Archives for


HTC Releases EVO 4G LTE Android 4.3 Update Via RUU File



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.

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

Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE to receive Android 4.3 from mid-February



Back in October, HTC and Sprint came out with the good news that the EVO 4G LTE would be making the jump to Android 4.3 by the end of this year. However, that announcement has been followed by complete silence on the matter, with the update nowhere in sight as we approach the end of this rather eventful year. But that’s going to be changing soon, as HTC President Jason MacKenzie has announced on Twitter that Sprint’s variant of the HTC One X will be getting updated to Android 4.3 from mid-February.

According to MacKenzie, an unspecified issue caused the delay in the update’s proposed rollout schedule, and Sprint will now begin testing the update in the middle of January. The update will be a major one for the device, which has been stuck on Android 4.1 since late last year, bringing in a new interface through the Sense 5 UI, and all the features from both Android 4.2.2 and Android 4.3, including lockscreen widgets, quick settings in the status bar, Daydream screensaver mode, improved actionable notifications, faster performance with the introduction of TRIM functionality for the filesystem, always-on background location scanning even when Wi-Fi is off, and general performance and stability improvements.

There’s no word on whether Android 4.4 will ever make its way to the EVO 4G LTE – even the One X hasn’t been said to be officially receiving KitKat, so Android 4.3 could be the last update for HTC’s 2012 flagship and its variants.

Via: @JasonMacHTC [1][2]

New Update For Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G LTE

After the firmware update that the AT&T HTC One X got earlier this month that cleans up that dreaded three-dot menu bar on the very bottom of the screen, a very similar update has been coming for the HTC EVO 4G LTE on the Sprint network. This “system enhancement update” sits around 171.81 mb in size, and will deal with the menu problems that the handset has been experiencing.

If the “dreaded” bottom menu bar takes up way to much of your screen real estate on your precious HTC EVO 4G LTE, then thank Sprint for releasing this OTA update that is the perfect cure for this issue. This new firmware has a built-in remapping option where it will let you reassign the recent apps button to the menu button, which will them remove that pesky black menu bar in the process if you so choose to go this route.

Not only that, but the firmware update will also be bringing HTC EVO 4G LTE users the latest Sense 4.1 to the handset. Sense 4.1 will help improve the overall performance of the handset, along with providing a fix for the multitasking issues on the device, which I am sure, you all are going to be really, really thankful for.

Since Sprint only just began pushing out this new software update yesterday, it’s most likely going to take a bit for the OTA (Over the Air) update to get to every user that owns the handset. Have you gotten the update yet? If you have, are you enjoying it? Is the addition of Sense 4.1 helping the overall performance of the handset as HTC claimed it would? Most of all, have you tried getting the menu bar off the handset yet? Does it work well or is it another flop?

Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear how it’s working out for you!

source: Android Authroity

5 HTC Devices to Receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC is in its darkest hour following its announcement that it has dropped 58% of its revenue to $91.04 billion; way lower compared to its revenue last year. There’s no telling it whether the company could recover from the demise it’s currently experiencing but the good news is, HTC is still about its customers and is planning to roll out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for some of its devices soon.

Currently, there are only two devices that the company confirmed to be receiving the latest version of Android and they are HTC One X and One S. The other three I’m going to mention below are powerful enough to receive the same update as with the company’s flagship.


It was in the third week of July when HTC’s Global Online Communications Manager, Jeff Gordon, confirmed the plan of rolling out the incremental upgrade to version 4.1 for the One series.

“We know HTC fans are excited to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android. At this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean,” Gordon told The Verge.

The international variant of One X comes packed with Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor making it one of the most powerful smartphones in the world today. The U.S. version, however, sports dual-core CPU due to some compatibility issues with 4G LTE connection.


As mentioned in the statement above, One S would also be getting a bump to Jelly Bean. This handset was released in April and already operating on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. While it is being referred to as “small brother” of One X, it displays almost the same performance and offers satisfaction to its owners.

Both One S and One X received positive feedback considering HTC built them with more focus on the quality and features. And the fact that these two handsets were released with ICS pre-installed, it follows that they are also capable of running Android 4.1 without a problem.

The fact is XDA Developers were able to come up with CyanogenMod 10 Jelly Bean custom ROM for One S. While it is still in experimental stage, it shows that the latest OS will never have a problem with the device.


