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Apr
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Flipz, the developer of Fresh ROM for the EVO 4G and the HTC Hero, has been quiet since the release of Fresh 3.5, and it's no surprise - Sprint hasn't pushed out anything to our beloved EVOs in months. Since Fresh is a Sense ROM that follows official releases, as opposed to being built from AOSP like CyanogenMod, I didn't really expect to see another Fresh release until either the next leak or an official Sprint release.

With the arrival of a test build carrying Gingerbread for the EVO 4G yesterday, the situation changed - while being a test ROM, it seemed relatively fully baked and signed by Sprint's release keys, meaning its authenticity was undisputed. Flipz moved fast - after only a day, Fresh donors can now download Fresh 4.0 Beta 1 and test out just how well Gingerbread runs on their phones.

If you haven't donated, you'll have to wait until all spotted bugs have been squashed and the ROM is ready for public release. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the glorious changelog, including the new fast boot option that will allow your phone to reboot in seconds:

  • Android 2.3.3
  • Built off of SuperSonic_GB_Sprint_WWE_4.12.651.1 (thanks to wdfowty)
  • This is a test build so expect issues, although interestingly it is signed with release keys.
  • The flip clock in sense clock and weather is cool but annoys me and the time seems to be off a lot
  • Has fast boot (after your phone is booted up for the first time, power it off and then on and see how fast it boots)
  • The usual fresh goodies: deodex'd, apk optimized, zipalign, removed a bunch of stuff, more stuff, etc, etc.
  • The removed applications are no longer installing to the /sdcard/ and will be included in a separate zip later.
  • DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE DARKTREMOR APPS2SD. This means if you are using apps2sd then you MUST uninstall it first by running: adb shell a2sd remove. If you don't do that before you flash then you will lose all of your apps. DarkTremor hasn't been updated in about 4 months and I didn't have time to fully test it so I chose to not include it.
  • My customization scripts do not currently run. Need more time to test. Most people likely didn't know they even existed as they run in the background on first boot only.
  • This is a beta!!! Expect me to release updates/patches as problems come up. I already saw that busybox has the color codes in it. Will fix later.
  • No wipe required! Yay. But of course if you have issues, then wipe. And always nandroid first.
  • Please only email me if you find a major bug. If you need help or have questions please keep it on the forums. There won't be an official thread until I release this to the public.
  • I think that's it!

If you would like to donate to Fresh and get access to the download links, proceed to this page.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • drew

    Sense 2.0 please

  • dwntwnall4u

    Can't get titanium back up to restore apps.

  • Brad

    Awesome. Got titanium to restore finally. Only issue I see so far is you can't adjust brightness and the 4 buttons on the bottom of the screen don't light up.

  • Scooter

    I'm usually all over betas, but when it comes to my ROMs, I think I'll wait for the final release. I've been using 3.5.0.1 since it was released to the general public, and absolutely love it, so as soon as the bugs are worked out, I'll be switching to 4.0.

  • Killer

    I just installed Fresh 4.0,i have not run into any probs other than swype force closes and doesnt work, i dont use it anyway,this rom runs smooth and is a little quicker than fresh 3.5.0.

  • djn777

    not having swype is a deal killer for me. i am a donator but will wait til most bugs are fixed. How is battery life?

    • Killer

      Battery life is fine,i have no issues, i take my phone off the charger at 4am,and it will last all day,one other little bug i have found is that my ringtone and notification sound will always go back to some other sound,no matter how many times i change it.Also while using gps or wireless tether my battery will heat up to about 120 degrees,only while it is plugged into the charger............

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Swype is fixed in beta2.

    • radikal

      Yeah the battery life is pretty good and the room is smothy great job from flitz tnks

    • radikal

      For me the 4g conection is to slow just conectet at less 1 bar or nothing :( but all works for me

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    Flashed beta1 and beta2 this morning. Played with it all day and ended up going back to 3.5 for now. The release is too buggy for the time being, probably due to Sprint's/HTC's own bugs.

    Here are some problems I found:
    - screen brightness cannot be controlled - it's stuck in one setting
    - Launcher Pro is very unstable and constantly restarts
    - so do other programs like WiFi tether while tethering and SystemPanel App, i.e. all the things that run continuously
    - sometimes the screen stops timing out and stays on constantly

    Fast boot was great - a 10s reboot (more like wake-up from hibernation) is pretty awesome.

    I was surprised that the UI remained pretty much the same, with only subtle differences. For example, the notification bar icons are still very Sense'y and Froyo-like. I was hoping for that nice clean stock look, so I'll probably just switch to CM7.

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