Motorola Droid Bionic Tastes Its First Android 4.0 Firmware Leak

Up until now, Motorola Droid RAZR owners have got a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich thanks to quite a few leaked ICS firmware. Owners of the fatter sibling of the RAZR, the Droid Bionic, patiently waited for their turn and silently regretted purchasing the Bionic.

Anyways, someone over at Motorola has finally rewarded the Droid Bionic owners with an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware leak for their handset. Early flashers of the build report the performance of the ROM to be “buttery smooth”. Apart from this, the ICS build looks pretty similar to the early Droid RAZR leaks. The leaked firmware might not be the final ICS update for Bionic owners, but it is pretty darn close. Motorola, unlike Samsung, has also kept ICS relatively Blur-free, except for some colored icons.

There is a strong possibility that Motorola will start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for Droid RAZR/RAZR MAXX owners on June 27th. Droid Bionic owners should expect to get their fair share of Ice Cream Sandwichlove soon after.

Via – Droid-Hive

Motorola Delays Android 4.0 Update For Droid RAZR To Late Q2; Others In Q3

Own a Motorola handset? Here is some bad news for you! Motorola has updated its Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline to reflect the delay of Android 4.0 update progress for its handsets. The Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + 4G devices will taste Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the next couple of months i.e. before Q2 of 2012 ends. A whopping 6 months after Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.

For all other handsets, like the Atrix 2, Droid 4, Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic and the Xyboard tablets, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will land sometime in Q3. Motorola is the only company, apart from LG, that has not updated any of its devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, except for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition. The company has also confirmed that the Droid X2, which was launched less than a year ago, will not get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

With Google I/O a month away, I am sure by the time Motorola will update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google would have announced a new version of Android. As if the locked bootloader on their phones were not enough, the slow update process of the company’s handset is another icing on the cake to never buy a Motorola branded Android handset.

Via – Motorola

Motorola To Start Rolling Out a New Software Update For Droid Bionic; Nop, Still Not ICS!

Good news Droid Bionic owners! Motorola will soon start rolling out a new software update for your handset. The bad news? It’s NOT Ice Cream Sandwich. It looks like Motorola thinks that it should fix the existing bugs with the Bionic, before upgrading the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Below is the full change-log of the update via Droid-Life -:

Application Updates/Improvements

  • Updated Visual Voicemail access URL
  • Preload Google R10 GMS apps

Stability and Performance Improvements

  • Visual Voicemails are sent to a device but no notification is given to the user
  • Bluetooth call tones are too loud
  • The APN table can be overwritten by 3 rd party applications, resulting in an inability to camp on the LTE network
  • DNS cache is not refreshed when moving from EHRPD to LTE
  • IPv6 default route is left over after LTE to EHRPD handoff
  • Added support for IPv6 over eHRPD
  • Reduce blank screen lock ups with inability to power up
  • Device may show a white 4G icon but the user is unable to connect to Internet
I still cannot understand what Motorola is trying to achieve here. Instead of rolling out an important Android OS update, the company is busy in rolling out bugfixes for one of its high-end handset. No wonder Motorola is not popular among Android developers and knowledgeable Android users.

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.

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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 :

Data

  • 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

4G LTE SIM Card

  • 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

Camera

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

Lapdock

  • 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

Media

  • 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.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launched; Now Available For $299.99

Earlier this year, Motorola announced the original Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. Motorola did not release the smartphone, since the company wanted to add some new features and enhancements in this device. After waiting for almost 8 months, Motorola finally launched the re-designed Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone.

This handset runs on the latest Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and much more. Motorola Droid Bionic is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless customers in the US. This handset also allows you to share the 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices after activating the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot.

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Motorola Droid Bionic Specifications

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) OS
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera with flash,
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • Motoprint app
  • HDMI out
  • Webtop application
  • Adobe Flash pre-loaded
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • HTML 5 capable
  • Android Market
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Supports wireless charger

Motorola Droid Bionic is available for $299.99 with a 2 year service agreement. Customers will also need to subscribe to a $39.99 monthly talk plan and a $30 monthly data package. Additionally you can purchase the Lapdock for $299.97, the HD Station for $99.99 and the Adapter for Webtop Application for $29.99.

Motorola Droid HD Pictures Leak; Trumps Droid Bionic In Every Aspect

The Motorola Droid Bionic is one of the most anticipated phones of this year. The phone was announced back at CES, but was later postponed to the 2nd half of 2011, for some unknown reason. The Droid Bionic will be the first dual-core processor powered phone to support Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Now, it looks like Motorola is already working on another phone, which trumps the Bionic in every aspect. The Droid HD will presumably come with HD (1280×720) resolution on 4.5-inch of touch-screen real estate. In all probability, the Droid HD will be powered by the dual-core OMAP4430 processor, which is also found in the Droid 3, and the upcoming Droid Bionic. Unlike the Droid 3 though, the HD will come with an ample 1GB of RAM.

However, where the Droid HD will trump the Droid Bionic is in terms of thinness. The handset is slim, insanely thin, and I am talking about the iPhone 4 and Galaxy S II level thinness here. Sadly, all this thinness comes from the fact that the HD will not be a 4G LTE capable phone. It will be a world phone, nonetheless.

