Get excited, Motorola DROID Bionic owners. Your device's Ice Cream Sandwich update, which was originally slated to arrive sometime early in the third quarter, finally appears to be ready to roll. Verizon has updated the Bionic's support page on its website with information on the new software, which is version 6.7.246.XT875.Verizon.en.US. The update will bring the Bionic up to Android 4.0.4 and includes quite a few goodies, including Motorola's SmartActions app, improved Google Calendar sync and better mobile hotspot connectivity. Also included is a new home screen launch bar and a direct access lock screen. The full changelog provided by Verizon is available at the bottom of this post.
There's been a lot of noise surrounding the Bionic and its ICS update lately, with one Motorola exec admitting that owners have "gotten a raw deal." Motorola recently refreshed its Android upgrade timeline, moving the Bionic's Android 4.0 update to the fourth quarter, and now it looks like owners won't be waiting much longer. There's no word yet on when the rollout of this 368.4MB update will officially begin rolling out, but we'll let you know when we hear more. Until then, eager Bionic users can check for it manually by heading into Menu > Settings > About phone > System Updates.
UPDATE: Verizon has confirmed the DROID Bionic's Ice Cream Sandwich update, saying that the bump up to Android 4.0.4 will start rolling out in phases tomorrow, October 19.
DIRECT ACCESS LOCK
Additional Software Update Enhancements and Updates:
Email / Messaging
Stability and Performance Improvements