In the U.S. Evo 4G LTE is one of the most popular smartphones from HTC because not only does it come with high specs, it also features LTE connectivity. While the manufacturer hasn’t confirmed Jelly Bean update for this device, we have already seen one EVO 4G LTE handset running on 4.1 after third-party developers released the initial version of CM10 JB ROM for it.

For sure not everyone is in favor of flashing their own smartphones to run an unofficial firmware, but the point is EVO 4G LTE is very capable of running Jelly Bean. If HTC cares about its loyal patrons, then it should be rolling out an update for this handset sooner or later.

HTC Rezound

Originally released operating on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, this 2011 model might just be getting a generous bump to Android 4.1 after receiving update to ICS just recently. While there have been some rumors suggesting ICS could be the last update this device could receive, the specs would tell us it is more than capable of running Jelly Bean smoothly.

However, should HTC decide to upgrade Rezound, it will take months before the update will arrive knowing Verizon just rolled out ICS in late July. If the manufacturer took nine months to release the ICS update for this handset, it may also take that long to release Jelly Bean.

HTC Sensation 4G

Having a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and a RAM of up to 768MB is enough to put this device under the group of HTC handsets to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Third party developers were able to port Android 4.1 to HTC Sensation so it follows this version could run it, too.

Sensation 4G was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed in it but owners were satisfied with its performance when it received an upgrade to ICS.


Manufacturers have also been waiting for Google’s Jelly Bean OS so Android owners can expect companies are looking into the advantages of upgrading their devices into to the latest system for marketing sake. HTC may be suffering tremendous losses in its revenue in the second quarter but it couldn’t just afford to leave its patrons hanging with dated devices in their hands.

There could be other HTC devices not listed here that will get Jelly Bean update. But HTC asks current owners to “stay tuned for more updates regarding device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Jelly Bean.”

Source: BigPond News

HTC EVO 4G LTE updated with new features

Sprint had launched the original WiMax-capable HTC EVO 4G nearly two years ago, and it was undoubtebdly an instant hit among customers. It was the first phone in the world to support 4G radio and let users utilize Sprint’s WiMax network. Two years later, HTC along with Sprint have launched HTC Evo 4G LTE, a successor of HTC Evo 4G and 3D models.

The Evo 4G LTE shares the base with its GSM counterpart, the HTC One X. Under the hood, it runs on the same dual-core 1.5 GHz processor used by the One X’s LTE variant, a 4.7 inch screen, and Android 4.0 with HTC’s Sense 4.0 interface.

HTC Evo 4G LTE began shipping on May 24, 2012 to customers who had pre ordered the device. Now, Google and Sprint have decided to release a very important update that will bring back the access to Google Wallet. Google had promised that it would release an update in July to fix the Google Wallet issue, however what makes the update important is that it not only fixes the earlier Wallet issue, but also fixes handful of bugs, which will enhance the user experience.

In addition to Google Wallet fix, the update (Version 1.22.651.3) addresses the following issues:

• Google security updates
• Wifi disconnect issue
• Time zone issue
• Side loaded video pause issue
• Random power cycling issue
• Pioneer Bluetooth Car Kit connection issu
• Gallery app crash
• Calendar reminder (all day even time) issue

In order to check if you are running the older Version 1.13.651.1 or the newer Version 1.22.651.3, follow the steps below:

1. Go to Setting by tapping on the Apps icon from the Home screen.
2. Tap on About option that can be found at the end of Settings menu.
3. In About phone section, you will be able to see the Hardware version and Software version.
4. Tapping on Software information will reveal the Android Version, HTC Sense Version and Software version along with several other information.
5. Tapping on More lets you see the Kernel version, Baseband Version, Build Number, Browser version.
6. Pressing Home button brings you back to the Home Screen.

In order to update your Evo 4G LTE device from 1.13.651.1 to 1.22.651.3 over the air, follow the procedure below:

1. Go to Setting by tapping on the Apps icon from the Home screen.
2. Scroll down to find System updates
3. Tap on the HTC software update option
4. Tap Check now
5. Your phone will check for available updates
6. If a newer version of software is found, you will be prompted to download and install it. It is normal for phone to switch off and on during the update process.
7. If there are no newer updates available, the device will prompt that the phone is Up To Date.
8. Pressing the Home button takes you back to Home Screen.

