Droid Incredible gets mysterious OTA upgrade folllowing complaints with signal strength indicator

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Droid Incredible gets mysterious OTA upgrade folllowing complaints with signal strength indicator
Remember the old days when word would spread about a possible malfunction with a cellphone. By the time an upgrade was issued, the owners 2 year contract would already be on the verge of expiration. These days, things happen much more quickly. For example, you might have heard something about that new Android model for Verizon, the HTC Droid Incredible. Actually, you would have to be Rip Van Winkle not to have heard about this new flagship model for Big Red. Well, no sooner was the phone launched on April 29th than some owners have been complaining about a lagging signal indicator. Some of those who just had to buy the HTC Droid Incredible to replace their "over-the-hill" Motorola DROID were noticing that the former unit would show just 2 lines of signal strength in areas where the latter had 4 bars. Instead of having to scream loud and long for someone to hear them, a mysterious OTA upgrade was sent out to certain Droid Incredible owners. The picture below shows the last 3 numbers of the build number going to 494, up from 493. The software number now ends in .2 instead of .0. While Verizon has been mum this weekend, probably getting ready for Cinco de Mayo, one might expect the upgrade to deal with the lagging signal strength indicator problem. Phandroid did a poll to see what was troubling Droid Incredible users and 58% of those polled, choosing from 1 out of 6 possibilities, noted that the phone has great call quality but shows too few bars. Hey, isn't that what the complaint was about in the first place? If you were one of the Droid Incredible users to receive the update, let us know if it fixed any problems you might have had with the signal indicator-or any problem, really.

HTC Droid Incredible Specifications | Review

source: Phandroid



1. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

No update yet.. Phone is great, but I have had a few problems.. It seems yesterday and today it hasn't been as quick or good about switching between landscape and portrait. I don't like the Gmail integration compared to the Blackberry. I want to use the Mail app, but have it delete my emails from the server. IMAP just uses flags that haven't worked 100% like they're supposed to. I don't show a lot of bars, but my signal has been very good. Internet speeds have been oustanding. This is a great phone I would recommend ot anybody interested in it.

10. shannon

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2010

what do you mean have it delete from the server? Like when you log in from a computer? I've had no problem with that.

20. badfishie

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yeah mine delete on the phone and the server just as it did on my Blackberry. I too had a issue the day after I bought it with a lg going from portrait to landscape, I wiped my handset and have no issues since. Infact it seems to operate batter after the wipe. Love this phone everyone should get one

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

lol..yea BIG problem with CDMA anything phone...you CANT talk n surf the web if you NEED to..thnx GSM!

3. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Who cares? How often do you talk and surf?


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly, I never used the web and talked on the phone ever when I had the iPhone.

5. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

So you have to pull the phone away from your head to surf then put it back to your head to talk, hindering your web surfing. I'm confused, how is this practical? Yes you have a connection with your call and your web page but you can only do one at a time unless you have douchbag bluetooth earpiece. This isn't anything worth bragging about, even if Verizon could do it. Now video calling is worth bragging about. Yes AT&T has Video Share which is nice but it only works one way and few phones support it and even fewer people have it on their account. When AT&T steps up their 3G coverage and their network in general then AT&T will have a good argument, voice/data simultaneous use isn't that great!

6. mrrd

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

ditto, if you need to surf for something, hang up and call back, less minutes used until you're ready to talk.

8. scottmbolt unregistered

Wow JCrow... you're a real douche! You and Luke Wilson probably stroke each other on a nightly basis, eh?

9. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

I don't know guys jcrow has a point.. I mean i love surfing the internet while im holding my phone to my ear and can't see it. I mean it must be the best thing ever if it is coming fromLuke Wilson..... FALSE... I'm sure thats the only multi tasking your phones do. and assuming your callls or data session wont drop And if your ever in a big enough 3g area for that to actually work then good for you. So for now I'll enjoy my bigger network and if i was so desperate i needed the web on a phone call i'll hook to wifi.

7. dswatson83

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

I have not seen an update. I have noticed lower bars but I can't say I have noticed worse reception. Maybe a little less when i'm inside large buildings but nothing significant

11. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

I love the new phone, but the only issues I've had is that friend updates seem to be lagging bigtime. I saw a post on my friend's Facebook page and it showed up on the Facebook widget pretty quickly, but the status update on the friend's contact listing on the phone took a few hours to show up. When I finally got the "new alert" it was the same post that was about 8 to 12 hours old. Anyway, just a little gripe. I know nothing can be perfect, but this phone is about as close to perfection as it gets.

14. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

I agree about the stock Facebook App and the App store App. But I use Friend stream, only for Facebook, not twitter, and it updates perfectly and I get a much larger widget and it matches my HTC Sense themes. My recommendation is use FreindStream you'll like it a lot better. With the FB App I would miss updates and only certain friends would show up, this shows all my friends and updates all the time, i have had very good luck this way. Hope this helps!

12. techjunkie

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 23, 2009

The update only pertains to Microsoft Exchange users, if you don't have an MS exchange account you will not receive the update


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Funny because I just got the update and I don't have Microsoft Exchange.

13. cyberbullet

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2009

Like most I love this phone, but the moto droid had way better battery life! I could get 2 days out of the moto easily, this will die within 18 hours if it not charged throughout the day. And having long conversations drains the battery very quickly.

15. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

welcome to the smartphone world.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I just got the update about an hour ago. I haven't noticed any signal strength however 3G seems to stay on now.

18. acquaz10

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 04, 2009

I just got the update.

19. badfishie

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Just got my update this morning. I dont notice a diffrence with the signal idicator. I would like to see battery improvement with this or the 2.2 update.

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