Don't install New Ice Cream Sandwich update for Droids !!!! DON'T DO IT !!!!
hyperman
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Don't install New Ice Cream Sandwich update for Droids dated October 2012 !!!! DON'T DO IT !!!!  I had a perfectly GREAT Droid Bionic untill I installed the NEW IC Sandwich operating Sys Verizon sent me when I turned the phone on 3 days ago.

Now Texting is a nightmare w/ every letter needing to be corrected do to tiny unforgiving keyboard.

Vm doesn't notify me when a call is missed.

Map is 3 miles off fr present location.

Apps & Icons on main screen randomly disapear & re-apear hrs later.

Icons are always in a different spot when ever phone is turned on.

Now I have to hit multiple buttons to answer phone. Before only had to hit one key.

No responce when touching apps such as browser or gallery

settings menu is totally confusing - old menu was clear and simple.

first time I used Alarm function I couldn't turn off alarm - had to pwr down phone.

Verizon refuses to reinstall old software that was "PROBLEM FREE".

Clearly this new software wasn't debuged B4 they released it.

Going to Apple!

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ski116
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So the people who say do factory reset obviously have not read all the posts....It is not just some things being slow, it is the overall function of the phone.

  • I dock mine on my motorcycle for the music....The music screen has changed so that the play/skip buttons (which were 1/6th of the screen) are now small dots in the lower corner, more than a little hard to control-practically impossible. 
  • When docked at night the screen is so messed up with the super thin numbers that it can not even be read.
  • The features/menues of the map just plain sucks.  what used to take 4 "key strokes" now takes 7.
  • Even the agree/disagree buttons for turning the gps on and off have changed.  After a year of doing this you get used to the agree button on the left side......not any more....just a retarded set up. 

So if I can not change some of these settings back and I know dam well that verizon will not take my three unuseable docking stations back I will end up rooting my phone so it is useable to me.

Just another (un)satisfied customer....

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B33
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Yea things are surly Smaller on I.C.S as Compared to Ginger) you have to Squint a little more Eyeglasses 3 b33

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tikibar1
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or increase the font size

or get stronger reading glasses

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B33
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I'm getting the specks Looked at this Month) Does it look better here or Better there) Does 1 look clearer or No 2  No 3 or No.4.. i am more than ready and a set of Oakley's is going to Feel Good on this Face

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RLazyP
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I went from an iPhone 4 to a Bionic because I did not like being forced to do business with Apple, with few, if any, options.  I blindly allowed the Android update to happen, and my phone locked up - completely unusable after every attempt to fix it while at the Verizon store.  Since this was on a Friday afternoon, I was told not to expect the replacement until Monday.  I finally got a reworked phone on Tuesday.  Maybe moving away from the iPhone was hasty on my part?  At the very least, I will be more discriminating when allowing any update to my "new" phone.

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Graz49
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Downloaded the new OS...the phone lost contact with Verizon. I took it to the Verizon store and the rep told me that they had never seen 'this' before. Now Verizon is shipping me a new phone. The question is whether to let this app disrupt my life again or wait a few more weeks until other Bionic owner suffer through the glitches....?  HELP!

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tikibar1
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Yikes!  There's been at least two posters that I can remember who couldn't use their phones after the update; one said that a Verizon rep thought they may have received a corrupted update ... at any rate, they also were receiving replacement phones.

If you don't want to install the update on your replacement phone, then just decline installation whenever you see the pop-up.  Otherwise, you may want to do a factory reset on the phone as soon as you get it, then install the update before setting the phone up with your personal preferences, apps, etc.  Good luck!

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TheSteakman
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I'm ready to trash my Bionic as well. The battery life was always terrible, even though I kept synching off on everything, ran the dimmest screen and kept GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth off. It's even worse now.  I always suspected I had a bum phone, but I had no point of reference and assumed the poor battery life was normal. 45 minutes after taking the phone off the charger it is down to 80% life, and all it's done is sit in my pocket. 4 hours later, after about 5 minutes of talk time, 4 text messages, and 10 minutes of checking email/web browsing, it's at 40%. Plus it randomly gets VERY warm. I hear about people streaming music and web surfing the bulk of the day and just don't get it -  I barely use any features and the phone is dead by 2:00 in the afternoon.

I'm going to try Tikibar1's suggestions as soon as it's charged back up. I hope it helps because I'm stuck with this until November 2013 and really regret not dumping it during the grace period.

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TheSteakman
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I've found the solution to my phone problems! I noticed some other quirks that weren't immediately apparent - sounds not playing, etc., and after some digging I realized that my Media database did not get properly configured during the upgrade due to the battery dying. I found several posts from others with the same symptoms -- phone running hot, battery discharging on an idle phone in a couple of hours, etc. Fortunately, the fix was easy:

1)  Manage Apps | All

2) Choose the Media Storage app

3) Use the Clear Data option.

Rebooted, and let the library rebuild. Almost immediately, the difference was noticeable. Previously, the Media service was using between 60% and 70% of the battery -- right after a reboot. Now, the battery life seems to be on par with performance prior to ICS. The image gallery and media files are now functioning normally. The only quirk left that I see is that the Android Music app kicks up a "App Is Not Installed" message, but I haven't looked into fixing that yet. Such a simple fix! Hopefully  this helps someone else.

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tikibar1
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excellent !

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Jakeman1
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On your battery life that was always Terrible. Are you in a 4G area? Is your Wifi always ON? Is your Blue Tooth Always On? These are just some basic questions for you to see why the Battery is short.

