According to a recent Sprint tweet, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G along with any future phones launching on the carrier with Android 2.1 will get an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo build. The significance of Froyo other than optimizations to the Android operating system is that 2.2 is required for Adobe Flash 10.1 support. The carrier will be dedicating its resources to bringing more innovative products to the market, which unfortunately means that older devices like the Samsung Moment and the Sprint Hero will not be moving forward with an Android 2.2 upgrade.
A minor stability update for the Sprint HTC EVO 4G brought some improvements to WiFi speeds and eliminated a screen grounding issue whereby if a user held the phone in the wrong way or placed the phone on a table, the screen may not respond to touch. However, after rolling out the update, Sprint and HTC have decided to stop the updates temporarily due to a handful of user reports that the update had bricked their devices. According to a Sprint statement to MobileCunch, the companies are investigating the matter before continuing with the OTA update process:
While the vast [...]
Sprint just announced via Twitter which phones will be seeing Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) updates, as well as which ones will not.
According to their tweet the HTC EVO and any devices launched with Android 2.1 in the future will be updated to Android 2.2.
The Samsung Moment and Sprint Hero, unfortunately, will not be seeing an official Froyo update.
Although the HTC EVO 4G is one of the most powerful Android devices on paper, it apparently hasn’t been able to live up to its title, at least not completely. The guys on XDA-developers previously discovered that HTC capped the EVO 4G’s (2D/3D) graphics at just 30FPS, making scrolling and animations, specifically in gaming, look choppy compared to similar devices. It was immediately assumed that this was a software limitation and a fix would be out eventually, either unofficially through XDA or an official update from HTC. Well, it seems XDA has, indeed, come to the rescue, [...]
I’ve got two really cool Android items to share with you today. One is useful, the other is not. One requires Froyo, the other does not.
First off we’ve got a whimsical throwback to days-gone-by. Remember the After Dark screen saver collection for your Mac and Windows 3.x PCs? No, not the band, the screen saver featured 1940’s style toasters with bird-like wings flapping across your screen with slices of toast mixed in for good measure. You probably bought the whole pack just to get Flying Toasters.
On Android you can set the number, size, and speed of [...]
A hack over at XDA-Developers will enable the 802.11n capabilities from the WiFi chip on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G. The hack requires the HTC EVO 4G to be rooted. You can view the step-by-step instructions over at XDA-Developers. For those less inclined for hacking, there’s also a zip file that will allow you to do a manual installation of the proposed hack to activate the 802.11n radio.
While many current HTC Android smartphones support the faster wireless n protocol, the company has so far chosen to leave support of current builds of Android (2.1 and prior) due to the [...]
Sprint’s informing its customers that the HTC EVO 4G is once again out of stock and sold out at its online store, but availability may vary at retail locations. If you’re hot on getting one right now, your best bet is to walk into a physical store as the popular large-screened phone is in short supply. The phone has been sold out on launch weekend as Sprint stores and its network were both strained in activating the HTC Android smartphone. Sprint’s not giving any indication when it will be replenishing its online inventory.
For those who prefer the more fashionable white shade than the sleek black look, Best Buy will soon be stocking the white version of the Sprint EVO 4G beginning on July 11th exclusively. You can head over to your big box electronics retailer today to reserve your white EVO 4G if you haven’t yet made the plunge and are awaiting Sprint to replenish its black inventory anyways. The Best Buy exclusivity will last until August 8th, at which time Sprint can get in on the white party.
David Pogue has a review of the HTC EVO 4G in the New York Times now and he is not impressed. Unfortunately he was seeing very poor battery life, and wasn’t able to visit any areas with 4G coverage. He had a lot of difficulty getting video calling to work, which is understandable since Sprint couldn’t even get it to work during their launch event. Even his collegue who had access to an area with Sprint’s 4G coverage said the reception was “spottier than a kennel of Dalmatians.” You even have to pay an extra $10/month for the Evo, bringing your monthly [...]
A hacker by the name of infinitemods has modded his Sprint HTC EVO 4G to wirelessly charge via the induction charging mechanism of the Palm Pre’s Touchstone charger. While the hack took infinitemods about thirty minutes to accomplish, the modder says it can be done in as little as ten minutes. The upside is that the EVO 4G won’t get overheated, an issue that’s fairly common in the Palm Pre when used with the Touchstone charging base. The downside, according to Android Central, is that “the magnets used to hold the Evo to the Touchstone mean the compass [...]
The latest video tests on YouTube shows a user demonstrating an issue with HTC’s latest crop of Android handsets experiencing unresponsive screens when it is used or placed on an ungrounded surface. According to the video maker, an ungrounded surface is one that does not “have pass any type of electrical charge” and could pose a “huge issue when attempting to use the phone in a car dock for navigation or other purposes.”
In my experience with the HTC Droid Incredible, I do notice that the screen does become unresponsive even while holding [...]
In our testing of the EVO 4G (review), we found the battery life to be not so great. A surefire way to get better battery life from any device, the EVO 4G included, is to get a larger battery (like the one we recently reviewing for the HD2). Seido is showing off their 3500mAh battery on their website, which adds a considerable amount of size to the (already-large) device. The battery is listed as “coming soon” with no price showing.
