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DROID Bionic Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out Now!

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We’ve heard from a handful of readers this morning who were able to update their DROID Bionic devices to official Jelly Bean. The update itself was approved by Verizon last week as build 98.72.22, so the timing for a rollout seems about right. One of our readers that received the update was not a part of the soak test either, leading us to believe that the update may be live for everyone.

To get yourself into Google Now, head into Settings>About phone>System updates and see if the update is available. The support documents for the update show it as being about 98MB in size.

If you aren’t able to pull it, a manual install is still available.

Cheers March, Josh and everyone else!

  • Sherry Wilson Standifer

    don’t do it! Last upgrade made my droid Bionic go crazy! can’t use Bluetooth any more and I have chatted online with Motorola 4 times, Been to Verizon store 3 times and to my car dealer ship! Level 2 support told me I may have to buy another phone!!

  • FrustratedAgain

    Was pleasantly surprised that Verizon pushed Jelly Bean but quickly became disenchanted – It broke the dock completely, have not tried yet with car cradle yet but I suspect that will be broken too, it is definitely slower and battery consumption has increased dramatically. Very frustrating. Until now, this phone has been great. I swear it is all a ploy just to get you so fed up that you have to go spend money for another device. Very frustrating!

    • CrewF24

      I know this is late to comment… but the dock works fine for me. I think I read that a clearing of the google music app or uninstalling it and then reinstalling the google music app fixes the issues with the docks. It works fine for me.

  • RoadsterHD1

    My Bionic is runnig exceptional even better than my wifes Droid 4 on JB. I installed Adroid Assistant from the market. and I set the “auto start box” and the “auto boost” and “auto boost notification” boxes, thats it. I then set “auto boost frequency” to 30min.

    I then go into “System settings” “developer options” Check the Force GPU rendering and USB debugging boxes. Go to Background process limit to “at most 4 processes”

    This keeps my Bionic running with about 300MB at all times.

    I also have “fast reboot” and use it every morning. works great….

    Try it.

    Motorola DROID BIONIC
    Jelly Bean 4.12
    1.2GHz OMAP-4430 Dual Core
    1gig-DDR2 RAM Stock Kernel
    NOVA Launcher
    Quadrant Standard Score 3227

    AnTuTu Benchmark 8549

    Vellamo 1126/355

  • RoadsterHD1

    From the forum for those with Dock issues. Thank you Scott
    1. TURN PHONE OFF…REMOVE BATTERY FOR TWO MINUTES & THEN TURN BACK ON.

    2. GO TO MANAGE APPS & FIND DESK DOCK. SELECT CLEAR DATA.

    3. MANAGE APPS AGAIN- SELECT GOOGLE PLAT MUSIC. UNINSTALL APP UPDATES. SELECT OK TO UNINSTALL AND REPLACE APP WITH DEAFULT.

    MY PHONE WORKED IN THE DOCK GREAT AFTER ALL THREE. LOOKS DIFFERENT WHEN DOCKED WITH JB…BUT I LIKE IT. HOPE THIS HELPS. ~ SCOTT

  • asdf

    how come when i updated mine it suddenly became very sluggish and has a lot of lag time?
    i already tried lowering the animations scale! please help!

  • Bionic Fan

    I received my OTA three days ago. It has been fantastic. I’ve never had any problems with battery life, but now I find my bionic is lasting even longer. Very responsive, and I love Google Now. Unlike posters below I have had no issues with my dock. Very solid update.

  • verizon droid bionic user

    Update took 20 minutes over 4g, gmail works fine, but disabled yahoo and outlook sync. Now I get security connection error message. Very disruptive. Checkedsettings and can’t find problem. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.casson.5 Pat Casson

    I current have the upgrade and now my ANT Bluetooth does not opperate with the new system

  • Christian Keays

    4.1 downloading on my Verizon Bionic as we speak!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1400081043 Belva Carlisle-Bushman

    Ok for the most part but my Favorites widget has lost most of it’s pictures.. Can’t seem to get them to work.

  • Kenny

    Here is my experience with Android updates: When they don’t come, we all get upset. When they do come, we all get excited, then I finally download it and it breaks my phone. Most people on Droid-Life seem to claim that things run smoother with the new version, but I never find that to be the case. My Bionic was very smooth on Gingerbread, then became slow and laggy with ICS. It eventually seemed to run itself into shape somewhat, but was always laggier than it had been. Now Jelly Bean has come along and broken the phone again. The Motorola dock doesn’t work at all (with ICS it merely ceased to switch to landscape half the time). The update un-joined all my contacts, so that all my favorites ended up with multiple listings I had to re-join. And the whole thing runs so slowly I can barely answer a call because by the time the button shows up to let me answer it, it’s gone to voice mail. Chrome is super slow and crashes half the time; can’t see what the advantage is over the stock browser. I can’t even tell what I’m doing because the phone is so many actions behind my commands that i can’t tell if it’s registered, and then I try it again and things go wrong once it catches up. Does everyone else really feel like these updates work better or is everyone just kidding themselves?

  • Ashley

    Ok well i did mine and like I’m not getting notified when i get new messages and they are time marked an hour earlier, its ridiculous!

  • Cody Myers

    No update for me yet…that can’t be right!

  • Steve

    Dock doesn’t seem to work under Jelly Bean. Crashes immediately.

  • Rich White

    NVM guys an gals!! Thanks Droid-life! Jumped to the “help me” verdict to fast! http://www.droid-life.com/2012/06/23/tip-how-to-turn-lte-off-on-the-razr-with-ice-cream-sandwich/

  • Rich White

    Anyone having problems being able to turn off 4g LTE?!?! Burning Battery to the ground!

    • Russell Sloan

      Battery life dropped from about 10-12 hours a day with use to about 3 hours without use. Currently NOT happy. I use my phone for business. Don’t have time to keep recharging constantly. Can I roll back?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.chase.129 John Chase

    Got mine Wednesday and it has worked great! Getting used to the changes and the new look. No real problems so far – hope that continues. Feels like a current phone again despite it’s now advancing old age.

  • http://twitter.com/drudometkin David Rudometkin

    Had to do a factory reset, but everything is running perfect now. They removed the timer from the alarm clock app, which is kind of disappointing since I use that everyday. I want to keep this phone as long as I can. Hopefully for another year.

  • Mimatt

    I got it. And it bricked my phone.

    Verizon is sending me a “new” one tomorrow, which to me, is kinda pointless seeing as how my upgrade is less than a month away and I’m getting a Galaxy S4.

  • Alf

    Does the bluetooth tether still work?

    • pfaffman

      No. I lost bluetooth and USB tether. I am not happy. I don’t use them that much, but I’m annoyed.