Evo 4G update

HTC has confirmed to us that a maintenance update (3.70.651.1) is being pushed out to the Sprint Evo 4G as we type. No, it's not Gingerbread. Gonna have to wait a while for that, folks. Instead, it looks like we're getting:

  • Blockbuster (including WM DRM 10)
  • Kindle eReader
  • Preloaded try/buy video game: NOVA from Gameloft
  • Sprint Zone update
  • Latest Telenav
  • Latest VVM App
  • Latest Sprint TV app
  • SWYPE Keyboard
  • Scan Now Widget for 4G (does not need to be available on any panel, just a widget option users could find and use).

If you don't want to wait for the update to push to your phone, we've got manual installation instructions after the break. (Note that it's worked for some people; I've had problems with my old Google IO freebie Evo.) More on the update in our Evo 4G forums.

  1. Download the update from this link.
  2. Rename it to update.zip (but be sure not to rename it update.zip.zip). Save it to your Evo's microSD card.
  3. Time to reboot into recovery mode. Turn the phone off. Then hold the volume down button, and press the power button. You should boot to a white screen with three Android guys on skateboards.
  4. Use the volume button to select RECOVERY, and press the power button again. The Evo will now reboot into recovery. You should see a render of a phone, with a red triangle and exclamation point.
  5. Hold the volume up button and press the power button. Choose applysdcard:update.zip. Let it do its thing.
There are 166 comments

jcmyers79 says:

SWYPE becomes standard? Any advantage to this version over the beta?

ickiboo says:

I personally can't stand Swype. Will the standard keyboard still be available for use?

Come on man... how long have you had that phone. Long Press anywhere you can type and you get options to switch keyboards... I got like 5 of them.

crxssi says:

I can't wait to compare it (Swype) to Shapewriter. Which I do like, but it has no voice input key which is EXTREMELY irritating.

etnpnys says:

Seems a little bit more responsive and the candidates window looks a lot better...

tomh1979 says:

now just have to wait for the rooted version, should be a day or so.

I just rooted yesterday! Do I need to unroot??

cbzy11 says:

don't update. find a shiny custom ROM instead.

BSG75 says:

I'm going to bring this up again. Why can BlockBuster put out a movie streaming app and Netflix has all of these drm/framework issues?
I think Netflix just focused all of their efforts on iOS (they wanted 'ol Steve to mention them as being part of the iPhone/iPad) and only recently got around to caring about Android.

Mobius360 says:

Nice to see HTC support there products... Samsung should take note. Or maybe it's Sprint who just cares more about the success of the Evo over the Epic. Let's face it on TV there are still lots of commercials for the Evo and I can't remember the last time I saw one for the Epic.

hmmm says:

I agree. This is the exact reason I am waiting for the Evo Shift 4G instead of grabbing an Epic now.

Quis89 says:

I've noticed Android users are the biggest cry babies ever. There is always something to complain about and nobody is ever satisfied. Epic owners don't have 2.2. We do realize Samsung isn't the only manufacturer who hasn't pushed it out right? After a few months people are already lossing hope. Remember when the Epic first came out and everyone was whining about how Sprint was going to devote more time into the Epic based on some silly comparison commercial? Geeze you people are never satisfied. Patience is the most important quality in the Android world yet its the one quality many of you lack. Its replaced with a high sense of entitlement and a lack of reason. Oh....and I still see quite a few Epic commercials. Me and my girlfriend point out each time we see an Evo or Epic commercial since she has the Evo and I've got the Epic.

hlbcom says:

Should I be deleting the Swype Beta?

75 percent to go now

alvarezjpr says:

Nothing in CT so far :(

WhitePhone says:

Sounds like a bunch of bloatware. However, I am absolutely STOKED about the 4G scan widget. Thats what I wanted from the beginning. Swype is exciting too. But why the hell are they forcing games and trial software on us? Sounds like microbloat. I mean microsoft.........

etnpnys says:

I am *psyched* about NOVA on my phone. Seriously. I think I'm gonna go to the bathroom at work now so that I can play it. For reals.