(via: Good and EVO)
You knew this would come: the HTC EVO 4G scratch test. One user is returning his device due to a screen defect, so he figured he might as well put it through the torture of a scratch test. He goes on to use a razor blade, key, penny, and screw to show that the EVO 4G’s screen can hold up quite well under stress. He claims there’s “absolutely no scratch on the phone.”
Interestingly enough, he tried the same test on the EVO’s 8MP camera lens and found that it scratched too easily. Like scratch test videos? Check out the HTC HD2 and Nexus One getting [...]
Swype is one of the most innovative input methods available for mobile devices. It was first made popular by the Samsung Omnia II on Verizon, but is now available for a variety of devices like the HTC EVO 4G. Over at XDA, user TheBiles has posted an “idiot proof” guide that walks you through ever step needed to get this new input method working on Sprint EVO 4G.
If you’ve taken the plunge and bought the HTC EVO 4G recently, Sprint offers these tips to maximize your battery life and have a pleasant experience with the world’s first 4G Android smartphone.
1. Add widgets to your HTC Sense homescreen to control the radios (Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G)
2. Use the widgets to turn off select radios when not in use. If you’re not using 4G, switch it off and fall back on 3G instead to gain better battery life.
3. Turn off network roaming. By default, roaming is turned on for the HTC EVO 4G out of the box, which means that [...]
In this video we try to answer the question “Does 4G matter?” as it relates to the HTC EVO 4G. Sprint is making a really big deal about the EVO 4G being the first smartphone in America with 4G cellular data, but should that really be a major selling point? As you’ll see in this video, after taking a look at some of the speeds we clocked with this device, the 4G isn’t really ready for prime time, and if you’re considering this phone, you shouldn’t let the 4G woo you.
In our testing, there are three problems with the 4G:
– The [...]
The Sprint EVO 4G has two cameras. The rear can take photos at 8MP and video at 720p, and the front can shoot stills at 1.3MP and record video VGA resolution. Below are two sample videos taken from each camera. As you can see, quality isn’t fantastic on either, though keep in mind that YouTube compresses the video a bit. That said, even when I viewed the videos on my computer, the video appeared grainy, and the audio quality was poor, even at maximum quality settings.
Rear camera, 720p
Front camera, VGA
In part 2 of our software review of the HTC EVO 4G (be sure to jump back to part 1 in case you missed it), we cover the other included programs on the device, such as those from Sprint (like Sprint TV and the Sprint sports applications), YouTube (now with a HQ setting), and the camera (which supports 720p video recording from the camera on the back, plus a toggle to use the front camera). We also talk briefly about Qik. It turns out the version of Qik that allows for the live video chat was released a few hours after this video was filmed. We got a chance to demo the two-way video [...]
Finally! It works! Just moments ago, Qik released the application needed to do video conferencing on the HTC EVO 4G from Sprint. In Europe, they’ve had video conferencing for years, but in the US, it’s new to us. In this video, I video conference with Geoff Farinha from Ultimo119. As you can see through the video, the video conferencing is smooth both for audio and video. The huge caveat is that the person receiving the call must hold down the microphone button in order to talk, sort of like a walky talky. It’s possible that we’re doing this wrong, or that a [...]
Qik is an awesome cross-platform app that lets you share what’s going on in your life with friends, family, or the whole world, as it happens, right from your mobile phone.
Put simply, Qik (pronounced “quick”) is a video streaming app and corresponding service that lets you record what’s going on around you, stream it live to your Qik account, and allow others to see what’s going on in real-time. Additionally, live videos are also archived, so they’re available to play back later. Your privacy concerns have been taken into consideration, too. [...]
In part 1 of our software review of the EVO 4G, we show the HTC Sense interface, which looks glorious on the 4.3″ display. You can have up to seven homescreens with a wide variety of highly functional widgets. To manage the homescreens, you can use the Scenes feature to have multiple widget configurations (one for the weekend, one for work, etc), and to jump from screen to screen, you can use the pinch-to-zoom leap feature.
We also take a look at the web browsing experience on the EVO 4G which is quite fantastic. Compared to the Nexus One (running Froyo), the browser is [...]
The long-awaited Sprint HTC EVO 4G was released this morning and met with long lines at Radio Shack, Best Buy, and other resellers.
Just days ago we learned of a problem where the device could not reliably access the pre-packaged microsd card. Many users reported files “disappearing” or were met with an “insufficient file permissions” error when attempting to save files to the card. The work-around was simply to reboot the device, access to the files would be restored and files could again be written to the card — for a while. Others reported that [...]
In this video we give a tour and review of the hardware of the HTC EVO 4G. The device isn’t a lighweight – it’s 170 grams compared to 157 for the HD2 and 130 grams for the Nexus One. Compared to the HD2, it feels more like a small slate/tablet than it does a mobile phone, though that may not be enough to deter some of you from buying this device since it’s a price to pay for such a multimedia-centric phone.
The screen is huge at 4.3″ and displays fantastic colors and a high level of contrast – greater than the HD2 (although it’s possible [...]
If you’re eagerly waiting for the release of the HTC EVO 4G on June 4, we know the last leg of the countdown can be the toughest. Here’s some reading material that may help distract you from staring at the clock every fifteen minutes. The EVO 4G’s user manual (PDF file) has been posted on the support section of Sprint’s site, along with the “getting started” guide (also PDF file).
The documentation is filled with around 200 pages of images and information related to America’s first WiMax handset. It’s a great way to get acclimated [...]