Motorola Droid Bionic delayed, getting enhancements

April 19, 2011
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Motorola has announced that the Droid Bionic will be delayed until summer in order to receive several "enhancements." Although there is little detail as to what the enhancements may involve, the decision was made after receiving several "compelling feedback" when the phone was showed at CES in Las Vegas in January. Rumors citing inside sources have been saying that Motorola was going to delay or even right out cancel the Droid Bionic due to technical issues, but Motrola denies that. If Motorola did cancel the Bionic, insiders say it will likely be replaced with the Targa, a high-end 4G phone which has an advanced 13 megapixel camera and will be out later in the year.

The news seems a bit abrupt considering that as early as last month, Verizon employees were saying that the Bionic was to be released by the middle of this month. But then we got the news last week that was less than positive as store employees could only say it was to be coming out "soon." But if Motorola was truly canceling the heir apparent to the Droid brand, why would they be stalling for time with a promise of enhancements?

So let the speculation begin. Perhaps Motorola decided to go ahead and upgrade to the Targa camera. Perhaps, Verizon learned enough from bringing their 4G network online and provided that information to improve Droid 4G connectivity? Or maybe it revolves around Google's long awaited hybrid between Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) which is more than likely being called Ice Cream. We could do this all day. But one thing is certain, there won't be a Droid Bionic in anyone's Easter basket come Sunday.

[via Electronista]


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

    I’m not worried about waiting because my Verizon contract doesn’t run up till May 23rd. But, I really hope that the enhancements include battery life, because that’s my main concern. I would love for it to have some outstanding specs but still be able to last an entire day on one charge.

    • No

      More than 512MB RAM as well. HTC Thunderbolt comes with a gig. Just sayin.

      • Vic

        thunderbolt does not come with a gig its 756 mb as far as i remember, the only phone with a gig of ram is the moto atrix

      • Vic

        768mb of ram for thunderbolt**

      • yes

        It also come with ddr2 ram whereas the thuderbolt has the standard mobile ram

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdsabin1 Jeff Sabin

    They just lost a sale from me. All show and no go has me saying goodbye forever to Motorola. Next time stop hyping vaporware.

    • Avatoloco87

      Why no one of any say so in the matter said it was suppose to come out today or yesterday….i bet its for more RAM

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      what’s the last motorola product you owned?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDZMX3Q4CKI4DF2LLL5TW4T35Y Sean

      LMAO! Their getting close to the release date and your saying goodbye. Ha ha ha, Sorry but your purchase will not be missed nor will your childish rant. Good night little boy.

  • riceman

    I’m almost willing to put money on it that they are just going to ax HDMI mirroring and use webtop instead. They probably have a million laptop docks from the Atrix that didn’t sell gotta do something with them lol

    • http://androidcommunity.com/ Chris Burns

      a very interesting guess

  • http://webhostingreview.info/managed-hosting/ Managed Hosting Reviews

    Finally a sign o relief for the people who have been waiting for this phone!!..

  • Hondanerd

    Verizon sucks most carriers have dual core processor phones like t mobile and att, I been waiting for the bionic and is just not coming any time soon, and don’t even tell me about phone prices Verizon wawantsyou to pay $300 for new 2 year contract yea righ!!!! RIP VERIZON,

  • Hondanerd

    Verizon sucks most carriers have dual core processor phones like t mobile and att, I been waiting for the bionic and is just not coming any time soon, and don’t even tell me about phone prices Verizon wawantsyou to pay $300 for new 2 year contract yea righ!!!! RIP VERIZON,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDZMX3Q4CKI4DF2LLL5TW4T35Y Sean

      Emotional little child aren’t we. You sound like a spoiled little boy who just can’t wait for Christmas and is whining to his mother about it. Are you nine?

      • Hondanerd

        And you sound like a prick, what are you, 8?

  • Ted

    Likely waiting for the bionic will be worth it. Keep in mind It’s LTE. The real deal. Other carriers will swaywith specs. I’m convinced it was delayed for the right reasons.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BDZMX3Q4CKI4DF2LLL5TW4T35Y Sean

    Frankly I’m looking forward to the Bionic. I’m glad they didn’t rush it out into the market with problems and decided to fix these issues first. The HTC Thunderbolt is a perfect example of sticking a product out too early. People are have issues hearing calls when in loud rooms or outside, battery life is terrible, the stand cannot be used when charging and watching movies in landscape, bloatware is taking the majority of available memory, is constantly running, drains the battery and cannot be removed!! I certainly hope that the Droid Bionic is not loaded down with bloatware and if it is it needs to be removable.

  • Anonymous

    Or maybe, just maybe, Verizon will make this a global ready phone! If they do that, the Bionic will be my next phone. Verizon, please make more global ready phones.

  • http://twitter.com/WTGeorge Bill George

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the Motorola Droid Bionic is a ‘mirage’. It’s like the oasis of perfection that a wandering, dehydrated, delirious traveler sees in the desert. It’s a tease that never delivers . . . .

    A friend recently bought the Samsung Droid ‘Charge’. I’ve had the opportunity to use her Samsung Droid Charge phone quite a bit. I find it very impressive. I’ve become familiar with most of the Droid Charge’s ‘set-up’ and its features.

    I will qualify for my Verizon “New Every Two” three weeks from now. If the Motorola Droid Bionic release date is not announced, with some specifics on the phone’s capabilities, before then, I will buy the Samsung Droid Charge.

    I’m tired of being “baited” by Motorola Mobility’s rumors of the “next great thing” and Motorola’s non-deliverable” mirage (aka the Droid Bionic or Droid Targa).

  • http://twitter.com/WTGeorge Bill George

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the Motorola Droid Bionic is a ‘mirage’. It’s like the oasis of perfection that a wandering, dehydrated, delirious traveler sees in the desert. It’s a tease that never delivers . . . .

    A friend recently bought the Samsung Droid ‘Charge’. I’ve had the opportunity to use her Samsung Droid Charge phone quite a bit. I find it very impressive. I’ve become familiar with most of the Droid Charge’s ‘set-up’ and its features.

    I will qualify for my Verizon “New Every Two” three weeks from now. If the Motorola Droid Bionic release date is not announced, with some specifics on the phone’s capabilities, before then, I will buy the Samsung Droid Charge.

    I’m tired of being “baited” by Motorola Mobility’s rumors of the “next great thing” and Motorola’s non-deliverable” mirage (aka the Droid Bionic or Droid Targa).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Xing-Guo/100001595075284 Xing Guo

    since i know this cell phone from  http://www.motorola-droid-bionic.com i have waithing for it three moths but it is not coming out !!! my gad

  • http://www.motoask.com motorola droid

    Everything I’ve been reading is that the Bionic as we know it is cancelled and the Targa will be renamed the Bionic.