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Verizon Droid Incredible 2.3 Gingerbread update- list of changes

Yesterday Verizon Wireless began rolling out the update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the HTC Droid Incredible, by now the update should have hit most people’s Incredibles, however if not you can find out how to carry out the software update manually here.

Today we have a complete breakdown of all of the changes which this update brings and there is quite a lot to get through, let’s start by running you through a few of the new enhancements. When using your Incredible after the update you should notice that a new Download Manager App will take care of anything you begin downloading and when editing text you should experience easy copy functionality and word selection. The most exciting enhancement should really improve general performance and battery life, you will be able to see what apps are active and how much storage and memory each is using – the insight you will get from this should ensure that you won’t leave too many apps running at once.

There are lots of fixes and improvements which have been made to the Incredible’s messaging features – we are told that MMS functionality has been fixed so messages send correctly, not only this but if someone sends you an audio file you should easily be able to save and play the clip. One other tweak will allow you to send Vcard via SMS.

Other changes which are worth a mentioning include the fact that post update your Incredible will be able to connect to the internet via Bluetooth (which obviously depends on your setup), we can also confirm that VZ Navigator will operate over WiFi. Three small updates which you may like include the fact that the camera will function without a memory card present, also the City ID app has been fixed (no further details given) and finally when using the Music widget you will be able to change songs by pressing the forward button.

We would love to hear from you if you experienced any problems post update, or if you spotted any other slight improvements – let us know in the comments section below. You can find out more about the update via this PDF.

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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w7md
w7md

After 1 1/2 years of the recurring Low Memory Space error when there is adequate memory space on emmc and SD card has finally convinced me to never buy another HTC phone.  Samsung here I come.

Sean
Sean

Since updating my Samsung Fascinate to 2.3, the integrated audio jack in my vehicle mount/charger does not seem to be passing audio signal through(I used to be able to hit speaker mode in the music player and it would connect the audio jack). This is a big pain as I have an aux input on my stereo and I drive quite a bit while using the gps feature, playing music in the background. You can say goodbye to that. Please fix firmware. Anyone aware of any workarounds?

Bd9980
Bd9980

I recently called Verizon about the fact that it has been a month and my Incredible is still sitting at 2.2, apparently the update they released last month was for the second version of the Incredible, not the first one, so so says Verizon Technical Support

Macdonald403
Macdonald403

I have a HTC Incredible and have not received the android 2.3 gingerbread update as of 10/11/11 8:40PM EST! What do you suggest I do?

                  Bob MacDonald

scifer
scifer

Fix this p.o.s update! This is ridiculous!
At least let us know what is being done.
What about some simple communication?!

HTCIncredibleUser
HTCIncredibleUser

had to go to verizon store and do a hard reset after the upgrade.  Would recommend not doing the upgrade or after you get the error message (low storage space) doing the hard reset.  Backup everything before resetting.

Dakota923
Dakota923

Since the “Low on Storage” error is HTC’s problem not the user’s, seems to me the burden to correct is on HTC. Pressure needs to be put on them to fix . . . and fast.

scifer
scifer

I drive for a living, so the ..voice to text.. while driving glitch is killing me.
It used to work great at detecting my voice, even with the radio on and Windows open. Now it doesn’t work with Windows closed and radio off as long as the car is moving.
This update has made responding to texts from my dispatcher very dangerous and annoying, where it used to be so easy to just answer them by voice, and as I also need to enter new addresses into my navigator all day long I’d really appreciate it if you could fix this glitch.

666
666

now voice to text is not functioning while I am driving. note gps is disabled so obviously it is tracking my phone movement without my permission. when I stop at red light voice to text magically works. When i say voice to text it is for all functions, text, email, voice search etc.. feels like big brother again

kp
kp

Same low on space message on my HTC Incredible.  Used to love the phone but since the update, which I should have known would jack it up, I can’t do business.  I don’t have time to deal with the many problems this has caused and will be switching to iPhone in the morning.  Every attempt that Android does to “update” their code causes me to lose sales.  Forget it.

JF
JF

My speech to text isn’t working.  None of my email accounts will sync up.  And I seem to have this ridiculous error msg that won’t go away!  It says “Phone storage is getting low” even though there’s been plenty of storage space on my phone.  I’ve erased almost everything off my phone and it still won’t go away.  I also can’t send texts with photos anymore as they simply just don’t go out.  

This new update is BS.

Murray Jimm
Murray Jimm

My speech to text has stopped with the update. Great technological advance – a good phone gone bad.

Rahmanv
Rahmanv

Since the update, my phone is totally messed up! Ive cleaned out almost EVERYTHING! And still, two different icons telling me I dont have enough memory for anything! i ve cleaned the cached items, cleaned my sd card. So, I can barely use the phone, and maybe text, depending on my phone. My purchased keyboard is even messed up , ÃŽÃŽÃŽÃŽCu…… this is exactly the types if things that it keeps doing, typing some other language? Who knows!!?? I hate the update! What to do now?

