Up until now, HTC has been quite clear on which Android devices of the company will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update. However, the company has been pretty much mum about its devices in the United States. Thankfully, the company has now come clean on which all Android handsets it will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich in the United States.
The Taiwanese manufacturer will be upgrading all the Android handsets it has released under the Verizon’s network in the last year to Ice Cream Sandwich. This includes the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Incredible 2, Rhyme and the already announced, Rezound.
It is definitely nice to see HTC updating its single core handsets especially the Thunderbolt to Ice Cream Sandwich. The company has not mentioned anything as to when it will be rolling out the update, so its anyone guess at the moment.
Owners of any of the above handset should not expect much visual changes from the Ice Cream Sandwich update for their handsets. HTC’s Sense skin will hide whatever visual changes Google introduced in ICS, and instead the update will mainly add some new features and update the stock Google applications.
HTC and Verizon have started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid Incredible 2. The update carries the version number 2.18.605.4, and weighs in at around 116MB.
Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also includes some much needed bug fixes and enhancements. There is a new download manager app on-board, along with toggles to GPS, Wi-Fi etc, in the notification bar. There is also a new dock’, along with a new wireless charging UI.
Some Gingerbread goodies which Incredible 2 owners can also enjoy post the update include better battery life, improved copy and paste functionality and improvements in the performance and stability of the handset. Incredible 2 owners should also expect an improvement in network reception post the update.
The update is already available for download from Verizon’s server. Incredible 2 owners can download the update by going to Settings-> About Phone > Software Updates, and selecting the Check for updates option.
It is ironic that the Droid Incredible 2 got its Gingerbread update, before Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone the HTC Thunderbolt. Hopefully, the Thunderbolt’s Gingerbread update should land in a few weeks!
The HTC Droid Incredible 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid Incredible from Verizon and HTC. The phone was released exactly a month ago under Verizon’s network.
Sadly, the phone shipped with Android 2.2 (FroYo) on-board. At the time of its launch, HTC and Verizon did not mention anything about the Gingerbread update, for the handset.
Now, a member of MobileUnderground has managed to get his hands on a leaked Android 2.3 Gingerbread RUU for the Droid Incredible 2. I will not suggest any Droid Incredible 2 owner to flash this leaked RUU, as no known rooting and unlock method works on the firmware.
However, the folks over at Android Police have released a rooted version of the RUU. The re-packed RUU can be downloaded from here.
Below is a video of the Droid Incredible 2 running Android 2.3 Gingerbread :
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Incredible 2 brings some much needed bug fixes, apart from the bump in the Android version. The Smart Dialer and Notification LED settings work properly on this RUU, and so does the Sense Calendar widget.
The RUU also comes with a new radio, which should hopefully improve the network reception and data transfer speeds.
HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.
Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.
The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.
Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.
However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!
HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.
The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.