After reading some reviews, and growing more impatient with Motorola’s delayed Ice Cream Sandwich release for the Motorola Droid Bionic, I decide to take a plunge with the newest leaked release. My initial thought was to keep my Droid Bionic “pure,” leaving updates, patches, etc., to Motorola. However, after purchasing and using my Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, I grew significantly tired of the Gingerbread software. I wanted the OS on my phone to mesh with the OS on my tablet, and it appears, at least for now, that the leak was the way to go.

The update is fairly routine to install, just be sure you transfer the file .zip file to your SD card, and not your system’s main storage. You’ll know it’s your SD card because there’s probably very few things on there (unless you’re a power user). Once you complete the transfer, power down your device, boot into system recovery, and install the .zip file from SD card. I had a little trouble with the boot-up hanging, because I forgot to clear the cache. You can also factory reset, but because this is like a regular update, you should not need to reset the device. The install took about 10 minutes to complete (make sure you have enough battery), and I can already see significant performance differences between the old and new systems.

One of the biggest improvements to the Droid Bionic’s ICS system is the lock screen. The new lock screen features an interesting way to make a call, take a picture, or send a text.

A simple swipe from one side to the other, and you’re ready. Of course, this only works if you have slide to unlock enabled as your screen lock “security,” so it’s otherwise pointless for lawyers who want some security with their smartphones.

One thing I’m excited to play with is Smart Actions.

Smart Actions basically take the place of my favorite app, Locale ($4.99) (see my post here), though I’m anxious to see their capabilities. What’s most disappointing is that I’m going to have to recreate my many different situations.

This video explains how to set up Smart Actions on your Motorola device:

If you’re interested in seeing more, here’s a good video that shows ICS running on the Droid Bionic:

Jeff Taylor

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