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.