Verizon pushing Adnroid 2.2 update to the HTC Droid Incredible today

Time for some Android news courtesy of Verizon. The company has just announced via Twitter that the much anticipated Android 2.2 / Froyo update fro the HTC Droid Incredible is starting to be pushed OTA today. As it was previsouly unveiled theis update will enable 720P video recording among other features that you can see below:

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SLCD vs Super-AMOLED and IPS LCD video comparison and specifications

Here’s the first Sony SLCD vs AMOLED and Super AMOLED video comparison following the officially announcement made by HTC this morning. You will see and HTC Desire equipped with the new SLCD panel against a regular Nexus One sporting an AMOLED display , a Motorola Droid with an IPS panel and a Samsung Wave with a Super-AMOLED display. The first thing you will notice is that the screen is still super reflective but this is mainly due to HTC’s design (and huge gap between the glass and the pane on the Desire ) an not the panel technology. Viewing angles are still not as good as the Super AMOLED (or regular AMOLED when looked sideways) but definitely better than the regular TFT. Now when it comes to contrast the Super-AMOLED tech still has the upper hand but the SLCD is really good IMO (and keep in mind that AMOLED have overblown and unnatural color so the SLCD is better in the long run). Check out the video below:

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HTC officially introduces SLCD displays to its portfolio

HTC has finally made it official: SLCD displays are going to replace AMOLED panels on their 3.7″ offerings (Desire, Nexus One, Incredible and the mysterious Windows Phone 7 handset). This is good news if you don’t like the overblown contrast and annoying PenTile Matrix found on Samsung’s AMOLED panels (Super-AMOLED is still amazing if those little things don’t bother you). It is not know yet if HTC will use Sony’s VSPEC III tech on anything other than 3.7″ screens . Check out the full press release after the break:

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HTC Droid Incredible Android 2.2 Froyo update with 720P video support coming real soon

Verizon is one the verge of pushing out the Android 2.2 Froyo update OTA for the HTC Droid Incredible in the coming days according to inside sources. This update will supposedly pack the same features we saw a few days agoin another update (that was apparently pushed out OTA on Android 2.1 this past weekend) but with Froyo as a bonus.

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:
- Froyo
- Wifi 802.11 n
- 3G Mobile Hot Spot
- HTC Widget: Email
- HTC Widget: News
- EAS Updates
- 720p Video Recording
- Amazon MP3
- Skype
- My Verizon

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HTC Droid Incredible to get 720P video recording and Mobile Hostpot in next OTA update

Good news for all the HTC Droid Incredible owners out there. The next Over The Air update will enable 720P video recording and Mobile Hotspot on the device . You may remember that HTC told me a few moths ago that HTC Desire was capable of handling 720P encoding but because of time constraint the feature wasn’t enabled but was planed in a future update. Unfortunately HTC didn’t do anything since then even-though some folks over at XDA have already hacked their Nexus One to get this functionality. Now that the Droid Incredible will officially get it one can only hope that all other high end Android device from HTC will also be blessed with it (but HTC can still claim that they are only enabling it on the Droid because of the 8Mpix sensor…yeah sure..). Check out the video of the new ROM after the break:

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HTC switching from AMOLED to S-LCD panels due to supply shortage?

Take this with a heavy grain of salt because it doesn’t make much sense at all to me. According to the Korean Herald HTC is about to start manufacturing the Google Nexus One, HTC Desire and HTC Incredible (why not the Legend too?) with S-LCD screens / panels instead of AMOLED because of Samsung’s inability to supply enough AMOLED panels. There are lot of holes in this story: first off AMOLED and LCD have major differences in terms of power consumption so I don’t see how HTC is going to simply swap between the too without changing the battery or the Power Management controls on the devices. Secondly S-LCD is not a new type of LCD panel but a joint venture between Samsung and Sony formed back in 2004 to build LCD TV panels(not for smartphones..) and the last news is that Sony is out of it and has formed a new joint venture with Sharp. The other shady claim in the Korean Herald piece is an analyst who’s expecting sales of the Samsung Galaxy S to reach around 10-15 million units in the latter half of this year..sure..I have a bridge to sell you if Samsung manages to sell that much in 6 months…

Update: Android Community claims to have heard from HTC that:

HTC has plans to keep using the AMOLED technology from Samsung, but they are also going to use Sony’s Super TFT LCD displays as well. According to HTC, there is no discernible difference between the displays from Sony and Samsung, and they are expecting the differences to slide under the radar. [..]As of right now, HTC says that they’ve got a working demo of the screen in progress.

Lets say that I still remain highly skeptical about this supposedly new S-LCD panel from Sony that nobody has ever heard about before….but if this indeed turns out to be true and HTC is going to use a new and improved LCD panel on its devices it can only be good news IMO. Especially for those who aren’t fond of the PenTile Matrix sub-pixels arrangement on the AMOLED displays.

Source: Korean Herald , S-LCD

HTC Incredible finally rooted


The HTC Incredible is finally rooted thanks to the Unrevoked team at XDA-Devs. It did take a while but it’s finally here and also nice (for the Incredible owners) to know that progress is being made. The instructions aren’t the easiest around but if you are brave enough head over to the source link.

