Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Gets A Major Software Update

Earlier this month, Verizon rolled out a major software update for the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. This handset was originally announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It is the first ever dual-core 4G LTE capable smartphone, exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Motorola Droid Bionic runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Verizon recently started rolling out another major software update for the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. The latest update is numbered 5.9.901 and it comes with preloaded VCast Apps Store, voice call muted while composing a visual voicemail, solves no 4G data connectivity issue, improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance, etc. Check out the complete changelog below.

Droid Bionic


Application Updates/Improvements:

  • Preload VCast Apps Store
  • Preload Sling stub application
  • Preload MOG stub application
  • VZNavigator preload updated to version
  • Youtube videos restart after pausing to access Notification Panel
  • Youtube screen flashes when Back key pressed during video play
  • Voice call muted while composing a Visual Voicemail message
  • Visual Voicemail saves messages to internal memory with UI displaying SD card target
  • Visual Voicemail delete actions sends delete and save commands to the server

Data Connectivity:

  • Stuck in 3G mode in strong 4G coverage
  • No 4G data connectivity
  • No LTE service in LTE only service areas (Hagerstown, MD)
  • Patch for Alcatel-Lucent LTE infrastructure R9 support
  • Dual IMSI support
  • Excessive LTE handover attempts (SIB8 messaging processing)
  • Improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance

Device Operation:

  • OTA update needs to utilize Admin APN
  • Support for National Plus Code Dialing
  • Cannot play WAV files
  • Support for Bluetooth Personal Area Networks (PAN)
  • Missing SMS alerts while on voice calls
  • Choppy audio while streaming via to a TV via HDMI
  • No Bluetooth audio when paired and connected

Stability/Performance Improvements:

  • Black screen lockups
  • Reduced idle resets
  • Voice call drops when SMS message is received
  • Lockups when XT875 is in the multimedia dock
  • Resets after camera multi-shots are taken
  • Internal memory file creation dates shown as December 31, 1969
  • Clock widget time does not match Notification Panel time

The size of the update is just 56 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update.

Motorola Infringed on One Microsoft Patent

If you have been following the patent wars in the mobile industry closely, you must know that Microsoft now has a patent licensing deal with almost all major Android manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, ViewSonic, Acer, Onkyo, Wistron, Quanta and some I didn’t even know existed until they signed the deal with Microsoft.

However, Motorola is one of the few Android device manufacturers which hasn’t yet succumbed to Microsoft’s charms (or assault, depending on how you look at it), and is fighting Microsoft in the courts. That may have something to do with it being acquired by Google, by the way.

Anyway, we have some updates on the patent battle between Microsoft and Motorola. Microsoft had filed a lawsuit alleging that Motorola infringed on 9 patents it owned. Today, the International Trade Commission issued an initial ruling that stated that some Motorola products infringe on one Microsoft patent, but not on 6 other patents originally mentioned in the lawsuit.

Not surprisingly, both Microsoft and Motorola are claiming the ruling as a victory for themselves.

We are pleased with the ITC’s initial determination finding Motorola violated four claims of a Microsoft patent. As Samsung, HTC, Acer and other companies have recognized, respecting others’ intellectual property through licensing is the right path forward,stated Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Howard.

We view it as a huge win for us. They had, originally, nine patents in their first case. They are down to one patent, effectively.said Motorola General Counsel Scott Offer.

While the battle is far from over, the long-drawn patent battles, which seemed interesting initially, are getting now getting very irritating and forcing device manufacturers to focus on fighting lawsuits instead of making new innovative products. The patent system seriously needs to be rebuilt from the grounds up.

In the meanwhile, Microsoft may add another cash cow – Motorola – to its herd, which it will probably keep milking for cash in the form of a patent licensing fee. Google’s plan to acquire Motorola for its patent portfolio may have backfired.

Verizon Motorola Droid Razr Gets A Software Update

Motorola Droid Razr is the company’s thinnest Android powered smartphone with just 7.1mm thickness. This handset was launched last month, exclusively for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Within a month of its launch, Verizon has already announced a new software update for the popular Motorola Droid Razr smartphone.

