HTC has acknowledged that some the company’s handsets contain a security hole involving the handling of certain data requests while connected to a Wi-Fi network. Security researchers Chris Hessing and Bret Jordan discovered the vulnerability, which could use the android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE permission to create a command to view all Wi-Fi credentials while connected to the network. The researchers discovered the flaw in September, however over the past few months they have worked with HTC and Google to patch things up before going public. The hole could have been used to transmit information to a remote server using the Internet access permission. Read on for more. More →
HTC continues to be true to the company’s word regarding bootloader unlocking tools. Through HTCDev, the Taiwanese company now offers its bootloader unlocker for the Desire HD, Wildfire, DROID Incredible, Desire Z, T-Mobile G2, Aria, ChaCha and Status. Even if a handset hasn’t received official support, the tool might still work. When the trend of locking bootladers began in 2010, HTC was one of many companies to promise unlocking tools and devices in the future, however, they are one of the few to actually have kept the promise. Unlike HTC, Motorola has continued to release devices with locked and encrypted bootloaders, placing the blame on the carriers and further frustrating a number of customers. More →
We’ve seen plenty of leaked images of Verizon Wireless’ DROID Incredible 2, the full spec list has already been leaked, and we even know the estimated price. Now, however, the phone has leaked on Verizon Wireless’ website for the second time. If there ever has been a sign that the launch is imminent, it’s this. So to build on that excitement, here’s what we know so far: The Verizon Wireless DROID Incredible 2 sports a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8655 Snapdragon processor, 4GB of on-board memory, 768MB of RAM, Android 2.3 with Sense, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats. It’s expected to launch for $199.99 with a new two-year Verizon Wireless contract, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this bad boy hit the market sometime in the next month or two. Hit the jump for another image. More →
In confirming over the weekend that Verizon Wireless would be doing away with mail-in rebates on smartphones priced at $150 and higher, we also mentioned that price drops were expected to take effect today on several devices. Sure enough, several smartphones saw price reductions this morning as Verizon Wireless’ new policy slid into place. Among them are the Motorola DROID R2-D2, which can now be had for $99.99 with a new contract, and the HTC DROID Incredible and Samsung Fascinate are now available at the same price. Of note, the Fascinate’s price drop appears to be temporary as part of Verizon’s new “10 days of sweet deals” promotion, which offers a new deal each day leading up to February 10th, when the carrier is set to launch the iPhone 4. More →
What do you get when you mash an iPhone 3GS and an HTC DROID Incredible together? Apparently, you get a peculiar new Android smartphone headed to Verizon Wireless — provided you rip out the iPhone’s home button and smooth over the wound, that is. Prior rumors of buttonless HTC devices gained some credibility on Thursday as photos of an unreleased HTC device were published on a Chinese forum. Verizon branding and a sizable touchscreen are visible on the device, as is a contoured rear case and a dual-LED flash beside the rear-facing camera. Additional details are scarce for the time being, though the handset will supposedly run Android 2.2 Froyo at launch. Hit the break for an image of the back and thanks to everyone who sent this in. More →
Looking for more excuses to avoid battling the Black Friday crowd? How’s this for a deal: the Dell Mobility Store will pay you $25 to take an HTC DROID Incredible — seriously. Dell is currently offering Verizon Wireless’ HTC DROID Incredible for free with a 2-year activation. Shipping is also free, and Verizon’s activation fee is waived. On top of all that, you’ll get a complimentary $25 Dell gift card with your order. We’re not sure there’s a better deal to be found right now. Of course the DROID Incredible is a little long in the tooth these days, and we’re not sure its specs will be overly competitive in 2 months let alone 2 years. But for the smartphone lightweight in your life who just needs a decent device, Dell’s deal is as good as it gets. More →
Verizon Wireless began rolling out a new minor software update Thursday evening. While the listed improvements are hardly earth shattering, there is one addition that is of particular interest: Verizon’s V CAST Apps store. The new store will allow DROID Incredible users to download and install applications in a manner similar to the Android Market, but V CAST Apps supports carrier billing. This means purchases made can be billed to a subscriber’s Verizon Wireless account as opposed to a credit card. The update, delivered over the air as an 18MB file, should be pushed out to all users over the next few days. Hit the jump for a full change log. More →
A rumor originating from Droid-Life suggests that DROID Incredible owners may be the recipients of an OTA update this weekend. The update is rumored to bring 720p video recording, several bug fixes, Skype, the MyVerizon app, updated widgets, and the DROID red eye boot animation to the Incredible. Some hard-core Android fans will be disappointed to know that this update is expected to be Android 2.1 and not the much anticipated Froyo build. If this rumor pans out, and Big Red sticks to its previous rollout schedule, Incredible owners should receive the update in waves with a small number receiving it on day one and increasing numbers on subsequent days. If you are one of the lucky recipients of the update, hit us up in the comments with your first impressions.