The only major component that is missing is the 4G LTE network itself, but the missing element will be coming soon. Sprint had previously stated that it will be rolling out its 4G LTE network in the mid of 2012, and seems like it has lived up to its word. Sprint has officially announced that the service will be rolled out across 6 cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio on July 15th. The network will be going live in all of the six cities mentioned above on the same day.

Customers of Sprint 4G LTE devices, such as HTC EVO 4G LTE, LG Viper 4G and Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be able to use the device as they were intended to be used. Sprint’s superior service allows the user to download at data speeds 10 times faster than any other 4G LTE network.

[easyazon-block align=”center” asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]

[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B007ZUN6GS” height=”42″ key=”amazon-us-tall-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]

Best 3 Android Phones Rankings – July 2012

Are you looking to get a new Android smartphone and want nothing but the best in the market?  Finding the best Android smartphone can be a daunting task especially with the recent top notch smartphone releases by different manufacturers including Samsung, Asus, Huawei, HTC and others.  In my opinion though, here are the best Android smartphones in the market for July 2012 based on specifications, features and performance.  Other factors used to rank the phones are device age, OS version, Sales popularity as well as the overall buzz factor.

1. [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy Nexus[/easyazon-link]

Even with the release of the SIII, the Nexus passes as the top smartphone at the moment largely because it is still a nexus and is the best Android experience despite the fact that there are other smartphones with much better specs.  It is powered by a dual core 1.4GHz processor, has a bright sharp and colorful AMOLED display with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 16GB onboard memory.  It would be hard to pass on the Galaxy Nexus if you are looking to buy a new Android device.

The best part of this phone, it’s currently going for [easyazon-link asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]$0.01 on amazon wireless[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview

  • 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460) Processor
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 (Specifications differ on LTE devices)
  • 4.65-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED Display
  • 5 MP Rear AF LED Flash and 1.3MP Front cameras
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • 1GB RAM and 16/32GB onboard memory
  • Standard Li-on 1750 mAh Battery

[easyazon-block align=”center” asin=”B0061R2A1S” locale=”us”]
[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B0061R2A1S” height=”42″ key=”amazon-us-tall-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]

2. [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S III[/easyazon-link]

This is a new entrant to this month’s rankings but it is one of the most talked about smartphones today.  The SIII is a much improved version of the SII and features a beautiful screen, an impressive camera upgrade and the TouchWiz UI.  What cost this smartphone the first position though is the undersized battery which Samsung put in such a high performance device.  A heavy user will struggle with the 2100mAh battery that the SIII has.  The phone is going for [easyazon-link asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]$189.99 on Amazon[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview:

  • 1.4GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.8″ Super AMOLED display
  • 8MP rear camera (can record 1080p video recording at 60fps)
  • Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 Operating System
  • 16/32GB Internal storage memory, 2GB RAM
  • SD Card slot (memory expandable to 64 GB)
  • 2100mAh battery

[easyazon-block align=”center” asin=”B00891PTQM” locale=”us”]
[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B00891PTQM” height=”42″ key=”amazon-us-tall-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]

3. [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]HTC Evo 4G LTE[/easyazon-link]

The HTC Evo 4G LTE is gaining popularity among shoppers, especially those who prefer to buy American.  Its specifications go toe to toe with those of the SIII and ranks highly in general as a high performance device especially in battery life and camera.  Price is [easyazon-link asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]$129.99 on Amazon[/easyazon-link].

Core Specs Overview:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich OS with Sense 4
  • 4.7-inch HD 720p super LCD (1280 x 720) Display (with 16.7 million colors)
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor
  • 3G/4G 8 device mobile hotspot capable
  • 8MP Rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • HTC ImageSense
  • Imbedded 2000mAh Lithium Ion (Li-ion) battery
  • 16GB internal memory (ROM); 1GB RAM.
  • 32GB microSD card support

[easyazon-block align=”center” asin=”B007ZUN6GS” locale=”us”]
[easyazon-cta align=”center” asin=”B007ZUN6GS” height=”42″ key=”amazon-us-tall-orange” locale=”us” width=”120″]

Apple Blocks HTC One X Shipment Wrecks HTC Stock Price

In the latest round of the mobile phone titans clashing over patent infringements, Apple was successfully in blocking a large shipment of the highly anticipated HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE phones.  The shipments has been held at  U.S. customs until further notice.

