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Rooting the Atrix 4G after Android Gingerbread update
Posted on 07-23-2011 20:03:39 UTC | Updated on 07-30-2011 05:15:10 UTC
Section: /software/android/ | Permanent Link

The Update

Last night the Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 update was pushed out to Motorola Atrix 4g phones in the US. I'm happy to say I'm the owner of one of these phones. Before the update I had rooted my phone so I could run things like full phone backups (Titantium Backup) and do side loading (which is now an enabled feature in Atrix 2.3.4 version). I'm happy to say the update went smoothly.

Losing Root

Here's the issue after doing an OS update. If you had rooted your phone you will loose root. This will happen every time you do an update. The update overwrites the hacked su program which allows programs to su to root. This meant I had to find a new way to root the phone again. My first stop for this is always the the XDA Developers forum. They are the cutting edge of phone hacking.

Recovering Root

Searching the XDA Fourm I came up with this link to a site which provides an older method to root the phone. This method might be older but it was working for people on the forum. I happy to report that after following the steps on this site my phone is rooted again. Hooray! Thanks Brief Mobile!

More Hacking

The bootloader was cracked on the Atrix a few weeks ago.I have not decided to do this yet as I'm satisfied with Gingerbread for now. But if anyone wants to read more about this check out this Brief Mobile posting about the 2.3.4 update and about the bootloader.

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