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.

There are 52 comments

fizzlefist says:

Gingerbread? You mean that thing I got months and months ago via Cyanogenmod?

johnzara says:

good news for those who like the sense experience. i was never much of a cyanogenmod fan myself...

Astrodroid says:

Smugness is the most attractive quality.

schrack3000 says:

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. 

TTGTOVR4 says:

HTC Thunder what? EPICFAIL!

aergern says:

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.

akutch34 says:

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

obi5683 says:

You mean the Bionic?

bbalak says:

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.

Does this mean Sense 3.0 as well? Or just the GB update...

kareden says:

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...

UHF3 says:

Sense 3.0 runs great on the DInc. They are wrong!

HighDef says:

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

engineer2001 says:

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

TBolt says:

Good correction. The story left me confused, too.

nonrooted dInc owner here - happy to see it's on it's way.

although verizon might include tether blocking in the package..

Sure hope not. That would ruin my day as I tether quite a bit lately.

PGleo86 says:

This will be awesome. Overclocked Sense 3.0 ROMs? YES PLEASE!

kareden says:

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.

Mike_is_Mike says:

As a Thunderbolt owner I can only imagine how happy you DInc owners must feel.

technomom says:

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.

technomom says:

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.

engineer2001 says:

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?

valorian says:

The Dinc owners get 2.3.4 while the DInc 2 owners get 2.3.3? That's just not right.

engineer2001 says:

Yeah, the guy who got in line months before you got his stuff first? WTH? /sarcasm


mgeoffriau says:

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.

engineer2001 says:

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.

Sifu says:

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.

airjordanxx2 says:

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.

UHF3 says:

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).

orlanka says:

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?

zoomy942 says:

I'm wondering the same thing. I have to unroot to get the update?

Wicket says:

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

zoomy942 says:

So i am running stock but rooted, will i be able to update or do i need to unroot it?

dajmacd says:

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.

KiboeTheDog says:

or just don't bother until the devs have a sure-fire way to do it with the OTA GB update.

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.

zoomy942 says:

vznav is the first thing i adb shell remove.

just rooted my incredible friday!!! :( running cyanomodgen 7...how do i know if it's the most current version?

BSG75 says:

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 had camera issues for the first few hours and other than that my camera works perfect. so far i've noticed nothing wrong with CM7

BSG75 says:

If it handles touch-to-focus and 720p recording now, then that is great.

abc1234 says:

Does this mean we'll get that cool looking dock? like with the new battery icon and all????

nope, that's part of sense (just like motorola and Blur or whatever it's called now :P)

hoosiercub says:

So does this put us one step forward towards getting 720p Video recording on the nightly builds of 2.3.5 :)

TBolt says:

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

318sugarhill says:

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.

obi5683 says:

What makes you think that Revolutionary won't work for the DInc GB?

zaphod420 says:

I hope they fix the memory issue... I'm tired of having to remove apps to clear up memory...

KiboeTheDog says:

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


schwermark says:

Anyone Get the update yet?

rompskee says:

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