The latest update is numbered 6.11.747.XT912 and it comes with improved camera features, improved stability, improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity, etc. Check out the complete changelog after the break.

motorola razr


Device Features:

  • SIM error notification has been fixed
  • Improved camera features and quality
  • Improved stability of menu access, browser, phone dialer, video playback and music player to prevent force-close errors and lockups

Email, Messaging and Data:

  • Updated group message notification in e-mail
  • Improvement in 3G/4G data connectivity
  • Maintain network connection upon completion of a voiec call

Applications and Widgets:

  • Background color has been adjusted to improve readability in Lapdock connection UI menu items.

The size of the update is just 57 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). It will take you approximately 20 to 30 minutes to download the software. If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update. To learn more, head over to this page or check out this PDF file.

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.

Motorola Wins Patent Ruling Against Apple in Germany

Motorola has won a ruling against Apple in the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany, which could lead to a ban on the sales of Apple 3G products like all the iPhone models, and the iPad 3G variants, according to a report by FOSS Patents.

The court has ruled that Apple’s products violate a GPRS patent owned by Motorola. It is a FRAND patent, which Motorola is required to license to any manufacturer that wishes to use the technology. However, Apple hasn’t made a reasonable binding offer to Motorola yet, to license the patent, which is why the court has granted Motorola a preliminary injunction against Apple.

It has also ordered Motorola to post a $134 million bond, if it wants to enforce the ruling. In case the ruling is overturned later, Apple would be reimbursed using the bond.

Apple has already appealed the ruling, and requested a stay against the injunction. A ban seems improbable, but it seems very likely that Apple will have to license the patent from Motorola, in order to continue selling the iPhone or iPad in Germany.

Looks like Microsoft isn’t the only one getting rich from patent licensing, and Apple isn’t the only bully arm-twisting others on the patent playground.

Motorola and Verizon Unveil The Droid Xyboard Tablets; U.S Version Of The XOOM 2

Motorola and Verizon just announced the Droid Xyboard tablets, which are basically the U.S version of the recently unveiled XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition.


The 10.1-inch XOOM 2 will be known as the Droid Xyboard 10.1, while its smaller variant, the XOOM 2 Media Edition will be known as the Droid Xyboard 8.2. Both the tablets are powered by the old and under-powered Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor and come with 1GB of RAM on-board. The Xyboard tablets sport a IPS display panel for an improved image quality. Other than this, both the tablets have a 5MP camera with Auto-Focus and LED flash at their back, and a 1.3MP HD camera in the front.

Unlike the bulky proportions of the original XOOM, the Droid Xyboard tablets are slimmer and lighter. Outside, the tablets are made with magnesium-reinforced material along with aluminum housing. The tablets will also come with Dijit, an app which will double their tablets as a universal remote. They will also support Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network. Oh, both the Xyboards also support GSM networks but the capability has been turned off by Motorola and Verizon at the firmware level.

The 10.1-inch and the 8.2-inch Xyboard will come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb on-board, but will get the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime early next year. Both the tablets will hit the Verizon retail stores sometime this month. The 16GB 10.1-inch Xyboard will cost $529.99, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will cost $629.99 and $729.99, respectively. The smaller 8.2-inch Xyboard will be available for $429.99 and $529.99 for the 16GB and 32GB variants. These prices include a two-year contract with Verizon as well. No wonder the iPad dominates the tablet market. Until these Android manufacturers price their tablets properly, there is no way they can sell them in large numbers.

Verizon and Motorola, you guys seriously did not get a better name for these tablets other than Xyboard? Seriously?

Motorola Blocked from Adding iTunes, iCloud and iPhone 4S to Patent Claim

A few hours ago, we reported an update on a lawsuit between Samsung and Apple. Well, now, we have an update on a lawsuit between Motorola and Apple. Oh boy, it never ends! Last week, it was reported that  Apple is also involved in a patent lawsuit with Motorola. Last April, Motorola originally sued Apple regarding MobileMe due to data synchronization patent. It was reported that if Apple claimed a potential injunction against the case, then it could result in a $2.7 Billion loss.

Apple vs. MotorolaToday, a new report reveals that Motorola has been blocked by a US court from adding iTunes, iCloud, and iPhone 4S to its patent infringement claims against Apple. HA! What goes around, comes around right? This is because of the supplemental infringement claims Motorola attempted to add to its case with Apple at the end of October in the Southern District of Florida after Apple filed a lawsuit against them, according to a  report  by Florian Mueller of  FOSS Patents.

