New Droid Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System is Huge Leap Backwards
TechTrail
Newbie

I loved my Droid Bionic up until two days ago when the phone prompted me to press OK to perform an update. I reasonably assumed this would be a background bug fix, but much to my dismay my phone now has a new operating system which has lots of problems such as:

  • More than doubles screen touches needed to access phone and other apps
  • Doubles screen touches to answer phone
  • Back button on phone dialer screen is smaller and no longer works well
  • Name of party is no longer listed when in conversation
  • Big blank face appears on phone screen
  • Phone search function does not start with letters entered. Instead it shows entries starting with letter A-Z that also contain the letters entered
  • Screen is now too dark to read in sunshine
  • Cannot adjust ring volume from first screen
  • Turning Settings On & Off no longer works very well
  • Time display is smaller & greys out after initial screen touch
  • No way to customize initial screen for apps most used
  • Speech recognition does not work very well anymore

Motorola says there is no way to go back to the old operating system once you have updated.

I think Motorola updates should include a WARNING about interface changes or updates. Any new operating system should allow user to switch between old style & new style interface just like Windows

They should only send out updates for background bugs and fixes. They could offer a notification about optional operating system updates with full description of what will be changed.

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tikibar1
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Yes, I know, but I don't use the power widget.  I liked the single wifi widget.  Made my own using a Settings shortcut.

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B33
Legend

You can also use Curve Fish Widgets that i got so Elegantly pictured in my Screenshot b33 

Curve Fish Widgets.jpg

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tikibar1
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elegant, indeed! 

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HighDesert
Contributor - Level 2

Actually, everyone else KNEW about this update to Ice Cream Sandwich, what it was, and have been anticipating it for months.

You're probably the only one who didn't.

And almost everyone is overjoyed about how much better it is than Gingerbread -- I sure am! Smiley Happy

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chiefski
Enthusiast - Level 1

You probably still love your Yugo too, Troll!

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dcymbala001
Newbie

I agree with tikibar1.  There is no reasonable assumption that an average user knows about an upgrade.  Additionally, even if there was an announcement directly to the user -- there wasn't -- there was no way to know that this anonymous update screen was for a basic operating system update. 

AND IT DOESN'T WORK ON MY BIONIC. THIS IS NOT EXCUSABLE!

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TechTrail
Newbie

Cannot understand how having a global search instead of a address book name search when looking up phone contacts is an improvement. Requires scrolling through pages of unnecessary hits

Or how doubling screen touches to perform tasks is an improvement.

Or how having a screen that is now hard to read in sunlight is better

Seems likely there are many more folks like me who do not appreciate these changes. Actually when I called tech support they told me they had already received lots of complaints on the day of release. Glad someone likes it, but I sincerely hope they quickly fix all the bugs they created

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djl1845
Enthusiast - Level 1

I have an LG Spectrum and was anxious for the update (once I discovered that it was available.....via forum discussion) and now that I have downloaded it I concur with all of the points made by TechTrail... Every single point is exactly what I am experiencing. My Live email account does not work properly AND for some reason it has 40 contacts vs a much larger number in my Contact file... Battery life is a joke... I'm lucky if I get 4 hours and I do NOT download movies, music, TV shows, etc etc.... On a positive note, my ICS download took less than 15 minutes... guess because I don't have a lot of info etc on my phone.

Does Verizon listen/read any of this stuff or are we just complaining out loud and sharing our frustrations??

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tikibar1
Community Leader
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I disagree.  I think the average cell phone user does not know about, nor care about, OS updates.  Most do not follow blogs/forums ... I know several folks who have no earthly idea what ICS means or that their phone was getting it.  And not everyone is happy with change, as can be readily seen in some of the posts on this forum.  Some of the issues/concerns/problems could have been alleviated had folks known the update was coming and could have prepared accordingly.  For those who follow these things and anxiously awaited the update, it's not that big of a deal, but for folks who weren't aware of how big the update was and what it involved, the past few days have been frustrating to an extent, I'm sure.  Just my humble opinion.

