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AT&T Motorola Atrix 2 finally gets Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update

US carrier AT&T announced on Tuesday the rollout of the much anticipated, long-overdue Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Motorola Atrix 2 has started. It wasn’t until Wednesday morning that customers were able to receive notifications that the update was available for download. Others had to manually check before they can download the new firmware.

Motorola Atrix 2 is a powerful device that showcased TI OMAP 4430 chipset with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Having been released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, it has received positive feedback and ratings due to impressive performance and stability. However, there was a need for AT&T to rollout an ICS update and unfortunately, it took a year after the release before it’s realized.

For owners, here are a few things you will get after the update:

Browser improvements. You will now be able to browse faster as page loading is considerably improved. For convenience, tabbed browsing is also made possible in ICS and you can enjoy offline reading and desktop mode. Browser improvements/enhancements are typical to any Gingerbread-to-ICS updates.

New lock/unlock features. One of the things new ICS users would appreciate is Face Unlock; it unlocks the phone using the facial recognition technology with the help of the front-facing camera. Also, owners can now set their device to directly launch certain apps after unlocking.

Swipe away notifications. Notifications bar is one of the things that received considerably cool features in ICS update. So, after you have flashed the new firmware to your device, you can just swipe away notifications you don’t need anymore.

Home screen folders support. A folder can automatically be created by dragging one app icon onto another. Aside from this, there would be new widgets and arranging icons is made easier than before.

Contacts app replaced. There is a new People app that serves as a replacement for Contacts app. Basically, the interface is new as you would be able see large profile photos alongside each contact.

Ice Cream Sandwich comes with hundreds of fixes and improvements. Some Atrix 2 users already reported that ICS makes battery life a little longer than before aside from making their devices more sensitive and less laggy.

This might be the last update this device would receive from AT&T. However, for those who might venture out flashing Jelly Bean into their devices, a few users have already tried it and there are available custom ROMs built by XDA Developers. Motorola Atrix 2 is a powerful device and running JB is never a problem.

[source: AT&T]

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  1. I also found my pics in my wallpaper gallery. Thought they were gone for good. whew! Thanks for the tip Tamara.

  2. Thanks for the quikpics suggestion.. the problem with that tho is intagram and other pic apps only allow u to get pics off ur gallery…i would still like to restore my pics to my stock gallery…any suggestions? Thanks

  3. This is such bull#hit. I updated my ATRIX 2 and now I’m having all kinds of issues. #1 Can rarely connect through Wi-Fi all of a sudden and when I can it stays connected for less then a few minutes at best. #2 My battery dies in less then hour…. #3 I just checked my data usage and holy crap, 2 weeks into my month and I’m already about to go over on usage. Which is such crap. Apparently its continuing to run even after I’ve shut it down. Before I ever used Wi-Fi, I wouldn’t reach my plan until the last couple days and Im on the internet a fraction as much as I was then….outside of all this crap, the new look is a joke. You cant start a text message and then try to attach a picture. The only way i can is to go to my photo gallery and click on the picture first and then click send through text… just a poor designed program from start to finish. And based on what I’m reading, were simply screwed until they pull there heads out of there asses and fix the problems. I hate IPhones, but looks like they might be getting my business if I don’t get some results asap. Good time to buy some stock in apple.

  4. Well according to the warranty department, after i’ve had to swap out three phones because of this update now the music and gallery problems they say are because of i dont have a moto blur account which is required apparently for this phone to operate properly, and i need a new sd card and need to start from scratch. In other words if i dont set up a motoblur account and share my pictures and music with motorola then my phone will not operate properly, this sounds like a breach of contract to me as i was not informed of this when i purchased this phone from att, THIS IS THE VERY LAST ANDROID I WILL OWN! I don’t like the Iphone running system, but they do not have these kinds of problems with developers who are obviously smoking weed and got the munchies when they write their programs with their gingerbreads and jelly beans and ice cream sandwiches

  5. I have lost access to all the photos on my phone taken in August and September!!! The rest of the photos are there. The really frustrating thing about this is that i can see the files, but for some reason they seem to be corrupted and I cant open them no matter what program I use. Extremely frustrating. My battery life is also horrible, browser has problems displaying photographs.

  6. I found my pics in my wallpaper for awhile then they all disappeared and then several days later they reappeared. Then would show up in my pic gallery. Then would be gone again. So when i finally had them in my gallery i uploaded them all to my computer and whipped my sims card clean. So far it keeps all my new photos that i take now.

  7. I’m having the same issues with My Gallery and My Music. *sigh* Thanks for the tip on the quickpic app, totally worked for my pics and vids and I like it better than My Gallery anyway! Like you though, I’m still now sure what to do about My Music. Please let me know if you figure something out!

    Thanks again!

  8. I am having a problem pulling up My Gallery and My Music like many other people. With the new phone book I am no longer able to pull my Facebook contacts and filter out the ones without phone numbers which is a huge problem.

  9. my is working fine,i get my photos,music and face book.i just want to be able to move family and friends to different groups and i dont know how.anyone have a clue?thanks

  10. Were you ever able to figure out what to do about the text messaging situation?? I updated and my texts wont work at all. I even call ATT and they weren’t able to do anything.

  11. For the gallery issue I’ve found if you download an app called quickpic you can view your pictures and videos, its also faster on my phone. As for the music I’m still trying to figure it out

  12. I can’t figure out how to switch on/off background data. And my email/FB don’t work right. Sometimes i can get it to go through, other times not. There’s no rhyme or reason.

  13. my phone did the update automatically without being approved and is now hot as all get out and only working about 25% of the time draining my battery in less than a half hour test messaging is not working at all and when i called customer service i was hung up on

  14. Really annoyed… ive got my pictures and my music is fine…. but over all I feel like I have a whole new phone… and I hate it… I can’t send pictures… that’s a big deal… I just want to know how to uninstall???

  15. My phone did all of this and stopped working completely they sent me a new phone and confirmed its a glitch in the update and said they wish it was a way to let us know to not update our atrix 2 4g phones

  16. I am unable to send and receive text messages. My phone will not do half of what I want it to do until about 15 min later. It will not end phone calls. My phone has not worked right since it updated. I am not very happy at all!

  17. Mine gets hot as hell and won’t pull any music and pics…seems to be missing the media gallery from the upgrade.any ideas on the fix?
    thanks

  18. I have the same problem. I know the pictures are there because I connected to my laptop and downloaded them using the Mass Media option. The phone just does not recognize them.

  19. I cannot see my pics or videos.Does anybody know how to fix it on the new ice cream sandwich release on Motorola’s atrix 2?

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