Verizon Introduces VCAST Messages SMS Application

Let's face it, Verizon's VCAST apps are not usually ground breaking. Only offering up some core services that are attached to Verizon's music and location services, they are usually overlooked. However, this time, Verizon has gone and released their own texting application, and it's pretty decent. On track to compete with Handcent and Chomp the Verizon VCAST Messenger allows users to send text messages, and the software isn't actually terrible. There is an option for sending texts to recent calls so you can easily notify someone about your status if you just missed their call, as well as location based messaging and a group conversation feature. Currently available for the original Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, LG Ally, Eris, Incredible and Fascinate, it may be a nice way to change things up a bit. QR Code: [Download Link] [Via DroidLife]

HTC Incredible HD AKA HTC Mecha Pictured?

A leaked shot of the bezel of an upcoming HTC device, along with another of the back camera with dual-LED flash, has just been tipped to SlashGear. It has been suggested that this is indeed the HTC Incredible HD (HTC Mecha) which means that it will be an upcoming Android-based 4G LTE device.

Droid Incredible Update Available Now Via Rom, VCAST app included?

Just as Verizon announced it's App Stores availability coming to the DROID Incredible next week, we are made aware that the software has been available now for quite some time. The rooted ROM was built from a properly signed HTC Sense/Froyo OTA package. Included within the rom we see “system/app/VCast.apk” which we are expecting to be the actual VCAST app store. To check it out for yourself head over to XDA Forums for download links and instructions! Let us know what you find, as we will be digging through it as well! [Via XDA, DroidLife]

VCAST App Store Confirmed, Droid Incredible First to get it

We first heard word of the Verizon VCAST App Store a few months back. Since then many companies have also seen the need for their own Android application stores but it looks as if Verizon will be the first to officially launch their own. In a statement released today, Verizon not only confirms the VCAST app store, but also confirms it's availability for next week on the DROID Incredible. “Verizon Wireless will begin pushing a software update to the DROID Incredible next week. The update includes software enhancements that will pre-install V CAST Apps on the phone. We said earlier this year that we’d be expanding V CAST Apps to the Android platform, and the DROID Incredible is the first Android phone with the store. Developers continue to submit apps, and as a reminder, V CAST Apps allows carrier billing, so customers who purchase applications through our store will see those charges on their monthly bill. For more information about the update customers can go to” This app store will not replace the Android Market on Verizon's Android devices it will only offer up a new way for users to get applications. And with Verizon's benefits for the program we can expect to see many developers to jump into the new market and put their apps up on the store. [Via DroidLife]

HTC Desire HD ROM Ported to Droid Incredible, Desire, and EVO 4G

Just a few days after the announcement of HTC Desire HD, we heard that the ROM has been extracted. Well we now have a followup of the happenings between then and now. The developers behind the extract have not got it ip and running on the HTC Desire as well as the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G. They are still not perfect, missing camera support, WiFi and 4G, but they are definitely a start.

HTC Expects to have Android 2.2 Updates Finished by Christmas

According to HTC, the Desire is getting a Froyo-based update in August, but unfortunately other smartphones like the Wildfire, Incredible and EVO 4G will not be as lucky. The global PR and online community manager at HTC, Eric Lin, believes they will be done with Froyo testing before Christmas, so that's when those other devices should expect an update. He also explained that it takes a lot of time to port all of their applications over to Froyo, and make sure that it runs well on all of their devices.