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Motorola Will Unlock the Atrix 4G Bootloader When it Receives Gingerbread? We’ll See.

According to tech site Brief Mobile, who is apparently the only site and person on the planet with a leaked version of Gingerbread for the Motorola Atrix, there might be a chance that it will see the first retroactively unlocked bootloader.  That’s right, the version of Android 2.3.3 that they have had for a few weeks now (but are unwilling to share) can apparently be unlocked using fastboot oem unlock just like you would with a Nexus device or the Motorola XOOM.

We’ve known for a couple of months now that Moto was taking steps towards a more developer-friendly bootloader policy, so this could be possible.  In fact, less than two weeks ago they attempted to clarify this new policy and even hinted at unlocking some older devices.  So, could the Motorola Atrix be the first to receive such glory?  We’re not ready to jump down that road just yet and we’ll tell you why.

First off, since this build of Gingerbread has not been seen by anyone but this tech site, it’s pretty clear that they got it from a developer.  And what I mean by that is, this could easily be a build that was left wide open and that was never supposed to see the hand of an end-user.  Second, the Motorola Photon 4G which was just announced, will have a locked bootloader according to Motorola, so why would they all of a sudden retroactively unlock the Atrix instead of their newest device?  Third, if Moto was going to finally take a stand and start unlocking phones, they had a really good opportunity with the DROIDX when it received GB a few weeks back, but passed.  And fourth, this is an AT&T device we’re talking about here.

So I apologize if I’m sounding a little skeptical at this point, but will hope for the best.  And who knows, maybe AT&T decided to flip a complete 180 and become the ultimate dev-friendly carrier with an “OK”?  Maybe it’s Verizon that held the DX back?  Or maybe this is all nothing and the official GB for the Atrix will be locked down as ever.

Update:  For more info, you may want to check out this Atrix thread at XDA.  It looks like this build is in the hands of a few select people and is also pretty clear that it’s just an “engineering” build which we would assume are all unlocked.  Not looking so good, folks.  Still hoping that a miracle is about to happen though!

Will be keeping an eye on it…

Via:  Brief Mobile

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • Well, it’s great news! For the moment, I’m using Gingerblur and it’s great!

  • Jeff J Jopley

    unlock motorola atrix code http://unlockcellphonecode.com/code-for-unlocking-att-motorola-atrix-mb860

  • Anonymous

    Ok, whose ready to eat some crow?

    Folks at XDA in another thread are reporting success and have some screen shots.

  • Anonymous

    This is such awesome news. Cant wait to see Cyanogen on this phone!

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  • Anonymous

    … come on, MOTO

  • Knightcrusader

    I was told by an AT&T rep that all Gingerbread updates for their locked phones will unlock them. Is that true? I dunno, but this seems to line up with what he told me.

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  • Anonymous

    Of course (if this is true) they would choose to make one of their most under-selling phones the first to become unlocked. I’m not holding my breath for the bionic to come unlocked.

  • Rain_king46

    If this report is real, one possible explanation could be poor sales of the Atrix. The DX sold (sells) well and is currently one of the best supported devices out there. The Atrix however is kind of the red headed stepchild currently. It is a great phone with a lot of cool features but it is on a crappy carrier that is still dominated by the mindless hordes of appletards. I would argue that the majority of the people who would really enjoy the Atrix are on Verizon. Therefore sales may not be what Moto and AT&T hoped it would be. That could be enough to give Moto an opening to convince AT&T that maybe if we give them an unlockable device we can generate some hype and sell some of these things?  I dunno, just a guess. 

  • Rain_king46

    Ok I am confused now. If there can be “engineer builds” that have an unlocked bootloader then why cant the devs build that unlocked portion of the engineering build into a the final build of a rom? Asks the guy who doesnt know sh*t about what devs do. 

  • RW-1

    Until it is seen in public … in a phone you could boot in the store and see it, it isn’t real.

    It’s wishful thinking.

    It’s Jha Moto saying “C’mon ! Buy this one, we promise we’ll unlock it”, then, after you fall for it and are locked into another 2 year contract, under a tiered data plan that just plain sucks, you will find out it won’t be unlocked.

    Plain and simple.

    Unless we got a production unit in the field, or better yet, stop paying attention to these one off sites.

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  • Anonymous

    After all the Verizon data cap talk I have my heart set on upgrading my droid x to a dual core LTE phone anyway.  It will be excellent if the Droid Bionic came unlocked out the gate.  

  • Anonymous

    Some IDIOT wants his 5 seconds of Stupidity!!!!  Kellex is dead on this is a engineering build. Rad all about it at XDA.

    • You are an idiot. That is all.

