Droid Incredible

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HTC Droid Incredible
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Manufacturer HTC
Series Droid
Compatible networks CDMA2000/EV-DO Rev. A
First released April 29, 2010; 3 years ago (2010-04-29)
Discontinued March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30)
Predecessor HTC Droid Eris
Successor HTC Incredible S
Related HTC Evo 4G
HTC ThunderBolt
Type smartphone
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 117.5 mm (4.63 in) H
58.5 mm (2.30 in) W
11.9 mm (0.47 in) D
Weight 130 grams (4.6 oz)
Operating system Android 2.1 (Eclair)
upgradeable to Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) as of September 15, 2011
CPU 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD8650)
GPU Adreno 200
Memory 512 MB DDR RAM
Storage 1 GB ROM (748 MB free to user) plus 8 GB moviNAND
Removable storage microSD 2.0 memory card (supports up to 32 GB)
Battery 1300 mAh lithium-ion
Talk time: Up to 313 minutes
Standby time: Up to 146 hours
Data inputs Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display, optical joystick, Push-buttons, ambient light sensors, 3-axis accelerometer, digital compass, Proximity sensor
Display 3.7-inch 480 × 800 px WVGA AMOLED or super TFT LCD (S-LCD) at 252 ppi[1]
Rear camera 8.0 megapixel back-facing camera with auto focus and dual LED flashes with 720p HD video recording (no front-facing camera)
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11b/g); Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP stereo and EDR; A-GPS; FM tuner, 3.5 mm TRSS connector, micro-USB, mobile MiFi Verizon Wireless hotspot
Other HTC Sense (with Friend Stream)
Hearing aid compatibility M4/T3[2]

The HTC Droid Incredible (ADR6300) (also known as the HTC Incredible) is a smartphone manufactured by HTC Corporation using the Android operating system. It was released on April 29, 2010,[3] and is available through Verizon Wireless only. The device is similar to the Sprint HTC Evo 4G. The device has been succeeded by the HTC Incredible S and the HTC ThunderBolt. It was removed from Verizon Wireless' website and is now selling remaining stock. The "end of life" was March 30, 2011.[4]

Features[edit]

Droid Incredible (back)

The device was released running Android 2.1 (Eclair) software, modified with HTC Sense, an overlay user interface for the Android operating system. Following the announcement of Android 2.2 (Froyo), HTC did not comment on whether the device would receive 2.2 or when, although it did state all equipped devices would be updated by Christmas 2010, and an update to the following version of Android, codenamed Gingerbread, would depend on its release by Google. The updates would come in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) update.

It has improvements over standard 2.1 devices including an FM tuner; a Facebook-, Twitter-, and Flickr-integrated social-aggregation application called Friend Stream (as well as a Twitter client named Peep); a geotagging application for photos called Footprints; and a redesigned appearance and functionality for stock 2.1 applications. The device features an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, optical mouse and a camcorder with resolution of up to 1280x720 (WXGA), which may be compressed in either MP4 or H.263 format.

It optionally supports tethering by Verizon Wireless with VZAccess Manager.[5] Other ways of tethering may be possible. The device shares the AV output with micro USB output, providing the facility to see the video/YouTube/browser on a television or projector via an extra (not bundled) composite cable accessory.[6]

Display change[edit]

During summer 2010, HTC switched the AMOLED displays made by Samsung to Sony Super TFT LCD.[7] The change was done to keep up with the high demand for the device. HTC claims that there are "no discernible difference between the displays" and they even expect the change to go unnoticed.

Update to Android 2.2 (Froyo)[edit]

On July 19, 2010, it was leaked from HTC that the device would receive Android 2.2 (Froyo) via an OTA update in late July or early August 2010.[8]

Before Verizon Wireless had officially announced the update, its technicians, speaking "officially unofficially" on Twitter, confirmed it. On August 13, 2010, Mashable reported that the device would begin to receive Android 2.2 (Froyo) on August 18, 2010. However, statements from official Verizon Wireless sources indicated that this was a hoax.[9] Verizon Wireless confirmed on August 27, 2010, that the device would begin receiving Android 2.2 through an OTA update beginning on that date.[10][11]

Starting August 26, 2010, all new devices were shipped with Android 2.2 (Froyo). The software update from Android 2.1 v1 (Éclair) to 2.2 also included an updated version of HTC's "Sense" User Interface, which included minor updates to the media player, and a flashlight app which enables the camera's LED flash to operate as a flashlight. Other benefits of the update included: Adobe Flash Player 10, 720p video recording, 3G mobile hotspot (US$30/mo for 2GB), and the ability to rotate the screen 270 degrees. The update also installed several applications which cannot be removed, and which run without being invoked by the phone's user: an Amazon MP3 applet, CityID, Skype Mobile, My Verizon Mobile, a stock-tracking applet and VZ Navigator.[citation needed]

Update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)[edit]

On August 20, 2011, AndroidPolice.com obtained the official update build as an RUU, which users wanting the latest software were able to download to their computer, put on the SD card as a required name, after which the bootloader would pick it up.[12]

Verizon Wireless did not deploy the update as an OTA update after it was pulled back the week of August 16.[13]

On September 7, 2011, Verizon Wireless began deploying the Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) OTA update to customers.[14] This update also fixed several outstanding issues that had been reported by customers regarding MMS messaging, Bluetooth connectivity, and the City ID app.[15]

However, this update proved almost immediately to be problematic. Once the update was sent to some HTC phones, many Verizon Wireless customers experienced problems with receiving text messages on the device. HTC representatives said they were fixing the system update to correct the text-messaging issue. Many of the HTC updates caused errors within the Incredible, changing the layout and sometimes even the device set up. Many device owners were critical of Verizon Wireless and HTC for slowing down the roll-out process. Although the upgrade was released OTA on September 7 and HTC and Verizon Wireless promised phone owners would receive the update "in September", many device owners were still waiting for the update nearly four weeks later – and after September had come and gone.

