Mysterious DROID Bionic Update v5.9.901 Change Log Brought to Light

Photo Courtesy of Droid Life

Folks who own a Bionic are reporting that they are receiving a mysterious update bringing their system to version 5.9.901. They were a little miffed at what this update entailed and people were especially confused considering the major update that was already being pushed as of last week. Well it appears that this is no minor update in itself as the awesome folks over at Droid Life were able to get the details on what this release encompasses.

So whether or not you’ve received the update at hand, you can hit the break below to see what’s in store for you. Sadly some of it entails more Verizon Bloatware… But you may be able to look past that with connectivity and stability fixes they’ve packed in. 

Application Updates/Improvements

  1. Preload VCast Apps Store
  2. Preload Sling stub application
  3. Preload MOG stub application
  4. VZNavigator preload updated to version 7.2.0.452
  5. Youtube videos restart after pausing to access Notification Panel
  6. Youtube screen flashes when Back key pressed during video play
  7. Voice call muted while composing a Visual Voiceamail message
  8. Visual Voicemail saves messages to internal memory with UI displaying SD card target
  9. Visual Voicemail delete actions sends delete and save commands to the server

Data Connectivity

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

Device Operation

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

Stability/Performance Improvements

  1. Black screen lockups
  2. Reduced idle resets
  3. Voice call drops when SMS message is received
  4. Lockups when XT875 is in the multimedia dock
  5. Resets after camera multi-shots are taken
  6. Internal memory file creation dates shown as December 31, 1969
  7. Clock widget time does not match Notification Panel time
There you guys have it, the mysterious update revealed. It’s good to see the Bionic receiving some much needed love with two major updates in the past few weeks. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can check to see if it’s available by going from the home screen, tapping Menu, then Settings/About Phone/System Updates. Have you received these updates yet? If so, is your phone more usable?

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  • Machz127

    This update sucks. My phone hasnt had 4h since. This is the worst phone and my last motorola.

    • Jeff

      Hell mine has said updates not available since I bought it lol

  • Jeron19

    I am going to pay full price for the galaxy nexus. Nothing but problems with this phone.

  • Vanlev

    phone sucks and is creating danger to my patients. I cannot get connected all the time. Verizon sucks too!  Should replace all phones.  Time to get a lawyer

  • Annetteboo

    My phone was fine until I got these updates. Now I have no connectivity, I’m losing apps, my phone crashes and shuts down and I lose weeks of MMS messages. This is the worst software I have ever experienced. 

  • Ajackson

    I haven’t received this update but the last one helped tremendously. Phone rocks now. No sdcard is a deal breaker for me on the nexus.

  • Nick in Austin

    Before 5.5.893, my Bionic was rebooting all the time, sometimes even requiring battery pull. Before 5.9.901, my Bionic was constantly losing 3g/4g connectivity to the point of being nearly useless outside of a wifi hotspot. 5.9.901 is fantastic and I haven’t had a single problem since installing it

  • Seema0923

    I still haven’t gotten the second update nor does it say I can get it. It says my system is up to date, what can I do?

  • Rdcolles

    I still have 5.5.893 and when I check for updates it says my phone is up to date.