19
Jun
htc-droid-incredible-e1

And you thought carriers/manufacturers didn't care about their customers! You should be ashamed of yourself! Turns out that carriers actually do care - why else would Big Red be preparing an OTA update for the old school Droid Incredible. Sure, it's far from a major update, but it it something:

Device Features, Improvements, & Fixes

  • Record and send a Visual Voice Mail to up to 10 recipients while seeing all parties in a list.
  • Improvements made in Bluetooth Car connectivity.

Applications & Widgets

  • Resolved issue where purchases Verizon App ringtones could not be saved to the device.

It's not much, but there's something to be said about an OTA update coming to a two-year old device.

2012-06-19_13h42_29

[Verizon]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Yet they can barely update a Galaxy Nexus... go figure.

    • Scott P.

      I don't know. My Razr is still on Gingerbread, so don't whine about an incremental update.
      And what about the Droid 3 users who were promised that Motorola would give them timely updates.
      Nexus users are like the 1% in the rest of the world, all they care about is themselves. "What do I care if nobody else has ICS? I want my update!"

      • moelsen8

        ouch.  it does suck that oems like motorola continue to feed their customers bs like that, but your description of nexus users is a little unfair.  people buy the nexus for the updates--that's the whole point of the nexus program.  verizon screwed the pooch with that phone.

      • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

        I'm not whining by any means, I dont own a nexus device, and I never have. I'm not even a Verizon customer, I'm an AT&T customer. I was just saying that "Nexus" devices usually lead the pack in terms of updates yet Verizon didn't allow them to get the update until recently.

        This is not a nexus device and is insanely old, yet Verizon just released an update for it. I was just drawing parallels how they release updates like this for phones that a small minority of people use compared to a Nexus device which was and still is for the most part their flagship device.

      • Mixedemotion624

        Use DROID razr leak im running ics and not rooted either.

      • shadowdude777

        Nexus CDMA owners were initially promised immediate updates. That was the reason they bought the phone. The promises were later retracted when Verizon refused to cooperate and Google lowered their support level for the Nexus CDMA.

        This would be like a Razr Maxx owner learning a month after their purchase that their phone really was just a Razr made a little thicker with the same battery. We don't take kindly to lies, and the fact that Motorola also lies doesn't change the fact that we were specifically promised quick updates and are upset we don't get them.

        Of course, if you bought the Nexus after Google announced lowered support and still expected quick updates, that's 100% your fault, but the people who bought on launch date were duped.

  • moelsen8

    now with less root!

  • Itchy_Robot

    Been rocking my Incredible with Cyanogen 7 for over a year now. Runs like a champ and does so much more than stock. I just installed Evervolvs ICS rom this morning, and it is running great so far. I am glad to have a phone so supported by the mod community.

  • Chey023

    I grabbed a dinc once my dx headphone jack went out. The dinc community is as rabid as the dx. It's a great little device. Rocking the new evervokv too.

  • Crafty

    Anyone else notice these updates to older devices seem alittle fishy?

    They are doing this on purpose because they know they are older phones and therefore have less dev help/support so if it breaks root/updates bootloader chances of it being rooted again are slim.

    Look a the Droid X, there was no need for an update the sole reason of it was to break root with a much weakend community.

    • moelsen8

      well, moto's in a league of its own when it comes to bending over their customers.  although i do think they finally realized that breaking root doesn't matter if people can sbf back to earlier rootable versions.  it's all in the name of making it more secure.. but yeah, on 2ish year old devices like dx, d2, and d2g, couldn't they just let it slide?

      • Crafty

        I agree to a point, but Im pretty sure that last update to the DX made it so you could not SBF back previous versons.

        • moelsen8

          yeah, the updates to all 3 i mentioned killed root and the ability to sbf.  i meant moto could have easily looked the other way at this point, even if it does make the device more secure (from their standpoint).

  • mostlydigital

    Hope they hurry.  I've got a Galaxy S3 on order.

    For the record, though, the DInc is the best phone I've ever had and its stood up very well.  I would have continued with HTC if they had just kept up the innovation.

    • Mixedemotion624

      Are you serious the rezound.??? Isnt good.enough ?

    • trob6969

      It makes a lot of since to do your own research into smartphones and disregard what 'reviewers' think. HTC didn't put much promotion behind the rezound so people didn't realize that it DID bring innovation over the other phones: it was first to have a 720p 'true' HD display (not the Galaxy Nexus), and with a ppi of 342 its STILL the only phone out that not only beats the iPhone 4s sharpness and clairity but does it with a much larger screen. It was first to have a 1.5ghz dual-core, and its 2meg front cam also records HD video as well as both cams recording HD slow-motion video. So HTC hasn't lost its 'innovation', they just need to fire whoever's in charge of marketing.

      • mostlydigital

        thanks for a calm, literate and well-written response. I stand corrected. If only more people on forums followed your example.

        • trob6969

          Thanks

  • Crybaby

    Cameron, I'm going to take your observations regarding this update as a bit of tong-in-cheek comment.  Otherwise I'd have to think that you're too easily impressed.

  • banjoonmyknee

    You mean there are still people using the stock release for the HTC Incredible?

    • Santiago Erick2

      Yes people are still using it

  • Brittany D

    My mother used her Incredible until about 2 or 3 months ago when the phone finally quit working properly for the last time. She switched to the iPhone 4S since she was so enamored with the idea of an iphone. She loves hers. I've used it and do not enjoy using it. I'll stick to my android. :) I love my Macbook Pro though!! In LOVE! So - to each his own I guess. I really thought I'd love an iphone. I was sure I would. Nah. I don't. Moms Incredible lasted ALMOST 2 years. She was able to keep the phone going long enough (sort of ) to upgrade at no added cost thoghe she paid like $60 for the upgrade since the 4S was not yet free. That poor Incredible, it was a good first smart phone for her. :)