updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon June 28, 2010
Shortages may kill Droid Incredible early
Verizon cast doubt on the future of the Droid Incredible late on Sunday with word that it was steering customers away from the phone. Those who are now facing a one-month delay for the Android device are now being told they can switch the order to a Droid X when it's in stores. The Motorola phone isn't due to ship until July 15 but will still arrive sooner than Incredible orders, which now don't ship until July 26 at best.
While Verizon hasn't canceled the Droid Incredible, the switch in attention could lead HTC's phone to a short existence on the network. It has suffered from shortages of its 3.7-inch AMOLED screen since its launch in May and is seeing its supply reduced so heavily that HTC is switching to LCD to keep producing its current phone range.
The frequency of Android phone updates has increasingly been a problem rather than an advantage for Google, as few phones have had maximum attention for more than a few months before being replaced. It has contributed to larger overall sales but has hurt HTC and Motorola. [via AndroidGuys]