18
Feb
2011-02-18 14h17_34

That wasn't so long, was it? As expected, Sprint has officially announced the official Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G is set to start rolling out February 21 and will continue to be sent in waves until February 25, when all devices will have received the update. While you probably already know everything Froyo entails, Sprint has compiled a list of the major enhancements and additions you can expect:

This software update (version EB13) will include:

    • Upgrade of the Google OS from Éclair to Froyo (2.2.1)
    • Ability to install applications to external storage
    • Improved Bluetooth device support
    • Bluetooth Voice Dialing
    • Flash Player 10.1
    • GPS Enhancements
    • Improved OS performance

    It's certainly been a long time coming, but maybe this Froyo update will win back some customers for Samsung.

    17
    Feb
    epic_zio_froyo

    Earlier today, Android Central caught word that the Epic and Zio would receive an over-the-air (OTA) update to Froyo on February 21, but had nothing more than copied and pasted text from the Sprint system. Fast forward a few hours, and we now have more concrete evidence in the form a screenshots from Sprint's internal system that confirm the update is coming:

    epic_zio_froyo

    The image is courtesy of XDA member bentiger, and confirms his earlier statement that there was a Sprint internal announcement that the updates were rolling out:

    I just saw an official release from Sprint Dealer News.

    07
    Feb
    Low_Res_Simul-Task_Mode_viewing_Facebook

    Turns out the rumors were true - Sprint and Kyocera have partnered up to build the Echo, the world's first dual-screen phone.

    The two 3.5" 800x480 screens offer 4.7 inches of real estate when combined, and can be used as:

    • One huge display ("Tablet Mode")
    • Combined displays, where one screen can show a keyboard while the other displays the email app ("Optimized Mode")
    • Two individual displays with each running a separate app ("Simul-Task Mode")
    • One single display, with the second hidden underneath ("Single-Screen Mode")

    Unfortunately, the rest of the Echo's specs aren't nearly as innovative - its battery is puny (1370 mAh, though Sprint will include a spare), it doesn't have a front-facing camera, and there's no 4G connectivity to speak of.

    07
    Feb
    sprint-logo

    Nope, a 3D phone really isn't what Sprint has up its sleeves (despite the speculation) - though the device it plans to unveil later today will, apparently, feature some amazing screen tech.

    This morning, the Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint's big announcement will involve a Kyocera-manufactured device called the "Echo," which features two 3.5-inch displays connected by a "pivot hinge." To be honest, I had a hard time believing the rumor - it sounded like the stuff of dreams (at least with the current state of technology) - but it looks like my fears were unfounded, for a search for "echo" on Sprint's site brings up the following result:

    kyocera-echo-sprint-leak

    While the link below the promising text doesn't open an actual product page, it does lead to the following gem, which makes the possibility of an official unveiling tonight even more likely:

    2011-02-07 17h28_03

    Guess we now know why Sprint didn't have anything to show off at CES (excluding the Shift 4G), eh?  

    Sources: Sprint, WSJ via Engadget

    28
    Jan
    shift4g

    The title says it all, people: those enterprising individuals over at XDA-Developers (where else?) have conjured up a permanent root for the EVO Shift. As this is the first method available, the process isn't quite so easy as it's become for other devices. Still, it's not too outrageously complicated, either.

    The steps:

    Step 1
    ok download this file and extract it to the root of your sdcard
    www.thebcblends.com/shift/Shift-root.zip

    Step 2
    make sure you have adb properly setup on your computer before continuing
    temp root using either visionary or z4root
    open up command prompt and cd to your sdk platform-tools directory
    then type adb shell then su
    if you havent already u must press allow on your device to enable su perms

    Step 3
    check the md5sum of both of the files to make sure they match

    Code:

    md5sum /sdcard/Shift/hboot_orig.bin

    Code:

    md5sum /sdcard/Shift/hboot_eng.nb0

    386c19451e8dd18f9b98fad6b11be4c0 hboot_orig.bin

    60ec1006e6ec2e8acb370d6aad35b17e hboot_eng.nb0


    if these do not match do not continue redownload the files then check the md5's again

    Step 4

    Flash the eng spl!!!

    23
    Jan
    snap20110123_085518

    This morning, I noticed an interesting thread in the EVO subsection of the XDA forums that claimed to be able to fix music streaming (which was broken in some apps after the latest OTA), while boosting 3G speeds by .2 to .6 Mbps. As the process is very simple and easily reversible, I gave it a go - but decided that I was going to use SpeedTest to benchmark the changes.

    18
    Jan
    4g

    Although Sprint's data plans are significantly cheaper than their competition, there was still some outcry when Sprint decided to charge a $10 monthly add-on charge to phones with 4G connectivity, even if your area isn't actually covered by their WiMax network. Now, however, all smartphones activated after January 30 will be subject to the same charge.

    Sprint's reasoning - that “building, maintaining and expanding wireless data networks isn’t free" - is sound, and you can't argue that they still beat every other carrier when it comes to the price of their data plans.

    13
    Jan
    evo_bat

    Certainly makes sense (get it?), doesn't it. Nearly every EVO owner I know has, at some point or another, complained about the fact that their battery life drops about 5-10% as soon as they unplug it. Well, it turns out that's because of there's an overcharge protection chip inside Li-Ion batteries.

    evo_bat_chips

    XDA user willy900wonka decided to tear his extended EVO battery apart, and lo and behold:

    What I found was that a 8205 chip is used to provide protection and prevent over charging and over-discharging.

    12
    Jan
    sprint-feb-7-invite

    As a loyal Sprint customer, I must say - I was disappointed by the carrier's lack of announcements at CES. In fact, the only new phone they introduced was the HTC EVO Shift 4G, which offered little that we haven't already seen in a million other phones. But as it turns out, the nation's third-largest carrier isn't resting on its laurels; it was merely saving the more important announcements for its own event.

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