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DROID Incredible 2 Gingerbread First Look: Toggles, New Dock App and More

 

Hopefully our DROID Incredible 2 readers have all had a chance to pull the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) update, because it just added some really nice new features to an already-impressive device.  You get a lot of the standard 2.3 goodies which make any phone so much more stable, fast, and polished.  However, they also tossed in the new Quick Settings toggle menu to the notification pulldown and a shiny new dock app.  We already loved the Incredible 2 (our review) before this update, but man, this it just made it that much hotter.  

First look at the new dock app:

 

The rest of the 2.3.3 gallery:

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  • Cuzelectric

    Does anybody have this in a flash version yet?  i am rooted and even if i go back to my original build it will upload but not install.  it keeps getting the ! and freezes up (which by the way if this happens do a bat pull and boot into recovery and restore, which i hope you did a backup, and you should go back to CM7)

  • Jen

    Where do I find this mysterious dock? I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find it!

  • Jen

    Where do I find this mysterious dock? I’ve looked everywhere but can’t find it!

    • Jody Harvey

      Use the Google seach widget, look for DOCK. then you can get to it. They say the actual dock hardware will trigger it to open. But this is the work around i found.

      • Beau Remaly

        ok. thanks to you i found dock mode.  not to sound rude but, what is the point of it?  i don’t get it. 

      • J Breaux

        Thanks dude. I keep forgetting about the search button. The dock only triggers dock mode every other couple of tries.

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  • Trooper

    Is this phone a worthy upgrade from the first Incredible?

    • Romma1

      IMO Yes

      • Trooper

        Thanks man.  My wife has the Droid Incredible so was wondering if this would be a nice upgrade for her.  Or should she maybe wait for something else?

  • Anonymous

    I rooted and installed CM7, is there anyway I can get this and install this instead of CM7?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VINELO7WCIMZTQTSOXDUGG62LY Morris Fitzpatrick

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

  • Gforce1963

    To my friends at Verizon..

        This is so wrong. Where’s my update?

    Respectfully yours,
       Thunderbolt

  • Timaphillips

    Is there still no google video chat support?

  • Timaphillips

    Is there still no google video chat support?

  • Anonymous

    I am so sick of Verizon……….. unfortunately, they are the best network out there right now. 

  • Stelv81

    This phone and update are sweet. I was hung up on dual core for a while, but this thing has zero lag, and the GB has made it even faster. Not to mention that this phone and interface are speed optimized and do well at memory management. Plus my battery life was like 20hrs yesterday. What good is a dual core if ram is low and software is buggy…blur. Inc2 did well on this phone.

  • dinc2er

    kellex, benckmark comparison between froyo and gb coming soon, yes?

    • Stelv81

      Benchmarks are about the same for me, but it seems even snappier with GB.

      • dairyman

        Mine only went up a little bit on the Quadrant score. Not enough to say if it is the result of the update. Phone is definitely smoother and snappier, though.

        • dinc2er

          thanks for the response guys.  the biggest area that i noticed lag on was when loading up messages (text, mms, etc).  often it would think for a couple seconds before it would pull up the messages.  still weighing the option to root v. gb.  will probably wait a few more days for longer term feedback on the gb update.

  • jeffrey morin

    Wow, so I just saw that I can add a gmail account but not a Google account. I tried using my Google+ and it says Google Log in Services not found. So the update wiped my Google account ability. Wonderful!

  • jeffrey morin

    Ok wtf, does anyone else have issues with gmail or the market? I can’t get the market to open at all and gmail is just gone from my app drawer. Plus, when I go market.android.com it says gmail isn’t compatible with my device.

    • Nex

      WOW, that from official Gingerbread update?

      • jeffrey morin

        yup. 

        • jeffrey morin

          ok factory reset fixed it. what a pain in the ass though.

    • Stelv81

      It works for me. Gmail and Market. Market from web to phone and directly on phone both work. You may want to call verizon or go in apps and clear cache.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, the Windows version of AlphaRev to get S-off on the DInc 2 is now working again. Took me about 20 minutes to get S-off, then root, do a backup then flash the beta of CM7.1.

    If you want to root your DInc 2, don’t accept the OTA update, cause the update closes the exploit that AlphaRev uses to turn off security and who knows how long or if a way will be found to S-off OTA Gingerbread.

  • Anonymous

    Let me guess … it’s another topic thread about an HTC phone that’s totally unrelated to the Thunderbolt, yet 75 percent or more of all the posts will be whining about why the Thunderbolt isn’t/didn’t/can’t/won’t. For god’s sake, root the damn thing, throw on CM7 or MIUI and quit complaining.

    • djsuperior

      LIKED X’S 1,000,000

    • dairyman

      amen, brother.

    • Mr.Joe

      Too bad both suck.

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    Ice Cream Sandwich?  That is so 5 mins ago.

    I rooted my TB, turned it inside-out, and am now running Jujubees.

    It downloads apps I’ll want as they become available.  And it makes a mean ham sammich.

  • Anonymous

    Would love to see GB and Sense 3.0 for TB soon.

