Looks like another HTC phone is getting some love from the Android development community. We previously saw a leaked ICS build for the HTC Thunderbolt, and now you can get your hands on a Sense-filled version of ICS for the Droid Incredible 2. This comes thanks to XDA user nitsuj17 for posting a ROM that is allegedly based on another leaked RUU (a stock software package HTC uses on their phones) from HTC. The timing of this leak shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise because the Droid Incredible 2 is officially slated to get ICS “by the end of August”.
As I mentioned, the ROM features HTC Sense 3.6 built over Android 4.0 ICS and is mostly stock except for a few tweaks. You can see a full list of the tweaks and alterations after the break.
The DROID Incredible 2 is getting an update to software version 6.01.605.05 710RD (no, it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich yet). This 32MB update fixes a social network image download bug some folks were having, and also enables the device’s Wireless Alerting System. Verizon just approved this update so it should be coming very soon. Watch for it!
If you are looking for a 4GLTE device on Verizon that has global capabilities you were very much out of luck. Today that all changes as Verizon told Phonescoop that both the DROID 4 and LG Spectrum are global roaming capable. They will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network in the US and will be able to use global GSM networks when abroad. Other 4G LTE phones were not capable of global roaming due to “network issues.” As Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman told Phonescoop:
“The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.”
While it was leaked that the LG Spectrum might be the first 4G LTE phone with these capabilities nothing was announced for either that or the DROID 4. So with that, you will no longer have to be stuck with a 3G phone like the DROID 3 or DROID Incredible 2 if you are wanting global capabilities.
Droid Incredible 2 owners are about to start salivating big time! That oh-so delectable new treat is available now for owners courtesy of ProTekk of beloved RootzWiki. While it is available everyone, keep in mind that this custom ROM/build of ICS is still in its infancy stage– so like any ROM in beta, it has its fair share of bugs and missing functions. Here’s a quick rundown of what works and what doesn’t work in this build of the beta:
What doesn’t work:
Headsets (logcat claims that the kernel doesn’t support it)
The mere fact that most of the needed basic functions working correctly is nothing short of amazing. For those of you willing to brave it out and be ahead of the rest of us Android users, back up your files and give the ROM a try. I mean hey, rooting your Droid Incredible 2 is why you bought the device, right? Be sure to give your props to ProTekk at RootWiki and let us know if you plan on rooting your Droid Incredible 2 or how it works out for you if you’ve already jumped ship and rooted it.
It’s that time a year again. The time where you brave the cold, dark and early hours to save a ton of money on your holiday shopping. As we told you before, it appears that Verizon knows this as well and has decided to bring some other great deals to you this holiday season. Starting with the Incredible 2, in red, Verizon will offer specific deals on specific days. This, coupled with the other Black Friday deals, Big Red is offering shows that they are very much in the Holiday Spirit.
- The DROID Incredible 2 (In Red) – Available online on Nov 24th, 25th, and 28th. Available nationwide in the Verizon Wireless Communications store for free after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
- The LG Revolution - Available online for $49.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Nov. 24th, 25th and 28th. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications stores at holiday prices after a $50 mail-in rebate on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
- The Pantech Breakout – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
- Motorola Xoom – Available online on Nov. 24th, 25th, and 28th at the special holiday price of $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on Mobile Broadband plans beginning at $30/month for 2GB of data. Available nationwide in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores at holiday pricing on Friday, Nov. 25th only.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-Inch Edition – Available from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year customer agreement.
The Sony Xperia Play, among others, will also be available for free from Nov. 24th – Nov. 28th. Add this with both Amazon and MetroPCS’ Penny Pincher
and Black Friday
deals, those looking who are in the market for a new phone have some amazing deals to choose from. Also you can follow Verizon on both Foursquare and Facebook to get information on additional deals that are happening during this time .For a complete list of the Black Friday deals that are going on you can click here
, otherwise follow the break below to see Verizon’s full press release.
Wanting to get a new Droid Incredible 2 but wish it looked a bit funkier? How’s about a completely red Droid Incredible 2? That funky enough for ya? Verizon say the device will be ready for all channels on Thanksgiving so we will have to wait until Black Friday to pick this up. There is no word yet if this has anything to do with Project (Red), the successful AIDS awareness movement, but it sure would be fitting. Specs and price will likely be the same but the wow factor will definitely be increased. Do you feel like turning your Black Friday, red?
It’s rare that recommendations from Verizon for generic accessories like their Bluetooth headset and portable power pack can make much news at all, but what’s newsworthy here is that they come as recommendations for the “Vigor By HTC”. Rumors for the official name of this device have been anything but scarce, with guesses including the Droid Incredible HD and HTC Rezound as recent as earlier this week. No “official” announcement for a launch accompanies Verizon’s recommendation web pages, however the fact that they are setup at all is quite telling don’t you think?
If you’ve been frustrated with the roaming experience on your Droid Incredible 2, start checking for software updates. HTC/Verizon have issued an update (4.04.605.1) that enhances the roaming experience, including better connectivity, the ability to dial +1 as a prefix while roaming, and better handling of data and texting while roaming. Beyond that, the update also corrects issues with e-mail server syncing and stability problems with visual voicemail. For those needing a quick step-by-step of how to update the software, click here. Once you’ve updated, come back and let us know how it goes in the comments below.
DroidLife is reporting that the DROID Incredible 2 has an update going out right now. At 32MB in size there is nothing major here, but go into your Settings -> Software Update to pull it. Word on the street is that even though this update takes the Incredible 2 to version 2.3.4, there is no sign of Google Talk with Video. Always good to be up to date in either case. Hit up the break for the full changelog. Let us know what you find if your an Incredible 2 owner.
Remember when we showed you some images of a rumored white version of the Droid Incredible 2? Well, a Best Buy buyer’s guide is showing they will have this exclusive white device at a decent $149 after contract. It’s said to be in-stock on August 21st, so it should be ready to purchase soon. This is good news if you’re a fan of colors other than the average black slate. It’s still a solid mid-level Android phone even if it’s lacking 4G. Anyone looking to rock the white?
Pics courtesy of AC