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Atrix Running Stock Android 2.3.4 has been Rooted, DROID3 Up Next?

Over the weekend, we were tipped to instructions that had been released for rooting the Motorola Atrix running stock, locked Android 2.3.4 – something that had previously not been accomplished on any non-Nexus device.  And once we found out, we started doing our best to spread the word, but thought we should also let all of you know, here on the site.  You see, the more we get people talking about it, the more likely  we are to find someone who can make it happen for our friend the DROID3 which could also lead to the rooting of the DROID Bionic.  We’re expecting both devices to be running almost identical software on very, very similar hardware.

There is talk that we may need an SBF in order to accomplish root, but our friend @P3Droid thinks he may be close without one.  You’ll want to keep it close, as we’ll be all over this story.

Atrix owners, you’ll want to head over to this RootzWiki thread for instructions.

Cheers jigga_z!

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  • @JayCity216

    BRB, My D3 had an orgasm when I read this article….

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  • Dustbuckets

    Will anyone bother with rooting the Bionic? I see the Photon is being boycotted since it is a Motorola…….

  • Jasonkcornett

    I know this probably is not the place to ask, but I thought I would try. I have a Droid X, and I downloaded and installed one of the Gingerbread Leaks (4.5.588.MB810.Verizon.en.US) 2.3.3. I now cannot get the OTA updates. My phone is NOT rooted, and never has been. I just want to be stock. I have tried to go back by downloading Froyo stock firmware……nothing has worked. My phone works fine, I just want to be stock and have  the latest stock firmware. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for any help!

  • Anonymous

    That is good to see leaves signs of hope for the bionic when it comes also. Also getting root can get rid of all the bloatware and make it really fly.

  • Now if only someone would root DROID incredible 2 on gingerbread

  • im only waiting for root in this phone to get one and gtalk with video

  • Anonymous

    I love reading stuff like this!

  • Joster2609

    Any word on stock droid x root yet? I keep trying gingerbreak and nothing is happening

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  • Anonymous

    Any idea if they are close to getting root on the DX without having to SBF back to 2.2?

    • This will likely open that up, too.

      • Anonymous

        But the Droid X is 2.3.3, not 2.3.4.  Not sure if this make a difference.

  • Dash Speeds

    As soon as this thing gets root, it will definitely jump to the top of my list.

    • Hopefully root will help it with it’s terrible battery life, I’m getting half a day on mine and making ZERO calls. Add to this, I play around on my Samsung Tablet so it ain’t that that’s killing it either. Nothing helps it either, I’ve read thru the entire internet.

      • Anonymous

        Odd how some have bad battery life while others have good battery life.

        My D3 gets 12-16 hours with normal usage (2-3 short calls, a few texts and emails, Pandora for an hour or so, some web browsing and a bit of gaming) with the standard battery.

        I’m running standard syncing for email. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter, which probably helps. Display on auto. Oh and most of the VZW bloat is on auto-kill in the task manager.

      • RW-1

        Root won;t directly help those with low batt life, but it would allow the possibility of different kernals to be loaded, which would …

      • Stephen D

        Try taking the SIM card out. Mine only got about 9-10 hours out of the box. I took the SIM card out, and can get at least 16 now with the same usage as before.

        • John Borgen

          You should be able to accomplish the same thing by turning off the international radio.

  • P3droid

    Well, My cohort CellZealot was first to bring up the idea, and then I wasn contacted by KrazyKrivda. I don’t take credit for this, as this is going to have to be a group effort. When Krazy gets off of work we will put more brain into this. Anyways, I think the Atrix method will need to be modified to work on the D3.

  • Wahmuk

    Like I did with my OG Droid, I won’t be rooting my new Droid 3 until there’s a clean and foolproof (read that as: SBF from Moto) method to un-root it and take it back to stock. But once we have a straightforward rooting method, an SBF to repair it, and CyanogenMod to make it powerful, pretty and completely BLUR-less, then I’m ready to go back to the dork side.

    So… probably not until October, when it’s rumored that Moto will unlock the bootloader.

    [crossing my fingers]

  • Anonymous

    I think the new blur is nice but i would like to remove the bloatware apps that run in the background. Of coarse there is a new app manager now that comes with moto Blur and it will kill all bloatware after two minutes of running, so there’s that. 

  • Sweet my D3 gets here tomorrow… Just could not handle waiting on the Bionic anymore… I tried, but my old tired OG Droid just isn’t cutting it anymore, and having to spend another month and a half with this thing would be torture…

  • I got root back on my Atrix the same night that I did the OTA update. Love the site but this news is a little old.

    • It’s not old as it relates to the new discussion of turning it into a D3 root method.

      • My mistake. Are the Nexus(es) and the Atrix really the only rooted 2.3.4 devices?

        • Jonathan Hunt

          What other 2.3.4 devices are there?  (Besides the D3)

  • D3 will be here Wednesday! Root by Friday?

  • Bigsike

    Is it odd that I’m already more bored with the Bionic than I am my DX?

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  • Anonymous

    Great news! My droid 3 would love less bloatware

    • Anonymous

      Yes! Bye bye bloat and perma-bookmarks!

      Edit: bloatmarks? Can I start something??!

    • Stephen D

      Agreed. It’s very fast with Blur and all the bloatware. Imagine how fast it’ll be without bloatware…

      • RW-1

        I had a chance to play with someone’s D3 today, it is fast even with blur on it, compared to my OG, I too can only imagine one rooted and blurless, and a bionic rooted and tweaked …