Sure, you have your choice of options when it comes to getting the latest Android 2.3 on your HTC EVO 4G, including CyanogenMod 7 with WiMAX support – we’ve even seen Honeycomb forced to run on EVO hardware (albeit not very well at all) – but there’s still no official update available for users who feel more comfortable running their phones on carrier-approved firmware. HTC customer service has recently let slip that Gingerbread for the EVO is currently in the works, with a release likely before the end of Q2 2011.
A user reaching out in an email to HTC [...]
One of the coolest things about the HTC EVO 4G is its HDMI-out port which, one would think, lets you watch whatever is on your Evo’s screen on whatever it’s plugged into. Unfortunately, only specific apps with custom coding could output via HDMI.
Various app developers got to work trying to change this, and initially did, but at the cost of requiring a rooted device running a custom kernel. With the recent update to FullHDMI, that’s no longer the case — but there are a few catches.
FullHDMI 1.3.1 is now available and allows for HDMI mirroring [...]
Part of the core of what makes Android Android has been its open-source development, creating a thriving community of hackers and tinkerers. Much of this scene is fed by the periodic release of the Android source code, letting developers adapt the software for not-yet-supported handsets. This seems so intrinsically Android that it’s almost shocking to learn that Google is not planning on releasing Honeycomb code anytime soon, fearing that unauthorized smartphone ports would create a user experience too awful to allow.
Business Week reports that Google has been telling [...]
Update: Adding credence to the rumor of Sprint getting the Nexus S, Sprint has a page located at now.sprint.com/nexus. Spring only puts up these sorts of pages for real device.
CTIA is just around the corner, and we’ll be there come later this month. Sprint has an event planned where they’re likely to unveil some new products, including two new phones, if an Engadget Tipster is to believed. First up we have a WiMax-capable version of the Nexus S, which would be pretty exciting since we really like the Nexus S, and the inclusion of WiMax 4G will make it even better. [...]
Remember when we first got wind of the HTC EVO 4G specs and started to drool over the possibility of HDMI-out? Watching YouTube, TV.com, and video content on our big-screen through our smartphone. That was to have been geek Nirvana!
Alas, it wasn’t everything that we’d hoped. The EVO’s HDMI was limited to video playback only — you couldn’t view your photos, play games, surf the web, or anything like that. Think that’s just unacceptable? So did TeamWin, a group a developers who put together a solution that unlocks full HDMI mirroring. [...]
With all the factors that weigh into smartphone performance, it can be maddening trying to determine which provider offers the highest-throughput data network. Available bandwidth varies regionally, by time of day, and in the face of network maintenance. PCWorld and Novarum decided to evaluate the current condition of wireless data in the United States, and after 177,000 measurements, they finally have some results to show, putting T-Mobile and its HSPA+ network up against Verizon’s LTE for the top spot.
The tests looked both at 4G data modems for laptops, as well as some [...]
When Android Honeycomb was released it came along with notice from Google that it would be for tablets only. Since it would be opensourced, just like other versions of Android, people could do with it as they wished. They were quick to follow up that Android Ice Cream Sandwich would be coming soon for smartphones which would incorporate all of the improvements realized in Honeycomb.
Shortly thereafter Google released a beta of the Honeycomb SDK — the tool kit that developers need to write apps (or update existing ones) to work with, and take full advantage of the new OS. [...]
Today the CyanogenMod team made Release Candidates of CyanogenMod 7 available for the Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, myTouch 4G, and Evo 4G. CM7 is based on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread AOSP source, plus a bunch of tweaks, additions, and improvements.
A Release Candidate (RC) is just that, it’s a release of the code that could become final if no bugs are found. Generally a CM build will go through two or three RCs before it’s finally released. RCs should be usable as your daily driver, and in my experience, there’s no reason not to use CM7 RC1 on your [...]
If you have a Sprint HTC EVO and you’ve flashed a custom ROM, you may be having problems with your Wi-Max. The problem may not necessarily be with your custom ROM, it may be due to corrupt or missing keys.
If this sounds like a problem you’re having and you have root permissions with busybox installed, XDA developer joeykrim may have a solution for you. He’s come up with a small app to determine if your RSA keys are still where they’re supposed to be.
Head over the thread at XDA-Developers and download the .apk if you think this might be the cause [...]
Plenty of smartphone users buy protective cases for their expensive phones, to spare them from any incidental damage the world may kick up in the phone’s direction. Apparently the phones are willing to reciprocate, as one HTC owner found his phone protecting him, deflecting an incoming bullet.
John Garber is employed as a valet at an Atlanta night club, where he was working one night when some disgruntled patrons of the club fired shots in the building’s direction. One of those bullets passed through Garber’s jacket, connecting with the smartphone he kept in [...]
There are so many variables at play when it comes to evaluating phone battery life, that it can be extremely difficult to get accurate results. Everything from which apps you’re running, to the quality of the network reception you’re getting, can influence those results and make extrapolating a useful conclusion all the trickier. Some of the tinkerers over on the XDA-Developers forum wanted to see just what impact changing a phone’s kernel can have on its battery life, and found some pretty drastic differences in energy consumption.
Looking at the Evo 4G, one [...]
The HTC EVO 4G is a beautiful phone. CyanogenMod is an awesome custom ROM. What happens when you combine the two? It’s nothing short of amazing — with a hitch: WiMax doesn’t work.
Thanks to the tireless efforts from the XDA-Developers community there is now an Alpha build of CyanogenMod that includes WiMax support! “Alpha” means there will be bugs, problems, and who knows what kind of other issues, but it’s a functional step in the right direction!
