Sprint Rolling Out Software Update For HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G is the first 4G smartphone and one of the most popular Android device. This handset was launched in the US, during the Q2 of 2010. HTC EVO 4G is exclusively available for the Sprint customers in the US. This handset originally runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, but it was later updated to the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Sprint recently rolled out a software update for this powerful smartphone. The latest update comes with some fixes and improvements. Check out the complete changelog below.



  • Integrated voice recognition accuracy with voice search and voice-to-text
  • Image size issue with contact transfer over Bluetooth
  • Images cut off in Picasa
  • Group contacts not in alphabetical order
  • Out of memory, Unable to send SMS

The latest update changes the firmware version of this handset to v4.53.651.1. This update is available only via Over-The-Air (OTA). It is advised to backup all of your data before updating the device. It might take some days for the update to reach your smartphone. If you face any problem or find something new in this update, please let us know in the comments.

Honeycomb SDK Ported To HTC EVO 4G And Desire HD

According to Google, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is aimed only at tablets with the future version of Android updates bringing some features of Honeycomb to mobile. However, unofficially the Honeycomb SDK has already been ported to the EVO 4G and some popular Android handsets from HTC. A guy with the username t3haxx0r has ported the Android 3.0 Honeycomb SDK to the EVO 4G.

As of now, the build is quite buggy but at least it will be able to provide users with a sneak peek’ of what the latest version of Android will bring. Nearly nothing on the port works including radios, hardware buttons and the ROM is quite sluggish as well.

Here is a video of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action on the EVO 4G :

t3haxxor and some other developers are also working on a Honeycomb port for the Droid Incredible as well as for the Desire HD.

Below is a video of the Honeycomb SDK port in action on the Desire HD :

HTC Desire HD owners can download the Honeycomb SDK port for their phone from here, while EVO 4G owners can download the port for their handset from here.

CyanogenMod 7 Release Candidates Now Available; Final Version Coming Soon

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular and feature rich custom ROMs out there supporting a variety of devices. The best part of CM (CyanogenMod) ROMs is that it is made from stock AOSP i.e. it provides the user with the stock Android experience.

Now, the awesome folks behind CM ROMs have released the RC (Release Candidates) of CM 7 for a variety of Android handsets including the HTC EVO 4G, Vision (Desire Z/G2), Nexus One and My Touch 4G.


CM7 is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with some nifty features like a new music app, a totally customizable lockscreen, gesture support everywhere and performance improvements. Since this is a RC release, some bugs should be expected. However, the CM team is hard at fixing bugs and belting out new RCs. The ROM will also get more visual polishas it reaches its final state.

CM7 also includes a theme engine which will allow users to easily theme their phones. The credit for this theme engine goes to T-Mobile. Yes, T-Mobile! This move from T-Mobile definitely shows the popularity of CM ROMs.

Users need to have a rooted phone in order to install CM7 on their handset. Users who have already rooted their Android handset can use ROM Manager to flash CM7 on their phone.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Unveiled; Yours For $150

After numerous leaks and special appearances, HTC and Sprint have finally unveiled the EVO Shift 4G. The HTC EVO Shift 4G is Sprint’s version of the HTC Desire Z or the T-Mobile G2 with some subtle changes. The Shift has a 3.6-inch screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

The EVO Shift 4G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon Scorpion’ CPU running at 800MHz and sports the Adreno 205 GPU. The phone has 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM and a microSD card slot with a 2GB card bundled.


The usual Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, microUSB port, 3.5mm jack and a Digital Compass are all present. The back of the handset sports a 5MP camera which is capable of recording 720p HD videos. The handset also has a slide out QWERTY keyboard but without the Z’ hinge as found in the Desire Z.

The EVO 4G Shift runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of the HTC Sense UI on top of it. The phone will easily last a couple of days on normal usage since it’s powered by a 1500mAh battery.

The HTC EVO Shift 4G will hit the stores on January 9 and will cost $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a 2 year contract.

Top 10 Phones Of 2010

The year 2010 was all about phones with 1GHz processor, huge screens, AMOLED displays and loads of internal storage and RAM. Every known hardware manufacturer released a new handset after every 3-4 months. However, only a few of them were good enough to stand out from the crowd.

Also Read: Top 10 Android Phone in the Market

There were some phones which gave Apple’s based a run for it’s money. Microsoft also entered the foray in late 2010 with their Windows Phone 7 platform which introduced some new phones. Even Nokia came up with a good phone using the platform. So which are the top 10 phones than made a mark in 2010? Here is a list of them in my opinion.

10 – LG Optimus One

Phones are not only about high-end hardware and Super-AMOLED screen/Retina Display. Not everyone in this world is rich enough to buy a high-end Android/WP7 handset or an iPhone. While most manufacturers do launch low-end to mid-range Android based handset, they sport either a very low amount of RAM, a weak processor, or an odd resolution (Samsung Galaxy 3). The LG Optimus One is a mid-range handset, but it packs quite a punch. The handset has a 3.2-inch HVGA display and packs 512MB of RAM. The handset is powered by a 600 MHz processor, ensuring that the phone chugs along nicely.

LG Optimus One

While most high-end handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S series, are still waiting for their Android 2.2 update, the Optimus One runs on Android 2.2 right out of the box. LG has even confirmed that the handset will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. No wonder, the Optimus One is the most popular handset to ever come out from LG’s stable.

9 – Samsung Focus

Samsung Focus

The problem with all Windows Phone 7 based handsets is that they are all too similar, both in hardware and in interface. The only phone which stands out from the WP7 handset crowd is the Samsung Focus. The Samsung Focus uses the awesome 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy S line-up of handsets. The Focus is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and has 512MB of RAM as well as ROM along with 8GB of internal storage. The back of the handset sports a 5MP snapper with AF (Auto-Focus) and an LED flash.

