Droid Incredible users received an OTA update last month that brought the Verizon VCAST App Store to the phones. However, as several users who had rooted their handsets came to realize, this update also resulted in breaking the rooted handsets. Last week the dev team at Unrevoked had assured users that an update to the root application would be released shortly.
And release, they did. The new Unrevoked 3.22 update is now available for download that will reestablish the root on Droid Incredible handsets. Writing about this new update, the Unrevoked dev team notes all the changes made to their software:
- Fix for latest Incredible OTA.
- New Mac OS X build infrastructure; let us know if it broke for you.
- Switched to in-house reimplementation of rageagainstthecage for better reliability.
If you are a Droid Incredible user, you can download the latest version of Unrevoked from the team website here.
Verizon has announced that a forthcoming update to the HTC Droid Incredible handset will bring the much anticipated V Cast Apps Store to the Android handset. However, the news has already drawn some heavy criticism from several quarters about the carrier’s plans to force the installation of the App Store into the phone. The users may not have a choice to not install the V Cast App Store. Also, it is not clear if Verizon would make it possible for users who may not want the App Store to delete the application from their phone.
Nevertheless, Verizon has made it clear that the installation of the V Cast App Store will not harm the Android market in anyway and that users can continue using the market app for downloading Android applications. But with such attempts by carriers to arm-twist the user into installing applications, the open source nature of Android itself is under a scanner and that cannot be a good news for anyone, but Apple.
There has been so much noise over the past few days over the imminent launch of the Droid 2 Global. Now while this has remained a rumor until now, recent developments indicate that this launch could happen pretty soon. Verizon has slashed the price of the Motorola Droid 2 – a phone that debuted less than three months ago. The retail price now stands at $150 and what more, there is also a Buy-One-Get-One-Free offer running so Verizon can deplete the Droid 2 inventory in time for the Droid 2 Global launch.
Apparently, it is not just Droid 2 that is seeing a drop in prices. HTC Incredible, aka the Droid Incredible, too is seeing a drop in price. This pretty handset now sells for $150 and this is again pretty indicative of a new launch – presumably the Droid Incredible HD. For what it’s worth, that phone is expected to launch later this month on November 23.
If you love the Droid phones and is not someone who is planning to travel outside the United States in the near-term, then now is the time to go and purchase your favorite handsets for cheap.
Porting ROMs from one mobile phone to another is not exactly thrilling stuff. It requires you to root your mobile phone and go through a long list of thankless procedures. At the end, you may not even enjoy all the features that your smartphone was supposed to do. Nevertheless, running smartphones on ported ROMs have been a favorite pastime of the nerds and geeks.
If you are one, or are willing to be like one, here is the latest news of interest. The recently leaked HTC Desire HD ROM has now been ported to a few other Android handsets like HTC EVO 4G, HTC Desire and HTC Droid Incredible. Apparently, these ports are still in their beta stages and do not seem to support camera functions, Wi-Fi or for that matter, 4G on EVO. More sophisticated solutions are hopefully on the way. But if you can’t wait until then, hop over to one of these links to get started on the porting instructions.
Droid Incredible users who complain about the non-availability of an EVO-like support to 4G network have something to cheer about. It appears that the Verizon phone may actually be capable of handling 4G networks even though it appears to have been hidden and disabled at present. The feature was discovered by a user with the help of the Google Gesture Search that allows users to search for content inside the phone by simply drawing gestures over the touchscreen. The 4G support is not only hidden but also collapses soon after being accessed.
While this is something worth getting excited about, we are still unsure if the feature is deliberately introduced in the phone for a later release (very unlikely) or if the feature was brought to Droid Incredible by mistake since the HTC Sense UI on the phone is pretty similar to the one on EVO 4G. Either way, one thing is for sure. Droid Incredible users are not going to get 4G network support anytime soon.
