Motorola promises Ice Cream Sandwich update for DROID BIONIC

October 20, 2011

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We've heard a lot in the last couple of days from DROID BIONIC owners who are more than a little miffed about the relatively quick launch of the DROID RAZR. Well take heart, early adopters: a Motorola representative confirmed that the company is planning on upgrading the BIONIC's software to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The confirmation came after a Facebook user asked the question on the company page.

Motorola and other manufacturers are waiting for Google to release the Ice Cream Sandwich source code, which will probably happen a couple of weeks to a months after the Galaxy Nexus makes it to retail stores. Once the source is public, code monkeys across the Android world will begin crafting software for new and old phones alike. BIONIC owners should check out our Ice Cream Sandwich coverage in the comfortable knowledge that their phones will receive the new features... someday. Verizon and Motorola have yet to fix some of the early bugs that are still plaguing owners.

Unfortunately Motorola has a pretty lackluster track record for device upgrades - for example, the DROID X2 only got Gingerbread in late July, almost nine months after the source code became publicly available. Motorola tends to load down their phones with a custom don't-call-it-BLUR interface, and Verizon also has a bad habit of including bloatware and other customizations. It could be quite a while before BIONIC owners get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich, but at least their expensive 4G phones will get it eventually.

Check out our hands-on coverage of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich:

Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on

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  • Steve

    I just got some giant update to system version — but it’s not ice cream sandwich. Don’t know what it is …

    • Djobitwan7

      It’s a mini updates of sorts, that helps improve battery life and a few other bugs. A patch more or less, but still, ICS will be here soon enough.

      • Mhdphoenix

        I received it also I was hoping ICS, so my wait continues

  • Most people will have upgraded their phone before this update hit…

  • Roger00420

    When is ics going to be available for the Droid bionic?