Droid, Amaze, Desire, Evo, Incredible, Sensation, others to be updated over summer
HTC has upgraded its Android FAQ page to lay out the timeline over which a number of its handsets will receive upgrades to Android 4.0. Over the next few months, the Droid Incredible 2, Amaze, Desire, Desire HD, Evo 3D, Evo 4G+, and a number of other models are slated to receive an update to the latest version of Android.
Droid Incredible 4G LTE to get rapid-fire camera
Verizon itself inadvertently confirmed the new Droid Incredible through a product page (since pulled) on its own Droid Does website. Now known to be called the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, the phone is now known to be a heavily modified take on the One S. While the shrink to a four-inch LCD and an underclocked 1.2GHz Snapdragon were known, it should have the dedicated ImageSense processing chip of the One series to get the burst shooting and faster response times.
Previous leaks detail specifications of new phone
The year-old HTC Incredible 2 phone is currently unavailable for purchase on Verizon's web store. While the inference is that the phone will return, as it is listed as "temporarily unavailable," previous leaks suggest an imminent release of the Incredible 4G phone, which has been previously seen listed on Verizon's internal databases.
Unclear if ICS phone will carry droid branding
A rendering and press photos of what may turn out to be Verizon's second smartphone shipped with Android 4.0 has surfaced. An image of the HTC Incredible 4G has been posted by Pocketnow, while photos have emerged at Android Police. Rumors of the phone, known also as the HTC Droid Incredible 4G and HTC Fireball, first appeared in February.
Details oif pricing & shipping still unrevealed
Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible 4G may be closer to hiting the market. Android Central has posted an internal advisory letting its employees know that pricing for the phone, also called the ADR 6410, will be updated on its MAP (minimum advertised price) system prior to the launch date. Specifics of the actual pricing and availability weren't posted.
Droid Incredible 4G may be relative mid-tier phone
HTC's Droid Incredible 4G may have had its features locked down through a benchmark run on NenaMark. The test of a Verizon phone identifying as the ADR6410LVW showed a device with an unusual processor choice: it would have the Adreno 225 graphics of Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, but it would be clocked at 1.2GHz, matching up with earlier leaks but not at all like the usual 1.5GHz the S4 uses.
Dates for upcoming Verizon handsets leaked
Release dates for a number of handsets meant for Verizon have been leaked, thanks to Droid-Life. A pared back version of the Galaxy Nexus with 16GB of built-in storage should begin shipping on April 5, according to a leaked memo. Halving the memory would drop the cost to $200 on contract.
HTC Fireball gets definite name and LG counterpart
The HTC Fireball may have been given a more definite name after new tips on Friday. Befitting its looks, the Android 4.0 phone should be called the Incredible 4G, Droid-Life said. The hardware would get the according LTE as well as a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
Sky Go app lets Android users watch Sky TV
Sky's Go app has now gone live for Android users (free, Android Market), letting users of some Android phones with a Sky TV subscription access 22 live TV channels from the provider. The app can only be used in the UK or Ireland and will stream content over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. Users can register up to two devices and watch TV simultaneously on both.
HTC vows Verizon, Rogers, Bell phone upgrades
HTC has expanded on its Android 4.0 upgrade plans to include more of its North American lineup, most of all Verizon's hardware. It had already included the Rezound in its plans, but it now intended as of Friday to include the Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme, and Thunderbolt among the upgrades. The exact timetable wasn't outlined.
HTC Droid Incredible 3 may go 2-core, Android 4
A telling scoop Friday has shown that Verizon plans at least one more HTC Droid Incredible phone. The hardware seen by Phone Arena, known at least temporarily as the Droid Incredible 3, would be a major leap in speed over the Droid Incredible 2 with both LTE-based 4G and a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon. The hardware is conspicuously using the same Android 4.0 plus Sense 4.0 interface as the Ville and could be the first US phone to get the updated layer.
HTC stalls some Android 4 updates despite vows
HTC had to backtrack on upgrade promises Thursday with a follow-up posting delaying most. Only the Sensation, Sensation 4G, and Sensation XE will get the new OS by the end of March. The Sensation XL would come soon afterwards, but the Amaze 4G, Desire HD, Desire S, Evo 3D, Evo Design 4G, Incredible S, Rezound, and Vivid would only get updates "later this year."
HTC unlocks Droid Incredible 2, Thunderbolt
HTC is continuing to unlock bootloaders for its devices this week, now adding the Droid Incredible 2 and Thunderbolt. The official program is meant to have all 2011 smartphones unlocked, depending on carriers and their permission. Despite being official, the unlock may void users' warranties.
