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Motorola Assures Everyone Through Twitter that the DROID Bionic is Not “Cancelled”

This DROID Bionic cancellation situation just keeps getting more interesting by the minute.  First it was a Motorola spokesperson this morning talking about “enhancements”, and now @Motorola has decided to insert itself into the fold with a whole barrage of tweets.  They definitely want to make sure you are aware that a phone with the name “Bionic” attached to it will be available this summer and that more details surrounding the device will be available later.  OK, they didn’t say exactly that, but since we’ve been told that the Targa has moved into the Bionic’s slot, that’s how we are interpreting these messages.

And maybe to help stop some of the confusion we’ve seen in our other posts affiliated with this topic, I should point out that “Targa” is just a code name much like “Etna” was for the original Bionic and “Olympus” was for the Atrix.  So, what does that mean exactly?  Well, if the Etna has indeed been axed, then I would say there is a name up for grabs, wouldn’t you?

Cheers @AnurajBhatt!

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    i was never really a fan of motorolla

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55712305 Lee Sandy

    It used to be that-to downgrade your smartphone to a feature-you had to pay an ETF. The other day I asked if we could downgrade w/o ETF (my wife and I are experiencing financial hardships) and they said ETF for smartphones were removed recently. Odd that they would do this & I have a funny feeling that by the time we can afford to upgrade again they’ll have tiered data plans. I’m curious as to what changed that they’d cancel ETFs for downgrades to feature phones…maybe they’re hoping it’s just one way to get people off unlimited data (?) Needless to say, my wife and I are-for sure-downgrading and we’re both pretty sad to say it, but we can still use our smartphones on wifi networks! Speaking of which, I gotta be honest with you, I’m hardly ever traveling so much that I’d use over 2GB per month on my data plan; just use wifi! I’m debating using a 4g mifi, though, for wifi in the future so then it could be possible we’d use more than 2GB/mo on data. :*- [DX 2.3.3]

  • Anonymous

    Well of course Motorola is going to pipe in that it is still coming. It is supposed to be the flagship device for 4g LTE and they can’t get it up and running properly. I’ll be honest, none of the devices available now or coming out by end of summer are very exciting, including the Bionic! I get that some of the techies are excited about dual core, but with LTE already playing havoc on battery life, I can’t imagine this is going to help the cause… I hope I am wrong!!

    • DBK

      I kind of agree. Dual cores is not going to mean a thing until Ice Cream Sandwich comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/johncorfee John Corfee

    They better give me the BIONIC!

  • http://profiles.google.com/apostrafee Luke Johnson

    i was never interested in this phone the specs are weak. so what it has a dual core proc your never gonna use it to its full potential, it has less ram then the inc 2 a locked bootloader and the rest of the problems that follow moto so stop waiting

    • DBK

      Inc 2: DDR RAM (like the Tbolt)

      Bionic: DDR2 RAM

      Bionic has more RAM.

  • RW-1

    You guys are certainly gullible …

    Moto will continue to announce it is going to be available, until they announce that it is cancelled “for the following reasons, blah blah, bleh…”

    It won’t be the phone we saw, that is certain.

    Vaporware. Move along … Move along ….

  • cowdog

    OK, Moto, how about a different approach? Do NOT announce products until they are finished and you can announce factual specs, pricing and shipping date.

    As far as I am concerned, the bionic is a rumored (maybe even mythical) device.

  • TheVoiceOfReason

    Its the Droid Bionarga!!!!!

    • Sob157

      better than the droid biorga ; )

  • og droid

    Been waiting to upgrade forever…. I guess I wait a little longer and see what the new lookof the phone is and specs. Don’t F this up Moto and Verizon!!

  • BadAndy

    Or maybe this is a simple play of words. What if they meant the targa simply moved into bionics place meaning timeframe of being released. thus giving the bionic more time over the summer to work out all kinks. Just another way to look at what they have said in the past.

  • Nkmett15

    I don’t care about the enhancements!! I wanted the phone in May at the latest!!! I’ve been waiting months for this and now more set backs. I don’t even think I like this phone anymore. It’s ugly and way too thick. (but it does have some good specs) I think I’m just going to get something else. I’m really liking the Droid X2. Even though it’s the same in looks as the orig. Droid X.. It has the same specs if not better in some areas beside the 4g (which I won’t have in my area for years) and the front facing camera (which I don’t have anyone to use with). I don’t see a point of waiting anymore. You guys can, but I’m done waiting specifically for this phone.