The usual array of ports including a mini-HDMI port, along with the usual bunch of sensors and antennas are also present. There is also an 8MP camera at the back of the HD, which like its name, is capable of shooting videos in full HD resolution. The HD will also come with a beefy internal battery. You got to sacrifice something for all that kind of slimness!

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[Rant] Motorola Created Hype For a Disappointing Product – The Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic was announced 7 months ago, at the CES 2011. At that time, the Droid Bionic was going to be the first 4G LTE phone with a dual-core processor to hit Verizon’s network. However, for some unknown reason Moto shelved the original Bionic, and announced that it will release a new version of Bionic with an improved form-factor.

Over the last few weeks, many rumors about the Droid Bionic leaked on the Internet. Some rumors stated that the handset will have a 4.5-inch screen, while other suggest that the phone will have a 1.5GHz OMAP processor. Now, thanks to Motorola’s Developer website and Droid-Life, the specs of Droid Bionic have leaked online.

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The internals of Droid Bionic are similar to the recently launched Droid 3, except that it has more RAM. The Bionic will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz OMAP 4430 processor, and pack 1GB of RAM. The most disappointing part is that the Bionic will have the same pixelated screen as found on the Droid X2 and the Droid 3.

Here are the full specs of the Bionic :

  • 1GHz OMAP dual-core 4430 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4.3-inch qHD (960×640) screen PenTile display
  • 8MP camera with full-HD recording capability
  • mini-HDMI port
  • Front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Webtop capabilities similar to the Atrix 4G

Motorola created a lot of hype around the Droid Bionic, and if this what the final Droid Bionic packs, then I am disappointed. If Verizon’s version of Samsung Galaxy S II features 4G LTE, then I doubt anyone will buy the Droid Bionic. The screen might be of a higher resolution, but it looks pixelated, and is no Super-AMOLED (+) or IPS LCD. Motorola phones are known to come with pathetic camera’s, and the Bionic will be no different.

Basically, Moto created hype around a product which is similar to the Droid 3 minus the keyboard, with extra RAM and a 4G LTE chip. Hopefully, Motorola will be sane enough not to lock down the boot loader on the handset. If they do so, then I guess they should get ready to suffer more losses during the next quarter.

If the next generation Apple iPhone for Verizon also sports 4G LTE compatibility, then I will suggest Motorola to not even bother releasing the Bionic to the general public. Had the phone been released sometime in the first half of this year, it would have been a worthy buy. Sadly, the device is still a month away from its official release and will offer too little, when launched.

P.S. – No, I am not even going to talk about disaster that is the Moto’s BLUR UI. The Bionic will come with a new version of Blur, which has some nice improvements. This does not make the new version less suck-y than the old version, though.

New Droid Bionic Pictures Leak; Sports A Gigantic 4.5inch Screen!

Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced two Tegra 2 powered handsets the Droid Bionic and the Atrix 4G. The Atrix 4G was meant for the AT&T network, while the Droid Bionic was going to be Verizon’s first 4G handset with a dual-core CPU.

However, things did not go as planned and Motorola had to delay the release of the Droid Bionic. The company stated that they will release an updated version of Droid Bionic with a new form-factor, sometime in Q3 of 2011.

Droid_Bionic

Now, pictures of the updated Droid Bionic have made their way on the Internet. The new Droid Bionic sports a whopping 4.5-inch with qHD (960×640) resolution. Hopefully, the display won’t be a Pen Tile matrix one!

The leaked pictures also suggest that the Bionic sports an 8MP camera at the back which is capable of recording videos in Full HD 1080p resolution, right out of the box.

Unlike the Atrix 4G and the Droid X2, the Bionic will run on Android 2.3.4 with a new version of MotoBLUR on top of it. From the leaked pictures, the new version of Blur actually looks usable! Since the handset also features a front facing camera, users will be able to do video chatting with their friends via Google Talk.

Like the Atrix, the Bionic will also be compatible with the WebTop dock accessory. The handset will be powered by a large 1750mAh battery!

I presume the Bionic will be powered by a dual-core OMAP processor, which will also power the upcoming Droid 3.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launch And XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Delayed!

Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced the Atrix 4G and the Droid Bionic. While the Atrix 4G is already available to the general consumer, the Droid Bionic was expected to be released sometime in Q2 of 2011.

The Droid Bionic is the first dual-core 4G LTE phone headed to Verizon’s network. However, there is a twist in the tale. At the company’s Q1 earning call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha told the folks over at Droid-Life that the Droid Bionic launch, as well the XOOM’s 4G LTE update has been delayed.

Motorola_Droid_Bionic

Instead of the original Droid Bionic, Motorola will now release a new improved and better spec’d Bionic in Q3,2011 .

The XOOM 4G LTE update has been delayed because of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It looks like the carrier wants to beef up its network, before the XOOM gets 4G LTE support.

For the people who were worried about the low sales figure of the XOOM, the company managed to sell more than 250,000 units.

Keeping in mind that the XOOM launched in the last week of February, and is still not available all over the world, 250k units is not bad at all!