We did know that the Droid Incredible was getting its beautiful AMOLED displays replaced with SLCD by the end of this month. But now it looks like the replacement has come faster than thought. Several Best Buy customers have now reported that the Droid Incredible is now available with a new SKU number – ADR6300VW3 – that basically comes with the SLCD displays. Also, these new models appear to come pre-loaded with the new Android 2.2 aka FroYo platform. The Android version that is noted on the new model is 2.15.00.07.28 which is the same version that was sent over-the-air to existing Droid Incredible not so long ago.
So this is officially the end of the short-lived AMOLED version of the Droid Incredible handset. If you are looking to purchase the new SLCD based handset, hit one of the Best Buy stores to get started.
The extreme short supply of OLED variant screens has been affecting the distribution of quite a few handsets. Just a few weeks back, I had written about HTC deciding to do away with the OLED screens on its Desire smartphone to replace it with what they called Super LCD. Looks like the strategy has worked. The company, it is learned now, has now decided to follow the same trick for the Droid Incredible. The transition to SLCD displays on the Droid Incredible is expected to happen by the end of this month.
The announcement should however not affect existing owners even if they went for a replacement. Such users who will need a replacement after the new production plan goes into effect can request for a Certified Like-New Replacement [CLNR] device that will get them an Incredible with AMOLED displays.
Last week, some websites reported about having spotted HTC Droid Incredible handsets with a white back plate. While such photoshopped images are not exactly new, these reports noted that these were in fact launching soon. Now from what is reported on Droid Life, the white back casing on HTC Incredible is in fact available as an official accessory from the manufacturers. The official launch of these accessories is expected to happen only a few months down the line. However, users looking to purchase one immediately can make a custom order from one of the Verizon stores anytime now.
The custom back cases are available in red, besides white. The cost of these cases are noted to be $24.99 and can be ordered by using the following model code numbers
White HTC Back: VZW6300DORW
Red HTC Back: VZW6300DORR
Your Droid Incredible could then look like this
[via Droid Life]
The Android 2.2 update for HTC Droid Incredible is not coming anytime now. So, if you are one of those who can’t wait to check out the latest Android OS on your Incredible device, here’s how you do it. Full credit to folks at Droid Life for the guide. Do note that this guide only works on non-rooted Stock Droid Incredible handsets.
1. Click here to download the update from Google’s website.
2. Rename the ZIP file to UPDATE and transfer it to the root of the SD Card
3. Press the Power button to switch your Incredible off.
4. Now press and hold both the Volume down button and Power button down. The device will reboot in the HBOOT mode.
5. You will now see the HBOOT screen, use the volume button for navigation and move the control to ‘RECOVERY’. Press the Power button to select the option
6. You will now see a screen that displays an exclamation mark within a triangle. At this point, hold the Volume up button and Power button down simulataneously.
7. Using your volume buttons for navigation again, scroll down to “apply sdcard:update.zip” and press the Power button to select the option. The phone will now update with the latest software
8. Droid Incredible will now reboot to Android 2.2
The process is complete. Did it work?
Four out of the five best selling Android handsets in the market today are from HTC – the Droid Incredible, EVO 4G, Droid Eris and Sprint Hero. Unfortunately though for HTC, the company only holds positions 2,3,4,5 in the top 5 chart with Motorola Droid clinging on to the top of the charts.
The results don’t come as a surprise though. HTC has been one manufacturer who has been steadily churning out newer and better Android handsets in recent times. While Motorola may not compare in terms of the number of handsets launched, the company has surely sold its devices in volumes thanks to the heavy marketing campaigns.
HTC may however face much stiffer competition moving forward. The company has been facing a line of manufacturing delays that could potentially lower sale volumes. Additionally, Motorola has been seeing success with its new launches like Droid-X. Besides, with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy series of smartphones, expect Samsung to snatch a place or two in the top 5 when we revisit the numbers at the end of Q3.
Which of the top 5 Android handsets is your favorite? I’m going with the EVO.