It’s raining Ice Cream Sandwich update for Android devices. While LG and Samsung have rolled out ICS updates for the Nitro HD and Galaxy Tab 10.1, HTC have joined the bandwagon by releasing ICS updates for the EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G. The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint, and should be available to all EVO 3D/EVO Design 4G owners within the next couple of weeks.
Below is the full general change-log of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for EVO 3D and the EVO Design 4G -:
- Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)
- Home screen folders
- Launch Bar for commonly used apps
- Improved Android Browser
- Improved Camera Experience
- Face Unlock
- Resizable Widgets
- Add/Remove Panels
Users can also manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About Device and then selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option from under the ‘Software Updates’ sub-menu.
EVO 3D/Design 4G owners should not expect much of the Holo goodness introduced by Google in Ice Cream Sandwich, in this OTA update. HTC has done an excellent job of keeping the whole UI similar to Android 2.3, all thanks to its Sense skin.
HTC has started rolling out a new, relatively minor, software update for its first ever-3D phone on Sprint’s network – the EVO 3D. No, its not the Ice Cream Sandwich update which the EVO 3D owners might be hoping for. The new software update carries the version number 2.17.651.5 and does not bring any major changes, except for a new radio/baseband, improving the battery life and perhaps, most importantly removing the Carrier IQ spyware.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
+ Removes Carrier IQ
+ Updated Baseband
+ Minor performance improvements
+ Improved battery life
The update is being rolled out via OTA and in stages, so you might not get the update immediately.
An official spokesperson from HTC has also confirmed that the Taiwanese handset manufacturer will be releasing software updates for all of its handsets available under the Sprint network in the coming weeks that will remove the Carrier IQ app. Sprint also confirmed the same and said that software updates to remove Carrier IQ for other handsets under its network are also coming soon.
Sprint and HTC are all set to release a software update for the HTC EVO 3D. The new software update aims at squashing bugs, and to improve the overall performance and stability of the phone.
Here is the full change-log of the update, thanks to Android Central -:
- Fixes the device lockscreen stuck in “half-state”
- Ability to transfer all contacts over Bluetooth
- Fixed the date mis-match issue between contacts and Facebook when synced
- Fixed the random GPS coordinates issue
- The lock screen now displays three digit temperatures correctly
- Fixed the Spiderman demo lockups
- Allows more pre-loaded content to be uninstalled by the user
- Spiderman, Watch and Qik have been updated to the latest version
Sprint will start rolling out the software update (v2.08.651.2) from today via OTA. EVO 3D owners can also manually check for the update, by going to Settings->About Phone-> Software update, and selecting the ‘Check for updates’ option.
Until last year, HTC were the developer’s favorite Android handset manufacturer because their phones did not ship with a locked boot loader. However, since 2011 HTC has started shipping phones with a locked bootloader, which received a lot of criticism from users and developers, alike. Thankfully, HTC heard the criticism of their customers and decided that they will provide them with a way to unlock the boot loader.
Today, HTC has released more information about how the bootloader unlocking process will work, and why their latest handsets are still shipping with a locked down bootloader. Since an unlocked bootloader provides extensive control’ over the device and custom ROMs may harm your devices, HTC will continue shipping devices with a locked bootloader.
HTC will release a web-based tool for users interested in unlocking the bootloader, by this month, which will aid them in unlocking the bootloader. However, if a user unlocks the bootloader on his HTC device, he will void the warranty of his device.
HTC will release a software update for the Sensation, followed by the Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and the EVO 3D on Sprint, which will then allow users to unlock the bootloader on these handsets using the web-based tool. The company aims at releasing the software update sometime this month.
For more information about the bootloader unlocking process, readers should head over to HTC’s Facebook page.
unrevoked was a very popular tool to get S-OFF and turn off NAND protection on older gen HTC Android handsets. However, the guys behind unrevoked have been out of action for nearly the whole of 2011.
Just when everyone thought that the folks behind unrevoked had given up, they team up with AplhaRev to release revolutionary. The team behind AlphaRev has been working on getting S-OFF on the latest batch of HTC devices, with a locked boot loader for quite sometime now.
revolutionary is an S-OFF tool which turns off the NAND protection on the 2011 line-up of Android handsets from HTC, which come with an encrypted boot loader.
Here is the list of devices which the tool supports :
Revolutionary currently supports the following Android phones and HBOOT versions:
- HTC Desire (bravo) 0.93.0001
- HTC Desire CDMA (bravoc) 1.06.0000
- HTC Wildfire (buzz) 1.01.0001
- HTC Aria (liberty) 1.02.0000
- HTC Incredible S (vivo) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
- HTC Droid Incredible 2 (vivow) 0.97.0000
- HTC Desire S (saga) 0.98.0000 and 0.98.0002
- HTC View (express) 1.09.0000 and 1.13.0000
- HTC Flyer (flyer) 1.10.0000
- HTC Sensation (pyramid) 1.17.0006, .0008, .0011 and .0012
- HTC Evo 3D (shooter) 1.30.0000 and 1.40.0000
Revolutionary will permanently unlock NAND write protection by default on the following phones:
- HTC Sensation (pyramid)
- HTC Evo 3D (shooter)
Readers should keep in mind that S-OFF does not mean the handset is rooted. To get root access, users need to flash this file via recovery. The tool is in developer preview right now, so interested users need to provide their handsets serial number before they get a download link. Interested readers can find more info about revolutionary tool here.
