Christmas has come early for Motorola Atrix owners – not only are they due to receive an update to Android 2.3 some time in July, but in unexpected news this update will also allow the boot-loader to be unlocked!
Atrix Developer Kenneth Pennington confirmed on his website Briefmobile.com that the early leaked 2.3.3 builds he has his hands on will allow users to unlock the boot-loader via the adb command “fastboot oem unlock”. An unlocked boot-loader will allow custom kernels and full custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod, finally unleashing the full power of the Atrix.
Our own Irwin Proud has campaigned tirelessly for this news: “After my conversation with Christy from Motorola, I felt confident Motorola wanted to unlock their devices, I just wasn’t sure if the major carriers would let the update through”. Even though this is a leaked early build, Irwin says “I’ve spoken with the Dev team who have been working with the leaked build and their source says it will be in the final build for AT&T”.
At this stage, the unlocked boot-loader has been confirmed for the AT&T and Chinese Atrix models, however it is likely that our own Telstra model will see the same update in the future.[Image via BriefMobile]