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ICS leak for the Motorola Atrix 4G - can Tegra2 owners breathe a sigh of relief?
When a large manufacturer annoys its customers, it usually has negative effects. The company's reputation in the community is falling, and when it comes to word of mouth, that doesn't really help either. It was even enough for buyers of the Atrix 4G and Photon 4G models from Motorola and launched an online petition.
The background to the whole thing is that Motorola originally promised an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for these models and then called it off shortly before Knapp. It is understandable that the affected owners are not exactly happy about it and that Motorola wanted something else on their necks. For this reason, the community is demanding that the Google subsidiary publish the source code for Tegra2-specific drivers, so that at least the community can ensure that custom ROMs run properly with hardware acceleration. If the manufacturer doesn't get it baked or no longer wants to keep what has been promised, the community will take care of it.
Now, however, there is again a ray of hope for owners of the Atrix 4G and thus indirectly also for owners of the Photon 4G, because both smartphones are based on an NVIDIA Tegra2 chipset. Unfortunately, NVIDIA itself has only released kernel drivers for the Linux kernel 3.1, so that no reasonable custom ROMs have been possible for the Atrix 4G and Photon 4G so far. With the now published leak for the Atrix 4G, things are looking rosier again, even if the kernel version 184.108.40.206 seems a bit outdated for Ice Cream Sandwich. Much more important is that the developers for custom ROMs can now start directly again in the development with fresh drivers. The leak (at the bottom of the page) is based on an AT&T ROM and does not come as a flashable ZIP or SBF file. The file is only recommended for developers for the Atrix 4G and Photon 4G.
The LG Optimus Speed has now also received a first leak with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so that the development should soon take the next hurdles. It would be interesting to know now whether the leak came in response to the UpdateMyMoto petition. Either way, this is good news for the owners of said smartphones, even if it took far too long. Do you actually have one of the models and are you looking forward to the port? After all, neither LG nor Motorola are known for particularly good update support, rather notorious. Let us know your thoughts on the whole thing in the comments.
[Source: XDA Developers | Thanks to Tobi for the reader tip]
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