The Droid Incredible is a very popular handset in the U.S and among the modding community. Now, after the Samsung Galaxy S and the original Motorola Droid got its fair share of Android 2.3 Gingerbread love, the Incredible joins the list. In the case of Galaxy S and the Droid, the Gingerbread ROMs were far from usable on a day to day basis.
However, the Droid Incredible Gingerbread ROM has only a few bugs like a non-working GPS and camcorder. All other functions of the phone like camera, web browser and accelerometer work properly.
Here is a video of Android 2.3 running on the Droid Incredible :
HTC Droid Incredible Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Kudos to the modding community for such an awesome work! It will take HTC months before they are able to release the Android 2.3 update for the Incredible i.e. if they plan on releasing an update at all.
Droid Incredible owners can read this thread over at XDA on how to flash the Android 2.3 ROM on their handset.
After the Samsung Galaxy S, the original Motorola Droid has got its share of Gingerbread love from the modding community. An original Motorola Droid owner neubanks89 has managed to build a Gingerbread ROM for his handset from AOSP. However, the ROM is not usable on a day to day basis as it has some issues like Camera not working, no Google Apps and the browser does not work properly.
However, from the comments of users who have flashed this ROM on their Droid, it looks like Gingerbread absolutely flies on the handset. Since the Droid has reached its EOL (End-Of-Life), Droid owners should not expect Motorola to update the handset to Android 2.3.
Nevertheless, I am pretty sure the modding community will definitely cook up a working Gingerbread ROM in the coming few days. Interested Droid owners can read about running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on their phone here.
Via Droid Life
Surprise Surprise! The big red a.k.a Verizon is soon going to start selling the Apple iPad. Today, in an official press release Apple and Verizon have announced that the iPad will be available at all Verizon retail stores beginning from October 28. Verizon will be offering only the Wi-Fi equipped models of the iPad. They will also be bundling a Verizon branded Mi-Fi along with it for internet access on the go.
This is the perfect pairing for holiday travels,said John Stratton, chief operating officer for Verizon Wireless. iPad together with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G data network allows customers to easily connect on the go wherever they are.
The suggest retail price of the 16GB iPad along with the Mi-Fi is $629.99 while the 32GB and 64GB versions cost $729.99 and $829.99 respectively (Mi-Fi inclusive). Verizon will also be offering all the three models of the iPad on a standalone basis. The big red will be charging $20 for up to 1GB of data usage using the bundled Mi-Fi. As you can see, AT&T sells the iPad at a comparatively cheaper rate than what Verizon will be offering it for.
Verizon’s DROID’ advertisement campaign has played a major role in the success of Android and this move from them has surely shocked me. Even after five months of its release, the iPad is still selling like hot cakes. With this move from Apple and Verizon, I expect the sales figure to go crazy!
Adobe has just updated the minimum requirement for Flash 10.1 on Android handsets and the change is going to affect a lot of Droid owners out there. Adobe and Motorola had initially stated that Flash 10.1 will be supported on the Droid. However, the updated requirements from Adobe state that all mobile phones must be running an ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 800 MHz or above. This means that the original Droid or the Milestone won’t support Flash 10.1 since the Cortex A8 processor inside the handset runs at 550 MHz.
Nevertheless, Motorola had under clocked the A8 processor inside this handset and if the company wants they can make the processor run at 800 MHz, which will make the handset Flash 10.1 compatible. Heck! Even the stock kernel on the Motorola Droid allows overclocking up to 800 MHz (Rooted Users only!). There are also many custom kernels available for the Droid which overclocks the processor of the device to 1.1 GHz.
I seriously hope Motorola and/or Adobe do something about it since the Droid/Milestone is one of the most popular Android handset out there. Removing the Droid from the Flash 10.1 compatibility list will seriously not go down well with the Droid owners.
It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.
Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.
Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few days.
Droid-Life is reporting that Verizon is going to start rolling out the official Froyo OTA update for the Droid Incredible from tomorrow itself. I will now recommend users to wait for the OTA instead of flashing the leaked Android 2.2 update about which we reported a few minutes ago. Verizon has updated the Droid Incredible support page with full information about the Froyo update as well.
The Froyo update for the Incredible brings with it incredible’ changes like 720p HD recording, 3G Mobile Hotspot, Flash Player 10.1 and a new boot screen. The Froyo update is also expected to improve the battery life of the device. This software update will also install Skype, VZ Navigator and My Verizon applications on your Incredible. The update will also enable the Wi-Fi n capability on the handset.
The folks over at Android Central have published the many screenshots and benchmarks of the Android 2.2 update running on the Droid Incredible. Here is the link to the full change-log of the Android 2.2 update from Verizon itself.
HTC are yet to announce the official release date of the Froyo rollout for the Droid Incredible. Earlier, rumors suggested that the Droid Incredible will get its Froyo love on August 18. However, that did not happen and Incredible owners are still waiting for HTC to announce the Froyo rollout date. Nevertheless, a full Froyo RUU has leaked on the Internet today.
Users who have rooted, as well as non-rooted phones can flash this firmware file. The Android 2.2 Update for the Droid Incredible will bring with it many new changes like 720p HD video recording, Flash Player 10.1, new Boot screen etcetera. Hopefully, Verizon will soon announce the official roll out date of the OTA Froyo update.
Here are the steps to flash this leaked Android 2.2 RUU file on your Droid Incredible.
The folks over at Xda Developers have done it again. They have managed to root the Motorola Droid 2, only after two weeks of its launch. Users who are interested in rooting their Droid 2, need to have adb and the required drivers from Motorola installed. Users need to key in lots of command from adb to root their Droid 2. Rooting a phone allows users to remove all the crapware which an operator loads on the phone. It also provides the users with Wi-Fi and USB tethering for free.
Hopefully, the Motorola Droid 2 will now soon get the Clockwork Mod recovery and Custom ROMs. However, the locked down bootloader on the device is surely going to give the developers some sleepless night. The Motorola Droid 2 is the successor to the highly popular Droid. The original Droid was and still is a popular phone among the modding community due to its unlocked bootloader.
Here is the link on how to root your Droid 2.
One of the major benefits of Android 2.2 is that it brings full flash to Android via Flash Player 10.1. However, not many phones have got their fair share of Froyo and Flash love except for the Google Nexus One. The Motorola Droid has already got its Froyo update, but the Flash update for the phone still has not been released. The Flash 10.1 update for the Droid was expected to be rolled out from August 18, but sadly it did not happen.
There are many leaked Flash 10.1 .apk’s floating around on the Internet which Droid owners can install. However, these Flash builds are not optimized for the Droid and thus result in a choppy experience. Nevertheless, users who want smooth and trouble free Flash experience on their Droid should install the latest version of CyanogenMod 6 a.k.a CM6 RC3. After installing the latest RC of CM6, users should search the market for the Flash player and install it.
Apparently, this Flash 10.1 player provides a much better flash experience on your Droid than the other leaked .apk’s do.
One of the best things about Android is the constant OS updates. It has had about 5 major OS upgrades since its original launch. One of the worst things about using an Android phone is not knowing when your manufacturer will update your phone with the latest Android OS version.
Motorola seems to have understood this problem that many Android users have and has released a schedule of Android software upgrades for Motorola phones. It includes a list of all the major Android phones by Motorola (including the Droid X, Droid, Cliq, Devour, Backflip, Milestone and the Dext) with a list of countries and a timeline.
Motorola Android Upgrade Schedule
Source: Motorola via TNW