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Motorola Droid Bionic Gets a Much Needed Update



Remember the Motorola Droid Bionic? We do and apparently Verizon does as well as the carrier is now rolling out an update for the first dual-core 4G LTE smartphone that brings along some enhancements and bug fixes that will surely put a smile on the faces of owners. Of course, it’s not the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update that all of you with a Bionic are waiting for, but hey, it’ll have to do.

The update, according to Phandroid, is rolling out at this moment to Droid Bionic users so those of you with the device handy will want to take it out, head into your Settings and take a peek to see whether or not the software is waiting for you.

Chances are, it probably is.

Droid Bionic

So what’s included in the update?

Well, the key things include stability enhancements that should make the overall experience with the Droid Bionic a whole lot better, what Verizon is calling improved battery life and improvements to the mobile hotspot.

Here is the full rundown:

Device Features

+ Added support for National Plus Code Dialing.
+ Added support for Bluetooth® Personal Area Networks (PAN).
+ Receive text message alerts while on voice calls without voice call interruption.
+ Improved audio while streaming video to a TV using the HDMI connection.
+ Improved Bluetooth audio when paired and connected to the device.
+ Improvements in device stability prevent the following:

  • Black screen lockups
  • Camera multi-shot lockups
  • Idle resets
  • Multimedia dock lockups

+ Device is now capable of providing Verizon Emergency Alerts.
+ Improvements in battery life.

Data Connectivity

+ Data connectivity and stability improvements.
+ Improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot download performance.

Application Improvements

+ YouTube videos will resume play from their previous location after
pausing to access the Notification Panel.
+ Composing a Visual Voice Mail message no longer mutes the voice call.
+ Messages saved with Visual Voice Mail will store to the SD card target shown
on the user interface.
+ Visual Voice Mail improvements for message storage and deletion.
+ Play WAV audio files.
+ The following apps are now preloaded:

  • Amazon MP3
  • VCAST Apps Store

Overall, this is a fantastic update besides the bloatware that Verizon decided to throw in there at the end. We think you’ll manage though.

The Motorola Droid Bionic came out in September of 2011 after a lengthy delay which saw the device undergo a design change. It was then overshadowed by the launch of the Motorola Droid RAZR a month later. However, we still thought highly of Verizon’s first dual-core 4G LTE device.

You can get a good feel for the device by watching the video below:

Or you can read our full-length review of the Motorola Droid Bionic here.



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