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DROID Bionic Receiving Mysterious 5.9.901 Update?

 

A little over a week after the DROID Bionic received a substantial bug fixer, a new update has popped up on a variety of handsets as build 5.9.901. We poked around for a changelog, but have come up empty. It’s definitely a mystery, though you can load it now thanks to a nice grab by some community forum members. The update is a hefty 56MB in size.  

Download:  Blur_Version.5.5.893.XT875.Verizon.en.US.zip [mirror]

Instructions:

1.  Download the file from above and drop it on the root of your SD card (not internal storage).
2.  Reboot into stock recovery (adb reboot recovery).
3.  When the robot appears, press both volume keys in at the same time.
4.  Select “apply update from sdcard” using the volume keys, then the power switch to initiate it.
5.  Choose the file that you downloaded above and let it load.

If you see this, be sure to let us know. Loading on my Bionic now.

*Note – Likely breaks root methods. Perma-root may leave you with root though.

Via:  DF

Cheers Kenneth and Nate!

  • Patrick

    Just received 5.9.902.XT875.Verizon.en.US

  • was anyone able to grab the update file of 901?

  • K I KNow it was a month ago now, but after reading troll comments for the last 10 mins i still wanna know if the update is worth anything

    Can we add a vote section to what build people are currently using (for each phone for us normal people?)

  • lithoman

    ok ok right side up or upside down who cares…it only matters what pocket..(left or right) you put it in..

  • John Suh

    The Droid Bionic is just the phone you love to hate.

  • I have just updated to this new update 5.9.901 and kept root.

  • Bgardner15

    is this 5.9 or 5.5.893 because I already have 5.5.893 in my bionic now..

  • Jfelts

    This doesn’t make sense to me. This talks all about the 5.9.901 update however has a link to download the 5.5.893 update? What gives?

  • Anyone seen this? This is from the Motorola Owner’s Forum; read the first post.
    https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/64091?start=0&tstart=0
    This update was sent out inadvertently.

  • Anonymous

    so the file name is 5.5.893, but it updates to .901?

  • I can’t believe how many people bitch about camera quality on a phone. Phones are designed for communications, these days that means voice, text and data. All three the Bionic performs perfectly. If you want crystal clear pictures, go buy a camera and let the phone be a phone.

  • RUSTY DIXON
  • RUSTY DIXON

    I may install this tonight just to see. I was on the one before .893 and rooted with a custom ROM. I factory reset the phone, installed .893 OTA and then restored my phone back from the nandroid backup I made. I had to fact/reset to see if it cleared the tinny audio problem I’m having. I am going to have to send this new phone back and get a refurb used one *@!$#!*&!

  • Neo1738

    This added an “Emergency Alerts” app, wonder if that was a big part of it?  Other than that my phone has been running as smooth and fast as ever, wonder if they fixed some memory issues.  I saw the post below about force closes but I am having no such problems.  I was on OTA .893 and never rooted this phone.  So far this seems to be (very limited 6 hrs with it) what the last update (and frankly after 8 months waiting) the phone should have been like.

  • Neo1738

    every one in the past takes the name of it’s predecessor, not really sure but i used it and it is in fact 9.901

  • RUSTY DIXON

    Why does the title say 5.9.901 and the download file is 5.5.893? I have the .893 now. Just can’t figure out why the mismatched title and the .893 is not mysterious.

  • Mark Slomski

    why is it that everyone here is being a baby about if the bionic is better then the g-nex or visa versa i have both phones and besides the os they are not that much different. why can’t i just find out if this update will break my root on my bionic without a bunch of tools arguing over which phone is better they are all androids they all have bugs NO MATTER WHICH PHONE OR OS it has they are elctronics they are not perfect. Damn grow up people.

  • Is it just me or does the file above say .893?  What happened to the .901 file?

  • dquicknc

    I installed the leaked OTA 5.5.893.XT875.Verizon.en.US that came out in October, but didn’t get the pushed official update last week because of the changed kernel and baseband. So I’m waiting to see if I’ll get this push whenever Moto sends it. Sucks not being on the officially path, especially because I was not even rooted. Anyone else out there running the leaked 5.5.893 like me?

    • Dude

      I installed the 5.5.893 leak as well. I also installed this new 901 update leak as well. I never rooted. Like I have said on here before, DL will most likely post all of the new updates. So as long as you go on DL a lot you will always be able to get the updates before they would normally be pushed to your phone. Nothing is bad about it, you are just installing them earlier. (or you could just google the new updates if DL doesn’t post them) Being on the official path doesn’t really matter, as far as I know.

  • Dexterslab0329

    Just got off the phone with Motorola and heard that the update was released to a batch of people and it should be released to more by next week.  I could only remember a couple of fixes they said:

    WiFi Connectivity issues
    Issues where the Exchange accounts were having trouble talking with the server
    3G/4G connectivity
    Music not syncing from phone to computer
    Headphone jack

  • BB
    • Neo1738

      Wrong one BB, that is referring to 9.991 we are talking about 9.901

  • Anonymous

    WWhat does this update do? Anyone know?

