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Droid Bionic ICS update available for manual download

Everyone is pulling their hair out on whether their Android smartphone will be updated to a new version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but for Droid Bionic owners, there is a different celebration going on – the long awaited release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Motorola may have taken their time to deliver on this highly anticipated software update, but patient owners won’t care about that as the decision to hold off from the likes of the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 appears to be justified – for now.

Word has spread that an OTA update is rolling out, identified as build 6.7.246 and brings the Droid Bionic to the updated firmware of 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Some of you may have already received your update last week, but we understand that a lot of you have not received anything yet – but you should have now had the notification pop up over the last 24 hours.

If you take a quick look at our previous coverage on the update delay here, you’ll see that there is over one hundred comments from Droid Bionic owners, with most complaining that they still haven’t received their update, despite Motorola’s reassurances. The general rollout date was considered to be October 19th, but as with most Android updates these days, consumers are often left frustrated with the irritating nature of updates appearing in some locations and nothing in others.

The above image from Droid-Life suggests that the update is definitely happening though, so head to your settings page now via about phone>system updates and with a bit of luck, you’ll be able to push the Ice Cream Sandwich update manually. All this drama over an outdated version of Android, it will be interesting a few months down the line to see if we have the same problems arise regarding a Jelly Bean update.

What is the situation at the moment for you, in your area? Did you receive a notification through the night to update to the build number mentioned above. Congratulations if you have, fingers crossed if you are still waiting.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Deviant Saint

I didn’t get a notification or automatic update. I found out about this online and looked through my settings to get it. I am very pleased with it. Perhaps I just missed the notification?

Shadjak
Shadjak

I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Trying to manually get the update from Verizon all week, multiple times each day. Then voila! I powered off my phone and when I turned it back on a minute later I got the update!

cm5k
cm5k

I only found out that ICS was finally released when my coworked mentioned his phone was upgraded to a new OS. Had to manually update it, but am glad to finally have it…can’t wait to upgrade and never go with motorola again!

daashah
daashah

My update keeps failing 🙁

Andrew Hardbarger

Received the update late last night and after I downloaded it when it went to install after about 10 minutes my phone restarts and says that the install was unsucessful.

John Hanson

Ya. I got it lat night. Northern CA.

Moto Droid Man
Moto Droid Man

An update is supposed to improve what’s already there not
change thing around for the sake of change. So far I see very little improvement just a whole lot to
changes and not for the better either. I now wish I had hit cancel. As far as I’m concerned it’s a downgrade.

jt
jt

Gotmy update last night. The design of the update is like a child put it together. I hate it and will now be getting rid of my Bionic. Thanks for ruining something that wasn’t broke.

Bill Wangrud

I got it this morning and its still stuck in “download suspended ….will resume shortly”. Its been 5hrs now.

Rakkasan
Rakkasan

My phones battery has been draining super fast since the update and im unable to play any of my music….

No other problems to report but those are pretty big

Mel Illinois
Mel Illinois

I just got the update this morning, and I keep getting a pop up that says “Unfortunately, the process android.process.acore has stopped” with na ok button to push. then when pushed, it closses the app I was trying to get into. Anybody know how to fix this?

Pissed Off
Pissed Off

this update sucks, made the phone interface look absolutely horrible. liked the interface of my phone at factory, WTF!!!

wilkems
wilkems

Got the update 2 days ago and love it. Took 20 minutes start to finish. The only problem is it can’t add folders to any home pages.

Robert Peterson
Robert Peterson

I got my update manually the night before last. The interface is clear and works smooth, but it seems the battery drains quicker. I think I just need to tinker with the settings to get the battery life up. A little late, but great job Motorola!

jt
jt

I received my update very late Monday night. It has breathed new life into my droid bionic. But even better yet, I had purchased Motorola’s Lapdock 500 Pro in anticiaption of the upgrade. The difference is absolutely amazing! My lapdock now has the same smooth feel as my older Dell laptop (both are dual core systems at the same clock speed), as well as 100% functionality. The low memory issues I had on my lapdock before the upgrade seem to have gone away. It’s a shame Moto is no longer supporting their webtop, but I am very glad I made… Read more »

M-Rob
M-Rob

Still can’t download the update in Atlanta, Georgia… keep getting the “Check Back Later” message when I try to manually update.

skyhigh
skyhigh

Ok so sometime back I updated my DROID Bionic with the leaked ICS build from Motorola System Version 6.7.230.XT875.Verizon.en.US Build # 6.7.2-223_DBN_M4-7. So I am already on 4.0.4. Although the ICS rollout that is ongoing right now is a different build on Android OS version 4.0.4 I am still receiving “Your system is up to date”. Can anyone post here if I would receive an update in my case or not? Thanks.

Kelly
Kelly

I live Boise, ID and when I check for phone update! comes up with Your device is up to date! No update is necessary at this time! phone is running Android 2.3.4 system version 5.7.893.X875 Verizon.en.US

Kevin Mortimer
Kevin Mortimer

My Bionic works Great!!! However I was not able to turn 4GLTE off and stay with 3G only as that was DESTROYING my battery. I called verizon and I downloaded an app called SWITCHIT-4G LTE TOGGLE. That seems to work. Does any other Bionic user have any suggestions for a very sluggish video player. All my videos are recording great and my video uploads work great on PC’s, youtube, fb,etc… However any video playback on my phone is ver sluggish and skips. I can’t find a video player that will fix the issue. Even with ICS update it still sucks.… Read more »

Ellie
Ellie

Manually updated very late Monday night near Tampa, FL. No notification was received so make sure you keep checking yourself!