HTC had planned to launch the release of these two models this month, now that it might get delayed, investors think this could become a broader legal dispute and are now selling off the stock.  The HTC stock ,which is traded on the Taiwan stock exchange, has been selling off since this news went public, sending the stock down over 6.5%.

Prior to all the patent wars with Apple, HTC stock was flying high, trading at a peak of over $1,200.  But the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a public patent war against HTC (and all Android based phones).  He vowed to take down its competition at all costs, even if it meant deploying all its $110B  (as of 2Q 2012) that AAPL currently has sitting in cash for the legal battle.

The blocked shipments obviously throws a wrench into the HTC’s plan of launching the new phones.  AT&T had already begun selling the HTC One X on May 6th.  They are selling the phone for $199 with a 2 year contract and $549 without contract.  The AT&T wireless website is now currently listing the phone as “temporarily out of stock” for both the white and gray models.

HTC had also planned the release of the highly anticipated HTC EVO 4G LTE this Friday (May 18th), the snafu will undoubtedly push back the release date.  Sprint lists the phone as a similar price point as the One X at $199 for 2 year contract and $549 without contract.  It is also curently listed as  “sold out” on the Sprint website.

What do you think of Apple’s dispute with HTC and the broader Android community?  Feel free to comment below!

Update: On May 30, 2012, HTC released a statement announcing the resolution to the situation.

“HTC has completed the review process with U.S. Customs and HTC devices have been released, as they are in compliance with the ITC’s ruling, future shipments should continue to enter the U.S. and we are confident that we will soon be able to meet the demand for our products.”

HTC Evo 4G LTE Could Arrive May 18th

We could make the argument that the HTC Evo 4G LTE could come any day in May or June, or heck even July. However the fine people at have reported that the HTC Evo 4G LTE will arrive on May 18th. Like every site in the world, they are citing a reliable source.

What makes the story a little more reliable is that their source obviously works for Sprint and obviously has access to some of the forthcoming promotional material that will support Sprint and HTC’s next flagship device.

Sprint will officially open up pre-orders for the HTC Evo 4G LTE on May 7th. That’s 11 days before the 18th and definitely in the range for Sprint pre-orders.

While Sprint has the Samsung Galaxy Nexus available now, they will most likely shift a lot of their focus to the HTC Evo 4G LTE as this is the second generation of their best selling smartphone in Sprint history.


Sprint Unveils Preorder Site For HTC Evo 4G LTE, Pre-Order May 7

Now that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is officially out of the gate, Sprint has opened up preorders for the HTC Evo 4G LTE. It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since the original HTC Evo 4G debuted. That was the first “4G” Android device as well as the first “4G” smartphone.

The HTC Evo 4G was the first Android powered smartphone to grace Sprint’s WiMax network known as 4G at the time. Now Sprint has stepped it up and gotten in pace with Verizon Wireless and AT&T and they will begin offering 4G/LTE service sometime in June. When they released the HTC Evo 4G it became the best selling Android phone of all time. Depending on who you talk to (as long as they’re not in Basking Ridge NJ), the HTC Evo 4G outsold the original Motorola Droid.

HTC and Sprint tried to carry the Evo tradition through a couple of other devices but none mustered up the excitement and sales of the HTC Evo 4G. There was the HTC Evo Shift 4G, The HTC Evo 3D, The HTC Evo Design 4G (which I liked) and the HTC Evo View 4G (tablet).

More after the break

We Could See Sprint’s New HTC EVO 4G LTE On May 18th

People are anxiously awaiting the release of the new HTC Evo 4G LTE. Perhaps even moreso than the HTC One X on AT&T and the HTC One S on T-Mobile.

Why? In addition to the great set of specs on this beast of a phone, this is the first true replacement for the original HTC Evo 4G which was, by most accounts, the longest running most successful Android handset. Time after time the HTC Evo 4G topped most Android phone research lists, besting even the original Motorola Droid.

Sprint and HTC tried to carry out the tradition by releasing the HTC Evo Shift 4G and the HTC Evo 3D. The 3D did a little better than the Shift 4G but off the record we have been told that the original HTC Evo 4G outsold them both.

More after the break