The DROID BIONIC has probably been the single most anticipated Android smartphone in the US. Since its unveiling at CES, subsequent total re-design, and sort-of-delayed release, it has been a long and winding road for Motorola's newest flagship handset. Verizon's massive marketing arm hasn't failed to promote this thing, either - walk into any Verizon store and you'll see employees garbed in BIONIC t-shirts, armed with BIONIC accessory display boxes and a tailor-made marketing spiel, ready to meet you with more LTE and dual-core madness than you can shake a stick at.
With over 3800 entries from Facebook, Google+, and Twitter (in order of popularity), it's now time to conclude the 7th "special edition" giveaway and announce the winner of the brand new Droid Bionic, the lapdock, the HD docking station, and the Webtop adapter.
Before I move on to the winner, selected at random, I'd like to thank Android Stack Exchange for providing the prizes and an excellent platform for asking and getting quick answers to all your Android questions.
I've had the BIONIC just about 24 hours now, and that's enough time to draw a few, basic conclusions about the phone. It's not sufficient for a full review, obviously, but if you're itching to know more about how using the BIONIC is from an Android addict's perspective, you might want to check out my first impressions video.
Basically, I discuss the phone's hand feel, display, performance, and a few other less noteworthy items.
Update: We knew it was too good to be true, and Sony Ericsson has released an official statement on the matter. Let's just say that Xperia devices may not be seeing ICS after all.
It seems Sony-Ericsson's PR arm has found its way straight to the heart of Android fanboys: by promising major OS updates. There really is no better feeling for an Android phone owner than knowing that, at some point, their phone will be getting the bump to the latest version of the Android operating system - and not left to die on the streets of software obsolescence.
Yep, you read that right - we're giving away a DROID BIONIC, and it's not even out yet (well, it will be in less than 24 hours), courtesy of the awesome folks over at Stack Exchange. Why? Because we want to help supercharge Stack's amazing Android Q&A site, Android Stack Exchange.
We can't say that we didn't see this coming, but VZW finally announced the Droid Bionic this morning. As expected, the newest 4G LTE Droid will be available on September 8th for $299. All of the hardware rumors have now been confirmed, as well:
- 4.3-inch qHD display
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP rear shooter, front facing camera
- 16GB built-in storage, 16GB SD card
- MotoPrint app to print via Wi-Fi-enabled printers
- HDMI Out (mirror mode)
- Android 2.3.4
There are also a few accessories set to be available with the launch of the device, including the Lapdock for $299, the HD Docking Station for $99, and the Webtop Adapter for $29.
Last week, Moto and VZW started pushing the Gingerbread update to the original Droid 2, and now its global counterpart is getting the same treatment. The update officially started rolling out in phases earlier today, bringing many new features along with it:
- New download manager
- App and power management details
- Multi-touch key-chording
- Improved word selection and copy functionality
- New UI and color scheme (read: new Blur)
- Updated dock icons
- App grouping
- Increased device and SD card security
- Updated calendar
- Improved email and messaging
- New ActiveSync email policy
You can also expect improved stability, battery life, and connectivity, as well as new bundles apps (bloatware) like Google Books, Accuweather, Amazon MP3, Blockbuster, and Flash Player 10.2.
The @DroidLanding Twitter account has awoken once more, this time with news of an ongoing DROID Bionic scavenger hunt:
In previous VZW Twitter contests, the @DroidLanding account would tweet out the coordinates of a hidden smartphone and participants would hurriedly scramble to the location lest someone claim the prize before them. With this latest scavenger hunt, however, VZW has upped the nerd factor and brought an augmented reality-based Android game into the mix:
The app lets users 'build' four virtual Bionics before sending them off to a nearby location.
It has been quite a while since we heard anything about the Gingerbread update for the original Motorola Droid 2 (not Global), but it looks like VZW and Moto finally finished it up and it has received the stamp of approval, as it's rolling out in OTA fashion as I type this.
- New Download Manager
- App and Power Management Details
- Multi-touch key-chording
- Improved word selection copy functionality
- New UI and color scheme
- New dock icons
- App groups
- Improved security
- Improved battery life while using Wi-Fi
- Fixed issue that caused frequent data connection drops
- Mobile Hotspot status is displayed accurately
- Improved email application
- Correct contact name is displayed when receiving SMS messages
- Emoticons are displayed in messages
- Forward SMS message conversations accurately
- Notification LED will flash when new message is received
- Access My Verizon without any force close errors
- Compass calibration within Google Maps syncs accurately with your location
- Geo-tagging features available for camera applications
- Clock widget updates time correctly
- Callback numbers now populate in Dialer app
- GPS apps and programs no longer cause unnecessary device resets
- Google Books is now preloaded
- V CAST Apps is now preloaded
- V CAST Media Manager is now preloaded
- Blockbuster® movie rentals license remains active after download
- Keypad backlight turns on in darker settings
- Improvements in screen display no longer causes display screen to turn black
- Fixed issue that caused factory resets when the device’s mobile number is changed
- Fixed issue that caused device reset and a black display screen after over the air upgrades.
Nope, Verizon still hasn't changed its mind about skipping the Galaxy S II, but if BGR's latest exclusive proves to be true, Android fans on Big Red needn't be disappointed. Indeed, the carrier is said to be launching the Samsung DROID Prime - likely a rebranded version of the long-rumored Nexus Prime - as early as this October.
The DROID Prime's primary claim to fame will, of course, be its operating system: BGR says it'll be the first Ice Cream Sandwich device on the market.