Motorola DROID Bionic gets revived with official Jelly Bean rollout


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 give us confidence that the device was still a priority for Verizon and Motorola.

We’re glad to be wrong, though, as Verizon has officially began rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the DROID Bionic. The upgrade will bring users many new features such as Google Now, a smoother OS experience with Project Butter, new security features, expandable notifications, and a lot more. A couple of bloatware apps have been removed, and data connectivity has also been improved with this update.

All those changes sound as nice as any update the Bionic has ever gotten so if you’re still holding onto the device after all this time you’re about to be rewarded for your patience. Be sure to find it by hitting the Settings > About Phone menu of your device to get started (and don’t forget to jump on WiFi with at least 30-50% of battery life before proceeding.

[via Verizon]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I woke up this morning and suddenly i was more buttery smooth, I was quicker than before, and I suddenly had an ability to predict what people were going to ask for. What happened to me?

  2. Dear Motorola, please don’t forget to update your forgotten flagships: Atrix, Photon, Electrify as well… And also Motorola Atrix 2 AT&T model to JB.

    1. AT&T phones are probably not as important as Verizon’s because they sold less units.

      1. Motorola abandon ALL Tegra2 phones worldwide so it wasn’t just a couple phones here and there. The Atrix alone was in eight different markets and numerous carriers. The other part of it is that Motorola only recently (30-60 days) STOPPED selling the Photon and Electrify on their website.

    2. Yeah, the Atrix was a catastrophe, My dad’s never ever got one update.

  3. …as I ride out my contract with the forsaken HTC Rezound. Meh…that’s how HTC rolls.

  4. not an official rollout. its the soak test.

    1. Obviously, u didn’t read the Verizon link, its the official rollout. Doh!

      1. no. but I did read the soak test rollout email I got. from. verizon. doh!

  5. Want to update… But I may have to wait! Really like my Foxfi and I’ve read that it will not operate WIFI under JB.

    1. You sure about that? It works on my unrooted GS3

    2. It works for me, but it’s strange. FoxFi gives me an error that it’s been disabled by my carrier, but then the hotspot works just fine anyway.

    3. I take back what I said. Now reading that FoxFi is working on many phones under JB, including the Droid Bionic! Sweet!

  6. pdanet+/foxfi work just fine with Bionic JB

  7. Will not let me update yet. Can’t Wait.

  8. What a joke that the Bionic is on Jelly Bean and the Droid 3 is still stuck on Gingerbread…

  9. Finally allowed me to manually update on 4/18/2013 at 7am. Feels smoother, but Google Now crashes whenever I try to use it.

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