Review: Motorola Atrix 4G
The Atrix 4G comes with support for multiple Exchange accounts, Gmail, POP3 and IMAP4 email from just about every vendor there is. For the most part, all it takes is a username and a password to sign up. Both Exchange and Gmail will also marry your contacts and calendar to the Atrix 4G, which is convenient.
The Gmail application is the most powerful of the email clients. It is so natively entwined with the way that Gmail works online that you hardly feel like you're using it on a phone.
The Atrix 4G has a universal inbox that collects all SMS, Twitter DMs and Facebook emails in one spot. It's a neat concept to tie together all the social networking stuff — which often arrives in the form of an SMS — with the actual SMS application. The universal inbox doesn't thread conversations from Twitter DMs together, or even Facebook emails, but it will thread normal SMS text conversations.
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On the instant messaging side of the coin, Google Talk is built in. Nothing else is. If you need access to Yahoo, AIM, or Windows Live, you're going to have to search the Android Market for 'em.
There are multiple avenues into the social networking scene with the Atrix 4G. First, there are the stand-alone and dedicated Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter apps. Motoblur offers widgets for these applications, too. They are best used for posting status updates to multiple accounts at once. Motorola's home-baked software isn't as good as the dedicated apps at allowing users to interact with their friends. For instance, you can't respond to Twitter DMs from the home screen widget. You have to jump into the unified inbox to do that. If you're going to go that far, you may as well open up the regular application.
Hands-On: Motorola Atrix 4G
We go hands-on with "the world's most powerful smartphone," the Motorola Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G packs killer hardware specs and Motorola's Motoblur interface on top of Android 2.2.
AT&T to Provide HSUPA Update to Atrix/Inspire 4G in April
AT&T confirmed to CNet that it will enable the HSUPA radios in the HTC Inspire 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G via a software update to be distributed at some point in April. Both devices shipped with HSUPA disabled.
Motorola Acknowledges Atrix 4G Voice Issues
Responding to user complaints about voice quality degradation on the Atrix 4G smartphone, Motorola has acknowledged the issue and says the company is looking into the cause of the problem. It is asking for customers experiencing the problem to fill out a questionnaire in order to gain more insight into the issue.
Hulu Plus Now Available to Select Androids
Hulu today announced that its Hulu Plus service is available to the Android platform for the first time with a new application. Hulu Plus for Android allows subscribers to browse through and stream the video content they want directly from their Android handset.
Motorola Offering Manual Gingerbread Update to Atrix 4G
Motorola has made Android 2.3 Gingerbread available to the Atrix 4G, which is sold by AT&T. This update must be first downloaded to a microSD card and then installed on the Atrix from the card rather than downloaded over the air.