Cyanogenmod on a Motorola Atrix 4G

Android 4.2 on a Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola Atrix 4G running a Cyanogenmod Android 4.2 ROM.
A screenshot from my Motorola 4G running Jellybean.

I’ve already written about installing Cyanogenmod 7.2 (a Gingerbread ROM) on my Motorola Atrix 4G. I’m updating about an installation of Cyanogenmod 10.1 to the same phone.

I’ve had a Nexus 7 for some time now and have fallen in love with the newer versions of Android. I’ve been hoping for some of the functionale that has been available since ICS and the battery management that came about after ICS. I’ve been trolling the XDA forum for quite some time hoping for the availability for my phone. Last July (July 2012) I came across this link. There was a JB ROM post but it was pretty clear that the ROM was still in early alpha.  How would the installation of Android 4.2 on a Motorola Atrix 4G go over?

Cyanogenmod Android 4.2 ROM on my Motorola Atrix 4G

Recently, the project leader, Emerson Pinter (epinter), posted a link to a recently updated ROM http://www.linuxmobile.org/atrix/cm10-1. It includes many (if not all) of the fixes to problems that had existed for the Motorola Atrix 4G in the past. On that same page, he posts links to a JB Google Apps.

Pinter notes that installation process is identical to the process for CM9. A link for that process can be found (quite nicely) at android-advice.com. The ROM and gapps .zip-files were put on a microSD card and left out of the phone while I did a complete wiping of the phone (including the Dalvik cache). Then, after reinserting the microSD card, I went through the process of installing the .zip-file associated with the ROM and then the JB apps .zip-file. The phone boots and runs wonderfully. Actually, I gained access to a network (HSPA 10) that the previous GB ROM had not let me access.

Problems

However, I was not without difficulties. Apparently the ROM uses the Trebuchet launcher. The difficulty came with using the “back” button far too often which would cause the launcher to crash. Apparently the answer is to switch launchers or to just not click the “back” button on the Motorola Atrix 4G.

I have installed most of the apps that I find useful, I have modified the power usage settings, and have set my preferences.  I have reduced the number of desktops, have set display preferences to time out at comfortably short intervals, and have reduced the amount of automated processes that occur.  Currently the battery usage is poor but multiple threads on XDA hint at the fact that time and usage will help the ROM to improve its power usage.

Conclusion

What are my current impressions? This ROM is smooth and fast on my Motorola Atrix 4G. Everything works like it should (so far) and audio quality is absolutely stellar.  I love the ability to cluster apps in the launcher OR on the desktop.  The camera seems to work well.

Perhaps the best part of this operating system is that many of the tools used to be apps that were to be downloaded.  Google didn’t bastardize them from other apps but solved a problem.  Things that I got from the Google Play store are now part of the operating system–and work well.

I want to offer thanks to Mr. Pinter for his work.  Kudos.

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