Motorola DROID BIONIC to get Ice Cream Sandwich update
0. phoneArena 20 Oct 2011, 13:11 posted on
Those Motorola DROID BIONIC users who are worried that Motorola and Verizon is going to overlook them will be happy to find out that the handset is scheduled to receive an update to Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich...
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1. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
And why wouldn't it? All Dual Core Android phones should get the update. It is just a shame they are all missing NFC.
2. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I don't get all the hype about NFC. Its barely even started rolling out in the U.S. Its like getting LTE in the beginning of the year when it was hardly even available in like 12 cities... I dont think I would even think about using that feature untill its been more developed anyways
Cant wait to get the Razr. Then ICS in it will make it the bomb :))
7. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
apparently you haven't seen Android Beam in action. NFC needs to be in every high-end Phone from now on.
18. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
all im saying is that the fact the Razr dosent have nfc wont deter me from buying it :)
22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
oh yeah, at this point i agree with you.
3. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
I know!! Really, why would the Droid 3, X2, Atrix, the Thrill, EVO 3D, all GS2s, and as you said any other dual core owner have to worry? It should be a matter of when, not if, ICS gets to their handsets.
36. Ivan6479 (Posts: 247; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
They are not all missing NFC. The AT&T version of the GS2 has NFC, but it is temporarily disabled, so maybe they were waiting for ICS to roll out so they could take full advantage of NFC support on this device. Not too sure about the others also.
50. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Your comment put me over the edge! Thank you! I was debating between Galaxy S II and the 4S. I had no idea that the Galaxy S II had NFC. I am surely buying the Galaxy S II tomorrow. Thanks Ivan!!
4. BarneyDroid (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Still not happy with Moto (Angry Bionic owner)
5. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
i feel for you, really i do.
but, even at the bionic launch, there were vigor and droid prime rumors. either were going to be far better phones, launching a couple months after the bionic. that should have been plenty of info to tell you to wait. a little reasoning would clearly lead you to moto not giving HTC and samsung the entire holiday season. they were going to launch something better to compete as well.
still sorry man. i'd get something else, sell your bionic while its value is still high and use that money to get the phone you want in a few weeks.
6. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1063; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
I don't feel for him. Any one of us phone lovers could easily tell that the Bionic really missed it's shot and that one should just wait a month or two for something much better. And since he's registered on this site he's probably a phone lover too. He should have known better.
12. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
dude. who would have imagined Motorola would succeed the Bionic in less than a month? the Bionic was really a fine enough phone to push Motorola through the holidays and as sad and excited as i am to say it Motorola wasn't finished yet. quit being an ass and have some sympathy. it can just as easily happen to you.
17. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1063; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Who would have known it would be succeeded in 2 months? That's the way phone are on Android. And he knew better was coming in a few months. He didn't know about the RAZR but he had to know about the new Nexus
23. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
don't be a smart ass. it doesn't usually happen that quick, not even for 3 months. i got the Bionic because i like Motorolas. passing on the Nexus didn't bring me any regrets.
8. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I agree. I returned my Bionic, especially after realizing I had that wretched high pitch noise in my $100 head phones. That was the last straw. But also knowing that non-pentile, 720p screens were around the corner, there was no way I could bear that phone for 2 years. Also the fact that the camera was pretty crappy compared to my HTC Incredible also made me want to return it. Can't wait until I purchase my Galaxy Nexus. I would consider HTC, but I hate HTC Sense and the equivocal update process, no guarantees. I'll stick to the guaranteed upgraded Nexus phone.
10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
to me those were minor things in exchange of having the best by Motorola but nope! not after my 14 days were well up.
9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
the Vigor isn't going to be better than the Bionic and i was willing to pass on the Prime because it's by Samsung. the messed up thing is Motorola and Verizon decided to succeed the Bionic less than a month after it came out by a phone nobody thought would be 4G LTE. Radio Shack is already starting to pull the Bionic from their shelves.
45. StillStuckWithDroid (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)
I, along with you, bought into the Bionic and I will freely admit I regret it completely now. Is it a nice phone....yes.....but there are issues with it I just cant stand and I feel like I got sold a bill of goods when it comes to the camera aspect of it. The camera on it is a total POS....the shutterspeed makes it useless and the photos are worse then on my OGD. For that reason alone I am going to sell it on EBAY next month and suck it up and buy a Prime retail. My phone is a real important part of my day and I can not see living with this thing for two years. Plus I have the extended battery and the life is still horsesh*t......I am plugging the thing in because it is below 40% by 1pm
46. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
The camera is pretty crappy I have to agree, but I think there is something wrong with your phone if its at 40% by 1pm.
When I owned the Bionic I ended the day with the regular battery with about 20% and that was with using it from 9am to 11pm...