Verizon outlines Thanksgiving device deals
Verizon Wireless has just brought out holiday pricing and a number of new devices in time for Thanksgiving and the Black Friday holiday rish. It will get a new, red HTC Droid Incredible 2 and offer Motorola's 4G LTE-equipped Motorola Xoom tablet for $200 on contract. Both will be available online on November 24, 25, and 28, and in-store on November 25 only. The phone will be free with a new two-year contract, but only after a $50 mail-in rebate. The Xoom LTE will require a two-year contract with at least a $30 monthly plan for 2GB of data.
Phones to hit the Shack in October
Radio Shack will likely begin selling the Samsung Stratosphere on October 6 and the HTC Vigor on October 20. A photo of the Shack's "direct fill" schedule leaked by Droid-Life has both devices in the retailer's shops on or before the date. Both phones will be sold for the Verizon network, so pre-ordering could begin as early as the end of this month for the Stratosphere.
iPhone 5 cases appear in force with new shape
Those believing the iPhone 5 will have a major redesign were supported on Friday with two simultaneous discoveries of a glut of new cases. All of them show a design somewhat like the iPod touch but with the requisite camera, microphone, and speaker connectors. The Macitynet.it sighting compared it against both the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch and found it larger than both, strongly supporting beliefs that it has a larger screen.
HTC vows Android 2.3 upgrade for two phones
HTC on Wednesday promised that both the original Droid Incredible and the Thunderbolt would get Android 2.3 in September. It wouldn't confirm exact dates or whether there were any device-specific fixes. The company had originally promised the Thunderbolt upgrade in the spring, but it pushed this back and was testing as early as May.
HTC Vigor spotted in real photos
The elusive HTC Vigor has been seen for the first time in a sighting that still leaves some questions. The Android phone supports at least some of the claims, including the 4.3-inch display and its Verizon destination through the red camera ring. That signature trait led Droid-Life to sugget it might become another Droid model, possibly the long-talked about Droid Incredible HD.
New color expected on shelves within a few weeks
Earlier this month, news leaked of a white variant of the HTC Droid Incredible 2. Droid- life on Wednesday revealed that this smartphone is headed to Best Buy exclusively. Little is known about the exact plans beyond the phone's existence.
Joins original black version
Leaks have suggested that Verizon will be offering the HTC Droid Incredible 2 in silver as well as black. Images scraped by PocketNow show the Android phone in a two-tone design with the usual black front face but the new color on its topographic back. Little will have changed on the inside from a superficial look.
Verizon details Android 2.3 for Droid Incredible 2
Verizon on Friday posted an update page confirming the imminent launch of Android 2.3 for the HTC Droid Incredible 2. The phone should bring the the expected interface improvements of 2.3 but will also bring a handful of new features specific to Verizon's phone. A new Wireless Charging UI will revamp the interface only when the phone is using its optional inductive charging; a Desktop Dock app is new but hasn't been matched by a dock of its own, suggesting there's a special accessory in development.
HTC hints change in locked bootloaders
HTC in a new notice on Facebook told Android users it was reconsidering its recent policy of locking down bootloaders. It acknowledged complaints from owners wanting more freedom to root their phones and said it was "reviewing the issue and our policy" around how it approached them. More details would come "soon," it said.
Android gets Netflix at last
Netflix answered one of the largest complaints about Android on Thursday with the first publicly available version of its app (free, Market) for Google's OS. The app is virtually identical to the one released for the iPhone last August and lets users both manage their instant queue as well as watch videos themselves. Use, as always, requires a subscription starting from $8.
HTC Q1 2011 sees it ship 9.7m phones, plan for 11m
HTC on Friday reported one of its best quarters ever and set relatively high expectations. The company's profit almost tripled from year-to-year to reach the equivalent of $510 million. Phone shipments themselves were a record high at 9.7 million on the back of its continued strong Android lineup.
NPD says Verizon iPhone helped Apple vs Google
The launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 in the winter not only helped Apple gain status in the US but saw Android share decline for the first time in two years, the NPD Group found on Thursday. Apple was now the third-largest phone maker of any type in the US at 14 percent, slipping only behind basic phone specialists Samsung (23 percent) and LG (18 percent). The iPhone jumped nine points in smartphones to 28 percent, but Android had slipped from a record high 53 percent smartphone sales in the fall to 50 percent spread across its several manufacturers.
Droid Incredible 2 official for Verizon, we review
Verizon on Tuesday finally confirmed plans to launch the HTC Droid Incredible 2. The phone we already reviewed is a CDMA adaptation of the Incredible S and centers on its very bright, rich four-inch Super LCD screen and its signature "topographical" back. The Verizon model has specific support for Verizon's 3G hotspot plan and dual-mode support for GSM and HSPA 3G roaming outside of the US.
Company delivers on upgrade promise early
Italian users of the HTC Incredible S will get a pleasant surprise this week: an over-the-air update to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread). HTC had promised an OS upgrade for the Incredible S by the second quarter of 2011. The OTA update for Italian users would seem to indicate that a worldwide rollout is imminent.
