Tag - Bionic
Verizon has seized on the strategy behind its Droid RAZR price cut and applied it to the Droid Bionic on Wednesday. Motorola's older 4G Android phone has had its price cut by at least $50 to $100 on a contract by sacrificing storage. While it still has 16GB built-in, the 16GB microSDHC card has been dropped both to lower the immediate price and let only those who need it pay for a card themselves.
Verizon may be on the edge of replacing a large swath of its device line if a rumor floated on New Year's Day is an indicator. Among other withdrawals, a lone source for The Verge had Verizon stopping shipments of the Motorola Droid 3 in January. The exit would likely be in prep for the delayed Droid 4 launch the following month.
The iPhone 4S is overwhelming talk of other smartphones as holiday picks, Nielsen tracked on Friday. The new iPhone has consistently been the most talked-about device in news and social, at about 40 percent between July and early December. When joined with other iPhone models, Apple had 66 percent of all the buzz, or three times as much as Google's 23 percent for Android.
Verizon on Thursday posted details of a major update to the Motorola Droid Bionic that could alleviate the phone's at times infamous camera lag. The notes outline an improvement to autofocusing on the Android phone that will "reduce the shutter response time." Image quality itself will go up as well, Verizon said.
Consumer Reports partly changed its tune on Apple and
Motorola's Lapdock 100 won't just be confined to AT&T when it ships. A leak Saturday from Sprint's internal employee rewards newsletter relayed to Engadget has the phone-to-netbook transformer shipping on October 21. It would be arriving just four days after it arrives at AT&T linked to the Atrix 2.
The iPhone 4S look was always going to be the same as its predecessor, a number of tipsters gave out late Friday. Pointing to his historically accurate "valuable little birdies," John Gruber understood that a remade shape was "never in the cards." Timing notwithstanding, it was always going to represent an upgrade to the iPhone 4, just as the iPhone 3GS was an update to the 3G.
A Droid-Life reader contacted Verizon about some issues with his Droid Bionic smartphone and was rewarded for his efforts with a huge bug list and a timeline for fixing them. A fix for the 4G/3G connection issues is scheduled for November, and the high-pitch noise when using a headset, MMS bugs, Lapdock problems and others should be addressed at the same time. Verizon also cautions that users can't use non-Verizon or non-Motorola chargers and USB cables with the handset, and connecting eight devices at the same time won't work, unlike early promises.
Skype has released a new version of its VoIP chat client for Android phones. Skype 2.5 (free, Market) adds video chat support for 14 Android devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile version), Acer Iconia Tablet (A500), Motorola Photon and Motorola Xoom. As with the latest client for Mac and iOS, Skype 2.5 for Android brings ads to the free version. Ads are not shown to users with Skype Credit or a subscription.
Motorola's MB865 has been given a more definitive codename but also a less ambitious plan. An FCC filing has given it the at least temporary codename of Edison and pegged it as running on AT&T's network, as expected. No mention is made of the 700MHz frequency range AT&T would need for LTE, however, hinting that the Android phone may just be considered a straightforward upgrade to the Atrix rather than an LTE showcase.