Droid Bionic ICS update possibly indicated by soak test

Believe it or not although smartphones are coming out sporting Android Jelly Bean, the vast majority of Android devices are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or lower, and one such handset still stuck on Gingerbread is the Motorola Droid Bionic. Owners of the Droid Bionic have been waiting ages to get updated to ICS, but there is a possibility that the update could arrive soon.

Word that a Motorola Droid Bionic soak test has started comes our way by Ubergizmo, with the Droid-life reporting that they received several emails stating that Motorola has invited owners of the Droid Bionic to take part in the soak test.

For those that might not know, a soak test is an event were a small quantity of device owners test out a new software update, which is then followed by a release of that particular software soon after the soak test is complete, and as such this could indicate that the Motorola Droid Bionic could finally be seeing that Android Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out fairly soon.

Both Motorola and Verizon missed the original deadline for delivering the ICS update to the Droid Bionic, and then stated the update would arrive in Q4, but apparently word came down that the Android 4.0 update could arrive within a couple of weeks.

Usually soak test take a few days to kick off , but once it is rolled out to testers and it is successful, then one can expect the official update to go like a few days after, so if you do own a Droid Bionic and not part of the soak test, keep your eyes open for that official announcement that the Android 4.0 update is on its way.


18 thoughts on “Droid Bionic ICS update possibly indicated by soak test”

  1. Bud says:

    I can confirm this as I’m one of the email recipients to participate in this soak test. In order to be considered, you must have registered your Droid Bionic on Moto’s website. Although this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the soak test, it does means they’re getting close (again). The final word comes from Verizon whether or not to release it.

    1. Buff says:

      Those who agree to the soak test are required to keep that fact confidential. So if I, hypothetically, also got this email I could not confirm that Bud is completely correct.

      1. Bud says:

        Getting the email with the request to participate is not the confidential part, nor does it guarantee that I’ll even get the upgrade pushed to me. The confidential part begins when (if) they actually push the soak test to my phone.

  2. Wade says:

    I wouldn’t get too excited just yet. This is their third soak test and the other two failed VZW’s because some of their Bloatware had glitches. I was also part of the 2nd test and can confirm that ICS is a refreshing upgrade, resolves the 4G issues and other quirks. But part of the test was focusing more on the bloatware which apparently didn’t pass muster with Verizon so here we are again.

    1. Geeknotech says:

      Had verizon not kicked back the last two soak tests because their bloatwear had glitches, moto would have been on track for “early Q3”. Unfortunate that motorola allowed verizon to take the blame for such delays.

    2. John says:

      the story of .903. Shot down and replaced by .905.
      The difference….. more bloatware.

      I blame Verizon for this slow update. Moto was part of the Android update alliance. Verizon refused.

  3. GotAnIphoneInstead says:

    Screw Droid!!! I’m so done with this waiting and non-sense! I’ve sold my soul to Apple. Droid you are officially the new POS! Upgrade that first and maybe you wont lose customers!

  4. 6 months too late. I was leaving Verizon anyway. Paying full price for a phone and still being on a 2 year contract? And then this bionic situation, if I wasn’t sure before (though I was) I am now. Gonna try my luck with T-mobile. Gotta wait until march though

  5. bill w says:

    been promised so much we cant believe anything moto says. if they were being so transparent,they would come out with an announcement. total bs continues.unlocked phone is the only way to go. then screw the big red too.

  6. Driving the web says:

    Hey Motorola. I promise to buy another motorola phone…… Well it will be after I give Samsung a try….. Hold on new update, make that after I give samsung and HTC a try….. Hold on I have some more info, Lets shoot for 2017. Sound familiar?

  7. Derek Smith says:

    Wife has the Bionic and has been happy with it even with GB but she’s seen all that ICS offers on my RAZR and is anxious to get it.

    Seems with all the broken promises and shifting timelines for when those promises MIGHT be fullfilled, I feel like it’s obama running the damned show. Enough is enough!

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