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DROID Incredible Finally Receiving Gingerbread Update Right Now?

I’m as confused as you are by that title. The DROID Incredible was supposed to receive Gingerbread (Android 2.3) back in September, but as non-rooted owners of the device know, that sort of happened yet didn’t at the same time. It vanished as quickly as it was available, only to never be mentioned of by HTC again. And then just moments ago, one of our readers was prompted to receive a new update with build number 4.08.605.2 which differs from that of the original Android 2.3 build. The odd thing you will notice here, is that Verizon is claiming this update to be just 8.6MB, but how could that be if some of the people scheduled to receive this are still running 2.2? Wouldn’t this update need to be of epic proportions? Confusion at its finest.

To those of you still running a stock non-rooted Incredible, please check for a software update now. And if you are on 2.2 or 2.3, let us know which so that we can straighten this out.

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Cheers Hannah!

  • Anonymous

    And… it took only 12 hours for the “Low on memory” errors to show up.  Dang… I hope the fix build for this fix build comes soon!

  • Ramhead1

    Got mine when I turned the phone on this morning–started the download on its own.Works great,no problems at all.

  • I received the Update this morning after going to version every 2 weeks for the last 2 months asking where my update was. Received a replacement device that was suppose to have the update but didn’t. The build is stable and it brought my incredible up to 2.3.4.

  • Did you lose root? If so, how long for unrevoked to crack it?-

  • Dincman

    I bought a Dinc about six months ago to tide me over until the next great phone that tickled my fancy. I bought the dinc specifically because it had good Dev support. I immediately s-off and rooted, and have been happily on Gb rims since.

    What I don’t understand is why anyone on droid-life wouldn’t have done the same? Or even if it is your wifes phone, as seems to be common, do it for her? I mean c’mon, these devices can’t still be under warranty, so why not? Why be dependent on the corporate overseers?

  • Battery life is worse since the upgrade. Probably by about 20%.

  • Big Chris

    I use MIUI. I’m on the latest 1.11.14

  • Jhl3

    So, update to 4.06.605.3 breathes a bit of new life into the dinc. Battery life is worse by about 15-20%. Anyone else experiencing this?

    • Anonymous

      agree.  Battery life is definitely worse after the update.  More than 20% faster drain on my DInc

    • Saz00oo55

      Yes but this is the update that is supposed to be patched just don’t know when

  • Sap3069

    I had the z4root but after the update  i got today the phone is all screwed up. drops bluetooth calls and all kind neat stuff. Its 2.3.4 with a 4.06.605.3  CL140944 release keys build. Is there a root app that will work for this now or do I need to wait before I try to do something?

  • Not trying to troll at all, but my Apple just released iOS 5.0.1, and I got it the same day. Google really, really needs to do something about how long it takes before they release source code until the time carriers and OEMs make it available. Also, they need to do something about how long the support is. Apple traditionally supports all phones for 3 years after the initial release for a device. Google needs to provide something similar. The Galaxy Nexus is what people should start moving toward, and say goodbye to all of these other phones with lackluster and spotty support.

    FWIW, I’m not an Apple fanboy, even though I own an iPhone. I’m a Linux user, and supporter of all OS’s, especially open source ones. However, I do believe Apple does some things much better, and support is one of them. They just strangle their users with their Orwellian culture. Odd, since the big commercial they rave about is Apple going against the Orwellian regime.

  • Jamescasanova813

    I got prompted and am currently running 2.3.4

  • Anonymous

    Don’t do the factory reset, just unMount then reMount the SD card.  Restart once (while SD card is unmounted)  if it does not work the first time.

  • Anonymous

    Got the 87.8MB update and got the 4.06 build not the 4.08.  Un-Mounted and Re-mounted my SD card and all the apps in the SD card came back.  Pesky LOW MEMORY Icon would not go away.

    • Deiler

      I can’t get the low memory icon to go away either.

      • Anonymous

        I think I got it.  Scoured the web and found that a bloated Mail app is the culprit.  I went into all my TRASH folders and permanently deleted all previously deleted emails..  Apparently when you delete an email, it just goes to Trash folder and stays there indefinitely. 

        I followed this process and the Low Memory Icon went away, checked my Mail app and the file was reduced by about 10MB after all the deletions. 

        Good Luck

  • Connor O’Neil

    showed the update notifcation, clicked download, then it disappeared and didn’t download anything, still on 2.2

    • kevvvvv

      same here

    • Drew

      Same thing happened to me.

    • Fighterace

      I’m with you. Doomed to 2.2. It did the countdown then said ‘your device is up to date’. Without ever restarting.
      I’m rooted with stock rom.

    • John

      same here and im not rooted

    • plsm

      same thing happened to me, my husband’s updated fine this morning and his says 2.3.4

  • friend’s rooted/s-off (but otherwise stock) OG DInc got an OTA update last night. He’s still on Android 2.2.

