Verizon’s HTC EVO / Desire HD emerges in the wild

It now looks like Verizon may be getting its own version of the HTC EVO 4G pretty soon based on a couple leaked pictures. The device definitely looks like it belongs to the 4.3″ family which was introduced to the world nearly a year ago with the HTC HD2. The design seems to be a mix between the EVO 4G (kickstand) and the upcoming HTC Desire HD.

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HTC EVO 4G OTA software update pushed out

Sprint has just started to push out an Over The Air update to all HTC EVO 4G devices this morning. The update number version is 1.47.651.1 but nointhg much is known about it yet but it supposedly improves the WiFI and adds WiFi N support. The File is 21.43MB so it may take a little while to download if you are on 3G (switch to Wifi and be patient).

Via: Engadget

Android 2.2 for the HTC EVO 4G lauching the near future

An Sprint Employee has just post on the company’s message board that the Android 2.2/ Froyo upgrade for the HTC EVO 4G will launch soon:

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

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.

An early hacked port of the vanilla Android 2.2 rom is already available for the EVO 4G but I wouldn’t recommend to use it.

Source: Sprint

HTC EVO 4G capped framerate issues

HTC EVO 4G owners have recently reported that the device’s frame rate seems to be capped at 30FPS (can be seen in several benchmark applications) while others are also reporting laggy touch/finger detection in several applications or throughout the OS. HTC has already stated in an official reply that the 30fps was “fixed at the hardware level. It is not an artificial cap”. The hardware is obviously capable of rendering more than 30fps so a couple of XDA users have decided to try to fix this “non-issue”. First off people must understand that the device isn’t broken or anything like that. What is happening here is that the screen V-Sync is enabled and set to 30Hz. What to see more that 30fps? Just disable V-sync and the “problem” will be “fixed” but you will have to suffer from screen tearing. This is apparently what some folks at XDA have done as you can see in the video below (a video recorded at 20fps meant to show the uncapped frame rate is totally useless..but you get to see the frame rate counter hitting 54fps…):

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HTC supposedly working on HTC EVO 4G Screen issues FIX

HTC is supposedly working on a software fix for the HTC EVO 4G touchscreen sensitivity screen issue but has also said that the glass offset problem is minor and doesn’t effect the user experience at all (they have claimed that are making assembly changes so that the next batches don’t come out with the same problem). I find interesting that HTC openly addressed both issues now especially when you take into account that the HTC HD2 which has been out for more than 8 months exhibits the same problems (and people have complained about them ever since the release of the device). This just goes to show you how much Windows Mobile 6.XX has become irrelevant. Windows Phone 7 can’t come soon enough…

Source: Engadget

White HTC EVO 4G exclusively going on sale at Best Buy on June 11th

According to a a tipster over at Engadget a white version of the HTC EVO 4G (only the back is actually white) will be exclusively sold only at Best Buy starrting June 1th (and will be available through Sprint on August 8th). THose of you who are intersted can start pre-ordering it right not at your local BestBuy store.

Source: Engadget

HTC EVO 4G screen issues

Welcome to the beautiful world of electronics… A whole bunch of early HTC EVO 4G users are complaining that the screen at the bottom of the device is slightly offset and that light (from the capacitive button’s LED underneath) is leaking through. Bad news folks, the HD2 has similar problems (but no light leakage there because of the hardware buttons), the iPhone also has this problem (mine was totally offset and light leaked from top to bottom on the right hand side of the device), the HTC HD had paint chipping problems and badly mounted digitizer (big air gap between the screen and the digitizer), the HTC Diamond2 had dust under the screen, the black version of the HTC P3600 / Trinity had a paint chipping problem and the resistive digitizer of the screen was loose on the top left etc, etc, etc….There’s nothing you can do about it and HTC isn’t going to do anything about it unless the device doesn’t function as it should (if the capacitive panel dies etc). Is it a bad batch? Probably, but you will have to live with it or try to return you phone in hopes to get it replaced by one coming from another batch :(

There are some digitizer issues too as seen in the video below:

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HTC EVO 4G screen scratch test

Ready for some totally useless videos? Don’t be afraid, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before…especially when you know that the screen on the HTC EVO 4G is identical to the one on the HTC HD2. So how does does the HTC EVO 4G screen handle a key and a blade? Check out the videos after the break:

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The HTC EVO 4G breaks Sprint’s sales record

Nothing really surprising here given the marketing and hype surrounding the launch of the HTC EVO 4G. The fact that the devices isn’t a bad product probably help here…I guess…anyway, Sprint is happy to announce that the HTC EVO 4G is now their best selling handset on launch day (the previous one was the Palm Pre). Check out the full press release after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G 720P video sample

