HTC EVO 4G getting update to address Gmail and calendar issues

By on September 22, 2010 at 2:02 PM.

HTC EVO 4G getting update to address Gmail and calendar issues

A quick note on Sprint’s support site indicates that the HTC EVO 4G will be getting a small software update sometime in the near future. The update lists “calendar event edit issues” and “multiple Gmail account sync” as the two problems it is designed to address. The version number is also listed at 3.29.651.5. You can check for the update by navigating to Settings > System Updates > HTC software update on your EVO 4G. More →

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Wirefly selling EVO 4G handsets via Facebook again

By on September 7, 2010 at 11:00 PM.

Wirefly selling EVO 4G handsets via Facebook again

Two weeks ago, we told you about Wirefly selling the ever-so-elusive HTC EVO 4G handset via Facebook. Well, the company has just sent us a quick email to inform us that they will be doing the same thing again tomorrow. Just like last time, the rules are:

  • Sometime tomorrow, Wirefly will announce the launch of the HTC EVO 4G sale on Facebook.
  • Wirefly will publish a link to purchase the Evo on the “Friends Only” tab of its Facebook page.
  • Non-fans will not will be able view or access the link.
  • Those not familiar with Facebook: To become a ‘fan’ of Wirefly, go to www.Facebook.com/Wireflyand click on the ‘LIKE’ button at the top of the page.
  • Reminder:  The EVO will not be available on Wirefly.com.  To access this limited-time offer, you must “Like” Wirefly’s Facebook page

Anyone out there still trying to get their hands on an EVO 4G without success?

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Wirefly selling HTC EVO 4G tomorrow via Facebook

By on August 30, 2010 at 10:15 PM.

Wirefly selling HTC EVO 4G tomorrow via Facebook

These days, trying to score an HTC EVO 4G is like trying to photograph a giant squid; you know that both exist, and it should technically be possible, but they are nearly impossible to find. Well, Wirefly has just dropped us a note to say that they have taken shipment of some EVOs and will be selling them tomorrow via Facebook. Here is the exact email we were just dealt:

Wirefly Reserving HTC EVOs for Facebook Fans!

Wirefly has received a cache of EVOs today! As you know, HTC Evos have been hard to come by online or in stores. Because of the huge demand for the amazingly hot superphone and the limited supply constraints, we are reserving this offer to our loyal Facebook fans.  Sometime tomorrow, we will announce the HTC EVO 4G sale on Facebook– at a very special Wirefly price.  To take advantage of this offer, customers must be a ‘fan’ of Wirefly.     Here is how it works:

  • Sometime tomorrow, Wirefly will announce the launch of the HTC EVO 4G sale on Facebook.
  • Wirefly will publish a link to purchase the Evo on the “Friends Only” tab of its Facebook page.
  • Non-fans will not will be able view or access the link.
  • Those not familiar with Facebook: To become a ‘fan’ of Wirefly, go to www.Facebook.com/Wirefly and click on the ‘LIKE’ button at the top of the page.

Reminder:  The EVO will not be available on Wirefly.com.  To access this limited-time offer, you must “Like” Wirefly’s Facebook page

So, if you don’t mind giving Wirefly a “Like” on the “Facebooks” you can afford yourself the opportunity to score an EVO 4G. Good luck and happy hunting.

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Gorgeous, mysterious, EVO-ish HTC device headed for Verizon

By on August 27, 2010 at 4:55 PM.

Gorgeous, mysterious, EVO-ish HTC device headed for Verizon

Remember that Verizon Wireless roadmap we leaked? Well, it’s all coming together pretty nicely. We have just got our hands on images of one of the upcoming HTC devices we wrote about. Our source describes the phone as being an EVO in a larger and more polished Nexus One body; brushed aluminum, very upper end of the market, you get the picture. “It makes the Droid 2 look like a kids toy,” our source told us. No word on if it is a global device, although… we’re betting it is. From what we can see the device has an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, kickstand, 4.3-inch screen, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and, wait for it… a front facing camera.

We don’t have a release date yet (or a name), but we’re already counting down the days until we can get one of these in our offices.

Thanks, Anonymous!

Click on over to our mystery HTC EVO-like device gallery!

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Sprint's EVO 4G rooted… again

By on August 27, 2010 at 7:02 AM.

Sprint's EVO 4G rooted… again

We are a little late on reporting this one, as it got lost in the DROID Incredible melee that happened yesterday afternoon, however the Sprint EVO 4G — running Android 2.2 — has been rooted. The good people over at xda-developers have the write-up ready to go, although there is this warning:

My advice would just be to READ very carefully
through all the STEPS. It’s very easy to get confused if
your are just excited about it and are
trying to finish as soon as possible.

You’ve been warned! If you need the “roots” give the tutorial a shot. Enjoy! More →

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HTC pushing out Android 2.2 update to those who updated early

By on August 11, 2010 at 8:23 AM.

