The Motorola Droid Bionic started receiving an OTA (over the air) update 2 days ago bringing its software version up to 5.9.902. This update has a large list of changes and fixes to the device. The update comes in at 57.6MB and fixes stability such as random crashes and lock-ups.
Motorola Droid Bionic 5.9.902 Update Features:
Black screen lockups
Camera multi-shot lockups
Multimedia dock lockup
Data connectivity and stability improvements
Droid Bionic users can finally use their phone without rebooting all day long. You can manually check for the update if you haven’t already received it OTA by going to “Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates”. We recommend using a Wifi connection to avoid disconnect and speed. Let us know how the update effects your Bionic.
While the Original Droid is a two year old device, there is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM available for the device. CyanogenMod recently stated that they would no longer support the original Droid although XDA member kfazz wouldn’t hear of it and has Android 4.0.3 available for the device. The ROM still has some bugs to work out but as you can see courtesy of talkandroid in the video above it does run quite nice.
How to Install Android 4.0.3 on the Original Droid:
You must have your device rooted and ClockworkMod Recovery on it.
Flash the Ice Cream Sandwich ROM via ClockworkMod (Download Link)
Congrats you have Android 4.0.3 ICS on the Original Droid!
Let us know how you like it and if you have any issues with the process. As always we will keep you updated to the progress of this project. Also we can see here that if this device can run the highly anticipated Android 4.0 then any device could potentially receive the new Android OS.
Some Motorola Droid users that are a member of the Motorola Feedback Network have been contacted to test the next update. Don’t get too excited yet as the update is not a Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich update but a security update.
The update that will be pushed OTA after the testing phase is over will not even be noticed by Droid users as its all background items that fix minor security holes and bugs.
We have had a few of you report that your Droid X calendar is not syncing properly. There are a few options available to fix the issue and we will post them below. We couldn’t figure out exactly what is causing the calendar sync issue but have your fix just the same.
Droid X Calendar Fix Option 1:
Go to “Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications”
Tap “Calendar Storage” (if not visible tap “Menu -> Filter -> ALL”)
Tap Clear Data
Wait about 10-15 minutes for the Calendar to re-sync.
If option 1 doesn’t work for you then move on to the second option below. The second option takes a little more work but seems to fix those calendars that weren’t with the first try.
Droid X Calendar Fix Option 2:
Create a new dummy Gmail account
Add your new Gmail account under “Settings -> Accounts & Sync -> Add Account”
You should now see the Calendar, Gmail and Contact sync options
Wait about 5 minutes for the Droid X to do its thing
Now Delete the dummy account and your original Calendar should work
Please let us know if these fixes worked for you. If they didn’t for whatever reason let us know if you notice anything else or need help. These two options seemed to have fixed all of the Droid X’s that we have tried it on.
There has been a lot of images of the new Motorola Droid 4 floating around the internet and thanks to DroidLife we have a few for you here. The Droid 4 has already been placed in Verizon’s system and shows a date of November 6th. Of course we know that the device wasn’t released on the 6th although this was Verizon’s date to have the device for testing from what we can gather.
Motorola Droid 4 Features (not all confirmed):
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
1.2 GHz OMAP4430 processor
4 inch Super AMOLED Advanced Display
8 MP Rear facing Camera
Physical Slide Out QWERTY Keyboard
1080p Video Recording
Based on Verizon’s internal communications the Motorola Droid 4 may be released before the end of the year. This being said we do not have an official release date. With most devices from now on coming with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich we can only assume that sales for the Droid 4 will be low. Let us know what you think or if you plan on getting one.
It looks like a Spanish commercial seen above outs the release date of the Droid RAZR as November 11th officially. We found this video on AndroidGuys website and thank them for posting it. Its actually a pretty impressive video, while never really showing the device it doesn’t matter with all of the images and specs you can find online. Give it a look and let us know what you think.
Ever since the announcement of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich those that have purchased Android phones recently have been wondering if their device will get the update. Those that grabbed a Droid Bionic have felt a bit put off by the new Droid RAZR replacing its thunder so quickly. This being said both devices should get the Android 4.0 upgrade before too long.
A Motorola representative responded to a Facebook users question confirming that the Motorola Droid Bionic will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. Commitments to the update officially will not be made by manufacturers until Google releases the final code. While it could be a few months before the update on the Bionic it will get Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Motorola Droid RAZR has been officially announced today. This is a very high end Android phone with the thinnest body i’ve seen yet. The RAZR is so thin at 7.1 mm that its the thinnest Android device on the market to date.
Motorola Droid RAZR Features:
1.2 GHz dual-core processor
1 GB RAM
4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display
Gorilla glass w/ splash guard coating
MotoBlur (in some form)
The Motorola Droid RAZR is currently a very expensive device at $299 with a Verizon contract and will be available for pre-order October 27th. We expected no less due to the fact that its Verizon selling the device.
Motorola Droid Razr Countdown
Motorola has the countdown to their announcement of the Droid RAZR and possibly the new Xoom and a few other devices. With the announcement being pushed by Samsung and Google of the Nexus and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich they have been lost in the news. This being said we will be following the Motorola announcements as well as the event in Hong Kong. Stay tuned for more information on the Motorola unveiling of the Motorola RAZR.
Finally all of you Droid Pro users out there are getting your long anticipated update to Gingerbread. Verizon has posted the change log for the Droid Pro and many users have already reported getting the update. To find the update and install it go to “settings -> Software update -> check now”.
The OTA (over the air) update comes in the form of an 86 MB file so we recommend connecting to WiFi before beginning the upgrade. It should take around 20 minutes to download and install the update.
As all of you get the update installed let us know how it goes and if its what you expected. Also don’t forget to let us know about any issues with the upgraded software. We hope there are few if any since it took so long to get out in the first place.
It took so long for Verizon and Motorola to release the Droid Bionic you could assume they would have tested it thoroughly. This is of course not the case and Verizon has detailed the bugs and promised a bug fix update in November. Some of these bugs include high pitch squeals through headphones to 3G/4G network connectivity issues.
Most of the bugs with the Motorola Droid Bionic seem to be spastic and not across the board but are annoying bugs just the same. The most irritating bugs for some users is the fact that the device advertised the ability to connect up to 8 devices via tethering. Of course the device doesn’t seem to support that claim.
At this point we are led to believe that the update will be specifically for bug fixes. Even though the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich should be available to some devices by then we don’t see the Bionic getting it quite yet.
When you get the update please let us know how it goes and if it fixes your issues. As the update nears we will give more information.