11
May
HTC Droid Eris Should Be Getting The Android 2.1 OTA Update Today

It's finally here - today should be the day when Verizon starts rolling out the Android 2.1 OTA (over-the-air) update that we reported on a few days ago.

The update page on Verizon's site, which provides benefits of the new 2.1 OS as well as the update instructions, still mentions "Coming Soon!" as the release date.

That last part, however, apparently means today, May 11th, according to a MobileCrunch tipster who sent in this internal memo screen:

HTC Droid Eris Should Be Getting The Android 2.1 OTA Update Today

We know it says "tentatively scheduled" and Verizon doesn't exactly have the best track record with releasing 2.1 when it says it is, but we have a hunch that it will actually begin on time this time around.

07
May
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I guess Sprint was feeling a bit lonely: Verizon has recently revealed on their official support site for the Droid Eris that users can expect an update to 2.1 ‘soon’. Unfortunately, they don’t offer a more specific time table, but they do provide documents both detailing the benefits of upgrading as well as instructions on how to do so, which is definitely reassuring.

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Reading through the documents provided, it looks like Verizon is going to deliver the update over-the-air, as well as require the user to wipe the device.

02
May
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You have to hand it to Verizon’s marketing department – out of all of the carriers pushing Android, their ads have been the most compelling.

Verizon continues their Android advertising legacy with a departure from the ‘Droid Does’ campaign in order to use the Iron Man 2 release to pimp their latest Android phone – the LG Ally. What’s that? You haven’t heard of the Ally? What about the LG Aloha?

29
Apr
Amazon HTC Droid Incredible for $99

Wow, what a day. First, Wirefly.com announced a special price that was cheaper than Verizon's or Best Buy's, and now Amazon.com one-upped them and is currently offering the HTC Droid Incredible at $99!

That's $100 cheaper than VZW.com (which is currently sold out) or Best Buy, and comes with a FREE 2-day shipping when purchased with a service plan.

Moreover, Amazon traditionally doesn't charge any tax in most states. We are not sure whether they do on the phones or not so if someone could clarify that in the comments, it would be great.

29
Apr
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Wirefly.com loves posting useful phone videos, and the latest one is no exception.

In this video, Wirefly compares the new HTC Droid Incredible (which you can get here for a better price than your Verizon store) to the Motorola Droid in a series they like to call "Schmackdown" (we won't even mention the cheesiness of the name here).

Here are the highlights from the video that I annotated in my favorite bullet point format:

Hardware

  • Comparable size-wise
  • Motorola Droid is thicker and heavier
  • Motorola Droid has a physical keyboard while the Incredible doesn't
  • Both have a virtual keyboard
  • Speech-to-text on both phones
  • Both have a dual LED flash
  • 1GHz and 512MB RAM on the Incredible and 550MHz and 256MB RAM on the Moto Droid
  • The Incredible has an 8MP camera vs Motorola Droid's 5MP
  • No MicroSD preinstalled on the Incredible, though it comes with an 8GB internal storage while the Motorola Droid comes with a 16GB MicroSD card
  • Same buttons on the outside of the phones but the Incredible has a trackpad on the front while the Motorola Droid has it on the inside
  • Both have a 3.7" display but the Incredible has a 480x800 px resolution while the Motorola Droid has 480x854 px
  • Droid Incredible has an AMOLED display
  • Battery life on the Incredible is not as good as the Motorola Droid

Software

  • Both are running Android 2.1
  • Incredible has HTC Sense (with additional apps and widgets) on top of Android while the Motorola Droid has vanilla Android 2.1
  • Incredible has Scenes which are like presets for your home screens while the Moto Droid doesn't have this feature
  • Incredible has some Flash support while the Moto Droid doesn't (though full Flash 10.1 support is going to come with Android 2.2)
  • Incredible seems to have a faster browser, probably due to hardware (both are on Verizon data network)

The video follows:

So, who wins?

26
Apr
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If you were waiting for the Nexus One to hit Verizon anytime soon, the bad news is that you can wave goodbye to that ever happening as Google updated their phone sales website today, and the Verizon Nexus One is officially off the list.

The good news, however, is that instead of the N1, Google recommends you buy the Droid Incredible, calling it ‘a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.’

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Shortly after the changes were made to the site, the Boy Genius Report published a statement by Google that read

We won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem.

21
Apr
HTC Droid Incredible

The date 4/20 is usually associated with things of mellow nature, and apparently some of Verizon’s employees or the shipping system itself seems to have been affected by it - a few lucky people who pre-ordered their HTC Incredibles got notices saying it would be delivered 4/20, and sure enough there are reports of these units being received.

What Is Going On?

It is a bit confusing as to what is actually happening right now in regards to the HTC Incredible.

20
Apr
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The HTC Droid Incredible hasn't even come out yet but we've already seen plenty of videos of it in action.

This video shot at Wirefly.com's headquarters, however, shows a 14 minute walkthrough by a man by the name of Manny who knows how to showcase the phone best. Why? Because he actually works for HTC and tells the story the way HTC itself wanted you to hear it.

In the video, Manny doesn't just jump around all over the place but instead starts the way a completely new customer would - by logging in.

20
Apr
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In a surprising turn of events, it’s beginning to look like Samsung’s latest Android superphone, the Galaxy S, may be headed to a carrier near you.

Forbes is reporting that an analyst for Broadpoint.AmTech, Mark McKechnie, ‘expects the Galaxy S to be sold at AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint before the end of June and to be picked up at Verizon "sometime later in the year"’. Those are certainly promising words, and Forbes seems to have enough faith in this prediction to run with it, but it should be noted that Samsung has declined to comment on carrier availability.

20
Apr
HTC Droid Incredible

After a barrage of preorder news, a bunch of previews, and lots of excitement, we bring you two more videos showcasing HTC Droid Incredible's capabilities.

The first one, posted by Verizon's official Youtube account, is an official and professionally shot product review going into all aspects of the Incredible:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuRDAaG9quQ

The second video, shot by Wirefly, shows what happens when you hook up the Incredible to the TV with the included TV-out port.

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