Verizon tech reps on Twitter all but confirmed a BGR source who leaked an e-mail sent out by HTC. The e-mail gave details on when Droid Incredible owners could expect their 2.2 ("Froyo") update (late July/early August), plus all the goodies that were rumored to have been sent out as an OTA update this past weekend. Here's Big Red's Tweet in question, referencing the BGR post:

"Told ya :) RT @BGR HTC DROID Incredible to be updated to 
Froyo end of July, early August http://goo.gl/fb/dSyGv"

HTC and Verizon seem to have decided to roll the 720p video and Froyo updates into one big ball of love to DI owners, which is fine by me. The features include: Froyo (duh), 802.11n Wifi, Verizon's 3G Wifi hotspot, 720p video recording, Amazon's MP3 store (Finally!) and a number of other app and widget goodies. Read past the break for a bit more analysis. [@VZWTechSupport and BGR]

Update: The folks behind the Twitter account have explained who they are in another tweet. "Officially unofficial. We are official technical reps but are not endorsed directly by corporate. Which may be a good thing? :)"

Evo and Desire owners shouldn't be too jealous of this announcement; we already know that all three phones are very similar hardware- and software-wise. If HTC has gotten Sense running silky-smooth on the DI, updates for HTC's other offerings can't be far behind. In many cases, it is up to the carrier (Verizon, Sprint, etc) to ensure updates are compatible with their network and push them to users only once they have gone through testing. Verizon may just be putting much more effort behind doing this, which is why we are seeing the DI get the update first. 

If this is the case, good on you Big Red. Making sure phones get the latest OS updates in a timely manner is really the only way to combat fragmenta...errr, legacy... and hopefully this will push other carriers and manufacturers (that's you, Samsung) to do the same. 

Until then, fellow DI (and HTC) owners, Froyo is surely worth the couple extra weeks of wait. After all, last we heard, we might not taste any JIT goodness until Christmas.

 

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Verizon all but confirms Droid Incredible's getting Froyo soon

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Glad I waited and didn't install the leaked update! Nice can't wait to have a fully working version of froyo....errr... Cyanogen Mod on my phone!

AWESOME... I was seriously considering rooting, but i think i will just wait.

I guess i will be checking on my androidcentral widget that much more...

No reason to not root right now - for all you know, the 2.2 update might close the hole that's being used by the unrevoked tool.

One touch root now - just install a program, hook up the phone and enjoy. Do it, then hold off on the OTA until someone else has taken it and modified it to persist root after the upgrade.

One touch root? Haven't been on in a lil. Is there a forum that will point me inthe right direction for Evo?

That's what I thought when I read this. Verizon has been locking phones down tight (look at the X, and it took the Dinc quite awhile to get root) I think Verizon is just trying to close the holes and what better way to do that then offer froyo to the end user.

sounds good! we will see though. im on my second incredible now and have it set up just the way i like it. cant imagine how great this will be!

I thought HTC said Froyo is coming to Sense phones before Christmas. They made it seem a lot later than July or August.

Well, technically this would be before Christmas LOL... but I know what you mean. Usually that would mean at Christmas or after. This will be a welcome change!

http://www.androidcentral.com/froyo-android-22-and-adobe-flash-coming-droid-x-later-summer Moto has yet to give a specific date to my knowledge.
Its not really "official", its a group of guys that work for VZW as tech support. They would be in the know though, it seems.
Sorry for the confusion. Yes, the one you linked is official and is run by Verizon. The one I quote in the article is not run by Verizon, but made up of people that work there doing it on their spare time.

What about it. Different company my friend. Droid is supposed to see it sometime this summer.

I hope they at least fix the smoothness of the damn applications and sms threads. Seems like it runs at 15fps.

I caught my Evo in the freezer. When I asked what was it doing in there. It said it was waiting for FroYo. Poor little guy =(

In Eugene/Albany/Corvallis Oregon the update is being pushed to the Droid Incredible. The file is being sent via peer to peer sharing. File rates have been going from 0.01 kb/sec to 5 kb/sec. Same upload as download rates. No faster with wifi or edge or 3g. confirmed on over 10 phones. Look at network monitoring apps to confirm for yourself.

Makes Sense (no pun intended) to me. The Incredible was the first Sense 2.1 to hit the US, why not be the first with Sense 2.2. HTC is a huge contender in the Android World,and I am sure the HTC tech folks got a copy of it well before the official Google code for Froyo was released. Verizon knows this device had more functionality that could be called apon when needed (lets fight the i4!).

Verizon seemed to knock it out of the park with this one.

It's funny. I am waiting patiently for my Froyo like everyone else, but I did get an update to My Verizon on Sunday. It is actually a full working app now, with usage detail and even an upgrade eligibility graph that counts down from 24 months to zero. I remember that this was supposed to be included in the new boot animation/720p OTA. So maybe there is some validity to this. I seem to find a new reason to love my Droid Incredible everyday!

Wasn't there a rumor going around that the Evo was getting Froyo on the 5th of August? I'm sure I read this somewhere and will try to find a link. Anyone remember this or was it a dream of mine? That rumor might have some truth to it if I can find the article and verify I did'nt just dream this.

I don't know if we are allowed to link to other sites, so I apologize in advance if Im breaking any rules. http://androidforums.com/htc-evo-4g/117844-possible-froyo-release.html

DINC hall of fame....already one of the best high end phones ever and with Froyo will fly amazing...good job HTC and VZW.

FINALLY!!!!!! good news :D .... it seemed us droid inc. owners were forgotten since everything seems to be about the X and the (*cough* overrated *cough*) Evo :P lol

What do I need to do, if anything, to prepare for this update? Do I have to back up any data? Apps? Do I have to reinstall everything after the update?

!!!!!! Moto Droid users !!!!!!

Further following the same VZWTechcupport thread:
@VZWTechSupport when will the motorola droid be updated?
@bigheadmikey Should be around same time as Incredible, but I'm aiming for early August.

So if these guys are legit...

Im sure HTC and Verizon are pushing to get the Incredible 2.2 froyo fast since so many have been waiting on phones for so long. HTC doesnt want the people waiting, to cancel and switch to the Droid X, so they will just beef up the operating system to make it more powerful.

I said: @VZWSupport Droid Incredible getting Froyo early August... Any truth to this rumor?

They said: @titaniumwombat We currently do not have any info regarding Froyo, when we do we will be sure to post it. *NK

Soooo, we'll see! Hopefully the 'insiders' are legit! Wants mah froYo!

cheers.
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