Verizon Wireless has begun sending an over-the-air upgrade to Android OS 2.2 to the HTC Droid Incredible. Those who haven’t received it and are getting impatient can update their smartphone manually.
The latest version of this operating system brings a number of new features, most notably support for Adobe Flash.
Those who are interested in doing the unauthorized update should do the following:
- Make sure the Droid Incredible has at least a half battery charge before starting this process
- Download the system software update from Google
- Put it in the root directory of the microSD card
- Rename it “Update.zip”
- Turn off the Droid Incredible
- Turn the smartphone back on while holding down the ‘Volume Down’ key
- The device will be in HBOOT mode. Use the Volume button to move down to “RECOVERY”.
- Select “RECOVERY” by pushing down on the Power button
- The smartphone will go into recovery mode, indicated by an image of a triangle with a exclamation point appearing on the screen
- Press the Volume Up key and Power button at the same time
- This will bring up an on-screen menu. User the Volume keys to move to “apply sdcard:update.zip”
- Push down on the Power button to select this option
- The update process will begin, and take several minutes.
- When it is finished and the on-screen menu appears again, choose “Reboot”
- When the Droid Incredible starts again, it will be running Android OS 2.2
New in Android OS 2.2
The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system — code-named Froyo — is required for devices to run Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which allows the web browser to fully make use of websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.
HTC is also adding the ability to record high definition video in this upgrade. The Incredible’s 8 megapixel camera is physically capable of this, but the software to make it possible isn’t available now.
This new OS version also contains a number of other small enhancements.
A number of other models are already running Android OS 2.2. The Motorola Droid 2 has debuted running it, and upgrades for some current models have been released, including the HTC EVO 4G, the original Motorola Droid, and the Google Nexus One.
Overview of the HTC Droid Incredible
This smartphone has a tablet shape designed around a 3.7-inch WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen.
The HTC Droid Incredible runs Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. HTC’s Sense user interface is layered on top.
It also has 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD memory card slot, a GPS receiver, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and support for Verizon’s 3G mobile broadband network.
The HTC Droid Incredible is exclusively available from Verizon Wireless, but AT&T and T-Mobile customers can turn to the Google Nexus One, an almost identical device. Sprint users should check out the HTC EVO 4G.