Until today Motorola still planning to give official Android 4.0 update only for Droid Razr, Droid Bionic and Motorola Xoom, they still has no plan to provide official Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update for Atrix 4G although we has been meet minimum requirement to run it. If Moto failed to deliver update to our android smartphone, the only hope is installing it with unofficial Android custom ROM (AOSP). Since we have been seen many Atrix 4G running CM7 which based on Gingerbread, I’m sure that CM9 (which based ICS) can also work on our smartphone.
Step by step Updating Motorola Atrix 4G to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) Custom ROMs
You must understand that, by unlocking or flashing, you assume full responsibility for any damage incurred to your phone. Make sure you have sync your contacts with Google Account, and additionally you can also backing up sms, mms, call logs, browser bookmarks, system settings and even installed apps from market by downloading MyBackup Apps for android phones.
However, for now we still can find stable ICS ROMs for our Atrix 4G, but you can try alpha version of CyanogenMod 9, but it still not suitable for daily usage since has several bugs, once they release it we can find many stable ICS custom ROMs available for our android phone, we will let you know if we find it. While wait the stable ROM released, you can prepare your phone by unlocking bootloader, getting root privileges and also installing ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery, find out more about how to do that on this thread.
After satisfying the requirements now Atrix 4G ready to flashing, make sure battery fully charged. Turn off the phone, hold “power button” together with “volume down keys”, after entering fastboot find “Android Recovery” by pressing volume down keys few times, now you should on CWM recovery main screen.
- Backup original/stock ROM by choosing “backup and restore”.
- Wipe previous ROM’s systems settings by choosing “wipe data/factory reset”
- Wipe cache by selecting “wipe cache partition” and also wipe dalvik cache and battery stats on “advanced” menu.
- Find the custom ROM you have been downloaded and transfer it to phone memory by selecting “choose zip from internal sd card” find the ROM on .zip file and choose it. Let your phone flashing the update.
- Once finished, back to CWM main menu and reboot system now. Let it boot for the first time, may take little longer for about 5 minutes.
Flashing Motorola Atrix 4G with ICS custom ROMs recommended only for developers and advanced users, since the process are quite difficult. For user who don’t want to be bothered, upgrading phone can be alternatives, and Motorola Atrix 2 by AT&T is fits for you, with 4.3-inches display and 8 Megapixels camera, you can also read post about Atrix 4G vs. Atrix 2 to compare both devices.
Update : (2/16/2012) Motorola officially announces ICS update for this smartphone, read more here.