It’s a happy day if you own either a Motorola Droid Bionic or a Motorola Xoom with 4G LTE connectivity. That’s because both Verizon devices are in the process of receiving minor software updates at the moment. ‘Minor’ should have given you a hint, but we’ll spell it out anyway – these updates won’t make your gadget run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That particular update seems to be a way out at this point.
Let’s start with the Xoom. This is the version that ships with 4G LTE built in, mind you. The update is only meant to fix one thing – data connectivity is now properly restored after disabling Airplane Mode. Surely a nice fix to get, but you’d hope that such an obvious action would have been tested before the tablet was released.
Anyway, the full details are buried in this PDF, and the update instructions for the Xoom are to be found in this PDF. The skinny is that it’s an over-the-air update, the tablet will notify you when it’s available, you then download and install it directly on your Xoom. Done.
It’s the same update mechanism for the Droid Bionic, of course. Its update comes with many more small improvements and enhancements though. The full list is in this PDF, but here are a few of the more important ones: text message alerts can now be received during voice calls without the call being interrupted, device stability has been improved, battery life should also be better, data connectivity stability too, WAV files are now supported, and Amazon MP3 and VCAST Apps Store come preinstalled.
The update is about 56 MB in size. Update instructions for the Droid Bionic are in this PDF. After performing this update, your Droid Bionic will be on software version 5.9.902, as seen in the image above.