Droid Incredible 2 Now Has Beta Ice Cream Sandwich ROM Available!

 

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 works:

Booting
Wi-Fi
SMS
Calls
Audio
Sensors
Capacitive keys
SU
SDCard
EGL
Rotation
3G

What doesn’t work:

Headsets (logcat claims that the kernel doesn’t support it)
Gallery
Live Wallpapers
Camera
GPS
Bluetooth

 

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.

[via RootzWiki]

Verizon Announces Holiday Savings Bonanza, Kicks It Off With Red Incredible 2

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.


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Millennial Report Out: Android and iOS Shares Flat in October, HTC No. 2 Vendor

It looks like Android is top dog in Millennial Media’s usage share charts for eleven months running while the smartphone platform landscape stayed flat.  Just as it did between July and September, the mobile ad network served impressions to the following devices:

  • 56% to Android devices
  • 28% to iOS devices
  • 13% to Blackberry devices
Apple inched up just a bit as October’s top vendor with 23.5% up from 23.09% in the third quarter. HTC showed the most growth and passed Samsung as the No. 2 vendor with 18.11%. While the Apple iPhone was the most popular line with 12..53% usage share, however, Samsung had six of the top-20 phones on Millenial’s network. The Samsung Freeform, which is the first feature phone to get into Millennial’s top-20 devices list since this past May, is one of these devices. Follow the break to see additional charts from Millennial’s October report.

Buffy: The Real Facebook Phone

 

This year has been wrought with so-called “Facebook phones” popping up all along the way and ultimately, only giving its users a colorful designated button, a few easy sharing features… and not much more. Facebook itself has served as a mere collaborator in these unimpressive efforts that came with silly monikers like Cha Cha, Salsa and Status to name a few. But now, in an effort to create a better, more “deeply social” device, Facebook has chosen HTC (even over manufactures such as Samsung), as its partner in the development of what will be the “real” Facebook phone, code-named, “Buffy”.  Yes, that’s right, named after the TV show and film character. Regarding the company’s mobile strategy, a spokesman recently told AllThingsD:

“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.”

Staking their own claim of mobile control will be an uphill climb for Facebook, though undoubtedly a necessary one as its competitors, Google and Apple, are clearly the ones in control when it comes to their own operating systems. Further complicating matters is the recently launched Google+, a direct competition to its services and the fact that Apple is snuggling up with Twitter as its closest social partner.

Since Buffy is still in very early development, she isn’t expected to appear on your friendly neighborhood retailer’s shelves for as many as 12-18 months or more. When put into perspective though, the wave of innovations made over the next year could change the way we live and interact with people on a daily basis in a major way and on a grander scale, a real Facebook phone makes sense as the next step for “inherently social” mobile devices as Facebook CTO Bret Taylor recently called them.

 

[via allthingsd]

MetroPCS annouces HTC Wildfire S and Black Friday deals for 4G LTE Android smartphones

MetroPCS today announced that the HTC Wildfire S will be available in stores and online this week for a price of $179.99. This is the first HTC smartphone to land on MetroPCS.

“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.

In addition MetroPCS is going to offer “deep discounts” on 4G LTE Android smartphones with a Black Friday Sale. The good news is that it’s not just limited to Black Friday only. The deals start on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and run through November 30, 2011.

In addition to these deals, they are offering a deal on lines. You can get 4 no annual contract lines for $100 a month, and each line comes with unlimited, talk, text and Web access. If you are looking for a single line, all of these phones are eligible for their no annual contract plans ranging from $40 to $60 per month, which include unlimited talk, text, and Web access. The $60 plan will give you the Rhapsody Unlimited service.

Full press releases after the break:


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HTC Entices Us With Rumored Quad-Core Tablet: HTC Quattro

Courtesy of Pocket Now

As we have seen recently, HTC isn’t wasting any time in enticing us with rumored quad-core devices. It was only yesterday they revealed another quad-core phone. Well it appears that HTC is upping the ante and is  now showing off what is rumored to be a very feature rich tablet.

