Exclusive: Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked with Android 2.3 Update

Filed under Rumors by Adam on June 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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 responses to “Exclusive: Atrix 4G Bootloader Unlocked with Android 2.3 Update”

  1. DaSpitter says:

    Definitely LIKE!!

  2. baberswallet says:

    I am literally in tears right now

  3. Txaggies07 says:

    Holy hell….I am speechless.

  4. Danielesp0612 says:

    Yeahhh baby…. I love it

  5. The world must be coming to an end if Motorola is finally giving in…

  6. Gerald Onyango says:

    this is amazing, just made my day

  7. Mogimaster says:

    Amazing news!

  8. holy shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Atenkiang says:

    Fuck me silly!

  10. Coty Spence says:

    These comments are too funny.

  11. Adam Newman says:

    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.  

  12. Ray Maika says:

    i just pooped a little.

  13. Cr15py says:

    No way this ia legit, sadly.

  14. Is it worth losing the guarantee for this?

  15. Ryan Grachek says:

    You should share this with a select few developers… otherwise it’s completely useless.

  16. Jotokun says:

    Awesome… I did not expect them to do it, let alone this fast!

  17. phildough says:

    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.

  18. Hans says:

    it’s fake

  19. Blake Burns says:

    Man you need a new camera! :P

  20. Intimnasc says:

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

  21. Bootloader says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it

  22. s1mpd1ddy says:


  23. Dirtburgler says:

    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!

  24. meta96 says:

    … can’t believe, bravo MOTO

  25. Luigi37 says:

    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?

  26. Blake Burns says:

    You need a new camera, lol

  27. AC says:

    You are making me cry (with joy!!)

  28. RayanMX says:

    What if we all get a nice video camera to Ken? He deserves better than that fugly camera! … 

  29. Njl6705 says:

    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…

  30. Wstar534450 says:

    i need a step by step site to go thru to unlock this atrix- im not a phone pro ( geek)

  31. Rob says:

    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

  32. Pablote 20 says:

    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 ?

  33. Theo says:

    Why is this not working for me, was there a step omitted on the video?

  34. Jason Steurer says:

    Unlock is not working after I updated to 2.3.6