27
Feb
atrix

If you're among the early adopters of Motorola's Atrix 4G, you can now install a custom ROM that may give you more flexibility with your snazzy new phone. Developer Design Gears' Adeo ROM is now available for download. While this may not be a ROM that will show any immediately mind-blowing changes to the typical end user, it gives you a reboot option, and more importantly, it's deodexed, which is an important first step that will allow developers and advanced users greater power to modify and replace apps APK files.

While one can install the ROM whether rooted or not, this brings some tricky caveats along with it:

  • you cannot do a factory reset, or you could end up bricking your prized Atrix
  • you cannot ever pull the battery, or risk suffering the wrath of the Atrix gods (or something like that)

A tutorial/review of the ROM has hit YouTube, courtesy of  MobileTechVideos:

As you can probably tell, the direct usefulness of this one is really going to depend on your level of experience and whether you're a developer or not. The developer's complete instructions can be found in the XDA thread, and the installer can be downloaded here .

Source: XDA-Developers

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  • PeterF

    Or you could just NOT buy a Motorola phone with a locked bootloader.
    The Atrix's screen is also shit. It's PenTile and looks way worse than the Inspire's lower resolution, larger screen. The colors are really crappy, too.
    It is also just barely faster than the Inspire. I played with them side by side in the AT&T store and the Atrix loaded web sites negligible faster than the Inspire, while moving around the Android menus was the same speed.

  • PeterFtwink

    Or you could NOT be mad, sounds like umad.

    • apollostees

      This is an equally child like response.
      I agree with Peterf, I don't have any use for Motorola and their locked bootloaders. (I really think only noobs, and people who don't want or care about root even buy there phones at this point)
      But, we do need to give props to anybody working on custom roms for this device. Trying hard to make it a decent phone
      despite Moto handicapping it.

  • easyeasy

    Wow you gotta love how hostile people are when talking about this phone, it has almost gotten to be comical. Somebody needs to relax and enjoy the Inspire, problem solved. Geesh

  • TareX

    I have a question, because I'm buying either the Nexus S or the Atrix next week... So does that mean we can now have Custom ROMs? Does that mean when Google releases Ice Cream Sandwich, XDA will be able to hack it on the Atrix depsite of the signed bootloader?

    I'm really only getting the Nexus S because of the Ice Cream update and GPU acceleration that will come along.

  • danbutter

    @TareX
    If it is like the recent motorola phones...short answer is no you can't get ice cream on atrix until there is a compatible kernel released by motorola.

    Moto will hopefully keep this phone up to date, but time will tell.

    • TareX

      Follow up Q: When did Motorola release a compatible kernel for the Droid X after Froyo was released on the Nexus One last year?

  • Rex

    Atrix beats Inspire, Nexus, Captivate in every way.

    Vs. inspire...
    More RAM 768MB vs 1GB DDR2 (Atrix)
    Single Core vs Dual-Core A9 (Atrix)
    No HDMI
    Low Pixel Density 4.3" Vs High qHD 4"
    Also Has Pentil Matrix OLED (Same as Nexus,Captivate Does too)
    Weak Areno GPU vs NVIDIA GPU (Atrix)
    Already lags on Flash out of the box (same with captivate, nexus, and any other Single GPU android)
    No DOCS vs Many DOCS (laptop, car, media, desktop)
    Heavy, vs Light (Atrix)

    Vs. Captivate...
    More RAM 512MB DDR vs 1GB DDR2 (Atrix)
    Single Core a8 vs Dual-Core A9 (Atrix)
    No HDMI
    Low Pixel Density 4." Vs High qHD 4"
    Also Has Pentil Matrix OLED (Same as Nexus,Captivate Does too)
    Weak SGX GPU vs NVIDIA GPU (Atrix)
    Already lags on Flash out of the box (same with captivate, nexus, and any other Single GPU android)
    No DOCS vs Many DOCS (laptop, car, media, desktop)
    GPS doesn't work vs GPS does work
    Oversaturated Colors vs Natural Colors

  • Joe

    Thank you Rex, finally someone who does not nock it, While I do not like the fact that you'd have to be a developer or and "advanced" user to use this ROM I would still buy Moto over ANYthing else. I do hope that they bring out more Custom ROMS that a regular user like myself could make use of though.