  • Jayrod718

    So I removed not freeze a couple bloat apps after the last OTA using the forever root and have done nothing more. When this comes in OTA do I have to use Fxz file to revert back and then do two ota’s or how should I proceed?

  • Matt Offiler

    So aside from the phone hating.. any word on what this update actually does? Or does it just make it harder to root?

  • Well, I updated from 5.5.893 > 5.9.901…  I still have root, but my phone is having a force-close-fest.

    1. com.google.process.gapps
    2. com.motricity.verizon.ssoengine
    3. com.google.android.apps.uploader
    4. com.google.android.partnersetup
    5. com.nuance.android.vsuite.vsuiteapp
    6. com.android.googlequicksearchbox

    And soooo many other processes closing on boot, and gapps keeps coming up.  Market doesn’t work. Google+ doesn’t work. Tried clearing cache and rebooting.  Same thing.

    A call just came in and com.cequint.cityid force-closed repeatedly and I couldn’t answer the phone. hahah.   This is a mess.   😛

    • Uh oh… it just keeps getting worse.  I wiped dalvik cache, now I’m stuck in a boot loop.   I guess it’s true “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”! 

      Trying factory reset in stock bootloader…

      • Keith Sumner

        Wow, that’s insane man, I wonder why that’s happening. I’m not rooted and I updated from the leaked stock 5.893 and so far everything is great. Better radio behavior, no force closes.

        • I have no idea… I’m at that point where just getting the phone to work again is of utmost importance, so I’m trying an FXZ with RSD Lite right now.  I don’t know where I’ll end up – I just hope it’s with a working Bionic again.   😉

          • Anonymous

            Did you unfreeze the bloat before you installed the update. You are probably getting system issues cuz the bloat system apps are not there.   Verizon will give you a new phone if you tell them the OTA caused you a bootloop…don’t tell them about root of course.

          • Yep… defrosted the bloat, undid the WebTop mod, cleared cache.   I’m gonna keep trying – since *I* screwed it up.  Thanks for the idea though.  😉

          • Anonymous

            Sorry about the issues. If you can install safestrap at all that may help too, doesn’t sound like you will be able to if you are in a bootloop though. Good luck.

          • Thanks dude.  I’ve gotten it past the boot loops now after using fastboot to send the original system files over.  Now to see where I can go from here.   ;0

          • Anonymous

            Sounds like you should be good for the most part as long as the files transfer over correctly.

          • We’ll see… I need to let my battery charge up a bit before doing the .893 update.  Thanks.  😉

    • Poop on a stick… I’m still hosed.  Tried restoring back to .886, updating back to .893 – but no data or phone connectivity.   Just like the picture above, I have “unknown” for ERI and PRL… I don’t believe that’s a good thing.  😛

  • Bionic

    This update turns your bionic into a working phaser!   yessss!

  • Tony Allen

    The only thing of interest here for me is.. does it fix anything, and will 43V3R Root keep me rooted if I update to this?

  • Anonymous

    OK, newbie question here. How do I do a “stock recovery”? Isn’t that a factory recovery under Settings/Privacy/Factory data reset?

    • Dan-O

      It’s using a tool called RSDLite (There may be others) and a big-ass file to rebuild the phone with the stock kernel, radio, bloatware, etc. Not for the faint hearted. I had to do it because I rooted and removed bloatware that Titanium Backup couldn’t restore and the .893 update looked for the bloat and wouldn’t update without it.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks. Since I am “faint hearted”, I may skip this one.

        PS–I LOVE MY BIONIC!!!!!!!!

        • Dan-O

          Unless you’ve either rooted and removed bloat or installed one of the unofficial updates that have been floating around for months that took you off the upgrade path, there is no reason for you to do that.

    • I think Dan-O is referring to something else. Stock recovery is very simple and is built into the phone: hence “stock” recovery:

      So to get into the Boot Menu, simply do the following:1.  Power down your device.
      2.  Press and hold both the Volume up and down buttons.
      3.  Press Power.  Done.From there, you can use the volume keys to switch between options, including Recovery.To get into Recovery:1.  Volume down to highlight “Recovery.”
      2.  Press Volume up to select it.
      3.  When the Android logo appears, press and release both Volume keys.
      4.  You can now apply updates, wipe your phone, etc. in Recovery.(from droid-life: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/09/20/tip-load-the-droid-bionic-boot-menu-for-recovery-sbf-flashing-and-more/)

  • Thanks for the info Kellex.  🙂

  • JustCallMe_Phil

    Wow…amazing drivel. Can someone please tell the quarreling b!tches to shut the %$#^ up so the rest of us can enjoy the site.

    New tag line: U mad ladies?

  • Anonymous

    No dice on the upgrade.  I used Cheesecake to get .893 early and am on 5.6.893, it’s not liking the “6” to overwrite it.  Overall I think this is a good phone.  I’ve just learned my lesson on what I want.  Stock Google Experience.  I should have done a little more research coming from OG.  While I like certain portions of Blur, I hate not having an unlocked bootloader and a forced skin.  

    • Keith Sumner

      I’ve read that if you updated to 5.6 or 5.7 you are screwed, you are now off the official update path, and your only option is to get a new phone or deal with it, you will be stuck on that version essentially forever.

