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Besides “don’t download apps from sketchy sources”, one of the big rules of keeping your Android device safe is “think carefully about approving app requests for system permissions”. That latter one can be tricky to encourage, since it requires the user to do a bit of critical thinking at the time of installation; does that Sudoku-solving app you downloaded really need the ability to send SMS messages? The idea is, though, that if you are smart about granting permissions, you can stop malicious apps from taking advantage of you. Sometimes it’s not [...]
HTC has been really outdoing itself lately when it comes to allowing the bootloaders of more of its Androids to be unlocked. The company got off to a slow, if not respectable start, but the last few weeks have really seen an upswing in the rate at which HTC is bringing these unlocks to its existing lineup of smartphones. Just last week, the Desire HD joined that growing list. Today, HTC officially adds support for an additional handful of models.
Today’s roster of inductees features the Desire Z, as well as its carrier-branded version, the T-Mobile G2. There’s also [...]
HTC Android fans who are into some serious phone customization are coming home to some good news tonight, with HTC releasing the kernel source code to over half-a-dozen devices. The arrival of these code bases means that you might hope to see some new custom ROMs start arriving in the coming weeks. Just what models are covered?
First up, we’ve got the HTC Vivid, which came to AT&T early last month. Next we have the Salsa, one of the two HTC models featuring a hardware Facebook button (alongside the ChaCha). Both the original Incredible and its follow-up, the [...]
The official Gingerbread update for the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible should have been out in September according to various reports but somehow it got stopped, overlooked or forgotten.
According to recent information, a certain build 4.08.605.2 is being pushed out to Droid Incredible phones. The tricky part is that the update is claimed to have only 8.6MB which is far from a full system update; if you have a stock, non-rooted Verizon Droid Incredible, make sure you check for an update and let us know in the comments of what you get, depending on whether you rock Froyo or [...]
When HTC tweeted yesterday that the Droid Incredible would be getting a long-overdue Gingerbread update sometime in September, we assumed that meant “in a couple weeks”. We’re still flipping our calendars forward, and there are already signs that the update is nearly upon us, with Verizon updating its Incredible support pages in advance of the update.
As we’ve discussed many times in the past, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the update is imminent, but it’s more likely than not that we’ll see it within a matter of days. Case in point: [...]
The HTC Droid Incredible has had a long, convoluted path leading towards its future Gingerbread update. We’ve seen leaks, then outright denials that the smartphone would ever get Gingerbread. That didn’t last, and then Verizon looked ready as of a couple weeks ago to start sending the update out. Once again, things cooled down, and though there have been more leaks, we’re still waiting for the actual OTA update.
Gingerbread on the Thunderbolt has always seemed like more of a sure thing, not quite hitting the same speedbumps the Incredible did. Of course, [...]
After recently preparing support materials for the Droid Incredible Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, the carrier decided to delay the update’s roll-out process. Luckily, what seems to be the official package leaked online and is available to download.
The build number is 4.06.605.2; the baseband version is 2.15.10.07.07, which are the same numbers that appeared on the official Verizon website, meaning that this is the real deal. The refresh brings MMS fixes, the ability to play audio files from a message, VZ Navigator via WiFi and more. For a complete list of changes, [...]
The release of an official Gingerbread update for HTC’s Droid Incredible is starting to remind us of a flickering lightbulb: on, off, and back on again. There was a little scare recently where HTC made it seem that the Incredible was out of the running for Gingerbread altogether, but then we learned that Verizon had just prepared support materials for the coming update. Knowing Verizon, that tipped us off to expect the release to start heading out sometime over the following several days. If you’re wondering why you still haven’t seen anything yet, it’s because [...]
Up until last week, it seemed like a given that the HTC Droid Incredible would eventually get itself an official Gingerbread update. Though HTC was a little behind schedule for when we heard the release had been planned, it seemed like it would just be a matter of time. Then, out of the blue, an inquiry with HTC resulted in the statement that the Incredible was no longer on the list to get Gingerbread, due to HTC’s feeling that Gingerbread wouldn’t give the phone an “overall improved user experience”. Something about that statement didn’t feel quite right, [...]
HTC has been telling users of the original Droid Incredible that an upgrade that would bring the smartphone up to Android 2.3 Gingerbread was forthcoming, and it looked like the company was expecting it to be ready for release sometime early this summer. It’s already behind on those estimations, but more alarmingly, it now seems like that update may have been canceled altogether, at least according to one HTC rep.
We’re still hoping to hear something official from the company, but in an e-mail conversation with one Incredible user who was inquiring about the [...]
The Verizon HTC Droid Incredible might be a bit outdated being more than a year old now but thanks to the community there’s always something new and fresh to flash on to your good old phone for a new experience. With DualRomX2 you no longer need to flash a ROM in order to test it out.
How about having a total number of five ROMs loaded simultaneously on your Droid Incredible? How? DualRomX2 is a tool which allows you to have four ROMs on emmc in addition to the one being loaded on the phone. The application uses the phone as an installer so instead of flashing a ROM in [...]
Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has every right to brag about its accomplishments as it has been honored with eight Awards for excellence in product design, originating from three separate international organizations.
“Countless HTC employees came together to earn the recognition we received at IDEA 2011, red dot 2011 and IDA 2010,” said Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. At the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) only, HTC collected four awards as follows: Gold for the HTC Droid Incredible, silver for the HTC EVO 4G, bronze for the HTC [...]
