Motorola Droid Bionic Gets a Major Bug-Fixing Software Update

Motorola has started rolling out a new software update for its first ever dual-core 4G LTE capable phone the Droid Bionic. The Bionic was one of the most anticipated phones of this year, thanks to its dual-core processor and support for Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. While the handset was originally supposed to be launched in early 2011, things went wrong, and Moto had to push back the handset to a 2nd half release in 2011. The worst part? Just a couple of months after the thick Bionic released, Motorola released the Droid RAZR, which was lighter, slimmer, faster and had a much better build quality.


Anyways, the new software update for the Droid Bionic fixes a bunch of bugs with the handset, and also improves the 4G LTE network performance of the handset. Other changes include a reduction in the time taken by the camera to auto-focus, and an improvement in the general performance and stability of the phone.  Below is the huge change-log of the update :


  • Increased stability of data connection
  • Improved transition between Wi-Fi to 4G to reduce lock ups
  • Increased the number of devices supported by mobile hotspot to 8
  • Data Roamingpop-up message will now display once when roaming in CDMA internationally


  • Improved activation speed of a new SIM card.
  • Improved ability, after changing SIM cards, to successfully log into social networking accounts and receive over the air software upgrades.

Headsets and Bluetooth ®

  • Eliminated the high pitched tone sometimes heard when using a wired headset
  • Media played on device can now be heard while using a Bluetooth ® headset

Phone Stability

  • Reduced occurrence of random power cycles, including automatic power ups after power downs
  • Improved phone stability when connected to a Bluetooth ® headset or HDMI cable
  • Corrected errors that required battery removal to recover from a frozen screen


  • Improved the camera’s auto focus capabilities to reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery


  • Improved performance and stability of webtop experience when using a Lapdock
  • Reduced instances where display would turn off during use
  • Reduced frequency of the Low Memorywarning message


  • Ringtones purchased from the Verizon media store can now be saved to the device

Phone calls

  • Lowered volume on the Low Batteryalert tone while user is on a call

Apps and Widgets

  • Fixed errors to ensure contacts widget places calls to the appropriate contacts
  •  Improved reliability of Messaging app to display the latest contact information
  • Apps can now be launched from the recent app group
  • Corrected issue that removed shortcut to an app after it had been moved to the SD card.

Motorola has already started rolling out the update, and since its being rolled out in stages, it should hit your Bionic in the next couple of weeks. Bionic owners can also manually pull the update from Motorola’s server by going into Settings-> About Phone and then selecting the Software Update option.

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