Users of Motorola's Atrix 2 who have been yearning for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices have something to be excited about today – earlier this morning, an official ICS OTA update was leaked, or rather discovered using CheeseCake, a tool that essentially allows individuals to check specialized Moto servers for updates, meaning no company personnel need be involved in the leak. Here's a quick explanation from our contact Manoj:

Almost all Motorola based Android distros are fist put through a planning then development stage. During the planning stage, the smartphone is assessed as to analyze whether or not the phone is capable for an update. As per my research, Motorola only gives priority to those phones that beat or up to par with that of the Google Nexus's benchmark score.

Next comes the development  stage, the actual programming is put into action and allows for developers to contribute and share dev builds of the update.  An application has been devised for Motorola phones to allow for automatic checking of these development servers ands contacts the phone allowing for a dev build to be installed. During the checking of the servers, the phone sends a line of code that bypasses any security checks and allows for direct connection with the development servers.

Today, I and another group of developers have found a leak for the Atrix 2 of a almost ready to release build of the ICS platform.

By all accounts the leaked ICS build seems to be working great on the Atrix 2. As we've learned in the past, this is no indication of an imminent OTA release, but intrepid root users who want a look at ICS for the Atrix 2 can grab the download from the appropriate link below.

Source: XDA 

Download/Installation: XDA

Thanks, Caleb, Manoj, and Nick!

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://twitter.com/MagicXB Nick

    For those of you Atrix 2 owners looking to try this build out, it's fantastic. I haven't been able to find anything that would make this build unable to be an official OTA build.

  • Dennis Heffernan

    Here's hoping the original Atrix isn't too far behind.

    • ElfirBFG

      As long as you're not overly concerned with video recording, Jokersax's page has a tonne of quality builds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    Almost all Motorola based Android distros are fist put through a planning

    LOL why are they fisting their phones? lol

  • Roderick Watson

    i switched from the atrix 2 to skyrocket and i love the skyrocket and now i got a atrix hd already running ics and soon jellybean

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1640011796 Caleb Baldwin

    I'm excited. :)

  • Matt Peterson

    I wonder if it would work on my Photon...

  • dfhdfhdfhdffff

    All they have to do is release the driver for hardware acceleration. The CM devs for the Atrix 4G already have fully working roms except for issues caused by the lack of drivers. I know it takes a while to validate a new OS, but if they just released the drivers they could make a lot of people very happy.