Motorola's Atrix 4G rooted before it's even released

It might not have been officially released yet, but Motorola's new "smartphone" has already been rooted, reports Engadget.

With the launch date still a couple of days away, a very clever fellow over at xda-developers has successfully rooted the Android OS the Atrix runs on, allowing all sorts of fancy applications and hacks to be run. Top of the list is enabling the mobile hotspot feature from Froyo, while running applications that require special administrator privileges like Titanium Backup (does what it says on the tin) and ShootMe (screen capture) is also made possible.

As Engadget points out however, as Motorola, or quite possibly AT&T has decided to lock the phone's bootloader, there is currently no way to flash the handset with any custom ROMs. No Cyanogen-fun to be had here folks, at least not yet anyway. Whether that will change in the future remains to be seen, but we've learned to never bet against the hacking community and we won't be changing that philosophy this time around either.

With the Atrix 4G sporting a 4-inch, 960 x 540 display, dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM it's possibly one of the most anticipated handsets to come out this early into 2011 thanks to its exciting accessory accompaniment, though the excessive price of these may well hamper sales. The Atrix Laptop Dock ($299.99 minus $100 mail-in rebate) and HD Media Dock ($129.99) don't come cheap, and if you're not spending the cash on these, it could be worth a wait to see when the new crop of Android handsets announced at MWC will be appearing.  

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@vincent-Motoblur is terrible. Because you can't load a custom ROM yet, I don't know if ADW Launcher will be enough to keep me satisfied with my phone's skin.
@designears-It has not. The phone has been rooted. The bootloader--still locked--prevents the end user from loading any custom ROMS while simultaneously forcing MotoBlur up your a**. The problem with rooting this phone is you will lose some of its HDMI mirroring capability, because Moto writes the software.

Jmaxku said,
@vincent-Motoblur is terrible. Because you can't load a custom ROM yet, I don't know if ADW Launcher will be enough to keep me satisfied with my phone's skin.
@designears-It has not. The phone has been rooted. The bootloader--still locked--prevents the end user from loading any custom ROMS while simultaneously forcing MotoBlur up your a**. The problem with rooting this phone is you will lose some of its HDMI mirroring capability, because Moto writes the software.

Not to sound all high and mighty, but did you read the xda thread? And did you see the name of the op? Pretty sure Designgears knows a bit more than anyone on Neowin since he created it. He also made the Perception and Cognition roms and firebird kernel among other projects. In other words he's been around the block.

DesignGears does good work. I run his rom and kernel on my Captivate. And to the comment above. Yes you can buy off contract . I believe there was a deal for $399 after rebate.

You can still run custom ROMs on these encrypted/locked bootloader phones fyi. They've also gotten CM7 to boot on the Droid X

Trong said,
You can still run custom ROMs on these encrypted/locked bootloader phones fyi. They've also gotten CM7 to boot on the Droid X

Not exactly. You can only run custom ROMs that support that specific Kernel. Therefore, if Cyanogen 7 is out and running on Gingerbread kernel you cannot upgrade to that version but rather only a modification of Froyo.

The Motorola bootloader uses some sort of 1024bit encryption and hasn't been successfully hacked for the last year so you may have to wait some time until yousee any custom roms on the Atrix.

seems to be the norm these days

1. rumors of development
2. photos of prototype
3. device hacked/rooted
4. official announcement
5. official release