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Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update now available

Verizon Morotorola Droid Bionic ICS update

Verizon customers using Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone can now download the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update after almost a year of painfully waiting and using Gingerbread. It has been reported last week that Big Red will push the update on Friday, October 19th, and it seems it’s true to its word. There are already some Droid Bionic owners who reported to have updated their device.

The update is huge bringing along a 368MB package, which is typical. While Gingerbread has already been proven to be the most stable Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich offers tons of new features. Here is a short list of the some notable features Droid Bionic owners could enjoy.

Easier and smoother multi-tasking. This is one of the features long-time Gingerbread users could easily notice because the speed of switching from one app to another is a lot smoother.

Face Unlock. It is a typical and common feature that would be added if users update their devices from GB to ICS but it is also among the few features that would surely be appreciated especially those who haven’t used any face recognition technology on mobile before.

Battery improvements. Battery optimization is common to any updates and while Droid Bionic received good feedback for being a power-saver, owners may even find it more desirable as they can now use their phone longer than before.

Direct Access Lock. Owners can now unlock their device directly to their text message, camera app, keypad or unlock screen.  This feature will save plenty of time but owners will have to program the device on what app to run once unlocked.

Enhanced Notification Window. The new swipe to dismiss functionality of the new notification bar is one of the most practical and lauded features that come with ICS package. The interface also received a total facelift.

Home screen folders creation. It is now easier to create folders on home screen and manage icons; owners can just drag an icon over another to create a folder.

Other information about the new features and functionalities can be found here.

The package can be pulled down over the air and since it is a major update, owners are advised to have a stable Wi-Fi connection before initiating the process. Interruption may have bitter consequences. Also, depending on the speed of your internet connection, the download may take from 10 to 15 minutes. If you’re ready, here is the official downloadable guide from Verizon.

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  1. BTW, I was referring to the ring tones that come with Android 4.0, not the ones that may be acquired elsewhere (of which I have none).

  2. Clearing Data of Media process Didn’t delete any music, but I lost my ringtones until I restarted again (second time).

  3. Updated several days ago, hate it. FB barely works, all scrolling is jumpy, sucks the battery down faster than I can charge it. Very unhappy! i

  4. I did the update today and everytime I go to the built in text message or the SMS text message- it keeps freezing up!!! Anyone having that problem?

  5. Everyone having battery usage problem after update: if the battery life shows that ‘media’ is the culprit, follow randroid’s advice above. My battery life returned to normal after doing this. It sounds scary but ‘Clear Data’ did not delete my music.

    Go to manage apps…all….media storage and clear. Turn of your phone and everything should work after.

  6. Droid Bionic use to have battery saver option but now with update I can not find it. Maybe I am not looking at right location.

  7. I lost my email and my 4G comes and goes. Went to a Verizon store and they couldn’t help me. They said it was my phonecompany’s problem. But I can’t delete present phone to readd. I hate this update.

  8. Updated my Bionic this morning. NOw my battery is almost dead. Prior to the update, I could go almost 2 days without charging. NOT HAPPY!!!!!

  9. got the update yesterday…………now I do not last an entire day without charging my phone. Prior to the update I was good all day. 🙁

  10. I don’t understand how to optimize the battery life right now my phone is killing the battery about twice as fast as it did before i was almost able to go 24 hours without charging it if i didn’t use it im about 40% and its been sitting on the desk at work doing nothing for 6 hours

  11. Got it here in Florida this a.m., HOWEVER getting an error message CONSTANTLY — “android.process.acore has stopped” — anybody know what’s up with this?

  12. Got mine last night….update took forever to download and install! and I am on a very fast wifi connection. The only issue I have had so far is the keyboard being a little glitchy, but other than that no 4g data drops and seems to be running smoothly!

  13. Same thing happened to me. Go to manage apps…all….media storage and clear. Turn of your phone and everything should work after.

  14. I haven’t had any of those issues thus far. It’s really strange that some are experiencing them while some aren’t.

  15. Just did my update this morning and my phone was basically out of commission for about 5 hours between the update and it just being slow as hell. Now, like you, i can’t get to my music or my pictures. Any word on how to troubleshoot this?

  16. The ics update sucks got it at 5 am this morning and half of my stuff dont work like my gallery to view photos and sound setting when i click on it it freezes now my phone does not ring the speaker works fine I’ve watched videos on Netflix that seems to work good and its hey energy hog

  17. Did the manual update…now it just says “An update is currently being downloaded. You will be notified when the download is complete.” It’s been like that for more than an hour, and yes I’m on a stable WiFi connection. Anyone else have this happen?

  18. Read the report and checked this morning to see if the update was available. Have tried downloading and installing (2) times now and both times the update fails. I am wondering if this is because mine is rooted for Superuser or just some incomplete downloads? I heard of a root check in this upgrade and that may be the issue?

  19. In DC, finally getting my OTA update downloading now. It’s been a pain staking wait, angry at Motorola, angry at Verizon, still an Andriod version behind, blah blah blah etc. I don’t care, can’t wait to finally get a taste of some Ice Cream Sandwich mmmmmmmm.

  20. Received the update in Cleveland this morning. Has been “updating media database” forever now. Anybody run into this issue?

  21. Im downloading ics on my bionic rightnow from vail colorado reports say that more people are getting the OTA update from the last couple of hours

  22. From Portland Oregon. Update for Bionic in progress as I write this. I did not get an invitation. I checked to see if there was an update available and there was. A friend across town reported the same results at almost the same minute.

  23. Still nothing here in NC. I think this is ridiculous. Why doesn’t Moto have something like Samsung Kies so we are not just depending on slow ass Verizon to deliver!

  24. There is a rumor being spread of a ics update for driod bionic which is simply not true. there is no further updates scheduled for the bionic

  25. Why can’t someone who has already received the update pull the install file off of their phone’s root and post it online for others?

  26. 10/21 130 pm est no update yet in nj. Got my bionic day 1 it was out. System uodate says im up to date. Righhhtt

  27. This is frustrating we all payed good price for the bionic nd verizon or Motorola cant even get the update on time. Many people will have no pacience but to change phone or even company

  28. Good question. I don’t know and the people I spoke with didn’t know the criteria for who would be selected or in what order. If the soak test group gets it first, that may be their reward for risking their phones & service. I know we’ll all get the update at some point but I too am very tired of waiting. Sadly, we don’t have any choice but to wait a little more.

  29. I spoke to a Verizon rep and then a Google tech last night. The ICS rollout will, as Mark posted earlier, be done in batches so that their servers aren’t overloaded. The deployment groupings are not by state or region, so Bionic owners will get updated all around the country–according to their group assignment–not geography.

    Manually updating isn’t being allowed right now (again to avoid overloading their deployment system) so even if your phone is on an earlier release of the Android OS, it will still be listed as “up to date”.

    Bottom line: You will get the update soon but there is no way to find out when and you cannot manually update your phone.

  30. nothing in Louisiana yet as of 6:50pm!!!! im sick of this shit!! if I told Verizon to wait a year for my payment they would cut my phone off!!! I think I should charge them a late fee or soothing!!!!

  31. Not in Michigan, the manual update usually come after they finished OTA notification. so wait…wait…wait…

  32. Nothing here yet in Jersey. It will be released in batches so the server doesnt get overloaded and crash. Its the way they do most big updates. Hopefully tomorrow I will get it. Been dying for this update…

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