  • John Shaw

    Wondering if this has happened to any one else after getting the update for this:

    My wife is currently on a road trip and received notification about the update. Thinking it was an update for something in the Market, she went ahead and installed the 2.3.4 update.

    After the update, her contacts are all now messed up and apparently they have been reverted to when she first setup her contacts on her phone. So, in essence, she’s lost about 150 new contacts since originally getting a phone. I’m not entirely sure if she had contacts syncing with Google or not, but figured I’d put out a feeler and see if anyone else had this issue.

  • Daoneok

    Today just got update version 2.3.4; Build number 4.06.605.3.

  • John Davids

    I told my buddy who owns this phone to try, as he has been stuck on 2.2 stock, zero roots, forever. When he first tried it told him there was no update. About an hour later it posted the 2.3.4 update. He accepted and installed. Now he is totally screwed. The update bricked his Google Account. He can no longer sign in to any google account on the web, not on his phone. Furthermore the preboot environment will not load on his phone preventing him from reverting the OS. The only thing the phone can do is text and make phone calls. Everything else is bricked.

    • CMo

      Same thing happened to me. He’s probably getting the Low Memory notification. If he moves all his apps to his SD card and clears out his texts, the low memory thing will go away. Once that happens, you can sync your Google accounts and Google Talk will work again as well.

  • 123abcbird

    p.s. The update didn’t come with the famous “Gingerbread keyboard” though?  Not sure what’s wrong.

  • Bmf978

    Anyone else have this update remove apps from your phone?  I lost dropbox, imdb, keyring, and some others. The market shows that I haven’t downloaded them yet.

    • Chris Dugger

      Anything that was loaded on the SD card needs to be moved back to the phone (hard reboot) and then back to the SD card…  It is a known bug…

      • Dennis McCracken

        Not true.  Unmount and remove the sdcard.  Reset the phone.  Reinstall the sdcard.  Problem fixed 😉

    • Bmf978

      The unmount and remounting the card a few times worked. They are back

  • 123abcbird

    Got it at 11pm last night.  Only minor changes noticed so far (had trouble w/apps on SD card – just need to mount and remount card a few times and  they’re working now).  Sadly, I’m still stuck in Droid Random Reboot Hell. Looks like nothing can fix that. 🙁  

  • Anonymous

    can anyone put this up for download? says im up to date(i am 2.3.4 but my baseband and build are not)

  • Jason King

    Mine downloaded in the middle of night while sleeping.  Installing 2.3.4 now.  It was 87MB in size.

  • Beth Ruths

    I did a factory reset on mine as I was also having the lovely low internal memory alert along with the phone not recognizing that I had apps on my SD card. All seems well now though. 

  • Beth Ruths

    An update… I had to factory reset my phone as it wasn’t recognizing any installed apps I had moved to the SD card… and I was getting the low internal memory alert. 🙁 Otherwise, it all looks good. 

  • Elplaga08

    My girlfriends phone got the update months ago but I just got the prompt. I clicked ok but it disappeared instead of downloading. Is this because I’m rooted? I really want that update

    • Wrigbone

      I’ve posted on here since last night about that. Same thing happened to me even though all I have is root with no custom rom. From what I’m reading around the net is that is prolly the case for us. Choice = unroot and get this crappy buggy thing or wait for a captured rooted version.

  • Justin

    Had to factory reset my Incredible after this update. Phone could not load HTC Sense and was unusable. Not too happy about that.

  • Nico

    Bit of a tangent, but my Eris is on its last legs and I want a GNex, but I don’t think I’ll quite make it.  If I get a Razr or Rezound now, and I use the new-every-two thing from Verizon, then later trade it back in for a GNex, would I still get the new-every-two discount?  Or can I just not use said discount the first time for the Razr/Rezound?

    • Ruel Smith

      Galaxy Nexus is just a couple of weeks away. You can’t hang on for just a couple more weeks? I’d try… Forget the Razr and Rezound.

      • Nico

        The trackball’s been fubar for months, it’s only a matter of time before it shorts out completely.  That, and it’s slow, awful, and I’m growing increasingly impatient since I’ve been wanting to upgrade to something since September.

  • Toddab7

    all the comments about issues caused me to pause before allowing the update. Should I do it?  Any tips on prep to minimize issues after the update?

    • Chris Dugger

      Move all you apps off the SD card before you update….  Once updated, you should be able to move them back without issue.

      • Toddab7

        Thanks for the tip Chris. 
        Would removing the SD card before updating then reinstall after do any good?

  • Ruel Smith

    This is why everyone should just go buy a Galaxy Nexus and show all the smartphone makers what you think of having to wait 11 months to get an OS upgrade from the time it’s dropped by Google. If all the Android users would get Nexus phones, maybe they’ll stop skinning the OS and pumping them full of garbage to get the OS on the phone much quicker.