My man Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a video sample video showing off the quality of the 720P video capture capability of the HTC EVO 4G. Unfortunately the quality isn’t up to what I was expecting even when you take the YouTube compression into account. It looks like the bitrate is set really low by default to save memory (the higher the bitrate the bigger the file size) and I’m sure that if this variable can be tweaked/hacked we would see much better video quality (but this won’t fix the rolling shutter distortion). It’s a lot better than the Acer Stream sample we saw a couple of days ago IMO HTC has been doing this on all of its handsets lately. Thankfully HTC HD2 owners can tweak this variable and capture some pretty good videos (the file size is really huge though). Check out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 video comparison

The boys at WireFly have just posted a video comparison of HTC’s two top-of-the-line smartphones: the HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2. Frankly at this point in time there’s no comparison if you are currently out of contract (and in an area covered by Sprint): the HTC EVO 4G is the way to go. It has a better camera and a better OS. Unfortunately the non-upgradeability of the HD2 makes a a hard choice especially with all the rumored Windows Phone 7 devices coming this fall. Watch the 14Mins long video after the break:

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Qik announces Premium services for HTC EVO 4G

As promised last week Qik is announcing today new premium services associated with HTC EVO 4G handsets. For £’.99/month EVO 4G owners will have access to higher than 640×480 video chat, the ability to snap photos while recording videos, automatic downloads to the PCs, video mail etc… All those services will be available for free until July 15. If you don’t have an HTC EVO 4G you can still download the new version of Qik on the android Market but you won’t have access to any video chat feature. Check out the full comparison table and video after the break:
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The HTC EVO 4G is now on sale at Spint online

The beast is finally available. Sprint is now officially selling the HTC EVO 4G online for $199 on two year contract (after a $100 mail-in rebate anda a $150 instant savings). No need to wait because if you ware in the market to buy and Android handset this is the one to get and you better hurry up beofre it goes out of stock. Don’t forget to grab the user manual from here.

Source: Sprint

How to Root your HTC EVO 4G

Ready for some hacking action? The XDA-Boys have posted the following instructions on how to your,soon-to-be-purchased, HTC EVO 4G if you really feel like doing it . Remember that this will void your warranty and can potentially brick your handset if your screw up the process. But this is currently the only way to get Android 2.2 (once the port is finalised) on the EVO 4G. So you will do this at your own risk? Follow the instruction after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G User Manual available

If you can’t wait until tomorrow here’s your chance to grab the HTC EVO 4G User Manual that is now available on Sprint’s website. Both the Getting Started Guide and User Guide are currently up on Sprint‘s support servers:

User Guide (EN) : PDF

Getting Started [EN): PDF

Getting Started Spanish: PDF

First HTC EVO 4G TV Ad

Here’s the first HTC EVO 4G TV Ad that Sprint is going to air today for the launch on the device. Nothing really amazing there and lots of first first first. Should have been”First in the US” instead because HTC has already released a WiMAX smartphone nearly 2 years ago in Russia, the HTC MAX 4G. Check Out the video after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G disassembled

iFixit just posted a full teardown gallery of the HTC EVO 4G. Nothing really out of the ordinary was found in there. You will get a chance to see how the beast looks like on the inside and patiently wait for the officially released on June 4th.

Source: iFixit

Android 2.2 ported to the HTC EVO 4G

The XDA-Dev folks are hard at work on porting Android 2.2 aka Froyo to the much anticipated HTC EVO 4G which will ship in June 4th with Android 2.1 on board. Slapping Android 2.2 on the EVO 4G obviously means that the Sense UI won’t be present but this will be compensate by all the new features introduced in Froyo. So far nothing has been publicly made available but you can check out the blurry video below to see some hands-on proof that Froyo is actually running on the device:

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Qik on the HTC EVO 4G will be mostly free, subscription fee for premium services

Qik has issued an official statement today about the rumored £5 fee that HTC EVO 4G were supposedly required to pay to use the the software. It turns out that the basic services, like video chatting, will be free to use but the still unnanounced premium features will require a subscription fee. Here’s the official statement:

Well, there’re a number of rumors flying around that the 2-way Qik mobile video service will require a premium subscription. We wanted to clarify what that really means. Firstly, rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE. Yes – this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th – the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches.

So, tune back in on June 4th for a complete list of features of the new Qik along with the optional advanced premium features for you to enjoy!

Source: Qik