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Sprint is the first wireless carrier to bring Android 2.2 to customers using the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3

Journeyman

Android 2.2 offers HTC EVO 4G feature enhancements including Bluetooth® voice dialing, built-in Flash, the ability to store apps to the memory card and much, much more

The award-winning HTC EVO 4G just got that much better. We are excited to announce that beginning the week of Aug. 1; Sprint will begin rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade to its HTC EVO 4G customers.

Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring1 the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:

  • Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
  • Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.
  • Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.
  • Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages.

"Sprint is thrilled with our customers' response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. “It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America's first 4G capable phone.”

Easy Downloading

Sprint will begin sending update notifications to users in waves beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3 and the upgrade should be available for all HTC EVO 4G users by the middle of August.

The notification will let the users know that the update is available and it will provide the simple two-step over-the-air download process.

  1. Users will receive a notification that Android 2.2 is available for download.
  2. Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.2, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade. Customers can access the software update through their HTC EVO 4G under the Settings Menu > System Updates > HTC Software Update. This will initiate the three-step process also.

UPDATE - The Android 2.2 update will not wipe your personal data (contacts, apps, settings, photos, etc.).  That said, it is always prudent to back up your device before any major software update.  There are many backup utilities available in Android Market.


Rave Reviews and Accolades for EVO

Check out what the top tech reviewers are saying about the device.

Walt Mossberg with the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) says:
"The HTC EVO 4G, when used on Sprint's 4G network, offers the highest consistent downstream data speeds I have ever seen on a cellular network. It also has a number of other strong features: a front-facing camera for video chatting, and the ability to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot (for an extra fee of $30 a month) that can simultaneously connect up to eight laptops or other devices to the Internet."

Chris Ziegler with Engadget says:

"Let us be crystal clear: we love this phone. Nay, we adore it. ...truly one of the best smartphones ever made..."


Sascha Segan with PC Magazine says:

"...if you live online, the EVO offers a big, beautiful, and powerful window to the world."

"The EVO starts with a world-class 3G smartphone and adds 4G as a "turbo boost" option. If you're an intensive Web user, you'll like it even without 4G."

Bonnie Cha with CNET says:

"Overall, the HTC Evo 4G is, hands-down, the best smartphone that Sprint has to offer and certainly ranks as one of the best Android phones on the market today."

Jessica Mintz with the Associated Press says:

"HTC's Evo 4G phone is fast, powerful and fun to use — as long as your heart isn't set on tapping into the speedier new network it was designed for."

Mark Spoonauer with Laptop Magazine says:

"Even if 4G hasn’t yet reached your neck of the woods, the Evo 4G is a killer device thanks to its zippy processor, huge display, and an interface that makes Android more intuitive and user-friendly. While the keyboard could be better and the battery life longer, the Evo 4G richly deserves our Editors’ Choice award. It’s a no-brainer for Sprint customers, and a tempting choice for those on other carriers."

Matt Buchanan with Gizmodo says:

"It's actually staggering how different the experience is of using a phone that has over 4 inches of display, diagonally, versus more conventional screens, which run closer to 3.5 inches. Even when you're using the same OS at the same resolution—in this case, Android 2.1 with HTC's Sense UI at 800x480, seen on their last few Android phones.

It's kind of like when the jeans you've been wearing forever start to fit a little too snugly because you've been eating a little too well, and you finally cave and buy a bigger pair of jeans, there's a mindblowing moment when you close the button for the first time of how much freedom you suddenly have to breathe. So you kind of hyperventilate."

CNET, LAPTOP Magazine and eWeek gave HTC EVO 4G awards for Best of Show when it was announced at CTIA this spring. It was also recently cited on MobileTechReview’s Best Smartphones and Best Touch Screen Phones lists.