  • GodImHuge

    Update seems faster smoother first impressions.

  • This Update added MOG Music more Bloatware for my Bionic. So now it is time to Root or Somebody can be awesome and trade me the G-Nex

  • Carrzy92

    What is the perks to this download?? will I be taken off Verizon’s update path if i do chose this update?

  • Dan-O

    I have (and love) my Bionic. Just bought my wife the G-Nex. There are reasons to like and hate on both phones. (Yes, there are reasons to hate on the G-Nex)

    HDMI Out – Winner Bionic
    Screen clarity – Winner G-Nex
    Screen size – Winner G-Nex, with the caveat that you lose part of that to the lack of physical buttons
    Buttons – Winner Bionic (Don’t like the “no menu button” of ICS)
    Speed – Technically G-Nex, but not really noticeable
    Battery – Winner Bionic
    Location of headphone jack – Winner Bionic (IMHO – Who wants to put their phone upside down in their pocket. Really Samsung?)

    I’ve had the Bionic since about a week after it came out and have not had significant 4G issues except for when Verizon had an outage. Jury is still out on G-Nex signal.

    Overall Winner – Us. Lots of good phones with lots of options.

    • Jmansouri

      wow….someone who actually had intelligent comments and something useful to say…bravo Dan-O.  thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you.

    • Joshua Granville

      I have a bionic, didn’t know some companies put the jack on the bottom.  I think I’d prefer that tbh.

      • Dan-O

        I guess it helps for docking purposes, but I use headphones a lot more than docks.

    • BionicCommando4231

      Yes, great post. Have a Bionic and its an awesome phone, as are many others. Running a Th3oryRom and its a monster.

      I don’t understand how Android fans can say Android is the best when they go around saying every droid phone is a god-awful POS that burns your eyes to even look at it.

      If I was an iFan, I would just quote the DL comments section if I was ever arguing with a Droid fan.

      • Keith Sumner

        Bionic Commando is one of my favorite games ever.

    • Who doesn’t put their phone in their pocket upside-down? The top part is at your fingertips when you hold the phone, and it stays there as you slide it into your pocket. Are people flipping the phone 180 degrees to have it stay top-side up in their pocket?

      • Tom Burke

        I agree. I never put my phone in my pocket facing upwards. Its a lot easier to take out upside down too.

      • Brian Busse

        I dont.   The power button is on top,  so i put the phone in my pocket with the power button facing upwards so it doesn’t accidentally turn on all the time.

    • @Dan-O

      HDMI Out – Tie
      G-Nex has HDMI out it comes out of the Micro USB port I have the cable for it and it works amazing.

      Buttons – Tie
      G-Nex does have a menu button it’s just been moved depending on the application.

  • Dan

    What’s a Bionic…?

    I had to :-p

  • Anonymous

    WOW…lots of anger out there based around a basic informative post. 

  • ROFLMAO, still with the Nexus hating in the comments section.  Sour grapes folks.  I sincerely hope ICS comes to the RAZR and Bionic because frankly Google has outdone themselves.  But even at that, Sammy did a bang up job of making the hardware facilitate the software.  I don’t have radio issues, the camera works super well, ok dark is dark, but a missed moment is gone forever and thanks to Sammy I can get a shot of my kid playing, not a blur… or a shot of my feet as I look to see if camera worked.  And the USB memory setup works like a charm.  Drag and drop was never so easy. Hatersgonhate, but I really like where Google is heading with this.

    • wsnydes

      i’m glad that you’re happy with your phone.  just let me be happy with mine!

      • I see no reason why you can’t be happy.  I see no reason why we have to make up reasons to hate phones.  The users in this comment section used to be a good resource for determining what devices and apps were of good quality, real life usage.  But now we’re so focused on cutting each other’s devices down… each device in series is a evolutionary step forward.  Can’t we all just get along.  Now I think we can all agree that hypebeast mode is a little old for the Bionic, Razr, Nexus, and whatever Flamingretardobot SamTCoto decides to push next.

        • wsnydes

          that i can agree with entirely.

  • really you prefer the thunderbolt over the Bionic? wow I had the TB and I couldn’t get it out my hands fast enough. I hate htc sense way more then blur.

    • Dshudson

      If you used your camera on your cell.. you could not use the bionic.. that’s all i’m saying, I never had any problems with my Tbolt.. And how could you not love the kickstand.. i really miss that.. 

    • Anonymous

      Sense was the best skin before 3.0, before it became a bloated mess. Blur is locked-down junk and always was, I’ve never used a phone with blur that wasn’t loaded with bugs. 

  • Anonymous

    edit.. grr disqus

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this fixes the few issues that seem to have cropped up after the update.  Got a “black screen of death” last night and it gets stints of laggyness that it never had before.  There are also a few times it gets confused in the 3g/4g/wifi handoffs.

    • Anonymous

      i’ve had BSOD’s and forced reboots all the time since the 893 update…

      • Anonymous

        Also the battery usage seems to have changed.  Before Cell Standby used to be the heavy hitter and now Android OS and the Screen seem to be at the top.  Just an odd change to power consumption readings.

