The firmware leaked, and now support PDFs seem to indicate that the DROID Incredible will begin getting its Android 2.2 update — officially — starting tomorrow. There is a laundry-list of improvements listed, which include: Flash Player 10.1, 720p video recording, Wi-Fi 802.11n support, 3G mobile hotspot, and more. Hit the read link to jump over to Verizon’s site and grab the PDFs for yourself. Thanks to those who pointed this out in the comments. More →
It looks like shipped-roms is at it once again. The site has just posted a full DROID Incredible Android 2.2 build Rom Upgrade Utility (RUU) exe file. The firmware has radio 2.15.00 07.28 and is ready and waiting for all of you with access to the a machine running Windows. If you’ve been anxiously waiting to get Froyo on your DROID Incredible, here is your unofficial chance. We’re going to flash this onto one of our DIs and report back with the findings. Let us know if you have any success!
UPDATE: We got the firmware all installed. Visually there aren’t many changes to the devices UI however… Flash 10.1 and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities are pre-loaded with this firmware build, Google’s Voice Actions were not pre-installed but are available in the Android Market, and the signal-meter issue (meaning the signal-meter only showing one bar when it has ample service) still seems to be there.
UPDATE 2: Put a quick video together… it’s after the break.
A Best Buy source just messaged us some information of interest. More →
What happened with smartphone OS’ overnight? Here’s what…
Apple released a second beta of their iOS 4.1 software to users enrolled in the Apple developer program. The biggest addition seen in the 4.1 code — when compared with the 4.0.1 code — is the inclusion of the Game Center for developers to begin testing.
Now, if you like to be edgier than beta — and rock Android — two unofficial builds of Android 2.2 for the recently released Samsung Galaxy S have been unleashed. If you’re feeling really adventurous, give it a whirl.
Also from the Android camp, Android 2.2 with Sense UI has been shoehorned onto the HTC DROID Incredible. This one is courtesy of the folks over at XDA and comes with the following warning: “A full wipe and 2.x radio is required.” As with all XDA posts, there is a pretty thorough guide to assist you.
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We just received a juicy tip about the HTC DROID Incredible software update schedule that we’d like to share. One of our strategically placed Ninjas was kind enough to pass along an email from HTC that read as follows:
I wanted to pass along that the upcoming Incredible MR will also include Froyo (originally it was going to be two separate MRs).
We are targeting the end of the month/first part of August. As a reminder, below are the highlights:
- 802.11 n
- 3G Mobile Hot Spot
- HTC Widget: Email
- HTC Widget: News
- EAS Updates
- 720p Video Recording
- Amazon MP3
- My Verizon
Obviously, the news here is that the Incredible update that began rolling out this weekend will — in all likelihood — be halted, and a sexier, Froyo-inclusive update will be pushed out in the coming weeks. The update will also include 802.11n Wi-Fi support, 3G Mobile Hot Spot, 720p video recording, and more. Not bad news for Incredible owners. What do you think? Is Android 2.2 worth an extra few weeks of waiting?
Salomondrin took BlackBerry’s upcoming webkit browser — expected to debut in OS 6.0 — and ran it through its paces using a BlackBerry 9800 Slider. Salomondrin subjected the browser to several acid tests, the de facto standard for browser performance, and compared the results with the iPhone 4 and the HTC Incredible. Much to the surprise of many a reader, the BlackBerry webkit browser scored 208 on the test and outperformed both the iPhone 4 which scored 185 and the HTC Incredible which scored 151. Salomondrin also put together a nice video review which compares the current non-webkit browser with the upcoming webkit version highlighting the goodness that is to come to the world of BlackBerry. Video is after the jump for your viewing pleasure. More →
Yesterday, the folks over at unrEVOked released their “painless root and re-flash” kit for the HTC DROID Incredible. If you have an itching for the #, or just want to otherwise dominate your Incredible, hit up the read link to download the unrevoked^3 root kit.
Thanks to everyone who sent this in.
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 →
An astute reader stumbled upon an interesting bug with the HTC Incredible. The Incredible, with Sense UI, will periodically store screenshots of the contents of your web browser. The screen captures are a function of the HTC Sense UI bookmark widget and are not the main issue; temporary screen grabs are understandable. The problem is these JPEG files are extremely hard to get rid of. They remain when the current browser session is closed, they remain after you clear the browser history, and they remain after a full factory reset. The JPEG files are saved to a folder named .bookmark_thumb1 which is located within the emmc folder of the phones internal storage (so you would expect a full factory reset to delete them). We found some screenshots of us logged into Facebook, logged into our online banking website, and viewing several other mundane websites (see picture above) even after having completed a factory reset. We tested this on more than one stock, un-rooted HTC DROID Incredible and replicated it several times. While you can delete these images manually, information like this information should be nuked with a factory reset, no? To be honest, seeing a screenshot of our logged-in banking session after a reset was a bit unnerving. Any DROID Incredible owners out there seeing the same thing?
UPDATE: HTC has acknowledged the issue and says a fix is in the works.
Thanks, Ben Nargi!
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.
The shortage of critical components needed to manufacture the HTC Droid Incredible shows no sign of letting up, as the popular Verizon Wireless smartphone has had its ship by date pushed back to July 12th. Amid the shortage, demand for the Incredible is so high that Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam recently noted that his company “had to pull way back” on shipments to retail stores in order to focus on online sales. The shortage has also allowed the ageing Motorola Droid — itself facing shortages — to outsell the HTC device. One of the major reasons for the delay is Samsung’s inability to quickly produce AMOLED displays. High demand for handsets with AMOLED displays has placed serious strains on Samsung’s production lines and shows no sign of letting up. Of course to those who have been attempting to get a Droid Incredible since it launched, knowing the reason for the delay isn’t all that comforting. But anyone willing to pay a bit of a premium shouldn’t have a very hard time finding one on sites like eBay and Craigslist. Enterprising individuals there appear to have plenty of stock, albeit with a healthy markup.
Thanks, bluehorseshoe! More →