This has long been rumored, but many are suggesting that it has now been confirmed that the original Motorola Droid from Verizon and the recently launched Sprint HTC Evo 4G will be the first two to receive the over the air update.
Android phones are very popular and it seems like carriers are having difficulty keeping them on the shelves. The last two major Android releases have been consistently out-of-stock since their release and it is unclear when we’ll see appropriate quantities necessary to meet current demand.
The other day, we reported that Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G sold out only days after its initial release to the public. The device, according to Sprint, set new release sales records in the first full day it was available.
Sprint launched the HTC EVO 4G on Friday June 4th. They experienced some immediate problems during and after the launch with activation, with the phone reading from and writing to SD cards and many reported slower than expected 4G speeds. In spite of all that, Sprint reports that the HTC EVO has broken all kinds of sales records and has taken Palm Pre’s spot as the highest selling Sprint phone launch to date. In fact, it sold so well, that we are now hearing reports that you can’t get the phone anywhere. It is reportedly out of stock online and in retail stores across the country. Sprint is saying on their site that we can expect to see more in stock later this week.
On June 2, 2010, Twitter announced they were testing out a new “You Both Follow” feature similar to what you might see with Facebook’s “friends in common” feature. They announced this in the form of a tweet from Nike Kallen, Twitter Engineer. The significance of this move is that it makes Twitter a little more social and gives each member the ability to easily connect with people the people with whom you have common connections. At this time, the feature is only rolled out to 10% of Twitter users with no clear indication when it will be available for everyone.
Now that the Droid Incredible launch is over, we look forward to one of the next two major releases expected for June. Most of us know about the potential for an iPhone 4G launch possibly in June, but the other big 4G launch is the Sprint EVO. Likely release dates mentioned are June 6th or June 13th.
Many of us have been wondering when it was finally going to arrive, but after several months of waiting, Google has announced today that the Nexus One will not be coming to Verizon as was originally planned.
When the Nexus One launched at the beginning of the year, Google put their phone with T-Mobile and made partnerships with Vodafone in the UK and with Verizon in the US. Today, Google updated their website to include an article that suggests that US customers go to Verizon’s phone website and preorder the HTC Droid Incredible, a cousin of the Nexus One.
Yesterday we wrote about the strong possibility of seeing the HTC Incredible at Verizon in late April. Today it is official. Incredible is the newest member of the Android family made by HTC. It is very similar to the popular Google Nexus One phone released to T-Mobile in January, but the Incredible comes complete with HTC’s Sense UI. Sense is a user interfaced design to personalize the way you use the phone. Droid Incredible, as it will be dubbed at Verizon, comes with an 8 mega pixel camera, a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and running on Android 2.1. The release of this phone is highly anticipated, especially on the Verizon network where Android phones experience good success due to the quality of the network.
Wednesday, April 14th, Verizon Wireless indicated that the HTC Incredible would be joining their current offering of phones on April 29th. Apparently, this notification was not done intentionally when they displayed the following page on their web site:
Within a short time of having originally displayed the page, it was taken down and password protected. One can only assume that this page was put together to be displayed after some type of announcement to the public that they would be carrying the phone. This announcement has not happened yet, but this “error” with their web site gives us enough information for us to come to some pretty safe conclusions.