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Dec 102011

Support documents for Verizon’s upcoming software update for the Motorola DROID BIONIC have appeared on the mobile carrier’s support site for the device. The documents mention a lot of important software fixes for various bugs that current users of the Motorola DROID BIONIC have been plagued with.

Although the support page does not mention when the software update will start pushing out to Motorola DROID BIONIC owners, the appearance of support documents usually signal a short wait of about 1 to 2 weeks before the updates start being sent out.

Some reports, however, state that the software update for the Motorola DROID BIONIC is already being sent out to a select group of people who have signed up for a “soak test” before the final version of the update is sent out for general consumption.  Some users have also reported having received notification for the over-the-air (OTA) software update even if they have not signed up for the “soak test.”

If you have not yet received your notification and you want to manually check if the update is already available for you, try doing a manual check.  Go to the Home screen, tap the Menu button, then navigate to Settings > About phone > System updates.

The update puts version 5.5.893 of Motorola’s firmware on the Motorola DROID BIONIC and is expected to be about 55 MB.  Among the improvements that the software update brings are the following:

  • more stability for 3G and 4G connections
  • fix for lockup bug that occurs when the user switches from a Wi-Fi connection to a 4G connection when browsing
  • display of “Data Roaming” popup message when the phone is used as a roaming device on a CDMA network
  • display of most recent message when the device orientation changes while in message list view
  • up to 8 simultaneous connections from other devices when the phone is used as mobile hotspot
  • fixes for “black screens of death” that require removal and reinsertion of battery pack
  • stability improvements for avoiding power cycles
  • fix for lockup bug experienced when pairing the device with a Bluetooth headset or plugging in an HDMI cable
  • faster activation for cold SIM card
  • lesser “Low memory” messages when the device is docked to the Lapdock
  • faster autofocus resulting in faster shutter response and better image quality
  • display of Location Privacy message when setting up the Location Based Service
  • fix for automatic reboot when the device is powered down
  • various improvements and fixes to Lapdock functionality
  • fix for the high-pitched noise occurring when a wired headset is used
  • softer volume for “Low Battery” alert when phone is making a call
  • fix for Visual Voice Mail notification bug after powering up the phone
  • various fixes and improvements to applications and widgets

You can get the full scoop from the support document for this specific update for the Motorola DROID BIONIC.

Despite carrying some bugs when it was first released, the Motorola DROID BIONIC is well-loved by most of those who are using it.  After all, it is a powerful and muscular Android smartphone.

Apart from being a 4G LTE Android smartphone on Verizon Wireless, the Motorola DROID BIONIC also includes the following amazing features:

  • 4.3-inch display (960×540 resolution)
  • dual-core mobile processor (1.0 GHz)
  • 1.0 GB of RAM
  • Mobile Hotspot capability for sharing an Internet connection to 8 other Wi-Fi devices
  • HDMI support with Mirror Mode for displaying the phone’s screen exactly as it is onto an HD screen
  • remote access to files through the ZumoCast app
  • 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p video recording capability
  • 16 GB built-in storage, microSD card slot for up to 32 GB additional storge (16 GB microSD card preinstalled)
  • Li-ion battery (1,735 mAh) for power up to about 11 hours of continuous talk time

Verizon Wireless offers the DROID BIONIC for $199.99 with a two-year plan.  Full retail price is $699.99.  Amazon has a better price offer, though–$49.99 for the device, plus a free $100 Gift Card.  Check the Motorola DROID BIONIC product page on Amazon for more details and customer reviews.

Feature image courtesy of Engadget

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