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Motorola Droid Bionic Gets Custom ICS Port (CM9)

Motorola officially announced that  their Droid Bionic would see an upgrade to Android 4.0 in the coming months, however some users may get the taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices right now.

Alpha release of a custom CyanogenMod9 port named Ics4Bionic has found its way to Droid masses at the Droid Forums. Features of this ICS port include:

What works:
Graphics working smooth now
ADB is working so we can track the rest
Capacitive buttons
Charging indicator
Both SD Cards
Built-in Screenshot
Reboot menu
Phone and SMS works
GPS fully functional
Audio fully working
1x data now working
NOTE: you may have to dial *#*#4636#*#* (or use Phone Info from the market) and toggle data mode between modes. For me toggling to GSM or WCDMA and then back to CDMA only usually does it. Once you see the status change to unknown leave it there it takes up to a minute to connect.

Not working:
3G/4G data….still sorting it out
USB support is still in progress sometimes it will mount in windows

Usual caveats and disclaimers apply to all brave souls that may want to switch to ICS ahead of the crowd — even without working 3G or 4G data, and with non-working camera. Then, the procedure is rather convoluted and based on use of a special SafeStrap bootstrapping utility for the Bionic.

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  • Tim

    Will this also have the 3 on screen buttons (back, home, and multitasking pane) in addition the bionic’s four actual buttons at the bottom of the screen?  Or will the version that comes to the bionic omit those?

    • Anonymous


  • David

    WHY would someone install this WITHOUT 3/4G data capability???   Why pay $30/month for data and not use it at all, just to play with something as if it were a toy and not a smartphone?   I don’t get it…

    • Brian

      With Safestrap, you will be able to jump between the original ROM and the ICS Alpha. You won’t have the 3G/4G Data, Camera or USB when you are in the Alpha, but you will if you just reboot to the original ROM.

  • No

    it’s not convoluted at all to install all of this if you read the instructions. #justsayin

    • Dan