EVO View 4G

The Android 3.2.1 update for the HTC EVO View 4G is in the midst of a rollout, bringing Honeycomb and a new "virtual and holographic user interface" to the 7-inch HTC tablet.  The official change log reads:

  • Physical Hard keys replaced with on screen Soft keys
  • New Google search, available on every page
  • System Bar: Quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons available at the bottom of the screen
  • Notifications menu moved to the bottom right corner of the screen, on the System Bar.
  • The Action Bar—which can be accessed by touching the Plus Sign icon at the top right of the screen—is the key to contextual, changing menus that are controlled by each application.
  • Enhanced security including Sprint Data Link and 3LM
  • Google video chat
  • Fixed a bug that kept Bluetooth from working in airplane mode

The update is rolling out itself, but if you'd like to force a check, On the Home screen, tap Menu and then tap Settings; scroll up and tap System updates; tap HTC software update.  On the Software updates screen, tap Check now and your View will check for updates.

We know a lot of you have been waiting for this update, and the manual update location is available in more than a few places (heck, just grab it right here), but if you've rooted your View 4G don't even think about it.  Waiting for a bootlooping View 4G's battery to die is no fun -- trust me, we know this first hand.  This update is not only as of yet unrootable, but it also changes things so that Revolutionary ceases to work by replacing the hboot files.  Developers will get it sorted soon enough. 

Thanks everyone who sent this in, and SprintGirl for bootlooping her EVO View!

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Honeycomb OTA for the HTC EVO View 4G rolling out, rooted users beware


If the device is already equipped with hardware keys, why on earth should one want to duplicate them with stupid software keys?

The hardware keys get disabled with the update. I have HC running on my Flyer and the hardware keys no longer light up or work.

I'm hoping the dev community can port this to the Flyer so that all apps work. The HC update I have running doesn't have the US as a selectable region (UK only) and some of the apps don't work.

I tried to do the update on my rooted device before I seen this post. Now I can't even get it to boot the only thing it does is flash a orange color light near the power button. SOMEBODY HELP.
Did I brake me device? Is there a way to fix this?

I have a backup stock but it won't boot so I can do a hard rest. All it does is flash a light near the power button.

and if you are unfamiliar with adb.... make sure you read the tutorials....if not here then they can be found at xda developers website .tc and dun panic. :)

I have ics on my evo and the hardware keys work but dont light up but oh well i know where they are lol

They should have put their resources toward updating to ICS. This seems like a waste. I wouldn't install this simply because it replaces the hardware keys with onscreen keys that take away screen space. Definitly a step backwards there.

In regards to the hardware keys, I'm totally glad they're gone. For people who actually utilize the Flyer's pen, those buttons were an impossible pain in the ass whenever writing in landscape mode.

Rooted users should never accept an OTA anyway and should always wait for a pre-rooted ROM. Whenever I root, I never accept an OTA again since it will break root, or worse, like in this case, can actually break the device. Pre-rooted ROMs are usually never far behind.

I'm an admitted advanced beginner on hacking my View. How can I upgrade to Honeycomb over-the-air using the "Globatron" hack, without knowing advanced geekdom III ?
The purveyors at XDA Developers are rather impatient with us common Android users. They speak a different language.
I'd like a simplified walk-thru website with plenty of photos and no acronyms.
Is there any recommendation?