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Motorola Atrix 2 Receives Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, First Impressions On The Update

After an extremely long wait for the Atrix 2 to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update, it has finally come. There has been a lot of speculation and doubt, which has mainly been coming out of Motorola Mobility as to whether we would be getting the update or not. Thankfully we’ve gotten it, but the Atrix 4G has still been left in the dust, despite the leak on the XDA Forums (which happens to be extremely buggy). I was able to get the ICS update on my Atrix 2, and I can say that it is simply amazing. It is about 100x better than the Gingerbread update, as expected. One of the cool things about the update is that Motorola actually released a feature for the Atrix 2 where you can add a printer to the device. It’s not a separate app, it’s actually something that Motorola developed. I haven’t tested it out just yet, but it is awesome that that is there, and most devices just do not have that feature.

I’ve always loved the aesthetics that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich offered on my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T (which is now at Jelly Bean), and having it on my Motorola Atrix 2 is just wonderful. One of the other features that was added into the update is known as “Smart Actions.” Smart Actions allows you to add certain events to your phone to help save battery life, data consumption and etc. You can set it to detect when it is night time, and then when it’s night out, you can tell it to dim the screen, shut off the ringtone and etc. After setting that up, it will do those steps for you every night from the time you set up that new rule on your phone. This is one of the really awesome features on the Atrix 2.

In addition to all of that, there are some really noticeable speed improvements. Applications open up almost instantly (that may change after I download and fill up the device with more apps though). The lock screen has also changed, along with the notifications and text messaging format. Notifications are more easy to get rid of, and the text messaging is designed in such a way that it is easier on the eyes and also provides a much cleaner look than what it was previously. Apart of the update, we also received some new camera updates and once again, another design overhaul with the camera.

Overall the update has been fantastic. I am really happy with what they have brought to the Atrix 2, though the fact that the Bootloader isn’t getting unlocked is disappointing. It’s also too bad that the Atrix 4G isn’t getting it, which may be a huge blow to Motorola here. Losing the trust of your consumers isn’t a good thing.

Have you gotten your update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich? Are you loving the new overhaul, or are you a bit disappointed and think that Motorola could have done better with it? Let us know in the comments below!