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Hot on the heels of this morning's Sprint HTC EVO 3D Ice Cream Sandwich update, it looks like the Android 4.0 update is also rolling out for the EVO Design 4G. Promised around the same time by the carrier a couple of weeks back, the EVO Design update consists of the same cocktail of Android 4.0.3 and HTC Sense 3.6, and the OTA package weighs in at just over 256MB. The update's arrival follows the launch of ICS for the international EVO 3D and HTC Raider, earlier this month.

So you've got a slightly polished up version of HTC's custom UI, in addition to standard Ice Cream Sandwich features we've become familiar with over the past eight months --

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera app which introduces Scenes like Panorama, and Effects such as Vignette, Depth of Field, Vintage and Posterize
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Sprint EVO Design 4G owners will want to head to Settings > About phone > Software updates and hit the button to check whether their update to ICS is ready. If you're rocking an EVO Design, hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on with ICS.

Thanks, Anon!

 

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Ice Cream Sandwich arrives on the Sprint HTC EVO Design 4G

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When will ICS hit the OG Evo? I'm holding out on getting a new phone until Sprint's LTE network comes to LA but in the meantime I'd like ICS.

If the Nexus One isn't getting it, and some ROM's have stopped supporting it because it's not smooth on ICS, I can surely tell you the Evo won't get it

The Evo 4G will never officially get ICS. It does not have enough storage nor memory for ICS and Sense.

I've had it since early this afternoon. I like ICS but I was really hoping the battery life would be improved. I've had to charge it 5 times today. On the plus side, it charges faster than it did before. But still dies faster than I'd like. About 40 minutes after I take it off the charger, it's already down to 88%. & that's with minimal use. About 3 or 4 texts and one tweet. Not cool.

I just purchased the phone a few days ago. From what I've read on here & other forums, it's a pretty known issue. The Design battery life is crap. Makes me wanna switch back to my 4S. =/

Thats some pretty sad battery life there cousin. You need to get an extended battery or use it as a boomerang to stop crime.

I have the same issue. Everything was fine before the last update. I was told but the Sprint "techs" that it was my phone and to buy a new one. I've talked to a few other people who have the same issue. It's not a good update.

Just updated last night, and today it doesn't want to display my text messages. It took forever to load the SMS inbox, and I've been trying to open my conversation with my husband ever since -- pretty much all day. It says Loading and spins and spins, but the conversation never pops up. I've tried to open a text he's just sent me, tried to open the convo from the inbox, and just gave up and composed a new text (which it sent, but just won't show me). My battery has died twice from the effort. Anyone else experience that, or have any ideas about fixing it?

Mostly happy with ics on Design. Expected features there and working well with only issue being performance. I too have seen pookey responses to mail and sms interfaces with ling loadd times for previously snappy txt conversations.
Tried some hours cleaning (clearing old cache data and reloading) and even after cache is properly repopulated performance remains weak.

Thought or suggestions or other experiences welcome...

Mostly happy with ics on Design. Expected features there and working well with only issue being performance. I too have seen pookey responses to mail and sms interfaces with ling loadd times for previously snappy txt conversations.
Tried some hours cleaning (clearing old cache data and reloading) and even after cache is properly repopulated performance remains weak.

Thought or suggestions or other experiences welcome...

I am HUGELY disappointed with ICS on the Design. The performance hit to very simple functions is ungodly. On Gingerbread, the basic apps all popped up instantly. Now, under ICS, they load ... load ... load.
Incredibly, the simplest app, SMS Messaging, is the worst - receive a text and tap on it? Loading ... counting ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8. Text. Tap a reply and wait for the keyboard to pop up. Loading ... 3 ... 4 ... 5. Nuts on this, let's try gmail ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7. Let's add a new app shortcut ... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ... 9.
I literally dread getting text messages, because I don't want to stare at a blank screen for the next 5-10 seconds. EVERY TIME. My hair can only go so gray before it starts falling out on its own.

I thought ICS was supposed to be more efficient? Are these slowdowns result of a botched system upgrade? Would it have been better with ICS from day 1 rather than movin' on up from 2.3 to 4.0? I'll have to visit my mother-in-law >>shiver<< to see if her Design on Boost Mobile is as much of a dog as mine on Sprint.
To be honest, I'm looking heavily at the "Factory data reset" option under the Storage menu in settings. I'm not sure if it would take me back to 2.3, or even if it did if I would be forced back to 4.0 again ... but a few nifty features just isn't worth this much waiting around.

Hi,
I too greatly disappointed after ICS update on my Design because of too slow performance. Until I factory reset my phone after that phone is working quite ok though not as good as before on Gingerbread but alteast it is about ok. you can try to do factory reset your phone. But before that you should backup your contact, call log, sms & all installed apps with "Go Backup" app available from Google Play. H/ever for contact i suggest to backup on computer with Microsoft Outlook. While call log, sms & all installed app make backup with Go Backup.
Now Factory Reset your phone & make sure to select option "Erase SD card" so that all previous data is erase on SD card. It only erases system related files, other data which you stored on card will remain unerased like your files in "my document folder".
Run Factory reset and wait for the process to complete. Than you have to configure Wi-fi to go to the internet and install "Go Backup". after install run Go Backup and first restore SMS & call log. Observe your phone performance how it is now, it should be far ok now. you can also sync contact with Microsoft Outlook.
Then you can restore your apps by using Go Backup restore feature. I suggest that you restore apps only which are essential for you and avoid installing unnecessary apps because too much of the apps occupy RAM and cause to slow down performance. I recommend that you should manage to keep free RAM 200MB so phone can smoothly work.
I hope above tips will be of help, and let me know how your phone works after FR.
Thanks.