Source: XDA-Devs & Unrevoked

AMOLED panel shortage causing HTC Incredible supply problems

According to Verzion’s CEO the supply problems currently affecting the HTC Incredible are caused by an AMOLED panel shortage on Samsung’s side. The PenTile Matrix AMOLED found on the HTC Incredible (and all other HTC devices featuring AMOLED screens. You check out how the matrix looks like in my HTC Desire review) is actually build by Clairvoyante (which was acquired by Samsung 2 years ago) but isn’t the same AMOLED (or SuperAMOLED) tech that Samsung uses on its own headsets.

Source: FierceWireless

HTC: Only some of the handsets released in 2010 will be upgraded to Android 2.2

This was expected and it has now been confirmed by HTC that only some of their handsets released this will get an upgrade to Android 2.2 aka Froyo. On the short list are: the HTC Desire, the HTC Incredible, HTC EVO 4G and the Google Nexus One. As you can see all three devices are SnapDragon based, this is because Flash 10.1 (which is bundled in Android 2.2) requires a Cortex A8 CPU and all other Adnroid devices like the HTC Legend and HTC Wildfire are ARM11. The release of the upgrade isn’t expected until the second half of the year (at the earliest) and the EVO 4G will probably ship with Android 2.1 next month.

Source: PocketLint

The HTC Droid Incredible is now available: Already out of stock?


As is was previously announced, the HTC Droid Incredible is now available to purchase in Verizon’s store or online. Some potential costumers are reporting that shipment of the online stor are only expected to arrive in on May 5.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BELLEVUE, Wash., April 29 /PRNewswire/ — The highly anticipated DROID Incredible by HTC is available today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100429/NY95575 )

Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network, DROID Incredible by HTC features a touch screen, 8.0 megapixel camera, wide selection of interactive widgets, and Friend Stream for streamlined updates from popular social networking sites. Visit http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/04/pr2010-04-15.html for a complete list of features.

Verizon Wireless customers will receive their DROID Incredible by HTC rebates in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access).

Customers who purchase DROID Incredible by HTC before May 31, 2010, will receive a free 2 GB memory card. This includes customers who pre-ordered the device. Customers can receive only one memory card per DROID Incredible by HTC purchase.

HTC Droid Incredible review and hands-on videos


Here’s an HTC Droid Incredible review round-upand videos for the Week-end. The handset is officialy shipping next week on Verizon (April 29th)
First we are gong to start with PhoneArena‘s two part video review:

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HTC Droid Incredible up for pre-order now


Eager to get your hands on the latest and greatest Android handset? If you don’t mind switching to Verizon or if you currently are part of the big red family you should be delighted to know that the HTC Droid Incredible is now up for pre-order on the company’s online store. Shipping date is still April 29th and the phone will cost you $199 with a 24months contract. Head over here to pre-order it.

Source: Verizon

HTC Droid Incredible Reviews

The two first HTC Incredible reviews have been posted a few hours ago and it looks like HTC has once again released a pretty good product. There is obviously nothing really new or impressive on the Droid Incredible given that it is basically a Nexus one with 8Gb of internal memory and a 8Mpix camera. The devices biggest selling point is obviously the fact that it’s on Verizon and also the only SnpDragon powered phone with HTC’s Sense UI in the US. Here’s Engadget‘s conclusion:

Let’s just put this out there: the Droid Incredibleis the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now. It’s better than the Droid, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq. It’s not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it’s also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it. If you’re on Verizon right now, you’re finally getting really great options for phones, but the Incredible is currently sitting at the top of that heap with a good bit of distance to the next in line. Sure, there are still issues like a lack of quality titles in the Android Market, and if a hardware keyboard is a must, this won’t do the job for you. Also, while Sense is truly great on this phone, there may be users who prefer a more streamlined, stripped down experience. Still, if you’re looking for an ultra-fast, extremely capable smartphone that has the guts and gleam to go the distance, the Incredible just might be the Droid you’re looking for. Yes, we made that joke.

And here’s Gizmodo‘s:

The calculus is relatively simple: If you’re on Verizon and want a smartphone (and aren’t stuck with BlackBerrys), the Incredible is pretty much the one you should buy. With Palm’s future unclear, and its app ecosystem shaky, it’s hard to recommend the Pre, even though its software is generally more usable than Android. And the Droid’s single redeeming feature over this, a physical keyboard, is actually less usable than the custom keyboard HTC’s put on the Incredible. The Nexus One for Verizon looms, but the only reasons it could be considered superior—it feels better built and more expensive, and the promise of timely updates from Google—are mitigated by the fact the Incredible is here now, and HTC’s Sense does glossy up some of Android’s rough spots.

and here’s BGR:

This is always the hardest section to write because everyone has different taste, and everyone usually has their own reason for wanting a new phone. Maybe you dropped it in your toilet, maybe you want to smash your BlackBerry 9530 with a sledgehammer, maybe your boss can’t stop making fun of your Palm Centro — we’re not sure. What we do know is that HTC has come up with another incredible device, pushing the boundaries of Android in practically every direction we can think of. There is awesome corporate integration, tons of social networking elements built right in, a really friendly UI with fun and engaging widgets and animations, and a great web browser. If you are not a bare bones type of person and have no need for a physical keyboard (seriously, get over it already), we could not recommend a better phone on Verizon Wireless at this point in time.