On November 15, 2011, the revised update to the Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) was available via an OTA update to customers. It was automatically sent to device users, and attempted to fix bugs which were known with the September release, including MMS problems. This patch, however, proved to be problematic for some users to install because their device claims to not have enough space or will not restart to complete the update, but community support found solutions to these problems.[16][17]

Support[edit]

The device supports full Adobe Flash Player 10.3.

It supports the following audio formats: AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MID, MP3, WAV and WMA. Supported video formats include: 3GP, 3G2, MP4 and WMV.

Platform development, hacking, and modifications[edit]

There are several hidden menus and commands available from the phone's keypad. The ones shown below work as of OS version 2.3.4. Note: "+call" means to press the "Call" button.

  • ##33284+call (spells DEBUG) Loads "Field Trial" menu
  • ##7764726+call (spells PROGRAM) At password prompt, enter six zeros (000000). Loads "EPST" menu.
  • ##778+call (spells PST) Loads different EPST menu
  • ##775+call Loads different PRL menu
  • *#*#2432546#*#* (spells CHECKIN) Checks for updates. If check-in fails, an alert will appear in the notification bar.
  • *#*#4636#*#* (spells INFO) Loads "Testing" menu. Items: Phone Information; Battery information; Usage statistics; and Wifi information
  • *#*#7262626#*#* (Field test menu)
  • *#*#8255#*#* (spells TALK) Loads Gtalk Service Monitor
  • *#*#8350#*#* (spells TEL0) Disables voice dialer logging. Feedback message "Voice Dialer logging is disabled." should appear.
  • *#*#8351#*#* (spells TEL1) Enables voice dialer logging. Feedback message "Voice Dialer logging is enabled." should appear.

Root has been achieved, initially by causing a race condition in Google's Android Debug Bridge (adb),[18] and later with a "painless root" made by unrEVOked![19]

Since root has been achieved, several enhancements such as Wi-Fi tethering are now available. The phone has had functional ROMs of every version of CyanogenMod up to and including CM 11.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

In April 2010, Engadget stated: "the DROID Incredible is the best Android device that you can purchase in America right now."[21]

PC Magazine wrote "The DROID Incredible by HTC is an absolutely amazing device. The most powerful phone on the U.S. market today, it reflects and enhances the state of the art smartphone, with the full backing and support of the Verizon Wireless network."[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Selleck, Evan (June 25, 2010). "HTC Forced to Switch to Super TFT LCD from AMOLED Due to Shortages / Update: HTC Plans to Use Both". androidcommunity.com. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "HTC Droid Incredible". Retrieved June 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Next Chapter in the Droid Saga Begins April 29". Retrieved April 25, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Motorola Droid X, Droid 2 & HTC Droid Incredible End-of-Life Coming in March 2011?". Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tethered Modem Connection – HTC Droid Incredible ADR6300". Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Droid Incredible Tutorial/Comparison/Tips". Retrieved May 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Droid Incredible Changes to Super TFT LCD Screens". Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Munchbach, Andrew (July 19, 2010). "HTC Droid Incredible To Be Updated to Froyo End of July, Early August". Boy Genius Report (BGR). Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ Gibb, Kyle (July 19, 2010). "Verizon All But Confirms Droid Incredible's Getting Froyo Soon". Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ Staff. "[tweet]". Twitter VZWSupport (via Twitter). Retrieved August 27, 2010. [clarification needed]
  11. ^ [unreliable source?] User post (September 2, 2012). "Froyo 2.2 Gripes – Your Thoughts?". htc-inredible.com (forum). Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Exclusive Download: Official GB Build for Droid Incredible". Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Gingerbread Update for HTC Droid Incredible – Page 9". Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Verizon Rolls Out Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to Original Droid Incredible". Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Get The Most Out of Your Droid Incredible by HTC". Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "For Those Who Want the Second GB Update/Patch". Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Second GB Update/Patch Won't Reboot Issue - Solved!". Retrieved December 5, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Droid Incredible Root Instructions Now Available". Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Unrevoked3 Painlessly Roots the Droid Incredible". Retrieved July 22, 2010. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Droid Incredible Android Development". Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ Topolsky, Joshua (April 19, 2010). "Droid Incredible Review". Engadget. "It's better than the DROID, better than the Nexus One, and certainly beats the pants off of any previous generation handsets like the Eris, myTouch, or Cliq. It's not just a very, very good Android phone (though it is); it's also an excellent smartphone no matter how you cut it. If you're on Verizon right now, you're finally getting really great options for phones, but the Incredible is currently sitting at the top of that heap with a good bit of distance to the next in line." 
  22. ^ Segan, Sascha (April 19, 2010). "Review of Droid Incredible by HTC (Verizon Wireless)". PC Magazine. "It's our obvious Editors' Choice for Verizon Wireless smartphones and one of our highest-rated phones in the past year."