The DROID Bionic has easily had one of the roughest lives of any Android smartphone. After debuting at CES in 2011 as one device, it was transformed over a 9 month period to become something else altogether. Once launched, it never stood a chance as it contained older and thicker tech than the phones that its creator, Motorola, had prepared for release only a few weeks later, leaving it dead in the water. Tonight’s moves essentially show just that, as the device has had its price slashed to “Free” and has also been removed from DroidDoes.com. If there was ever a sign that a phone’s life has come to an end, this would be it.
Build 5.9.905 has leaked via “Cheesecake” for the DROID Bionic for those looking to stay current with test builds. It’s definitely not Ice Cream Sandwich, keeping the Bionic as the only major Motorola phone of the last 6 or 7 months to have not seen an official Android 4.0 build leak. There is a chance that this .905 is final though, as soak test invites went out to owners of the device a few weeks ago. The previous leak was .904, so the minor jump in build makes it feel like they discovered a minor bug and made a fix.
We are hearing that you can fastboot back to .902 after flashing this. In order to flash it though, you will need to be on stock .902.
Via: Droid Forums
Motorola has started to notify members of their Feedback Network that a software update will be made available for the DROID Bionic in some time. No word on what to expect, so can we assume it is not Ice Cream Sandwich and most likely the 5.9.904 build that is floating around? As soon as we get some more juicy details we will share them with you. Do we still have some happy Bionic owners out there?
We were chatting with our industry friend @P3Droid yesterday when he started dropping talk of the entire new DROID line of phones from Verizon being unlocked to work on AT&T and T-Mobile GSM networks. At launch, we knew that most (if not all) of these phones had GSM radios buried within, but that Verizon had shut them down so that owners wouldn’t be tempted to switch carriers. Thanks to a little hackery from our dev community, things have changed a touch. We were told that the phones can work on AT&T’s HSPA and T-Mobile’s EDGE networks. We were also told that the full instructions would be out later today once P3 and the boys polished up the process and made sure it worked flawlessly. It appears as if some instructions and files are already available at the XDA thread we linked below though.
Interested? Let us know how it goes.
DROID Bionic owners no longer need to be jealous of the DROID RAZR’s Smart Actions application. Thanks to iNsAnEmOd for sharing the apk, users can now download the actual Smart Actions app and load it as a third party app right onto your device. Smart Actions is Motorola’s way of trying to extend your battery and basically automate your life. By launching certain applications and settings when actions happen or you are at a certain place during the day, your device will react as you program it to. You can program the app to launch your favorite music playlist if you’re at the gym, or have it toggle on WiFi as soon as you arrive at home from your day at the office. It has received a lot of love from RAZR owners, so if you own a Bionic, be sure to give it a go and let us know what you think.
No root required. Install as you would any other non-market .apk.
The next update for the DROID Bionic is build number 5.9.904 and is not Ice Cream Sandwich. A friend of ours sent over the changelog for it that we have pasted for you below. You can see that behind-the-scenes bug fixes are all that is in store, which makes sense going from .902 to .904. In fact, when Verizon posts this changelog after testers have it, it likely won’t have any of these details on it, so take in this rare opportunity to see what backend bugs are being taken care of.
If any DROID Bionic owners have been holding off on picking up a lapdock, then you may want to strike now. Down from their price of $500 (that’s what the site says), you can pick one up for only $90. With the lapdock, you can charge your device, cruise the web in style, play games, and watch all the videos you want on a full display. It is sort of a novelty item in terms of computing power, but for someone who enjoys toys for their devices, it will serve you well at this price.
If the Bionic does indeed receive Ice Cream Sandwich, we expect that it will have the Webtop 3.0 beta software, which would be a definite bonus for owners. With the 3.0 software, once you connect the device into your lapdock you are greeted by the standard ICS tablet UI, complete with app drawer, notifications in the bottom right, and everything else you would expect from the ICS tablet experience.
Motorola made a bold move last year by trying to introduce a line of accessories into the game called Lapdocks. They were like mini netbooks in size, however, on the inside they were completely different. In fact, there really was no inside – the dock was a screen, keyboard, mousepad and battery. The rest, meaning the power, all came from your phone after it was “docked” onto it. The idea is actually pretty brilliant, unfortunately for Motorola, the execution was all wrong. The software was buggy, the initial devices were not universal, and the price was beyond unreasonable. At $200 to $300 for again, something with no guts in it, you were better off just buying a netbook and calling it a day.
For those of you that were at least intrigued by the idea though, today is your day. 1saleaday is selling them brand new (not reefurbished) for the DROID Bionic at $80.
Cheers Jaxun, Big Fonz and Robert!