Customer favorites on HTC EVO 4G’s long list of features include the 4.3-inch screen, dual 8MP video camera capable of capturing HD quality and front-facing 1.3MP camera. They also appreciate the HDMI output jack making it simple to start a movie for your children in the backseat of the car with the phone and then connect to an HDTV to finish it when you arrive at home.1 Business customers highlight its super-fast 1GHz processor, simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G or Wi-Fi coverage areas enabling Web surfing and more during conversation, and built-in mobile hotspot for up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices.2

For HTC EVO 4G images visit Sprint’s image gallery.

Amazing at 3G, Unbelievable at 4G

Sprint is the first national carrier offering the next generation of broadband technology today in 43 markets. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G from any other wireless carrier3, giving HTC EVO 4G a faster data speeds than any U.S. wireless device available today. HTC EVO 4G’s exciting features and applications are compelling and powerful in a 3G world, but they become even more amazing when experienced with 4G speeds.

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Visit www.sprint.com/newswroom or www.sprint.com/presskits for more information and images.

                                       

1Users of Google’s Nexus One may currently use Android 2.2. Sprint is the first carrier to offer Android 2.2 to its customers.

2 HDMI cable sold separately.

3 An optional charge of $29.99 per month required to access Wi-Fi mobile hotspot.

4 “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in over 40 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable.

151 Comments
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THANK YOU SPRING AND HTC!!!!!!!

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I'm going to look for snow outside of my window because Christmas has come in August!!!  Super and exciting news.  Thanks for moving so quickly in the support of the HTC EVO 4G Sprint.  I'm loving mine.  Best phone ever.

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     Very exciting news!

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YES!!!!!!!!!!

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Sprint Rocks!!!

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So...how early is early? Can I manually download it tomorrow? Thanks Sprint! Wasn't expecting this for a while yet...

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from what i understand you MAY be able to manually download it tomorrow.

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Now if only you will come out with it for the HTC Hero I will be super happy. Not ready to switch phones yet since I'm happy with the Hero and I have only had it for a short amount of time.

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I guess if you aren't making/selling the phones you can focus on the software. When are we going to actually be able to buy one of these???

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thank you sprint and htc...keep on making this ultimate phone even better....hope you guys keep supporting it beyond this update.

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AWESOME!

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if it does... and i assume it does you should put a disclaimer in that it wipes your data. and a link to the backing up your phone blog

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Love the EVO, however, for the next version add a sleep timer mode so, I can put myself to sleep with Pandora.  Please work on the keyboard.  Add a Today Show app & some more emotioncons..minor issues very happy otherwise L-U-V love it.

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Thank you Sprint for going to update the EVO to 2.2 on a timely matter.    You know how to support your customers. 

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Amazing News! THAT is Exactly what i wanted to see sprint do this year. Bring top of the line phones, keep them up to date, great service qith the fastest speeds at a reasonable price...

you just can't beat sprint on 2010, i hope they keep it like that for ever...

been with sprint 5 years in Philly, so yeah I have 4G

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Try Lightning Bug. It is a free app. It'll put you to sleep!

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I'm so happy that Sprint's looking out for it's consumers.  One question though, are we going to see the 2.2 update come with the hotspot hack built in?  I'd be nice.

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Axel,

Reading the fine print...I'm thinking that Sprint's answer is no.

"3 An optional charge of $29.99 per month required to access Wi-Fi mobile hotspot."

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Good news. Well done Sprint and HTC!

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Awesome news! Thank you Sprint for selling the best phone AND supporting it!  So is Android 2.2 going to play nice with HTC Sense? HTC Evo 4G super phone, Android 2.2 and 4G coming to Denver/Boulder, 2010 is a great year!

Journeyman

lol,

to whoever asked if SPRINT is going to INCLUDE a HACK that enables a service that sprint charges 30 dollars a month for, come on!

and yes sprint!

im one of the 100k new subscribers and so far im IMPRESSED.

sadly in the benchmark tests the new samsung galaxy S phones, droid X and nexus BEAT the evo by a long shot, but its because of SENSE and the CAP put on our phones, besides that the evo was the first phone released of its kind, the droid and such had time to maximize and take note of the mistakes made with the evo (software speed wise)

i really think that 2.2 will UNLOCK the evo to what it was suspose to be when it was launched.

killing droid x, and galaxy S phones..

