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Android hurt again as Droid Incredible delayed to August

updated 05:40 pm EDT, Tue July 6, 2010

HTC shows no signs of ending Incredible shortage

HTC suffered another setback today as Verizon has pushed back the Droid Incredible to August. New orders for the phone now won't ship any earlier than August 4, or three weeks after its fellow Android competitor the Droid X reaches shelves. Verizon still has an open invitation to switch orders for those hoping to avoid waiting.

The delay worsens HTC's attempt to hold on to its claim as the strongest Android manufacturer. Samsung's decision to squeeze out others for the sake of its own Galaxy S phones is believed to be forcing HTC to switch from AMOLED to LCD for its phones just to keep supplying stock. The shortages have led to the Droid Incredible being in short supply virtually since launch and Verizon executives to say they could sell twice as many phones were it not for the problem.

HTC has had breathrough sales in its most recent quarter, but it may face trouble in the summer as the Incredible, Desire, Legend and many of its other Android phones may face tight supply. One of its closest competitors, Apple, has also faced shortages, but these have been owed primarily to demand and not supply constraints.



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  1. Herod

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    +3

    excellent

    our plan is working.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    +2

    not necessarily an Android issue

    It's a hiccup but they aren't dependent on one phone, and it appears to be just switching AMOLED screens from HTC to Samsung - also Android phones.

    It doesn't change the overall picture on how many AMOLED screen can be manufactured - and that won't change until next year.

  1. wrenchy

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    Sounds like


    a Jobsian technique to increase hype and demand, stirring the fanbois and gurls into a hypnotic frenzy...

    It's not going to work because they are not Apple.

    Steve Jobs' RDF is more powerful than HTC's.

  1. SockRolid

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    +1

    After you. No, after you. No...

    This i good for HTC. Remember: the #1 rule in the Android handset market is "The most recent phone is always the best." So, by waiting until after Droid X is released, HTC Incredible will, by definition, be "the best" Android handset.

    Newest always wins in Android-land. All older Android handsets instantly become collectors' items. The pile of obsolete Android handsets will continue to grow with each month's new "best" Android handset. I just hope they're recyclable.

  1. tonewheel

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    Nice...

    Excuses and forgiveness abound on the boards....

  1. ggirton

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    Subtle distinction

    "One of its closest competitors, Apple, has also faced shortages, but these have been owed primarily to demand and not supply constraints."

    LOL! In other words, in Apple's case, the demand is greater than the supply, while in the case of Android, the supply is less than the demand?

    It's a subtle distinction, and that's the truth.

  1. applebook

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    Steve Jobs Did It

    He's an evil genius and is somehow involved with the supplies.

    Global warming is also Jobs' fault too.

    So the sad state of Microsoft's mobile platform.

  1. nelsoon

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    Bad title

    Bad title, it's htc that is hurt, not Android. Proff: Droid X

  1. testudo

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    +1

    how?

    How is Android hurt? Because there's one less phone available today?

    I'm sure if it were available, we'd be told Android was being hurt by the addition of another phone, which only adds to the fragmentation of the market...

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