    • Nick

      I already have that on my rooted TB…BAMF 3.0 RC4.

      • Anonymous

        So what features did you lose when you rooted? Any issues with BAMF?

        • Anonymous

          Lose? None, you gain features when you root. Tethering without paying extra, deleting bloatware, and getting 2.3 on the TB before Verizon rolls it out. 

          IMO it’s worth it to root and flash BAMF… TODAY!

          • Nick

            This ^^^^…The only thing that I miss with Sense 3.0 is scrollable static wallpaper (since the screens move like a carousel instead of sliding)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

          The only things I have noticed that are either buggy, or missing; is the auto-switch to the car dock app when I plug my phone into the car dock (likely because HTC Sense is no longer installed, since the dock uses the      plug, instead of magnets like the OG Droid docks); and when plugging in headphones (or plugging the audio into my car) it shuts the mic on the phone off (which never did before the root, or on my OG Droid). Other than that…..I would stille VERY much so recommend rooting :D

      • Nex

        I’m curious about this as well.

  • http://profiles.google.com/robert.macri Robert Macri

    Does this have the updated Gtalk app with the video/voice options?

  • Guest

    “already impressive device”

    where’s the 4G?  where’s the dual-core?

    you bash all the 4g phones for not having “this year’s technology” but you can this an impressive device when it has all of “last year’s technology”

    • kretz

      Just because a phone doesn’t have “4G” and/or dual-core doesn’t mean it’s not impressive. He never said it was top of the line or the best phone out there. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

        hey, this thing is VERY impressive. I have been extremely happy with the device, and broke the 3100 mark in Quadrant after flashing CM7 and a CPU boost of 530mhz.

    • Stelv81

      The Inc2 is awesome. The data speeds are fast for a 3g phone and the processor is super fast. You would never know it is a single core device. Plus HTC is the only manufacturer that seems to care about Ram.

      • Anonymous

        They need the extra ram for the hog that is sense.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

          But if you root and flash either vanilla Gingerbread, or CM7….no more Sense, which means way more faster! After getting rid of Sense, my phone is crazy fast now

    • Anonymous

      Your right it doesn’t have either, but it works very well. You can have all the power under the hood, but if it’s not dialed in right; it’s very unimpressive! HTC got it right on this one, runs like a well oiled machine!

  • Jody Harvey

    OK. I give up. Where is the Dock app?

  • Anonymous

    What happen to the Thunderbolt being verizons flagship phone?

    • Anonymous

      Are you serious. The TB was the Verizon overpriced 4G early-adopter beat bug-riddled phone. Get over it.

      • HTC FAN

        EVERY PHONE HAS BUGS. MY TBOLT DOES NOT. NO REBOOTS GOOD BATTERY LIFE. BEST 4GLTE TO DATE. CHARGE AND REVOLUTION DONT EVEN COME CLOSE.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t get too excited.  It’s easy for those that don’t own the phone or can’t afford it to rag on it.  Also it doesn’t help that there are a bunch of idiots that own the phone that can’t handle it.  I’m not saying everyone with problems is an idiot, I’m saying some people don’t know how to resolve the easiest of issues. 

          Go to any phone section in any forum and read all the goofs with all their simple problems.

        • Anonymous

          damn dude relax its just a phone, and yes I own it so dont try and jump on my back saying I am just saying crap. Finally after my 5th replacement this one seems to work fine with no issues.

    • Anonymous

      It was never their flagship just the first to LTE. Verizon never planned it to be their flagship they just needed an LTE phone so rushed it out with all the bugs.

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

    no sense 3.0 wtf

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

      sense begone; give me vanilla.

  • tjhrulz

    Does skype video chatting work (The market one)

  • http://profiles.google.com/mpollzzie Matt Pollzzie

    My phone tells me the update is ready to download but when I go to tap OK it then tells me that the download failed.  Called VZW tech support and they said that so many of us are trying to pull the update at once that the servers are overloaded and causes the download to fail.  The tech support rep apologized for the inconvenience and said to give it some time and be patient.  

    • Stelv81

      Also. Make sure you are in wifi. It is a huge file.

  • Anonymous

    It has a couple nice features, but not sure why so many people are getting upset about not having it. Honestly, it’s not worth getting that excited over. Im happy to have it now, but it really doesn’t make it feel like I got a new phone. Froyo at least gave you a whole new feel when it came out. Be patient, it’s really not a big deal!

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Because that is what people do… This is exactly what I thought when I received froyo for the og droid……I thought it was going to be awesome but once I got it.. it was no big deal…… the thing is people like to feel like they are getting the latest and greatest and want to show it off….On a side note I feel bad for thunderbolt fans

      • Anonymous

        Yeah people do get excited about silly things. I would rather have an upgrade on sense, with maybe some new skins than gingerbread. I just like a phone that works well, and the dinc2 does with very few issues. TB owners should have got this first, but with all the other issues it has been having it probably got pushed back a bit… but those were issues worth getting upset about, gingerbread really isn’t.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ken.obrien3 Ken O’Brien

        Thanks for the sympathy for us lowly Tbolt users.

