When you take a look at the history of the Verizon Motorola Droid Bionic, you will realize that the handset is all about long and interminable waits. The handset was unveiled as early as January of 2011 but only managed to make its debut in the shelves in September of the same year because apparently, the handset was sent back to the drawing boards right after its unveiling for some retro-fitting. The jump of its operating system from Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was also a similar experience.
The handset after all was already on Gingerbread when it was released last year so users of the Motorola Droid Bionic were just plain excited when news of the ICS soak test being done by Motorola for the handset broke out in the early parts of this month. Back in the day, a rollout is set to happen immediately after a successful soak test but again, users of the Motorola Droid Bionic had to wait some more because it is only today that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update finally started rolling out to the handset.
The update is being rolled out via OTA so expect a notification to come up on your Motorola Droid Bionic once it is already available on your handset. However, you might want to instead do a manual check for the update because Motorola has added a built-in feature to the handset that will let it pull the update from the manufacturer’s servers directly instead of waiting for it to land on your device. With this, all you need to do is head on over to Settings > About phone > System updates to get the update process rolling.
The ICS update for the Motorola Droid Bionic brings along not only ICS-specific features such as multitasking and Face Unlock but a bevy of other improvements and enhancements as well. Improvements in the stability and performance of the Motorola Droid Bionic include improved sync with Google Calendar, improved data connectivity for Mobile Hotspot, enhancements to Google Play and the like. Email / Messaging enhancements on the other hand include improved text message delivery and enhanced connectivity and reliability of Visual Voicemail. ICS also updates applications installed on the handset such as Citrix Receiver, BlockBuster app, GoTo Meeting app, Amazon Kindle, My Verizon, Verizon Remote Diagnostics and the like.
As for the Motorola Droid Bionic, the handset relies on its Texas Instruments OMAP4430 chipset to power its operations. This SoC comes with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1 GHz and a full gigabyte of RAM for a speedy performance on the handset. The Motorola Droid Bionic comes with 16GB of onboard storage with the option to have this expanded while its display on the other hand is a 4.3-inch TFT capacitive multitouch panel with a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Its dual-shooter configuration on the other hand features a rear 8MP shooter and a VGA snapper.