Maintenance update for the Motorola DROID BIONIC brings a little bit of joy to owners

Maintenance update for the Motorola DROID BIONIC brings a little bit of joy to owners
Even though it’ll probably never remove the sour taste that Motorola DROID BIONIC owners had to endure after seeing the DROID RAZR coming to fruition very soon after the BIONIC’s release, the recently available maintenance update for the BIONIC should bring just a tiny bit of joy back to those owners.

No, it’s not magically going to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the smartphone, but rather, it boasts a long listing of improvements, fixes, and enhancements that should iron out some of the handset’s rough edges. It’s rolling out right now as we speak, but if you haven’t seen that notification just yet, then simply check for updates manually under the Android settings menu.

Again, it’s nothing all that monumental, but at least owners will go on knowing that some pesky issues have been ironed out very early in its life cycle – especially when owners are tethered to the handset for a good two years. Here’s what the maintenance update consists of:

E-mail, messaging and data
  • Improved stability of data on 3G and 4G
  • Fixed lockup that could occur while browsing during the handoff from Wi-Fi to 4G
  • "Data roaming" pop-up message will display once when roaming in CDMA internationally
  • Jump to the most recent message after changing the device orientation while in message list view

Device features
  • Mobile hotspot now supports up to eight devices
  • Black screen of death fixed
  • Improved stability to avoid power cycles
  • Fix lock up and power cycles when connected to Bluetooth headset or HDMI cable
  • Improved cold SIM card activation speed
  • "Low memory" warnings when using the Laptop have been reduced
  • Improved camera autofocus for better shutter response time and better imagery
  • Location privacy message will display when using location based service setup
  • Fixed issue where device would power back up after being powered down

  • Improved stability
  • Display will not turn off after use
  • Calling screen will no longer be recreated
  • Reduced frequency of the "Low memory" warning messages

source: Verizon via Android Central

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  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1735 mAh(10.83h talk time)



1. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Nice! My friends that own Bionics were waitting for this.

2. BarneyDroid

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

I got it last night manually. It seems to be working pretty good so far. The camera is much faster now!

3. thevoice

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Was hoping they would give us smart actions too. Kinda makes sense to do so.

4. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

Got the update. Dont see much that has changed. Hopefully next update will have long lasting battery performance, restart phone option, higher quality screen with photo/video

5. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

LOL. After waiting for the Bionic 10 months VZW got a buggy phone with a year-old OS and lots of bugs. Now the phone has been obsoleted by new models and by ICS, and Bionic users still have 23 months on their contract. Pathetic.

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

1. The wait for the Bionic wasn't for 10 months. Going from CES to eventual release, it was 8 months. Going from its original probable release date to its eventual one was 5 months. 2. The Bionic will still be updated to ICS, and Gingerbread is still very good. 3. Phones always get surpassed, at least they should be. I knew when I got my Atrix that it was going to be surpassed in short order. It was. It doesn't make my Atrix any less of a good phone, though. 4. At this point Bionic owners actually have 21 months left on their contract at least, but only 17 until they're able to upgrade. The only pathetic thing here was your post.

8. whiteninjazx6r

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 22, 2011


7. groovycannon

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Just get the RAZR. It's what the Bionic should have been.

9. jczepole

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Coincidently Verizon is having data and call issues all day today in my area (Albuquerque,NM). Its hard to blame the update for my lack of data and dropped calls. Id imagine it affects the battery as well.

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