        • Keith Sumner

          Sounds like they may have improved cell standby performance so it doesn’t use as much power while phone is idle. That’s a good thing.

          • Anonymous

            For people having problems after update, did you factory reset? I did before the 893 update and have no problems.

          • Keith Sumner

            I haven’t had any problems, no, flashing the 5.9.901 update now..

          • Anonymous

            Let us know how it goes or what the update does.

          • Keith Sumner

            Several of the bloatware apps like slingbox(was that even there before?) were updated to play advertising videos asking you to to subscribe to their service, also a new app called MOGMUSIC that wants something like 9.99 a month to subscribe, can’t be uninstalled…. Phone seems to be using a LOT less RAM than before and 4G radio seems to be improved (constantly 4 solid bars of 4G whereas here I would get 2-3 at the most)

          • Anonymous

            root?

          • Keith Sumner

            No, I’ve always been stock but I’ve manually updated.

  • I love my Bionic. Im sorry but I’m not downloading a mysterious update on my phone. Thats asking for bad news. 

    I was surprised to even see this post, I thought the site was being changed to Nexus fanboy life. 

  • reyalP

    I feel bad for people who bought this phone!
     1. it was delayed big time
     2. Razr comes out 2 months later
     3. Nexus comes out 3 months later.

    Had it come out on schedule it would have had a good life cycle. Unfortunately, it’s life cycle was rather abrupt. I should never have bought this phone and regret it everyday knowing I could have waited a couple of months and been much happier. I also owned a thunderbolt before that and ended up giving it to my gf when she came to verizon.  Man  do I make some poor decisions.

    • wsnydes

      none of those things makes the bionic a bad phone…

      • Keith Sumner

        Exactly, regardless of what else came out or WHEN it came out, doesn’t make the device perform poorly or not serve it’s purpose. It’s an excellent phone, great signal strength, great call quality, lightning fast dual core processor and 4G data speeds, great battery life, how are any of these things effected just because other phones came out?

        You’re just mad because there are better phones out now? Grow up dude, there will always be something better a few months after you buy ANYTHING. It’s called marketing, it’s called consumerism, get used to it buddy or you will never be happy.

        • What a stupid example. It’s more like the car sales man says that this car, Dodge Avenger 2011 is so awesome and it rules all cars and you must buy it, it’s January and you buy it. TWO MONTHS LATER a car like it comes out dodge avenger 2011 V2 that is thinner, sleeker, etc.. and the car dealer forgets about the original car and is now pushing this V2 one, don’t you feel like a sucker?

          It’s not that one car is better than the other or the first one sucks, it’s the sleazy car dealer sold you one when he knew the other one was coming out, not giving you a CHOICE between the two.

          • Keith Sumner

            Honestly I don’t give a s*it and how could I be mad when we all know damn well how consumerism works?! Do you honestly expect a company to hold back from releasing improved upon ideas or products? That’s just ignorance!!

          • Alamony

            “What a stupid example” If you purchased the vehicle from that salesman and a period of time lapses between a newer version being released in the -future-; that salesman cannot sell you the second version if one does not such exist at his present time selling the first one to begin with. The consumer must learn that items can become outdated faster than they might expect or want them to be.
            -M
             

      • Dshudson

        My opinion is you shouldn’t have to wait 3 month for something to work properly.. So I simply went back to the Thunderbolt.. I will recant when I said it sucks.. it sucked when I owned it… It is probably a much better device after the update.. I couldn’t wait that long is all.. and now there is a better phone so I bought that.. 

        • wsnydes

          mine has never not worked properly.  a few minor issues, but none that occurred often enough to be anything more than a minor annoyance on rare occasions.  i can live with that.  it has always done what it is supposed to do.  what more can i ask for?

    • Anonymous

      There is nothing wrong with this phone, except for some bugs but those are found in all phones.  The phone was redesigned with new hardware which matches it up to be just as nice as the Razr.  As for the Nexus, that phone was delayed a lot longer then people thought it would and really the Bionic’s specs are very similar.

    • Anonymous

      My wife got the phone for 1 cent. Cant complain. Works well.

    • Anonymous

      This phone is perfect for me. I have no problems with it. A lot of people have little to no bugs after the 893 update.

    • Sk102704

      Don’t feel bad for me because I love my Bionic! I have had very few issues with this phone but no more than any other phone I have had.  Yes it was delayed but it was delayed in order to make it a better device. As far as the Razr goes, it is a nice device but there isn’t anything the Razr can do the Bionic can’t and like a lot of people who bought the Bionic, my OG Droid couldn’t hold out for another 2 or 3 months for the Razr or Nexus.  Just like every single device ever made, there will be a few phones that will have more issues than others and I’m feel bad for you that it happened to you, but overall the Bionic is a great device and one I am very happy to own!

  • Keith Sumner

    Kellex, please run it through a quick test, I want to know if there are any major issues before I flash this, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Nothing on mine yet… so a few people mentioned that the files are named based on version you’re coming from… what if i’m not on that version? will it still get it?  running ROM with 5.8.894.XT875 instead of the .893??