This Tegra 3 quad-core tablet will feature a 10.1 inch screen at a 1280 x 768 resolution and Beats audio. It will also have 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage with a microSD slot, a 2MP HD rear facing camera, 720p capable 1.3MP front facing camera. As with most tablets it will have the full array of sensors and will include both bluetooth 4.0 and 5GHz Wi-Fi capabilities. This tablet will most likely have enhanced features like an HD movie store, Dropbox functionality for more storage and heavy integration of HTC’s scribe pen technology.

While there isn’t an exact time as to when this will be out, it sounds like HTC is shooting for early 2012. Although there aren’t any prices as of yet, the tablet should ship with both 3G and Wi-Fi only models. This in turn, will lead to different pricing models. With that being said, it will be interesting to see how HTC’s rumored devices will spur others to develop their own quad-core devices to keep up.

[via PocketNow]

Sprint Is Sold On The Black Friday Action

For those of you looking to avoid the mad rush of middle aged women that accompanies the post apocalyptic nightmare Thanksgiving shopping sales but still wanting a deal, Sprint is trying to get you to look in their direction. If you’re looking to get a new phone or even a new tablet, Sprint would love nothing better than to get you into a new 2 year contract with a ridiculously low entry price. Check out these sweet deals:

  • Samsung Nexus S 4G – Free (regular price $99.99)
  • Samsung Replenish – Free (already free, where’s the deal?)
  • Samsung Conquer 4G – $49.99 (regular price $99.99)
  • HTC EVO 3D – $99.99 (regular price $199.99)
  • HTC EVO View 4G – $249.99 (regular price $399.99)
  • BlackBerry PlayBook – $199.99 (regular price $499.99)

[via SprintFeed]

HTC Boasts Another Quad-Core Device After Edge Debut

Add this one to the rumor mill, much like the HTC Edge, but it looks like HTC has another quad-core device in the works. Code named Zeta this phone boasts better specs than that of the rumored Edge. The main specs are as follows:

  • Processor: 2.5GHz APQ8064 CPU
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Display: 4.5” 720p HD Display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI
  • 32GB of internal storage
  • 1,830mAh battery
  • Beats Audio.

Other specs include an 8MP camera, 1.3 front facing camera and 1080p video capture. Dimensions are speculated as 4.32 x 2.4 x 0.39 inches (109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm) and a weight of 5.15 ounces (146 grams). Right now this is completely speculative and no pricing and availability is known. One thing is for certain, HTC is looking to set the tone in regards to quad-core handsets.

[via Engadget]

Mysterious Update Released For HTC DROID Incredible

Verizon DROID Incredible owners have a reason to celebrate today or scratch their heads. While it was a long time coming, a mysterious VZW 4.08.605.2 build has been released to owners of the device today. What’s the signifcance you ask? The update is only 8.6MB meaning it’s unlikely that it will include a certain sweet treat. Of course we expected a significant update to be here a few months ago, but hey any update is great, right? Users can expect to see improved Bluetooth connectivity, resolved issue with SMS due to low memory and voice commands among the noteworthy features.

We know it’s been a long wait for you DROID Incredible owners. If your phone is non-rooted and you’re ready for some updated goodness, check for the update immediately (Settings –> About Phone –> System Updates). If the update is not immediately available, then just be patient and check again later or wait for the phone to automatically be pushed to your phone. Hit the break to see the full change log and let us know if the update does indeed include a little Gingerbread action or not in the Comments section.


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HTC Ville Details: Thinner Than iPhone, Includes Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4.0

(Picture courtesy of BGR)
HTC is on a roll. Hot off the quad-core beast we mentioned yesterday, there’s yet another new device that will be on its way. BGR reports the Ville will be launched in April, feature Android 4.0 and be the first HTC handset to run on HTC’s brand new Sense 4.0 UI. The Beats Audio powered-phone will  feature a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Series 4 processor, an 8-megapixel backside-illuminated camera with 1080p HD video capture and be faux-g (HSPA+) powered. Oh and the phone is likely to be less than 8mm thick. That means it will be thinner than the iPhone!

HTC is killing us with these countless leaks of their upcoming devices. By the time April comes around, it will be for consumers hard to choose which one is suited best for each individual as each upcoming phone looks to be more attractive than the next. Of course most Android users would prefer their Ice Cream Sandwich to be of vanilla flavor, but hey, maybe Sense 4.0 will surprise us all. Expect more details and shots of HTC’s Ville to slip out in the coming weeks and months.

[via BGR]