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Verizon’s Droid Bionic ICS update page confuses

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.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

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bullydogger
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
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
a1

Downloading now… North Carolina.

Robert
Robert

Got it yesterday morning at 7am in North Carolina

Judy K Alberts-Ferguson

just got it today. nebraska

Don
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
JoeBob

What goods an update that won’t install

Kathy
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
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
NYC

Got it this morning! NYC

Leilalani
Leilalani

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

Chrome
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
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
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
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
michelle

Just got it in East Lansing, Michigan early this morning

bummer13
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
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
MNSk8r

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

thedocofroc
thedocofroc

Nothing in detroit

Lauren
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
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… Read more »

Aron
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!
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
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
shunk1

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

Shepard
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
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.

Allison
Allison

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

Droid-NC
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
jay

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

cjinscore
cjinscore

NC, Mine is saying check for update is unavailable…so can’t even check to see if I have it…

thelemurman
thelemurman

Just got it in oklahoma!!

jonski
jonski

Indiana-got update about 7 hours ago.

JVC
JVC

Just manually checked updates and it was there. Chicago, Illinois

Mark
Mark

Finally got it. Being downloaded as we speak. Youngstown Ohio

Reggie
Reggie

Got the ICS update….Oceanside, Ca

At
At

Mine (finally) started downloading in Kentucky

Kc
Kc

Downloaded with no problems. Very nice!

MH34
MH34

Been checking manually since Friday and finally got it around 11pm EST. Savannah, GA

gray
gray

I am downloading the update as we speak. I got my phone beginning of october last year. In Arkansas

Tehhund
Tehhund

Got my update notification, downloading now. Ohio. I was never contacted about the soak test, so I guess this is the real deal.

HalfBrian
HalfBrian

Just got it here in Sacramento, California. I doubt that location would matter though, it’d be better for the network to roll it out in phases to a select number of people in each locality to balance the capacity. Just hang in there my fellow Bionic-ers!

P.S. I manually checked for an update through the settings menu (and have been for a while). It finally went through!

John
John

I live in Arvada, CO, and I have checking for the update on my Bionic fairly often since the 19th with no avail, BUT as of about 10:45 PM Mountain time, I FINALLY got the confirmation that the update was available, so I am currently in the process of downloading the ICS update. Not sure how the roll-out of ICS or any other update works, but It makes sense to me that it may be just coming out in spurts as to ease traffic on servers, much like others have said. Give it time and keep checking periodically and it… Read more »

kt
kt

In florida and just got it

tbuck
tbuck

says an update is currently being downloaded. has shown it for around 20 mins. is this normal? turned phone on and off two times by taking out the battery

Kyle J
Kyle J

Been obsessively trying to do the manual update since Saturday. While writing a legal memo, I realized I hadn’t tried in about an hour (usually has been an average of 10 minute intervals of checking). I decided I would try one more time for the night, and wa la!! It’s downloading on my phone as we speak.

Southeast South Dakota here!

Josh
Josh

Downloading ICS here in Phx AZ… not a soak tester

thomas
thomas

9:45 pm pacific time I am just now receiving the ics update via wifi-Reno, Nevada

Robert
Robert

ICS downloading here on the east coast in PA.

Matt Schrader

Downlaoded twice now with the update failing then rebooting..

Kc
Kc

I just got it. Downloading now. Central CA

cmg
cmg

Downloading now!

Ken
Ken

Downloading from NC now. I was NOT in the soak teat

Mimatt
Mimatt

WOO-HOO!!! Not in soak test, and ICS is currently downloading to my phone.

Tetons
Tetons

Atlanta Ga…bought phone in April. Went ahead and wiped cache .. And heard about FDR…. Phone rebooted…I set it back up and then did the system update which I have been doing since Oct 19. And low and behold there ICS 246 is … She’s a downloading .. Punit Soni..he kept his word…and possible news of JB even better. Hasn’t all been MOTO IMHO time to enjoy new phone. Not sure if doing FDR prior had anything to do with it but my purchase date not long ago.

JesusG90
JesusG90

I just randomly checked for an update and got it! Everyone should check! I’m in Southern California it’s 930 p.m

craig
craig

Jusr checked for an update in Indiana at12:15 am. To my amazement ics was available. Downloading now.

therobert

Just started the download here in Sacramento area. Been checking all day, and boom there it was.

anonymous Bionic
anonymous Bionic

Just got it – SLC, UT

Ken Davis
Ken Davis

Downloading in NC now.

JR
JR

just got the update……its there go grab it…. upstate ny

techie
techie

Downloading ICS right now on my droid bionic Seattle, not part of soak test. So stoked!

