Verizon’s update spree as of late has been a very refreshing change of pace, but some Motorola DROID BIONIC users were beginning to feel like their devices might not ever receive the same love that the latest heavy hitters from the DROID line have. After all, the device’s botched launch and early documented issues didn’t [...]
Android 4.1.2 will be pushed to devices in phases
Droid Bionic users can expect an OTA starting Monday, changing software build numbers to 98.72.22.XT875. This is Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and comes with some nice goodies. Google Now with its predictive search and voice commands will be included. Expandable notifications will now be accessible, letting users control music, return calls and texts, and even manage email from the notification panel. The Jelly Bean keyboard brings better dictionaries, as well as voice typing that works without a data connection.
Some Motorola-specific enhancements include better Mobile Hotspot connectivity, an updated ‘Back Up Assistant Plus’ and new Visual Voicemail, along with improved voice and data reception quality. The OS also gets a little lighter, with Sling and MOG apps being removed by default.
As the OTA update starts hitting devices next week, things will be quite busy in the forums. Be sure to post your findings after you give Jelly Bean a spin.
Turns out that Motorola support page may have been right after all
After a puzzling update to Motorola’s support documentation for the Droid Bionic that indicated it would receive Jelly Bean in Q2 2013, soak test registration emails are being sent out to some users for the update. Soak tests, if you’re not familiar, are a last level of testing with a small portion of users willing to give new firmware a try before it moves out to everyone. Like previous soak tests, this is a good indication that we’re headed towards an official release of the update to the general public soon.
Remember though, Q2 just started a couple of days ago, so if previous updates are any indication we may be waiting a little while to see it all out there officially. The soak test registrations go out to a small number of people and won’t be available for long, so keep an eye on your inbox if you’re expecting to see one.
More: Droid Bionic Forums; Thanks, shayne6717!
While we wouldn’t have blamed you for thinking ICS was the end of the road for the Droid Bionic, a Motorola Support page now indicates that a Jelly Bean update is on its way in Q2 2013. The handy little tool that Motorola introduced last year to help people find out about upcoming updates on their device reveals the information when selecting the Bionic from a list of support devices. As pointed out by Droid-Life, prominently at the bottom of the page it lists ”Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) upgrade rollout expected to begin Q2 2013.”
Now that’s a pretty darn vague window, if true, to have the update “start” somewhere in the next three months, but we’re not going to look this gift horse in the mouth. If it does come true, there are going to be some seriously happy Bionic owners out there.
The Motorola DROID BIONIC was one of Verizon’s most storied devices. It was on the wrong side of storied, however, as its history is a bit tainted. Even before launch, the device was being juggled about the offices of Motorola and Verizon, undergoing at least one major redesign and experiencing lengthy delays. The fun didn’t [...]