On Friday we saw the Droid Bionic Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update gain Verizon’s approval with a roll out that should start sometime today. However, Verizon rolls out the updates gradually, which can leave some users waiting for a Jelly Bean update for quite a while.
Droid Bionic users who don’t want to wait on Verizon can skip the line and install the Jelly Bean update right now, with a few straightforward directions.
After months of waiting, Droid Bionic owners can now update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and enjoy the enhancements like Google Now and better dictation as well as a collection of Droid Bionic bug fixes. The Droid Bionic roll out is set to appear on devices in phases starting today, which means some users will need to wait.
For Droid Bionic owners who don’t want to wait for the OTA update, there is an a way to skip the wait and install the Droid Bionic Jelly Bean update right now. The savvy users at xda-developers were able to get ahold of the Droid Bionic Jelly Bean update file 98.72.22, which means with a little bit of work any Droid Bionic owner can enjoy Jelly Bean features today.
Users do not need to be rooted for this to work, and forum members report that it will work on a rooted device, though we cannot verify that claim.
According to the poster, installing the Droid Bionic Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is as simple as placing in on the device’s SD card and rebooting. Rooted users should uninstall “SS or BS recovery”
Download the Droid Bionic Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update file.
Save it on the external SD card of the Droid Bionic. Neo1738 of xda-developers says to “Use “SD-ext” or “SD-external” for the folder.
Reboot the Droid Bionic and it should recognize the update. If this happens the Droid Bionic will show a triangle on the display and will install Jelly Bean.
When complete the phone will power on and Jelly Bean should be installed.
Users who are unfamiliar with this process may want to wait for the over the air update, which should arrive sometime this week or next.
Here are 7 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features to check out after updating the Droid Bionic.