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First Impressions of Android 2.2 for the DROID Incredible

When an “official” Android 2.2 build with Sense leaked for the Droid Incredible last night, we jumped at the opportunity to check it out.  Early rumors from HTC suggested this build wouldn’t be ready until X-mas, so this came as quite a nice surprise and could mean we’ll see a major Froyo onslaught start next week for our entire Droid family.

First Impressions: The phone is fast, but it has always been fast.  This isn’t the Eris here people; it’s always had a 1.0GHz processor and specs to compete with the best of them.  Once you start seeing phones performing at this level, it becomes tough for your eye to really notice much of a difference.  The benchmarks on the other hand show quite the improvement.

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Benchmarks:  Our Linpack and Quadrant scores on this Froyo’d DI are off the charts.  They are right up there with the Nexus One numbers we’ve seen in the past.  The Quadrant scores come up a little short, so we’ll take this as an opportunity to blame Sense.  (Photos in the gallery.)

SenseUI:  As far as I can tell, you cannot turn off Sense like you can with the EVO.  If you check under Applications, clear out the defaults on HTC Sense and hit the home key, you are not prompted to choose a different launcher.  This is a major disappointment to those not all that fond of HTC’s custom skin.  Other than that Sense runs exactly as it used to and I haven’t noticed any major differences just yet.

Apps/Bloatware:  The update to Froyo also includes a batch of bloatware which Droid X users have already grown accustomed to.  Once upgraded to 2.2, you’ll find your DI preloaded with My Verizon, Mobile Hotspot, Skype, Flashlight, Quickoffice, and VZ Navigator.  You also get a new toggle widget for mobile hotspot control.  (Photo in the gallery.)

Camera/Video:  The camera has been updated to now include 720p as was mentioned a dozen times in the past.  It also has a nice flipping feature when going from portrait to landscape using the camera.  (Photo in the gallery.)

Keyboard:  The HTC IME keyboard has been adjusted slightly and not necessarily in a bad way.  The button to hide the keyboard has been removed and the speech-to-text button has replaced it.  (Photo in the gallery.)

Other Froyo Stuff: The market is the 2.2 version which allows for auto-updating of your apps, you can place apps on your SD card and the Google search function is much more advanced.  (Photos in the gallery.)

Overall:  You have to give it up to HTC for pumping out a version with Sense included this fast.  In the past, they have been, to put it politely, a little behind other manufacturers when it comes to updating software on their devices.  However, like I said in my first impressions section, you won’t notice a huge difference in performance as the phone already performed like one of the top dogs.  You will be impressed by Froyo if you have not already experienced it though.  While some of the changes to 2.2 seem minor, they make the overall experience of Android that much more enjoyable.  You will continue to be obsessed with your DI even after this update officially rolls out.


Any questions on what to expect?  Anything you want us to verify or check out?

  • Fauux

    Ever since upgrading to 2.2 the phone is starting apps all on its own. In the span of about an hour I will have 8 to 10 applications running that I never started. I can kill them easy enough with the app killer but they will be back like so many battery leaching zombies.

  • Fauux

    Ever since upgrading to 2.2 the phone is starting apps all on its own. In the span of about an hour I will have 8 to 10 applications running that I never started. I can kill them easy enough with the app killer but they will be back like so many battery leaching zombies.

  • checker

    will no longer play wav files – now what? How to access email-attached voicemail messages?

  • fasteddie760

    I like the old HTC Compact QWERTY Keyboard! Besides that, pretty nice. 3G Mobile Hotspot is pretty sweet!

  • mike dobak

    i dont know if its just me but the 720p makes my phone reset, and mobile hotspot shows up on my computer, i connect but when i try to open a page it says cannot connect to internet… any help?

  • Recker6087

    I live in ny and have the incredible and still have not received update 2.2 any word when everyone will get update.?

  • bksone74

    so… anyone have an idea when the Incredible is supposed to get 2.2?

  • fallofshadows

    Ugh, they're replacing the “hide keyboard” button? I actually use that one, while I NEVER use text to speech, I only use the options key (the longpress version of it).

    Hopefully this gets released soon, I don't feel like rooting my phone just to upgrade to 2.2.

