Motorola Droid Bionic Gets Android 4.0 Upgrade, Android 4.1 in Development

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Verizon introduced the Droid Bionic a year ago, and since then users have been waiting for an upgrade to Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This is now available, at long last, and users can now switch to waiting for an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Motorola Droid BionicAndroid 4.0 debuted at the end of 2011, setting off a round of upgrades. By this point, just about every smartphone that’s going to get it has done so, especially as Android 4.1 launched this summer. Still, Motorola didn’t want Droid Bionic users left out. The following message has been posted on the company’s Facebook page: “We’re happy to announce that DROID BIONIC by Motorola is getting Android ICS in phases starting today.”

Owners of this device can expect to be notified in the coming days that their device is ready to install the upgrade. In the mean time, they can also try going to Settings > About Phone > System updates, as this might get them early access.

Android 4.1, Too

This is not the end of the line for the smartphone. Motorola wrote on its Facebook page: “DROID BIONIC will also receive Jelly Bean in the coming months.” An upgrade to Android 4.1 will help keep this device from being obsolete, even though it has been discontinued by Verizon. 

Motorola was recently purchased by Google, and it’s possible it’s getting pressure from its parent company to introduce Android upgrades for every possible model. Google’s operating system is often criticized for fragmentation, as there are so many devices still stuck on older versions of this OS.

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