Good news, AT&T customers – starting June 20, AT&T will begin selling its first HTC Android device, the Aria. A few days ago, they (accidently?) released a video showing the HTC “Liberty” being tested. At the time, we speculated that it might actually be the HTC Aria we’d heard about before. Turns out we were probably correct, as various news outlets have been receiving the Aria to play around with, and they look to be one and the same.
If you've been following the EVO 4G root progress, you would know that the current root status is incomplete:
- the unrevoked method allows granting root to apps but doesn't allow writing to the /system partition, which means you can't remove applications added by Sprint and do any kind of useful hackery, such as installing custom recoveries or ROMs
- toastcfh's original method (now known as Part 1), which grants write access to /system but only in recovery mode, which means you need to reboot your phone into a special recovery console to gain those write permissions.
What a day for EVO 4G ROMs! Hot on the heels of the release of Fresh ROM for EVO, another former HTC Hero ROM developer damageless, notorious for his DamageControl Hero ROM, announced his version for the EVO.
DamageControl v3.0 is damageless' and his partner TrevE's first crack at customizing the EVO and making it both faster and much more battery efficient. First, a little introduction:
The ROM is faster and more efficient than the stock ROM due to optimizations and bloatware removal (yup, the bloated apps provided by Sprint and some HTC ones are moved to the SD card and disabled!).
With the release of the EVO 4G on Friday, a lot of people were looking forward to using the front facing camera for two-way video chat. This was made possible thanks to Qik, a video sharing application on Android amongst other platforms. Unfortunately, the ride wasn’t as smooth as Sprint and Qik would have hoped it to be…
The few lucky people who attended Google I/O were each given an EVO 4G, only to find that they couldn’t use the two-way video chat, as Qik wanted to wait until the official launch date to update the software.
The folks at SprintDroids.com forums have alerted the community of some users reporting their EVOs having dead pixels. A dead pixel is essentially a dot on the screen, permanently stuck in one color.
It's not entirely uncommon for LCD screens to have dead pixels, and you can certainly ask the retailer where you bought the EVO to exhange it. The question is: is this problem worse with the EVO's screen?
Does your EVO have a dead pixel problem?
The same hour the root instructions were released, a new root method, called unrevoked, was promised and scheduled to come out by midnight. However, Sprint's OTA update fixing the SD card issue also patched up the vulnerability that both root methods used.
Here is AndroidPolice's EVO 4G coverage of the last few weeks:
- HTC EVO 4G First Impressions And A Mini Hands-On Review. Post Your Questions You Want Answered [Post Google I/O Coverage]
- Review And Hands-On Results With HTC EVO 4G’s 8MP Camera – Paris In Photos
- Review And Hands-On Results With HTC EVO 4G’s 720P HD Video Camera – Paris In Videos
- AndroidPolice.com And EVO 4G Go To Nice And Monaco’s Monte Carlo For A Photo/Video Shoot
We've identified a serious issue with the EVO which could result in requiring you to restart the phone periodically to gain access back to the SD card and even data corruption.
I could leave the subject alone, but you see, after Paris, I went to the south of France - Nice, Monaco, Monte Carlo, and other beautiful towns. I then fell in love with Monte Carlo and shot some videos and more photos of it with the EVO, which I can't not share with you, right on EVO's launch day.