      • Anonymous

        @bd7349 lol, why don’t you take my left nut out of your mouth, come up for
        air and try to haves an intelligent response back to me!!! Yeah, I thought

    • Jeepguy04

      The guy on brief mobile (i believe but I could be wrong) does not have an engineering phone.  I think that even it the retail version lacks this.  He could release the version that he currently has to everybody and the atrix could still be unlocked.  He hasn’t released it so far because he promised the guy at motorola that he got the leak from that he wouldn’t release it.  But I suspect that after the retail gingerbread is released if the unlock isn’t present then he would go ahead and leak it.

      Has anybody checked the droidX leaked builds?  Maybe atrix wasn’t the first leaked build with this option?

      • Anonymous

        @jeepguy04 Good point, but I would think the leak source would know what
        type of device he has and put two and two together???

  • El Patrick-o

    Control is what the wirelessss companies have. Why would they relinquish it?

  • Interstellarmind

    perhaps an engineering build may be sought for the DX?

  • Anonymous


  • I’d be highly skeptical about AT&T allowing the unlocked bootloader considering that they don’t even allow installation of non-market apps.

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of optimistic about this. Why in the world would there be any strings regarding voiding warranties in the code of this ROM if it is an official engineering build if there weren’t greater plans for it? Engineers wouldn’t care about warranties… 😛

  • Reptherockett

    i would love this seeing as my work phone is the Atrix! but these things are always taken with a grain of salt….at least im enjoying my Droid Charge still!

  • These guys could always just leak the unlocked build they have…


  • Anonymous

    who Cares? A failed phone anyway

    • Better than whatever you have.

    • Anonymous

      You just plain fail.

    • Slllllyyy

      How is the X a failed phone?
      Its still comparable to most phones just releasing this year.  

      I dunno what your smoking. 

  • I doubt at&t is now the “developer” friendly company when they do no even allow you to side load apps to your phone.  Once they change that policy then they can work on the other things.

    To all at&t users, sucks you dont get the free amazon app of the day

    • Ed

      they already changed the policy and enable side-loading………

      • yeah I see that they just changed the policy last month, but it hasnt rolled out to all devices and only devices with 2.2 are effected by the new policy change.

  • I doubt at&t is now the “developer” friendly company when they do no even allow you to side load apps to your phone.  Once they change that policy then they can work on the other things.

    To all at&t users, sucks you dont get the free amazon app of the day

  • Slllllyyy

    droid x has cm7 now

    so who cares

  • Maybe they’ll do it on the DX but that might be wishful thinking, it may be “too old” for them to care about it. 

    At least we have CM7 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Good news for the Bionic, then, aye?

    • Verizon will not allow it.

      • Why does everybody keep saying that? Every device that has come out this year on Verizon except the DROID X2 has been unlocked.

        Every Motorola device is locked. On all Carriers. Only one Motorola device is unlocked…..and guess what. Verizon sells it. (XOOM).

        If Motorola devices were unlocked on other carriers that would be one thing. But they’re locked on all.

        Not mad at you, just mad at everybody who keep saying this but never really says why.

        They hate tethering, yes. but they don’t lock the bootloader because of it. 

        • Tesseract 3

          Probably because they know just like we do that you don’t need to unlock the bootloader to tether. You just need root. 

          • With Custom ROMs you bypass all the bloatware, and i’m guessing they don’t want that either.

          • Tesseract 3

            I can see your point, I guess. But with root you can get rid of the bloatware, you don’t necessarily need a custom rom. 

            And the custom roms I have used on the Droid 2 bypass the bloatware for me just fine. 

          • With root you can just freeze them. Not much difference.

          • Anonymous

            You only need root to remove the bloatware as well, not an unlocked bootloader or custom roms.

        • Anonymous

          Thunderbolt and Incredible 2 were supposed to be locked, HTC just sucks at security. 😛

          • Goblueboy

            yeah I’m sure a company like HTC sucks at doing something right, they knew what they were doing 🙂

          • Anonymous

            Viva le resistance

          • pretty much, they just make it look like they try to please the carriers but leave it not too hard to crack for the devs.

          • Tesseract 3

            Sucks like a fox. ; )

          • All phones come locked. Some are just intentionally left with an incredibly easy way to unlock them. 

          • Yes, But again, the Incredible S was locked too, Not just Verizon’s version. Thunderbolt was just signed. Hardly more than a regular HTC phone. Unlocked in like 2 hours. lol

      • Anonymous

        They allowed the Xoom

  • Anonymous

    Good news for the Bionic, then, aye?

  • I enjoyed this article 🙂

    • Anonymous

      And we’re still skeptical.  Guess we won’t know until Moto announced the official version of the build you guys have.

      • I guess we won’t either, but still it’s interesting to see an unlocked bootloader on a stock ROM. That never happens.

      • Tesseract 3

        I appreciation your skepticism in this situation. While it would be nice if Motorola really did start unlocking bootloaders, best not to get people’s hopes up without real confirmation.