The day that many ROM enthusiasts have been dreading has arrived: the CyanogenMod Team has announced the end of life support for the original Nexus One, along with other first-generation Snapdragon devices, including the HTC EVO 4G, [Droid] Incredible and Desire and others. None of these devices have official builds of CyanogenMod 9 (though plenty of independent ROM developers have done their best) and they won't be getting any CM updates beyond the 7.X Gingerbread branch.
If a mid-range LTE phone on Verizon Wireless is on your to-buy list, then you've likely considered the new Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Its somewhat of a low-end One variant, but keeps that slick red and black color scheme of the Incredible line. While the display and resolution are clearly the weakest link in this device, everything else under the hood is sure to zoom along nicely:
- 4-inch super LCD qHD display
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
- Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
- Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ memory card
- 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery
- Sense 4.0 on top of ICS
You could walk into a Verizon store and pick one of these up right now for $150.
It seems that DroidDoes.com has a way of outing phones before they're actually announced, and once again, that's the story here. Even though it has since been pulled, Droid Life was able to grab a couple of screenshots of the site as it shows off the newest successor in the Incredible line.
As you can see, the specs here confirm our earlier leak:
- 4-Inch qHD Super LCD
- 1.2GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 8MP rear shooter (likely the same as the One X/S), VGA front camera
- 1700mAh battery
- 2.4 x 4.8 x 0.46 inches
- 4.66 ounces
- Android 4.0 with Sense 4
One thing that doesn't match up with what our tipster said, though, is the price listed.
Up to this point, the only thing we've know about the HTC Incredible 4G is... well, not much. There have been rumors here and there, but nothing all that concrete about the device (aside from a potential launch date). Thanks to a trusted source, however, we now not only have more information about the device, but some images to go along with it.
Smile for the blurrycam!
Nowadays, it's not often that we come across some blurrycam shots of a device and don't know what it is, but that's exactly the case here. Luckily, the shots do reveal some information, and there a few other things we can surmise from there.
Assuming they make it into the final product (this is, after all, a prototype), here's what we're looking at for organs:
1.2GHz dual-core CPU
8MP camera on the back, VGA front-facing camera
WiFi (presumably up to 802.11n) and Bluetooth
Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
HTC's Sense 4.0
All in all, nothing really impressive, but a respectable showing for a mid-range smartphone.
If you didn't know, HTC has promised to provide bootloader unlock support for all devices released after September of 2011 as well as many others released before, and they have been keeping good on that promise with added support for many devices over the last few months.
They're still going strong, and added several more devices to the list earlier today.
There you have it, the newly supported devices are the HTC Desire Z, ChaCha, Aria, Droid Incredible, Status, and T-Mobile G2.
Update: We're getting reports that this should be rolling out in full-force now. Anyone get theirs today?
Update 2: We're hearing that a lot of people are still without the update, so we pinged HTC to make sure everything is rolling as planned. Everything is right on schedule, so just sit tight -- it should be hitting your device anytime now.
Update 3: After months of silence, it seems the beast has awoken, and the update is rolling out yet again, with the same version number 4.06.605.3.
Finally! The long awaited Gingerbread update for both the Droid Incredible and ThunderBolt will be hitting the airwaves in September, according to HTC's official Twitter.
While several leaked Android 2.3.x builds for each device have surfaced over the past few months, none of them were deemed good enough to achieve "official" status, so it's good to know that HTC has finally put the finishing touches on each.
No solid date has been set, so just know that your waiting will finally come to an end within the next few weeks.
We've been talking about Gingerbread for the Droid Incredible and its on-again-off-again status quite a bit lately, but after the official support docs showed up on VZW's site, we had confirmation of what we knew all along: the update is alive and kicking. It was rumored that it would start rolling out OTA-style earlier in the week but was delayed for unknown reasons, leaving Incredible owners without their cookie-filled upgrade just a little bit longer.
Last week, an HTC support representative told a customer that the Droid Incredible would not be updated to Gingerbread. Of course, we questioned this claim's validity, as we were absolutely certain that there was a test build on Verizon's servers at the time the statement was issued.
Turns out we were right, as the official update page is now live on Big Red's website. This is pretty good news for Incredible owners -- but the better news is that it's probably coming sooner than you think; possibly as early as this week.