Verizon’s Droid Bionic ICS update page confuses

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 23, 2012

Verizon made things pretty clear last week when they announced that the Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update had started to roll out, although looking at the growing number of comments about the Droid Bionic ICS update shows a different story. It is fair to say that this might be a small number of people that are not receiving the new software yet, although taking the feedback we’ve received and adding it to the growing complaints in the official forums, then it seems that there are some issues with the staggered update.

Things become more confusing on Verizon’s website – we thought a quick check of the official system update page might be a good idea, and after looking we noticed Verizon still have “coming soon” next to the Droid Bionic ICS update. You can see a screenshot of this page below, which we took just moments ago and clearly shows that the update is not live. This might be a lack of Verizon updating the page, but we have to wonder when you take all the comments into account as well.

This page also has a couple of links to the benefits of installing the Ice Cream Sandwich update on your Droid Bionic, and some tips on how to do that. We’ve included an image below that shows the main features of the Droid Bionic ICS update; so feel free to take a look if you need a refresh.

We would still love to know if you’ve managed to get the software update, and if so what location you’re in? If we find out any more details from Verizon on their Droid Bionic ICS update schedule, then we’ll be sure to let our readers know.

Also See: Verizon Wireless outage, down in New York


  • bullydogger

    As excited as I was for the upgrade its been nothing but a nightmare. It made the phone sluggish as hell, most functions didn’t work properly, had major problems with my SPB launcher etc required factory resetting of the phone, still not 100% might have to get rid of the launcher all together. Sluggishness is still an issue. Some of the apps don’t work right. Although, I have to say, that the 4G signal strength and 3G/4G switching has immensely improved

  • DHarris

    I received the update and it has changed the way I look at my device. I thought it was pretty much useless until I got the upgrade. It also fixed my issue with the inconsistent data connectivity.

  • a1

    Downloading now… North Carolina.

  • Robert

    Got it yesterday morning at 7am in North Carolina

  • Judy K Alberts-Ferguson

    just got it today. nebraska

  • Don

    Got Mine on the 21st. Took all night to load, and finished the next day. didn’t know iit was going to take that long.Like the features, although I was just getting really comfortable with my old setup. Hope it helps the phone work better. Am in the 61455 zip code area.

  • JoeBob

    What goods an update that won’t install

  • Kathy

    Received mine last night. Took awhile and my phone got REALLY hot to the touch. Even after the phones initial restart some things not working so re-booted and all is well. LOVE it!

  • Spyder

    Not a Damn Thing, Cincinnati OH

  • Derrick Teague

    I just got it..Hartselle, Alabama But I’m having trouble getting a signal now

  • NYC

    Got it this morning! NYC

  • Leilalani

    Received and downloaded the update yesterday but it won’t install on my bionic. I’ve made four attempts. :(
    – Hawaii

  • Chrome

    I received my update yesterday morning (10/23; Rochester NY). It took sometime to download and install but it was worth it. It is like having a brand new phone.

  • roger

    ICS delivered today- seems stable and all apps work fine. The best thing is they’ve fixed the network problems. I live in a marginal coverage rural area.
    Constantly had drop in LTE and wouldn’t revert to
    3G. Now have steady 4G. Data link is reliable.
    ICS is great!

  • Lauren

    the update just finished on my device about an hour ago …. took ALL DAY to complete but it’s finally done … and actually pretty neat! the layout is a nice refresher from the older version (jellybean i believe?). the new lock screen is much better too. no glitches yet … having a slight problem with 4G connectivity; automatically connects to 3G first ..

  • ScottB

    Got it last night around 9pm. San Jose. Took its sweet time updating the media database, Went to sleep; when I woke up, it was done. I’ve been playing with it throughout the day. It’s pretty sweet. Also, I have the lapdock, so I am enjoying the tablet experience through that.

