EVO 4G Gingerbread update

Can't put it more plainly than that. According to this little tidbit that just hit our inbox, it looks like the Sprint HTC EVO 4G -- the first 4.3-inch Android smartphone, as well as the first with 4G Wimax -- could find itself with a an Android 2.3 update -- that's Gingerbread, folks. Starting June 3, you'll be able to manually update. Three days later, if you haven't already requested the update, your phone will ask if you want to update. (Hint: Say yes.)

If this is on the level, it looks like we'll be getting software version 4.22.651.2. And in addition to all of the Gingerbread fixes, you'll see fixes for the infamous SMS bug, a tweak to the Spanish translation in SMS, gmail syncing and that long-annoying bug where batteries just refuse to charge. (Oh, hai, Dieter.)

None of this is official quite yet, and updates like this never hit all at one time. But we've got a good feeling we'll see Gingerbread on the EVO 4G sooner rather than later.

Thanks, anon!

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EVO 4G Gingerbread update set to hit June 3

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I suppose this is great news! So much for the thought that it would not release until considerably after the Evo 3D?

I dread losing root and going through all that stuff again. I finally got around to removing the Sprint junkware that was always running and seemingly draining the battery with strange communications in the background.

Well, I should shut up, since I already put my $50 down on the Evo 3D at BB (I am #5), so I will have to go through a lot worse, soon, anyway! :)

Damn, I really do like the Evo.

Exactly!

I'm excited that my Evo 4G will still be up to date on the latest and greatest, in software, so if I ever need to swith back to my Evo 4G, in case of emergency, then I wont feel left behind :)

I don't think anybody looked at the picture really closely, even the Mods. It looks like you could manually update it on June 3, but it will be pushing to phones starting on June 6.

@backlon not relieved to find that its happening to other ppl besides me, but relieved I'm not cursed... #twoverylongdayswithoutmyevo

It took them this long and "Gingerbread" to fix the SMS random select ... And some spanish SMS fix? Seriously... They make it sound like a joke.

Can someone explain the battery no charge thing... a bit confused by it.

A friend of mine had the "battery no charge issue".
Managed to get the battery low enough that when the phone shut down and she plugged the charger in, no amber charge light.

Eventually after a couple of hours this condition resets itself and I was able to put my battery in her phone and see that it worked.

Plugging my phone (initially) in with her battery in it had no charge light also until after about an hour.

I'm guessing that the phone will be able to charge on a depleted battery no matter what with the new fix.

Nice nice, yeah. I wish I would have been at work or I would have gotten this first! Haha, good tipster though

Whoever took this picture should have taken a picture of the last week of June to see if there was a date for the Evo 3d release e__e

Hi guys! I'm giving my evo 4g to my wife as soon as the evo 3d hits. Question? Its rooted, she would like it returned back to stock. If i download this update will it automatically kick out the root? Or will it brick the phone?

From what I have read, you should NEVER run an OTA update on a rooted phone. There are specific steps you should follow to unroot and return to stock. Check the forums, there are lots of posts/threads on how to do this.

If they don't bump up to Sense 2.1 then this update is going to be mostly "under the hood." So, don't be expecting a new UI layout or redesign. There may be some noticeable changes here and there, but nothing major. Just like the Froyo update.

Does anybody know if this will require all previous OTAs to be installed first? I skipped the last update to avoid the Blockbuster crapware, etc. I would imagine this update would supercede that update, so I could move directly to this build without the last one. I'll just have to put up with the bloatware to get the GB goodness.

Guess this backs up what I heard from tech support when I called in for a problem on my Evo because oddly enough after 1 year my device has started just rebooting. Tech support told me that they will send me a new Evo with 2.3.3 gingerbread on it which I was surprised to here. Sprint is now giving new customers the Evo 4g with gingerbread which is kool. Regardless i will be enjoying everything about my new Evo 3d but its nice to know that the granddaddy of all 4g Android devices gets what it deserves this device started it all so I'm happy to see my Evo brothers and sisters happy.

Its said to optimize the battery but with all the bloatware running for non rooted people I don't think its gonna matter

I'll be clicking "no"...Last 2 upgrades I got on other phones seems to have slowed them down...I'm just not into that. If it had been a newer version of Sense, then maybe. Other than the SMS Bug fix, I don't have any issues, and since I use Handcent or GoSMS I don't have that issue either. If it ain't broke....

New on-screen keyboard.
Improved highlighting and copy/paste.
Revised battery and power management.
New "running applications" screen to easily close unnecessary apps.
Native VoIP calling.
New download manager.
Improved default camera software.
Updated OpenGL drivers for improved graphics and faster gaming.
VP8 and WebM playback.
AAC and AMR encoding/recording.

Two things! I hope this comes with sense 2.1 and i hope netflix will still work with 2.3. The evo is a great phone and it needs those updates. I have an inspire also, and 2.0 is great but I got no netflix support. on that note evo 3d better have netflix support also

Two things! I hope this comes with sense 2.1 and i hope netflix will still work with 2.3. The evo is a great phone and it needs those updates. I have an inspire also, and 2.0 is great but I got no netflix support. on that note evo 3d better have netflix support also

A quick question I posted in the forum. Anyone know if this is going to be 2.3.3 or 2.3.4? Basically are we going to have video chat on Google Talk? I would sure hope so!

XDA developers will have your answer lol.
edit: just wait for a rooted version of this, like the guy below me said. muuuuuuuuuch better idea.

Good grief, people... Don't unroot. Just wait a couple of hours for the rooted version of stock and flash that. How hard is that?

Listen to this man. ^^

It will take you longer to unroot, roll back to the last OTA, then get this one than it will to wait for someone to provide a rooted version.

No. If you unroot and flash to an official ROM you will loose root. Wait like a week or two and get a customer ROM from XDA that will be hacked, and then upgrade.

I was gonna unroot, but I just cant go back to having no root acces. Rooting just opens Android up so much more. Do wanna go back to stock though...i'll just wait for a rooted stock Rom

I am willing to bet that 80% of Evo owners reading this have already manually checked for the update....I know I have!!

So let me get this straight.....if Im rooted, i will not be able to manually receive the update unless I unroot?! Just coming over from Crackberry and new to all this rooting and unrooting stuff.

Correct.
If you are rooted and try to get the OTA update your phone will tell you that it's available and you will be able to download but because the rooted ROM you are running has differences, the update will fail to apply. I know this from experiance as I tried it once just for giggles.

You'll need to unroot first and then pull down the update(s) to be successful.

Not 100% true ... its possible that you can run a stock ROM that has root access, which should still get the updates ...however the update will probably revert the Rom back and remove root.

I know I may be asking a dumb question, but I'm hoping to get a serious answer. If I do the OTA will all of my current apps and everything I've downloaded disappear? In other words, apps that may no longer be in the market. Will I no longer have them on this phone?

There are no dumb questions. ;-)

If you are not rooted and apply the OTA update, your apps (and their data) should still all be there.

Jun 3rd (launched on Jun 4th but 3rd is the working day) would be the first anniversary of Evo 4G. So another reason to believe that this is true ;)