My complaints with the Bionic were screen, camera, and a little the battery.
The Razr fixes the screen, supposedly the battery, and I'll have to cross my fingers for the camera.
49. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm sure a warranty replacement for a Droid RAZR will fly one day since both phones are so new. that's what i'm crossing my fingers for.
48. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
go to Swappa.com. MUCH better place to sell Android phones. i sold my Droid X there for close to $400 a few months ago. no joke.
11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I know smartphones are necessity these days but I don't think always having the new one is necessary. We should learn how to settle down and be contented at some point. The BIONIC is still a beast of a phone. Just give it a chance dude. The technology has always something new to offer so you don't have to hurry. In a month or two I'm sure there will be something new that will blow the RAZR.
13. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
there are key factors you''re forgetting here. 1 is the 2 year contract. 2 is the new high-end price point and 3 is support.
one thing us Bionic owners might have going for us though is a warranty replacement. they might send a RAZR as a replacement for the Bionic in certain circumstances. lol imagine if i sad that earlier in the year and everybody just thought of the RAZR as a flip phone. people would be like "you must be out of your mind!" xD
15. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I mean if you guys have a lot of money to spend every time a new comes out I don't see no problem with that. =D
16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i'm not going to spend anymore money to have a Droid RAZR.
20. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I know right? And from BIONIC, the RAZR is not much of an upgrade.
24. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it really isn't but i still would have gotten it if it were only know a few days earlier that we knew it was going to be this.
14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
nexus prime? maybe not. but the early ICS release and no motoblur (or whatever they call it now) might be enough. plus hd screen. i would rather be an android power user and have my phone trumped every 3 months than be an apple fanboy and have to wait 17 months for an incremental update.
19. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
Dude, I don't think the iP4s is an incremental upgrade from the iP4. I know the looks and screen didn't budge a bit, but if you will look at the spec sheet, you will see the difference. And I know the upgrades aren't new and theres nothing really revolutionary, but you are talking about upgrade. If you compare the upgrade of iP4 to iP4s and DX to DX2 or EVO 4g to EVO 3D or DROID2 to DROID3, it's pretty much the same.
25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
if it was as different as the Droid 3 is to the Droid 2 i probably wouldn't have been so quick to call the 4S a fail.
27. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
yeah to me the 4s is a fail. spec and feature wise. and im not into the iphone anyways but it's a decent upgrade from the iP4.
28. jaabubby (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)
For what it's worth, I'm using the Bionic and I'm 'satisfied' overall. I'm happy that it's going to receive the ICS update at some point. It'll definitely improve the user experience of this phone. Hopefully the instant picture taking feature work out well on the DB because that's the weakest part of this phone. Shutter lag is abysmal!
31. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Sorry bud, only dual core phones will have ICS.
32. Carl.Posey (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I literally just activated my new Bionic, and to know I'll be getting ICS is just awesome.
34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
take it back and get the Razr while you still can!
40. Carl.Posey (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
If amazon gets the razr at $0.01, I will be more than glad to.
41. Anti-Fanboy (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)
that will be in a few months. But seriously, the bionic is a great phone. just be happy with it. if you really want to return do it, but theres always something new around the corner
43. Carl.Posey (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
I will be holding on to my Bionic for a while. Motorola is the only brand besides Samsung that I've ever owned. I switched from an HTC EVO 4G with Sprint today and I feel much more comfortable underneath the Motorola name.
44. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
yeah you cant beat the $0.01 price form amazon. I highly doubt the Razr will be available any time soon at $0.01 It will take till march or april for it to drop down that far.
Good choice going with Moto BTW. I also feel cozy under their wing, cant wait until that wing is made of kevlar though :P
38. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
Any change my Droid Charge will get ICS...?
47. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
blah blah blah . It will be a month at least before Google releases the ICS source code and 5 to 8 months before any current handsets see a update to 4.0, if they ever do. so don't get your knickers in a twist. Gingerbread is now over a year old and a lot of handsets have never seen a decent update to that
51. mapo12 (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
Bluetooth 4 vs NFC: I am told that you can almost do everything NFC does with Bluetooth 4. There is a reason why more and more companies are choosing Bluetooth 4 over NFC (including Apple, Motorola etc.). Besides it is a single chip that takes care of all your wireless communication (ie. headset, sync, health monitoring, credit card payment etc.) needs instead of having both NFC and bluetooth. Lower power consumption.
RAZR not having NFC does not bother me but having physical buttons does...after all the new operating system creates virtual buttons depending on the needs. However, I am told that if you do have a phone that has physical buttons then it will not show up. So in RAZR the virtual buttons will not show up.
Regarding RAZR getting the update few months down may be a blessing in disguise as I am told ICS is still not stable enough. Hopefully it will be more stable by the time RAZR gets an update.