Ti unveils ultra-small Qi wireless power chips
Texas Instruments started the week by promising a very small wireless power chip, the bq51013, that could lead to the technology spreading to other devices. Its design measures just 0.12 inches at its longest point, 80 percent less than TI's previous version, but can still provide the 5W of inductive power needed for smartphones, MP3 players, and most other mobile devices. It backs the official Qi power standard and should work with any charger that supports the standard.
We review the HTC Incredible S, Droid Incredible 2
When the original Droid Incredible hit Verizon in April 2010, it was an immediate smash; it was proof Android was here to stay and a legitimate challenge to the iPhone. With the Incredible S and (soon) the Droid Incredible 2, HTC now has the burden on its hands of not only recapturing the spirit of the original but making it a worldwide success. We'll see in our Incredible S review whether it's repeating that success.
HTC warns only newest phones get full Sense 3.0
HTC in a pair of updates on Twitter said that only some of its new Sense 3.0 interface would work on older phones. Only its newest and fastest devices, like the Evo 3D, Evo View 4G, Flyer, and Sensation, will get the fully customized home and lock screens. HTC was planning on including those features in the new version of Sense that would work on the older devices.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 slip shows CDMA and GSM
The imminent HTC Droid Incredible 2 had its world roaming support backed up by a new staff memo detailing some of the new features. The Android 2.2 leader is now known to have "global capability" that will talk to GSM networks in North America and the world when not on Verizon's CDMA. Verizon's edition as seen by Android Central will also have a 16GB microSDHC card packed in rather than the 8GB on the Incredible S it's based on.
HTC Q1 2011 profit triples thanks to Android
HTC on Friday said it had a banner first quarter of 2011 after its profit tripled compared to a year ago. Its net profit grew about three times to $513 million. The company declined to say how many phones it had actually shipped, but it had predicted in January that it would deliver 8.5 million devices between then and the end of March.
Official shots of HTC Incredible 2 leaked
New, official photos were leaked of the upcoming HTC Incredible 2 thanks to PocketNow. This is the time images of the device were shown, indicating the phone is nearly ready for a release, in spite of the fact HTC nor carrier Verizon have yet officially announced it. The device is expected to be a rebranded version of the Incredible S smartphone.
Verizon price leak has Droid Charge costing 300
Verizon may charge a steep premium for the Samsung Droid Charge if a pricing schedule slip holds. The 4G Android phone's minimum advertised price (MAP) is listed as $300 on contract, or $50 more expensive even than the HTC Thunderbolt. Droid-Life's list didn't include rebates and had room to change, though all the other prices for shipping devices were accurate.
Verizon EOLs Incredible, roadmap backs sequel
Verizon has quietly marked the end of a minor era by withdrawing the Droid Incredible shortly before its sequel arrives. The phone no longer shows online and is likely clearing out stock at retail. HTC's phone was the first high-end Android hardware at Verizon after the original Motorola Droid and one of its most consistent sellers, having been on shelves for nearly a full year.
Droid Incredible 2 seen in real life
Verizon's upcoming HTC Droid Incredible 2 got its first live appearance in a sighting on Saturday. The phone is, as expected, a very close variant of the Incredible S with some new trim and Verizon's badging. AndroidSpin's view only caught Android 2.2 with HTC's Sense UI, but it's now expected to go to 2.3 by the time the phone launches.
HTC Droid Incredible 2 pops in Verizon system
Plans for a version of the HTC Incredible S to show in the US may have been effectively greenlit on Saturday through a sighting in Verizon's inventory system. An entry for an HTC63503, or "INCRD2," has surfaced that points directly to a Droid Incredible 2 in the future. Engadget's insider didn't have release clues, but devices often show when relatively close to an introduction.
Refeshed line of HTC Android smartphones launched
Among the slew of new devices launched by HTC today as part of their World Mobile Congress presentation were revamped versions of the HTC Incredible, Wildfire and Desire, which have now been given the “S” treatment. The new HTC Desire S and Incredible S are HTC’s flagship Android devices, while the HTC Wildfire S is its entry-level variant. Both the new Desire S and Incredible S are now powered by a second-generation 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 system-on-a-chip (SoC) paired with an Adreno 205 GPU.
Verizon's Q1 2010 weaker than ATT
Verizon today provided a mild shock to the cellular industry by reporting relatively disappointing results for the early part of 2010. Although still taking advantage of phones like the Motorola Droid, its subscriber growth slowed down to 1.5 million new cellphone users in the winter and was noticeably slower than AT&T's 1.9 million additions over the same timeframe. Its net profit also plunged from $1.6 billion a year ago to $400 million today.