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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bjoyous
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I used to love my Bionic, after the 'upgrade', I hate it. I am going to read through the previous posts to see if there are any useful suggestions to find the love again... Smiley Sad

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tkf
Enthusiast - Level 2

Hi.  I found the videos on this site helpful to alleviate some of my frustrations over the upgrade - see the bottom under "Overview of Changes".  http://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/Android-4.0-Ice-Cream-Sandwich/119251,en_US,pd.html

Many of the videos give comparison between how it was and how it is now...  Good luck! 

I'm learning to like my Bionic again but do be warned, some of the custom settings you may have set up "before" are now gone (reverted to "default") and need to be redone.  I've been gradually finding these and fix them.  Wish there was a list of these to look for and fix rather than discovering them after being frustrated with "why isn't it working right..." 

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lovie2000
Enthusiast - Level 1

Well I am very tech savvy and I didn't know anything about an update until it was downloading and installing on my phone.

I hate it.... after the installation.... my settings were reset. and now I can't access or find "CALL SETTINGs" and it is pissing me off....... I had non-contact calls set on restricted... this update removed it.... and now I don't have or can't find "CALL SETTINGS" to set it back....  I have been searching for 2 days now..... and it is not on my phone anymore....

So what now VERIZON.... why are features being removed?

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Tidbits
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Open up your dialer and hit the menu button. There is your call settings.

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lovie2000
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Like I said I am tech savvy..... and I tried that day 1 and "call restriction" settings are no longer on the phone..... that is what I meant not call settings...... sorry about that......

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Tidbits
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lovie2000 wrote:

Like I said I am tech savvy..... and I tried that day 1 and "call restriction" settings are no longer on the phone..... that is what I meant not call settings...... sorry about that......

That sounds like that's on Motorola for that one.  That was their implementation and if you notice it was removed across the board on all their devices that got 4.0 update.  Should try and contact them and double check.  I haven't been to Motorola forums in a while so I am a bit out of the loop.  It was part of "Motoblur" and Motorola has been stripping it down trying to go more towards stock which doesn't have that feature.

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Tidbits
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Verizon has nothing to do with any of the changes. Google implemented a lot of the changes with ICS.

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vharpsftbl20
Enthusiast - Level 1

I am with you lovie. I had a handle on my Droid Bionic and loved it. Now I am ready to burn it up.

smashogre
Specialist - Level 1

TechTrail - Once you've healed from being slammed for not know WTH I.C.S. was/is I've got a suggestion that helped many Razr/MAXX users:
Clear the dalvik (some people call it system)cache. You should be able to find a forum post telling you how or use Google. If that doesn't clean things up the next and most painful option is to do a factory data reset.

I think you'll enjoy I.C.S. once you get the kinks out.

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tikibar1
Community Leader
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what he said 

scroll down a bit in this thread for instructions on how to clear your system cache:

https://community.verizonwireless.com/thread/785940

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tikibar1
Community Leader
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There also is a 'how to' guide on your phone if you click on the Help Center app; has various info. re changes, tips, etc.

This also might help:

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B33
Legend

You know whats Cool is When Download the User Guide on your Phone and Look at it That way Via Adobe Reader Done it a Few times Works Great..Especially when your in a Waiting Room waiting for 3 to 4 hours and Listening to someones Kid Scream and Holler. 

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tikibar1
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B33 wrote:

You know whats Cool is When Download the User Guide on your Phone and Look at it That way Via Adobe Reader Done it a Few times Works Great..Especially when your in a Waiting Room waiting for 3 to 4 hours and Listening to someones Kid Scream and Holler. 

Yep, I have a copy of my guide on my phone and on my Nook.  And I always have my ear buds, particularly to deal with that last sentence on your post.

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TechTrail
Newbie

Thanks for all the replies and helpful suggestions.Although why should one have to study an instruction manual to operate a phone? It should be intuitive beyond understanding the basic functions like clicking and dragging.

At any rate no amount of reading is going to make the address book search stop being a global search.

How would clearing the cache fix problems with the design of the operating system?

While I can understand that many of the folks on this forum are early adopters who seek out change in technology, I think the majority of the billions of people using cell phones just want them to work seamlessly and easily. They certainly do not want to relearn how to operate them.

Some comments were made appreciating bug fixes that came along with the new operating system. Most likely those bug fixes could have been done without changing the operating system.

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tikibar1
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While I consider myself fairly intuitive when it comes to operating electronics, I guess I'm one of those odd-ones who always reads the user guide anyway.    And as I've said in several posts, even though I knew ICS was coming to my phone, there were stll things I didn't like about it and still don't like about it.  Unfortunately, that's part of what happens in an OS upgrade.  There were several bug fixes that have occurred along the way with the Bionic, but issues still persisted for some phones, unfortunately.  Yep, this OS upgrade is like having a different phone in a way ... some things work differently, some things went away, some things are new.  It's good for some and bad for others.  And it is definitely a learning curve.

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Not applicable

The upgrade to ICS is better than Gingerbread. And most people feel the same way. I have yet to encounter these "issues" the OP brings up. If indeed these issues are real I am sure there is a solution but the OP rather rank than to find a solution.

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Jakeman1
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I had my first experience with ICS on my sons Maxx. I tried it for a few days and LOVED it.  I was so jealous that his phone had it and my Bionic was stuck on GB. When I finally got ICS, I was almost doing backflips. Sop far to date my Bionic with ICS has worked Flawlessly. All of the issues I had with GB are gone. No Data drops at all. If I had to do it all over again right now, I would hit the install button without hesitation.

ICS can do so much more then GB ever could and I disagree with the comments about double the clicking to answer calls etc... There are just as many clicks in the use of ICS as there were in GB. Besides being able to Disable Bloatware (a huge plus for any phone) the processor got a 20% boost in clock speed. Better Multi Tasking, easier navigation and the apps seem to work better on ICS.

jaymadd
Enthusiast - Level 3

Jakeman1 wrote:

I had my first experience with ICS on my sons Maxx. I tried it for a few days and LOVED it.  I was so jealous that his phone had it and my Bionic was stuck on GB. When I finally got ICS, I was almost doing backflips. Sop far to date my Bionic with ICS has worked Flawlessly. All of the issues I had with GB are gone. No Data drops at all. If I had to do it all over again right now, I would hit the install button without hesitation.

ICS can do so much more then GB ever could and I disagree with the comments about double the clicking to answer calls etc... There are just as many clicks in the use of ICS as there were in GB. Besides being able to Disable Bloatware (a huge plus for any phone) the processor got a 20% boost in clock speed. Better Multi Tasking, easier navigation and the apps seem to work better on ICS.

I have to agree Smiley Happy

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tikibar1
Community Leader
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I have to admit that after reading about all the changes that were being made with ICS and all the issues that people were reporting when updating other phones, I was hesitant about installing it since I seemed to be the only person on the planet who didn't have issues with their Bionic.    I have to say that yes, there are a few things that I'm not happy about (for example, not having a wifi widget), but I have been pleasantly surprised ... I like it a lot more than I thought I would.  The biggest issue so far is the learning curve ... lots of things got moved/renamed/removed and it took a while to find a few things.  But right now I'm a happy camper.

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Jakeman1
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Tiki, you do know that the Wifi Widget is still there, it is just part of the Power Widget now?