The Focus runs on WP7 and is carrier locked to AT&T. The only downside of the phone is the very low internal storage space (8GB). The Focus is the lone WP7 running handset in our Top 10 phones of 2010 and barely makes it to our list at number 9.

8 – Samsung Wave

The Samsung Wave retails for around $370 on Amazon, and that’s what makes it killer. At such a low price, the phone offers top-notch build quality and hardware. The Wave uses the same CPU that powers the Samsung Galaxy S series the 1 GHz Hummingbird processor from Samsung. The phone also packs a brilliant Super-AMOLED display, albeit a small one, at only 3.3-inches.   The Wave was the first handset from Samsung to run its brand new OS Bada.

Samsung Wave

The phone also sports Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and a decent 5MP camera with Flash. The Wave is still the best handset for users who hardly care about apps and games for their phone.

The stellar hardware and the killer price help the Samsung Wave to make it at number 8 on our Top 10 phones for 2010.

Download Hero Of Sparta For Android For Free

Remember the Gameloft Twitter Advent promotion under which the company made Dungeon Hunters for Android available as a free download for 24 hours? Today, continuing their Twitter Advent promotion Gameloft is giving away Hero Of Sparta game for Android as a free download for the next 24 hours. While the game is available for free download, the official page of the game still lists it for $4.99.

Users who want to grab their copy of Hero Of Sparta for free need to visit this link from their handset to download the game. On visiting the link from their handset, users will be prompted to download and install a 22KB 100% Free HD Game’ apk file.

The app   then opens up a webpage, which looks exactly like the page from where you downloaded the 22KB apk file, from where users can download the apk file of the game for free. The apk file of the game is 3.07MB big and after installing the game it downloads another 66MB of additional game data.

Here is a video of Hero Of Sparta in action :

Trying any other method/link to download the game may not prove successful given Gameloft’s crappy store. There is another twist to the tale as well here. Not all Android handsets are capable of running Hero Of Sparta. The selected handsets which are capable of playing Hero Of Sparta includes the Google Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G. Readers can find the whole list of compatible devices here.

HTC EVO 4G Maintenance Software Update Rolling Out Now

HTC is rolling out a software update for the first ever 4G phone the HTC Evo 4G. The software update is basically a maintenance update and updates some applications of the phone along with adding some bloatware. The update also includes SWYPE keyboard, Kindle eReader and a demo version of NOVA game from Gameloft.

HTC_EVO_4GHere is the full change-log thanks to Android Central :

Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)

  • Kindle eReader
  • Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
  • Sprint Zone update
  • Latest Telenav
  • Latest VVM App
  • Latest Sprint TV app
  • SWYPE Keyboard
  • Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).

As you can see from the above change-log, this OTA update basically adds more bloatware to the EVO 4G.

The software update also breaks root so rooted users should not install this OTA. Alternatively, they can install this rooted and deodexed RUU based on the OTA from teshxx.

HTC Desire HD ROM Ported To Droid Incredible, Desire And EVO 4G

At the beginning of this week, we reported that the Desire HD ROM has been ported to the HTC HD2. Now the Desire HD ROM has been ported over to other popular HTC devices which includes the EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible and the GSM version of Desire. HTC Desire HD Users of these handsets should thank the folks over at XDA-Developers for their hard work. The Desire HD ROM brings with it the new Sense UI, some clever new features and the ultra-fast boot-up time to these devices.

However, there are still some niggles in running this ROM on any of the handset stated above. This ROM makes the camera of all the three devices totally useless – the camera application just refuses to work. Both, Wi-Fi and 4G does not work on the EVO, thus severely limiting its connectivity options. The dialer application also looks a bit weird on all the three Droids.

However, I am pretty sure that with time the above issues will be sorted out and soon owners of the above three handsets will be enjoying all the Desire HD software goodness on their phone.


Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G And Hero Get An OTA Update

Sprint in collaboration with HTC has rolled out OTA (Over-The-Air) updates for two of its handsets the EVO 4G and the Hero. No, the Hero OTA update is not a Froyo update. Its just a minor update which fixes some important bugs including the sluggish Dialer issue and the GPS reboot issue. The EVO 4G update fixes quite a few important bugs as well including the GPS reboot issue. This update also removes the 30FPS cap that has been plaguing all EVO 4G owners from the start.

Sprint HTC EVO 4G Update

Along with this, the multiple GMail account sync and Calendar Event edit bugs have been fixed in this update as well. A rooted and de-oxed version of this OTA update is already available for download at XDA-Developers forum. Sprint is also working on releasing a software update for the Samsung Epic 4G which will remove the 150kbps upload speed cap of the device.


HTC Desire HD – The Worldwide EVO 4G Announced!

HTC have just announced the Desire HD at their on-going event in London. The Desire HD is the European version of the highly popular EVO 4G. HTC-Desire-HD The handset sports a mammoth 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 800×480. The device is made up of aluminum and according to me looks stellar! The Desire HD is powered by a 1 GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor and packs in 768 of RAM along with 1.5GB of internal memory.

The phone also sports the usual 3G with HSPA+, Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth etcetera. A 3.5mm jack, FM radio and support for Dolby Digital is present as well. The Desire HD also sports an 8MP camera at its back with dual-LED flash. The device is also capable of recoding videos in 720p HD format. The Desire HD will also be among the first phones from HTC to feature the new HTCSense.com services.

The device will be powered by a 1230mAh battery. This means Desire HD owners should prepare themselves for some disastrous battery life. The Desire HD will be running on Android 2.2 when launched. The device is expected to hit the retail stores in Europe and Asia by October.