Tspiesman
Tspiesman

still haven’t got the update for inc when will I get it . in Ohio

samstein
samstein

I posted down below about the Low Space issue screwing up my phone.  
I was able to get my phone working again.  I went into various apps through the Settings > Applications menu and cleared their data.  I don’t understand why that helped or was necessary.  And I still think there is a problem with the way the Incredible either sees available memory OR the way it displays it to users (from my perspective now, I am using pretty much the same amount of memory as before and it is working fine)

Anonymous
Anonymous

This upgrade completely trashed my phone. First signs were repeated warnings about low internal memory space, and how i needed to free some up (I took action). Then it started to get slow and baulk on certain mail, twitter or browser functions (thinking it was out of memory space maybe?) Finally it would not boot up. 1 hour with Tier 2 rep and a factory restart could not fix it. Incredibly (;-) they wanted ME to buy another phone and recommit for 2 years. I calmly explained that this was their upgrade that trashed a perfectly working phone, and that… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

This upgrade completely trashed my phone. First signs were repeated warnings about low internal memory space, and how i needed to free some up (I took action). Then it started to get slow and baulk on certain mail, twitter or browser functions (thinking it was out of memory space maybe?) Finally it would not boot up. 1 hour with Tier 2 rep and a factory restart could not fix it. Incredibly (;-) they wanted ME to buy another phone and recommit for 2 years. I calmly explained that this was their upgrade that trashed a perfectly working phone, and that… Read more »

Cooper
Cooper

This update made it look pretty cool, such as the icons and pin lock screen, and possibly added some cool storage managing features, buy other than that Pfft. It slowed down my phone so much to the point that swiping to a new screen lags ridiculously. Takes forever to open messages from widget. Also won’t even open my WiFi options. It did the same thing that happens to others in deleting apps, such as Music Fast Downloader, which I loved but isn’t available for download anymore. My battery barely last all night unplugged after being green, and I don’t even… Read more »

Cooper
Cooper

This update made it look pretty cool, such as the icons and pin lock screen, and possibly added some cool storage managing features, buy other than that Pfft. It slowed down my phone so much to the point that swiping to a new screen lags ridiculously. Takes forever to open messages from widget. Also won’t even open my WiFi options. It did the same thing that happens to others in deleting apps, such as Music Fast Downloader, which I loved but isn’t available for download anymore. My battery barely last all night unplugged after being green, and I don’t even… Read more »

Olin10
Olin10

This upgrade sucks, how can we down grade? App gone, battery life is cut by 70 % or more. Nice, we pay to have our data deleted.

grafixguy
grafixguy

Still no notification here. I suppose this will take a while to roll out to everyone. FWIW, I’m in New Jersey

droidincowner
droidincowner

In addition to the apps on SD card problem (unmounting didn’t seem to work for me yet) my mail icon (hooked up to hotmail) used to show how many unread messages I had.  Now, I went in, read one and got back out and that number has disappeared instead of dropping by one.

Jeanette
Jeanette

Has anyone else had this post-update issue?  When long-pressing the power button, the options changed (change ring profile is no longer there).  Also, There is an option for Power Off or Restart.  I had always charged my phone fully (got a green light), unplugged the phone, powered off, plugged it back in (now with orange light – charging) for about 30 minutes or so and when the green light came back, I unplug and power on.  NOW, since the update, I can’t completely turn the phone off!  I press Power Off and the phone acts as though it is turning… Read more »

D Patrick Barber

same “low on storage” error message here.  Went to a Verizon Wireless store, they had no clue what was going on, didn’t even know about software update going out.  I’ve spent most of the day trying to clear space on my memory and message still appears.  FRUSTRATTED!!!

Jared
Jared

Nice update… Now my phone doesn’t work well.  Some of my apps have disappeared, and when i try to open google talk it turns right back off.  Thanks for testing an update before sending it out to everyone.

Bonnie
Bonnie

I am having the same problem with low on storage. It keeps popping up and my gmail isn’t working anymore. This was never a problem before the update.

Derek Cowan
Derek Cowan

I just updated my wife’s DINC and had the same issue others noted about all apps on the SD card not working. I un-mounted and re-mounted the SD card and that resolved the issue very quickly.  She also was prompted to login again to many apps that likely had their credential cached before the OTA update was installed (like Android Market & Amazon Appstore).  No big deal really. A note regarding the “low on space” issue someone noted earlier in the thread.  This issue is not specific to 2.3.4 update – that has been a problem ever since DINC’s 1st… Read more »

Jamosjamos
Jamosjamos

After update many apps did not work. Had to unmount and mount SD card, then all but 1 or 2 apps worked fine. Network connection to home wi-fi broke, but all I had to do was turn off and on wi-fi and phone connected. Had to update login to various sites including Amazon app store. So far it adds up to just a few minor annoyances all with easy fixes.

Sam
Sam

“Low On Space” warning appeared on my Incredible and when I click the notification it takes me to my internal phone storage list which says that the majority of my space is free (185mb used / 563mb available).

Since this warning appeared, my phone is no longer syncing and I cannot send or receive email through my usual Gmail app.  Not sure yet what else is affected.  Turning power off and restarting does nothing.

Basically, from my vantage point right now, Gingerbread bricked my phone.  This sucks.

Samurix69
Samurix69

I keep getting the “low on space” warning but it seems I have the majority of space free. Also my yahoo mail app keeps notifying me of new mail messages but they never actually get to me.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I also got the “low on space” message after updating.. #annoying

Anonymous
Anonymous

I also got the “low on space” message after updating.. #annoying

James R. Twine

Got the update this morning.  After updating, some apps have vanished from the screen – I have openings where icons used to be for some apps.

Other apps, like Netflix, Angry Birds, Unblock Me, OI File Manager, Barcode Scanner, Google Books, IMDB, etc. now show what can only be described as an “Android Market” icon, and do nothing when pushed.  

This would have been good information to know when I got pushed the update…

James R. Twine

Got the update this morning.  After updating, some apps have vanished from the screen – I have openings where icons used to be for some apps.

Other apps, like Netflix, Angry Birds, Unblock Me, OI File Manager, Barcode Scanner, Google Books, IMDB, etc. now show what can only be described as an “Android Market” icon, and do nothing when pushed.  

This would have been good information to know when I got pushed the update…

Kenneth Thompson
Kenneth Thompson

Hmmmm…now, WI-Fi connectivity to our home network with the phone is broken.  ANy issues with your setup?

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