There have been plenty of rumors lately about the iPhone launching on Verizon within the next several months. Looking at Verizon’s incredibly successful history with Android and the Droid brand, it seems unlikely; and in case you thought that Verizon might be giving up on Android, think again. A Verizon roadmap leaked by Boy Genius Report shows that the Big Red has plenty of new Android goodies in store for us over the course of the next year.
Earlier today, Engadget reported that Sprint would begin taking pre-orders for the Epic 4G later today. Before running with the story, we wanted to fact-check with our Sprint rep, and we’re glad we did - his response:
No plans for pre-order today. As you know, people can however sign up to get additional information sent to them when it’s available - but not pre-order.
There you have it - as much as we wish it was true, looks like we have a bit longer to wait.
Well, the last few days have been pretty crazy, haven't they? Froyo OTAs hit on 2 major phones, one by one. First, on Monday, the final Froyo version came out for the EVO 4G, and today we saw Verizon's 2.2 show up as well.
Now that the dust has settled a bit, I'd like to take a step back and describe some of the EVO 4G specific Froyo fixes and features we've been seeing on our EVOs.
The wizards at xda-developers have woven their magic once again and solved the woes of those EVO 4G owners who upgraded their handsets to HTC's leaked 3.26.651.3 version of Froyo last Friday.
If you remember, shortly after the .3 leak was posted, HTC announced that it wasn't the final Froyo release. Indeed, a few days later, on Monday, the world saw a new, this time official, OTA with the version number ending in .6.
The latest in the series is the Motorola Sage MB508 (or should that be SAGE?), a MOTOBLUR-running mid-range device with a landscape QWERTY keyboard and Android 2.1. Expected to land on AT&T as the replacement for the Backflip, Engadget'
This is exactly why I love Android so much and the awesome developer community around it. Case in point: the official Android 2.2 update for the EVO 4G has already been rooted by netarchy over at XDA-Devs. Yea – the update that was just released yesterday… pretty impressive stuff. Be forewarned, though – the update may not play nice with the previous (non-final) update that was released.
Well, that was fast, although not entirely unexpected – it seems the official (really this time) update v3.26.651.6-1.47.651.1 (let's call it simply .6) for the HTC EVO 4G is being rolled out as you read this, a whole day early.
As promised, it’s coming over the air - just go to your Settings > System updates and force it through.
If the OTA update is not showing up or if you've opted to install the earlier update last Friday (3.26.651.3-1.47.651.1 - let's just call it .3), then you can try downloading it via this direct link below and follow the steps in Friday's article to install.
EVO 4G and would-be Epic 4G owners, rejoice! Sprint has just unveiled further additions to its ever-spreading 4G WiMax network. 4G device owners in the following markets can now expect cellular performance that lives up to their phones' moniker:
- Modesto, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Wilmington, DE
- Grand Rapids, MI
This brings Sprint’s grand total to 48 urban hotspots, with more to surely follow. Still no sign of that whiff of 4G we caught in the Bay Area solidifying into something more official, however.
Awesome ROM dev Flipz has sent out a beta of his newest ROM(Fresh Evo 3.0) to testers. Unlike other FroYo ROMs, such as CM6, Fresh Evo 3.0 is based on the official (but not final) Android 2.2 update (accidentally) released by HTC last night, rather than AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code. Hopefully, this provides an experience close to stock, but with minor improvements.
Fresh ROMs tend to provide better performance (both in terms of benchmarks such as Linpack, and in terms of usability – scrolling smoothness and so forth).
Looks like Verizon isn’t looking to be a distant second in the race to FroYo, as they’ve just dropped word that the original Motorola Droid is scheduled to receive the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update sometime next week. Given that FroYo is a huge step up from Eclair (2.1), and the Droid commands somewhere around 30% of the Android market, this is big news. Take it with a grain of salt, though – Verizon has a history of delaying updates.