Review: HTC Droid Incredible
HTC has upgraded the music experience a bit for the Incredible. Not the function so much as the form. The music application does all the same things, but it does them with more style. HTC has updated all the icons and the way users can sift from song to song when using the application. The underlying architecture supporting the application doesn't appear to have been updated all that much, but the new icons really do make a difference.
You can sort through tunes in the usual way, via artist, song, album, genre, composer, etc. There are no V CAST apps on this device, so if you want to purchase music, you'll have to do so from the Amazon MP3 store. Oh, but you'll have to download the Amazon MP3 Store app, first.
I am actually pleasantly stunned that the Incredible isn't laden with Verizon's V CAST (a.k.a buy stuff here!!!) apps. If you want to purchase media through the device, you have to be pretty serious about it.
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Music playback sounded so-so through the speaker, great through stereo headphones, and acceptable through stereo Bluetooth headphones.
There still isn't any sort of equalizer, but the Incredible offers the first music experience on an Android phone that I don't hate.
It also packs in an FM radio, which must be used with headphones. Reception wasn't that great. My favorite station, which is broadcast from about three miles from my house, sounded somewhat scratchy. Weird.
There is a problem, however. There is still no native video player on board. This is ridiculous. There are a number of video players available for free in the Android Market, but c'mon! For a device that shoots HD video, how can there be no freaking video player! Ridiculous! This is a Google/Android problem more than an HTC/Verizon problem, but HTC and Verizon could have done something about it and chose not to.
Netflix: Now Playing On Android
Netflix today released its streaming video app for select Android phones via the Android Market. The app is only available for a handful of phones that meet strict hardware requirements, including the HTC Incredible, Nexus One, EVO 4G, G2, and Samsung Nexus S.
HTC Promises Gingerbread for Incredible and Thunderbolt
HTC today announced via its Facebook page that it will be pushing out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update to both the Droid Incredible and Thunderbolt in September. Both phones are sold by Verizon Wireless.
Droid 2 Global and Droid Incredible Now Receiving Gingerbread
Verizon Wireless today indicated that Android 2.3 Gingerbread is now available to the Motorola Droid 2 Global and the HTC Droid Incredible. Details and instructions are available from Verizon's web site.
HTC Issuing Update to Fix Wi-Fi Security Bug
HTC is in the process of sending out software updates to some of its smartphones to address a security issue concerning the Wi-Fi radio. The problem revolves around applications with the "access_wifi_state" permission, and the ability to sniff out Wi-Fi passwords for networks to which the phone is connected.
HTC Confirms Android 4.0 Headed to 16 Smartphones
HTC today published in a blog post a list of 16 smartphones that will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Amaze 4G, Desire S, Desire HD, EVO 3D, EVO Design 4G, Incredible S, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, Raider, Rezound, Rhyme, Thunderbolt, and Vivid.