UPDATE: Yep. It's awesome, and I'll be buying it.

dcpanther says:

I had it on my 4th Gen iPod touch and loved it. I can't wait to play it on a bigger screen!

gggplaya says:

wouldn't install manually for me either. Guess i'll have to wait till i get home.

05 TypeS DC5 says:

same here, can't install manually either, I downloaded the file renamed it, followed all the steps and it aborts itself.

JCool525 says:

I'll glad to officially get Swype on my Evo now.

jdarmiento says:

No go on the manual install here either!! Ugh...

What if your phone is close to full? Would it say that is the problem or just fail?

This extra software may cause me some issues..

tim242 says:

If you check for software updates in settings it's there.

Didn't do the manual install. Got a fail notice.

phillysdon04 says:

This is great news! I personally prefer SwiftKey for my keyboard.

deaofly says:

This is just a garbage update, plan and simple. If they fixed the laggy while on 4g issue OR better yet, for US paying teether users fix the poor signal problems since the last update its worth it. I put my Evo on teether, put next to my TiVo wifi G adaptor and the signal goes from 90% to 96, if anything is even a foot away its worse. I have had 3 different Evos with this problem. I'm getting ready to cancel teethering and just get clear 4g for there new $30 a month plan.

kkerley says:

What about tethering, though? How's that working for you?

Mikey47 says:

Your "garbage update" is another man's "glorious update". Just be glad that HTC is still issuing updates.

1010011010 says:

It's certainly a "garbage update" in my book. These apps will be non-removable, I'm sure, and add no value for me -- the user. If I wanted them, I would install them.

HTC/Sprint are pretending they own the phone. Or maybe I am.

tomh1979 says:

Sure they will be non-removable, so root your phone and take ownership of it, and then delete the crap, not so much garbarge after all then.

1010011010 says:

Yeah, fine. But rooting should not be necessary, and putting the stock apps onto the Evo isn't always possible, due to various atrocities committed by HTC/Sprint when replacing stock apps with Sense/Sprint nonsense.

1010011010 says:

Yes. It's a great device, as is the Nexus 1. Their only downside is that they use T-Mobile, which has poor coverage.

Averix says:

Manual update fails on a hardware rev 0002 EVO. I think it's build number related. The updater is looking for build number 272076 or 294884. Mine is at 252548. I wonder if some update I did at some point screwed my version up or if the original EVO isn't supported... Maybe there's a different update file we haven't seen yet? Hopefully??

gggplaya says:

yea, mine is build 252548 but hardware rev 003. The manual install also didn't work for my evo.

jarobusa says:

Not available for my EVO ... yet... Firmware or HTC Update?

Nostradamus says:

It is an HTC Update. Just manually scanned right now and it was there.

yibrushn says:

What hardware version are you on?

Nostradamus says:

I'm on 4.

shawnsully says:

still nothing for mine

thegov says:

If I am using swype beta should I uninstall it before I update? Any thoughts anyone?

etnpnys says:

Yes - I've heard that it is causing force closes like crazy if not.

On the other hand, why not? It's probably best practice anyway...

schulzjt says:

I removed the Swype beta in preparation for the update. Should I also uninstall the Swype installer? Thanks...

tim242 says:

LoL @ teethering

onixblack says:

I just got swype beta now I have to uninstall this is bull crap. I don't even want this update its just crapware and Swype, but I already have swype beta. All I wanted from a new update was the new Sense and they don't seem to have that

Mikey47 says:

Beta software is beta software. Why someone would be upset they have to uninstall the beta to get the fully functional and supported version of the application is beyond me. I know you are upset that you just "got swype beta now", but there are many who never got the beta and this will be their first chance to use Swype on an EVO.

etnpnys says:

LOL +1

thegov says:

I agree I'm not complaining about having to uninstall because I went and got the beta it's not like it's that difficult to uninstall a program

uansari1 says:

More uninstallable demos? This is going to turn non Nexus devices into something worse than Windows computers full of bloatware. Ridiculous! If we want demos, we'll get them ourselves from the Market.

mustang229 says:

nothing in L.I,New York yet -___- just tried to update,said my phone was up to date

mikevo says:

Am I going to have to unroot?