    Personally, I think part of it is just a lack of desire to put resources onto the project. HTC, Motorola, Samsung and others really just want to sell new phones and have little interest in keeping up phones that have already been sold.

  • Anonymous

    I was updated to 2.3.4 this morning on my stock Incredible.  The phone did a restart and all of my apps were still on it without any major changes and nothing was lost.  I heard Gingerbread is a better system not needing a task manager.  Can anyone comment on that part of it?

    • pj

      Froyo was the first Android update that didn’t need a task manager. This definitely doesn’t need one

      • Anonymous


  • Keith Sumner

    HTC sucks, this is proof.

  • Anonymous

    Woke up to the update prompt this morning…shocked to say the least.  I had pretty much given up after they pulled the update months back. 

  • Anonymous

    Typing *#*#2432546#*#* into my phone (without hitting send) started the update but theres an issue with the update. it says my screen is 4.3 inch screen and the marketplace shows me sprint apps. i thought this was the issue that was to be resolved but i guess not. its still vs 4.06 and not 4.08

  • Deiler

    I just got the GB update and all of my apps on my sd card are gone.  Ugh.

    I found this temporary solution. http://androidforums.com/htc-droid-incredible/409767-problem-solution-after-gb-update-missing-apps-avoid-reinstalling-try.html

    • Nakouro28

      Same here. It seems like its a new version of Sense also, because the super clock flips the numbers when the time changes. Like the DINC2. Kinda sweet upgrade.

  • Charlie

    got my update this morning – now running 2.3.4, showing as Build number 4.06.605.3 CL 140944

  • Dave

    My phone updated this morning to v2.3.4 but to build No. 4.06.605.3 and NOT 4.08.605.2
    I read that they might have to force out this original build of v2.3.4 before sending out the new build.
    Any word on that?

  • Marty

    My Incredible update was ready this morning from 2.2 to 2.3.4.  All my apps appear to be intact.

  • Anonymous


  • Andrew Simmering

    I got the update around 7:15 after pulling my phone off the charger.  It’s now 9:45 and I just got the 15% battery warning.  This is after not using my phone at all (at work).  I did notice it was also gettting quite warm in my pocket.

    Anyone know what’s up with that?

  • Anonymous

    Two updates are rolling out right now.  The original (buggy) 4.0.6 update, and the new 4.0.8 that fixes the bugs from the original update.  If you never got the original Gingerbread update, you are getting prompted to go to the 4.0.6 buggy version.  If you were already on 4.0.6, you should get prompted to go to 4.0.8.  I just finally got updated to 4.0.6 this morning.  Time will tell how long it will be before I can get the 4.0.8 version that fixes all the bugs.  Market still says Sprint, but it appears I can at least get text messages.

    • Dave

      Same here.  I just went to 4.06 this morning.  I wish there was a way to FORCE the 4.08 update now as I’ve lost some apps etc…

      • Evileclipse

        Go to settings, time and date, uncheck automatic and change date to last year. Go to software updates, try it, then try again. It should be there now. If any problems , I can help

    • Deiler

      I went to 4.06 this morning too and now I am missing all of my apps on my sd card.

      This was helpful.

    • Anonymous

      yes, 2.2 to 2.3 4.0.6 for me also.

      But no issues since putting apps on the SD card is worthless for the Incredible anyways, So I have none on it.

  • Both my wife and I received the update this morning. Android v. 2.3.4 / Software# 4.06.605.3

    • webby

      +1 … got the same update last night.  Fone runs noticeabley snappier.  Haven’t noticed any problems yet.

  • Andy Christiansen

    just checked my gf’s phone this morning and the update was there. i’ll have to check later and see what’s up with it

  • Anonymous


  • Droidlife

    Mine says 87.8mb.  I am currently moving all my apps from SD card to phone before updating.

  • Anonymous

    I was sitting on 2.2 but I got the update this morning and I am running 2.3.4 now.  Finally…..

    Can’t wait for to buy a Nexus so I don’t have to wait for updates like this in the future.

  • Anonymous

    I’m hungry

  • Chris Dugger

    Has anyone actually received the proper 4.08.605.2 update?

    Looks like allot are finally getting the buggy 4.06.605.3 version that screws up app’s on the SD card / Gives you the Location Menu on boot up / and the Sprint Tab in the Market…

    So….  Let’s see who get the 4.08

  • Hamforce2010

    After update still get the wonderful low disk space warning…:(

    • Saz00oo55

      What build version do you have?

  • Saz00oo55

    Got mine this morning. 2.2 to 2.3.4 build 4.06.605.3
    I tried *#*#2432546#*#* to see if I would get the build update but I haven’t. So now I have the low memory and apps on SD not working (moving them back to phone seems to help most of them). And I hope I don’t have the “cant receive text” problem. I will update if/when I get the build update.