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there is no htc sense in froyo.

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This update really needs to be made available for Hero and Moment users. There seems to be a lot of speculation that the Hero/Moment don't have the hardware to support Froyo. From the original post, the enhancements are:

The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:

  • Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth

Surely voice dialing over bluetooth doesn't require recent hardware.

  • Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.

This is definately an enhancement that would be beneficial to every Sprint Android phone. The only hardware limitation would be size of the SD card. I can't even count how many times I have taken my Hero phone into a Sprint store for support, and the techs want to immediately reset my phone. If I could store my apps on the SD card, this would not be an issue.

  • Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.

This to me seems like a simple update. I use the camera on the phone, but regardless of whether it is being held vertically or horizontally, I can still see the icons and be able to read the text on them if I need to change a camera setting.

  • Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages.

As I understand it, the Flash is what requires the recent hardware. Sprint, you disabled features like live wallpaper when you released Android 2.1. Not that it matters since apparently using live wallpapers reduces the battery life. The improved browser performance is something I want to see. I am getting fed up with having to turn the phone off, take the battery out, wait a few seconds, put the battery back, and turn the phone on because the Internet has decided to stop working. This procedure is becoming something I have to do at least three times a week and about every two days.

Don't tell me that a phone that was released in October 2009 and is not even a year old yet is already considered to be end of life. Surely Google/HTC did not develop a phone to be out on the market for only 10 months before just "ignoring" it and moving on. Is the intention to take the Evo, update it from 2.1 to 2.2, and then forget about it because another new and better phone will be on the market?

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sense is built in on the evo on top of whatever OS is on it..

sense is the UI that the evo is built on..

get it?

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hero will NEVER get this update, it doesnt have a 1 gig chip to handle it.

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Lets hope Froyo and Sense plays nice being that HTC is the one that is actually doing the update and is the one that integrated Sense into it........ Maybe today is the day we can snag froyo, It would be Happy Happy Joy Joy !

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If your refering to buying an Evo phone they are out there , Best Buy has had them in stock on a regular basis, sometimes you have to wait a day or so and just call them they constantly get them in.

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Amen to that Bro

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Froyo update less than 2 months after launch? I'll believe it when I see it. Sprint has done this MANY times before and dropped the ball.

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Thank you Sprint and HTC for the Evo 4g.  It is simply "fantabulous".

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Great, hopefully some thought was put into managing battery life and preventing all those freeze ups. And my favorite peeve, when doing a conference call I cannot disconnect one party & continue with the other, what the heck?

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I can't believe how many times I have read a statement similiar to this on these forums. This update is just a performance update.

Where does it state that a 1 gig chip is required?

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So will this be a full wipe of our phone to install the new OS? If so I hope you guys send out advisories to backup our stuff. Don't assume people will know.

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I don't know where you've been seeing all the Evos, but they are not to be found in most of the country. There may be a stray one or two in brick and mortor stores from time to time, but you can't buy them online from Sprint. That is why for the past since July 1st, the Sprint website has had a "sold out" message, without the option to pre-order or sign up for first-come first-serve orders. I think this is the best phone out there (today), but Sprint/HTC really dropped the ball on this one by not securing enough components to build the phones to meet demand. Wouldn't be surprised if people lost their jobs for this screw-up.

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@Nem_Zero, I think you have a valid question about whether the phone will be wiped or not.  The last OTA update for the EVO did not wipe the phone, but then that wasn't an entire OS revision either.  It sounds though like this 2.2 upgrade is being packaged the same way as the last, and maybe we will in fact not have our phones wiped out.  That would be cool.  I'm betting that since it is automatic their will be no wipe.  Nevertheless, for me that is one of the sweet things about the EVO.  I use the Google syncing services of calendar, contacts, and email so a restore is much quicker and simpler than on other devices.

