Latest Droid Bionic update 5.9.901 detailed in full changelog


Verizon began pushing out an update for the Motorola Droid Bionic a few days ago without a peep about what changes it brought with it. The update brought the version number to 5.9.901 and weighed in at a hefty 56MB or so, a big update. Now the full changelog has be brought to light, and we can see the array of updates it brings, perhaps the most important being the cellular connectivity improvements:

Application Updates/Improvements

  • Preload VCast Apps Store
  • Preload Sling stub application
  • Preload MOG stub application
  • VZNavigator preload updated to version
  • Youtube videos restart after pausing to access Notification Panel
  • Youtube screen flashes when Back key pressed during video play
  • Voice call muted while composing a Visual Voiceamail message
  • Visual Voicemail saves messages to internal memory with UI displaying SD card target
  • Visual Voicemail delete actions sends delete and save commands to the server

Data Connectivity

  • Stuck in 3G mode in strong 4G coverage
  • No 4G data connectivity
  • No LTE service in LTE only service areas (Hagerstown, MD)
  • Patch for Alcatel-Lucent LTE infrastructure R9 support
  • Dual IMSI support
  • Excessive LTE handover attempts (SIB8 messaging processing)
  • Improvements in Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspot LTE download performance

Device Operation

  • OTA update needs to utilize Admin APN
  • Support for National Plus Code Dialing
  • Cannot play WAV files
  • Support for Bluetooth Personal Area Networks (PAN)
  • Missing SMS alerts while on voice calls
  • Choppy audio while streaming via to a TV via HDMI
  • No Bluetooth audio when paired and connected

Stability/Performance Improvements

  • Black screen lockups
  • Reduced idle resets
  • Voice call drops when SMS message is received
  • Lockups when XT875 is in the multimedia dock
  • Resets after camera multi-shots are taken
  • Internal memory file creation dates shown as December 31, 1969
  • Clock widget time does not match Notification Panel time

If you haven’t already gotten the update for you Bionic, you may want to go to Settings > About Phone > System Update to trigger the update. If you’ve already updated your device, drop a line in the comments letting us know how it’s working out for you.


[via Droid Life]

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  • SC

    So far this update has been good at least with the 4G data connection.  I used to get periodic drops where I had no 3G or 4G icons only bars.  for the last 24 hours since updating I have had a steady signal with nothing funny.  This includes switching from wifi to 4G, etc.  Battery seems to be a little stronger also but too early to tell.

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