February 19, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Before Motorola was acquired by Lenovo, the OEM released two very interesting smartphones. The Moto X and Moto G were the first and probably the last devices made by the formerly American OEM in a cooperation with Google. Not so long ago, we talked about the Moto G receiving an unofficial CyanogenMod port. Now, however, the G and a few other Motorola devices will receive official CyanogenMod nightlies.
The CM team has released three unified builds, which is a bit of a surprising move, considering that the list of supported devices is quite long. The “mysterious” moto_msm8960 build will work with the Photon Q, Atrix HD, Razr M, and Droid Razr HD. The second build, dubbed moto_msm8960dt, should work with dual-core devices like the Moto X, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, and Droid Ultra. You need to figure out which phones are which, as builds for other devices will simply not work properly or even can brick your device. So be sure to double check before flashing, and check your home forum here on XDA to get the necessary info.
A build for the Moto G is separate due to its internal hardware. And I can’t can’t write about official nightlies for device code named falcon without mentioning XDA Senior Member dhacker29, who did a terrific job bringing up the device tree for this phone.
Motorola devices aren’t the only receiving these new unified builds. A couple of Samsung devices will receive unified builds as well. The list of phones is quite long and includes following devices:
Builds include only Qualcomm-based devices, as Exynos devices are still using platform-specified builds.
As you can see, the CyanogenMod team are on fire and make things as easy as possible both for developers and end users. The builds are located over on the official CyanogenMod download page. You can also check out the source code by visiting team’s Github and typing the name of the device in the search box.
[Big thanks to XDA Recognized Contributor herna for the tip!]
February 22, 2013 By: Conan Troutman
Users of the Motorola Atrix HD received a little bit of a raw deal when their device was updated to Android 4.1. Although they were updated to a more recent OS, Motorola had decided to really go to town on securing the device against being rooted. It was possible to upgrade from a rooted version of ICS and protect root access throughout the upgrade procedure. However, many people couldn’t contain they rampant urge to upgrade, and neglected to do so.
Thankfully though XDA Forum Member djrbliss has made something of a habit of finding root exploits for Motorola devices as well as several other devices, and was able to do just that with the Atrix HDs running Jelly Bean. This exploit though is a little more complex than your regular one click affair, so you may want to make coffee before attempting this one.
First off, you’ll need to access to a Linux distribution of some kind. If you don’t already use Linux and don’t feel like installing it permanently, a live CD will suffice for this procedure. Next, you’ll need to set up a Samba share that can be mounted from your device before placing the relevant files on this share, accessing them and actually using them to gain root access.
There are quite a few steps and a fair bit of Terminal-based jiggery pokery to contend with. But if it’s root your after, it will all be worthwhile. All the steps are thoroughly explained by djrbliss in the forum thread, right through from setting up the Samba share to pushing SuperSU to your device. Some of you whippersnappers might even learn a thing or two about what rooting was like in the good old days, before the advent of the “one click” exploit.
Check out the original forum thread for more information.
November 8, 2012 By: Jimmy McGee
Spend any amount of time on the XDA Forums and you know that we hate Motorola’s locked bootloader policy. It’s a silly policy that Motorola should abandon. This policy simply encourages developers, or “evil hackers” in Motorola’s mind, to find and exploit security vulnerabilities on the device. We want root, plan and simple. Whether outright or with an obnoxious two-year commitment, we’ve paid for our devices and we should be allowed to use it as we see fit.
Well, even with a locked bootloader, XDA Forum Member djrbliss has released an exploit allowing root on the Motorola Atrix HD. The program called Motofail2Go should also work for the Motorola Droid RAZR M, Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE, Motorola RAZR i, and the recently released Motorola Droid RAZR HD. Djrbliss has this to say about his release,Despite my strong belief that people who are interested in rooting should buy devices with unlocked bootloaders instead of expecting the magical hackers in the sky to give out free exploits (which are in short supply), I’m once again continuing to encourage bad behavior by publishing another root exploit.
You can find instructions, learn more and join the discussion in the forum thread.
It’s no secret that there are many Motorola customers who envy the battery life of the Droid RAZR Maxx. Compared to the Droid RAZR and the Motorola Atrix HD, the Droid RAZR gets way better battery life. We brought you news about a method to put the RAZR Maxx battery in the Droid RAZR. Now there is a method to do it to the Atrix HD.
XDA Forum Member smogtdi has posted a thread that is a compilation of other threads that actually show you the process. So far there isn’t a method that has pictures for every step, but the ones that do exist do have pictures showing the end result.
Essentially, the mod is based around getting enough space in the Atrix HD to fit the RAZR Maxx battery. What most have done is cut into the back of the Atrix HD to make extra room. As with most hardware mods, this can cause irreparable damage to your Atrix HD as well as void your warranty, so be extra cautious while doing it. However, once installed, users have reported getting up to double the battery life they were getting with the stock Atrix HD battery. Of course, any additional methods to get it done are welcome in the thread.
For more info and links to the various methods, check out the battery mod thread.
By now, we’re all familiar with the Motorola Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 available on AT&T. In order to differentiate themselves from the sea of other Android devices, they offer innovative Webtop functionality. This allows them to serve as basic laptops and desktops by simply attaching the appropriate dock.
Motorola has now announced the latest in the Atrix line, the Motorola Atrix HD. Unfortunately, however, the device breaks away from its Atrix heritage by not offering Webtop functionality—a hallmark feature of its predecessors. However, it incorporates many traits from other devices such as the Motorola Droid RAZR with its Kevlar back and incredibly thin profile (8.4 mm).
The specs aren’t too bad either, as it packs a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, backed up by 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of ROM, and a microSD card slot. It also manages to pack a 4.5″ 1280 x 720 “ColorBoost” LCD that comes in at 330 ppi. And surprisingly, similar to the Galaxy Nexus, it features on-screen Android navigation buttons. Finally, all of this hardware is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.