Droid Bionic update fears, Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 release

By Posted 10 Aug 2011, 09:01

Over the last few weeks, we have given you a few reasons why you may want to overlook the still unannounced Motorola Droid Bionic in favor of another handset, and now we have another reason which may become a decisive factor for you.

That reason alone is Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich, as we’ve just heard details that Android 4.0 may be set for a surprise launch in October – just a few months away. We haven’t seen much info on Ice Cream Sandwich as of late, but rumored handsets that will ship with the new software include the Nexus 4G, the Motorola Dinara and perhaps even the HTC Vigor as well.

Now abandon is a pretty strong word we agree, but since we know the Droid Bionic will only ship with Gingerbread, it is going to be an anxious wait for new owners to see when Verizon and Motorola decide to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich for the new device, as it certainly won’t arrive as soon as October as rumored above.

If we had $300 to spend on a brand new smartphone, we would certainly want the best and the Nexus 4G and Motorola Dinara running Android 4.0 does seem like the more attractive propositions compared to the Droid Bionic. However, both the Nexus 4G and Dinara have yet to be acknowledged by either Google or Motorola so it’s a gamble for sure.

The information about an October release for Google Ice Cream sandwich has come courtesy of BGR and their once again ‘anonymous’ source, but we’re hoping further details are revealed throughout the week, as it could be crucial for potential Droid Bionic owners. Give us your thoughts on this – Would you be prepared to abandon the Motorola Droid Bionic if Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 handsets hit the market sometime in October?

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  • Jimminy_Joe

    So we should assume the Bionic will never get ICS, assume that there will be an LTE Nexus, assume the Vigor will ship with ICS(and will have baterry life greater than 45 seconds) assume the Dinara will be out very soon and assume it will ship with ICS. Any other assumptions we can make to justify your assumption that the Bionic should be passed over? I’ll just assume you don’t know what you are talking about and get whatever phone I feel like, which will likely be the Bionic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fferaysuryc Cyrus Yareff

      I assume that you would have done that whether you read this article or not.

      As for me, when the Bionic comes out (hopefully in Sept) if there is not any new news on the Dinara I will likely wait a month or two for a sale on amazon or wirefly or hhgregg or radioshack or bestbuy or anywhere that will put the bionic on sale for less than (my guess) $299.

      Cheers!

  • Atrimble

    Confirmed sources have revealed that ICS will be outdated within a few months of it’s release. So should we wait for what comes after ICS? Or what about after the after one?

  • Atrimble

    Confirmed sources have revealed that ICS will be outdated within a few months of it’s release. So should we wait for what comes after ICS? Or what about after the after one?

  • Atrimble

    Confirmed sources have revealed that ICS will be outdated within a few months of it’s release. So should we wait for what comes after ICS? Or what about after the after one?

  • http://twitter.com/BrianB13 BrianB13

    What’s so great about ICS?  I have waited all year so far for the Bionic and you think we should bypass it and wait longer for a version of Android we know nothing about?  Then we wait a couple of months and then you will probably say wait a couple of months longer for the quad core phones.  By the end of October, I will have a new phone.  Whether it is the Bionic or something else remains to be seen.  But I’m not waiting any longer than that and may get a phone sooner if one really impresses me.  If a new whiz bang phone comes out next year, I will sell the one I have and get another one.  Within a couple of months of any high end smartphone you buy, something better will come out. My problem with smartphones has always been speed and with a dual core 4g LTE phone, I hope that will resolve it

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