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Droid Incredible 2 Gingerbread

Looks like the HTC Droid Incredible 2 on Verizon is about to get its long-awaited Gingerbread update. And the bump to Android 2.3 isn't all that's coming. Included in build 2.18.605.4 will be support for Verizon's new wireless charging, for which you'll a wireless charging battery cover. Also, you get:

  • Overall improvements to the performance of Mobile IM.
  • Resolved Hotmail sync & connect issues when setting up a one day sync.
  • Improvements to device connectivity when roaming on global GSM/UMTS networks.
  • New download manager app
  • New app and power management details
  • Improved word selection and copy functionality
  • Alarm notifications turned off while in emergency mode
  • Improved device stability
  • NY Times added to browser bookmarks
  • Wireless Charging UI added
  • New desktop dock app

No word yet on when we'll see the update. Stay tuned.

Source: Verizon (pdf); via Android Central Forums

 

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Droid Incredible 2 getting ready for its Gingerbread update

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Where is the Thunderbolt update????? Yah right there aren't bloatware issues because all HTC phones get the same pre-installed apps. What is going om here!!!!!!!

Agreed. FWIW, I was in verizon store today browsng phones, didn't see TB, asked, sales rep said they are no longer carrying it/offering it because of battery issues and too many returns/disgruntled customers

This is awesome news for a DINc2 owner such as myself...but do we really need a NY Times bookmark added as part of the update? I know it's got bloated apps via VZW and all, but I don't think I need them to be bookmarking news sites for me.

If this is true, Verizon be ready for my call you ain't gonna like it. Even is over 2 months I got my TB I don't need this s@$&!/.

WTH is HTC thinking???? Where is the TBolt update!!! Ahhhh! Reboot issues galore and we still haven't seen a fix?!?! Come on Verizon & HTC GET YOUR S#*T TOGETHER!!

With its front facing camera, this update was inevitable. But I'm concerned that this update doesn't mention anything about improved signal strength. I think almost every DINC 2 owner has had signal strength issues.

I'm never early adopting again. If the Incredible 2 gets the update before the Thunderbolt does I'm going to go insane, especially because my phone reboots 1-2 times a day.

Thunderbolt owners- I genuinely feel your pain. I'd be mad too. I got the DINC 2 over the T-Bolt because 4G isn't in my neck of the woods. But I sincerely believe that HTC and Verizon are working to get you guys on Gingerbread. Unfortunately, the Thunderbolt has some major kinks (such as the random power cycling) to be worked out. The DINC 2 didn't have the problems the T-Bolt had. It's better to wait a bit longer for an update that will fix those issues rather than receive an update that will create more. Just my two cents :)

Yeah, you get the sense that people think HTC and Verizon checked the calendar, decided it was time to give out some GB updates, grabbed one off the shelf and handed it out to the Dinc2.

If the TB hasn’t gotten an update/fix yet, it’s probably because it still isn’t ready yet.

-Suntan

Of course it's not ready, who has time to fix device crippling bugs on hardware with 1 yr old specs when there are GBs and bloatware to send out?

Trying to be patient with a software root for this phone. It's gonna be tough to keep myself from running the ota

I just left my Verizon store. I have a lot of Verizon devices and am a high-end family user, so I wouldn't guarantee success for every TB owner; however, that being said the store manager promised me that if these issues were not addressed successfully by the time the Bionic release date that he would replace my TB for the Bionic. I just want my TB to work as promised and get some damn support.

Well hey, if the Thunderbolt doesn't work out, the Bionic seems like a great contingency plan! I'm not a Moto fan, but the Bionic looks like it will be top-notch. Anyway, I hope your T-Bolt bugs get worked out.

With no "official" release date for the Bionic this could be a longer wait than you expect, buying them plenty of time to fix your thunderbolt without hearing from you muhuhahahaha! Oh that store manager is a clever one!

LOL, I would agree; however, this was my proposal and he accepted it. My first choice is have my TB working properly. My fallback is the Bionic, so I'm in no panic mode. But smart point.

I hope that manager put that down in writing or the Bionic is coming out in the next 2 weeks. I wouldn't trust anything that amazing from anyone that greedy to sell you broken hardware and empty promises.

What I want to know is will this unlock the bootloader or will we have to wait for AlphaRevX to release an updated tool to get s-off for hacking?

And I just Picked up the Dinc 2 yesterday... Although I will probably wait for them to release the root method instead of upgrading the firmware.

The reason the are releasing GB for the Dinc2 is probably to block the new exploit in 2.2

I have to say, I DON'T feel sorry for the TBolt crowd. The phone was a disaster from the get go, you all should have known that a long time ago. If the months of delays weren't key enough to inferior product, I don't know what was. Too many bugs.

Um, many--if not most--of us had no problems until Verizon pushed that reboot-causing update. HTC/VZW should've had a fix for that ages ago. It's just the cherry on top of the crapcake that we're stuck with a rebooting phone while everyone else gets Gingerbread.

Zepfloyd- How does the average consumer have the ability to predict the future of whether or not a device will work properly? If we use your philosophy, we should then assume the MOTO Bionic, due to several release delays, will also be a piece of junk too, right? The Thunderbolt was tested, like any other product, by the manufacturer before its release, and both HTC and Verizon concluded it was marketable. Who's fault is that? Not the consumers. Perhaps your extensive knowledge of unreleased phones could have been useful to the people who own Thunderbolts. In fact, start your own list of phones NOT TO BUY in the year 2012. Thanks!

First off the Bionic is not a good comparison. The phone was essentially SCRAPPED and an entirely differently model was built with new internals...because of so many ongoing issues with the orginal design. They only thing that has stuck from January's CES is the name. That is how you handle a buggy product.

I don't blame the "average consumer" but I can't not call out the whiners on the Android blogs and Engadget etc because you/we KNEW the score. Should I repost the 150 articles going back to January? Not only did you buy into the first ever LTE phone as an early adopter...Skype, no skype, battery life, Heat issues, LTE issues...look they wouldn't even DROID brand the thing.

What I know or don't know isn't relevant. I basically hear or don't hear about what the blogsphere hears sometimes a little more. What I do get is commentary, and when there are engineers who feel "it should have never seen the light of day" There are issues. You can't tell me you're that naive to believe that testing means everythings just fine. Hardly. At some point the marketing and higher ups call the shots regardless and things like this happen, especially when you're months behind schedule.

Im guessing this ota is an absolute no-no if you want root right? Htc hadn't changed anything about s-off with this have they?

Yes, the update does fix the North/South GPS glitch.
Just installed the OTA tonight and it was the first thing I checked.

It's July 14, and I still can't download the GB update. What's the timeframe? I've tried manually, but the download "fails".