motorola atrix 4g

SlingPlayer for Android updates with HQ Video mode

Slingbox has updated it's popular SlingPlayer for Android app and added a high quality video mode for those who love to watch their TV on the go. In addition, the new update fixes a connectivity issue that some T-Mobile and Motorola Atrix users have been frustrated with. And users can now enjoy a full screen mode when on composite, s-video and coax inputs.

Atrix bootloader gets locked down, no custom ROMs

The back and forth between Motorola and XDA Developers has undergone a new chapter as the bootloader for the Atrix 4G phone has been locked down to prevent any installation of custom ROMs. That means that for now, there's no way to remove MotoBlur, or add any custom work to the phone. When it comes to adding custom ROMS Angry users already know the score target="_blank" via Twitter: "@tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks."

ATRIX 4G Available at Radio Shack Aside $50 Trade-In Offers

Radio Shack has entered the fray with the rest of the carriers showing off their stock of the brand new Motorola ATRIX 4G, offering it up at the low low price of $149.99 both online at select stores (aka most of the stores, but you never know!) They've also reminded us that they've got at least the Laptop Dock for utilizing the smartphone to the fullest, offering this up at $329.99 with the purchase of the ATRIX 4G smartphone, this being $150 less than you'd pay for the dock on its own.

Motorola ATRIX 4G arrives on AT&T for $200

The Motorola ATRIX 4G has gone on sale, with AT&T offering the Tegra 2 smartphone for $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement. The first Android device on sale in the US with a qHD resolution display, the ATRIX 4G can be paired with an optional Laptop Dock that turns it into a slick ultraportable notebook. Want to know more about the ATRIX 4G? Check out the full Android Community review and then page over to the Laptop Dock review and HD Multimedia Dock review for the low-down on Motorola's official accessories.

Motorola ATRIX 4G Laptop Dock Demo

So we're at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, just minding our own business at one of the greener looking booths in the entire place, the NVIDIA booth, and what do we see? It's an ATRIX 4G, and it's attached to one of those lovely Laptop Docks. What do you know?! And there's a fellow walking around just ready and rarin to go, with all the knowledge we needed for him to have to make a lovely video on the subject. Thusly we asked him if he had a minute to do such a video, and what do you know? He said yes. So let's have a look, shall we?

Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Dock Demo

We had the privilege of having a demo done for us at Mobile World Congress 2011 of the Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Dock for television, monitor, or whatever else you think you'd ever want to plug the thing into. The fellow here in the video below showed the device to us as if we'd never seen it before, a nice refresher, then plugged it into the HD dock which was attached to a USB keyboard and mouse and big fat HD monitor. From there the demo man speaks on the Linux-based desktop user interface you'll be dealing with when you see your ATRIX 4G working in this sort of environment, and pops up some sweet functionality while he's at it.

Motorola ATRIX 4G HD Dock Review

This is a dock that'll allow you and your Motorola ATRIX 4G to work with any number of larger screens, connections to three USB ports as well as a 3.5mm stereo audio output as well as HDMI and of course, power. This dock can connect to a wired keyboard and mouse via the USB ports, but there is a wireless mouse and keyboard that works as well. When your phone is connected to the dock, your phone is transformed into the Motorola Webtop user interface, allowing you to work it as an HDTV (seeing this then on the tiny screen as well as the gigantic screen you're connecting to more than likely.)

Motorola ATRIX 4G Laptop Dock Review

This is the big mother. This is the reason the ATRIX 4G has been seeing so much press, so much pazazz from amongst the lovers of new items and the lookers for next steps in the evolution of phones and computers. This is a notebook-style dock for the phone, one that makes the phone essentially turn into what we can most closely relate to a MacBook Air. Without the phone, the dock does nothing, with the phone, it's the closest to a full-functioning desktop computer we've ever experienced from Android.

Motorola ATRIX 4G Review

Welcome to the hat trick. This is the phone that won Best Device CES 2011 and is the only one in the world to have three docks out of the gate, one that's two, for a television and to allow it to connect to the keyboard and a mouse and remote, and another that's a full fledged laptop. This is a big stepping stone in making smartphones the screens we carry around with us everywhere that also act as our computers we're going to be able to use for everyday work. Inside there's a fat NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2 processor running it's lovely 4-inch qHD display. Reviewing this phone has been difficult due to the versatility, but we bit the bullet and managed to bring you a solid flat look. NOTE: Don't worry about the headless Andy, he's fine, just being modded.

Motorola ATRIX 4G rooted before release

The full system dump was only the start of things; Motorola's ATRIX 4G isn't on shelves yet, but the smartphone has apparently already been rooted. The handiwork of developer DesignGears, the full instructions - like the AT&T smartphone itself - haven't been released yet, but it should come as a relief to those concerned Motorola's policy toward locking down root access on its Android phones. That policy has seen some Motorola devices take longer to be hacked and modified for custom ROMs than Android phones from rivals like HTC, frustrating owners used to being able to tweak their handsets and coax out new functionality. Given that the ATRIX 4G also offers support for the innovative Laptop Dock accessory, and runs a new Tegra 2 processor, the potential for hacking and modding the phone is perhaps even greater. [via BriefMobile]
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