ICS Issues after upgrade-This Ice Cream Sandwich is not very tasty
WebDragon220
Newbie

Background: I received the  ICS upgrade last night and right away started having issues:.

Issues:

1 The downloading lasted several hours. I finally had to pull the battery and forced a reboot.

2-Once I got on and started selecting different apps I noticed that Gallery or pic apps  and Music apps are having problems loading any of my files.  It constantly produces forced close statement.

3-My battery is having difficulty getting to full charge. For the record, I didn't have any issues with my battery or apps prior to the upgrade install.

Comments: I'm not too happy with the update. I didn't request this upgrade and  was happy with my phone just the way it was. In short; I had zero issues prior to this upgrade. .

Questions:

1-Am I the only one having these problems?

2-Is Verizon aware and will they be providing a fix for all these issues?

3-Is there somewhere I can get help with these issues?

Venting statement: Would you guys please thoroughly test the upgrades before you send them out to the masses?

Thank you for letting me vent. Now can someone please give me a workable solution?

Signed: Not finding this Ice Cream Sandwich very tasty

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enelson321
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So I thought I'd give a little update on the updatel, 72 hours after the fact.

ICS is actually quite a "tasty ice cream sandwich". I am very pleased with some of the fixes which have made a couple of my apps run more smoothly and fixed things like icons disappearing. This is particularly aimed at SMSPopUp and SMSReader which used to periodically have issues with repeating notificiations 4+ times. ICS now supports the quick reply in the popUp and utilizes the GTalk type of keyboard with the smiley button (something I've always wanted available in my texting keyboard).

Initially, I did notice certain apps taking longer to load (texting being one of the biggest culprits). This cleared up after about a day or so. I did NOT perform a cache clear or another "hard" reboot. So I attribute the issue to ICS initially syncing its processes/optimizing for my usage.

My battery life is still not QUITE where it used to be. I find I can not make it through a day without charging. I use my phone (4G streaming of pandora especially) quite heavily all day though. It does charge as quickly as it used to (that took about a day to return to normal as well) so it's bearable.

I have noticed in forums (not sure if it was this one) people complaining about the bionic suddenly dropping or failing to use 4G in the past. My phone developed this issue about 5 months into its life and after multiple Verizon Support calls never fully dropped the habit. ICS seems to have solved the problem. I have not had a problem with acquiring or maintaining a connection in areas where 4G is available at ALL for the past 3 days, which, if you were dealing with the "random 4G drop problem", is amazing.

So be patient! It will get better... though I still think Verizon should consider better (or simply any) communication on what to expect with updates of this nature. I am mollified by the joy of a *practically* new phone in the last couple days, but I can not forget the inconvenience that was suffered (unnecessarily) while updating. 

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Jakeman1
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2 things on the Battery life (this may or may not apply to you). Typically what I see when a new OS is loaded is people in general are trying to figure out what is new, how does this work, does that still work etc... and don't realize they are on the phone double or more then they were prior to the update itself.  We have all gone through it.  Next, ICS does optimize the phone (which you already went through). After it is finally installed and running it also optimizes the APP Usage (Android in general does). So you have some apps that turn themselves on automatically because the app writers feel you will want to use them so often. when you do not use the apps, the OS learns that you do not want them and it turns them off (saving battery) As long as you do not use a Task Killer this will happen in the first 7-10 days.

You can help speed that along and save more battery though by disabling the bloatware you do NOT use on the phone (all of these apps will start themselves at least long enough to check for updates daily). This will extend the battery life as well. One of the apps I found that is a large drain on Battery is Smart Actions. Some people swear by it and it can do many things in the way of automating your phone so the power it uses is a good trade off. For me, I disabled it and gained 3-4% more battery life.

I believe B33 has a Battery Savers Guide as well??? Maybe he can post the link to it.

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tikibar1
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Jakeman1 wrote:

2 things on the Battery life (this may or may not apply to you). Typically what I see when a new OS is loaded is people in general are trying to figure out what is new, how does this work, does that still work etc... and don't realize they are on the phone double or more then they were prior to the update itself.  We have all gone through it.    not me!  ok, sure I did ... hours extra!  LOL

I believe B33 has a Battery Savers Guide as well??? Maybe he can post the link to it.   is this the one you're thinking about?

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tikibar1
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enelson321 wrote:

So be patient! It will get better... though I still think Verizon should consider better (or simply any) communication on what to expect with updates of this nature. I am mollified by the joy of a *practically* new phone in the last couple days

+1

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sage419
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I, too, am experiencing all of the above.  The phone now runs hot all the time (it did not before) and the battery lasts about a third of the time it used to (if not less).  Apps that used to run with no issues won't even open.  Icons seem to appear and disappear from my homescreen at random.  My phone is now less functional than ever.  My guess is that Verizon knows about the issues, but does not care.  If this is the best they could do, they should have just left it alone.

