With one more week to go before Verizon Wireless officially launches the Motorola DROID Bionic, 16 lucky people will be one of the very first few to own a Motorola DROID Bionic handset in Verizon’s scavenger hunt game.

Intended to increase publicity for the launching of the carrier’s centerpiece 4G handset for the year, Verizon recently updated its DROID DOES site with the scavenger hunt gimmick. Details of the game rules are available at DroidDoes.com.

The game begins at 12:00 AM ET on September 4 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on September 7. Four winners will be drawn for each of the four days leading to September 8. The four daily winners will get not just a Motorola DROID Bionic each but also one of these machines that the Motorola DROID Bionic “rules over”:

  • Motorola XOOM
  • laptop
  • video-streaming Drone Quadcopter

Participants need to download and install the free DROID Bionic ARena game app from the Android Market. The game is an augmented reality game where players hunt for prizes.

Some Android phone users have reported trouble with installing the DROID Bionic ARena game app on their phones, especially the original Motorola DROID (OG DROID). Droid Life has made available the game app’s APK file, which can be sideloaded on the device.

The app can also be downloaded and installed by dialing **DROID on an Android-powered Verizon smartphone.

Verizon’s @DroidLanding account on Twitter has also come back to life. It has been dormant since May. Verizon has been using that Twitter feed for its previous launches of earlier DROID smartphones.

After eight months of waiting, the Motorola DROID Bionic will finally be landing. A lot of people have grown tired of waiting. Perhaps Verizon’s publicity antics can heat up their excitement for the latest DROID.

Others are patiently waiting. Are you one of them? What makes the Motorola DROID Bionic worth holding out for?

  • Chris Hansen

    I’m not sure the contest is entirely fair… If you don’t yet own an Android phone, how can you participate?

    • GUEST

      b.To enter for free and/or for non-Android device owners, to enter visit droiddoes.com/bionic (“Sweepstakes Site”) and click the link entitled “Don’t have an Android device.” Input your location within the Google Maps interface from your personal computer. You will then use Street View Navigation to find/collect up to 4 virtual devices/prizes during each 30-minute game based on location entered, each of which will earn you one Sweepstakes entry for the corresponding device/prize. During each 5-minute segment (“Hunt”) of the 30-minute game, you may capture up to 4 devices/prizes. At the end of your first Hunt where you captured at least one device/prize, you will be prompted to submit your email address and complete age verification to receive an entry corresponding to the appropriate device(s)/prize(s). If you did not capture all devices/prizes during the first Hunt, you may play in additional Hunts within that 30-minute game (if available) to capture any remaining devices/prizes.
      If you have already earned an entry for that device/prize within the 30-minute game, you will not be eligible to earn another entry for that same device/prize during that 30-minute game. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 7, 2011, to be eligible for a chance to win. Limit one entry per device/prize, per email address, every 30 minutes, regardless of method of entry. Limit 48 entries total per device/prize, per day per person/email address (192 total entries per device/prize per person/email address for entire Sweepstakes Period). All entries must be complete to be eligible. All entries become property of the Sponsor. Sweepstakes entries generated by script or bot are not eligible.
      Entrant will have an opportunity to select a training mode. The capture of device/prizes during training mode will not count as a Sweepstakes entry, however the time utilized during training will count towards the 30 minute game.

      • Bob

        I can’t find the link..

  • Jilted Droid Owner

    The developer decided to make the app incompatible with original Motorola Droid (OG Droid). That is sad, since this this smartphone is coming out 22 months after the release of the OG Droid and those first adopters are now looking to replace that phone (like me).

    No explanation has been forthcoming on why OG Droid owners have been cut out of the fun.

  • I don’t think it’s fair I have had OG since it’s release ~ and I am wanting to upgrade. It will depend on what newer phone offers the most for my lifestyle , now, since the Bionic is so delayed and I”m considered an “obsolete ” user ~ who knows ~ I may jump completely.

  • Hapakroberts

    This isn’t fair that it’s not compatible with all Droids!