The EVO 4G LTE on Sprint is finally getting Android 4.3. Unfortunately, due to the storage limitations on the device, the update isn’t going to come via OTA (over the air). It’s an RUU update, so you’ll have to flash it onto your device.
Yesterday, HTC said that they will provide two years of updates to all phones after they are released. But that policy doesn’t just affect the HTC One right now. Last night, Martin Fichter, one of HTC America’s Vice Presidents, posted a link to a ROM Update Utility file on Twitter for the HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint.
Are you on an Evo 4G LTE, and you want 4.3/Sense 5? You can sideload this ROM, but it will erase your data. http://t.co/tKdZZSqdo6
— Martin Fichter (@mfichter) February 19, 2014
This update updates the phone’s OS to Android 4.3 and upgrades Sense to version 5. If you have a Windows PC, you can flash it to your phone right now. These RUU files are proprietary Windows executables from HTC that flash firmwares onto phones over USB.
Unfortunately, this update will erase all user information on the device, including all apps and local files. But if you’re a user of this phone, you’ll want to flash this update anyway. During their recent Reddit AMA, an HTC rep said that this update will never come OTA because the partition size limit on the phone’s storage.
It’s disappointing that this partition is so small, but you can blame Sprint for that by ordering a custom phone from HTC. At least you can update the phone if you want to. This kind of update process is usually only for phone modders on forums and the like.
The update file in question is a massive 826 MB, so you’ll (depending on your Internet connection) have to wait a few minutes for it to finish downloading. But if you’ve backed up your phone to your computer and ready to flash the update, you can do so via your Windows PC. Just run the downloaded file and follow the instructions.
Source: Martin Fichter
Download Link: HTC