G the last few days, and the first round of hacks is ready to be published. These two hacks allow you to permanently change the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth MAC (Media Access Control) addresses. There has also been some progress in flashing the device, bypassing the locked bootloader.
The MAC address is your device’s unique hardware identifier. When establishing a connection over a Wi-Fi network or attempting to do Bluetooth pairing, the MAC address is what the foreign device uses for authentication. Your device’s MAC address always [...]
AT&T has finally issued a response to the reports of slower-than-expected upload performance on the company’s latest phones, like the Atrix and Inspire 4G. Users have been mystified over why these supposed 4G smartphones aren’t using HSUPA data, resulting in abysmal upload bandwidth. In regards to complaints that it was artificially capping upload speeds, the company denies the allegation, though its stance seems to rest on a convenient interpretation of what “capped” means.
The company writes that it “has not “capped” the upload [...]
Sony Ericsson’s PlayStation Suite, as we heard at the end of January, will be able to deliver PlayStation content to Android devices as well as new titles developed for the platform.
nVidia and Sony announced that PlayStation games will be available for Tegra powered smartphones — which at this particular moment are the Motorola Atrix 4G, LG Optimus 2X and the 9003 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, with hopefully more coming this year. PlayStation games will not only be available outside the platform for the first time but Sony also plans on bringing several [...]
Speaking in terms of specs and functionality, the Motorola Atrix is one of the most advanced and innovative smartphones ever. Unfortunately, if you’re an early adopter being on the cutting edge can often come with risks. A number of people have been experiencing random reboots and other bugs with the device. The random reboots have been reported on the Motorola support forums, Atrix 4G Forum, and XDA Developers. It’s unclear as to wether the problem is with the hardware or software, but some users have reported returning the device 4 times and still experiencing the [...]
A new hack has arrived to enable hotspot and tethering usage on the Motorola Atrix 4G without a tethering specific plan. This hack comes hot on the heels of another that enables Webtop usage without a dock.
The device is required to be rooted, and can be completed directly on the device using tools purchased from the android market (Root Explorer and SQLite Editor). The hack can also be completed using free tools on the desktop side, with a bit more work.
The modifications change the access point name (APN) the system uses to connect to cellular data. Rather than using [...]
There’s no doubting that the ability for Motorola’s Atrix 4G to pull double-duty as a netbook when dropped into its laptop dock is a huge selling point for the smartphone. Not everyone who picks one up, though, is willing to sink even more money into their phone just to use that feature. Luckily for us penny-pinchers, there’s now a hacked version of the files needed to run the Webtop app that handles the phone’s docking mode, letting you use it over a plain HDMI connection hooked up to any compatible monitor.
In order to pull this off, you’ll need [...]
Similar to the Atrix 4G, the Motorola Atrix will reportedly arrive at Canadian Bell Mobility March 17th, 2011.
The Atrix features a 4-inch qHD display (540×960), 1GB RAM, and a dual-core Tegra 2 processor. At release time the smartphone will come with Android 2.2 Froyo (sorry, no Gingerbread yet), and should be compatible with the same accessories as the U.S. “4G” version of the phone.
It will come with both front- and rear-facing cameras, HD recording, a biometric fingerprint reader for added security, and even though it’s under 11mm thin, Motorola [...]
Motorola’s Atrix 4G may seem like a one-of-a-kind phone right now, with its unique laptop dock letting it perform double-duty as both a smartphone and a netbook-like computer appropriate for home use. An idea like the laptop dock is too cool to let it stay an Atrix exclusive, and it looks now like Motorola is making plans to include similar docking functionality in its upcoming higher-end smartphones.
Chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha has revealed that Motorola will be installing the Webtop app on the more powerful smartphones it has planned for release later this year. While he [...]
With Motorola’s implementation of a locked, encrypted bootloader on the Atrix 4G and other recent offerings, it was expected that custom ROM development would be difficult. DesignGears over at XDA decided to approach the problem a novel way, applying the ROM via a different method than usual, circumventing the bootloader issue.
The custom ROM, named “Adeo” is deployed via batch scripts executed on your PC and shell scripts executing on the device. The ROM is fully de-odexed, and adds a reboot option to the power menu. Rather than writing a new system image [...]
T-Mobile has published an infographic as part of a campaign to “enlighten” people that the Apple iPhone 4 — available on AT&T and Verizon — does not, despite of the “4” in its name, support 4G speeds.
Besides promoting their own speed, T-Mobile — the rabbit above compared to the two turtles — also claims lowest data costs per month compared to AT&T’s and Verizon’s iPhone 4 3G data plans. Not that anybody ever claimed that the “4” from the iPhone had anything to do with 4G, T-Mobile will tell you [...]
One of the most exciting capabilities of the Motorola Atrix 4G is its ability to function like a full-fledged computer when snapped onto to its matching laptop dock. Try playing around with a demo model in an AT&T store, and you might notice the dock’s trackpad supporting multi-touch controls, letting you scroll in Firefox with two-fingered gestures. Early adopters who have taken an Atrix 4G laptop dock home are now reporting that what they got doesn’t match their in-store experiences, as the docks being sold apparently no longer feature multi-touch support.
The Motorola Atrix 4G has started selling yesterday on both AT&T as well as Etailers in the USA but it will only come to the UK in July, that is more than four months from now, if Expansys got it right.
The Tegra 2 dual-core processor powered smartphone with quarter HD resolution (540 x 960), a full 1GB of RAM, and a huge 1930mAh battery is priced at £474.99 unlocked (approximately $771) and according to the Etailer will hit the UK around July 2011. Together with the device, Expansys also has the accessories (namely the docks) on pre-order but they are wearing no price tags [...]