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We heard about a couple of updates yesterday that were to target Androids on Sprint: Samsung’s Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch. Today we get to learn a little more about what’s in store for the Epic 4G, as well as learn about two more Sprint Androids getting updates, the HTC EVO 4G and EVO Design 4G.
The rumor was that the Epic 4G would lose some bloatware and get an audio fix. That much has now been confirmed (the QIK and Asphalt 5 apps are the ones getting the boot), along with mention of a security update. This security fix is a common feature of all three of these [...]
We’ve already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it’s time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software.
Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on [...]
Early this month, a security vulnerability in a number of HTC-manufactured Androids was revealed, letting apps get unauthorized access to your personal data. HTC quickly responded to news of the threat, announcing that security updates would be forthcoming for affected models. We’ve already seen some of those start to arrive, but it looks like the big push has just begun, at least for HTC users in the States.
Several EVO-series models on Sprint are now in the process of getting updates correcting the bug. These are generally small, around 10MB, and exclusively target one [...]
Security is becoming an issue more and more on phones running Google’s Android platform. The rule of thumb usually is that there is either a platform vulnerability which is usually fixed by Google or there are malware-infected apps in the Android Market which are eventually deleted by Google (both from the Market and off devices).
The recent vulnerability seems to be HTC’s fault; apparently there’s a huge security flaw which affects Android phones manufactured by the Taiwanese phone-maker (U.S. models only according to some reports). Models believed to be [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Google’s Android project. This week we discuss the recent teaser of a Samsung event in Berlin on September 1st and we also breeze through all the leaks of the week, which by the way include information on the Google Nexus Prime and how it may bring a 720p resolution screen to the market. We go through all the all the Andriod Smartphone releases for the week and all the software updates you definitely must look out for. In the Dark Side we go through the HTC Evo 3D [...]
If you’re rocking an Android on Sprint, there may be a new update headed your way. The carrier posted information today regarding updates becoming available for both the HTC EVO 4G and the new Motorola Photon 4G.
The EVO 4G’s update will bring the smartphone to system software 4.53.651.1. This one’s going to be a bugfix update, containing a handful of fixes. There may not be any really critical problems being corrected, but some of the glitches look like they could be pretty annoying to run into. The software will fix issues with SMS transmission when [...]
If the only reason you chose to keep your HTC EVO 4G on Froyo was to keep it rooted, wait no more, as the recent OTA update to Gingerbread has already been rooted. The guys at Revolutionary have recently confirmed that the EVO 4G with version 2.16.0001 Hboot is now supported by their root, so head on over.
Make sure you read all of these instructions carefully before you decide if you’ll to move over to the dark side, though the procedure seems to be simple and straight forward. Obviously you’re more than likely already aware that what ever you do with your device [...]
The source code for several HTC devices (based on the 2.6.35 Linux Kernel) was just released. The Salsa, Chacha (and Chachacha), Evo 4G, Evo 3D, Droid Incredible 2, and the Sensation 4G all now have their kernel’s source code available to the hobbyist community.
The kernel is “the central component of most computer operating systems; it is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. The kernel’s responsibilities include managing the system’s resources (the communication between hardware and software [...]
Over at Sprint, the times, they are a-changin’. We’ve already seen a leaked roadmap revealing some upcoming smartphones for the carrier; now we can see which are nearing the end of their time with us, thanks to another leak, this time of the carrier’s end-of-life schedule for the next few months.
According to these EOL dates (which could always end up shifting around, especially the further-off ones), Sprint’s clearing some serious BlackBerry house, dropping the Style 9670 in just a few weeks, followed by the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G in September. With new [...]
The initial version of Hulu Plus that made it to the Android Market only supported a select number of smartphones: Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix. The recently updated version adds four more devices to the list of working handsets, bringing the total to 10 supported phones.
As of the new version of Hulu Plus, you can enjoy on-demand video streaming on your HTC EVO 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC myTouch 4G and G2. And, as with the original version, Hulu is committed to adding more and more devices to the list of [...]
Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC has every right to brag about its accomplishments as it has been honored with eight Awards for excellence in product design, originating from three separate international organizations.
“Countless HTC employees came together to earn the recognition we received at IDEA 2011, red dot 2011 and IDA 2010,” said Scott Croyle, vice president of design at HTC. At the 2011 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) only, HTC collected four awards as follows: Gold for the HTC Droid Incredible, silver for the HTC EVO 4G, bronze for the HTC [...]
If it isn’t one thing… HTC released an update for the EVO 4G earlier this month, the primary purpose of which was to repair damage that had been done to the phone following the previous update, breaking Netflix compatibility. Well, consider that another trade-off, since it looks now like that update went and broke a few things of its own.
EVO 4G users are reporting issues with voice-to-text and the smartphone’s digital compass, post-update. Users who have contacted HTC directly have received notice that the company is aware of the issues, and is looking into [...]
Hot on the heels of learning about an upcoming HTC EVO Shift 4G Gingerbread update, thanks to a tipster leaking an internal Sprint document, we’re getting even more news about the EVO family. That same tipster has revealed a second document, this one discussing an upcoming software release for the original EVO 4G that should finally fix the recently-introduced Netflix incompatibility.
