HTC Merve

Update: Just heard back from HTC, and they tell us that anywhere you see the word "Merge" below, replace it with "Droid Incredible." They then told us they didn't know what we were talking about, there is no HTC Merge, we must be a prank caller and then hung up on us. (Not really.)

The HTC Merge is still very much unofficial, not having been announced by either HTC or Verizon. So imagine our surprise when it shows up on the prize list for the Verizon Urban Challenge. In fact, Verizon is giving away six of the Android 2.2 sliders on Saturday. Here's the deal, according to Verizon:

[The Urban Challenge is] a rat race through the fair city of Seattle. A grueling test of head-to-toe and between-the-ears strength. An unpredictable, multi-stage contest against 49 teams all with a ravenous appetite for the same dish-1st place. Or maybe it's the cash and HTC smartphone. Either way, grab the closest relative, girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, neighbor, or stranger and snag one of the 50 spots while you still can.

The first-place team wins $3,000 case, a pair of Merges Droid Incredibles, and a couple of $125 Verizon gift cards. Second place wins $1,500, plus the phones and gift cards, and third place gets $500 plus the phones and gift cards.

If you're looking for more information on the HTC Merge, allow us to present our initial hands-on, video preview, photo gallery and -- oh, heck, you can just find it all right here. [Verizon Urban Challenge via Android Central Forums]