Verizon rolls out Motorola DROID Bionic 5.5.893 update

December 13, 2011

Verizon Wireless is rolling out a significant update for the Motorola DROID Bionic Android smartphone. It’s not an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the changelog below lists numerous bug fixes and improvements for the 5.5.893 update. You will eventually receive an automatic update notification, but you can also check for it manually (Menu Key > tap Settings > About phone > System Updates > Download). Check out the changes below.

Email, Messaging & Data
+ Improved stability of data connection on 3G and 4G.
+ Fixed lockup that could occur while browsing during the handoff from Wi-Fi to 4G.
+ “Data Roaming” pop-up message will display once when roaming in
CDMA internationally.
+ Jump to the most recent message after changing the device orientation
while in message list view.

Device Features
+ The number of devices supported by Mobile Hotspot has increased to 8.
+ Fixes have been deployed to keep the device from becoming stuck on a black
screen and requiring a battery pull to recover.
+ Improvements in device stability help avoid device power cycles.
+ When connected to a Bluetooth® headset or HDMI cable, the device will no
longer lock up and power cycle.
+ Improved cold SIM card activation speed.
+ “Low memory” warnings when using the Lapdock™ have been reduced.
+ An improvement to the camera’s auto focus will reduce the shutter response
time and enhance the quality of captured imagery.
+ During Location Based Service setup, a Location Privacy message will display.
+ Fixed issue where the device would automatically power back up after being
powered down.
+ The following Lapdock updates were made:
• Improved stability.
• The display will not turn off after use.
• The calling screen will no longer be recreated, improving performance.
• Reduced frequency of the “Low Memory” warning message.

Call Features
+ Use a wired headset without the interruption of a high pitched tone.
+ Volume on the “Low Battery” alert tone has been lowered while user is on a call.
+ Within the notification area, the Visual Voice Mail alert stating the server is not responding
after a power-up has been removed.

Applications & Widgets
+ Playback media can be heard while using a Bluetooth headset.
+ Place a call to the appropriate recipient using the Contact widget.
+ Improvements in the use of the Messaging application.
+ After updating the contact database from the Messaging App, the Messaging UI
will display the latest contact information.
+ When moving applications to the SD card, shortcuts to these Apps will remain.
+ Properly post and play videos to Facebook.
+ Fixed issue causing apps to disappear from the app tray when moved to the SD card.
+ Ringtones purchased from the Verizon media store can now be saved to the device.
+ Apps can now be launched from the “Recent” menu in the app tray.

Source: Verizon

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