TheNinja says:

Just downloaded and installed the official update. Works fine for me.

mustang229 says:

dont know why iam not getting the update?..im selecting the HTC update ?

mikevo says:

But were u rooted?

mustang229 says:

no iam not rooted.

TheNinja says:

FWIW, I am not rooted either. Do they actually roll these updates out gradually?

mikevo says:

So anyone out there rooted than can install this update? Did u loose ur root access?

biggbrother2 says:

How long can Swype stay in "beta" when it's being pre-installed on all these devices?

Liljoe83 says:

Do u need to install swipe beta?

Jallen says:

Does anyone have any info on what the 4g widget update is? Does it improve the scanning method?

etnpnys says:

Actually I have no idea what the widget is/does. But the option under 4G settings to have it notify you of available 4G networks has been replaced by the option to scan for 4G networks...

Chorizoman says:

I Have A White Evo Hardware Version 0004 Update Came Up And Download Great.. I Also Have A Black Evo Hardware Version 0003 But No Download. Is This Only For The New Phones ? Thanks

MartialText says:

Maybe it's only for the WHITE phones! That's racialist, man!!

There was an update a few weeks ago for the evo that I never got either.

wa1do says:


tompro53 says:

Never had swype before hope I get the update for my phone its the original can anyone tell me if they got the update for the original phone

peaz says:

My Market is now showing the new version (green top/coverflow). Coincidental or part of the update?

wa1do says:

I don't think its coincidental because my Market was updated with this too.

crazace says:

I dont have the update and my market was updated monday...

tyakaace says:

what hardware version are you.. 003, 004

crazace says:

I'm 002

jmg_EVO21 says:

Found via HTC UPDATE on a White EVO... updating now...

jfisch says:

manual update didn't work and no ota in dc yet

MartialText says:

Manual update no workee for me! I get all the way to the "apply update" part. It starts to unzip, then says there's an error in the update. Anybody else have the same issue?

[cold wind blows through the bare trees... crow flies over, a dark spot against gray sky... single, oily tear flows down green metallic skin] [end scene]

Bujin#IM says:

Yep, same issue here.

tim242 says:

Yes, it is for older evos as well. Swype is ok, but I am liking the gingerbread keyboard better right now.

tim242 says:

@martialtext: Did you delete any stock apps?

MartialText says:

Negative. She's a stock EVO. No root. No funny business.

Shawheim says:

no updates for me yet. HW version #0002

Fraking figures. I've been waiting on Swype to deem from above that I'm worthy of using their software *rolls eyes* and finally get an invite on Monday and what happens. EVO gets it. Geesh.

zippydo says:

Though it looks like more bloat, I do enjoy updates. Though, I'm NOT going to be updating with the update.zip method. I learned my lesson with the 2.2 update - beings I was one who installed a NOT SO final version of 2.2 back at that time. D'OH! I've used Swype and, yeah, not my favorite. I prefer SwiftKey. Though - KUDOS for seemingly constant updates from Sprint/HTC on the EVO. Gingerbread - here we come!

1010011010 says:

What a worthless fucking update. No thanks, Sprint/HTC. I don't want any more of your non-removable junkware. What I would like is for you to stop ruining android. Seriously, it's more work for you to not use the stock android software. You have to put time and money into replacing perfectly good things already in Froyo with Sense and Sprint junk. Knock it off.

DougB541#CB says:

Whoa...i feel ya but relax. Been going on with computers and smart phones for years.

But i do use the sprint NFL app and the sprint navigation app i think works better than Google nav. But it would be nice if these weren't baked into the ROM so we could easily remove them.

1010011010 says:

That it's been going on for years doesn't excuse it.

I own the phone, Not HTC/Sprint.

If they just put the sprint apps in the market, you could have it, and I wouldn't -- by choice for both of us.

wpavlik2 says:

Nothing here in NC yet.

