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Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich Update Release Date in Limbo



At this point, I think it’s safe to say that Motorola truly did think that the Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update would have rolled out by now. The evidence can be found on its own Ice Cream Sandwich update schedule.

Today, the Motorola Droid 4, a device that was slated to get its Android 4.0 ICS update in Q3, saw its upgrade start to roll out. Yet another phone to beat the Droid Bionic to the ICS punch.

Motorola’s update schedule still has the Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich slated for early Q3. So, it’s pretty clear that early Q3 has come and gone. Had Motorola listed the Droid 4 ICS update as coming out in early Q3, I would still believe the argument that August 15th is the cut off for “early Q3.”

Read: Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich Update Possible for Next Week.


The Droid Bionic ICS update release date is in limbo.

Not now. Now, it looks like what we’ve been hearing unofficially all along is true. The Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update has been delayed due to the issues that Motorola had with the Droid RAZR MAXX and the Droid RAZR ICS upgrades.

Remember, we’ve heard that Motorola and Verizon don’t want the same bugs to befall the Droid Bionic and that’s why it has taken this long to get the upgrade out.

Sadly, Droid Bionic owners have been greeted with a hefty dose of silence from both companies, even as the update hangs in release date limbo.


We’ve heard that the update could very well roll out this week but that if it does, it will be buggy.

So, at this rate, the HTC ThunderBolt, a device that was launched with lesser specs six months before the Droid Bionic, could very well end up getting its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich before the Droid Bionic does.

HTC has promised the HTC ThunderBolt ICS update for August though a release date remains unclear.

A release date for the Motorola Droid Bionic Ice Cream Sandwich update remains unclear as well and it could be that several other Verizon devices get Ice Cream Sandwich before the Droid Bionic update rolls out or before Motorola or Verizon acknowledge not being able to hit that “early Q3” window.

We’re digging for more info about the Droid Bionic ICS update and we’ll let you know if we find anything.



  1. Tony M.

    08/13/2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve been running the leaked ROMs and I’m certain that the issue here is with Webtop. I (and many others) are having trouble with Webtop on the Atrix (modded)/Bionic lapdocks where the resolution is not displaying correctly. However, it seems to work fine for people with the lapdock 100 and 500.

    The other issue is the CPU speed. Some owners are getting bumped to 1.2ghz while others are not (CPU is staying at the original 1.0ghz). I’m sure Moto and VZW want all users to have the same experience and are working on getting everyone to 1.2ghz or otherwise will keep everyone at 1.0ghz.

    Otherwise, the leaks (2231, 2233, 230, and 232 – I haven’t got the guts to move to 235/238 where you cannot revert to GB anymore) have all been awesome. Thanks for being the only news site to still track the Bionic’s ICS upgrade!

    • Tony M.

      08/13/2012 at 5:04 pm

      I should add that I also have an HD dock where ICS is working beautifully. For the most part, I like the Webtop move to ICS even though we lose the full browser. I think android browsers will be capable in the next 6 months to handle HBO Go (as a bypass to the HDMI limitation of the app).

      My only other thing that I’m missing is Citrix isn’t working properly for me but I think that is a limitation of my company running an ancient instance of the Citrix server software.

    • josh

      08/15/2012 at 3:45 am

      I have been running the second newest leak of ics for the bionic and have zero problems. Much better quadrant score the overall phone is much faster. I can not speak for data problems I never had problems with data and gb. I suggest people that are tired of waiting to instal the leak and even with the newest two versions there is a way to go back to build. 902. I’m glad to see the thunderbolt get ics it deserves it since it was the first 4g phone and I very popular phone as well.

  2. Adler

    08/13/2012 at 7:38 pm

    I am running leaked ICS 233. Yes it does weird things. Even occasionally locks up and reboots. Of course I have almost 300 apps loaded!
    I have been fooling with computers since the early days of the TRS-80. I have NEVER, I repeat NEVER had a computer operating system that did not have bugs and I doubt I ever will. Even automobiles have bugs. I am happy to get the latest system. I only wish that Verizon/Motorola would make it so that the people who want to mod can without so much trouble. The tinkering folks of this world can do amazing things. They could teach the manufacturers a few things and develop much faster and cheaper if they had access to the inner workings. Just compare Apple’s closed products to Microsoft’s open hardware. Apple is perfect for the masses that just want to turn on a computer and use it. But Microsoft is much better for people that want to modify and experiment. Just as Android is better for modding than Apple.