  • Sean

    This is no surprise. They know this is the android phone many are waiting for and by the time they release it, Verizon will move LTE tiered pricing. I don’t see any dual core LTE phones releasing before the summer so if you want unlimited data from Verizon a Thunderbolt or single core phone is all you get. What’s the point of cloud services and online apps if you can’t get on cost effectively? You need at least 10-16GB a month. Why do all these companies play such ridiculous games? Why not give us what we want at a fair price?

  • http://www.carsonicity.com JRCarson

    Moto does say that the changes will include “form factor” and refers to the Bionic as ‘new’, quotes included. Could be Targa…

    http://www.examiner.com/smartphones-in-charlotte/motorola-droid-bionic-goes-through-changes-for-summer-release

  • Rizzidy

    F Motorola

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Kellex, Thanks for running with the tip I tweeted to you. Been following the site since the beginning!

  • billyNOTnice

    The Bionic is the phone I am really excited about. I’ve had the OG droid, and Now the Droid X, My next phone will be top of the line, I’m not going to be suckered into these out of date phones verizon has up and coming. I could care less if 4g is in my area, I travel. I’ll use it.

    • Tim242

      You mean “couldn’t” care less.

  • Anonymous

    Stock android, unlocked bootloader and the latest version of android make it a nexus and I’ll be the first in line.

    • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

      All phones with the name “DROID” on them should be treated as part of the Nexus series. {{-_-}}

  • Anonymous

    Alright, if the Atrix is released with no problems, why is the same phone but with LESSER hardware not able to release because of issues? I might not be understanding something so if not, please tell me…

    • Tim242

      The main problem is with the LTE radio. The Atrix does not have one of those.

    • DBK

      *sigh* The only hardware difference between the two phones is the laptop dock. Minus that, they are the exact same phone. People need to stop thinking otherwise……it’s getting old.

      • Max0442

        Yep, that’s the only difference. Oh, and except for screen size (4.3″ vs 4″), cdma+lte vs gsm radio, and amount of ram. Other than those MINOR differences, they are identical twins.

        • DBK

          4.3 to 4 is barely a difference. Technically RAM is the same, since the Atrix never uses more than 512 at any given time. Obviously Bionic has the better radio and will be on a better network, so that really doesn’t count. So I say again, they are identical.

          • Tim242

            The Lte radio is the root of its problem. It is not playing well with the over-hyped dual core processor. They are not identical.

          • DBK

            Fine, they may not be exactly identical, but they are the exact same phone. Radio differences don’t count since that change is a given. The point was the Bionic doesn’t have lesser (or inferior) hardware.

          • cowdog

            I know people like to hate on apple, but they have said that the tradeoffs associated with the first generation LTE chips are problematic. This is where I think the android universe needs to slow down. We have a perpetual machine gun of bleeding edge new tech hitting us, and I think we would be better off with tech that is better integrated for functionality.

  • http://twitter.com/vinso Vinson

    @kellex Why won’t you just admit that your source is wrong? ;)

  • Lakerzz

    Wow. I’m just glad I don’t have my stupid Omnia anymore!!! Ok, THATS stupid…I can’t wait for this phone to come out already…

  • Driod

    I wish you guys would just accept the fact the bionic is coming and the targa isn’t going to slide in to it’s slot. Stop trying to disappoint people with that ugly ass phone.

    • Anonymous

      Because the guy who cant correctly spell Droid knows all the insider info right? yeah…..

    • Tim242

      The Bionic is the ugliest phone I’ve ever seen. Those rounded corners…all that plastic…that hideous back. Moto phones are ugly, no matter the name they stamp on it.

      • Anonymous

        No.

        • Tim242

          Yes

          • DBK

            Hey iPhan, the OG Droid, Droid X and Droid 2 want a word with you.

          • Tim242

            iphan? LMAO! Smartphones I have owned: Samsung Instinct, HTC Diamond, Palm
            Pre, HTC Hero, HTC Evo, Droid 2, Droid X…currently Droid Incredible. I
            loathe apple and iOS. Just because I don’t think Moto phones are
            aesthetically pleasing, doesn’t make me an iPhan. : )

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  • Anonymous

    Translation: “We just needed time to make Blur suck more!” ~Motorola

    • Anonymous

      GingerBlur?

    • DBK

      Yet another person who hasn’t tried the new Blur/Gingerbread combination. *sigh* -_-

  • Jawshua

    So wait, they’re not using the awesome amazing name “Bionic” now? If they change it to something else, well that’s dumb as hell! “Bionic” was a killer name!