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Wow, they edited out s-c-r-e-w-up. Anyway, love the Evo, can't wait to get one, and thank you Sprint for the FROYO GOODNESS!

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@uhale, I'm pretty confident in saying that Sprint would like to see more availability of the EVO for sales too.  I'm guessing the real blame lies with HTC, or even further one or more of their suppliers.  There are so many phones of this class coming out now that shortages are developing in some of the components.  For example, Samsung makes the AMOLED screens found in some devices.  HTC has had to decide not to use these screens anymore, opting to move to Super LCD screens, because Samsung can't provide them in a timely manner, and they keep what they make for their own devices (such as the forthcoming EPIC on Sprint).  One would think that HTC would also like to produce as many EVO's as possible if the demand is there, so it has to be some sort of component shortage that some smaller manufacturer isn't able to keep up with demand with.

Master

That is absolutely awesome news. Glad to see it didn't take as long as on the EVo as it did for the TouchPro.

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@uhale, @JACKG058, Sprint would definitely want to see more inventory for EVO sales.  We know the demand is there, and we are doing everything we can to get inventory back as fast as possible.  The supply shortage is an industry issue and is affecting more than just Sprint - it is also the reason it's nearly impossible to find a Droid Incredible as well as Droid X after their initial run.  Dan Hesse mentioned this and the reasons behind it in his CNBC interview following Wednesday's earnings announcement - http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=1553969979&play=1.  The supply issue is mentioned about a minute into the interview.

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Should the manual download be availible today for Android 2.2, will a link be posted on the blog?  What about posting a link in a seperate thread and monitoring feedback before the OTA?

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I read the same thing on multiple blogs yesterday...  Has anyone heard anything newer yet?  A friend of mine told me earlier this morning that he actually received the upgrade NOTICE at about 9:30 CST, but that his fiancee' accidentally declined!!  (I reminded him that he loves her and is going to marry her!)

Master

@Sean, You posted on facebook that it was available for manual download now, So it is now live and available?

(I am not getting it if it is)

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Thanks for the reply Shawn.  I totally agree with your analysis that the shortage isn't the fault of Sprint, nor do I really think HTC is at fault.  Most major manufacturers are going to have to rely on suppliers for some part of their assembly of product, and that is just a fact of life.  Hopefully the suppliers who are having difficulty getting the parts to HTC can step it up and resolve their issues.  For me, I'm just happy I was at the local Sprint store at 5:30 a.m. on launch day to get mine.  I've never done that for any other cell phone but it sure ended up being worth it to me!

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@Levi4u, are you referring to Sean Leary's post?  If so, I believe that information is incorrect (I'm a different Sean btw).  The latest info I have is that the client-initiated/manual downloads will be available this weekend (8/1).

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@JACKG058, completely agree.  Believe me, as much as customers want these devices, we want to be selling them to you.  Glad to hear you got yours and are enjoying it!

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I heard that the update was delayed last night with no ETA. Can you please confirm SeanD.?

Master

IC, Sorry, That's what I get for assuming. I thought it was, I'll make sure not to make that mistake again. But in your initial post here it did state it would be available for manual download today a 12pm. Did it not? I swear it did.

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About halfway down their Facebook page, Sprint responds to poster Lonnie Ward by saying that the manual update will be available starting on 8/1.  http://www.facebook.com/sprint?ref=ts

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If we are using CM6 nightly will we have to flash a stock rom in order to update to the official 2.2? If I go into settings there is no system updates menu.

Master

Yea Jack, Im Lonnie, I assumed it was the same Sean, The initial post here and the leaked image on engadget state it would be available today a noon for manual download. That's why I normaly don't start posting untill it actually is in case something changes, I won't make that mistake again.