Droid Bionic Jelly Bean status update for 2013

By Alan Ng - Mar 27, 2013

We have some pleasing news for those of you still with a Droid Bionic handset from Motorola. You may have been pondering whether a Bionic Jelly Bean update would happen during the first quarter of 2013. We can tell you that Motorola has given a status update on the situation, confirming that the device is still scheduled to receive Google’s latest version of Android, but it will now come at a later date instead.

Let’s not forget that the Droid Bionic was released back in September of 2011, so it’s fair to say that the handset is now deemed fortunate to still be receiving official updates from Motorola – by today’s standards anyway. The Bionic shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box on Verizon Wireless, but is definitely in line for an update straight up to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Motorola has now updated a section of their support website, to reveal that the Droid Bionic is now scheduled to receive an official update to Jelly Bean during Q2 2013. That means that it could happen anytime within the next month all the way through out Summer.

When it finally does arrive, it will obviously be a fantastic moment for consumers who have stayed loyal to the aging handset – especially considering the various custom Jelly Bean builds that are out there as further temptation. For now though you’ll just have to sit back and wait for a solid release date from Motorola.

A new status of Q2 2013 isn’t exactly ideal we agree, but for a 2011 handset we still think owners are in a good position at the moment. If you are still rocking your Bionic proudly, let us know your thoughts on the revised timetable. Are you prepared to hold it out for a few more months?

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  • John P

    I can’t wait to get a new phone…. prefereably the S4. Waiting patiently! The droid bionic has not been able to keep up with my needs. Suuuuuper slow right now and battery life is horrible even with the extended battery. I’m thinking that the hardware will have a really hard time keeping up with JB 4.1 but we will see!

  • Nova

    The Droid Bionic was not shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich, it was labeled ‘ICS Ready’, where we were stuck on Gingerbread for over a year until we finally got ICS, approximately 13 months after the Bionic’s initial launch. 13 months of Gingerbread on an ICS Ready device. Meanwhile the RAZR and D4 got updates within 6 months of launch.. Back to the point. The ICS update was pushed and made the phone nearly unbearable to most people. The fact that we’re getting our second big update more than 18 months after launch is sad (not including minor patches, and updates being version upgrades such as 2.3 to 4.0, and soon to be 4.1).