Exclusive: Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked with Android 2.3 Update

Motorola Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked
Motorola Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked

Alert the developers! Unlocked bootloaders are coming! Motorola’s received quite a bit of pressure regarding their locked bootloaders on most Motorola Blur-enabled Android devices. These bootloaders prevent individual users from modifying and creating their own custom kernels, which means they also prevent the creation of true custom ROMs.

But, Motorola’s opened up to the external developers of the Android world. They recently vowed to make phones with unlockable bootloaders available in the third and fourth quarters of the year. Little did we know that Motorola would take steps to retroactively unlock previously released devices, too!

Today, we confirmed that the leaked early builds of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) for the Motorola Atrix 4G will, in fact, allow users to unlock their bootloaders using the traditional command: “fastboot oem unlock.”

News of the unlock came today after a Motorola forums member posted a hint about the bootloader in the Motorola forums. It was officially redacted, but eval- over at XDA-Developers decided to look through a leaked Chinese SBF file’s contents and found that the unlock would be possible. From there, we tried it on our AT&T Gingerbread leak.

This unlock means that custom kernels and full custom ROMs will be totally available once Gingerbread is launched for the Atrix 4G. Right now, we can confirm that at least the Chinese Atrix variant and the AT&T Atrix 4G model will allow these unlockable bootloaders. We won’t be surprised when Gingerbread brings unlock-ability to Bell and other world carriers, too. Hit the “read more” button to see pictures and video after the break.


Motorola Atrix 4G Unlocked Bootloader
Motorola Atrix 4G Unlocked Bootloader


Sorry for the extremely blurry video. We’ll work on a new one as soon as possible.


52 thoughts on “Exclusive: Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked with Android 2.3 Update

        1. they said Q3/Q4 releases at the earliest.   If they can unlock the Atrix via update, they can unlock the Photon via update.

          Perhaps you don’t understand how software development works.  The bootloader requirement probably wasn’t changed in time for the initial release.  

  1. I hope Motorola takes note of all the people shedding in tears right now.  They need to unlock the bootloaders on all their past phones dating back to the milestone.  

      1. Probably has to do with the red letters that says Unlocking the device may void your warranty.  However, I’d assume it would only void it if you bricked it after unlocking it.  Not for say a button failure or whatever.

  2. I will hold my celebrating until Moto actually comes through. Skeptical dog is skeptical.

    Having said that, if this comes to pass, the Atrix will finally fullfill it’s promise and blow all the other phones out of the water. Until the SGSII lands stateside.

  3. OK Kenneth now its time to show your true creativity. I can’t wait to see what you are truly capable of.

  4. Ken you have personally kept the Atrix forums calm and quiet about the release of Gingerbread with your early previews and your hacking and cracking knowledge. Your a link between NooBs and  Dev’s, always filling in the blanks and thus getting your hands on some awesome stuff before the rest of us. Keep up the good work!

  5. So should we be worried that perhaps ATT will turn this down?  Or did this confirmation from a Moto rep suggest that they wouldn’t?

  6. Can you still use webtop and the media center once you install a custom rom?  I’m guessing no, but I figure it’s worth asking…

  7. I’m running Gingerbread and followed the exact instructions that are in the video, but failed to work

    c:moto-fastboot-win32>fastboot oem unlock
    … INFOOEM unlock is not implemented
    OKAY [  0.004s]
    finished. total time: 0.005s

  8. Has anyone been able to unlock the phone? do you need to buy the code  in order to input by using the adroid sdk tool like in the video, with the phone connected to the usb ?

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