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

QIK on the HTC EVO 4G to cost $5 per month ?

Nothing is confirmed yet but according to AndroidGuy‘s source at Sprint the QIK video chat service will cost you $5 per month on top of the monthly bill and $10 premium that HTC EVO 4G users will have to pay to use the WIMAX network. Sounds a bit expensive for such a service no? Let’s wait for an official announced which should come in the coming days (the EVO 4G is launching on June 4th)

Source: AndroidGuys

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android shown on the HTC EVO 4G

Today Sling Media is for the first time showing SlingPlayer Mobile for Android, running on the HTC EVO 4G. The company is claiming that this version is the fastest (thanks to the EVO 4G’s WIMAX I guess). Not much else is know and not date of availability has been announced yet. Check out the video after the break:

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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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The HTC EVO 4G has been rooted

That right folks; the HTC EVO 4G has already been rooted and is now ready to be loaded with custom applications and ROMs (Moded Android 2.2 / Froyo Nexus One roms….? ;-) ). Unfortunately they are not releasing any details on the root hack yet. Check out the video after the break:

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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_1.39.00.04.26_release_171253.exe 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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Video of HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 and Nexus One


Here’s video shot by Pocketnow last night in NYC during the HTC EVO 4G launch event. You’ll see the EVO 4G compared to the Windows Mobile powered HTC HD2 and the Google Nexus One (running the HTC Desire Rom). The first thing you will notice is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole of difference between the HD2 and EVO 4G and unfortunately we won’t be able to check out the camera’s 720P capabilities before the first reviews show up later this month. The second thing is the contrast of the AMOLED screen of the Nexus One compared the two other handsets. One thing to keep in mind is that all three devices have exactly the same internals (same SnapDragon Chipset, Ram,etc) so the overall performance should be nearly identical. Check out the full video below:

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HTC EVO 4G hands-on videos: It’s fast!


The boys at Engadget just posted a couple of videos of the HTC EVO 4G in actions and the conclusion is that this thing is blazing fast. The most impressive video is IMO the one comparing YouTube video playback on the EVO 4G which can stream in HQ (no word on the resolution of the video though) versus the iPhone 3GS and then hooking up the EVO to an HD TV via the HDMI connector. I must admit that this isn’t the fairest image quality comparison given that the iPhone automatically selects the lowest quality video source when streaming in 3G (and higher quality in WiFi) but just having the ability to hook up the EVO 4G to the TV while  streaming the video is pretty awesome. Now all this nice stuff is obviously the result of the WiMax connection and not some kind of awesome new CPU power (it has exactly the same internals as the HTC HD2 and Nexus One/Desire/Incredible) but that HDMI connector makes me jealous…Oh BTW HTC, where’s that DivX / 720P encoding update for the Desire you promised a little while ago? Check out the videos:

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HTC EVO 4G launching June 4 for $199

Sprint has officially announced the price and launch date of the HTC EVO 4G in NYC a few minutes ago. The EVO 4G will launch on June 4 and will be priced at $199 if you sign in for a 2 years contract. The downside though is that you will have to pay a $10 mandatory fee per month for the privilege of using the WiMax network (wtf?) and and $29.99 a month for the WiFI Hotspot tethering feature (again wtf!? this thing is FREE on all other HTC devices like the Desire, HD2, HD Mini, Legend etc…). Thankfully Sprint is allowing simultaneous voice and Data to work on the device. Check out the full press release after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G vs other 3G handsets video

 

Sprint has just posted a short promo video of the HTC EVO 4G compared to other 3G devices like the iPhone, Motorola Droid and even iPad (using the EVO 3G as a WiFi hotspot). Keep in mind that this is promo/pr stuff thought…

Source: YouTube

HTC EVO 4G promotional video

Here’s the official promo video of the HTC EVO 4G coming to Sprint in a couple of months. If only it had a dedicated camera button…sigh (I hate on-screen camera controls…).