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Jakeman1
Master - Level 1

Battery on these Post ICS is a downer for the first day or two until everything syncs up.

A few things you can do for the battery life as well.

1) Disable ALL of the Bloatware or apps you do NOT use (they do use battery)

2) Turn OFF Auto Wifi On (with it on, it causes the phone to search for Wifi and uses a lot of battery

3) If you are NOT in a 4g Area download LTE On/Off and change your phone to 3G until you get 4G. This will save a lot of battery

4) Turn off Background Data Sync

Now by nature we all like to play with things so usually the first week or so after an upgrade, your battery life is down. Mostly from us playing with the device to see how it works.

I have had ICS for almost a week now and my Battery is right back up where it was PRe ICS in terms of how long it lasts.

saiyonk
Newbie

i have found that if you disable the media service   com.motorola.android.omadrm  the CPU stops running overtime, the battery stops discharching and the phone cools off/doesnt get hot -

i have a suspicion that it has to do with me saying YES when asked if i wanted to Share my Media...

can someone tell me 2 things -  how can i restore or reinstall the update?    or is there a way to change my selection to NO for sharing media?

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aplmedic
Enthusiast - Level 2

My problem is that the phone is stuck on a screen that says "Android Is Upgrading.... Upgrading Media Database". This has been going on for over 3 hours now. I have followed the recommondations and the prompts so far. The question now is how much longer do I wait.................. 😞

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Jakeman1
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Upgrading Media Base can take 12 - 18 hours depending on how many songs, pictures, documents, apps, videos are on the phone as ICS Optimizes ALL of these to install and make the phone faster. You can pull the media card from the phone and it will skip optimizing anything on the card and do only what is on the phone, but once you put the card back in, it will optimize the stuff on the card so you are not really gaining anything.

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aplmedic
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Thank you Jakeman1!!  I'm now nearing the 9 hour mark and still waiting for the screen to clear. I'm really glad I waited till I was off shift to start this. This is about as bad as having a bricked phone!!

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B33
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The I.C.S update gives allot but in return it Takes allot to get it Loaded right and for it to Function Properly) it Took over and Hour to load it on my Maxx when the OS was released to Razr Owners i was using my Wi-Fi to Download it took the Longest of any of the other OS to pull in.. b33

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aplmedic
Enthusiast - Level 2

B33, I noticed the very long download time as well. The installation was moving along pretty well until it hit my media files. Unfortunately I have alot on my phone so I'm gonna have to grin and bare it for the time being. *sigh*

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B33
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Yup i.c.s is a biggen and one thing aplmedic if your battery is mid way down or at the Lower limits slap her on the Charger and then just let things do as they are) i thought my Maxx was done a couple of times and it wasn't it Kept going and it will Update your apps as well to Work with I.C.S so let that do that i think mine Beeped 3 time when it was all done..

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aplmedic
Enthusiast - Level 2

Thank you B33!!! I've kept mine on the charger from the beginning just in case. I'm really glad I didn't need my phone today!! That would have really sucked!!!

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B33
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Yup it would be a Real stinker when Getting a Update of this nature the phone has got to be totally free of calls and other things) Or the Day could become Long and the Fat dogs on the Grill and a the 6 Pack Bud just wouldn't be enough b33

enelson321
Enthusiast - Level 2

I have been through several OS upgrades both on the Bionic and on other phones and have NEVER had it take more than 20 minutes to an hour. It is EXTREMELY frustrating to essentially have my phone "bricked" for 12 -20+ hours with absolutely no warning. I read the install notification and it did not mention that this particular update could take 10+ hours.

I will wait it out, but next time there needs to be a clear warning about the predicted and worst case update periods before they push an upgrade out to my phone or I will suffer the indignity of switching to apple (and T-mobile) out of sheer frustration.          

Jakeman1
Master - Level 1

I agree with you 100%. I have also been involved in many updates / upgrades on several phones and have had none of them take that long. ICS though is the first OS Upgrade in which the OS Optimizes itself and all of the content on the phone. It is a great idea and makes things run nice and smooth however Verizon did a Terrible job in communicating this as there is some stuff you could have done prior to the update.

tikibar1
Community Leader
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+!

How about no job in communicating?  Unless you read forums, how would you know, until it shows up?  I know a friend of mine with a Bionic who doesn't read any forums of any sort and she had no idea whatsoever that an update was being pushed until I told her.

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Jakeman1
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Yeah I know, I was trying to be nice on it.  There was NO communication at all. Matter of fact, if you call verizon today you will still get agents that are telling you three is no update and the Bionic is not getting ICS.

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tikibar1
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