It looks like Motorola is unlocking the Atrix bootloader with the Gingerbread update

It looks like Motorola is unlocking the Atrix bootloader with the Gingerbread update
Motorola had said that they would change their policy on locking bootloaders by Q3 of this year, but the changes look like they're starting early. BriefMobile has confirmed through a leaked Gingerbread update for the Motorola Atrix 4G that the update will allow easy unlocking of the bootloader.

The Gingerbread update for the Atrix is scheduled to be released over-the-air in July, and will update the phone to Android 2.3.3, which unfortunately means that the phone still won't be able to use the new video chat in GTalk which requires 2.3.4. But, the update will allow the use of the traditional fastboot oem unlock command to unlock the bootloader. And, an unlocked bootloader means full support for custom ROMs and kernels. Given the power of the Atrix and the interesting dock features, it should be very interesting to see what kind of tweaks and custom features the mod community builds once they are able.

BriefMobile is confirming the unlock on the Chinese and AT&T variants of the Atrix, but expect that the unlock will come to all Atrix carriers around the world.

source: BriefMobile via Android Police

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ATRIX 4G
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1930 mAh(9.00h 3G talk time)

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6 Comments

1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

this is quite interesting, wonder how good the update will be, hope it brings the features people are asking for, and maybe more uses for the fingerprint scanner like opening apps by swiping a certain finger directly from the lock screen (I've heard something related to that)also 2.3.3 wont be half bad and 2.3.4 will be an easy update from there (I think), but will have to wait and see, July is really closeHope I can get some details when the update its available

2. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Indeed very interesting. Now the Atrix will truly be the phone it was meant to be from the beginning. 2.3.4 shouldn't be that hard of an update. We'll just have to see :)

6. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

I think it will take a bit more than that to make it into the phone it was meant to be..... Moto really lost momentum on this handset. Started off with absolute awesomness, but now.. meh....

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Well, Q3 is only about a week away, so technically they are going to be late to make the bootloader easier to unlock.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2228; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Damn... And I just sold my Atrix... No matter, my SGSII will have to do :-p

5. Soulmanager11

Posts: 26; Member since: May 04, 2011

Nice!!!!!

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