Many users prefer a stock ROM and part of them are always in for a vanilla ROM with possibly nothing included except the operating system so they can do the tweaks and install their apps according to their liking.
If the stock-like vanilla feeling is what you’re looking for and you have the Droid Eris, Droid Incredible or EVO 4G, you’re lucky! Each of these smartphones has an OMGB and OMFGB (with features) Gingerbread ROM which you can download and flash to your smartphone. As we know you’re well aware of the risks implied, we’ll not mention them but [...]
A test build of Gingerbread for the HTC Droid Incredible was posted by the elusive 911sniper today, allowing a glimpse of what’s upcoming for the smartphone. Curiously, the ROM is running HTC Sense 1.0, lacks a Gingerbread keyboard, and the new screen-off animation used in Gingerbread. HTC’s Droid Incredible currently officially runs Froyo and is also capable of running a very preliminary Honeycomb.
The original post by 911sniper contained the firmware in an un-flashable form, which was then processed by TMartin03 and rmk40 at XDA into a flashable ROM. The ROM is [...]
Despite the appearance of so many leaked schedules, we have not been having much luck lately with predicting the availability of Verizon smartphones. Some rumors pointed to the Droid Charge arriving today, and it clearly has not, though at least that’s given us one less date to consider as a potential. Last we checked, HTC’s Droid Incredible 2 was up for release on April 21. You may wish to hold off on setting up camp outside a Verizon Store, since today there’s new evidence suggesting that the smartphone won’t be out until April 28.
We had that date for [...]
If you somehow had doubts about the upcoming Droid-branded smartphones coming to Verizon soon this will probably convince you as the entire Droid line-up was pictured while listed in the carrier’s system.
We’ve got the Droid Bionic, — which is your Motorola Atrix 4G with less RAM — and the Droid X2 — which recently showed up on NenaMark shedding light on its qHD screen and Tegra 2 chip.
Also, there’s your Droid Charge — ex-Stealth with Galaxy S-like specs, except the 4.3-inch screen and 4G LTE — and of course the Droid [...]
It looks like Verizon is cleaning house in anticipation of upcoming smartphone releases, including the Incredible 2/S, by ceasing sales of the original HTC Incredible, just a few weeks shy of it being one year since the phone’s debut.
Over at Verizon’s website, you can see that the Incredible is no longer listed amongst smartphones currently available for sale. That situation may be different in Verizon retail stores, depending on current stock, but we imagine it’s soon to disappear from them as well.
Sure, technology improves, and new models will [...]
HTC reached out to a curious customer a few days ago, revealing in an email that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Thunderbolt would be forthcoming sometime during Q2. Apparently HTC was in a mood to keep up with these revelations to individual users, instead of issuing a formal statement, as the company has responded to a similar inquiry into the original Incredible, also putting it on track for a Q2 Gingerbread release.
Admittedly, both these statements, despite coming through official HTC channels, aren’t as reliable as a press release or statement attributable [...]
Before you get too excited, know that what you’re about to see is highly experimental, and it doesn’t work too well. An industrious Droid Incredible owner has managed to port pre-release Honeycomb onto his device. While most things don’t work, this begs the question: if you could, would you install Honeycomb onto your phone? You’d get the benefits of the new tablet-friend OS: the new notification system, a better multitasking UI, improved homescreen management, and much more. Surely in due time after we get the AOSP release of the final version of Honeycomb, [...]
Google put GPS navigation companies on notice when they released Google Maps Navigation — for free. They did it again when they updated Google Maps with vector imagery rather than bitmap tiles, and added 3D buildings.
Today Verizon Wireless announced some major changes to their VZ Navigator VX that will help them stay relevant to Google’s offerings. Now available on certain smartphones (DROID X, DROID Incredible, and the Samsung Fascinate), this new version of the app provides “customers with 3D navigation views using enhanced 3D city models and true-to-life [...]
Plenty of smartphone users buy protective cases for their expensive phones, to spare them from any incidental damage the world may kick up in the phone’s direction. Apparently the phones are willing to reciprocate, as one HTC owner found his phone protecting him, deflecting an incoming bullet.
John Garber is employed as a valet at an Atlanta night club, where he was working one night when some disgruntled patrons of the club fired shots in the building’s direction. One of those bullets passed through Garber’s jacket, connecting with the smartphone he kept in [...]
The DROID Incredible and DROID Original are both getting Gingerbread builds — not from Verizon, HTC, or Motorola, but from the open-source developer community. Who needs Verizon or device manufacturers anymore?
ROMs for both devices aren’t quite 100% functional yet (who needs GPS and camera functionality anyway?), but resolving the final few bugs is only a matter of time.
What do you think? Are you ready to take the plunge and replace your stock ROM with a custom ROM? Have you already done so?
Are you going to wait for Verizon to release an official [...]
Dell Mobility Store is basically paying you $25 to get an HTC Droid Incredible in an offer ending November 29, 2010 (or while supplies last).
If once you were dreaming about the best Android device out there, now, eight months or so later, you get a $25 Dell Gift Card to go with your free HTC Droid Incredible from Dell Mobility Store when you sign a new two-year activation through Dell’s web site. Rated by us at that time at 4.5/5, the Droid Incredible is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8650 Snapdragon Processor, 8GB of internal storage, 748MB ROM, 512MB RAM, 3.7-inch SLCD [...]