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DROID Bionic “Project” in the Works, Motorola Wants You To Help Test It

Motorola has something in the works for the DROID Bionic. They are no longer using our favorite term of “soak test” and are instead going with “project” to help keep these as vague as possible. We know that means update though, so will look forward to it hopefully fixing this massive bug list that we uncovered back at the end of September.

At the beginning of this month, we were told that an update was 30-60 days out and we are at 15 now. That should give Moto another 15 to “soak test” and then a month to get it out to everyone. We love it when schedules are met, don’t we? 

Here is a copy of the email that rolled out last night:

Thanks for joining the Motorola Feedback Network. We are preparing a project for owners of the Motorola Droid Bionic on Verizon, and would like to invite you to participate. Click <removed> to take a short enrollment survey for this project. Please note that you must be a member in good standing of the Motorola Owners’ Forums to take part.

If you are no longer using your Droid Bionic and wish to update your Motorola Feedback Network profile so you can be part of projects for a different Motorola phone, please <removed>. If you use the same computer as previous registrations, you can update your profile. If you do not, simply re-register with your current Motorola product. To opt out of the MFN see the link at the bottom of this email.

This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites.

Thanks — we hope to be in contact with you soon.

– Matt
Motorola Owners’ Forums
Motorola Feedback Network

Bionic users, can you make it another 30-45 days?

*Note – This is definitely NOT Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a bug fixer. The ICS update will probably be 2-3 months out if we are lucky.

Cheers K, B, T, and J!

  • I did love my bionic…but, it’s constantly locking up, freezing and forecloses all the time!! I need to get a rarz maxx..

  • How do I test it?

  • Toyosup88

    Got and email from Motorola feedback this morning saying they will be pushing the soak test tomorrow afternoon

  • Danny Parker21

    During the 1st occurrence, my phone would not make the jump back to 4g. I had to physically go into setting>wireless & networks>mobile networks>switching cdma(3g)back and forward to receive the networks that was (just running) continued two weeks, then stop. Now my phone freezes up 5-10 per week.

  • Jose Nissan240

    Since I installed the 5.7.893 update i haven’t have no problems all bugs fix so far even battery life is better….

  • Fd2blk78

    Rooted and rommed. Running Shift3r 2.3 IC3 and this phone is the shiznit!! Runs absolutely perfect!

  • Bioniccommando4231

    Whats the bet that they will try to lock out rooting methods?

    Overall I love the phone and would not have traded for a RAZR, but really looking forward to the bug fixes.

    I can go days w/o data issues, then there are days like today where its dropped multiple.
    The cell standby fixes are also welcome and should get even better battery life.

  • @twitter-403076557:disqus  Yes, but I experienced the radio.. my co-worker’s mom makes $71 hourly on the laptop. She has been without work for 5 months but last month her paycheck was $7213 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read this web site http://ow.ly/7uzIi

  • Joey301

    another 30-45 days….OMG. I am so depressed.

  • Jtz

    my Bionic is fine when I am 4G areas zero data drops, I just want them to fix the audio static drives me bonkers 🙁

  • Kevin Criswell

    I know man, 5.7.893 is awsome.  I was making Galaxy users look stupid at my kids function the past weekend.  I could take 4 pics in the time it took them to take 1.

  • ilikemybionic.

    People really need to stop being babies. Install the 5.7.893. I did it and haven’t had any data problems in over a week. I love this phone.

    • Dominick DeVito

      Yes, but I experienced the radio issue over a month ago – there was no way I could have waited that that long without putting the phone on the shelf and using my OG.

      And stop name calling – mine (both of them) couldn’t hold a data connection – ever. That’s called a malfunction. Jackass.

      • Pennywise

        You tell him to stop name-calling and then call him a jackass.  You’re a jackass; but anyone who has read your posts already knows this.

      • Neilmx7

        Its not just an issue with your devices. Have you read the list of issues with the bionic? And what do you think this soak test is about? Installing the update (5.7.893) really helped out with the data issue. Again. Stop being a baby.