Bob S
Bob S

The October 19th roll out you mentioned was actually a “soak” test, which was sent to a few bionic owners who signed up for the test. The soak test is now complete and the actual roll out began Tuesday evening. Everyone should receive the ICS 4.04 update in the coming days. Hope this is helpful.

Lance Lewis
Lance Lewis

I believe my problem is that I had my 4G turned off before the upgrade. But now when I try to go to mobile options its freezes. Sooooooooooo What do I do……… Anyone? I have NO SERVICE!!!!

biggie
biggie

I can’t text from my phone since the update. Anyone can help?

Mike West
Mike West

I can’t even do the update because my stinking Bionic will not stay on the network. My 4G at the top of the screen goes white every time I try to go to anything.,

eddieV
eddieV

This update is great! I dont know all the features it brings but my phone is responding very fast when i switch apps. And 4g is steady. If ics is this good i wonder how jb would be on my phone…. wishful thinking. Happy for now

finally happy
finally happy

I manually push the update on my phone and my wife’s phone yesterday. It has been working fantastic has not slowed down great battery life and all applications and functions have improved. It’s been a long time waiting for this update and it’s actually worth it. I don’t even care about jelly bean right now I’m enjoying ice cream sandwich. I’m still going by the note 2 but until then I’m going to enjoy my Droid Bionic with ice cream sandwich.

Lance Lewis
Lance Lewis

Now I dont have service. :O WTF

Seth
Seth

I received my upgrade yesterday morning. It could not have come at a better time, I was ready to dump my phone for a new Windows 8 model later in the year.

So far I’m very happy with the new version, it’s faster and allows me to get rid of some of the bloatware. I’m still learning about the new features, but I would definitely say it’s a strong step in the right direction for Android.

Fred
Fred

I got my update on the 19th. I love it. I didn’t have to do a hard reset pull the battery in the SIM card but after that everything works perfect and it’s more stable and fast.

Bryan Scott Davie

My update is getting pushed to my phone right now. this is in SLC, UT

Bionic in NJ
Bionic in NJ

I got the update notification yesterday morning, finally downloaded it last night. I love the look and features but it has slowed down my phone considerably. Deleting an email can take 5-6 seconds. Loading my calendar can be almost 10 seconds. I am deleting some old apps so see if it helps but for right now I’m a little frustrated. Chome browser is awesome though. If it speeds up I will love it.

web
web

Got my update this morning — now I have no phone service!!!!

jimc100
jimc100

The problem is the lack of information from Verizon and Moto, all they need to do is keep their customers informed and again they dropped the ball and have been blown up on the internet. It appears clear that they did a limited release on the 19th, sent out a survey and did the full release on the 23rd. If they had just told us people would understand, their lack of public relations is amazing! By the way I did the download yesterday a.m. and it is working great, worth the wait and makes for a new phone.

Andy
Andy

Terrible update, made my phone slow

ROM2099
ROM2099

I just received my update overnight. It seems OK, new looks to certain things, but it seems to just be superficial changes to me.

Kerry
Kerry

ICS is awesome. Like some have said its like having a new phone!!! Cheers!!!!

cdreifuss
cdreifuss

Got mine this morning (Nashville, TN)

Abigail Fay
Abigail Fay

I got the update and it is stuck at 20% for hours on end. Says it will resume later… ugh.

Tim
Tim

Got my update yesterday. I have to say, compared to the leaks that were found in the system…the final build is quite nice. I like the improvements that Moto made with it. Still doesn’t gain my forgiveness after keeping it from getting to us for so long though. Atlanta, GA

Brad
Brad

I got mine. How do I switch back to black type on white background?

Texasman
Texasman

I got my update yesterday evening, 10/23 (Houston, TX). The phone felt really hot in the process, but not the ICS is running on my Bionic and, so far so good.

racy
racy

Finally received. Now have a new phone. But what worries me is that it took so long. Promises broken make you a little wary on future moto purchases.

Robert2012
Robert2012

I had to manually check for the update on my phone yesterday afternoon. (Dallas Tx) It took a couple of hours to download. But the install was quick about 15 minutes. Everything looks good and a better 4G signal. 4.0 update was succesful!

bster
bster

Recieved my ota buy a manual push yesterday and insulation keeps failing! F ing frustrated! I called Verizon with no help on the situation and they’re sending me out a new Bionic, so the wait continues.

Trey
Trey

I got mine yesterday morningbi havent had any problems so far.

john
john

Got my update yesterday morning now I could have a fun with my phone till I get the RAZR HD in November. ( buffalo NY)

RayNc
RayNc

Got my update this morning. Awesome and loving it

SirDigbyChknCzr
SirDigbyChknCzr

October 19th was only for Soak Testers. General rollout started Yesterday evening. Please stop mis-reporting this information.. it is only fueling irritation!

mb923
mb923

Just got my update. 1 word to describe it- WOW

Chrome
Chrome

I received my update yesterday morning (Rochester NY) and it is great. It is like having a new phone. It did take quite a long time to download and install but it was worth it.

Daniel Russo
Daniel Russo

i just received update and phone keeps freezing and restarting no matter what i do!

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