Gingerbread update for Motorola Atrix 4G adds side loading apps

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While many consumers wait for the release of the Motorola Droid Bionic, the previous Motorola powerhouse the Atrix 4G still has many fans. They will be pleased to hear that the Android Gingerbread update for the Motorola Atrix 4G is now available, and adds side loading apps as part of the software’s new features.

Owners of the Atrix 4G can now get the Gingerbread update after Motorola posted it to their support site for AT&T customers. Unfortunately the update doesn’t seem to be an over the air download, but there has been some users reporting it appearing via the System Updates preference screen. But according to Dieter Bohn of This is my next, the update is worth the effort.

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The update site gives users full instructions and information about the update, which you can see here. On top of the standard Android 2.3 software Motorola has added some of its own niceties which include improvements to the Gallery and Music apps. You will also find an updated version of the MotoBlur skin which includes a dock and organized app tray.

Other improvements include the capability of full 1080p video playback, faster Webtop browsing, and now users have the ability to get rid of one notification at a time from the notification tray. Once you head over to the Motorola support page you have to download the Android update to your computer. Then you have to copy it over to an SD card for installing to your device.

One new feature which will please many Atrix 4G owners will be the app side loading. Users can now press the Unknown Sources button in the Application menu under settings. Doing this will now let users install any application they want including from the Amazon Appstore.

The Android Gingerbread update has been a problem with some of the platform’s handsets. Owners of the HTC Desire were originally told they were not be getting the update, before the next day being told exactly the opposite. We told you recently that the HTC Thunderbolt was having the Gingerbread software update pulled.

It was reported that compatibility was an issue for the update being temporarily delayed. This is why many critics prefer the way that iOS works as the updates are pushed out for most iPhone versions. But with Android having numerous handset manufacturers it hasn’t been as easy so far. Google are trying to work with cell phone companies to find a solution to this though.

Have you downloaded Android Gingerbread to your Motorola Atrix 4G yet? How did it go?

  • Ckruger

    Update is great so many enhancements its hard to list them all. My favorite is the music player. Adds podcasts, recommendations, lyrics and lock screen support.

  • Nelly

    Works well! Good updates to the keyboard and screen sensitivity.