How to root Motorola Atrix got from Expansys (4.4.35.MB860.Retail.en.GB)

After two days of research, I managed to root my Motorola Atrix bought from Expansys.
This device has Android 2.2.2, System version 4.4.35.MB860.Retail.en.GB, a locked bootloader and it resisted various attempts to gain root access.
By carefully reading every XDA forum post about the device – it took me quite a day – I was able to finally find a user with my same software installed, that was able to root the phone.
The method to be followed is the same one for the DROID 3. Therefore, follow the same instructions at the previously given link for rooting your device. If you are a Windows user, you will be fine, since the script uses Windows commands and files.

If you are a GNU/Linux user, what you need to do is:

  1. Have ADB installed and added to your $PATH
  2. Open the file Click to root your DROID 3.bat with a text editor
  3. Paste the adb instructions of the file Click to root your DROID 3.bat in your terminal emulator

Just a note. For commands like:

Substitute each ^> with a \>

Therefore, they will look like:

What follows is directly taken from my bash history and should be the correct sequences of commands to be given inside the directory containing the DROID 3 files. It will probably work but don’t trust it completely:

update: I verified the steps, they correctly work.

Enjoy your European Atrix with root access :)

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Daniel Graziotin is a doctoral researcher in computer science, software engineering at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. His research interests include human aspects in empirical software engineering with psychological measurements, Web engineering, and open science. He researches, publishes, and reviews for venues in software engineering, human-computer interaction, and psychology. Daniel is the founder of the psychoempirical software engineering discipline and guidelines. He is academic editor at the Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) journal and at the Open Communications in Computer Science journal. He is editorial associate at the Journal of Open Research Software and the local coordinator of the Italian Open science local group for the Open Knowledge Foundation. He is a member of the ACM, SIGSOFT, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society.

6 thoughts on “How to root Motorola Atrix got from Expansys (4.4.35.MB860.Retail.en.GB)”

  1. Thanks a million dgraziotin, as the DROID 3 method does indeed root my Motorola Atrix (Build no. OLYEM_U4_4.3.5). Without exaggeration, seems I tried every other method online (Ginger Break, SuperOneClick, command line coding) but all failed.

    Cheers again – Great work!

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