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

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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HTC EVO 4G video review

WireFly has just posted a 15 mmintue slong video review of the HTC EVO 4G. You will get to see a walkthrough of the Sense UI and all the major features like the browser, camera and YouTube application. nothing really new obviously but if you are interested in seeing how the EVO 4G performs you can check out the video below:

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Official shipping HTC EVO 4G ROM available for download

The shipping ROM of the HTC EVO 4G has now been leaked. The RUU_Supersonic_1.32.651.1_Radio_1. file is the official ROM present on the devices that will go on sale on June 4th (and probably originates from one the handsets offered yesterday during Google I/O). You can grab the file here. I guess that the next logical step will be an attempt to port this ROM to the HTC HD2.

Source: Conflipper

More HTC EVO 4G Reviews and impressions

This time it’s Gizmodo’s turn to take a look at the HTC EVO 4G.Unfortunately it’s a Giz so the review/preview is kind of lacking. The reviewer has obviously never had an HTC HD2 in hand so half of the (short) hands-on (or is it a review?) is about the size of the screen etc.. The camera samples aren’t that great either in part because they were obviously shot in poor lighting conditions. 

What I would really like to see a comparison of the YouTube Cupcacke Canon video played on the HTC EVO 4G and the HTC HD2 side-by-side. Sprint has been using this video to demonstrated the HQ video setting only available in 4G mode but from what I’m seeing on my HD2 on 3G and WiFi (with High Quality enabled in the YouTube application) it looks nearly identical. Check out the shots below (keep in mind that there’s some JPEG compression):

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HTC EVO 4G Review

The boys at Engadget have just posted the first HTC EVO 4G review today. How did the Android version of the HTC HD2 turn out to be?  Nothing really surprising actually. If you have ever used an HTC HD2 and HTC Desire (or better yet an HTC Incredible which has the same camera as the EVO 4G) then just image a mix of both and you get the EVO 4G. Besides the 8Mpix camera,the 4G Radio and HDMI output the EVO 4G has exactly the same hardware specifications as the HTC HD2 (you should be aware that one handed usability isn’t going to be awesome given the size of the device). Android 2.1 is IMO the only relevant differentiator here, check out the 18 minutes long video below:

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