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Good news, Sprint HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G owners, your long-awaited Android 4.0 update will soon be arriving. The carrier posted an update on its community site today, announcing that Ice Cream Sandwich will be on both phones by "early August."

In the meantime, Sprint has published a changelog detailing some of the improvements EVO owners can look forward to with the upgrade to Android 4.0. It's mostly the standard ICS stuff we're already familiar with on other devices --

  • 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

Though not explicitly stated, we'd expect this update to bump the EVOs up to HTC Sense 3.6 at the same time, since that's what's happened with similar devices like the Sensation.

The announcement follows the availability of ICS for the EVO 3D and HTC Raider, the Canadian equivalent of the EVO Design, a couple of weeks ago on Rogers. Sprint says to stay tuned for full dates, and we'll have more details on these updates just as soon as they're announced.

Source: Sprint Community

There are 50 comments

zacisblack says:

Sad, they should at least upgrade it to Jelly Bean it's not like it's a huge update.

mr.holtz says:

One update at a time there chief. It's about time we get a time frame.... Let's hope Hesse delivers on that though.

Whoa! Slow down cowboy, fyi sprint exec was quoted with June - July eta. However it seems it was an empty promise. We all know already they're just being greedy by waitin for EVO LTE sales. Don't be quick to believe sprint is all I'm sayin

Xbbfan73 says:

Still have not gotten my Epic Touch update yet.

joebimmer says:

You can manually do it..but I'd advise against it right now. It's bad...very bad.

olorin says:

How so? I manually updated mine & it's great!

YourFace says:

Run CM9 on the Epic

dtreo says:

How about stocking that intl radio capability from the EVO Design in an EVO LTE? I would love that. Slim pickins for intl use devices that are top performers.

bbjonez says:

Sprint's Design 4G is US Cellular's Hero S's. Does that mean my Hero S is finally getting ICS now that Jelly Bean is out?

migs says:

Its about time this device needed ICS badly, the full power of the EVO 3D will finally be unleashed! Rooted users have reported a huge diffrence over GB

yankeesusa says:

I really hope your right. I was about to sell my evo 3d and get the photon. Was going to get the epic 2 but people said the ics update for that made it worse. I'm looking forward to the ics update for the 3d now.

joebimmer says:

Hope it's better than my S2 update. Now my phone is a POS! Laggy as hell, and HORRIBLE battery life.

l00natic71 says:

Somewhat (maybe) related. My tablet got official ICS update and it became unstable and kept having freezes. I did a system reset to wipe all data and it now runs smooth. I don't know what was causing my issues, but a device reset helped. Give it a try.

michael24j says:


DWR_31 says:

Waiting for this update forever...
Sprint got feed back that Evo 3D owners were not investing in the Evo 4G LTE and going to switch to other carriers.

On a side note ;
Went into a Sprint store today to compare LTE on the GNex, Evo 4G LTE, and the GSIII. To my surprise there was a sign on the door saying that the network was down. (no calling, texting, or data). So I asked the rep to test the LTE and I'd buy right now. (full retail)
I even referenced this Site and the news and then she became a little more knowledgeable. I was told that LTE went live, but it was spotty at best, and that the thunderstorms were reeking havoc on the new towers.

I live in south west Houston and have seen no speed increases in 3G on my 3vo, since they flipped the switch. So waiting for ICS is just the stop gap I need to keep me on their network until LTE truly lights up Houston.

Glenuendo says:

Patience is a virtue I guess. I was hoping to get it sooner. I was considering rooting the phone but the hoops one has to jump through for the EVO 3D, it just isn't worth it.

Mike Cerm says:

I rooted a long time ago, and it wasn't much trouble at all. However, it's definitely not worth rooting just to get ICS a few weeks early. All of the current ICS-based ROM's for the Evo 3D are terribly buggy, and not ready for prime-time. I tried a few different ones over a period of about a month, hoping that one of them would be stable. None of them were, so now I'm back on a Gingerbread-based ROM. There are a few features that I miss, but at least I don't have to constantly deal with bugs.

rsanchez1 says:

Well, unlocking and getting root isn't the problem. It's getting hboot down to 1.4 that is the problem.

Saneless says:

It's too bad this didn't happen months ago, and having source along with it. If the E3D could have had a good build of CM9 I would have just kept it instead of getting the LTE, and would have just kept it as a much better galaxy nexus (If you're going to have a bad camera, might as well keep one that's just as bad)

dizzle16 says:

What happened to "June/july"???

