5 Thoughts on the Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich Update

The Motorola Droid Bionic traveled a long road to where it is now. The device, which was first announced at CES 2011 but didn’t arrive until September of that year and was soon overshadowed by the Motorola Droid RAZR and friends. The Droid Bionic is now an afterthought to those looking for a new smartphone but for Droid Bionic owners, they are amidst another unpleasant situation.

Motorola promised Droid Bionic owners that it would get Ice Cream Sandwich to them in early Q3. Many believed that to mean that it would be out in July. July though, passed without an update and now owners figured Motorola may have meant August 15th as that is the midway point of Q3.

Read: Slow Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich Update Frustrates Owners.

Needless to say, customers are confused and don’t want to endure yet another hardship with the Droid Bionic.

Well, like the HTC ThunderBolt and HTC Rezound Ice Cream Sandwich updates and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the Droid Bionic ICS update. Scenarios, frustrations, piecing together possible rumors, and more.

Here are five thoughts about the Droid Bionic update that I want to share with you.

The Update Should Be Out Already

We have heard that the Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update might be rolling out in the middle of August. We’ve also head whispers about the update possibly rolling out next week. Both are possible but unconfirmed.

The Droid Bionic looked to be on track for a truly early Q3 release. The update leaked several times and it appeared that Motorola was hard at work.

Then, the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX ICS updates happened. We’ve heard that the Droid Bionic ICS update would have been out by now had it not been for the buggy Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX ICS updates. Motorola and Verizon have not confirmed this but it’s believable.

Neither wants a repeat with the Droid Bionic. Owners of the device don’t need another chip on their shoulder.

Again, circle mid-August on your calendars but do it in pencil. Android upgrade dates can change in a heartbeat.

No, It Really Should

And while the poor form of the Droid RAZR ICS updates may be the reason for the Droid Bionic’s lack of an ICS update, this is an update that really should have rolled out before either of those devices got the update.


This is a phone that was hyped to no end, was marketed to death, and then was blown to smithereens by Motorola and Verizon with the launch of the Droid RAZR which arrived just a few weeks later.

The least these companies could have done was make it up to owners with an early upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Ice Cream Sandwich Will Make the Bionic Great

Ridiculousness aside, the Droid Bionic is a great phone. We gave it a great review and I enjoyed the time that I spent using it. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will only make it better.

Read: Guide to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

From the new UI, to easier multitasking, to improved Gmail, Android 4.0 ICS makes Android 2.3 Gingerbread look outdated and bad.

The update should only improve on a device that, in my opinion, is still a pretty darn good smartphone.

I’m Glad I Didn’t Buy This Phone

That being said, I’m glad I did not buy this phone. It just seems like torture. First, the release date delay. Then the Droid RAZR release. Then the promise of “early Q3” for Ice Cream Sandwich, which, let’s be honest, is a completely ambiguous term, possibly designed to drive Droid Bionic owners even more mad than they already are.


That’s nerd torture right there folks.

Will the Droid Bionic Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Ever Roll Out?

So once the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update arrives for the Droid Bionic, what’s next? Will it get a couple of bug fix updates and then be forgotten about? Or will it get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest piece of hardware?

Who knows. Honestly, who knows when it comes to Motorola and Verizon. One would think that the Droid Bionic, armed with a dual-core processor and 1GB will be enough to run the software but who knows.

Let’s hope the companies deliver good news rather than bad news but at this point, I’m not holding my breath, not after everything that has happened to this phone.