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Posts Tagged: Motorola Atrix 4G

multitouch atrix

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 to slash away on Fruit ninja? Now is your chance. In retrospect, 5 fingers should be enough as it would be somewhat complicated to get all 10 of your fingers on a screen that size. The dev also does mention that it is possible to get the device to recognize more than 5 points but it becomes less accurate. Finally, the dev provides two ways of getting this up and running: one via CWM and the other by modding a few things by hand, so choose your method depending on your level of comfort.

Please leave some feedback for the dev to see if this is working correctly or not.

More than 5 points is not perfect,but it can be identified.
use cwm recovery update .zip file
you can also modify the code in the file by youself

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Atrix_Unlock

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 leaked keys on the Motorola support forums. While not exactly leaked keys, upon decoding, it read as follows:

Greetings, fellows. We know that you are dying for the unlocked bootloader. Moto is not the only “player” that has an influence over decision – carriers have their say in it too, so don’t just blame us – contact the carriers too. As a fellow engineer – my personal opinion is to not limit knowledgeable users by locked bootloader. But I also think that modding of the system sw voids the warranty – would you be willing to void a warranty by unlocking and modding the phone? Anyway, this is meant as a tongue-in-cheek little joke, not something to be taken seriously or to have conclusions drawn from it, nor is it in anyway representative of an official company view. Have fun!

Not the keys you were looking for? Certainly not. However, this gave XDA forum member eval- the idea to poke around the ascii and hex of several recent Atrix bootloaders. This paid off, as his search of the latest Hong Kong and Taiwan version of the bootloader yielded the following tasty morsel:

$ strings CG42.img | grep INFO
...
INFOUnlocking your device can permanently VOID your warranty.
INFOThis process cannot be reversed.  If you wish to proceed,
INFOreissue the unlock OEM command containing the unique ID
INFOof your device:

Ultimately, this takes us back to our unfortunate frien-emies, our mobile providers. As always, it is they who fundamentally control the capabilities and functionality of our devices, at least initially. For us unfortunate souls in the US, this means AT&T, a company known for disabling basic Android functionality such as side loading applications from the start. Android is not the iPhone, and it will never be the iPhone. Locking it down to make it similar to the iPhone is not the answer. However, in one fell swoop, a move such as allowing an unlockable bootloader on a sanctioned device would alleviate much or all of the generally bad opinions and publicity AT&T has earned. AT&T, we implore you to do the right thing and not hinder the power users who would, in turn, become your biggest advocates and volunteer sales people.

Venture forth to the original thread to keep updated on any further developments. As for the possibility of an unlocked bootloader on your own personal device, you now know who to contact.

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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. You should back up the original file by renaming before installing the modified apk.

For more information and to download the file, head on over to the modification thread and for full step by step instructions, take a look at this post.

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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 who wish to help, and this is exactly what kholk is looking for. Some dashing, strapping, and helpful developers, who are willing to lend a hand to a great member of the community.

Familiar with kernel and Atrix development? Head on over to the original thread for more information on how you can help!

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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 that it allows for targeted backup and restore of partitions (i.e. something along the lines of what Nandroid allows for, except at a lower level), which decreases recovery time when developers do something that ends up soft-bricking their phone. It should also break us free of our dependence on SBFs because we’ll be able to create our own backups.

The presence of Nvflash is surely something that all Atrix owners out there should keep their eyes on. Now, it’s only a matter of time before full device control is achieved.

Continue on to the original thread for more details!

[Thanks Sogarth for creating the thread!]

Screen Capture App for Atrix

March 28, 2011   By:

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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 folder created on the internal storage. What’s more, unlike other screenshot apps, this one does not appear to require root access.

For more information, including to download the apk file, head on over to the application thread.

Full Ubuntu Running On The Atrix

March 20, 2011   By:

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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 most of the many steps required.

You will need a rooted Atrix, and some kind of terminal access. If you choose to use LXTerminal on the webtop, you’ll need some form of sudo access as well.

For more detailed information, head on over to the modification thread.

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If you’re a proud owner of the Motorola Atrix you’ll know that the Atrix comes with the Webtop OS platform which gets activated when the device is plugged into a large screen accessory.

To ‘plug in’ the device, the Atrix requires a media dock for connection to an HDTV. XDA forum member fenny, however has managed to hack the apk files to enable Webtop on any HDMI connection without a dock.

In doing this, the XDA member has removed the Device ID check from the Webtop Launcher in the PortalApp.apk and made the DockProvider/DockService display the Webtop as an option whenever an HDMI cable is connected.

What’s more, there are two methods of installation available – Method 1 does not require root or a deodexed system, whilst Method 2 provides a root install option.