tkf
Enthusiast - Level 2

I agree - I certainly had heard about ICS but had no clue that is would just "appear" on my phone one day with no prior notice or helpful list of changes (perhaps just me, but I hung up on several callers that first day until I learned how to answer the phone and do other tasks with ICS "swipes").  I certainly don't have the time to spend in chat rooms and blogs - until I start having problems and need help!  I'm not a "techie" and don't even pretend to know all the things my phone can do but I could manage it.  Then came the auto update to ICS last month (mine happened just before turkey day travel).  What a headache.  I took the time to go through many of the videos etc from Motorola and thus I've figured much out, and "redone", many of the settings that got "reset", but continue to be frustrated when I find things / settings that apparently got "reset" with the update.  (Example - Had to fix a couple of my email accts before they would work again, and just yesterday, after many "lost emails", I discovered that the setting on my cox email acct to "never delete from server" if deleted from phone had been "reset" to 'delete' thanks to the update and thus emails that I expected to find on my desktop where I could deal with them, were vanishing.  Not a good thing at all.  I've now gone thru the "trash" on my phone and had to forward the needed emails one-by-one to myself.  Ugh!)

Would have been nice if there was some warning or list of changes (and what would be reset) provided prior to (or at least along with) the upgrade.

One thing I have noticed is that the battery doesn't seem to be lasting as long since the update.  Used to easily get through an entire day, putting on the phone on the charger overnight while sleeping.  Now it seems to run low by late afternoon/evening most days and I have to charge.  What's up with that?  Any suggestions?  Does ICS keep apps running that used to shut down? 

Can't hardly wait to see what may happen with the next system upgrade...

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tikibar1
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Yep, ICS was more a 'major overhaul' of the OS than an update.  Your battery may be suffering since the update if your Bionic is always looking for a 4G signal.  You can't turn 4G off like you could in GB; if it becomes an issue, you may want to download/install 'LTE On/OFF' from the Play Store.  You also may have been using battery saving options before; those are now gone, at least as far as the way the settings were found/done.  Now you have to use Smart Actions or tweak things manually.  If you haven't already, you may want to search this forum for various threads about issues/remedies for the Bionic since the ICS update; there's several threads posted.

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tkf
Enthusiast - Level 2

Thanks for the info about 4G being always on - I bet that is a big part of the problem since according to the top "banner" on my phone, there is generally only 3G available (with few bars either way) at my house, and limited 4G at other locations where my phone and I are much of the day!  Will see about that LTE on/off tool...  I already set up Smart Actions for a few things that "it" suggested, but need to look into it further.  As for searching this forum, I continue to have mixed results with my search attempts so if there are helpful threads that you could guide me (and others) to, it would be greatly appreciated!

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tikibar1
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If you haven't already found it, here's a link to the updated user manual:

https://community.verizonwireless.com/message/893011#893011

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Dkim1
Newbie

I don't mean to be rude but are you foreal......i am a husband and father and have a demanding job and don't have time to read blogs or forums.....and most people don't have the time..... that's why we buy smartphones is to try to save time for more important things....notification would have been nice...a email, text, something......the only reason im in this forum now is because im pissed off, and hurricane Sandy.....

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tikibar1
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Yes, I'm for real and apparently you mis-read my post, or else you've confused mine with someone else's.  I basically said what you just said, just in different words.  Here's what I said:

I think the average cell phone user does not know about, nor care about, OS updates.  Most do not follow blogs/forums ... I know several folks who have no earthly idea what ICS means or that their phone was getting it.  And not everyone is happy with change, as can be readily seen in some of the posts on this forum.  Some of the issues/concerns/problems could have been alleviated had folks known the update was coming and could have prepared accordingly.  For those who follow these things and anxiously awaited the update, it's not that big of a deal, but for folks who weren't aware of how big the update was and what it involved, the past few days have been frustrating to an extent, I'm sure.  Just my humble opinion.

mark38090
Enthusiast - Level 2

I have two of these hpones and I didn't know about it. I HATE it!!!