PGiovanni says:

Manual update won't work for me either.

dcdttu says:

The camera seems to take acceptable pictures in the dark now! Anyone else notice this?

Rican.S4 says:

No update here yet.

I wish I could have the update.

JCool525 says:

No update for me just yet either

tyakaace says:

it seems to me that only the new EVO'S are getting the update ( Hardware version 004 ) has anyone with hardware version 003 or 002 got the update?

No update here. (Houston)

tyakaace says:

still no update for hardware version 003 evo's and or in Maryland :(

crxssi says:

I have Stock HW 0003 Evo and there is no OTA update. When I downloaded/copied/tried the 58MB zip from the forum, I got the verification error and it wouldn't install it. I am guessing it is not the right firmware for version 0003.

Many people on the forum are reporting that the manual update for 0003 does not work. Guess I have to just wait :(

tyakaace says:

same here im guessing its rolling out to HWV 004 first us 003 then 002 thats mt take on it

crxssi says:

Sucks because probably 95% of the Evo's out there are 0003.

tyakaace says:

exactly.... you would think they would have pushed it to us first and then them, but i guess it doesn't matter. we probably get it sometime tomorrow or late tonight

DirkBelig says:

No joy for my black #0002 EVO in Detroit. Oh, well.

And to all you crybabies who look at all the free stuff Sprint gives you as "bloat" and fill your diapers as if you can't root and replace, STFU!!!! If you go to McDonald's and they super-size your Happy Meal for free, do you cry like John Boehner about it? Sheesh.

jturnbow says:

If I ordered a Happy Meal then no I wouldn't mind the super-size. Because if I don't want all of the Happy Meal I can get rid of what I don't want.

If I ordered a McRib and a McDonalds employee came out and forced me to eat a Happy Meal instead, then yes, I would be pissed off...which is what is happening here when Sprint puts shit on my phone that I don't want and can't take off.

And rooting, that's a great option, it it doesn't void my warranty. I shouldn't have to void the warranty on my $500 phone to get rid of software that I didn't want, and didn't put on my phone myself.


1010011010 says:

It is unwanted bloat, though. They could still offer it for free without shoveling it onto the phone without asking.

If they are "supersizing my happy meal", they are doing it by coming to my house and stuffing things into the box without asking me if I want it, and preventing me from taking it back out.

jturnbow says:

Anyone know if this MR actually "fixes" anything, or just puts crap on my phone that I can't uninstall?

Hopefully the updated Sprint TV will at least prevent it from launching itself in the background every five minutes.

slimshady says:

0004 in tampa fl no update here

rem_kujawa says:

No update here 003 hardware version.

tim242 says:

@jturnbow: you do realize that it's not actually ruuning in the background, right? It's just a placeholder in the memory to conserve battery when you start it up. It is not harming a thing...even if you never use it.

jturnbow says:

IDK, when my phone starts getting sluggish I'll go into running apps and force close all these "place holders" that I didn't launch and suddenly my phone starts to work properly again.

And I'm not talking about some obscure apps I downloaded from the market, it's usually; Sprint TV, Sprint NAV, Stocks, Footprints, Flicker, and the HTC weather updater, even though I have weather updating turned off because I use a different app. All of these are apps that came baked into the ROM.

I had the same issues with my HTC Hero on Sprint. My phone would start crawling and if I went in and force closed most of these same apps my phone would be fine...for a while, until they all launched their "placeholders" again.

1010011010 says:

Root + autostarts (or outright delete the junk)


somehow my girlfriends epic 4g with 2.1 got the new market, but my evo with 2.2 cant! wtf???

tim242 says:

My evo never gets sluggish. If you experience sluggishness, it's not due to things acting as placeholders. It could be due to an app with a running service. All the "bloat" apps total less than 3MB of RAM, and use no CPU. Froyo handles tasks well. The RAM never gets below 60MB free on my Evo. You should reboot if you experience sluggishness
If you think those apps are slowing your phone down, consider this. When you reboot, they are all open, and your phone works great.

jturnbow says:

I can't say whether or not it may be some other app running with a service. But as I stated, when I FC the apps I listed, my phone starts to work normal again.