  • michelle

    Just got it in East Lansing, Michigan early this morning

  • bummer13

    Updated last night (western Chicago suburb area) with full effects viewed this morning upon waking up. Menu is quite different to get used to, but once accustomed, it is quite awesome.

  • Thom

    I am getting the update right now. (Phoenix, AZ area) I did sign up for the Motorola Feedback Network last night–dunno if it had anything to do with that.

  • MNSk8r

    I got my update to ICS 4.0.4 on Friday, Oct 19 @ 6:15am.

  • thedocofroc

    Nothing in detroit

  • Lauren

    Neptune, NJ — mine started downloading around 10:30 this morning. It said it was downloading (but didn’t do ANYTHING) and about 30 min after that it said “download suspended, will resume shortly.” it’s been like that for over 90 minutes now, no progress – as it keeps draining my battery!! (it also doesn’t help that when my screen “goes to sleep” i lose my 4G AND wifi connectivity … this is going to take FOREVER). ADVICE??

  • chuck

    Mine automatically downloaded sometime before 6:00 AM this morning, asked if I wanted to install. In Chicago, not part of soak test. Installed and working great. Very smooth.

  • Michael Ghan

    This update is TERRIBLE. Every time I try to start my phone, the apps are being loaded and my phone seems to be okay. But after a minute or two, everything freezes suddenly. I can’t turn off my phone nor turn it on, I can’t go home, can’t do anything except remove my battery. But that doesn’t do anything; I still turn my phone back on to face the same thing.

    On top of that, the option to switch from 4G to 3G is no longer available. My issue with 4G is that it’s much less reliable than 3G and keeps turning on and off. It forces me to connect to a wifi connection and limits mobile usability.

    If you receive a notice to update your software, I HIGHLY recommend against it. It’s going to do nothing but complicate your life.

    • Michael Ghan

      Oh hey, it’s doing something new…. it’s randomly deciding to reboot. Lovely.

    • 9024Steven

      Huh? You have one phone and one bad experience and you HIGHLY recommend against the rest of the Bionic owners rejecting the update? I’ve been using unsanctioned ICS for months on my over 1 year old Bionic and loved it. A week ago, when rumors seemed sound enough to believe, I went back to Ginger Bread so I could get on the over-the-air path and get the sanctioned release. I’ve chewed all my nails off trying to be patient with the data drop issues I had on GB. I got the ICS update OTA early and not a single data drop yet.

      I don’t think it wise or good advice to tell everyone that because you had an issue, that BTW may be related to the types of apps you have, to not do the update. The numbers don’t support your argument if you were to do a little Internet research.

    • Leilalani

      Mine has been that like for months already. I wad hoping this update would fix those problems. Sigh.

  • Aron

    I have been manually checking over the last several days and I just got the option to download today. I selected the download option 2 hours ago and my phone hasn’t done anything yet. Very weird….

  • Vanessa!

    I think it’s hilarious that I’m in Alabama and got it over a day ago and people in much bigger cities are just now getting it.

  • iambe

    Got it this morning – Los Angeles. The lock screen icons don’t show up until you touch the lock. I haven’t played with it much yet.

  • Bill Wilson

    Awoke this morning to see a message on my phone, update is available do you want to install it now? Philadelphia PA

  • shunk1

    Just got the 4.0 update. Eastcoast – Hartford, CT!

  • Shepard

    Got it last night at 2:30 am. A lot faster and a crisp tight look. I to was hitting update like crazy and stopped last afternoon because I was getting crazed. Worth the wait! North Carolina

  • B

    Received ics this morning at 450am i just check for manual update and it was there i just noticed that there is some lag when texting online. 4g has not dropped though.

    • B

      Im in grand rapids michigan

  • Allison

    I got mine this morning in VA, but my boss did not get her update yet.

  • Droid-NC

    Downloading now in western North Carolina. I had to retry checking for updates several times before it would even check, then it appeared.

  • Robert Lewis

    Downloading it now Upstate NY

  • jay

    I finally got the update last night…San Antonio, TX