HTC doesn’t normally update devices once they’ve reached a certain age — usually because they’re not powerful enough for the latest Android software — but it appears to be making an exception for the 2010 Verizon Droid Incredible. Don’t get too excited, it’s not getting Jelly Bean, but it is getting a much-needed fix to kill a random reboot issue.
The update will have the 4.08.605.19 version number, which will still be based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It won’t bring you any new features, but it will stop your handset from turning itself off while you’re using it.
Although this is a major issue that needs addressing, it seems odd that HTC is updating such an old device. But what’s even more puzzling to me is the time it’s taken for this update to come; how long have Droid Incredible users been suffering this issue?
The handset’s last Gingerbread update came in November 2011, so presumably the problem was introduced with that, and users have had to contend with it ever since. That’s more than a year of random reboots. If you’re still a Droid Incredible user, I commend you for putting up with this problem for so long.
If you haven’t received the update yet, you should get a push notification soon. According to users on the Android Central forum, it’s currently rolling out across the U.S.