    • jnt

      It wont’ work unless you’re on stock 5.5.893

  • Anonymous

    any update’s a good update in my eyes. It’s when you don’t see any is when you should worry

  • Cdguylhs

    Nothing on mine yet

  • Q

    The last update makes the camera usable.  The shutter speed and auto focus is immensely improved.  The quality still isnt that great, but you wont miss pictures anymore waiting for the camera to focus.

  • Cjharris1985

    I received an update on my Xoom this morning also…Motorola is doing sonthing today…hmmmm

  • Anonymous

    you should mention that it appears to be breaking all the root methods available for the bionic..

    • EC8CH

      Verizon:

      “you’re move xda” 🙂

  • This is rather confusing post…The latest version is saying 5.9.901 and that you can download it now  but the version that is downloadable from this post is the same version that was push out last week…Am I missing something here???

    • Anonymous

      motorola names these files by the version you’re coming from, not going to.

    • So a little background. Motorola names their update files with whatever the current version of the phone is so that you know it’s compatible with your current version. You are supposed to match them up.  Screenshot incoming with proof that the file above updated me to 5.9.901. 🙂

  • EC8CH

    Gotta love the variety of Android subjects covered by Droid-Life:

    DROID Bionic Receiving Mysterious 5.9.901 Update?
    Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #6 – Win a 16GB WiFi Acer Iconia Tablet 
    ITC Rules that HTC Infringes on Apple Patent, Devices Subject to Ban in April 2012
    Google Plus Update Brings Hangout Starting Through Messenger, Other Goodies
    AT&T Ends Bid to Acquire T-Mobile [from AL]
    Gameloft’s Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation Now Available For Android
    Verizon’s Rugged Beast the Casio Commando Receives Update

    Anyone who complains Droid-Life is overly focused on a single device obviously isn’t reading close enough.

    • “Zomg change the name to Nexus-Life!” 😛

      • Anonymous

        For a while it was that bad.

        • EC8CH

          Seems to me it’s appropriate and should be expected that there will be a more concentrated focus on the first Nexus Devices on Verizon running a brand new version of Android leading up to and for the first few days after it’s released.

          I’ve been around awhile and the focus on the G-Nex has only been slightly more intense that what was seen around the release of other high end phones (X, Thunderbolt, Bionic, etc)

      • Anonymous

        Please don’t feed the trolls…They come and go.

        • Anonymous

          you’re telling someone else not to feed the trolls? Maybe you should listen to your own advice.

          • Anonymous

            Right – so how do YOU justify the 1,000,000 ‘u mad bros’ we had to sift through from you over the last few months? Hypocrite.

          • Anonymous

            u mad bro?

          • Anonymous

            Ah, much better. Thanks. lol

          • EC8CH

            It’s funny that you responded to his comment considering he was directly referring to YOU….

            hillarious

          • Anonymous

            A guy that spams almost every post getting into arguments with trolls is telling someone else not to feed the trolls. Wow.

          • EC8CH

            his replies are at least filled with well informed statements instead of a mindless repetitious internet meme.

            resist the urge now Mctpething…  

          • Anonymous

            The quality of his replies are irrelevant to this and not even part of the point. Just stop already.

          • EC8CH

            LOL! 

      • Anonymous

        Saw “Zomg” and hoped for “TEH NFC!!!”

      • JoeSchmoe

        OmgZ a bionic post, bash it and anyone who likes it! Then talk about how terrible it is compared to the god phone, aka gnex!1

    • Anonymous

      Typical ignorant comment. Have you ever heard of a small sample size? Maybe you should expand your reach a little bit. Saying this site has been dominated by G Nex posts is a legitimate gripe. Just because there is some variety to today’s topics doesn’t change that.

      • EC8CH

        Maybe we should look back when all the hype was about the Bionic and see where the focus of coverage was.

        It’s ridiculous how thin skinned a small portion of the Bionic readers who comment on this site are.

        • Anonymous

          I suggest you go back to the Bionic release days before you continue to look ignorant, I made the same complaints back then.

          • EC8CH

            Oh good, so we can expect you to complain continuously as the focus of coverage shifts as each new device is released.  Good to know we can count on you to be consistently annoying. 

          • Anonymous

            And we can count on you to be, well… here… always. “Engineering” job and child be damned! I have to go on droid life and troll the comment board!

          • EC8CH

            I’ll be here, adding to the discussion of android topics covered by Droid-Life… not simply whining about them.

          • Anonymous

            Whew….Thank God. I don’t know what we’d all do if you ended your contributions to this site.

          • Anonymous

            Why do u stay on this site if you hate it so much? I mean come on either stop b****ing so much or leave. Its pretty simple…….. 

            This site is meant to be an informative place where people can voice their opinions and other users can benefit and all you ever do is complain about what Kellex writes about. He obviously writes about what people want to hear or this wouldn’t be one of if not THE top Android blogs. Supply and Demand my friend it is that simple and obviously Kellex understands and either you don’t understand or you are just to immature to accept it.

          • CanThinkForMyself

            Kellex is a loser who panders to whatever’s popular, which as of the last few months has been the nexus and its merry band of fanboys. Yeah, you can have an opinion as long as it doesn’t go against the majority because if you do then you get banned and ridiculed. This site has become a complete joke.