Matt Schrader

Dowloading ics right now. 12:15 am. Grand Rapids, MI

Bentley
Bentley

In KC. Still no update. Pissed and disappointed with Verizon and Motorola..

Justin W
Justin W

I have it, but I am involved in the soak test. It hasn’t been released to the public yet, but should begin an official rollout within the next week. No major issues have been found yet, so I see no reason it won’t begin as scheduled.

Hawksfire
Hawksfire

Nothing in Denver, CO 🙁
Bought it the day it was released over a year ago and signed up for the Motorola Feedback Network about 2 weeks ago.

Angel

Nothing in Boston!

Mike P
Mike P

Long Island, 516 #, NO UPDATE, purchased droid Sept 2011, phone not registered on moto website

jj
jj

I will not be buying another Motorola phone. Tired of the BS. I’d leave Verizon also, but all the carriers are the same: No customer service. They only want you under contract so they can over charge you.

9024Steven
9024Steven

I’m still waiting here in Jersey but know several users who are not part of the non-public soak test who HAVE gotten it. On Motorola’s Bionic forum they’ve set up a couple of threads asking for both feedback on ICS and benchmark test results. It IS happening! Can’t understand those on here saying it isn’t as a little reasearch proves otherwise. Also, Motorola has never said they roll these updates in a region, rather, it’s done by ESN numbers active on Verizon’s network from what I’ve been able to ascertain.

Dave
Dave

Upstate New York. No update at this time (Monday Oct 22, 10:47 PM
Dave

bruce
bruce

Nothing in Ohio. S3 here we come

googalabosh
googalabosh

No update. Just checked. Colorado Springs.

summer
summer

Nothing here ft worth tx

mikey
mikey

Nothing in central new jersey

Bob
Bob

I was in the soak test. Works great butway too long to wait for my phone to work this well. Verizon and Motorola owe us for all the months of terrible service. In Michigan by the way.

Lastexit
Lastexit

Nothing in Philly ! Way to treat your customers right Verizon ! Yet again thanks for nothing. I’m glad you pushed the update out to 2 users and screwed the rest of us.

matt
matt

Nothing in Mississippi

FelbD
FelbD

Nothing in Denver Colorado! Pissed!

Chris
Chris

Nothing in New Orleans!!! I’ve checked youtube and no one has posted any videos of their bionic with the update. You think ONE person would be excited enough to post one

figjam
figjam

No luck here in atlanta. I bought it the day it came out as well so im not sure what logic they are using to roll it out. I feel like I’ve been rick rolled.

Leonard
Leonard

Still waiting in Alabama…can’t wait to upgrade in June!

dp5
dp5

I got my update in NYC I still haven’t been able to uplaod my emails wen I click on the app…I’m having issues listening to music on my car thru Bluetooth…it keeps freezing…wen I first start the browser there is a 2-5 sec delay…many apps have 2-5 delay

Bionic Man
Bionic Man

ICS in the 317. Webtop working great. Car dock working.Loving it.

kt
kt

NO Luck in Georgia! !

Frankiefish
Frankiefish

Nothing yet in detroit either

david
david

Nothing in seattle

eg
eg

Oregon and nothing still waiting impatiently

ANC
ANC

Like every other update for Verizon Android phones, they roll out in groups to prevent their servers from turning into a black goo. Did everyone forget that? Not everyone is going to get it at once. It was like this for the last Bionic update as well, and it happened for the OG Droid as well. It’ll probably take a week or two before everyone gets it. I want it bad, too, but the fact that it’s rolling out is reassuring enough to make me a little more patient.

JR
JR

this was what i was just told by a Motorola tech in live chat support
Starting
10/19/12, Motorola and Verizon will be conducting a user trial for the
Droid Bionic MR4+ICS software upgrade. During this time, a restricted
amount of users will receive the download via a Motorola-initiated
notification. Once this testing phase is complete, the update will be
pushed out by Motorola in batches to all users over a 5-7 day time
period.

jxjcj
jxjcj

umm nothing in san fran

RJClarke
RJClarke

I called verizon today and they redirected me to Motorola’s customer service… Motorola tells me that ICS is still in the soak test phase and has NOT been released yet. Someone needs to get their ducks in a row and let us Bionic users know whats going on…

Manuel
Manuel

Still waiting here in Northern Cali.

Joe Wright

It went out to people that are part of the Motorola Feedback Network on Friday and Motorola sent an email to those people on Sunday asking for feedback. Should be out for the masses by this weekend.

JesusG90
JesusG90

No update yet here in CA.. Giving it until Friday to start getting upset. Lol

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