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  1. sandroid

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    The amount of time they phase out certain devices seems to be relatively quick. As features become more complex I can understand that hardware would need to progress at the same rate. How many updates do devices last usually? I know the bump from 1.6 to 2.1 was huge, but even the 2.1 to 2.2 seems to be pretty significant given the speed boost and certain devices already being phased out. Will the dinc last very long considering faster devices are already on the horizon?
     

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    In the root community most likely. HTC sucks when it comes to updating their devices.
     
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    No one really knows how far the Incredible will be supported other than maybe Google (and even they might as it really depends how far ahead they're planning). I can say confidently that we'll get atleast to Gingerbread. You also have to remember that they are starting to put core app updates within the market itself to try and slow down fragmentation, so OTA's will be less significant in terms of differences from one to the next.
     
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    We don't even have Froyo yet and likely won't get it for another 3-6 months from now. Why speculate beyond that already?

    Let's focus on getting Froyo on our Incredibles and then we can start talking about OS updates beyond that. ;)

    Besides, by the time the Incredible is potentially upgraded beyond 2.2 (i.e., mid to late 2011), it will be time to think about getting new LTE Android phones for a lot of people.
     
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    Agreed. Regardless, as one of the most powerful and popular Android phones on the market at the moment, I'd tend to believe that support for newer versions would be pretty good for this particular phone. But again, if you're just jumping on board with a 2 year contract, by the time it's up for renewal, I'd imagine there will be some compelling devices out there. That's one of the reasons I'm thinking I'll forgo any extended warranties or insurance plans. I've never damaged or lost a phone in a 2 year period before.
     
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    Well once we get past 2.3 (Gingerbread) I won't be to concerned I'll be wondering what my next phone will be by then. lol :D
     
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    The LTE Android phones, i read that vzw will be charging for "buckets" of megabytes instead of an unlimited data plan. Does that change anyone else's mind for getting a smart phone (given there 5gb cap)
     
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    Doesn't bother me, I'm on wifi almost all of the time. I could probably save money by going with a smaller bucket. I think I used 120kb my first month with the Incredible.
     
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    engadget fan much? bleh..

    and along those same lines, they also had an article that the G1 (first Droid, y'all) was running Froyo. Bugs and glitches, of course, because it's not a finished product, but it was running it... and apparently well.
     
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    Android 2.1 seemed to ride in on the wave that is Snapdragon, so I think the Incredible should be okay until the next big hardware development. However, the HTC Hero/Droid Eris made the jump with a slower proc, so maybe Incredible will have quite the legs. But really, who knows?
     
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    Oh, and if/when the Incredible gets rooted, we'll likely be able to install any 2.x Android updates (but without SenseUI).
     
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    Yup. As much as I like Verizon, that will be the clincher for me. I'll move to another carrier if they offer tiers like that. Now if there is an unlimited tier and it's not cost-prohibitive, I will certainly consider it.
     
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    I won't care about 4g until someone can come up with 3000 mah capacity batteries as slim as a 1500/1750 mah.

    3g is going to be around for quite a few years and it's perfectly sufficient for my phone use. LTE doesn't mean no more 3g for those that are curious.

    oops off topic
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    Every phone that exists and will exist will be outdated within months. Faster is always the future. I really don't understand why people can't grasp this concept.

    Will it last long? I have no idea what that means. It will last as long as you keep it in good condition.
     
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    From what I hear, ALL carriers are going to eventually move to a tiered pricing system, so good luck.
     
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    yup.
     
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    Yeah, I guess we'll see what happens once we get there. But I have to imagine there would be a huge consumer backlash unless all carriers went that way simultaneously.
     
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    The problem is the carriers have no choice. People using extreme amounts of bandwidth are paying the same amount as people using very little. So in the eyes of carriers, this shouldn't be when its costing them more to hold that extra bandwidth for the heavy users. The simple solution, as seen, will be tiered data plans where people using more bandwidth will pay more. (I would assume this is an answer for people illegally tethering as well)
     
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    give me froyo, then by the time the next big update comes, i will have sold my incredible on craigslist and will have the next great phone in my pocket.

    BTW bluetooth tethering rocks.

    My local coffee shop disconnected their wifi and i never skipped a beat, just fired up pdanet and im off.
     
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    Gingerbread? LOL where do these names come from?
     
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    Call HTC and ask, the more we ask, the more they might be inclined to update the phone through the years!
     
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    Google's OS SDK code nomenclature is based on deserts, in alphabetical order. We started with the first release version, which was cupcake, then there was donut, followed by eclair, froyo, and gingerbread.
     

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