    • david

      08/13/2012 at 8:47 pm

      You sir, are awesome.

  3. RC

    08/14/2012 at 12:56 am

    You’re digging? You’re rolling spin based on nothingness. Brings page hits though doesn’t it?

  4. steve

    08/14/2012 at 12:58 am

    This is crazy. How us every other phone getting it first. I have a feeling they will just say no the bionic isn’t getting it, which will make me drop Verizon when I can upgrade. This was supposed to be out in Jan, then April, now who knows. By the time it may come, the system will be obsolete

  5. Paul

    08/14/2012 at 3:27 am

    The D4 is a Motorola so why is ICS being released for that device and not for the Bionic? If the release for the Bionic was delayed because of the issues with the RAZR’s, why does the D4 still get the upgrade?
    Im so tired of this device being ignored. With all the data connectivity problems I have, I want to to upgrade to a new device. But, If I do, I will lose my unlimited data plan with good ol VZ. I’d drop VZ in a second if I could get signal by another carrier at my house… so Im stuck.

  6. Jose

    08/14/2012 at 4:15 am

    I have been using 233 leak since it was release and didn’t have no problems so far but mine is one of the ones that are running at only 1.0ghz but still runs nice and fast… i hope seen that update soon but what really i get upset is the discrimination of some apps that developer block so only can work on the galaxy 3….

  7. Jose

    08/14/2012 at 4:19 am

    Ups sorry leak 6.7.230

  8. Brian

    08/14/2012 at 5:22 am

    Its a shame that it is taking this long to get an update that was originally rumored at christmas last year. I feel they have had plenty of time to get it right. I liked my bionic. Motorola ought to do better after all google owns them no excuses. Might be time for a I phone 5 for me and i was loyal to android thanks Motorola for turning me to apple.

  9. mike smith

    08/14/2012 at 6:28 am

    Adler says he’s been fooling with computers since the trash-80. I believe it.
    If he were serious about computers he would know that it was not Microsoft who made PC hardware open, but rather it was IBM who is responsible for PC hardware openness.
    Microsoft is an anathema to “open”.
    In fact, Microsoft goes to great lengths to prevent openness.

  10. JohnFH

    08/14/2012 at 8:05 am

    My Bionic has performed well in the first two months I have owned it, except for LTE connectivity issues. While it’s tempting to flash one of the ICS leaks, I’m going to wait for the ICS OTA. I’m starting to wonder whether there might be one more GB update from the 905 build. I hope not, for the sake of those who have flashed ICS.

  11. Seth

    08/14/2012 at 11:49 am

    Ugh, I bought this phone in January without doing the research on other phones. I loved the Droid X, but this phone is just disappointing me over and over again. I also have data dropping and random freezing, but this ICS push back is the final straw. Once I can upgrade, I am done with Motorola. Back to Samsung….

    • Alberto Rojas

      08/15/2012 at 12:09 am

      I for one am done with Verizon so I will run away from them as soon as I’m free, or I may even pay the freaking early termination fees. The US being so far back with respect to other less developed countries in cellphone plans, consumer freedom, prices, etc. it’s just unbelievable.

      Mind you, Seth, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is nice but has terrible terrible battery life and no decent accessories for it (for the CDMA version anyway… I miss GSM dammit). I’m going back to the Droid as soon as the ICS comes out for it.

  12. Tara

    08/20/2012 at 2:17 pm

    I upgraded to ice cream sandwich and am REALLY frustrated. I have color vision problems and the variance between the fonts and the backgrounds is insufficient (regardless of the brightness). This is making most of the features so obscure for me that I feel like I am playing a constant game of “Where’s Waldo?” On simple finctions like the dial pad and especially within the body of text messages. Whoever had the brilliant (not) idea of blue of black should be shot!

    Also, speaking about text messages…what’s with the right justifi ation? The dumbest think I’ve ever seem and should br relegated to those languages that are read from right to left (arabic and nebrew for examples)

    Does anyone have any suggestions regarding the fornt and back ground? Any options for customizing it? What about the right justify. I’m ready o throw my phone away so Ican get one Ican actually use. I’m sick of feeling like I’m dealing with camoflage.

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