      • Ajbattaglia

        This hold thread is you crying

    • Faust’s Lament

      and where would we get the update?

  • I already updated to the *fix* posted on some forums for the bionic… it worked well for the first week or so… good solid connection, no issues going from 4g-3g or vice versa, the camera worked decently and the buzz was reduced (still there but very faint).  Then this week im getting all sorts of signal drops, battery drains etc… its turned back in on itself and im hating this phone again.  I think im going to complain to vzw and see if i can get something out of it.  What good is a phone that cant keep a signal?

  • How ironic – day late and a dollar short….after getting in trouble at work for missing too many emails and texts (due to the constant drop out of data without notice), I complained to Verizon and they were nice enough to switch me to a RAZR.  However, be forewarned that the RAZR does this also.  The difference is that Moto has already addressed this in the RAZR and it goes through a process and restores data connection within 10-15 seconds on its own (no rebooting and/or toggling of airplane mode is required).  So far I’m quite happy with the RAZR – major props to the salespeople and managers at my hometown Verizon store who know me and my work and go the extra mile to see that I have what I truly need.

    • Kevin Criswell

      RAZR is a cool phone, just not for me.

      With the 5.7.893 my Bionic works perfect with almost no problems ever.
      I sometimes have to be out up 18 hours with no power source nearby, so a spare battery is mandatory for me.  

      They are both great phones and yes I know the Bionic was pushed out to soon.

  • Devilprobably

    I just got off the phone with verizon.  Due to all the problems I have been having with the Bionic, they have agreed to give me a Razr.  #win

    • Billy Jenkins

      lol funny. Verizon wouldn’t do that because it would benefit u more than them.

    • how exactly did you manage that? what did you tell them? what department did you talk to?

  • Anonymous

    Just signed up for the site and volunteered for projects… hopefully they let me in this one. No data issues for me so far, but the camera is irritating as heck. I know a lot of people are disappointed with this phone, but I’ve been pretty happy with it so far. Kinda miss my OG keyboard though, so that D4 is looking mighty sexy to me.

  • I find the gps on my bionic to be consistently off by like 140 meters… does anyone else find their gps off? – its annoying- it always shows me on the wrong side of the street (or in the middle) or in the next block over. 

    • Dhuff44

      Most of the time the GPS will not locate me

      • dquicknc

        My GPS on my Bionic often finds me with my head up my ass, according to my wife. Not so sure it’s entirely my Bionic’s fault.

    • Bionic

      my gps is perfect.  it could be interference in your area

  • This is a confidential project under the terms of the Motorola Feedback Network. Do not post any details or information about this project on any public sites. <———–LOL oops 😛

    • Granted

      I thought that was funny too. Maybe Kleenex added that bit to make us feel privileged. Well, back to laying waste and murdering innocent people in Saints Row: The Third. Manapult here I come, ffwooomp! Splat!

  • I don’t know why all the hate. Sure the phone has a few problems, its still a great phone. I love my Bionic!

    • BillyT

      I agree only in part – the data drops are horrible on this phone, worse than my Thunderbolt.  It really is maddening that it happens up to a dozen times a day for me.  Otherwise I have been quite happy.  No excuse for not fixing the data drop issue right away though.  There is no effing way this made it through QA without someone noticing – it affects way too many people. 

      • Kevin Criswell

        Depends, in heavy 4g areas the drops almost never happen.   

        They are taking their time with the fix to be sure it dosent break anything.

    • I bought the Droid Bionic on a whim after the pitiful iPhone 4.1 (4S) release and couldn’t be happier – except for the camera, periodic warnings about no storage when there is plenty, and fast app switching often says apps aren’t installed when they are (part of BLUR).  Those are literally the only 3 problems I have encountered after a month of use.  Otherwise, smooth as silk with tons of apps installed, no network issues like BillyT states… Overall very happy.  The Galaxy Nexus and Razr are very enticing, but I can’t imagine much better performance, honestly.

