Sprint says the HTC Evo 4G smartphone is getting the upgrade to Android 2.2 beginning Aug. 3. The smartphone is joining the Google Nexus One as the first handsets to get the "Froyo" build pushed over the air.
Sprint confirmed that the HTC Evo 4G
smartphone is getting the upgrade to Android 2.2 beginning Aug. 3, joining the
Google Nexus One as the first handsets to get the "Froyo" build
pushed over the air.
Released to open source
June 23, Android 2.2 includes faster
capabilities such as Microsoft Exchange support and a cloud-to-device messaging
Despite inconsistent 4G access across the country, Sprint garnered great
accolades for the Android 2.1-based Evo 4G, whose 4.3-inch screen is great for
multimedia consumption. Android 2.2 adds a new dimension to the phone's appeal.
In a post on its community blog, Sprint touted other new capabilities in
Froyo, the code name for Android 2.2, including voice dialing over Bluetooth,
more application storage, four-way camera rotation and support for Adobe's
"Sprint is thrilled with our customers' response to HTC
Evo 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers," said Fared
Adib, vice president of product development for Sprint, in a community blog post July 29
"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
first 4G capable phone."
Sprint is the first wireless carrier to offer Android 2.2, but again Android
2.2 began rolling out
to the Nexus One more than a month ago.
Sprint said it will begin sending update notifications to users in waves beginning
Tuesday, Aug. 3, and plans to top off the upgrades for Evo 4G by the middle of
That's about when Verizon expects the Motorola Droid X to get its own
Android 2.2 upgrade, though that device has been tough to get
for consumers thanks to high demand. The Evo
4G had its own shipment shortages
earlier this month.
How will users know when their device is ready? They will receive a
notification that Android 2.2 is available for download. Once a user has
downloaded the update, she will be prompted to install the update.
The user's device will be disabled during the installation process, with the
phone ready to use once the process completes.
Alternatively beginning Aug. 3, Evo 4G owners can grab the upgrade by going
to the Settings Menu, then System Update and then HTC