Of all the devices that have gotten official and unofficial ports to Ice Cream Sandwich, there aren’t many that had a worse time than the Motorola Atrix 2.
What has been called the dreaded ICS leak of 2012 by members of the Atrix 2 sub-forum community, the initial leak left many users with bricked devices or devices that could be bricked at any time. Thankfully, that’s all over now, and this time the Atrix is getting some Jelly Bean goodness that shouldn’t turn your phone into a paperweight.
XDA Forum Member wanggjghost, along with the help of some other devs and members, has released an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 port for the Atrix 2. As is par for the course with this wave of AOSP Jelly Bean releases, the ROM is quite stable with only a few minor bugs. As of right now, here is what isn’t working:
Not working now:
camera, video, maybe more
So if you can live without your camera, this could be a ROM you run every day. Of course, there could be other bugs as well that haven’t yet been documented. If you happen to find one, you should probably report it so it can get fixed. Aside from that, users are reporting a solid experience.
For download links and more, visit the original thread.
September 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
We often see proprietary launchers from one device make their way to other devices. This can be cool for a myriad of reasons, but the most common is to see how another device’s software runs on your hardware. This can be especially interesting when you’re using the competition’s launcher or even if you’re using the launcher of the next device up from yours. This is the case with the Motorola Atrix 2 which can now run the launcher from the Motorola Atrix HD.
The launcher is pretty easy to install. Users simply boot into BOOTMENU, wipe dalvik-cache, and flash away. That isn’t to say this is flawless, however. A known bug is that you cannot add widgets from the app drawer, as well as other miscellaneous issues. In most cases, switching the underlying ROM has worked out well, and most users say it works well once they can get it to work. Included with the launcher are the weather and circle clock widgets.
August 2, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Usually, leaked firmware updates can be a lot of fun and give users insight as to how the next version of Android will run on their devices. Somethings, though, leaks can be dangerous. As we saw on the Galaxy S II as well as the Epic 4G Touch and Galaxy Note, leaks can cause some major damage if not brought under control fast enough. Another situation much like happened with Motorola Atrix 2 users, where updating from a leak caused a number of problems.
Known around the Atrix 2 forums as the Great Leak of 2012, the leak indeed had many problems. If users manage to get the update installed without hard bricking their devices, trying to roll back to Gingerbread afterward almost certainly finishes the job. The first reports of the issue began trickling in when the popular and known method for rolling back firmware stopped working. XDA Senior Member alteredlikeness who informed us of the situation describes the whole ordeal here. When the disasters started happening, the leak was taken down to prevent further damage. It didn’t help that the Motorola device featured a locked bootloader.
That wouldn’t be all for the Atrix 2 users, though, as a fix was inevitably found. After a method for rolling back the Atrix 2 inexplicably appeared one day on a Chinese website (written in Chinese), XDA Senior Member jimbridgman adapted the current Atrix 2 method with it and created a way out. No one knows or can explain why a solution for an AT&T phone ended up on an obscure, Chinese forum, but Atrix 2 owners wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. The method is quite simple, as it involves download a file, unpacking it, and running via Terminal or Command Prompt.
It is not a perfect method, as a few users are still reporting that it isn’t working for them. However, the percentage of success is much, much higher than the old method which was successful for all of five people. The crisis is considered officially over thanks to the method developed on the Chinese forum and jimbridgman. Since then, a more stable ICS leak has even been re-posted by jimbridgman along with a root method. When asked, alteredlikeness had this to say about jimbridgman’s efforts:
He was the one who made the leak manageable, for anyone who chose to, to install. But, he was one of the special one’s (along with approx. 5 others) that could fxz back to GB with no problem, and that kind of caused issues because we didn’t know the full extent of anything at the time. Then, the bricks started to fall… So, he immediately removed the links to the leak to try and prevent further bricking, and has been babysitting and handling everyone’s problems, questions, and proposed solutions the whole time while working on a real solution in the background. After he finalized his ICS to GB utility, he re-posted the leak files (today, I think), and you will notice that he whipped up a rooting method for ICS and included it in that OP also.
For more information, check out the original thread.
Owners of the Motorola Atrix 2 have recently faced a different problem than most Android enthusiasts are used to. Normally, when you install a custom recovery, it stays there. You can boot into it pretty much whenever you want and do whatever you want, knowing it’ll be there when you need to restore a Nandroid in the future. However, for Atrix 2 owners, that has been a bit of a challenge, as their problem is actually more of a choice. They can either have working GPS or a normal custom recovery experience. However, installing the custom recovery likes to break GPS. This is sort of a major bug, but luckily, it has been rectified.
XDA Senior Member rdavisct has released a guide that helps users install a custom recovery permanently on their Atrix 2 without borking the GPS. The method uses a mod created by developer Brandon McAnsh, and requires a little terminal emulator work, but it’s not too hard, and it isn’t very time consuming. Users attempting this will find that the method is quite easy to follow.
For more info, hit up the original thread.
February 8, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
While it may not be Ice Cream Sandwich just yet, Motorola has released an official OTA update for the Atrix 2 that updates the OS to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and brings several improvements and bug fixes to this popular dual-core device.
The update includes:
As of now, a direct rooting method for this version isn’t available so by flashing it directly, you will lose root and will not be able to gain root till a method is churned out by the developers. However, there is a way to retain root when updating to 2.3.6 if you are already on rooted 2.3.5. The instructions for that can be found in this forum thread.
January 2, 2012 By: liwen
If you didn’t know, fastboot files allow you to recover your device from softbricks, meaning you can go ahead and flash anything you want without worrying about bricking your device.
November 1, 2011 By: egzthunder1
Our not-so-little-anymore family keeps growing, and at a fast pace, I might add. We have added 3 new forums to our beloved xda-developers: Nokia Lumia 800, Motorola Atrix 2, and Motorola Droid Razr. The latter was added this past weekend, but it is still worth mentioning it as it is the first device that will be released with the infamous “Razr” branding on it since its flip phone counter part. This device is rumored to be loaded with ICS as Moto is now “partnered” with Google, but the official specs claim that it will come with Gingerbread. Other outstanding specs from this device are its ridiculously thin profile of 7.1 mm, 4.3 in Super AMOLED screen, and dual core 1.2 GHz OMAP processor. It also weights a mere 126 gr with the battery on, just as much as the ham and turkey that you would get in a sub at Subway (and probably just as thin when stacked).
The second device is the Atrix 2, which as its name rightfully implies, is the continuation of the not-so successful-yet-revolutionary Atrix, which came with a laptop as a docking station. The device is not that much different from its predecessor but we are trying to keep up with the times. Last but not least, we say “welcome” to Nokia into our forums. As you may have heard, Nokia finally gave up and decided to partner up with Microsoft in attempts to try and promote the WP7 platform in this iOS/Android dominated market. The basic difference with other devices running WP7 out there is that this one has a much beefier processor, clocking at 1.4 GHz, which still is not the highest clock speed (Titan clocks at 1.5 GHz). Yet, it should provide enough oomph for the money.
Well, if you have any of these, please share your success/horror stories with the rest of our members as well as the tips, tricks, and hacks that you may find along the way.
You can find the Lumia home on xda here.
You can find the Atrix 2 home on xda here.
You can find the Razr home on xda here.
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