One thing on the ICS Battery Life. It is very true that the first week Battery life will be much shorter on the Bionic with ICS (Actually all phones). There are multiple reasons for this the first being Human Curiosity. We have a new OS and want to see what has changed, and try to get things back to how they were. In effect we are spending 2-3 times the amount of time playing with our phone and settings that yes, it will make the battery life seem much shorter.

Next we have the phone itself trying to learn which apps you use and which apps you do NOT use so it can adjust and only turn on those that you use (very important to NOT use a task killer as they will actually shorten battery life as well). The phone to learn your patterns of usage will take about a week as well.

Now, one of the beautiful things about ICS is you can disable apps from starting and or running so go through and disable the apps you never use as these apps will call home daily for data or other information and to see if there are any updates (uses a lot of Battery life)

You will want to disable apps like these (if you do NOT use them)

Amazon Kindle

Amazon MP3

Backup Assistant (any version)

V Cast Apps

Facebook (unless you use it)

Google Play Books

Google Play Movies

Google Play Music

Google +

MOG Music

My Verizon Mobile

Netflix

NFL Mobile

QuickOffice

Slacker Radio

Slingbox

Smart Actions (this app does nothing to help you save battery and actually uses more battery as it is another app to automate doing things on the phone so while you are not doing the thing on the phone, the app is so battery is always running harder then it should)

Swype

Verizon Video

VZ Navigator

B33 also has a Battery Guide that is very helpful

Now if you really want to get the best usage with Minimum Bloat you will work on Apps that use Data. Apps that use Data also use Battery as the battery is drained trying to sync all of that Data.

Download Onavo Count from Google Play (it is free). Run it for a few days and see what apps are using Data (that have not already been disabled). Go into the Apps section and look at each app using Data. If it is one of the core systems, leave it alone (com.Motorola anything). Onavo give you the option of having these apps only use data when it is connected to Wifi (saves the data usage as well as battery). Leave apps like Email, Gmail, Facebook (if you use it), Weather (if you use it) as is. Change others.

Then last but not least, do a Phone Cache Wipe.

Your phone should be running at peak now and battery should last well over a day.

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stef7
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Jake, helpful stuff, even for people like myself without a Bionic (Spectrum).

Qn: you asserted some features in ICS which will allow one to disable apps. I have not been able to locate this in any Menu Setting. Would you elaborate? Were you saying set some data limit (like 0) or something? I don't see that functionality on the stock 4.0.4 build for the Spectrum.

Excuse what might be a nieve question.

S.

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B33
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Stef to Disable apps that Jake pointed out) Pull your notification Bar Down and Tap the Star it will go to Settings Follow down to Apps When in there You'll see Downloaded Slide that to your Left to come to All then Find the Apps that Jake pointed out And Tap on them to go into the App you see Disable if you Don't you may need to Uninstall the App then you can Disable it.

You will have a Warning Box Pop up but as Jake Pointed out to me it's Fine to Disable the App. You will have to Go to each app and do the Same Sequence to Disable the Others as Well) When your totally Finished with this and your at the Home screen i would Do a Soft Reset Just to Refresh the Phone.. that's all you should have to do  b33 

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stef7
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B33:

Good stuff! Thanks.

First, I think you mean tap the Gear (not the star). There is no star in the Notification Bar Pull-down. Yes = there are plenty of ways to get to Apps settings.

And most yes, yes, yes, without viewing the programs via the "All" tab, I wasn't seeing a Disable button as I went into an App at all! What a usability night-mare! Who designs this stuff? Never mind.

What is a Soft Reset? A power-down/boot cycle?

Thanks to you and Jakeman1!

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B33
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Your Welcome and i Sometimes forget that the Look on the Bionic is Different to the look on My Maxx) And Your right it's Gear not a Star)

But i got a Song for That   Enjoy! b33

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBeXnzjvMrk

tikibar1
Community Leader
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soft reset

     pull the battery while phone is on, then hold power button for 20 seconds

     put battery back in and restart device

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stef7
Master - Level 2

Got it thanks.

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Jakeman1
Master - Level 1

I would also recommend doing a Phone Cache Wipe afterwards as well. This will get rid of all the left over code from GB as well as any temporary files on th ephone. It will NOT disrupt any apps, settings or data on the phone.

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B33
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Thanks Jake and i tell Ya i like what i see here keep up the good Info and work. b33Smiley Happy

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tikibar1
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TheSteakman wrote:

I'm ready to trash my Bionic as well. The battery life was always terrible, even though I kept synching off on everything, ran the dimmest screen and kept GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth off. It's even worse now.  I always suspected I had a bum phone, but I had no point of reference and assumed the poor battery life was normal. 45 minutes after taking the phone off the charger it is down to 80% life, and all it's done is sit in my pocket. 4 hours later, after about 5 minutes of talk time, 4 text messages, and 10 minutes of checking email/web browsing, it's at 40%. Plus it randomly gets VERY warm. I hear about people streaming music and web surfing the bulk of the day and just don't get it -  I barely use any features and the phone is dead by 2:00 in the afternoon.

I'm going to try Tikibar1's suggestions as soon as it's charged back up. I hope it helps because I'm stuck with this until November 2013 and really regret not dumping it during the grace period.

I would suspect a bad battery that's been that way from the get-go and not the phone or ICS.  It's something to consider, anyway.  For what it's worth, like you, I keep GPS, bluetooth, wifi off until needed and with normal use (no streaming) can easily go two or three days without charging.  Once ICS was installed, I had to charge the battery every day the first few days, but now that the phone is optimized, battery life is getting better.  I'd tweak the phone settings a bit, try clearing the phone cache, and then wait a few days for things to settle down a bit.  Then, if all else fails, do the FDR.  Good luck!

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