  • Stacey

    …I use that hide keyboard button religiously, dammit.

    • Chris Nimon

      you can make your own ime keyboard with your choice of colored keys/background and pic on the spacebar at gimpsta.com. in the settings you can change it so the Hide Keyboard button is there. OR just hit the back button.

  • Majormadd

    Can you check out the unicode keyboard? Does it do Hebrew and other languages? If yes, what keyboard layout options do you have?

  • Abundis5555

    will this update fix the vibrate notification during call thing??

  • Chefmike

    how do you get that home screen for my DX. I liked it on my Imagio

  • Heynewgirl

    I am still waiting for froyo on my droid 1. then i can play in the sandbox 🙁

  • Tricky

    Did they fix the bluetooth bug?! Will we be able to connect WiiMotes to our DIs as well as working voice dialing inside cars? PLEASE TEST THIS! It's been my pet peeve on my DI since I got it!

  • sb1234

    Do you know if the issues where when the phone is in Vibrate mode it will only vibrate when a call comes in and not for texts, emails, etc. has been fixed so that it vibrates for all communications??? Thanks in advance

  • Dlauzon30

    Does the flashlight app use the camera leds?

    • Franzie3

      Yes it is a 3 stage brightness using the camera LED, liek a low medium, high and off function. There is even an ability to use it as Morse Code and send and SOS automatically.

  • Evoatx

    Is there a “Car Mode”?

    • Franzie3

      Depends what you mean by “Car Mode”…the “Car Panel” is still there

  • Franzie3

    I've noticed a couple of things both good and bad (More good then bad).
    -My MFlops off linpack are great Going from 6.5-9.0 on 2.1 and now hitting as high as 36 on 2.2 (only ran a small handful of times so far)

    -My quadrant score is consistently between 1150 and 1180 (then again this was only ran about 6 times).

    -The first time i switched video to 720p the app crashed, relaunched and it was fine, no issues.
    -There is a new Android Mascot for when you call people without a image linked to their contact info, it's better looking.
    -Toggle buttons for Wifi, Bluetooth, Mobile, GPS are more defined and nicer looking

    -Have not seen many App issues yet, just a few force closes, stuff dev's will fix in future im sure
    -Wish i could get rid of VZ navigator and all that other crap you dont wnat (if anyone knows how to please tell me)…(but seriously why put VZN on the device when Google Maps eats it for breakfast)
    -Wish we had the option for the 3D Gallery, Looks liek HTC took that one over.
    -Still no battery life improvement (still using stock battery)

  • Bluetooth Blues

    Please check out the Bluetooth performance. Voice dialing? Compatibility with more car kits?

  • mjfbush

    I just can't wait for 2.2 for my beloved droid 1.

  • Davisc63

    off topic but just got my DInc and for some reason each Swype that I have tried downloading says “No Activity Found” when i try to launch it. Had the droid and had no problem with Astro Manager but for some reason cant get swype. Anyone have this problem or know how to get it on there?

  • balthuszar

    so we successfully rooted/froyo'd my husband's incredible today, now we cannot get the droid life app to install, also having some troubles getting other apps to even be found in the market…anyone with any ideas?

    • Sesawyer3127

      What i did was unmount the SD card and then droid-life did install then remount

      • balthuszar

        thank you for that tip, it worked…any ideas on how to get the other apps he had on his phone before the root onto his rooted phone? they arent even able to be found in the market…

        • PSU

          There is a problem with the Market once you do the OTA. There is a patch you can apply to fix this. Its over at XDA here is a link http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?…
          Once its installed just goto the market and download free app. Now all your other apps will appear again.

          • balthuszar

            again, thank you for the tip, i was kinda worried about using this patch, but i sucked it up and tried it, and it worked. now if we could just get the battery issue figured out…

  • I've been hearing some rumors about DINC having some reception issues. Is that true? If so, does 2.2 fix that issue of that more of a hardware thing?

  • Gil

    I remember you said in an earlier article called “Finally, The Droid Life Incredible Has Been Rooted” that you were working on a video showing how to root the Incredible. How's that video coming out?

  • Socalrailroader

    Does this include the 802.11n update?

    • PSU

      Yeah, you get 802.11n when you do the first OTA. It caries over with this one.