The launch of Motorola’ DROID Bionic has become somewhat of an urban legend. Motorola announced the phone during the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and then delayed it until this “summer” while the phone manufacturer redesigned it. Motorola confirmed that it was still on schedule to ship during the warmer months, but we still had not heard any word on when… until now. Thisismynext has obtained the above screenshot that proclaims the phone is “coming soon” to Best Buy retail stores. It’s unclear how soon it will be until Verizon Wireless announces an official launch date, but typically we’ve seen phones make their way into consumer’s hands not long after these kind of leaks. If you’ve been holding out for Verizon’s fourth 4G LTE phone — and the first from Motorola — then your wait may soon be over. More →
In April, Motorola announced that it was delaying its DROID BIONIC 4G LTE handset until the summer. The warmer months are finally upon us, but we still haven’t heard an update on when the BIONIC will make its much anticipated debut. The good news, however, is that Motorola Mobility’s official Twitter account recently confirmed that the phone is still on schedule for a summer launch. The tweet specifically said: “Hang tight, DROID Bionic is coming and slated for summer release. Our team is working on some new updates.” It is unclear what those updates are exactly, but we do know that the phone underwent a slight redesign. The DROID BIONIC will join the LG Revolution, Samsung DROID Charge, and the HTC ThunderBolt as Verizon’s first group of 4G LTE handsets. More →
There are countless methods research firms use in an attempt to amass useful data for their analyses, and perhaps one of the most underutilized sources of sentiment at this point in time is social chatter. Several progressive firms have emerged recently, however, and they see the value in scouring the social web for freely-available data, and that data can be extremely valuable to researchers and businesses alike. Case in point: using online social mentions and opinion between April 1st and June 21st as a gauge, social media listening firm Mashwork has determined that the Samsung Galaxy S II is the more highly anticipated upcoming Android superphone compared to the Motorola DROID BIONIC. Data from 14,838 users across Facebook, Twitter and other social networking services shows that 68% of prospective buyers are interested in purchasing the Galaxy S II while 32% are interested in the DROID BIONIC. More specifically, 39% of of the unsolicited opinions gathered stated that they will purchase the Galaxy S II and 29% expressed interest in buying the phone. Meanwhile, 19% said they would be purchasing the DROID BIONIC and 13% simply expressed interest. In terms of trends, interest in the Galaxy S II is on the rise leading up to the smartphone’s launch while interest in the DROID BIONIC has decreased over the past two months. Mashwork’s infographic detailing social opinions on the two phones follows below. More →
Motorola took the wraps off of the DROID BIONIC back during CES 2011, shortly thereafter announced that it had delayed the device until summer. Now, the first shots of the newly redesigned DROID BIONIC are beginning to surface. The images show the device has — what appears to be — a new version of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR user interface. We assume most of the other specs remain the same: the phone clearly shows an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, it has a 4.3-inch qHD display, and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Unfortunately there’s still no word on a possible release date, but let’s hope the BIONIC’s battery life is better than Verizon’s other 4G phones. Hit the jump for two more images. More →
MKM Partners analyst Terry Kuittinen on Friday issued a note to investors reiterating a Buy rating on Motorola Mobility stock, setting the firm’s price target at $35. Kuittinen states that Motorola will likely see success with British carrier Orange, which launched Motorola’s new ATRIX smartphone ahead of upcoming competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S II and the LG Optimus 2X. The analyst also noted that the ATRIX is getting strong promotional backing elsewhere from carriers like TIM. In the U.S., Kuittinen thinks the delayed launch of Motorola’s upcoming DROID BIONIC won’t have much of an impact on the company’s sales, considering the higher pricing of 4G LTE phones like the LG Revolution, HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung DROID Charge. Motorola’s upcoming $200 DROID X2 will be a winner at Verizon Wireless, the analyst believes, and it could help Motorola sell 500,000 phones through Verizon this quarter.
Is the image above the DROID 3? An OEM parts retailer named Global Redirects Parts seems to think so, but it also refers to the device as “Targa.” As we understand it, “Targa” is actually the name for Motorola’s DROID Bionic, due out later this summer, so it’s unclear if this is just a snafu on the retailer’s part. Still, the image does appear to be on a par with other DROID 3 leaked photos we’ve seen. There’s little we can tell from the image other than that the device has a front-facing camera on the top right of the phone, and that it seems to have a slightly larger screen than the DROID and DROID 2. Neither Motorola nor Verizon Wireless have confirmed the existence of this phone, so the DROID 3 remains pure speculation for now. Hit the jump for a few more images. More →
It looks like Amazon plans to be aggressive when pricing several upcoming handsets that will combine to form a new wave of next-generation Android phones. Last week, we reported that the Motorola ATRIX 4G and the Samsung Infuse 4G, both due to launch soon from AT&T, would be available for $149.99 from the popular online discount retail right out of the gate. Today, enthusiast blog Droid Life reports that Amazon will be offering the same pricing on Verizon Wireless’ upcoming next-generation smartphone, the Motorola DROID BIONIC. A screen shot of the DROID BIONIC’s product page shows the $149.99 contract price alongside a $599.99 full retail price. They page has since been pulled from Amazon’s website, but expect it to show up again soon. More →
Motorola won’t be pulling any punches during the Super Bowl this year as it prepares to run a spot that calls out Apple’s iconic 1984 Macintosh television advertisement. The reborn cell phone maker uploaded its Super Bowl commercial to YouTube today in an effort to generate some buzz — and generate some buzz it will. Motorola’s “Goodbye 1984” ad references one of the most famous Apple commercials of all time, which compared Microsoft’s stranglehold on the PC market to Orwell’s famous novel, 1984. “2011 looks a lot like 1984,” the commercial contends, suggesting that it’s time for consumers to have choices beyond Apple’s iPad — namely, the upcoming Motorola XOOM. In any event, it’s a smart spot that is sure to make some waves and ruffle some feathers. Hit the jump for the full commercial.
UPDATE: A Motorola rep just reached out to clarify that this spot is a teaser for Motorola’s upcoming Super Bowl ad, not the actual ad, which will premier on Super Bowl Sunday. More →