To download the modified files and for detailed install instructions, head on over to the modification thread.

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Fancy trying out the Gingerbread keyboard on your Motorola Atrix? Well now you can, thanks to XDA forum member uskr.

You’ll need to have a deodexed system to use this stock Gingerbread keyboard on your Atrix. It is taken from the Nexus S ROM and is not a themed keyboard. However, the keyboard is tweaked for the Atrix screen resolution, and has bigger letters on the keys. Additionally, the landscape version provides more space for the input form.

The XDA member has provided full instruction on how to install the modified keyboard – so, for more information and to download the files, head on over to the forum thread.

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If you are the lucky owner of a Motorola Atrix 4G, you may be wondering how to sideload apps onto your Android device.

Perhaps you don’t have access to the Market, maybe you’re testing some apps….well XDA forum member gdanko has posted how you can enable sideloading the old-fashioned way.

You’ll need sqlite3 which the XDA member has noted that Linux and OSX come with, installed by default, so if you are running Windows you’ll need to download the exe file for this. Once you’re set with sqlite3, gdanko has provided the code required.

If you’re interested, check out the forum thread.

The Weekly Q&A: Week 27

February 27, 2011   By:

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Every week, we select five questions and answers, found on the forums. Even though some of these questions and answers might not be of help for you, they might still be interesting to read.

Q ‘Why is the first test score in Quadrant always lower than the following ones ? ‘

A There’s no expert explanation to this fact, but we guess that it has got something to do with the OS keeping the processes and data in memory. It could also be the CPU that’s been revved up after the first test.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Droid Incredible General thread.

Q ‘How can I install apps on my Inspire 4G from the market that are blocked by AT&T?’

A The best way to avoid this is by installing Sideload Wonder Machine. It’s software for you PC, which allows you to sideload applications to your phone without directly accessing the Android Market.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Inspire 4G General thread.

Q ‘I’ve looked everywhere in the settings and can’t find a way to zoom in while taking a picture or movie. Anyone know how?’

A Use the volume keys ;)

  • Q&A originally posted in the Atrix 4G General Forum thread.

Q ‘How can I remove MOTOBLUR from my Motorla Milestone 2?’

A There’s no way to get rid the complete Motoblur service from your phone, you can however hide it using any other homescreen replacement such as Launcher Pro or ADW Launcher. Note that this only hides the homescreen replacement, not the other services like remote device finder etc.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Samsung Galaxy S Q&A Forum thread.

Q ‘Today I noticed the screen of my Nook Color was oversensitive, it was incredibly frustrating and almost unusable. How can I solve this problem?’

A It must be some condensation or skin oils on your screen that caused this problem. If cleaning the whole thing doesn’t work, it might be an idea to calibrate the screen or flash another kernel.

  • Q&A originally posted in the Nook Color General thread.

If you have a burning question, make sure to search the forum first before posting. If you didn’t find the answer, you can post your question in the appropriate forum.

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You may recall a few days ago that the Motorola Atrix 4G was rooted, and that shortly after it was found out that the bootloader was signed by Motorola, effectively preventing anyone from replacing things like the bootloader and recovery images. XDA member designgears has taken matters in his own hands and has started a thread to post any and all development on cracking this lock from Motorola. Past experiences with the Defy and even other higher end phones like the Droid X have proven rather complex projects to attack face on. However, our devs have managed the impossible because, let’s face it, everyone loves a challenge (particularly our devs).

Keep in mind that this is purely development, so unless you have something to contribute to the group (and I am not taking about beta testing), please refrain from posting in there. However, feel free to follow the exciting developments as they take place. After all, nothing brings life to XDA like a challenge from a manufacturer.

Ok, so lets get cracking on this bootloader.

You can find more information in the development thread.

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You may have seen yesterday that the Motorola Atrix was successfully rooted. However, there seems to be a caveat… According to XDA member adlx.xda, it looks like while the dump of the system is not encrypted, which was some of our dev’s fear, the whole partition is signed by Motorola, which goes right in hand with the manufacturer’s practice for other devices such as the Defy and others. What this means, in essence, is that the files in the root cannot be replaced by custom ones like recovery. So, even though the process of rooting was successful, the device is still locked to a certain extent. Motorola’s methods seem to be a thorn in the hacker community’s side as they are very much hellbent on not letting people mod their devices.

Do you have anything that you would be able to add to this project? Maybe you found something that could greatly help our devs crack this new riddle. Please drop a comment or contribute to the project if you have the know-how.

The files are not encrypted as they can be splitted, though like in the Defy thos partitions are signed by Motorola. Which means you can’t replace the content of the partition with a custom content (custom boot, custom recovery)…

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Thanks pulser_g2 for the update!!

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