          • EC8CH

            I personally have only seen him ban 2 people.  The fact that AngelFace is still able to comment speaks volumes on hard you have to work to get banned from Droid-Life.

          • LolNo

            ROFL! How stupid are you? All it takes to get banned is to point out the hypocrisy and insult trolls then you naturally get insulted back, the trolls whine to dumb ass kellex and he obliges then proceeds to delete all of the banned person’s comments while leaving all the insults at him including that d umbfu ck guest’s pictures of ga y porn. Talk about a veritable circle jerk fest of whiny childish fanboys yet it’s perfectly reasonable to insult and troll anything that’s not a galaxy nexus. Open your da mn eyes.

            Angel face hasn’t been banned for the simple fact that he doesn’t typically respond to all the insults he gets, he’s a fanboy no doubt but there are plenty if other people far worse than him here.

        • CanThinkForMyself

          LoL! Seriously? Yeah maybe the bionic received a lot of hype back when it was announced but after it had been delayed a few months every article afterwards was filled with trolls and idiots bashing it nonstop. The nexus has been blindly praised nonstop and taken to be the Jesus phone while everything else gets ignored or proclaimed as outdated and inferior.

      • Anonymous

        I liked your posts better when all you said was “u mad bro?”.

        Just like youre telling him, take your own advice. The period your referencing about the gnex posts is a small sample set compared to the rest of the year when talk of “droid” branded phones dominated the blog.

        There was several months when the bionic dominated the topics here. It happens with all phones that are a big deal. The nexus posts have already started to die down.

    • If you had posted that 2 weeks ago it would be filled with entirely different stories. 

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. As usual, his comment is filled with ignorance and stupidity. One day doesn’t negate 2 months or so of constant Nexus posts.

        • EC8CH

          “2 months or so of constant Nexus posts.”
          yep…. no coverage on any other Android news for the past 2 months

          /s

          • Anonymous

            You’re a fool. If you really think coverage on this site hasn’t been biased towards the Nexus for a while now, you’re a bigger idiot than I thought.

          • EC8CH

            If you can’t understand that a huge portion of Droid-Life readers are extremely interested in the G-Nex and that’s why the coverage has been as such, you are the exact size of idiot that I thought.

          • Anonymous

            So because you think it’s okay that 2/3rds of the posts are Nexus related, nobody else can have an opinion to the contrary? Typical ignorant way of thinking. Doesn’t surprise me given your history of idiotic statements.

      • EC8CH

        “If you had posted that 2 weeks ago it would be filled with entirely different stories.”
        I should hope so, otherwise I’m getting all my stock tips from Kellex

        • Anonymous

          Again, you’re ignorant and totally missing the point.

    • Dude

      I like how you only chose the last 7 topics. Nice try. Go ahead and post the last 3 months worth..

      • EC8CH

        Those were the 7 stories on the front page at that time.

        Not arguing the focus on Droid-Life and in the Android world at large lately hasn’t been about the G-Nex. Point is other devices and stories have continued to be covered in spite of what those who whine and complain would have you believe.

        • Dude

          7 articles after the Nexus’s release doesn’t make a dent in the 200+ articles leading up to it’s release with most of them making this phone look like the best Android phone ever. I thought the Bionic was overhyped, but I guarantee it didn’t get as much attention as this phone. If every spec of the phone was better, than I’d understand. The fact is that the phones specs are pretty much up to par as everything else released at the same time (and a below par camera). The Rezound has a 1.5GHZ Dual core if I’m not mistaken. If the Nexus is so good, why doesn’t it? The only thing I think it has going for it is vanilla ICS. (Which every phone with the same specs will get in not very long anyway) But it’s not even worth it right now because of bugs in brand new software and the bugs in new hardware just like every new phone gets! So in all reality, what makes this phone so good.. Nothing but Hype!

          • Dude

            Unless, your an Android developer. Than the Nexus is probably exactly what you want out of all the phones right now. But 90% of Droid Life’s readers aren’t!! So my point still stands!

          • EC8CH

            guess you didnt catch that dl poll on who was planning on getting a g-nex a while back. Apparently more than just developers are interested in the G-Nex.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, that was precisely what you were arguing. Why don’t you figure out what exactly your opinion is before spamming the comments with your nonsense. You’re just arguing with people for the sake of it. Get a life.

          • EC8CH

            Actually no, focus has been on the G-Nex but coverage of other devices and android stories has continued as usual, thats the point. Wheres the big Bionic news that wasnt reported on by DL because they were overly fixated on the G-Nex?

            If you cant stop whining about what DL posts about, just leave.

  • Nothing here either. It’s interesting that the zip file linked has the 5.5.893 in the title, which is the version I’m already running.

    • jnt

      The Bionic’s updates all do that – they put the version you have to come FROM in the name of the file.  Same on the 5.5.893 update – it had 5.5.886 in the name.

      • Coming from the software development world, that’s a strange practice, but thanks for the heads up!

  • Anonymous

    Nothing yet on mine.

  • Galaxy Nexus upgrade???