SirThoreth says:

August is the new June/July.

leftclick says:


Mike Cerm says:

Sprint discontinued the 3D, and HTC stopped caring about their customers.

Ur comment is probably the truest except for the guy who commented after u.

joshua.worth says:

Finally hopefully they'll release the kernel source so us Kingdom owners can maybe get some AOSP love.

jcastag says:

Good luck with this. Lol

HTC has been full of sh** with their updates and time lines.

They promised ICS on the Rezound 6 months ago.

Just root, install a custom ROM, and enjoy your phone the way it was meant to be. Best of all, no bloatware forced on you.

Mike Cerm says:

There aren't any stable ICS ROM's for the Evo 3D, unfortunately. They're all based off a buggy leaked version of the stock Virgin Mobile ROM that leaked a while back, and they just don't work right. All of the ones that are not sourced from the Virgin base have even bigger problems (e.g. no camera, no 4G, etc.).

Jperez 85 says:

I beg to differ, there are other plenty of stable ICS builds out there for the Evo 3d not based on the Virgin Mobile. I my self am running on viper IC3D ICS and its completely stable. I would however love to have CM9 on it though.

rsanchez1 says:

Do you have links to guides on how to install viper IC3D?

mpeg3s says:

The rom appears stable but it still has Bluetooth issues.

DevilInPgh says:

Then Sprint just lied to me again today. I was able to get a hold of a supervisor, and he said that they're just testing how to get the update out to everyone. I asked if that means we should see it in a week, and he said yes. Figures. I'm really starting to consider moving back to Verizon when my contract runs out next June, unlimited or no unlimited.

johnstad says:

Does that mean no Beats audio?

Mike Cerm says:

Who cares? Just use the equalizer built into your music app. It does the same thing.

emaddox84 says:

Too late for me. I already sold my EVO 3D, bought a Nexus from the Play Store, and switched to Straight Talk. Not looking back either.

jm0 says:

ICS was releases last September? Only took 11 months. Hopefully the EvoLTE gets some more love.

leftclick says:

First June, then July, now August. BOOOOOOO! HiSSS! JEER! Come on Sprint I've been riding with you for 10+ years...but my loyalties are fading fast. "Can you hear me now?"

XavierMatt says:

BEST BURN EVERRRRR!!! Hahaha yes come to VZW . . . oh wait you are still going to be waiting for updates, just not this long.

hyestack says:

This sucks , sprint and HTC have been holding this over our heads since before May. Sprint and HTC were actually the best when it came to updates, second to google itself, but now Samsung and even Motorola have been pretty good with updates. Im over it, screw you and your already outdated Icecream sandwitch. I cant wait till i get it though.

oneslyone says:

Finally, Been waiting forever. Long wait for something that is already outdated but what ever.

XavierMatt says:

And to think I had ICS a week after the GNex came out when I bought mine. That was the day I left the Evo 3D because it was pure garbage. Never looked back.

crxssi says:

The Evo 3D is not pure garbage. It is a nice, fast, functional phone.

atg284 says:

I can't wait! Lone my evo 3d! :D

I dont know were some of you guys are getting your ics roms thar are laggy and buggy, bt im running a sense 3.6 ics rom just perfectly and even better than stock because all the tweaks and mods to it... Beleive me the stock ics mod that you wille get its gonna limit some of androids finest features like multitasking thet on a stock sense 3.6 is limited... And apps association its gone plus other stuff... MeanROM is the answer for you... Get it... And obviously they held the update for so long because of the evo 4g lte and sgs III, there not stupid, they want you to get tired of your "old phone" so youll waste money on the "new one" that they have... Marketing is a bitch...

xxxwheezy says:

agreed...running meanrom and couldn't be happier

rsanchez1 says:

FFS! Just give me a damn date already!

rsanchez1 says:

I wonder when we're getting jellybean... lol.

lostsole1970 says:

Thank God it's finally (almost) here! However, it is sad that it has taken nearly a year. I'd hate to go iPhone, but it's things like this that make it tempting. I'm sure if I did, I'd miss all of the other reasons why I like Android. The grass is always greener...

Of course, coming from webOS, I'm used to waiting for disappointment. So despite the long delay, at least it is a promise kept by HTC. Can't wait for some better multitasking. I hope android steals that from webOS. HP has already proven that they won't sue if somebody steals Palm's IP.


alesme says:

got mine today!