Motorola has already confirmed that the Xooms, Droid Bionic, Razr, Razr Maxx and the Droid 4 will get a hefty helping of Ice Cream Sandwich this year, but the company has added a few more devices to its ICS upgrade schedule. The Photon 4G, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, and the Electrify will all see Android 4.0 at some point during the course of 2012.
Motorola lists most of the devices for a Q3 release, with just a few getting Q2 treatment, so there’s still quite a road ahead for you Gingerbread-packing phandroids.
That is, if you even own a device slated for the update. There are quite a few Motorola handsets that will never see Ice Cream Sandwich at all.
It’s also worth noting that both the Q2 and Q3 releases are best-scenario projections. The updates must go through testing with both Motorola and the carriers before being sent out to the masses, and a single slip-up somewhere down the line could slow things up considerably.
For more information on Motorola’s update plans, check out their massive chart of who gets what when.
Motorola Outlines Further Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plans
Sure, I’ve been terrified by the HTC Rhyme commercial, absolutely baffled by a 30-second Motorola Droid Bionic ad featuring two seconds of the Droid Bionic, and I’ve been amused by Sprint’s Evo 3D spots. But no phone commercial has ever made me laugh out loud quite like this latest one from Samsung.
Apple and Samsung are the fiercest of rivals, whether that manifests itself in their worldwide legal battle or their neck-and-neck sales numbers. Either way, it’s a nice change of pace to see the battle play out on TV. What I don’t quite understand is how Samsung plans to convert Apple loyalists (you know, the demographic Samsung is clearly trying to tap into) by making fun of them.
The latest in the series of TV spots aired today, and focuses on the media platforms provided by Samsung’s GS II and the iPhone. But mostly, it just makes fun of fanbois. Rather than transcribe the entire commercial and butcher all the jokes along the way, please enjoy watching for yourself.
Samsung Galaxy S II Ad Both Targets And Mocks Apple Fanbois
Concerns about whether the Bionic’s battery performance might be a killjoy for some power users are not without credence, but overall, the Droid Bionic looks like a solid, if pricey, bet for the Android lover.
Does the Droid Bionic Justify Its Price?
January 5th. That’s when Motorola and Verizon first announced the DROID Bionic.
9 months grueling months later, it’s here. It’s seen delay after delay, and revisions to both its internal specs and its outward appearance have made the Droid Bionic we see launching today about as different from what was originally announced as any other Android handset hitting the shelves this month, but still: it’s rocking the Droid Bionic name, built by Motorola for Verizon, and it’s finally, finally here.
Given its launch window and positioning at the top of Verizon’s marketing masthead, the Bionic will be amongst but a handful of handsets that’ll be regularly held up against whatever Apple might launch as the next iPhone in the coming weeks. As such, you can be damn sure we’re going to give this thing a thorough examining before we publish our full review. Look for that early next week — but in the mean time, you can find our early impressions here.
For those who might be needing a refresher on the specs:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Dual-core 1GHz Processor
- 1 Gigabyte of DDR2 Ram (up from 512MB at the original announcement)
- 16GB of internal storage, plus a 16GB microSD card pre-installed
- 4.3″ qHD (960×540) Display
- Verizon 4G/LTE Support
- HDMI/Mirror Mode
- 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot (Up to 5 devices)
- 802.11n b/g/n
- 1735mAh battery
- Bluetooth v2.1+ EDR
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 0.3 megapixel (VGA) front camera (Blyeck)
The DROID Bionic is available for $299 on a new 2-year contract, or $599 at full retail.
After Nine Months Of Revisions, The Verizon Droid Bionic Is Finally Available
Motorola’s long-awaited, dual-core, LTE-capable Droid Bionic has finally arrived at Verizon Wireless.
Droid Bionic Arrives, Finally