      • Same here. I have encountered the data issues. But its just annoying. Nothing phone breaking to me. I’m just gonna wait on the new update and then ICS.

      • guest1234567

        the razr is very superior! it kills the bionic!

        • Seprive1982

          How is the radio on that device.

    • Nixhex05

      I just bought the Bionic 4 days ago and a day after I got it I installed the leaked update just to be careful. I haven’t had a single issue before I installed the update or after. I love my Bionic as well!!

      • 1loudls

        wait what? you mean to tell me that you walked into a V riz store the same day that the RAZR was released, and you chose the big B???

        were they giving it away for free, dont get me wrong, i am very happy with my bionic, but there is no way that i would choose it over the RAZR that pretty much beats it in every way @ the same price point.

        • know it all

          you do realize the Bionic is now $50 cheaper at $249 not 299 – and not everyone wants a sealed battery on the RAZR

  • Anonymous

    Not going to be ICS.  I bet we dont see that until March-April at the earliest.  

  • Dominick DeVito

    This is probably the buggiest phone they ever released. They should just replace them with Razrs for the poor folks who are suffering with the data connectivity bug.

    • Keith Sumner

      No it isn’t, many of the bugs posted online were as far as I’m concerned, false, 99% of the rumors posted did not manifest to my phone

      • Dominick DeVito

        Congratulations. I’m happy for you.

        Mine couldn’t hold a data connection for longer than 90 seconds. It would cycle from LTE to 3G to nothing, then repeat. It was so frustrating. First VZW blamed my area, but I covered more than 100 miles in 2 days between 3G and LTE areas.

        Then they sent me a full new replacement – and that one did the same thing!! Their response was “a fix is on schedule for early November.” That would’ve been a month to wait for. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! And it’s STILL not ready. What a joke.

        This phone was the most overhyped piece of junk ever made.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know, the Nexus is pretty damned overhyped.

          • Dominick DeVito

            I agree that there’s a huge build-up for it, I admit I am as guilty as anyone.

            But let’s use it for a little while before we make that statement.

      • OG Droid

        Well then you sir are the lucky one. Cause everything he has mentioned is true and most users are having those problems.

        • Anonymous

          Bullshit. There are data connectivity issues but it’s generally not that bad. It’s solid on 3G for me, it just cuts in and out sometimes when on 4G or has some trouble when switching between the two. There are no other bugs I’ve come across except the, imo, minor camera focus and apps on sd disappearing issues.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Okay, so it cuts out and you’re okay with that? Did you pay the same price everyone else paid? Did your previous phone do that?

            If it didn’t then you’re a sucker. Moto thanks you

          • Anonymous

            Stop being a damn drama queen.  What don’t you understand about rarely happening?  Yeah, it cuts out, maybe ONCE A DAY if that.  No, that’s not enough for me to call the phone a pos.  I quite enjoy it otherwise, it’s a huge improvement over my old Droid.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Great, and as I said – good for you. But others are still having the issue, so don’t yell bullsh1t.

          • OG Droid

            Well im not trying to hate, I have the phone and can only tell you what I have experienced with it.

        • Anonymous

          “Most” users are not having these problems. You are basing that on the number of posters here. I have had ZERO problems with mine. Most people that are happy with their phone are not going to post an opinion, just the ones with problems. It’s just human nature.

          • Marty

            Agree.  Hate to say it out loud, but I’m very happy with mine.  Camera is lousy, but I wanted a phone and got it.  The Hotspot thing is really good….

  • Enigma2u

    I would have been on this same boat had I not used the lovely Costco return policy to pick up my Razr…which also entitles me to my next trade in for my Gnex!!! I can’t wait for me my precious!!! (Insert cynical laugh here)

  • H1br1d7heory

    Too soon for ICS I think but I got the email, signed up…just waiting for my update…I pray that my 3G radio is fixed…SOOOO annoying!

