Until 2010, HTC was the favorite Android handset manufacturer among the Android developers, because of their relatively easy to bypass bootloader and their modding potential. However, since 2011 HTC has started encrypting the bootloader on their handsets, thus giving developers a hard time to gain root access and flash custom ROMs on their handsets.
The Taiwanese handset manufacturer received a lot of criticism for this, and finally released a bootloader unlocking tool for its handsets. HTC handset owners can use the web-based bootloader unlocking tool from the company to unlock the bootloader of their handset, and then root it or flash a custom ROM on it.
Sadly, the unlocking tool from HTC only allows users to unlock the bootloaders of certain of their handsets. In the last couple of months, HTC has released quite a few new handsets including the Rezound and the MyTouch Slide 4G. Today, the company update its bootloader tool to add support for the My Touch Slide 4G and the EVO View 4G, which is the Sprint’s version of the Flyer. The company did not add support for the Rezound though, which is a shame.
Hopefully, HTC will release phones with a relatively easy to unlock bootloader in 2012.
It was a month ago that HTC started rolling out the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update for the HTC Flyer in Europe. Today, HTC and Sprint have started rolling out the Honeycomb update for the Sprint’s version of the Flyer, the EVO View 4G.
The update with the version number 2.23.651.1 weighs in a little over 217MB in size, so EVO View 4G owners are recommended to use Wi-Fi to download the update. The jump from Gingerbread to Honeycomb was quite a big one, and brings in quite a lot of big changes including H/W acceleration, new web browser, new Google Apps, new launcher, a tablet optimized UI and much more.
Below is the full change-log of the update-:
- Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
- New Google search, available on every page
- System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
- Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
- The Action Bar–which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen–is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
- Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
- Google video chat
- Bluetooth capable in Airplane mode
The update is being rolled out in stages, so it might take a while before the update hits your tablet.
Rumors suggest that Sprint and HTC are going to launch the successor to the EVO 4G’ at the on-going CTIA, to be known as the EVO 3D.
Now, the folks over at PocketNow have managed to get their hands on some leaked documents, which reveal the specs of the EVO 3D. The handset will be sporting a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) display with 3D capabilities.
The EVO 3D will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM8660) and pack 768MB of RAM. The back of the handset will sport dual 5MP cameras with Flash. These cameras will be able to record videos in either 720p 3D format or at 1080p in 2D.
The front of the phone will also house a 1.3MP camera for video-calling. The EVO 3D will run on Android OS with HTC’s Sense UI on top of it. However, the Android version which the handset will release with is unknown.
PocketNow also managed to confirm the specs of another EVO branded device coming to Sprint the EVO View 4G. The EVO View 4G is the Sprint version of the recently announced HTC Flyer.
The 7-inch tablet has a resolution of 1024×600, and is powered by a 1.5GHz single core Snapdragon CPU. The EVO View 4G will run Android 2.4, with HTC Sense UI which will be optimized for tablet use.