Apparently, Motorola’s response to Apple’s lawsuit was filed too late for the court to accept, so as a workaround, the company tried to make the case that the its existing claims should be expanded to involve iTunes, iCloud and the new iPhone 4S.

 “Motorola seemingly would have to file an entirely new case against Apple to claim that these products infringe exactly the same patents at issue here.”

In fact, Motorola wasn’t just adding new products to its claim. Mueller points out that  the attempted expansion of the case by Motorola also “raised new issues with respect to certain originally-accused products.” Motorola has also incorporated claims against iCloud in its German litigation.  Tune in next week for another episode on mobile patent wars.



Motorola Milestone 2 Finally Gets The Android 2.3 Gingerbread Update

Motorola Milestone 2 owners, here is some good news for you! Motorola Europe has  announced  via their official Facebook page that they will be rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for your phone beginning from tomorrow.

The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Milestone 2 will bring a new launcher and app drawer, along with some refreshed colors for the UI. The usual Gingerbread goodies like a Download Manager app, improved copy and paste, a detailed battery usage graph are also on-board. Users should also expect performance and stability improvements.

Motorola Milestone 2 owners in the Europe should consider themselves lucky that they are finally getting some Android 2.3 Gingerbread love from Motorola. The U.S version of the Milestone 2, the Droid 2, already got its Gingerbread update a few months ago. Its shameful to see that it took Motorola nearly a year to update the Milestone 2 to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Most Milestone 2 owners must be thinking whether they will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update or not? Well, looking at the pace at which Motorola released the Gingerbread update, I am pretty sure they will have brought a new phone if  Motorola decides to update the handset to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Since Motorola will be rolling out the update in stages, users should not expect the update to land on their phone tomorrow itself.

Motorola Announces XT928 and XT615 Android Smartphones for China

China recently became the largest smartphone market in the world, overtaking the United States by a fair margin.

It seems like Motorola is trying to capture the Chinese smartphone market with three new Android devices. We already told you about the Motorola MT917, which was unveiled yesterday. It is one of the most powerful Android smartphones to date, and will run on the China Mobile network.

Motorola has announced two more Android smartphones, targeted at the Chinese market – the Motorola XT928 and the Motorola XT615.

Motorola XT928

The Motorola XT928 seems to be almost similar to the Motorola MT917. However, it will be available on China Telecom.

It comes with a 4.5 inch HD touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM and comes with an insane 13 MP primary camera which can record 1080p videos. It will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and will probably get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in due time.

Hopefully, they will launch a variant of this device globally.

Motorola XT928

Motorola XT615

The Motorola XT615 is a budget Android device. It comes with an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.

It will sport a 4 inch FWVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels and will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread too. For a budget device, it rather surprisingly comes with an 8 MP camera.

I doubt if this one will get an official upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This one will also be launched in China only.

Motorola XT615

Both these phones – the Motorola XT928 and the Motorola XT615 – will be available in December.

Motorola Unveils The MT917; It’s a RAZR With A 720p HD Screen

Today, Motorola announced a slightly modified version of the Droid RAZR, known as the MT917, headed to China.

Compared to the Droid RAZR’s 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD (640×960) screen, the MT917 has a bigger 4.5-inch screen with 720p HD resolution. It is also quite a bit thicker at 8.5mm vs 7.1mm of the RAZR. The MT915 also packs in a whopping 13MP camera at its back, which is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution.

Motorola MT917 is everything you could ask for – fast, beautiful and smart. It’s the phone I’ve been dreaming of since I first entered the mobile device business.said Frank Meng, corporate vice president and president of Motorola Mobility, China. MT917 is part of Motorola Mobility’s tradition of introducing top-of-the-line devices tailored for China and we’re thrilled to release it on China’s high-speed TD-SCDMA network.

Other than this, the RAZR and the MT917 are similar. The MT915 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core SoC processor from TI, packs 1GB of RAM, has a back cover made of Kevlar, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The handset will also come with Motorola’s MotoCast app, which allows you to stream music, pictures and much more right from your PC to your handset.

The Motorola MT917 will be available under China Mobile network, and will support their blazing fast TD-SCDMA network.