HTC pushing out Android 2.2 update to those who updated early

If you’re one of those people who just couldn’t wait for the official build of Android 2.2 to drop on your HTC EVO 4G, and updated a little early with an unofficial patch, an HTC sanctioned OS update is ready to go! As promised, HTC has started to push out Android 2.2 (version 3.26.562.6) to EVO handsets that were updated with the unofficial 2.2 update (3.26.561.3) sometime in the last few weeks. The update is over-the-air, if you’re rocking a build that isn’t exactly “street legal,” head on over to System Updates on your device and ask your EVO to fetch you the new goodies. More →

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Official: Sprint bringing Android 2.2 to HTC EVO 4G August 3rd

By on July 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM.

Official: Sprint bringing Android 2.2 to HTC EVO 4G August 3rd

It is officially official. Sprint has announced that it will be “the first wireless carrier to bring Android 2.2 to customers […] beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3.” Yesterday, leaked slides indicated that August 3rd was Sprint’s targeted go-live date, but a post on the company’s blog has made the date official. Go ahead EVO 4G owners, feel free to gloat in the comments. We’ve got the full post linked up for you. More →

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EVO 4G getting Android 2.2 this weekend?

By on July 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM.

EVO 4G getting Android 2.2 this weekend?

Engadget is reporting that HTC EVO 4G owners may be getting Android Deuce Deuce as soon as this weekend. The blog received a whole heap of Sprint corporate slides that detail a launch plan; the plan includes an official announcement scheduled for tomorrow and code rollout beginning on August 1st. The slides also detail tons of improvements made to the phone’s software, some of which include: improved 720p video recording, Flash 10.1 support, 4-point orientation rotation, alpha-numeric pins for device unlock, and the ability to use the LED-flash as a flashlight. Who’s excited? More →

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HTC EVO 4G delays hurting Sprint's 4G strategy

By on July 12, 2010 at 6:48 AM.

HTC EVO 4G delays hurting Sprint's 4G strategy

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While speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was quoted as saying, “we thought we would have more of a head start than we’ll end up having.” The CEO was referring to his company’s first-to-market 4G strategy, and more specifically about their industry first 3G/4G hybrid phone; the HTC EVO 4G. Currently, the device is listed as “delayed,” and does not have a potential shipping date on Sprint’s website. Sprint has yet to release official sales figures for the handset, but analyst firm Macquarie Group is estimating that around 300,000 EVOs have been sold and that demand is still high. HTC, the manufacturer of the device, is citing part shortages from third-party vendors as the root cause of the delays. HTC has said that they have signed several different contracts with other vendors (including Sony) to provide LCD screens and other parts for future handsets in an attempt to prevent delays. Anyone out there trying to get an HTC EVO without success? More →

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HTC provides explanation for 30FPS limitation of the HTC EVO 4G

By on July 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM.

HTC provides explanation for 30FPS limitation of the HTC EVO 4G

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An HTC represesntative in attendance at the HTC Aria event in Chicago last night, reportedly provided some insight into the 30FPS limitation that has been reported on the HTC EVO 4G. As was suspected, the 30FPS limit is imposed via software, but it is a hardware limitation that lies at the heart of this issue. Though the smartphone is capable of much more than 30FPS — as shown above — the EVO 4G is throttled down to support the 30FPS limitation of the HDMI hardware that is included on the handset. EVO 4G owners will be stuck with 30FPS on all their games until HTC decides to throw in some code to dynamically adjust the FPS based upon the presence or absence of an HDMI cable.  Of course, there is always the folks at xda-developers who have already been working on this limitation and most likely have some hackery already on-hand that will give you both 30FPS HDMI out and 60FPS gaming. More →

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Best Buy advertises the HTC Aria with 4G

By on July 4, 2010 at 2:42 PM.

Best Buy advertises the HTC Aria with 4G

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In a small but embarrassing snafu, Best Buy Mobile is proudly displaying the HTC Aria on the front of its Mobile Buyers Guide with 4G connectivity. An eagle-eyed reader noticed the aberrant 4G icon and was quick to point out that it does not belong on that particular Android handset which runs on a network that does not even feature 4G. Now, we realize that stock images of devices are loosely tossed around on marketing materials but you would think that the front cover of the Mobile Buyers Guide would be a bit more accurate, no? Full cover with the Aria front and center is after the jump. More →

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OTA software update pushed out for the EVO 4G

By on June 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM.

OTA software update pushed out for the EVO 4G

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No real surprise here, considering we said this was going to be the case, but an OTA software update has been pushed out for the EVO 4G. No official word yet on what’s inside the 21.43 MB file, though if you’ll recall we were told it includes improvements to Wi-Fi performance, assorted ActiveSync enhancements and fixes, and a solution to the social networking sync bug which sees status updates hammer battery life. More →

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EVO 4G to get a software update on June 28th?

By on June 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM.

EVO 4G to get a software update on June 28th?

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We’ve not yet independently confirmed this, but one of our Sprint connects just dropped us a line to let us know that Sprint is gearing up to push out a maintenance update for the HTC EVO 4G. Said to be targeted for June 28th, the fix is said to address three things:

  • Improvements to Wi-Fi performance
  • Exchange Active Sync improvements which include a fix to issue including new account set up, PIN policy usage, and Exchange Server 2010 Calendar Sync
  • Addresses Social Networking Sync issue with Facebook application which can improve battery performance

Thanks, S.! More →

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