If you happen to own an Atrix HD from AT&T, get ready for something you haven't seen in a very long time: a firmware update. Unfortunately, this is only a "security enhancement" and not an upgrade to the Android operating system. Motorola hasn't specified exactly what this update is supposed to fix, but it's almost certainly a patch for the Heartbleed bug that was widely reported last month.

The last update to the Atrix HD shipped out at the end of 2012, which brought it from 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean). Motorola still has the Atrix HD on the list to receive KitKat, but there's no word on when the nearly 2-year-old device might see that upgrade.

You may already have a notification for the update on your device. If not, simply go into Settings -> About phone -> System updates. Make sure the phone is connected to Wi-Fi and charged up to 50% or above before installing the update. A restart will occur automatically and the software version will be updated to 98.5.38.MB886.ATT.en.US.

This isn't the most exciting update, but at least Atrix HD owners haven't been completely abandoned. Fingers crossed for KitKat.

Source: Motorola

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • Scott

    Hey that's awesome that Motorola is going to upgrade it to KitKat. What other 2 year old phones get an update to the latest version of Android?

    • Simon Belmont

      Galaxy S3? Well, not the international ones, but the ones with 2GB of RAM and LTE.

      I'm not downing Motorola here. It's nice that they're updating it to KK.

    • Christina Reuter Mitchell

      I bet you my Atrix HD for a KitKat candy bar that Motorola will never upgrade JellyBean 4.1.1. That is a safe bet for me....and the fastest way for me to get a KitKat.

  • Pootis Man

    Where the hell is kitkat Motorola!?

    • Ash

      Atleast they are giving, so keep quite and wait

      • Bob G

        He should also keep quiet ;p

    • josuearisty

      This phone is listed to get kitkat, so lets wait.

      • Pootis Man

        Yeah I know I'm just wondering when since my sister keeps bugging me about it. I have a Nexus 5 so I'm happy and don't need to worry about that!

    • Christina Reuter Mitchell

      Ha, ha, the Atrix HD will NEVER get upgraded to a newer Android OS.
      For almost 2 years, original Atrix 4G owners were OFFICIALLY promised an upgrade beyond Gingerbread 2.3.6. THEN, suddenly, Motorola announced 'too bad...no further upgrades....and you are stuck with Gingerbread forever!' I expect the same thing to happen with the Atrix HD. Why should Motorola-Google spend another penny on a discontinued model? They won't.
      Hoping for KitKat is just an exercise in wishful thinking.

      • Julian Grace

        If moto or at&t have not OTA'd my atrix HD to kit kat by my contract end I will switch to ? Darn, would have been t-mobile blackberry, probably t-mobile HTC M8. period

      • JustnKyle

        just let you know this device may get the official kitkat next month! but btw thats why being rooted and custom roms are for.. in my opinion they are faster and better than stock android will ever be... my atrix is on 4.4.3 kitkat and faster firmware so far im a DEV but i would like to see a reall Kitkat update

        • JustnKyle

          they sent out a update to let everyone know its not forgotten and to get ready for a update to kitkat.. like a reminder because its still one of motorola top att selling device besides moto x

  • umataro42

    I'll have to run this the next time I visit my parents since they seem to ignore everything in the notification bar. I'll be surprised if they update it themselves.

  • Christina Reuter Mitchell

    Will this new update break the root job on my Atrix HD?
    Until I know it won't, I am using Titanium to freeze my Andy sys Update process...to prevent this update. I don't trust Motorola or ATT to not stick me with an update that makes things worse than better.

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    • Jeff

      Yes you do loose root and the previous root methods do not work....

  • JustnKyle

    if you guys download atrix hd mythtools im sure then u will know root and custom roms btw the unlock the bootloader make the phone so much faster and better
    ATRIX HD 4.4.3 running now


  • Max Birkholz

    My Atrix HD downloads this update just fine but when I go to install it it says "Install Failed" every time, any body have a clue as to why it would do this? My phone was originally ATT&T and is now Straight talk and it's rooted as well.