Sprint

Sprint has over-the-air updates scheduled to roll out beginning today for the HTC EVO 4G, the Samsung Epic 4G, and the EVO Design 4G.  Using the opportunity presented by removing Carrier IQ, Sprint has bundled up a few other fixes for these handsets and the OTA updates, beginning today, should be 100 percent complete in 10 days.  The update information is as follows:

EVO 4G

  • Update to version 2.12.651.5
  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Updated Sprint Zone client
  • Battery life improvements
  • 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)

Epic 4G

  • Update to version S:D700.0.5S.EL30
  • Security update
  • Speaker feedback fix
  • The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded.  When opening the applications using the application icon, you will be redirected to the Android market to download and install the full application.
  • After the QIK install, you will need to login using your original account information or create a new account.  All contacts should remain intact
  • After the Asphalt 5 install, previous game play data (eg. levels) will not be retained.

EVO Design 4G

  • Update to version 4.67.651.3
  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

While these don't sound like major updates, it's always advisable to keep your phone current.  For more information and discussion, be sure to hit the EVO 4G forums, the Epic 4G forums, or the Design 4G forums!

Source: Sprint (1), (2), (3) ;   via Android Police

Thanks, @Dronak!

 
There are 33 comments

junebug72 says:

Where is 4g epic touch ????

leerage says:

Just an FYI you switched the software version numbers with the EVO 4G and the EVO Design 4G

AGAIN, no love for EVO Shift 4G! I truly believe they don't even know our device still exists. Or don't care. This is one of your best devices, Sprint. Are you not proud of it? If so, SHOW SOME LOVE, DAMMIT!

Gekko says:

buy a Nexus next time and not a redheaded stepchild ugly duckling!

wpavlik2 says:

oh please...
Some people like the HTC devices over Samsung.
Hopefully Mik will have these changes encorporated into MikGingersense soon. I always could use a few more battery tweaks!

Good advice for most. But those of us with large hands, and suffer from tremors in our old age, need the convenience of a hard keyboard. Too bad Sprint doesn't realize there's a sizable market awaiting their attention.

Kiryan42 says:

What do you mean no love? I got an update last night/early this morning for my EVO Shift, to sofware version 2.76.651.6...

Doesn't look like it's the update to remove the CarrierIQ though, since I still see the HTC IQAgent on the phone!

If you're not being facetious, that update is several months old.

smotrs says:

A better update would to have all 3rd apps removed so we can get full usage of them from the market. Currently EVERY app pre-installed will not allow Move to SD Card.

Thanks Sprint.

Glenn says:

I'll be a happy camper if this update fixes the Sense restart issue on the Evo 4G.

Switch to GO Launcher EX. It's free and much more customizable.

Glenn says:

I've tried that and ADW. Didn't like them.

jimbo says:

The HTC SENSE force close / restart issue is caused by a slow or interrupted response from the SD card with select apps. This can be simply resolved by moving all apps off the SD card. Believe it, your Android OS can manage that.

Too bad this simple solution hasn't been well published. Moreover, I know several people who are using many apps who are unaware of moving apps to SD card happily using their Sense smartphones without encountering force close / restarts.

Then, if you feel obsessively compelled to move apps to your SD card, move one app every few days to determine which apps cause the problem. Perhaps using a more responsive class 6 SD card instead of the stock class 2 may help.

Glenn says:

That's great, if only I'm not already very low on space on my Evo, and I've already removed a bunch of apps, originally getting myself up to over 100 megs of free space, which have dwindled down to 50 after app updates. Between frequent Sense restarts and constant "low on space" warnings, I'll take the restarts.

jimbo says:

Hopefully you're not running an app killer app. The problems have been well publized.

Another point, if you don't use an app for several months, perhaps you don't really need it on your device. You can simply install and uninsall for your less than occasional use... a concept that may provide better usage than your force close /restart issue.

Moreover, certain apps can cause problems after being moved to the SD card. See my other solution in this forum.

I'm not intending to present an argument, only a solution to your woes.

Glenn says:

I don't use any app killers, and since many people encounter the same issue, it seems unlikely that they're all using app killers.

I've already removed all the apps that I don't use often so that I have more space, I do not want to remove any more apps. Although that does bring up another point, which I hope Google will fix--We should not be limited to the tiny amount of internal space for app installation, when much larger SD cards can be bought. Regular users can't be expected to root their phones, find the right ROM with the proper kernel, and reformat their SD cards with the exact settings, to run apps completely off their SD cards (I don't do this, by the way).

