Droid Bionic 4G delight for unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich update

By Alan Ng - Feb 15, 2012

Back in October of last year, we told you that the Droid Bionic was on the list to receive an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich. It hasn’t happened yet though, but for all those of you who are getting impatient, you may be interested to hear that there is a new stable custom ROM available to download.

The Bionic may be deemed an old Android device now with the likes of the Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Droid 4 carrying the flag for Motorola, but try telling that to loyal Bionic owners who are more than happy with the functionality offered in their device.

The one feature that most Bionic owners crave for though is Ice Cream Sandwich and considering that it has been almost six months of waiting, it doesn’t look like Motorola are prepared to release their official update any day soon. This has prompted a lot of you to try your hand at a few custom ROMS via a rooted handset and earlier this week, we heard that a brand new version is available to try out.

Older Ice Cream Sandwich builds for the Droid Bionic lacked the support for 4G LTE data, but you’ll be happy to hear that the latest update rectifies this. According to a report from Droid-Life, this is actually due to Motorola’s recent official firmware update for the Bionic, and of course the clever people at DroidModderX for fiddling with that update and emerging with an all new Ice Cream Sandwich build.

It looks like this is the most stable version yet, with the only notable feature not working so far being the camera application. Everything else works fine though, so you should head over to this link for the download and installation notes if you want to try this out. One word of caution though, you’ll need to be running the latest Droid Bionic firmware which is 5.9.902 otherwise this won’t work. If you want to study this build in finer detail, there’s also a full changelog up at the link above to read through as well.

If you have a Bionic and are willing to give this a try, let us know how you get on. Who needs the latest smartphone when great custom updates like this become available? Having said that, it would still be nice for Motorola to show some love to those who insist on waiting for the official update.

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  • Awesome

    Been running on this for a day, and I can tell anyone that this is the real deal. As soon as dhacker fixes the camera it’ll easily be as functional as any ICS OTA update Motorola releases for the Bionic in the future.

  • Charles Queen

    No bionic I use the I-phone but the new droids are everybit as good as they are,both offer unlimited apps of just bout any and every type one could ever want