        But on the plus side I went and rooted last night, so I got my Gingerbready goodness now too!

      • tjhrulz

        Thats why I go with cyanogen mod, every update has new features that are not what Google did 

  • Anonymous

    Gingerbread for the Thunderbolt better have more than just a dock application for how long we’ve waited.

    • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ Max

      it should also have sense 3.0 or ice cream sandwich sounds good

    • DroidzFX

      You guys have a stronger will than me. If I owned a thunderbolt it would already been through Verizons front window.

      • http://profiles.google.com/ewhitak Eric Whitaker

        Its easy to be patient when you have a rooted tbolt running CM7, and you get 32Mbps download speeds.

    • ghostballs

      the first update that will probably screw more things over than it fixes isn’t even out yet, and you’re ready for another one?

  • Anonymous

    Moto better start gettin their shit together.

    • Anonymous

      What does Moto have to do with this?

      • Anonymous

        Just waiting on some g-bread love for Moto devices.  Now my wife, who’s had a smartphone for a total of 8 days, will have Gingerbread while I’m stuck on Froyo.  I’m not bitter or anything though. :)

        PS – I had HTC devices since 2003, and switched to the D2 last August. Definitely leaning toward going back to HTC for my next device.

      • Anonymous

        Just waiting on some g-bread love for Moto devices.  Now my wife, who’s had a smartphone for a total of 8 days, will have Gingerbread while I’m stuck on Froyo.  I’m not bitter or anything though. :)

        PS – I had HTC devices since 2003, and switched to the D2 last August. Definitely leaning toward going back to HTC for my next device.

  • Rp76

    Waiting in some good ol’ gingerbread love for us DX2 owners….or even better, a rom. Atleast we have root…

    *sigh*

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

      So do we Droid Inc2 owners too. :D Running overclocked CM7 on mine

      • Rp76

        I’m waiting for some cm7 love lol read in other forums that their trying to get something going, but just the long wait….-___- BOOO WAIT!!

  • tomNasty

    this phone better not get gingerbread before my TB

    • Anonymous

      it just did

      • Romma1

        Yep..

  • Stephen Parker

    That dock is pretty damn sexy. 

    • Jody Harvey

      Please tell me how to get to the Dock App. I dont see it listed.

  • Anonymous

    The black looks so much nicer than the Blur blue.

  • http://tristanleawesome.tumblr.com Tristan the Marine

    If the Samsung Galaxy S2 never comes out, and the Bionic is too expensive/ a piece of crap, this is my phone.

    • Stelv81

      I picked this phone over both those. Moto makes horrible software and has bad memory management. Samsung makes devices with horrible gps and connectivity problems (I have a fascinate too)

  • eddieonofre

    on a side note: I like how phones are coming everyday with more power (Dual Core, 1Ghz, 1G ram, etc)
    but what i dont like is how certain developers are making apps too cpu consuming, i mean there is times when it really adds some functionality in which cases i understand it but some other apps are just too heavy on cpu for the sake of using more cpu with no extra functionality, take for example Scrabble, its nice indeed but in the core is not different from WordFeud right but Scrabble take sooo much ram when running that kills any service i have running, keeping in mind that scrabble is an app that you open make your move then you go away i think is so unnecessary to use so much cpu and ram for make a couple moves, (honestly takes like 10 seconds for the app to open), it might be coz i still got the OG Droid but still app should use cpu to add functionality not just wasted for no reason IMHO

  • Alexanderkingtickle

    is this going to be available for the original incredible?

  • Mariobros27772

    How do you access the dock features?

    • Anonymous

      Have to have an HTC dock.  The one we posted for the Thunderbolt a week or so ago works.

      http://www.droid-life.com/2011/07/03/official-htc-thunderbolt-desktop-dock-now-available/

      • Jody Harvey

        How do you open the Dock app? I dont see it listed?

      • rvmb

        It works for the incredible 2? 

        I have the Seidio dock for the Thunderbolt and it doesn’t work even witht the new update.  Has it been confirmed the HTC Dock does pull up dock mode with the Thunderbolt?

      • Jody Harvey

        Also, if you use the Google search widget and search for DOCK, it will display the short cut to the dock app.

        • dairyman

          thanks.

  • Anonymous

    can i has Sense 3.0

  • Calculatorwatch

    It’s too bad they didn’t add that cool lockscreen from the HTC Sensation. That’s what I would really want if I was an Incredible 2 owner.

    • Anonymous

      I think they are reserving that for dual-core phones.

      • http://twitter.com/Prance_E_Tron Adam Ismail

        The HTC ChaCha/Status has the Sense 3.0 lockscreen, and that’s single-core…so maybe there’s hope for us.

        • Mr.Joe

          AND it’s 800Mhz!

        • Anonymous

          HTC’s logic: “This thing is already slow as molasses… it couldn’t get any slower. Throw in the lockscreen!”

  • Droidguy86

    looks pretty hot

  • Devator22

    Too bad I’m rooted. Hah, jk, it’s not bad at all. MIUI 1.7.8 is a lot more impressive.