    • Anonymous

      Are you mentally challenged?

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    How sure are you that the bionic will be the tagta now?

  • Mmiller

    I’m lovin my thunderbolt, and happier by the day that I didn’t wait around for Motorola and, by the time they get it released, their very, very long we awaited smartphone.

  • Anonymous

    Either way hurry up and release the phone so I can get it!

  • Anonymous

    Either way hurry up and release the phone so I can get it!

  • Anuraj Bhatt

    Wow, I made the Droid-Life front page! This was Moto’s response to this tweet:

    @Motorola Can we plz have a hint on the Bionic? Or is Moto going to allow the soul-crushing rumors of the Bionic being canceled to continue?

  • Anuraj Bhatt

    Wow, I made the Droid-Life front page! This was Moto’s response to this tweet:

    @Motorola Can we plz have a hint on the Bionic? Or is Moto going to allow the soul-crushing rumors of the Bionic being canceled to continue?

    • Calvin Williams

      Grats!

  • Spyderman89460

    Hopefully these enhancements are worth the wait… we shall see…

  • Davros / aka Chris Nimon

    They just need more time to try and fix any exploits used by the dev’s 0_o

  • Atrix84

    As an atrix owner I would suggest that you stay away from this phone

    • Anonymous

      Yup

      • Atrix84

        The network isn’t the issue with this phone

        • Anonymous

          You sure? I might believe its not “the” issue, but not “a” issue?

        • DBK

          It may not be “the” issue, but it’s one of the bigger ones.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Yea but att sucks

    • Anonymous
  • The Dave

    So basically the targa is taking over the bionic moniker. But is it the droidx mimic weve seen leaked, or has a spec sheet named targa relpaced the etna spec sheet in the form factor we saw at CES?

    Seems odd that a DX2 and targa form factor would come out so close together, seeing as how they look almost exactly the same. and by that i mean essentially identical……

    • Anonymous

      Targa was supposed to be coming out around the holidays and I think was hinted at being the next nexus who knows though.

  • Anonymous

    This summer? Sweet, so Moto has given themselves until September 21. It’s time to put Sanjay Jha’s head on a stick!

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Already have 4g on mine ;p

      • Anonymous

        Pictures or your whole story is a lie…. unless you are just tethering to your T-Bolt

  • Anonymous

    Leak some of the enhancements moto… I want a reason to wait until “summer”

  • Lestroisneon

    They better make the damned thing run stock Android 2.3.3

    • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

      That, and an unlocked, unencrypted bootloader are the only ‘enhancements’ i give a damn about. Make the BionicTarga a Nexus-like device and i’m all in for sure.

    • Mr.Joe

      Give us HONEYCOMB!

  • Steve Hillshire

    Unless these “enhancements” are something like what the Bionic was only with 1GB ram and NFC, I’m done waiting for this device.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      And what device would you get not a really big selection

      • http://profiles.google.com/zshazz Chris Cain

        The Thunderbolt is a good choice. I got mine on 1-year contract when it came out and I’m getting happier with my decision with every day that passes.

      • Anonymous

        Not now but in the future when the Bionic launches there will be many.

  • Calvin Williams

    Targa is supposed to be a quad core phone btw :D

    • Anonymous

      Hah that’s just a rumor. Definitely not quad-core, I can guarantee that.

      • Calvin Williams

        The most interesting Verizon device to leak out is the new Motorola Targa. This smartphone just appeared on Howard Forums and little is known about it other than a rumored Christmas release date.

        Motorola launched the first dual-core phone in the US with the Atrix 4G, so there is a chance that the Targa could become the first quad-core phone. NVIDIA recently demoed their quad-core Project Kal-El and said we should expect smartphones with the chip by Christmas. Motorola has a good relationship with NVIDIA, so I think they should be in the running to get the first smartphone with Kal-El.

        • Anonymous

          Trust me, the Targa is not a quad-core. That’s all speculation.

          • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

            So kellex you have the phone then? I kid I kid

          • Calvin Williams

            Can you give me some links to that? Not that I don’t trust you, I just want to read up on it. Thanks in advance :)

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6GIPJHGPLNF543AY3QLWRV7DRQ crzytwnman

            It’s also speculation that the “Targa” is replacing the original Bionic. God help us if it is because that thing is U-G-L-Y.

        • Anonymous

          Trust me, the Targa is not a quad-core. That’s all speculation.