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Former Writer · Oct 20, 2012

Webtop and Google Now on Atrix 4G ICS ROMs

Webtop may be on its way to the grave, but many still enjoy the technology. It was a unique idea that set Motorola apart from the competition. It's just too bad they didn't do much else right. For Motorola Atrix 4G users running certain custom ROMs, Webtop is now not only attainable, but Google Now right along with it. XDA Forum Member Rhadamg has posted a zip that enables Webtop, Google Now, and many other Google-related goodies without too much...

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Former Writer · Sep 29, 2012

Fix for Motorola Atrix 4G Battery Issues Finalized

Many of us have been battling battery life issues for as long as we've owned smartphones. Time and time and time again, we've brought you news on dealing with random battery problems or unexpected power drains. The Motorola Atrix 4G is among the devices with known battery issues, but its fix has been finalized. The issue is that the battery percentage meter can become incorrectly calibrated. XDA Senior Member ravilov had been working on the battery issue for a bit, and has...

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Former Writer · May 16, 2012

Photon 4G to be Locked Down Like Atrix 4G Next Update

Let us all let out a collective sigh as Motorola continues to publicly hate on all of their rooted users. We've already brought you coverage of the shady Motorola practice of giving out Atrix 4G handsets that cannot be unlocked. Now the time is coming for the Motorola Photon 4G as well. The dual-core Motorola device, which also happens to be the only dual-core Motorola device on Sprint, has an update coming up that will lock the bootloaders and prevent the flashing...

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Former Writer · May 15, 2012

Motorola at it Again, Locks Down Atrix 4G Even More

We know what you're thinking. Oh no, not again, right? Very recently, the newest generation of the Motorola Atrix 4G, whether they be given out as replacements for older models or being sold brand new, has lost the ability to flash SBF files and, thus, the ability to unlock its bootloader. For those unfamiliar with SBF files, they're much like Motorola's version of the HTC RUU or an ODIN-flashable file on Samsung devices. They can serve as vectors for stock...

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Former Writer · May 13, 2012

Atrix 4G Dual Booting Method for Linux and Windows

Dual booting on the Motorola Atrix 4G has been quite the ordeal for many users. Although there have been multiple attempts, the path towards a working dual boot solution has been a little more difficult for the Atrix. Actually, until a few days ago, developers couldn't get dual booting working on the Atrix 4G at all. However, with patience and time comes a solution to all problems. And for users of the Atrix 4G, dual booting has been solved. The...

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Former Writer · May 3, 2012

GenTop2 Looks To Replace WebTop Permanently for Atrix 4G

When the Motorola Atrix 4G was first released, it featured an innovative WebTop platform that allowed users to connect their devices to bigger screens and do all kinds of fun stuff. Since then, WebTop has been hacked, modified, adn improved by the relentless developers here on XDA. However, it appears as if the end of the line is coming soon for WebTop. XDA Forum Member Gendol has posted a thread containing GenTop2, which is one of the best Linux-based WebTop replacements available. With...

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Former Writer · Apr 19, 2012

Choose Your Poison with Kitchen Sink for Atrix 4G

When it comes to Android, options are everything. That's one of the big pluses to owning an Android phone. You can root it if you want, flash whatever ROM/theme/kernel combination that you please. In some cases you can even take your CDMA device to a different carrier. There is no other mobile platform with that level of sharing and options. And now for the Motorola Atrix 4G, the options just keep coming. XDA Recognized Developer jokersax11 has created a ROM that...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Former Writer · Apr 5, 2012

ROM Factory Makes Its Way to the Atrix 4G and Samsung Galaxy S II

The ever popular Fruitcake Maker also known as ROM Factory has been quietly making its rounds around XDA over the last several months, and as it's been gaining momentum as a fun and useful tool for devs and users alike. However, it was only a matter of time before this tool starting hitting bigger and better phones. XDA Senior Member samcripp, creator of ROM Factory, has been bringing the application to new devices,the popular Motorola Atrix 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II...

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Former Writer · Mar 4, 2012

Status Bar Makeover for Atrix and Galaxy Nexus on CM9

One of the greatest attributes of cross-platform ROMs such as CyanogenMod is that modifications can be used on most phones that run the release. Things like theme chooser and CyanogenMod Settings change very little, if at all, regardless of target device. The same holds true for many other CyanogenMod modifications as well. XDA Senior Member rickriego has posted a method for CyanogenMod 9 users toting the Motorola Atrix 4G that will not only place the clock in the middle of...