HTC EVO 4G Hands-On Video

The boys at Pocketnow have just posted a 7 minutes long video of the HTC EVO 4G in action shot during CTIA last week. As you can see the device can easily be mistaken for a HTC HD2 thanks to the nearly identical design and chassis. But unlike the HD2 and WP7 the EVO 4G will surely be upgradeable to future Android versions.
They’ve also posted a couple of picture of the EVO 4G accessories:

HTC EVO 4G Dock

Source: Pocketnow

HTC EVO 4G Developer’s Guide released by Sprint


Sprint has just released an early developer guide for the HTC EVO 4G aimed at developers who want to start developing applications for the device prioir to the product launch:

This documentation covers additional functionality that will be available for the HTC EVO 4G Android device. This documentation is intended for the 3rd party developers who want to start developing applications for the device prior to official launch of the product. While every attempt has been made to ensure the included documentation is accurate, Sprint reserves the right to make changes to device functionality and API design prior to the release of this device for public sale. This document will be updated with changes and/or additions as they become available during the final stages of the devices testing.

Any new APIs covered in this documentation will be depreciated when an Android release supports the standard API that can replace the APIs in this documentation. In some cases constant values will need to be hard-coded in your application until a future SDK is released from the Android team that supports these future constant values. In the included code samples some CDMA values may be new as of the Android Éclair release, in order to compile these values on prior builds such as the Android Cupcake release we have included the constant values.

There’s a nice chapter on the HDMI output support for those interested. You can the guide here.

Source: Sprint via Pocketnow

HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 vs HTC Desire size comparison

Here’s a size comparison picture gallery of the HTC EVO 4G vs the HTC HD2 and the HTC Desire. As you can see the HD2 and EVO 4G are nearly identical and the HTC Desire AMOLED display looks better indoors (it’s a totally different story outdoors unfortunately..) for more info about the HTC EVO 4G head over here.

Source: Engadget

HTC EVO 4G Hands-On videos

 

The boys at Engadget have just posted the first non-blurry hands-on video of the HTC EVO 4G in action. As you can see the handset sports the same 4.3″ sreen as the HTC HD2 but has a mini-HMDI connector located next to the mini-USB at the bottom. You can read more about the EVO 4G here. The phone is running Android 2.1 with Sense 2.5 on top.

HTC EVO 4G announced: The biggest, the baddest smartphone ever


The HTC Supersonic is officially the HTC EVO 4G. The announcement took place 2 hours ago at CTIA :

HTC EVO™ 4G

The ultimate multimedia experience at Sprint 4G speeds

The world’s first 3G/4G Android handset, exclusively from Sprint, HTC EVO™ 4G, offers a rich mobile Internet experience with a fully integrated suite of services built on the AndroidTM2.1 platform. HTC EVO 4G includes a blazing-fast 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, the award-winning HTC SenseTMuser experience, an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. The large vibrant 4.3 inch display, built-in kickstand, 3.5 mm headset jack and HDMI output make HTC EVO 4G an unparalleled platform for wireless entertainment. Download music, pictures, files, or videos in seconds – not minutes – and watch streaming video on the go on a network with download speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G speeds.1  With built-in mobile hotspot functionality, HTC EVO 4G also allows up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device, to enjoy the benefits of 4G speeds on the go.

PRODUCTIVITY

  • 3G/4G capability
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor
  • 4.3” capacitive display with pinch-to-zoom and tactile feedback
  • World-class HTML browser –  bandwidth and quality that rival

that of netbooks

  • Android 2.1, with access to more than 30,000 apps on Android Market
  • GoogleTM mobile services including Google SearchTM, Google MapsTM, Google TalkTM, GmailTM, YouTubeTM , and syncs with Google CalendarTM
  • Access to Google Goggles™ to search with pictures instead of words
  • Sprint Navigation, with turn-by-turn driving directions and 3D maps
  • Updated HTC Sense, award-winning user experience, which includes Friend Stream to integrate Facebook, Twitter and more into a single flow of updates
  • Visual voicemail
  • Messaging – personal and business email, IM and text messaging
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps.
  • 3G data speeds (EVDO Rev A.) – peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  • 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • High-quality video streaming and downloads at 3G and 4G data speeds
  • Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone
  • Output pictures, slides and videos in HD quality (720p) via HDMI cable (sold separately)
  • Live video sharing with Qik
  • Built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing
  • Media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • FM radio and Amazon MP3 store
  • Sprint applications including Sprint TV® and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile(SM)
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP Stereo and EDR
  • Built-in WiFi®: 802.11 b/g
  • Digital compass, G-Sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, GPS
  • Expandable memory: 8GB microSD card included; supports up to 32GB

 
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