One of the most hyped Android phones of the year, the Motorola ATRIX 4G, has just received a firmware update. Android version 2.3, more commonly known as Gingerbread, brings the latest Android features to the ATRIX 4G including enhancements in gallery, music, email, UI, video playback, faster webtop browsing, and much more. Below are some of the changes pointed out by Motorola’s ATRIX 4G changelog/release notes.
What Gingerbread brings to the ATRIX 4G
Gallery: Enhancements to the picture Gallery allow you to aggregate all your photos, your friends’ photos and photo comments from social networking and photo sites like Facebook and Picasa in one place for easy viewing.
Music: Enhancements so your Music player is now connected to a dashboard for music discovery. Plus, easy access to all your favorite artists, live, personalized recommendations for songs & videos and news and event updates.
User Interface: Updated user interface with simpler home screen design, including shift to use of white backgrounds in menus, enabling better viewing experience.
Dock icons: Enhancement that enables easy access to favorite apps at bottom of each screen
Organized app tray: Enhancement that helps you personalize and categorize favorite apps into groups so you can be more efficient.
Location based recommendations: Enhancement that provides access to social content in one place so you can find out what is happening around you. You can use Yelp reviews and Facebook check-ins to find out what others are recommending.
Faster Webtop browsing: Enhancement to webtop application includes Firefox 4.0 so you can browse faster than with previous versions of Firefox.
HD Video Playback: Enhancement that now enables HD Video Playback in 1080p for better viewing experience.
Multiple recipient emails: Create groups for multiple recipient emails so you can communicate faster.
One-touch conference call access: Enhancement that makes it easier to dial-in to conference bridges while you’re on-the-go.
Task management tools: Enhancement that makes it easier to create, edit & delete tasks, and to assign priorities and reminders.
Productivity tools: Enhancements to business ready security features so you can get more work done onthe-go which includes robust VPN, device and SD card encryption, device management via 3rd party console and remote wipe capability.
Notification tray: Enhancement that enables you to dismiss notifications one at a time.
That list is pretty deep. If you haven’t already hacked your ATRIX 4G to get Gingerbread months ago now you can do it officially and safely! Below are tips for updating your Android device.
How to update Motorola ATRIX 4G firmware to Android 2.3 Gingerbread
These instructions were taken from the Motorola website. We are not to be held responsible if something goes wrong with your device.Original Link (PDF)
For a successful installation, we recommend installing this upgrade while the battery in your phone is at least 50% charged. Make sure you have an active SIM card installed in your phone.
If you have received a notification message for this upgrade:
1. Ensure your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network
2. Select “Download”
3. After the software is downloaded, select “Install now”
4. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically
5. Your phone is now upgraded with v4.5.91 software
If you have not received a notification message for this upgrade:
1. Select the Settings icon in the main menu
2. Select “About phone”
3. Select “System updates”
1. A message will display the availability of an update
2. Ensure your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network
4. Select “Download”
5. After the software is downloaded, select “Install”
6. After the software is installed, your phone will re-start automatically
7. Your phone is now upgraded with v4.5.91 software
*Note: Menu->Settings->About phone-> System version
If you have difficulty with this upgrade, visit http://www.att.com/wireless/contact-us
Happy updating and let us know how the process goes!