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Former Writer · Feb 21, 2012

Get a Tablet UI on CyanogenMod9 for the Atrix 4g

For those of us who don't have tablets, we often find ourselves envious of those who do have tablets. The giant screen, the extra features and the slick user interfaces, to name a few. Sometimes, it's a little fun to grab up a tablet-like feature just to feel the love. Well, thanks to XDA Senior Member AndroidON, users who are carrying the Motorola Atrix 4g can experience a little bit of the tablet goodness with a mod that will give...

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Former Writer · Jan 23, 2012

Motorola Atrix 4g Gets CyanogenMod9

The Motorola Atrix 4g has been able to stay pretty recent with development, already having a couple of CyanogenMod7 ports and updated ROMs with the stock firmware. To help keep up with the latest and greatest, XDA Senior Member jokersax11 has brought a port of CyanogenMod9 for those carrying the Atrix 4g. The ROM is pretty stable, with only a few things missing from being perfect. Here's a list of things that aren't working: camera Adobe flash issues- either adobes...

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mic_888 · Jul 18, 2011

WebTop: rDesktop 1.7.0 Available

Atrix 4G owners out there will be interested to hear that rDesktop 1.7.0 is available by XDA forum member FallenAngelUK. rDesktop is a terminal services client for Linux, which allows you to connect to a terminal services session of any Windows machine with Remote Desktop enabled. This is a newer release of rDesktop than what is available in the Debian repos. In order to use the client, you'll need access to a terminal from WebTop and a small amount of...

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egzthunder1 · Jun 24, 2011

Do You Want More Fingers On Your Atrix Screen Recognized? Try This…

So, you have probably seen some of the newer Android devices like the Asus Transfomer do something rather interesting. Their screens are set up in such a way that the device will accurately recognize up to 10 individual touch points on it. While the Atrix may not get that much from this new fix, XDA member michael0619 brings us the next best thing by providing a way to get the Atrix to recognize up to 5 points on the screen. Want...

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Will Verduzco · Jun 23, 2011

Motorola to Unlock Atrix Bootloader in Future Update?

Well, it seems as if we're either in the Twilight Zone or in a parallel universe now.  First HTC and now Motorola appear to be playing nicely with us enthusiasts. In the latest version of the Motorola Atrix bootloader intended for Hong Kong and Taiwan devices, the bootloader appears to be unlockable upon entering everyone's favorite fastboot oem unlock command twice. Two days ago, XDA forum member tsouza noticed a rather strange incident posted in hex was observed in a thread asking for...

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mic_888 · May 22, 2011

Atrix 1080p Recording OlympusCamera App

If you're the lucky owner of a Motorola Atrix, you might want to try out some 1080p recording courtesy of XDA forum member zove. The OlympusCamera.apk has been modified to allow HD recording and has been tested on firmware 1.8.3 de-odexed. You'll need to replace the stock OlympusCamera.apk in the system/app folder and reboot to allow the app to reload into the app drawer. XDA member mramirezusa has also posted steps required to install the replacement app using Root Explorer....

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Sam Caplat · May 18, 2011

Atrix Bootloader Almost Bypassed — Like a Boss

Cracking the Atrix bootloader is something man has been on a quest to do ever since it was released. When I say man, I'm of course referring to the fantastically techy ladies and gentlemen in our forums. XDA member kholk has been working very hard to make this a reality, rather than a dream. He's successfully managed to run Kexec, but he needs a kernel and the exact address of the boot parameters. The kexec has been provided for any developers...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 24, 2011

Motorola Atrix 4G Bootloader About To Be Unlocked

Many of us were saddened to find out that the bootloader in Motorola's powerful new Atrix 4G is just as locked down as other recent devices from the manufacturer. However, thanks to some sleuth work care of XDA forum member dasmoover, we may be one rather large step closer to solving that problem. Interestingly enough (I don't know the reasons), it looks like Motorola left a copy of Nvflash and Atrix-specific bootloader.bin for it on the Atrix. What's interesting about Nvflash is...

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mic_888 · Mar 28, 2011

Screen Capture App for Atrix

Unable to find a screen capture app that worked with his Motorola Atrix, XDA forum member mindphaze decided to write an app of his own. The screengrab app is currently in it's first version and tested only on the Atrix, so the dev is looking for suggestions, bugs, and improvements. There are two options to enable the screen capture: 1) Shake to capture, and 2) Notification feature for a 5 second delayed screenshot. The screengrabs are saved under a screenshots...

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mic_888 · Mar 20, 2011

Full Ubuntu Running On The Atrix

Want to run Ubuntu on your Atrix? XDA forum member Sogarth has posted how to get a relatively easily upgradable Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix. The XDA member states it's not perfect but close enough for other to start having a play around with it. Please note that there is a very real chance that you will either soft-brick your device or get into an infinite reboot loop. The XDA member is however planning to write script that will automate...

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