Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic Gets A Major Software Update

Earlier this month, Verizon rolled out a major software update for the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. This handset was originally announced at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. It is the first ever dual-core 4G LTE capable smartphone, exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. Motorola Droid Bionic runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Verizon recently started rolling out another major software update for the Motorola Droid Bionic smartphone. The latest update is numbered 5.9.901 and it comes with preloaded VCast Apps Store, voice call muted while composing a visual voicemail, solves no 4G data connectivity issue, improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance, etc. Check out the complete changelog below.

Droid Bionic


Application Updates/Improvements:

  • Preload VCast Apps Store
  • Preload Sling stub application
  • Preload MOG stub application
  • VZNavigator preload updated to version
  • Youtube videos restart after pausing to access Notification Panel
  • Youtube screen flashes when Back key pressed during video play
  • Voice call muted while composing a Visual Voicemail message
  • Visual Voicemail saves messages to internal memory with UI displaying SD card target
  • Visual Voicemail delete actions sends delete and save commands to the server

Data Connectivity:

  • Stuck in 3G mode in strong 4G coverage
  • No 4G data connectivity
  • No LTE service in LTE only service areas (Hagerstown, MD)
  • Patch for Alcatel-Lucent LTE infrastructure R9 support
  • Dual IMSI support
  • Excessive LTE handover attempts (SIB8 messaging processing)
  • Improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance

Device Operation:

  • OTA update needs to utilize Admin APN
  • Support for National Plus Code Dialing
  • Cannot play WAV files
  • Support for Bluetooth Personal Area Networks (PAN)
  • Missing SMS alerts while on voice calls
  • Choppy audio while streaming via to a TV via HDMI
  • No Bluetooth audio when paired and connected

Stability/Performance Improvements:

  • Black screen lockups
  • Reduced idle resets
  • Voice call drops when SMS message is received
  • Lockups when XT875 is in the multimedia dock
  • Resets after camera multi-shots are taken
  • Internal memory file creation dates shown as December 31, 1969
  • Clock widget time does not match Notification Panel time

The size of the update is just 56 MB. The latest update can be easily downloaded via OTA (Over-The-Air). If you still haven’t received the update, go to settings and check for the update.

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Omkar Dutta

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