    • Q

      Went to look at the Gnex last night and it is VERY NICE.  I did verify there is a signal issue though.  the Gnex on display was at -96dbm.. My Bionic was -75dbm.. hopefully they fix the radio soon.. it’s kind of a big problem to have on a cell phone.

      • EC8CH

        My G-Nex is right around -100 at home, but I haven’t had any problems with dropped calls, data, or slow connections.  Still though I’m anxious to do a heads up signal strength comparison with a co-worker’s RAZR.

        I traveled from Fargo ND to Nebraska and didn’t really have an connection issues until I got into Nebraska were I’ve never gotten a connection even on 3G with a OGD and DInc.

        • My signal on my GNex seems great.  I don’t know what the complaints are for. The Gnex is the best phone I’ve ever used.

          • Dshudson

            Agreed. 

      • Gnex shows 4G signal reading, Bionic shows EVDO signal reading.  The two aren’t comparable in any way.  Only ICS shows 4G readings, all other phones show 3G, you have to get the 4G reading from service menus.  Anandtech just did a big writeup on this.  The GNEX actually showed as good or better signal readings than the other phones he tested.

        • EC8CH

          that’s interesting.

          It’s would be nice to know the signal strengths of both the LTE radio AND CDMA since your data connection depends on one and your Voice depends on the other, unless of coarse a good LTE signal always ensures a good CDMA signal.

      • Your Bionic was actually reporting signal strength from the EDGE radio not the LTE radio, the only way to see the LTE radio signal on the Bionic is on LOGCAT, the Nexus reports the radio that is in use so you are comparing apples to oranges 

        • EC8CH

          does the RAZR display LTE radio signal on the status menu?

        • Q

          Ahh ok.. didnt know that.  So what’s the deal with everyone claiming about poor signal on the gnex?

      • Anonymous

        Fix the radio in a Samsung device…what? How is that possible? Google must be able to fix radio hardware over the air. I love how all the OTA’s fixed the radio in the Fasciante and Droid Charge. Those were awesome devices..almost made me go to apple.

  • Maybe it’s an update that will return the phone to the store for you, give you your money back, and buy you a good phone.

    • Anonymous

      This is a decent phone, don’t know why so many people hate on it so much

      • Dshudson

        Because the camera sucks so bad 

        • Anonymous

          I thought the major update improved the camera issues?  So that point would be moot.

          • Dshudson

            If I wanted to stick with the bionic for 5 months before an update, I suppose that point would be moot.. Happy with my GNEX don’t hate! 

          • Anonymous

            I would think that you’re the one “hating” right now.

          • Keith Sumner

            Correction, it took just under 3 months for them to update, don’t exaggerate just to make something look bad.

          • Dshudson

            I guess it just felt like 5 months.. I just sold it, went back to my Thunderbolt until gnex.. i’m happy.. no complaints.. 

          • Anonymous

            Is ur calender broken? I bought my Bionic and had 5.5.893  on it in less than 24 hours. 

            If you wait for Verizon to release Moto’s updates you’re an idiot. 

            Im running 5.7.893 now, which was built back in OCTOBER. Verizon JUST released Moto’s 5.893. 

          • good luck getting back on the upgrade path

          • Anonymous

            Lol why would I care about what updates VERIZON wants me to have?

            Thats what ROM’s are for my friend. 

            Im perfectly happy with [S]hifter Base ROM on my Bionic. 

            Plus once ICS gets more stable ill switch to that. Months before VERIZON approves. 

          • Anonymous

            except when you want to upgrade to the latest kernel and radios for use with your roms and you’re unable to because you went off the upgrade path…

          • Anonymous

            Except then you realize that you can always upgrade to a newer kernel and radio…..you just can’t go back to an older kernel.

            Example? I had 5.5.893=new kernel+radio from 886. I then went to 6.893 and finally to 7.893. Then went BACK to 5.893 and ROM’ed straight to 7.893.

            What’s the problem? 5.7.893 runs just fine and I have no issues with it. Webtop works with just an HDMI cable…I have 2~3 bars of 4G LTE even though I live 40 miles away from a LTE city….and I get (in my opinion) good battery life.

            If 5.9.901 is so special and worthwhile then their will be a easy flash to it. Just like their was to this one. Why would you want to go back to an older kernel and radio anyway?

          • Anonymous

            i believe you need the correct ota files to do this, though.  if you flash a build that’s off the upgrade path, then all of the files (like the one in this post) won’t be able to be flashed because they’re made to be coming from a specific version.  so unless you’re able to find a file that updates from the version you’re on to the newest version you’re going to, you can be stuck.  hence, you’re off the upgrade path.  i could be wrong, but that’s my understanding of the clusterf*ck we’re in since we can’t go backwards.  i’m not as adventerous to jump to non-official builds, so I hope I’m wrong for people that are.

          • Anonymous

            After reading a few posts of people who have 5.9.901 the only changes they report are more VCAST bloatware. 

            Yeah im fine with what I got.

        • Anonymous

          The question is, though, what kind of reception do you get on your camera?

