Droid Incredible Gingerbread update

All those rumors you may have heard about the HTC Droid Incredible not getting Gingerbread?  Yeah, forget you heard them (and you didn't hear them here) -- Verizon's support website with the changelog and upgrading instructions went live this morning, and the news is good.  The Dinc will soon be seeing Android 2.3.4 and all the perks that come with the Gingerbread update, as well as a few other fixes:

  • MMS messages will now send correctly
  • Properly save audio files from MMS messages
  • Successfully play audio from MMS messages
  • Internet connection via Bluetooth now enabled
  • VZ Navigator now operates on Wifi
  • Change songs in the music widget by tapping the forward button
  • Camera now functions with an SD card inserted

As for the time frame (be honest, that's what we're all looking for), Verizon doesn't give us one, but the support documents are in place, and Dinc owners everywhere will be checking every 13 seconds -- we'll let you know as soon as we start seeing it.

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Stevie B!

Update: Just got word about how the over-the-air rollout's going to take place. The push is scheduled to start Tuesday, Aug. 16, with an initial 10,000 updates. Another 50,000 will get it on Wednesday, and everybody else on Friday.


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HTC Droid Incredible's Gingerbread update support docs now live at Verizon website


How dumb of Verizon and HTC to continue to provide updates now that you have gingerbread. What were they thinking?  They should have released a joint statement that said, "To all Incredible owners who didn't root their phone and void their warranty, we were going to update your phone to gingerbread, but then we found out fizzlefist got it months ago with cyanogenmod, so eff you all!"
Don't get me wrong, my Dinc is rooted and I have gingerbread.  But it's nothing but a good thing to see a provider and manufacturer continue to work to improve a phone that is over a year old now.  It's not like they were under any obligation to do so. 

Yeah, seriously. They need to get the TB updated I mean every HTC of the same size is getting/got it and except for the LTE radio .. bah. I just don't see why this so difficult.

I die a little more inside everytime I see a device getting a Gingerbread update that isn't Verizon's flagship LTE device...

This is great news for DInc owners. The fact that they are willing to put GB on the DInc just goes to show what a great phone it is. I put CM7 on mine a few months back, so I know this will make non-rooting people happy - especially if it fixes the memory bug issue.

Good question. I really like Sense and would love to see an upgrade to 3.0. Everything I have heard so far, however, is that the DInc lacks the hardware power to support Sense 3.0. I really hope that is wrong...

Thanks for the scoop. One minor typo in your story however: it should read "Camera now works WITHOUT an SD card inserted."

AH! Now, it makes sense. I was sitting here holding my DInc wondering why mine was the only one with a camera that works with an SD card inserted and why this wasn't fixed for everyone else before now. LOL

I am pleasantly surprised that this update is just around the corner - as I was beginning the research on how to root and rom my DInc - and running into a lot of confusing information in the process.

I was wondering whether Gingerbread would remove the application partitions that create the (incredibly aggravating) "low on memory" issue in Froyo? I thought it would, but I don't see that listed among the advantages mentioned in this article.

If they tell me that this will fix the GPS-causing-reboot problem, I may just come back to stock from CM7. Otherwise, I'll stick with what I have for now.

If they tell me that this will fix the GPS-causing-reboot problem, I may just come back to stock from CM7. Otherwise, I'll stick with what I have for now.

I've never even heard of that problem. I use GPS all the time with no reboots (for over a year now). Are you sure it wasn't a problem that was specific to your device?

Looking forward to this as another nonrooted DInc owner. I've waffled a lot on the rooting issue but have never been unhappy enough with my DInc to bother rooting.

I did finally get the new Market the other day, so if another update is coming soon, I won't see any reason to upgrade from my DInc even thought I have a 2 year upgrade waiting for me.

Same here - non-rooted and happy as a clam that this is coming. When I read the "leaks" that Gingy was not coming for my phone, I started looking at what was coming soon since I have an upgrade ready to fire off. Now, I can more comfortably wait until something awesome comes along that can suitably replace the phone I love.

Now that I think about it, I guess that's why some OEMs don't like to update phones - it encourages you to stay with the old one and not buy a new one. They don't make money off not selling new phones. LOL. The wheels are supposed to fall off when it gets outside the warranty period to force you to buy another one, I guess.

And still no GB for the Droid2. Yeah, I'm bitter about that. Maybe now that Google owns Moto it may actually happen. You Dinc folks got it good.

For me this is a very good news! Even I'm not with Verizon right now I owned this phone for almost two years now. I just hope this update don't mess the camera like the update I got on my Evo 4G.

Too little too late HTC. And it's pointless without Sense 3.0 BTW, I already have it, and with Sense 3.0 (you know something the incredible can't handle).

Rooted, but still with stock.

So now I will have to revert back (I know there's posts somewhere in the forums)?

After GB is live, will I be able to root again (need my wireless tether) or will I have to wait for someone to figure out how to do it?

wait and don't do the OTA.. once it starts to roll out someone will post a rooted version for you to install.

Word is, if you want the OTA update, you will have to unroot (and S-on if you are S-off). There is a guide in the Incredible rooting, roms and hacks forum. That said, you may have to wait for a new rooting method after accepting the update. Alternatively, if you can wait, dev jaykresge has already been working a de-bloated rom from the leaked GB update and will likely rebase it when the official OTA is released.

So, is that what is taking VZW so long to update phones to Gingerbread. Making the shitty VZNavigator work over wi-fi? Think I will wait out my contract and switch to a carrier with a Nexus device.

I tried CM7 but the camera driver issues kept me from staying with it. Here's to hoping this update gives CM7 the drivers it needs for properly functioning cameras (touch-to-focus and 720p).

Running Skyraider 4.3 now, which is hard to beat if you do appreciate what Sense offers, and can ignore some of Senses issues.

I'm glad to see it's coming. But, seriously, the update arrives just a few months before the 2-yr contract is up?

I'm upgrading - and paying full retail - as soon as something good drops. hehe

For all you rooted Dinc owners, I recommended NOT unrooting for this. EVO owners just the ability to root this weekend and the gingerbread update came out for them two months ago. Once the source code is released, Rom and kernels will be available shortly. You waited this long. If you take the plunge,you may lose the ability to root for a good stretch of time. With the EVO finally getting rooted its a good sign that it won't take too long for the dinc but you never know.

to those of us who arew rooted and on different roms, already using 2.3.3

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- oh, wait, the devs will play with the kernal and make it work, and AOSP roms will get HD recording


nope, i've been looking around all day but haven't seen any mention from anyone who actually got the update