  • Anonymous

    Skip the bug update and just incorporate it into ICS.

  • Anonymous

    Motorola: Announce phone, delay it 9 months. Still screw it up. Release Razr 2 months later. Almost forget about Bionic.

  • I have a bionic and want to help but haven’t received the above email, where can i get signed up?

    • Corymcnutt

      They are sent out automatically from Moto…are you signed up on their website/forum?  If not, you would have achance to get on the “panel.”  They only send out so many invites.

  • MJZ

    It’s not 45 days out.. it’s less than a week out. 

  • Bewara2009

    I bet its ICS, I’ve heard a lot of people say it and also from a Verizon rep.. 

    • Dominick DeVito

      Impossible. Google just started uploading the source code for ICS last night. It would’ve taken this long just to compile the raw code, let alone add their custom UI to it.

      • Anonymous

        …to the public last night. OEMs had it about 2 weeks ago. And no, ICS complies in about an hour. Hell Windows compiles in 8 now according to Microsoft.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Okay, whatever – do you honestly think Motorola can turn around an ICS version of their OS that fast?

        • Kevin Criswell

          its not ICS  its 5.7.893, I already have it

          • Anonymous

            Obviously not. Never said it was…

    • Hah no. 😛

      • Bewara2009

        We shell see! 😉

  • Anonymous

    yeah they really set some goals.  30-60 days + 2 months before the announcement of the update = 3-4 months after the release.  that’s a huge chunk of my contract with the Bionic, to fix the massive list of bugs they sold it to me with.  some great goalsetting there, those fine folks at motorola.

    • Dhuff44

      Couldn’t agree more moelsen8, I have called verizon and motorola everyday for the past month trying to get an answer or allow me to switch to the phone that was more than likely truly worked out, the Razr, but have been told that they cannot allow me to switch to a newer phone, said I could switch to a Charge or a Thunderbolt if I wanted lol. I know I am not going to get anywhere with either company, but now its just fun to call and complain and see what kind of different answers I get. I feel they went ahead an put out a buggy phone so they could sell some before the release of the Razr.  I understand there will be bugs in new phones, but how can things like the annoying headphone jack make it through there quality control checks or whatever they do before the phone, did no one check the headphone jack?  

  • Cheng GuanHao


  • maybe we are getting ICS in 15 days?



    • Inconceivable! 

  • jnt

    hopefully it’s something more than the leaked OTA’s that have *not* fixed the data connectivity issues… *all fingers crossed*

    • Kevin Criswell

      wrong, the leaked OTAs did fix the data problems.

      I am running 5.7.893 and have zero problems

  • Dominick DeVito

    If it’s taking Motorola this long to roll out this fix (which Verizon told me would be rolled out early November by the way), then imagine how long it will take them to roll out Ice Cream Sandwich,

    F U Moto

    • OG Droid

      The phone is an utter P.O.S. Losing data, random reboots, freezing up. They should have just left it dead instead of taking peoples upgrades/money and giving them crap. How the hell is the nexus delayed for “bugs” but they push this crap phone out with all its issues?

      • Anonymous

        Verizon doesn’t care about your upgrade. As long as they can push their Droid line and take your money it’s no concern of theirs.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have any random reboots or freezing up at all and it rarely loses data.  Not many other bugs either except for the slow camera focus. You would know that if you actually owned the phone instead of just trolling.

        • BillyT

          I own this phone and it loses data up to a dozen times a day.  Some days are better than others.  I have never had a reboot or freeze but the data drops are really bad.

          • Anonymous

            I don’t think this phone has any inherent hardware shortcomings (at least as far as data drops—lousy pentile and camera are another story).  I think it’s ALL Moto’s lousy Blur and spotty testing.  Same exact problem as I had with my DX and DX2.  Rip all of the Blur crud out of there and put vanilla Gingerbread or ICS on it and call it a day.

