Years from now when people reflect on Android and its meteoric rise to the top, Google’s (GOOG) Motorola Mobility will absolutely be among the companies credited with pushing the Android platform to the next level during its early days. HTC (TPE:2498) lays claim to the first Android smartphone — the T-Mobile G1, or the HTC Dream as it was known internationally — but Motorola and Verizon Wireless (VZ) had the first Android-powered smash hit when they launched the Motorola DROID ahead of the holidays in 2009.
In keeping with its tradition of locking devices, Motorola revealed on Tuesday that its newly announced smartphone, the ATRIX HD, will include a locked bootloader. “Motorola ATRIX HD at AT&T will have a locked bootloader to meet requirements,” the company confirmed on Twitter. Motorola did, however, tease the arrival of its long-awaited HTC-like bootloader unlocking tool. “Our goal is still to provide a way to unlock the bootloaders on our devices to those who wish to do so, more details to come,” the company wrote. The ATRIX HD features a 4.5-inch ColorBoost 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 720p front-facing camera and 4G LTE connectivity. The handset will be available from AT&T on July 15th for $99. More →
Motorola has published a landing page for the newest addition to its Atrix smartphone series, the Motorola Atrix HD. The device stacks up well in the specs department and features a 4.5-inch display screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 1,780 mAh Li Ion Polymer battery, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G LTE connectivity. It’s also 8.4 millimeters thin and weighs in at 140 grams. The device will run on AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks, although Motorola hasn’t made availability or pricing information public just yet. However, previous rumors suggest the device will be released in July so it’s unlikely Atrix fans will have to wait much longer to get the Atrix HD. More →