Anyway, I've just updated to the latest firmware, and so far, it seems the Sense restart issue is fixed, so hopefully that's the case. Knock on wood.

P.S. I have a Class 4 SD card in my Evo, not as fast as Class 6, but still faster than the default Class 2, and if speed really was the issue, it's HTC's fault to fix, as they're the ones that included the slow card.

jimbo says:

The HTC SENSE force close / restart issue is caused by a slow or interrupted response from the SD card with select apps. This can be simply resolved by moving all apps off the SD card. Believe it, your Android OS can manage that.

Too bad this simple solution hasn't been well published. Moreover, I know several people who are using many apps who are unaware of moving apps to SD card happily using their Sense smartphones without encountering force close /restarts.

Then, if you feel obsessively compelled to move apps to your SD card, move one app every few days to determine which apps cause the problem. Perhaps using a more responsive class 6 SD card instead of the stock class 2 may help.

jmagnt7 says:

I'm running the stable cm7.1 rom. Does anyone know weather this will be updated or am I stuck till cm9? In other words I guess maybe one of their new nightlies may get these updates included if necessary? I'm aware carrier iq already removed with this rom. Just curious because its been a min since our evo has gotten a ota update.?? Anyone else in same boat?? Hopefully not near Italy... Sry to soon and came out of nowhere

dtreo says:

Awesome! I was hoping Sprint and HTC would get their act together and fix what were terrific EVOs last summer before the GB update ruined the stability and battery life. Hopefully this takes us back to the good old days of early-mid 2011 and I cam enjoy EVO again before updating to a super EVO when it comes out.

Hope this update works.

jimbo says:

Too bad for you. For everyone I know using the HTC EVO 4G, the Gingerbread update improved performance, stability, and battery life.

What specific stability problem did you encounter which could be a result of a specific app?

dtreo says:

Read the forums and recent stories here and on other sites about EVO 4G and you'll notice I'm not alone. EVO has definitely had issues since GB update rolled out. Every EVO 4G owner I know either switched to a Galaxy of some sort or is now saying it's better finally today.

Camera issues with random reboots, battery drain, keyboard lag...all seems to be gone now.

jandroshick says:

Still waiting for update to roll out 11:30 pm, 1/19, South Carolina.

delthor7 says:

Finally got the update. 1/20 1am California. Evo 4G. Says it's Android 2.3.5

imapsar says:

Hey Jerry, wrong info dude. 4.67.651.3 Update is rolling out for HTC EVO 4G and 2.12.651.5 update is for HTC EVO Design 4G phone. check it out.

Hammer9274 says:

It would be nice if they updated swype too on the Evo 4g!

delthor7 says:

Seriously! It needs it.

swagnificent says:

I just got the update for my Evo 4g. Now I'm looking for a root method, I've been contemplating rooting for a while I was going to root when I had GB 2.3.3. If anyone knows of a root please let me know. Thanks m8's.

arichbow says:

Just received the update here in Vegas...finally, my Evo 4G has the new marketplace!

dtreo says:

EVO running great here after this update.

Much more responsive keyboard and battery seems much much better. At least for this one running stock software.

Thanks Sprint/HTC. For now.

jimbo says:

Too bad Sprint chose to change the beautiful Sprint Zone wing app icon on the EVO 4G to an ugly, degraded, constricted, unimaginative iPhone app no style icon.

I'm so glad they didn't get time or afterthought to uglyfy their beautiful Sprint Zone wing app icon on my HTC EVO 3D with the similar update last week otherwise I would have removed it from one of my home pages where it currently resides and accessed Sprint Zone less often from the app drawer.

rusty77s says:

I just updated my epic 4G and now anyone that calls it will not let me pick up, gives the me the
Sorry!
The process com.android phone has stopped unexpectedly.
Please try again.

Anyone have any thoughts or ideas, thanks.

firefyte01 says:

I was reading through one of the Epic forums and found this step that may clear it...
Menu >Settings>Call Settings> Reject with Message.. if you have more then 5 entries, you get a force close error. Clear down to 5 entries or lower. This has solved the problem as per other people who posted.

joelkate says:

I have the exact same problem. Did you figure out what to do?
thanks