Droid Incredible by HTC officially announced, available on Verizon April 29th


This was expected I guess..Today HTC is officially announcing the Droid Incredible (also known as the HTC Incredible) smartphone launching on April 29th on Verizon:

It’s a Droid, It’s Incredible, It’s on the Nation’s LARGEST And Most Reliable 3G Network
 
DROID Incredible™ by HTC Combines Power of Android™, Usability of HTC Sense™, Exclusively from Verizon Wireless
 
        BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK Verizon Wireless today announced DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, will be available beginning April 29.       
        Featuring a “topographic” design that demonstrates the powerful engineering just beneath the surface, DROID Incredible by HTC is designed with craftsmanship and precision while making it easier than ever to stay connected.
        DROID Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch.  Customers will enjoy seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for sharing and viewing pictures, video, and Android Market with more than 30,000 Google applications.  DROID Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz superfast Snapdragon processor, and it’s the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an          8 megapixel camera. 
        Shortly after the phone becomes available, customers will be able to enjoy two of the latest exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.
Additional Key features:       
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness
  • Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
  • “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
  • Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Optical joystick for smooth navigation
  • Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
 
Price and availability:
  • DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.combeginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29.  Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • DROID Incredible customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

HTC Droid Incredible Specifications confirmed

There’s nothing much to say here given that I’ve posted the HTC Droid Incredible specs nealy one week ago when the handset’s manual leaked. But just incase you doubted the authenticity Verizon just posted exactly the same thing on the Droid Incredible product page here. This Incredible looks like it features the exact same 8Mpix camera and Chipset as the HTC EVO 4G but it looks like HTC is crippling the device by not enabeling 720P video encoding again…btw where’s the promised Divx/720P update for the HTC Desire ?

Source: Verizon via Engadget

Verizon officially unveils the HTC Droid Incredible, launching April 29th


It’s not a full blown announcement (maybe be later today or tomorrow?) but the HTC Incredible or Droid Incredible as it is now called is now showing up on a special dedicated page over at Verizon‘s website with the official launch date set to April 29th. Don’t forget to check out the full manual and specifications here.

Source: Verizon via Phandroid

HTC Incredible accessories info and pricing


Here’s another HTC accessories post fro the night, this time about Verizon‘s upcoming HTC Incredible:

- HTC Incredible Battery Cover – $14.99
- HTC Incredible Extended Battery (Red – 2150 mAh) – $59.99
- HTC Incredible Rubber Case – $29.99
- HTC Incredible Display Protectors (3-pack – $12.99)

Now the only thing missing is the handset’s release date and pricing…

Via: Phandroid

HTC Incredible Manual & specifications leaked


THe HTC Incredible manual has just leaked and includes a nice surprise…The SnapDragon chipset is clocked at 1GHz not 768Mhz like it was rumored and what looks like the same 8Mpix camera found on the HTC EVO 4G. Here’s the full specifications:

CPU speed

1 GHz

Platform

Android™ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense™

Memory

ROM: 512 MB

RAM: 576 MB

Dimensions (LxWxT)

4.63 x 2.30 x 0.47 inches (117.5 x 58.5 x 11.9 mm)

Weight

4.6 ounces (130 grams) with battery

Display

3.7-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution

Network

Dual-band (800 and 1900 MHz)

CDMA2000 1xRTT/1xEVDO/1xEVDO rev. A and IS-95A/B voice or data with up to 1.8 Mbps uplink and 3.1 Mbps downlink speeds

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Onscreen navigation

Optical joystick

GPS

Internal GPS antenna

Sensors

G-Sensor

Digital compass

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

Bluetooth® 2.1 with FTP/OPP for file transfer, A2DP for wireless stereo headsets, and PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit

Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

3.5 mm stereo audio jack

micro-USB (12-pin micro-USB 2.0)

Camera

8 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash

Audio supported formats

Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma

Recording: .amr

Video supported formats

Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv

Recording: .3gp

Battery

Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1300 mAh

Talk time: Up to 313 minutes

Standby time: Up to 146 hours

(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion slot

microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)

AC adapter

Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz

DC output: 5V and 1A

Special features

Friend Stream

 

You can grab the whole thing here

HTC Incredible launching April 29 on Verizon

April 29th is the date according to internal Verizon/Best Buy documents posted by AndroidandMe. We have seen lots of hints pointing at an April launch suggesting that Verizon is on the verge of officially announcing the HTC Incrediblein the coming days. Now how is this going to compare to to the HTC EVO 4G? Well, we already know that the Incredible will be lowered speced (SnapDragon @768Mhz, smaller screen, no HDMI out, lower camera etc..), hopefully it won’t be priced to high..

Source: AndroidandMe