Verizon elevates Motorola's Droid Bionic to Android Jelly Bean

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Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) is upgrading Motorola Mobility's Droid Bionic to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The operator will push out the over-the-air software update in phases, beginning today.

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Android Jelly Bean promises a smoother and more responsive UI, a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content and Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates. Verizon's Droid Bionic update also brings voice search features powered by Google's Knowledge Graph, a predictive keyboard complete with text-to-speech capabilities and expandable alerts allowing users to send emails, return calls and share photos directly from the notifications panel.

Late last year, Google-owned Motorola vowed to extend Android Jelly Bean to a number of devices including the Droid Bionic as well as the Photon Q, Electrify 2, Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx and Droid 4. The Razr, Razr Maxx, Droid 4 and updates rolled out last month; Motorola has not revealed a timetable for the Electrify 2 upgrade.

Motorola will give a $100 credit to consumers who purchased an Android device that is not in line to upgrade to Android Jelly Bean. To qualify for the offer, consumers must own a Motorola-manufactured Android device that will not run Jelly Bean for technical reasons: The list includes 11 devices that will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (the Admiral, Atrix 4G, Cliq 2, Droid 3, Droid X2, Electrify, Milestone 3, Milestone X2, Photon 4G, Motorola XPRT and Motorola Titanium), one remaining on Android 2.2 Froyo (the Motorola Triumph) and one sticking with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (the Atrix 2). The $100 credit must be applied to the Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD or Droid Razr Maxx HD. To begin the rebate process, click here.

According to Google's Android Developers dashboard, Android Jelly Bean 4.1.x currently powers 23 percent of all devices worldwide, up from 14.9 percent a month ago. The spike follows Google revising its approach to measuring Android operating system version adoption by collecting data from each Android device that visits the Google Play digital storefront instead of tracking devices that check in on the company's servers.

For more:
- read this Verizon Wireless News Center post

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