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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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