A number of hard-working developers have been at work porting the CyanogenMod 9 experience to Motorola’s Atrix 4G. A number of alpha-quality builds have been released over the past few weeks. Today, all of the progress culminated in an Android 4.0 ROM for the Atrix with working hardware acceleration. There are still plenty of bugs to squash, but the Atrix’s version of Ice Cream Sandwich is starting to feel pretty ready for the prime-time.
The hardware acceleration work comes from Ricardo Cerqueira, who used his talents to create an Android 4.0 ROM for the LG Optimus 2X and G2x— don’t forget to thank Ricardo! Also, make sure to thank users turl1 and jokersax11 on XDA-Developers for their hard work in moving this functionality from the LG Tegra 2 devices to the Atrix.
After running the latest builds with acceleration enabled, I finally feel like my Atrix can fly again. Applications are much smoother (than previous ICS alpha releases), and I can finally check out Google’s Chrome browser. Guess what… the back and front-facing cameras are working as well. Face unlock works like a charm.
I won’t forget holding my Atrix on the first day of its release and thinking: “Dang this phone is awesome.” Today, I got that special feeling again thanks to the always wonderful Android development community.