When the EVO 4G got Gingerbread of its own back at the beginning of June, along with fixing numerous bugs the update introduced one of its own, causing the smartphone to lose its ability to [...]
Just as expected for a June 3 release, the Sprint HTC EVO 4G got its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update but seems like you have to manually check for a refresh in order to get the notification and download the updated ROM
The update, besides the new version of Google Android, brings lots of bugfixes and performance improvements as well as updated Google applications. Unfortunately though, the platform refresh breaks Netflix functionality which, after several reports, has been acknowledged by Netflix itself on Twitter. Let’s hope they find the bug and iron it out [...]
Many users prefer a stock ROM and part of them are always in for a vanilla ROM with possibly nothing included except the operating system so they can do the tweaks and install their apps according to their liking.
If the stock-like vanilla feeling is what you’re looking for and you have the Droid Eris, Droid Incredible or EVO 4G, you’re lucky! Each of these smartphones has an OMGB and OMFGB (with features) Gingerbread ROM which you can download and flash to your smartphone. As we know you’re well aware of the risks implied, we’ll not mention them but [...]
HTC’s EVO 4G on Sprint is getting Gingerbread, and it really looks like it’s getting it soon. An apparently official Gingerbread ROM has already leaked, and we’ve been hearing rumors trying to tie down just when the update will finally drop. Things finally looked like Sprint was ready to send out the update last week, when the carrier updated its website to indicate that at least new orders for the smartphone would ship running Gingerbread, but it quickly denounced that move as an error. Now a leaked document gives us a new date to expect Gingerbread: June [...]
Back in April, a ROM image for HTC’s EVO 4G on Sprint leaked, apparently an official build of Android Gingerbread for the smartphone. Since that time, we’ve been waiting for Sprint to finalize its testing of the update and release the code for its users who would prefer not to flash their expensive phones with files stumbled upon on the internet. While there has yet to be any official adjournment of when to expect the EVO’s Gingerbread to arrive, a recent change to Sprint’s website suggests that the release may be imminent.
Sprint has updated the [...]
With the recent ROM leaks for HTC Kingdom, Doubleshot, and Sensation, all of which run HTC’s latest Sense 3.0, developers have been hard at work porting aspects of the ROM to other devices. While this ROM is brought over from the HTC Kingdom, a port is also underway for the Doubleshot ROM and Sensation ROM as well.
Sense 3.0 comes to HTC’s Evo 4G thanks to a port from the HTC Kingdom ROM done by XDA member XxXViRuSXxX. As is typical with initial releases of ported ROMs, there are a number of minor to moderate issues with the ROM such as the weather app not [...]
What do you get when you take an HTC HD2, add 4G WiMax connectivity, a front facing camera, and use Android instead of Windows Mobile? You get the HTC EVO 4G! Sprint has raced the EVO 4G to market, giving them the distinction of being the only carrier in America to carry a 4G smartphone. Along with that, the EVO 4G offers many other claims to fame: it can do live video chat, it’s the first Android device to natively support high quality YouTube, it has a kickstand, and it has an HDMI port for outputting video to a projector or larger television. On paper, the EVO 4G is a monster: [...]
The Motorola Atrix 4G doesn’t have be the only smartphone capable of converting into a desktop-like workstation, thanks to a bit of hardware and software. Industrious XDA user Lokifish Marz has come up with a way to do likewise with an EVO 4G, a keyboard and mouse, plus a fresh install of CyanogenMod 7, as seen in this video. It includes a special desktop-like web browser, keyboard mapping for all of Android’s buttons, the ability to take calls over the speakerphone, and more. To get this working you’re going to have to set aside a couple of hours, as the list of [...]
We know thanks to an HTC rep that answered a customer’s email that the HTC EVO 4G will get its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in the second quarter, alongside the HTC Thunderbolt.
It just so happens that what appears to be an official Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the HTC EVO 4G has been leaked and is ready to download. It appears to be version 2.3.3 of the platform with several improvements besides the Gingerbread upgrade. As usually with leaked ROMs, we advise you to stay away from them as they might be early builds or test ROMs, but if you are really itching, you can [...]
The latest version of the HTC Sense interface for Android, version 3.0, brings some pretty significant changes and will debut on the EVO 3D and the Sensation. Chief among these changes are a new lock screen, new widgets, a new home screen configuration, and many little enhancements to the stock programs you use everyday. If you’re rocking a current generation phone like the Desire HD (Inspire 4G), EVO 4G, Thunderbolt, or even the brand new Incredible S, you’re probably wondering whether you’ll get an upgrade to Sense 3.0. First, a bit of history.
Most of the [...]
Both last year’s HTC EVO 4G on Sprint and the fresh Thunderbolt on Verizon are set to receive their Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread treat sometime this upcoming second quarter, according to an e-mail from HTC in response to a customer inquiry.
Initially shipping with Android 2.1 Eclair, then upgraded to Froyo, the EVO 4G will get Gingerbread “in the second quarter of 2011 (anywhere from the beginning of April, to the end of June)”, said an HTC rep. The same time-frame applies to the Froyo powered Thunderbolt too. HTC has been solid in offering platform updates [...]