          • Anonymous

            Have you tried replacing it?  Might be a bad unit, Kellex was having the same issue with his before he exchanged it.

        • Dominick DeVito

          Relax pal – lots of people had this issue. I had it on not one, but TWO Bionics.

          Garbage, utter garbage. A phone without a data connection is like a car that can’t leave your driveway.

          • Anonymous

            Phone’s been rock solid for me accept some connectivity issues, same for many other people.  I wonder if people will make as big a stink if the Nexus has a few bugs.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Great – but you just said yours cuts out every now and then.

            And yes, we most certainly will complain if the Nexus has issues. I don’t defend garbage

          • Tonyp

            Probabbly because you are putting shady apps on your phone. The Bionic is definitely not a piece of garbage!  Its a great phone that will be even better when a few issues are resolved.  To say it is garbage is something an ignorant troll would say.

          • Dominick DeVito

            Okay – perhaps I wasn’t clear.

            The two Bionics (one was a replacement) I bought had the radio bug. It wasn’t a bug, it was a malfunction. It couldn’t hold a data connection. They replaced it with another one and it did the same damn thing. So yes, the ones I had were utter garbage.

            I wanted the Bionic more than anyone and can’t tell you how greatly disappointed and dissatisfied I was in that phone. What baffles me isn’t the fact that they released it with this bug, shit happens. What pissed me off was how I was told November for the fix – and yet it’s still not released.

          • Kevin Criswell

            And all is fixed with the update.   I have the 5.7.893 update 

            NO data drops, ever.   Perfect switch offs
            NO camera lag, it works BEAUTIFUL takes pics as fast as my finger can hit the button
            NO more HD video record focus problems, 

            The update will make you love your Bionic,  it made me love mine.

          • Dominick DeVito

            VZW gave me a refund. I am waiting for the next phone to disappoint me.

          • Dhuff44

            How did you get them to give you a refund, was you still in the 14 day window or what, because all I am offered is for them to send me another Bionic, which will probably have the same issues until the software update is released, Im currently on my second Bionic also, or they said I could switch to another 4G device, but only the Thunderbolt, Revolution, Charge.  Can’t get them to budge on anything else.

          • Ranlil

            I did the same…  My Bionic cruises along without a hitch.

          • 1loudls

            ” What pissed me off was how I was told November for the fix – and yet it’s still not released.”

            well i’m not sure what time zone you are in but by my calendar, the fix could not be released for another two weeks and still make the time line.

            however i’m also pretty sure being so up set that a update has been delayed, on a phone itself was delayed for soooo long.

            thats like being upset because the kid who has never been on time to work, was late again after telling you that today would be the day he decides to be on time.

          • Seprive1982

            I agree with you 100% . I followed this phone very close starting last year and then the delay hit and wow. I found out for the first time in my life I bought a paper weight that every now and again does something like work as a phone. At this moment I’m working on finding the email to the CEO of Verizon and sending him some great letter

          • Dominick DeVito

            The damn thing was revamped and delayed for months and months. It’s inexcusable to release a $300 device and have that many problems.

      • I have none of those problems with my DB.


    HAHAHA… sounds like they are just now beta-testing it… silly Motorola…

    • Phatty5bmw

      I spoke with moto and verizon. Verizon would not say any time period about a release for the bug fix. moto said by the end of the quarter. I’m pissed. They wanted me to send my fone to moto to be evaluated and fixed. Well wtf does that do? Send me the OTA and be done? How you gonna “fix” it when you just told me that there working on the update!?!?!??!?!? PISSES ME OFF!!

  • Anonymous

    did anyone else notice the “Office Space” humor in that bionic screenshot?

    • Dominick DeVito

      yeah we’ve noticed that in the past. Perhaps they should’ve spent more time concentrating on fixing the Bionic’s issues.

      No, I’m not bitter…  🙂

    • bigrob60

      Thanks for pointing that out. I never look at those screen shots on these types of stories. Just made my morning. 

  • Anonymous