A few weeks ago, Motorola started pushing a soak test update for the Atrix 4G to members of its "feedback network." Naturally, everyone ran wild with speculation – could this be Ice Cream Sandwich? Never mind that Motorola had already made it pretty clear that the first dual-core handset would be officially be stuck on Gingerbread until its dying day. We were all hoping that the company had a change of heart. And it made sense – after all, why would they send out a soak test for an incremental update?


I guess it's just in our nature to root for the underdog. Alas, yet another letdown: what was once a mere soak test, is now an official OTA, and it's nothing more than a small bug fixer. But honestly, as much as we hoped for something more – to see the old dog learn a new trick – we were fooling ourselves. The last thing a company like Motorola is going to do is say "no, this will not be updated" only to turn around several months later and say "oh, you wanted ICS? You got it!" In fact, it usually works the other way around.

But I digress. The update is on its way out now, and it has some GPS- and security-related fixes onboard. At least it's something, I suppose.

[Motorola; Thanks, Vladimir!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Put my Atrix on craigslist today, goodbye forever carrier subsidized phones! #NexusOrNothing

    • Scott

      I still don't understand why people use hashtags on things other than twitter. Seriously. What's the point.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        Because #NexusOrNothing is my favorite hashtag...I don't even care if it's clickable

        • spydie

          you're an idiot

          • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

            Up voted!

      • bevardimusg

        There is a point to hashtags on G+ too.....

    • http://twitter.com/mmorpgssuck Miguelito


  • http://twitter.com/timish Tim

    motofail strikes yet again with a disturbingly slow update process on what once was a "flagship" device

    • http://twitter.com/Lehjr1 Leon

      and now the "flagship" is a "failboat"

    • Scott

      Their pre-google owned devices have horrendous UI's. The new stuff isn't bad at all. I'm using a Razr maxx hd and the UI is very similar to stock.

  • quick

    I've already updated my Atrix 4G to jelly bean. Even without full hardware graphics acceleration its so much faster than it was with SLOW AS $@!# stock Motorola ROM. If any of you are hesitant to upgrade to a custom jelly been rom, you are missing out! I get better battery life as well some how.

    Then again if you aren't stuck in a contract, I would suggest you just a get a new phone. If you are in contract, then put a custom jelly bean ROM on there you won't regret it.

    • Christopher Robert

      what JB ROM do you recommend. I have my old Atrix and would love to get some use out of it anyway.

      • quick

        This is the one:
        [ROM] CM10 (JellyBean) for Atrix

        There are a few caveats but to me they don't matter.

        Video Camcorder doesn't work (Regular Camera works fine) so no videos.
        Chrome Browser will not work (it requires full hardware acceleration which is missing)

        • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

          Yeah I ran epinter's CM10...it was awesome

  • AgustinRodriguez

    I'm thinking about getting an Atrix. Could still handle alot of current games and stuff on the Play Store. My Droid X is too old and tired. It can't play most games anymore.

    • mgamerz

      The atrix is pretty slow by todays standards. It's sluggish feeling just on stock (and even on cyanogenmod)

      • AgustinRodriguez

        I've seen it as low $100 dollars online. Tegra 2 processor, qHD screen, gigabyte of RAM. Carriers don't matter to me. My Droid X is wi-fi only.

        • mgamerz

          I'd spend a bit more to get a better phone. The atrix when I left it in september of last year was pretty slow even on stock or cyanogenmod, and I don't see it getting any better. The ICS/JB roms for it make it marginally faster but in the end it's not going to make it much better.

    • ElfirBFG

      I can't see why you'd choose one now. When I broke my Atrix, I bought a RAZR.

  • kaipo

    im so glad I dumped my atrix a long time ago

  • Rodrigost23

    There's one thing I know: I'm never going to get another Motorola phone, no matter what they say about the "new Motorola" or whatever...

  • mgamerz

    I like how the update isn't even to 2.3.7. I took them literally like 6 months to release an update to an existing 2.3.6. It's BS like this that makes me always tell people to never buy phones from the POS company that is Motorola.

  • Rezz

    Fuck Motorola I'll never buy another Motorola phone again, fuck'em

    • Carlos

      I was very happy with my Atrix 4G the first phone ever with a dual core processor, but when I know that Motorola wont be updating the phone to ICS. I said F YOU!! that same day I ordered my Galaxy Nexus straight from GOOGLE PLAY now I have Jelly Bean 4.2.2!

  • loop6719

    whats a hashtag

  • dogangoxel

    Stupid motorola !

  • saldirai

    Yes it is something. It is something that shows what will happen if you buy a Motorola product. We wont make that mistake again.

  • Floss

    As much as I hate that it's not ICS, at least they are applying security patches to it still.

  • Scrounger

    The article starts "A few weeks ago". Soak tests last only a few days maybe a week.

  • Benmartin1974

    Id been thinking of getting a Motorola Atrix 4G for a while. I read lots of reviews and this one was useful http://search4reviews.net/ , I received my delivery last month and am very happy. I Would highly recommend to anyone still unsure.

  • Trevor

    I still use my Atrix 4G and have 2 spare devices. Great platform, and I use the lapdock/webtop for work on occasion. Nothing wrong with it at all, and still supports everything I need from a superphone.

    Why are some of you writers so bitter? If you're so angry at them then don't buy another Motorola phone again. Simple. You sound like Motorola was dating your sister and broke her heart.