Head over the to see how to get the ROM and start enjoying WiMax again.
This is what we wait all year for, friends: the chance to pick the single best phone in all of 2010. Sure, we could break it up by category, by platform, by carrier, by something, but we’d rather pit the Droids against the iPhones against the BlackBerries in a winner-take-all cage match that will crown the one true champion. We thought about including a poll here, but we don’t want to limit your choices even one bit; if you think that the Sanyo Zio was the best that the industry had to offer in 2010, by all means, cast your vote in the comments and tell us why you made that [...]
Developers behind the CyanogenMod ROM have reached a milestone, working out how to let 4G-enabled phones establish a WiMAX data connection.
Without native WiMAX support in Android, owners of phones like the Epic or Evo 4G who want to run unofficial builds of the operating system have been forced to put up with 3G speeds. The problem is that the code that manages the WiMAX connection is a custom addition to Android applied by the phone’s manufacturer. Without the source to that add-on, developers couldn’t easily access the high-speed network when running their ROM of [...]
If you’ve got an HTC EVO 4G you might be interested in an OTA update that is coming your way. According to sources, the update will include:
– Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10) – Kindle eReader – Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft – Sprint Zone update – Latest Telenav – Latest VVM App – Latest Sprint TV app – SWYPE Keyboard – Scan Now Widget for 4G
The most talked about features in this update are SWYPE keyboard and the Blockbuster app. Since this app requires the latest in DRM technologies [...]
The port of Android 2.3 Gingerbread over to an HTC HD2 has opened the floodgates for other hacked Gingerbread ROMs, with versions now available for the HTC Droid Eris, Evo, Wildfire, and Hero.
These releases are each home to their own assortment of bugs and hacked-together workarounds, so don’t expect a sleek Nexus S experience out of Gingerbread on any of them. On the Wildfire port, for instance, only the most basic input and phone functionality is implemented. Most everything else, from the camera, to wireless data, to Bluetooth, is broken.
Some of these release [...]
HTC has just received Wi-Fi Alliance certification for a device with model number PG05100, which may end up being in the same product line as the rumored HTC Knight (pictured), an allegedly Froyo-powered QWERTY slider whose model number is said to be the similar PG06100. Like the Knight, the PG05100 supports 802.11 b/g/n, but unlike the former device — which we know from FCC documents to be WiMax-capable, making a Sprint appearance likely — this newest handset both adds in WMM Power Save features and has been CWG-RF-certified for specific cellular/Wi-Fi convergence [...]
Remember the mysterious “third tab” in the Android Market app as seen in the Gingerbread video from earlier today? Turns out it’s a new recommended-app feature that is rolling out right now, in advance of Gingerbread.
Users of various Android 2.2 devices have been reporting that the Android Market app has automatically updated itself on their phones to include the new tab. Exactly what it’s labeled varies from device to device; sometimes it’s “Similar”, sometimes “Related”. The new tab apparently offers suggestions of other [...]
HTC’s official Sync application for Android devices was recently updated for APAC & EU HTC Hero (Android 2.1), HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Legend, Desire, Wildfire, HTC Aria (APAC Only) and now it’s time for an update that will also support U.S. devices.
The version number is 3.0.5481 — same as previous but for different devices — and is intended for HTC Desire, DROID ERIS by HTC (Verizon), DROID INCREDIBLE by HTC (Verizon), HTC Aria (AT&T), HTC EVO 4G (Sprint) and T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide. Three features have been improved according to the [...]
While the wait for a white iPhone 4 drags on, Sprint customers have had their headlining smartphone, HTC’s EVO 4G, available in white since Best Buy started carrying the alternate color this past July. Though initially exclusive to the store, Sprint has now announced that white EVOs are available through other retailers, as well as the carrier itself.
Originally, the wider availability of the white EVO was supposed to kick in sometime during September, with the Best Buy exclusivity expiring in August. While that arrangement ending up lasting longer than expected, the [...]
HTC’s EVO 4G for Sprint was a huge success and it would normally feed brains in HTC’s R&D and Marketing departments in the direction of a follow up, even though no indications so far referring to this aspect were seen or heard.
Looks like HTC has filed for trademark to what seems to be an HTC EVO 4G refresh. The filing refers to “HTC EVO Shift 4G” coming just after a similar trademark filing for “HTC EVO 4G Shift” — which could indicate that a final naming for the handset is not set out yet. This could mean many things but most [...]
Android handsets were rated to be the best smartphones on each of the four major US carriers in Consumer Reports’ latest evaluation. Out of the 41 models reviewed by the publication, four stood out as tops: the Motorola Droid X on Verizon, Samsung Vibrant on T-Mobile, HTC EVO 4G on Sprint, and Samsung Captivate on AT&T. Notably, Verizon’s Motorola Droid 2 scored nearly as well as the top finishers, half of which are Samsung Galaxy S variants. In fact, 11 of the 20 phones recommended by CR are Android-powered, with BlackBerry holding down three spots, both Windows [...]
If you are planning on buying an HTC EVO 4G from Sprint any time soon, you will be surprised to find out that your handset is running a slightly different (higher) version number than the one everyone has.
While the latest software version for the device is 3.29.651.5, HTC EVO 4G’s purchased (sometime) in November will have the higher version in order to offer support for a new manufacturer part. While there is absolutely no indication (yet) on what the switched part is, users should benefit from the same user experience with nothing changed. The new version 3.30.651.2 [...]