Motorola appears to be getting ready to start its traditional “soak test” of the official Gingerbread build for the AT&T Motorola Atrix 4G. The recently unlocked dual-core has been, like far too many phones, a version behind since its release with FroYo, Android 2.2, on board. Now it looks like the bugs have finally been ironed out, the Motoblur layered on, and the AT&T apps stuffed into that tasty 2.3.4 update and it will finally start getting pushed out to a lucky 1000 beta testers from Moto’s forums soon.
I would be lying to say I was a fan of Motoblur (or any UI skin really), but as we’ve seen on the Droid X and Droid X2, the Gingerbread version is a welcome step up from the Blur of old. For those of you not interested in the exciting but sometimes dangerous world of custom ROMs, or are just waiting for CyanogenMod (fingers crossed!) this is welcome news. Gingerbread brings some nice improvements including a handsome redo of the UI, unfortunately most of that will be lost to Motoblur, but this version of Motorola’s skin has been redone itself, so not all is lost.
The real question here is whether or not this update will bring Motorola’s approved method of unlocking the bootloader. The current method was derived from test builds of Gingerbread, and rumors have been swirling about the internet as to whether or not it would remain in the final build. I’m a bit skeptical due to our history with the matter and the fact that none of the other Motorola Gingerbread builds we’ve seen have had it (Droid X, Droid 3, etc). Prove me wrong Motorola, I want to believe!
Finally for those of you already rocking unlocked bootloaders, unless you really know what you’re doing, I’d recommend waiting for developers to take a look at the build before updating. There have already been bricks resulting from attempting to go back to stock FroYo after installing a specific leaked Gingerbread build, and better safe than sorry.