Now, the wait begins for some awesome mods, kernels and custom ROMs for the EVO 3D, Sensation and Flyer begins!
Back in the beginning of June, HTC declared some of their high-end devices would be receiving updates to unlock the bootloaders, the first round to include the T-Mobile Sensation and the Sprint Evo 3D. Well, it would seem that Canada is getting the first device to ship with an unlocked bootloader. Rogers Wireless, a national carrier in Canada, will have an exclusive launch of the Evo 3D in the coming months alongside the LG Optimus 3D.
A Rogers spokesperson has commented on their support site, Rogers RedBoard, indicating that the Evo 3D will be available “this summer” and will have an unlocked bootloader.
The Evo 3D was announced by HTC back in June, recently became available through carriers and was billed as the first “glasses-free 3D smartphone”.
HTC indicated that August would be the initial transition date for devices to receive updates in order to allow for users to flash their own firmware images (ROMs) that aren’t cryptographically signed. While Google explicitly allows (and partially encourages) their “Nexus” line of devices to be easily unlocked, generally, this voids the warranty of a device and should be left as an option to experienced developers and power users. Custom ROMs are the bread and butter of Android when it comes to customization and developing; they allow for much more control as to what software comes pre-installed, supported languages, as well as many performance and security updates that are rolled into a single package. Having more devices that can receive timely updates means more users will be purchasing hardware and putting money directly in HTC’s pocket.
Whether the software update will be available to existing Evo 3D users before Rogers customers have it in their hands is unknown, but a small victory for Android developers is imminent.
HTC has just announced the European version of the EVO 3D. The handset is similar to the recently released Sprint’s EVO 3D, except for a different radio.
For people who are unaware of the EVO 3D specs, the handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It also packs in a 4.3-inch screen, with qHD (960×640) resolution, which is capable of displaying 3D content without glasses.
The phone also sports 1GB of RAM, and 1GB of ROM. The back of the phone packs two dual-5MP cameras at the back with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 3D at 720p resolution, or at 1080p resolution in 2D mode. There is also a 1.3MP camera in the front for video-calling.
Other key features of the EVO 3D include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3..0, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and a micro-USB port with MHL capabilities.
The handset is powered by a beefy 1730mAh battery, which provides up to 560 minutes of talk time. The EVO 3D runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the latest version of Sense UI (v3) running on top of it. The handset also comes with HTC Watch pre-installed, which will allow users to watch high-quality movies on the go.
HTC did not mention anything about the pricing and availability of the handset. More details about the EVO 3D availability will be announced by various network operators in the future.
Sprint has released a maintenance software update each for the recently released HTC EVO 3D, and the EVO View 4G.
The maintenance software update for the EVO 3D is mainly aimed at fixing the force close which occurs while entering calendar entries in certain formats. There is also an application update which solves the missing Phone’ shortcut icon on the lock screen.
The update is an OTA one, and can be manually pulled from Sprint’s server. EVO 3D owners can do so, by going to Settings-> About Phone-> System Updates->HTC Software updates. Select the Check Now’ option and the handset will automatically download and install the update.
The EVO View 4G software update bumps up the Android OS version to 2.3.4. Along with it, the update also fixes some bugs with Google Maps, Google Navigation and the built-in Mail app from HTC.
Sadly, the update also disables video chat via Google Talk. Sprint does state that they will enable this feature sometime in the future, though.
The folks over at XDA-Developers have been tipped by an anonymous tipster with a bunch of pictures of the upcoming HTC Pyramid.
Earlier leaks of the HTC Pyramid did not provide much information, except for a 4.3-inch screen with qHD resolution.
The Pyramid will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor from Qualcomm along with an Adreno 220 GPU for handling the graphics department, and pack 768MB of RAM. The handset will sport a 4.3-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution.
The back of the handset will sport an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p HD resolution. There is also a VGA camera in the front for video-calling.
The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Compass and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The Pyramid will run the latest version of Android, Gingerbread v2.3.2, with the latest version of Sense UI on top of it.
The HTC Pyramid is similar to the recently announced HTC EVO 3D, without the 3D feature. Readers can find a bunch of pictures of the handset over at XDA Developers.
HTC and Sprint have just announced the successor to the highly successful EVO 4G the EVO 3D. As the rumors suggested, the EVO 3D packs a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) glasses-free 3D display.
The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor and packs 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset sports dual-5MP cameras with dual-LED flash, which are capable of recording 720p HD videos in 3D mode (glasses free), and 1080p in 2D mode. Like the EVO 4G, the EVO 3D also supports Sprint’s WiMAX network. The handset will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on-board, with the latest version of Sense running on top of it. The usual Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 3.5mm audio jack are also present. The handset also sports a mini-HDMI port and DLNA capabilities.
Users can connect their EVO 3D to their 3D enabled HDTV and enjoy 3D content. Sadly, the kickstand found at the back of the original EVO 4G is nowhere to be found on the EVO 3D. HTC also states that they have improved the battery life over the EVO 4G, and will ship the phone with a 1730mAh battery.
The EVO 3D will be available starting this summer. Sadly, HTC and Sprint did not mention anything about the pricing of the EVO 3D.