I also had this same issue with my HTC Hero on Sprint. Same sluggishness over time between reboots, with the same cleanup and speed boost after FCing the same culprits.

The only difference here is that my EVO is obviously vastly more powerful and or Froyo is vastly more efficient because my EVO isn't hit as hard performance wise like the Hero was.

Also, I'm not calling you a liar or anything like that, but I just don't believe that your EVO "never" gets sluggish. It's a machine running software, software goes haywire and needs a reboot every now and then...it always has, and it likely always will.

splitsick says:

Hardware version 0003 no update for me in AZ yet.

TheNinja says:

I updated my 003 early this morning (see 13:11 post above)...official HTC update, not the zip. Not sure what is going on with the rest of you guys.

TheNinja says:

I guess somebody learned how to copy and paste today.

tompro53 says:

Has anyone had a problem for HTC clock widget that the weather disappeared & won't appear again I have the 0002 model please help

tyakaace says:

yea alot of people are having the clock widget not work anymore. but so far that has nothing to do with the new software update. which i still havent gotten yet... :( by the way i dont have the new market either. outrageous....lol

RonD says:

I just started having the problem tonight. I have 3 cities that I view and one of them doesn't have the temp or condition icon. The other 2 cities are functioning normally. I think that it must get the info from a server somewhere which is not functioning, (to busy downloading software updates?).

No update here in San Jose, CA. No new market either. Strange it's taking so long, even with graduated push.

TheNinja says:

In San Jose as well. Got the official update this morning. Weird.

tim242 says:

The new market apk has been out for several days now.

Android Market 2.2.6

Gingerbread Keyboard

I love Dropbox. Makes my life so much easier!

tyakaace says:

Man after the market place update my market place seem slower now yours like that

sneeccy says:

Do I have to unrest my phone for this update

knights_09 says:

No update in Austin, TX no new market either. I wonder what is going on

tim242 says:

If you don't have the new market, it's your own fault.

How is it my fault??? What a stupid comment. Another failure of android.

Day 2 and still no update for my EVO (003) but I have the new market. My wife has neither at this point. Ugh!!!

MartialText says:

24 hours later and still no update for hardware version 03 in SoFlo! Why, HTC, why????? I'm beginning to wonder if someone has shat the bed on this one...

alvarezjpr says:

Still no update in CT (version 0002). Tic-toc-tic-toc...

Poitier says:

I'm in Chicago with a rooted EVO hardware 3 and no update available and a friend of mines who works in the same office just undated his non-rooted EVO all I can say is What-the-hell!

shanerides says:

Just went to HTC web site. Still no update for me (version 002)...

tyakaace says:

still no update in MD,DC,VA for HWV 002,003 WHATS THE HOLD UP

Poitier says:

Here the deal I have a rooted EVO with hardware 0003 and no update and a friend of mine who works in the same office with a non-rooted EVO same hardware has updated all I can say is "what the hell".

Poitier says:

I'm in Chicago also.

tim242 says:

It's your fault because the apk has been out for a week. I even posted it in this thread. That's the beauty of Android...you don't have to wait.

tompro53 says:

tim242 shut up some people would like to get the update from HTC a company they can trust to give them the update safely not from a person who could just send a link to a virus.

ernbrdn says:

Haven't you heard the rumor? The EVO 4g Rev. 0002 and 0003 are being phased out and from here on out only the newer Rev. 0004 is going to be supported. It's a bummer but thats what a sprint rep told me. :(

crxssi says:

That Sprint rep is a total idiot, then.

ernbrdn says:

NO way it was an internal document. Rev. 0004 is the only revision from here on out that will be developed for. 002 and 003 were the test beds for the product and with the improved camera 004 is where it is at from here on out. Sorry to say, I have a 003 myself so I was bummed but now I'm trying to make it malfunction so I maybe it will get replaced with an 004. I suggest you do the same.

