HTC Desire owners, rejoice! Android 2.2 (Froyo) is set to arrive this weekend with all its Sense goodness. There’s a slight catch though. This timeline is applicable only to folks who purchased unlocked handsets. Carriers, who are notorious for taking their own sweet time, will determine the fate of locked (branded) handsets.
This update will also introduce some tweaks to HTC’s proprietary Sense UI. “As well as including the complete set of Android 2.2 features, the update will contain a few special additions of our own through the latest iteration of HTC Sense,” said an HTC spokesperson to CNET.
While Desire owners across Europe will begin receiving Froyo tomorrow, HTC Evo owners in the US will have to wait slightly longer. Don’t worry though, Sprint phones will still be the first to get Froyo in the US. Sprint has announced that it will begin rolling out the update on Tuesday. However, not all users will be getting it immediately. Thanks to the phased deployment, you might have to wait til mid-August to feast in the Froyo goodness.
Here is some good news and bad news for Sprint customers. HTC EVO 4G is set to receive and Android 2.2 Froyo update in near future. However, the bad news is that HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will not be getting a Froyo update, from Sprint at-least.
Also any future devices which are launched with Android 2.1 will receive an Android 2.2 update too. So if you are a HTC Hero or Samsung Moment user, you can kiss goodbye to Flash 10.1 and other goodies packed in Froyo, unless of course you root your phone and install the Froyo ROM yourself.
The announcement to this effect was made by a Sprint employee on their community blog. It reads as such (emphasis added):
Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in near future
As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future.
Sorry for any confusion created when we initially made this announcement. HTC EVO 4G will receive the 2.2 update, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 also will be updated to 2.2
With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.
So that’s about it then, Sprint has officially kicked out HTC Hero and Samsung Moment users out of their update radar. What do you think about this announcement.
HTC EVO 4G was just released earlier today and barring for the 4G network itself the phone is pretty decent and has a pretty good specifications. However, thanks to the network and the OS you might not get to do things and may be restricted from install apps and more.
Rooting your Android device is one of the things that will liberate the phone and give you the privilege of installing anything and everything you want.
However, thanks to the famed developers at XDA you can now root your HTC EVO 4G and run any app on it. Though, the rooting process in itself is not easy, you will find the instructions to root the HTC EVO 4G pretty straightforward, and nothing bad should go wrong if you follow all of them to the core.
Interested to root your HTC EVO 4G? Head over to this XDA thread and follow the instructions given there. Oh and there might be a chance that you could get the Android 2.2 Froyo build running on an HTC EVO 4G too.
Please note: Rooting your device might void your device or brick it. We do not take any responsibilities if anything bad happens with your phone.
The first 4G phone HTC EVO 4G just went on sale in Sprint Stores across the United States. HTC EVO 4G currently runs Android 2.1 and is expected to get an Android 2.2 Froyo update in near future.
HTC EVO 4G is available at Sprint stores and online for $199 with a 2-year contract, the phone in itself is a monster and performs really well, however, there have been reports that Sprint’s network and software are a sore point with the phone.
You can try overcoming some of the problems by rooting the HTC EVO to run Android 2.2 Froyo, however, the network might still be an issue there.
A new forum topic on the Android forum suggests that most of the HTC devices including HTC Desire, HTC Droid Eris, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Hero and others may get the Android 2.2 Froyo update after June 2010.
According to the response the forum member got, the HTC rep has mentioned that the new software updates for HTC devices will be coming in the second half of this year.
There have also been other rumors that HTC Desire will be getting a Android 2.2 update on June 23rd, however, based on my past experiences these things cannot be really confirmed upon, and such conversations were also done with the Sprint HTC Hero upgrade for Android 2.1 was due.
If you have an HTC device don’t get too upset about the Android 2.2 update coming out after June. Given the amount of developers who are furiously working to get a working root, you might be able to use Android 2.2 on your HTC device much earlier than that.
We will keep you posted as and when any new updates of Android 2.2 Froyo is available for HTC devices.
Even before Sprint can officially launch the HTC EVO 4G on June 4th, several lucky people got their hands on the HTC EVO today at the Google I/O conference.
Thanks to the early hands-on, the system files of the HTC EVO 4G have already made it to the wild on the XDA developers forum. An eager user has posted the system files on Rapidshare, and there is no doubt that the eager developers have already downloaded the files and have begun cooking a root for the device without actually owing it.
If you are someone who fancies their chances of creating a root, head over to this XDA post and download the system files for HTC EVO 4G. Oh and yes it was smart of Google not to preload the EVO with Android 2.2 Froyo or else we would have seen some servers going under already.
Fed up with your 3G connection? Yes, just like you several others are too, which is why the next generation of network namely 4G is the most anticipated in the mobile circles. If you are in North America, the wait for using the 4G network just inched closer with Sprint announcing the first 4G phone in America, produced by HTC, and named HTC EVO 4G.
Sprint released a press release today, where they announced the availability of the first 4G phone in America, HTC EVO 4G with features including mobile video chat, simultaneous voice and data calls and HD video capture.
"HTC EVO 4G is a fantastic 3G device, but when you use it in our growing 4G coverage area, it becomes a multimedia powerhouse," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "The EVO 4G experience is much like going from TV to HDTV. But EVO has more than just an impressive list of features – it is also fun to use with remarkable gaming, video and web-browsing capabilities."
HTC EVO 4G runs on Android 2.1 and boasts a range of features which are bound to draw eyeballs including:
- Simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi coverage areas, enabling Web surfing and more while the conversation continues.
- Offering a new way to search with pictures instead of words, Google Goggles(TM) works with everything from books, DVDs and barcodes to landmarks, logos, artwork and wine labels.
- Superfast 1GHz Qualcomm(R) Snapdragon(TM) processor, ensuring a smooth and quick movement within phone menus.
- Two cameras – an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
- Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allowing up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G or 4G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device.
- Integrated HD video capture with the ability to capture and share live video via the Qik Web site, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter(TM).
- Ability to easily watch video with the device on an HDTV via an HDMI cable (sold separately).
- Custom Web browser optimized for the 4.3 inch display and Sprint 4G speeds to deliver a full, no-compromise Internet experience.
- A handy kickstand built into the back, making it easy to watch videos on-the-go.
- Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.
- Pinch-to-zoom and automatic text reflowing provide easy Web page views.
HTC EVO 4G will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint.com and national retail partners, RadioShack, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Sprint will price the award-winning device at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes excluded) with a new line activation or eligible upgrade. Pre-registration is available now at www.sprint.com/evo.