It's no secret that my EVO 4G runs a custom ROM called Fresh - it is one of the best EVO ROMs, free of bloatware and full of tweaks that make it fast and efficient, while keeping stability rock solid. The developer, flipz, is very good - he's responsive to Sprint OTA updates and bug reports and usually sorts out any issues in a matter of days.

This article deals with a couple of advanced topics. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the terms, hit up our primers here:

Due to the recent EVO OTA (3.70.651.1), flipz just released the newest version of the ROM, currently, also containing the latest HTC kernel, which is said to do wonders to the battery life. Moreover, the radio, WiMAX, and PRI all got updated as well.

Grab the updated ROM here and only then flash the rest of the goodies from here.

You can find the full changelog below. flipz, thank you for yet another kick-ass release!

Changes from Fresh Evo to

  • Based on the new Sprint OTA (3.70.651.1)

  • New kernel by HTC (#15)

    • Modified slightly to allow app2sd, remount, and enable usb debugging

    • Good battery life is back!

  • Added notification pull down widgets (huge props to jschisurf)

  • Removed USB debugging icon (thanks to jschisurf)

  • Removed GPS icon when it’s disabled (thanks to jschisurf)

  • Option to reboot added to power menu (thanks to snq- and aamikam)

  • Updated DarkTremor Apps2sd to
  • Updated Gmail to 2.3.2 (due to some issues in the beta you may need to update this through the market)
  • Updated Google Search to (due to some issues in the beta you may need to update this through the market)
  • Updated Google Maps to 5.0.0
  • Updated Voice Search to 2.1.1
  • Updated Market to 2.2.7
    • Due to many users experiencing issues in the 3.5.0 beta with this you will see the old market after you first flash, however it will be quickly updated in the background to the new one.
  • Updated ES File Explorer to
  • The OTA brought a lot of behind the scenes changes, but also some new apps. I removed most as they are things you could already get off the market. Here’s what I did with everything. Keep in mind that some of these apps can be re-installed by clicking in a file browser, while some must be copied to /system/app/ manually:
    • SWYPE — left this for now
    • WM DRM 10 — left this for now
    • Blockbuster — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
    • Adobe Reader — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
    • Kindle eReader — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
    • NOVA Demo — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
    • Sprint Zone Update — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
    • New Sprint Nav — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
    • New Sprint TV — moved to /sdcard/fresh-removed-apks-3/)
  • New radio (baseband), wimax radio, and PRI and NV can all be found on Fresh Updater after flashing 3.5 or downloaded below.
  • Fixed market bug
  • Fixed location bug
  • Fixed busybox / root apps FC’ing bug