It’s certainly long overdue, but Motorola has finally started the initial rollout of the coveted Jelly Bean update to the DROID Bionic smartphone. The update will bring the software build to 98.72.22.XT875 and the Android software to version 4.1.2. Owners of the device will be treated to the usual JB goodies like Project Butter, Google Now and a smoother UI. Additionally, Motorola/Verizon have tossed in Visual Voicemail and an enhanced mobile hotspot capability.
While the initial rollout is official, Verizon will start pushing out the update in phases from Monday, so owners will need to be patient for just a wee bit.
source: Verizon Wireless
Motorola has always seemed to be lagging behind with the Motorola Droid Bionic device which got off to an ill-fated product life, but things have improved a bit for owners of the device over the last few months. Verizon pushed out an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich last October. Now, Motorola has posted a short indicator on their website showing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is expected to start rolling out during the 2nd quarter of 2013. There is no information yet on what kind of carrier specific updates may be included, but owners of the device can look forward to experiencing some of Jelly Bean’s features in the near future.
Verizon has announced they will start pushing out an update for Motorola DROID BIONIC devices on October 19th. The update includes Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Along with ICS and all the enhancements it will bring to users, Verizon is including some updates to apps like Amazon Kindle, GoToMeeting, Citrix Receiver, and their own My Verizon app. The update will remove the Mobile IM app and several stability and performance enhancements will be included. The update file will clock in at just over 368 MB in size. Users can try to initiate the update on their own by going to Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates -> Download or they can wait to receive notification from Verizon that the update is available.
In what seems like ages, there’s finally good news for owners of the DROID Bionic. Motorola has purportedly invited Bionic owners to test out a new software update. It’s been reported that we would see Ice Cream Sandwich in the 4th quarter of this year for the Bionic, save for a few leaks. So naturally, we can’t see this being anything other than Ice Cream Sandwich, at long last. As a reminder, a soak test is usually the last phase of testing software. If responses are mostly positive, then it’ll be good to go to the masses soon thereafter. What do you say, Bionic owners? I know, when does Jelly Bean arrive?
source: Droid Life
For those of you literally scouring the web for any and every bit of DROID Bionic news you can find, here’s a big tidbit for you. With the previous soak tests now complete, update 5.9.905 is well underway to a DROID Bionic near you. You should be receiving the update via OTA shortly so keep checking. Compared to other updates, it’s a rather small one however, it will address a number of bugs such as the LTE data issues most have been experiencing. Remember, to check for an update go to Settings–>About phone–>System updates. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.
source: Droid Life
For those of you who actually shelled out for a Droid Bionic, which was a little late to the game after its original announcement, you’ll be happy to know that some signs of an ICS build have surfaced. Over the weekend it was reported that an ICS test build made its way onto the Cheesecake application which searches Motorola hosted servers for public files often revealing early builds for their devices. Only armed with the knowledge that the device was supposed to recive ICS sometime in Q3, there have been no previous news or hints at the anticipated update. As of now, the build is un-flashable as it’s just an engineer’s build. But, this could be a hint and a sign of great things to come for Bionic owners. Hang in there folks and stay tuned. Otherwise, you’ll have to download a custom ICS ROM until the real deal gets here.
Verizon is now rolling out update 5.9.905 for the Motorola DROID Bionic smartphone. To the overly excited, it may appear as if Motorola has just bypassed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich all together and went straight to Jelly Bean or even Key Lime Pie, but alas, it’s simply just an update number that has nothing to do with which Android version you’re rocking, which in this case is still Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
The improvements are as follows:
- Recalibrated volume of the call connect and disconnect tones to be more comfortable for Bluetooth users
- Improved Visual Voice Mail to ensure delivery of a notification in the Status bar
- Reduced data stalls to improve 4G LTE data connectivity
So there you have it, people. It sounds like Bionic owners have been dealing with a few annoying bugs for quite some time so it’s good news to finally see them being addressed. Hit the source link below for more info.
Oh boy— if you’re like me and an owner of a premium Motorola device released in the last 12 – 15 months, then this news is for you. Motorola has updated its ICS update timeline for select devices. Within the next month and some change, MOTO devices will begin receiving Android 4.0 with a (MOTO)BLUR topping, starting with the DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX and the XOOM 3G/4G tablet. Other devices such as the DROID Bionic, DROID 4 and my smartphone– the OG Atrix 4G is set to get some love by Q3. The Photon is the last confirmed MOTO phone to receive the update and it will receive the update by Q4 of this year.
In some disappointing news, MOTO also confirmed the DROID X2 and DROID 3 which will remain on Android 2.3. This means unless you root and flash a custom ICS build on those devices, you won’t be tasting Android 4.0 glory. Such is life I guess.
Ah well, at least the rest of us MOTO owners have something to look forward to.
source: Motorola Support Forums
via: Droid Life
Motorola recently sent out a “confidential email” to DROID Bionic owners part of the Motorola Feedback Network, so you know what that means— an update is on the way folks. What this update is exactly, no one knows. But we do have the lovely letter in its entirety, so come join us as we share it with you after you hit the break.
I can recall a few years back a gentlemen running a Blackberry Storm on T-Mobile’s network and I was like ??? But those were the days when global phones on Verizon’s network wasn’t as widespread as they are today. I quickly learned that the device was a global device and could be used to roam on GSM networks (dual-sim slot) outside of the U.S. Devices like that were important for businessmen and woman requiring a smartphone that could operate nearly everywhere they traveled. Well, global devices are becoming more of the norm on Verizon’s network and so it’s no surprise anymore to see a Verizon branded “Droid” on a GSM carrier like T-Mobile or AT&T. So what do you need to make it work? For starters, you’ll need a Motorola Droid 4, Bionic or Razr on Verizon and a few top notch guys from everyone’s famous and favorite site, XDA Developers. Because these devices support global GSM bands, a little bit of tinkering and few modifications, one can be all set to run on the GSM carrier of their choice. This is in part due to the fact that the device’s MDM6600 radio is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA technology and T-Mobile’s Edge network. User P3Droid even posted pics over on his Twitter page for proof (pics above and below). And while this might not be Verizon’s first choice as a means of using hardware ultimately designed to work on their network, tough stuff Vz, this is how Android users do it. The dev’s have been presented with some challenges due to the locked bootloaders issue, but you know XDA, they always come through.