          • Dshudson

            🙁

          • Dshudson

             Touche lol..  Though I suppose any picture quality beats missing the picture.. ;-p

          • Tony Allen

            Camera has greatly improved since last weeks update. Image quality still leaves a lot to be desired with the stock application though. At least it’s usable now, it definitely wasn’t before.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe before the last update..but it works as fast as my nex and actually has a better pic quality.

        • actually with the update the camera is pretty nice… and fast!

          • Tony Allen

            Faster, not nice. Image quality still lacks a lot.

        • Dude

          Compare pics taken with the Gnex and Bionic… Not much of a difference.

      • wsnydes

        agreed.  i’ve had a few minor issues but nothing that would make me take it back or complain about it.  nothing is perfect.  to think otherwise is ridiculous.

        • Anonymous

          You are lucky. Please don’t so easily dismiss those of us who have a Bionic brick.

      • Anonymous

        I have it and the Nex…I love both of them….No idea why there are so many haters of the Bionic. Nothing would make me sell it or return it.

        • Anonymous

          Most of the people that hate on it have never even used the phone. There are a very large number of people that have no issues with their Bionic and think it is a pretty dependable device. I think this is the best Android I have ever owned. I have had 5 Android devices.

          • Tony Allen

            I have owned quite a few devices as well, and it’s by far the worst one I’ve had yet.

          • Splooge

            “I have owned quite a few devices as well”
            List them…

          • Anonymous

            The Bionic is the worst phone I have ever owned. It can’t maintain a connection to data. If you read the forums on Verizon and Motorola, you will understand why people hate the Bionic. I have had mine since the day it was released, and it has never worked properly. I have gone to Verizon several times, but they have never been able to fix it. I think it more likely that people who give the Bionic a good review, have never tried it for any length of time.

        • Anonymous

          People hate it because it’s by Motorola, and a lot of people have been rubbed the wrong way by Motorola whether it be Blur, or bloat, or the extremely long launch delay, or whatever, and the fact that the Razr and G-Nex debuted so close after it. People who still like Motorola are more likely to choose the Razr and people who despise Motorola will get the G-Nex. Had it launched way back when it was supposed to, there might not be as much hate. I love mine, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little Razr or G-Nex envy every now and then.

          • Anonymous

            It is nonsense to say that people hate the Bionic because it is Motorola, instead they hate it because it is a crappy phone and for the most part they are stuck with it for 2 years because Verizon either can’t or won’t fix it. I had the original Droid for 2 years, it was a wonderful phone. It is because of this Droid that I waited on the Bionic for my upgrade. The Bionic is so bad it makes me consider never getting another Android phone, and it has convinced me that Verizon does not give a darn that they have sold a lemon of a phone.

          • Just sayin 4 friends laughed at my bionic, but they have returned their Rzr and Gnex 3,1 for a bionic due to battery issues and the Gnex he couldn’t get used to it

      • Tony Allen

        It’s an OK device, with terrible software. I have never had this many problems/bugs with a piece of Android powered hardware, ever. Even with experimental ROMs for my Droid Incredible.

    • Q

      Maybe you’re an idiot.

    • Anonymous

      Haters gonna hate.  Trolls gonna troll.  BTW, how is the signal issues with the G-Nex?….or quasi nexus since everyone is hell bent on saying the VZW G-Nex is not a true nexus…

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think you have ever picked up a Bionic and actually tried it out. It’s awesome how people can say devices are “bad” without ever using them.

      • Tony Allen

        I have, and I have been since release day. I hate it more than my Fascinate, and the Fascinate was pretty terrible.

      • Anonymous

        I have used it since day one. I can swear that it is an awful device that should never have been released.

    • Shoveit

      Hey Kleenex, why don’t you do your friggin job and ban the trolls you stupid douche.

  • Greg Morgan

    I can’t get .893 to install and a new one is released. great stuff.

    • Mhanda45

      I had to re install all the factory crap and then it worked. 

      • Greg Morgan

        Unfortunately i’ve done all that. Still won’t install. Verizon wants to send me a “like new” replacement. I really hate Verizon sometimes.

        • So you rooted your phone, changed a bunch of stuff, now the update won’t apply.  And you’re mad at Verizon because they are willing to fix what you’ve broken?  Wow. Know the risks, people.

          • Greg Morgan

            That’s not why I’m mad at Verizon. I’m mad at verizon because of the stupid “like new” replacements. I’m sorry, I paid $300 for this phone and signed a new contract and they want to send a used replacement? I’m not a fan of that, period.

          • But you do have to admit that the phone would not have needed returned had you not changed it. And Verizon is giving you a working phone for one that doesn’t work.

          • Aries1816

            And wrong. The phone needed returning right out of the box. As far as data was concerned my Bionic was mostly unusable, so instead of retuning it for a device that was likely to be equally as defective, I applied an update that actually fixed all my issues. unfortunately, now i’m off the upgrade path. So, in my opinion, Verizon still owes me a replacement and I would prefer it to be new not used. In essence, I made my broken phone work until there was a suitable replacement available and now that there is it will have to be refurbished.

          • Fair enough.  But you still had the option to return the phone and get a different new one, since like you said it was defective “right out of the box”.

  • The file name is 5.5.893, has anyone verified the contents if this container?