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Thread: Verizon software updates ruined my Motorola Droid Bionic

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    It doesn't matter. Over time it gets bogged down. Much more rapidly than ICS or anything prior. It has little memory efficiency now, which leads to the issues. I also attempted to remove some bloat, but this was only a temporary reprieve. I then started to employ a task killer, which I haven't done since my OG Droid.

    As it stands, I'm now experimenting with ROMs. Eclipse 5.1 is beautiful, but no docking whatsoever and no 3g quickly cut it out. Raging Bionic is what I'm using now, and it is working quite well. It is stock 4.1.2 modified a bit, and has shown to be as stable as stock so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stinson317 View Post
    Sorry 4.1.2 is right. Was speaking from memory which is always risky. I'd like to see a screen shot of the update message too. I recall a few reports of issues with the ota, but we should be able to get through them. After the factory reset load your apps back slowly so that perhaps we could identify an offending app.
    Yeah I have version 4.1.2 and it seems that around the time I installed it my phone started running much slower and became glitchy. Do you think if I just reinstall everything that would solve my issues, maybe the install the first time around got screwed up? I'd be willing to post the screen shot if you guys need it to help me but what app do I need to do that?
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    I'm not too concerned with screen shot but for future reference to get screen capture hold the volume down and power at same time. So let's review. 1) your phone has become slow and glitchy since the JB update. 2). You keep getting an update notice. Are these your issues? I was assuming that if we fixed the update notice issue we make progress on the slow/glitchy issue. I think you may be at that crossroad where you need to root/ROM. I haven't tried the ones in the last post, but Carbon was my daily driver for weeks until I jumped to Cyanogen Mod a couple weeks back. My droid is now rocking 4.3 and works better than ever. It is running a newer os than even the brand new moto x my wife just got.
    Bionic - Rooted....foreverRooted (I hope)!
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    Thanks for the tip. The issue is my phone seemed to be running faster with the pre-4.1.2 software so I kept declining the update pop up but one day I accidentally accepted it and it installed. Now my phone is slow/glitchy with 4.1.2. However you guys are telling me how awesome this new software is so maybe it's not the software? So maybe I should do the reset and install the new software again as these issues might be caused by something else after all? I don't know anything about rooting my phone and installing a new ROM so if I did that someone would have to spoon feed me the process because I doubt my warranty will replace my phone if I brick it and I don't have money now for a replacement. I am really tempted to get a Moto X since I love the voice rec features and the fact that they're building them in the USA, I am big on buying American designed/manufactured products. However I have to wait until I get some cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Livin PA View Post
    Thanks for the tip. The issue is my phone seemed to be running faster with the pre-4.1.2 software so I kept declining the update pop up but one day I accidentally accepted it and it installed. Now my phone is slow/glitchy with 4.1.2. However you guys are telling me how awesome this new software is so maybe it's not the software? So maybe I should do the reset and install the new software again as these issues might be caused by something else after all? I don't know anything about rooting my phone and installing a new ROM so if I did that someone would have to spoon feed me the process because I doubt my warranty will replace my phone if I brick it and I don't have money now for a replacement. I am really tempted to get a Moto X since I love the voice rec features and the fact that they're building them in the USA, I am big on buying American designed/manufactured products. However I have to wait until I get some cash.
    As long as you keep your battery charged, we can help you get it back to stock for warranty. It is actually surprisingly hard to permabrick this phone. When I get home I will help you and give you some links

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    Thank you, I appreciate that. So I guess the best approach at this point is to root my phone then install a new ROM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Livin PA View Post
    Thank you, I appreciate that. So I guess the best approach at this point is to root my phone then install a new ROM?
    Try factory data reset first. See how it works out. Then we will root you and experiment. Safestrap allows you to install ROMs in parallel with your stock OS so you don't actually screw it up.

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    Thanks, sorry for the long delay in my response I have been quite busy over the last few days. Right now I am doing the factory reset and tomorrow I will put my phone through it's paces at work. I will report back and let you know if it worked. Here's hoping...
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    I have had similar things since the 4.1.2 update as well, and it was the same whether rooted, ROM'd, or stock (FXZ'd back to stock which is better than a mere factory reset).... anyways, it all mostly stemmed from the stock android browser. Most of the problems all were surrounding the stock browser, keyboard stutters/delays/words typing several seconds after they were actually typed, etc...webpages being stuck for excessive times... homescreen stalling or delaying mostly after browser use...you get the idea, not sure if this sounds all very sililar to your issues but what I have noticed is a huge improvement after installing and setting Dolphin browser as my default browser. I tried basically all the browsers and I noticed my Bionic improved dramatically once I stoipped using the stock browser.
    Anyways, it's a suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbk View Post
    I have had similar things since the 4.1.2 update as well, and it was the same whether rooted, ROM'd, or stock (FXZ'd back to stock which is better than a mere factory reset).... anyways, it all mostly stemmed from the stock android browser. Most of the problems all were surrounding the stock browser, keyboard stutters/delays/words typing several seconds after they were actually typed, etc...webpages being stuck for excessive times... homescreen stalling or delaying mostly after browser use...you get the idea, not sure if this sounds all very sililar to your issues but what I have noticed is a huge improvement after installing and setting Dolphin browser as my default browser. I tried basically all the browsers and I noticed my Bionic improved dramatically once I stoipped using the stock browser.
    Anyways, it's a suggestion.
    Those are exactly the problems I had but the issues I had also went beyond the Browser, for the hell of it I installed Dolphin just in case the stock browser becomes buggy. So far from the little I played around with the phone it seems to work normally again since the reset. I got all my app's/settings installed so tomorrow when I am at work we will see if everything is back to normal. Keeping my fingers crossed but it seems promising..
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