Holy cow. If only you could see my face right now. I can’t believe this. Yesterday we talked about some of the new features Motorola Atrix 4G users can look forward to in the new Android 2.3.3 update supposedly rolling out in July, but even I didn’t expect this. Yes, folks. The new Gingerbread update will, in fact, bring a fully unlocked bootloader for the Atrix 4G.
This might not come as too much of a surprise to some seeing how Motorola has already issued statements that they would begin the unlocking of bootloaders on their devices sometime later this year and it looks like they’re coming through even for older devices. Even though the leaked ROM in question is specifically for Chinese markets, we can expect similar for devices overseas as well. But what does an unlockable bootloader mean for Atrix users? Simple. After issuing the command “fastboot OEM unlock” via ADB, users will finally be able to flash (install) custom ROMs and kernels onto their device. Something many HTC users have taken been taking advantage of for quite some time now. You want stock Gingerbread on your Atrix? Done. MIUI? Done. A super tweaked undervolted kernel to give you days of battery life? Done. The previously untapped Tegra 2 can now be pushed to its limits.
I don’t even own the device and I’m excited. So, a tip of the hat to all you Atrix users out there. This news may give some hope to locked down Sensation and Evo 3D users who were given similar promises from HTC. The times, they are a changin’.