DROID Bionic major “bug fix” update is now live

The major “bug fix” update that we told you about last week for the DROID Bionic is now live. It will automatically be pushed to your device at some point over the next several days, but you can try to pull it manually. From the home screen, tap Menu, then Settings/About Phone/System Updates. This is device build 5.5.893. Full changelog below:

Email, Messaging & Data

  • Improved stability of data connection on 3G and 4G.
  • Fixed lockup that could occur while browsing during the handoff from Wi-Fi to 4G.
  • “Data Roaming” pop-up message will display once when roaming in CDMA internationally.
  • Jump to the most recent message after changing the device orientation while in message list view.

Device Features

  • The number of devices supported by Mobile Hotspot has increased to 8.
  • Fixes have been deployed to keep the device from becoming stuck on a black screen and requiring a battery pull to recover.
  • Improvements in device stability help avoid device power cycles.
  • When connected to a Bluetooth® headset or HDMI cable, the device will no longer lock up and power cycle.
  • Improved cold SIM card activation speed.
  • “Low memory” warnings when using the Lapdock™ have been reduced.
  • An improvement to the camera’s auto focus will reduce the shutter response time and enhance the quality of captured imagery.
  • During Location Based Service setup, a Location Privacy message will display.
  • Fixed issue where the device would automatically power back up after being powered down.

The following Lapdock updates were made:

  • Improved stability.
  • The display will not turn off after use.
  • The calling screen will no longer be recreated, improving performance.
  • Reduced frequency of the “Low Memory” warning message.

Call Features

  • Use a wired headset without the interruption of a high pitched tone.
  • Volume on the “Low Battery” alert tone has been lowered while user is on a call.
  • Within the notification area, the Visual Voice Mail alert stating the server is not responding after a power-up has been removed.

Applications & Widgets

  • Playback media can be heard while using a Bluetooth headset.
  • Place a call to the appropriate recipient using the Contact widget.
  • Improvements in the use of the Messaging application.
  • After updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI will display the latest contact information.
  • When moving applications to the SD card, shortcuts to these Apps will remain.
  • Properly post and play videos to Facebook.
  • Fixed issue causing apps to disappear from the app tray when moved to the SD card.
  • Ringtones purchased from the Verizon media store can now be saved to the device.
  • Apps can now be launched from the “Recent” menu in the app tray.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Motorola is doing good in updating their devices.

    • Checkyoself

      Doing WELL man… Doing WELL.

  • Lh4orangenblue

    The fix did not fix the 3g 4g issues.

    • T Money

      I found that after the update the connectivity issues continued UNTIL I pulled the battery and replaced it. Its been solid for 48 hours now… Fingers crossed. 

  • Jpadilla Inc

    I can’t believe they did nothing for the low volume issue…this is the most annoying of all

  • John

    No update yet!! Is anyone else having a problem getting the update?

  • BJ475

    No update yet… How does the roll out work?  Is it regionally?  I am in the Philadelphia area and getting a bit frustrated.