tim242 says:

tompro, you're an idiot. HTC does not send out market updates, that would be Google. Do you know how many apks get downloaded? How many viruses have been reported? If you were that worried, you'd get an antivirus program, and be on your merry way. Ignorance of noob's that think they know it all. Ugggh

knights_09 says:

Just talked to a HTC rep and she told me that the update is still coming out in batches that's why I have not received it yet

@Tim242..some of us don't want to do it that way. The new market was pushed to the epic, but not my evo. So you can go f**k yourself.

tim242 says:

moonover: Yeah, your comments point to your mentality. If you don't want to install the apk, fine. But bitching about not having it, when you could've already had it is a waste of time. It's an apk, not a ROM lol

pikov says:

WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!! The EVO 4G is NOT getting an update!! Only some older ones are.

If you have build number 3.29.651.5 CL 252548, don't waste your time!!

tompro53 says:

Hey pikov HTC has the update release takes up to 7 days to get on the device and Sprint still shows the Evo commercials so they put money towards the Evo and will make sure to give up date for all models since people won't buy a phone that won't get the latest updates meaning Sprint loses money.

gunner427 says:

It took two days to update everyone on Froyo... I'm really starting to wonder... My daughters brand new Evo (last week) was updated immediately. No luck with my 4 month old evo w/0003 Colorado!

gunner427 says:

I don't know what "tim242" is smoking but I will tell you this 3.29.651.5 cl252548 is about 75% of all the Evo's out there. new phones are getting the update... the older phones are in question here though.

tgrant1975 says:

It's so funny to read everyone's comments about the update not coming to the older models of the evo, it's not true and everyone that has the evo will eventually get this update. It may take a few days but it's coming. U can believe that. Seriously, if u don't know for sure about what ur talking about..... why post it???

gunner427 says:

I agree tyrant1975 (reluctantly)... frustration gets the best of you sometimes. Plus my daughter ribbing me about my "old" evo is killing me ;)

Nell1185 says:

Just FYI my husband and I got our EVOs at the same time. Both the older version. He got his update, I have yet to receive mine.

MissMelody22 says:

I just tried to manually update my evo and no go on that. I guess I'm just gonna have to wait.

jimisdad says:

Modesto Ca, 0004 still no update..... lol

tyakaace says:

still no update for 0003 Washington DC

larryyork22 says:

No update in Melbourne, FL for 0002.

ddsdaltx#AC says:

I have Hardware V 0003 and did a manual check downloading update now, this was my 3 time to try today. Dallas, TX

Downloading it now - V3 in California

tmess9 says:

3.29.651.5 CL 252548.....Just got the update right now....wahhooo! Bout time!

Hardware 0002 and downloading in NYC! :-)

Heidern says:

Hardware 0003 and just finished downloading in CT. :) Now all I need is for my Revue to get its update too.

shanerides says:

tried the manual update and that did not work. Still no luck and I did a chat with a sprint person and they just directed me to the web site that said there was an update.

shanerides says:

Seconds after posting this my phone found the update!! Finally.

jnl813 says:

I am rooted using Unrevoked 3.22 and it gives me a triangle with a ! in it, can anyone help me, please email me at jnl813@gmail.com. Its was so simple to root with Unrevoked 3, is there a simple way to unroot? Any help or tips would be greatly appreicated, Merry Christmas!

tompro53 says:

I just got my update for 0002 in New Jersey

tompro53 says:

I just got my update for 0002 in New Jersey and used swype to type this

Nell1185 says:

Got my update! St. Louis, Mo. Hardware 0003.

TheNinja says:

San Jose, CA - Got my update on Wednesday morning (003 / 3.30). Just got home, checked wife's phone and update was available for her (003 / 3.29).

jcuevasrn says:

Ever since this update, my Battery life has been draining fast. I have the 3500 mAh Siedio battery too. Now my battery is lasting between 18-24 hours only. Battery is draining from 100-90% in about 1 hour then about 3-5% per hour after that. Anyone have any ideas?

nly1poleo says:

Anyone tried the HDMI since the update ?

caleb40 says:

Can I do this when I'm rooted?