UPDATE: Looks like the OTA update is now hitting handsets! More →
Changewave’s latest smartphone survey results are out and the compiled data confirms what most tech savvy people know: Apple and HTC are on the rise while Motorola, RIM, and Palm are on the decline. The survey queried over 4,000 consumers and questioned them about their future smartphone buying habits. Not surprisingly, the survey revealed that Apple is a driving force in the smartphone market with more than half (52%) of the respondents indicating that they would be purchasing an Apple iPhone as their next smartphone. HTC came in a distant second with 19% showing interest in HTC smartphone offerings. HTC was followed by Motorola (9%), RIM (6%), and sadly Palm (0%).
Looking historically, the survey reveals that Apple and HTC are the only two manufacturers which are generating increased interest in their handsets. Interest in Apple has skyrocketed from 31% to 52% due to the hype surrounding the iPhone 4 launch; while HTC has been propelled upward from 12% to 19% due to the interest in the EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible. Motorola, RIM, and Palm all show a decline as none of those three manufacturers released a new handset in months between March and June 2010. With the myriad of problems affecting the iPhone 4, the low inventory of HTC’s android offerings, and the launch of the Motorola Droid X, it will interesting to see how these figures shape up in the next survey. More →
Pocket-lint has HTC’s global PR and online community manager, Eric Lin, on the record saying that his company will be “done with our Froyo updates before Christmas.” Lin explains that porting all of HTC’s applications (Sense UI. etc.) over to Android 2.2 and testing said software is no small task. The full quote is as follows:
“It takes time to port all of our applications over to Froyo and then make sure that it is running well on each of our devices. That’s not like a one week kind of project. We need to make sure that our applications are taking advantage of the Froyo features. To make sure that they’re all running properly on the OS now that it’s a new version. And then to make sure that it’s running on our hardware as well as we expect.”
This is one reason we would like to see manufacturers, and carriers, release less moded versions of Android; less testing for third-party apps, shorter QA time, and so on. What do you think Wildfire, Incredible and EVO owners? Is this the timeline you were expecting, or are you a little disappointed? More →
A rumor fresh out of Droid-Life suggests that Verizon Wireless has an update slated for the DROID Incredible that will add 720p video recording and mobile hotspot functionality to the Android handset. As an added bonus, the update reportedly includes the signature DROID red eye boot animation which adds some eye candy (pun intended) to the handset. These two enhancements, and the extra bling, will narrow the gap between the Incredible and the DROID X, making your Android handset buying decision that much more difficult. No word on when the update will drop, but HTC would be wise to push Verizon to release it prior to July 15th. DROIIIIIID! More →
HTC just let us know that their team has been able to replicate the browser privacy issue we posted about a couple of days ago. Here’s the official statement:
HTC has identified the root cause of the DROID Incredible not deleting web page thumbnails after a factory reset, and is creating an update which will eliminate this issue. This will be distributed through a software maintenance release that will be pushed to devices in the near future. Until this time, consumers who wish to manually delete these thumbnails can do so by following these steps:
1) Go to the “Settings” menu
2) Select “SD Card and Phone Storage”
3) Select “Format Phone Storage”
*NOTE* This will delete all files in internal storage, including music and image files. So these files should be backed up before taking these steps.
Other Android devices with HTC Sense, like the DROID Eris, save these thumbnails to the SD card, instead of internal memory, so users can easily keep this information from being shared simply by removing the SD card from their device before trading in the device, sending in for repair, etc.
Since the Incredible memory is built in, it makes sense that this would happen, but it should be all good in no time.
Good news for all of the HTC Droid Incredible owners out there, as over the weekend the Android community finally managed to bring root access for the Incredible within reach of the masses. Although it was first rooted last week, the process was rather complicated and time consuming. But now everything has been refined to the point where it’s safe for just about anyone so long as they properly follow the instructions. If you fancy yourself more of a visual learner we’ve got a video tutorial waiting for you after the jump, but everyone else can just go straight to the Read link to grab all the necessary files and instructions.