HTC Evo 4G to receive software update

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It seems like every Android phone out recently is receiving updates from their operating system to their software set. The HTC Evo 4G is not to be left out of that category, as it is receiving a software upgrade over the air. This is not an operating system upgrade, and is just going to affect certain areas of performance on the Sprint Android handset. Recently, the Motorola Photon 4G received substantial software upgrade and performance enhancements, and the HTC Evo 4G is getting the Sprint love as well. Let’s take a look at exactly what the Now Network is offering HTC Evo 4G owners with this free over the air upgrade.

As upgrades go, this is actually a rather small update, but it does affect areas which are important to today’s 4G smartphone owner. This is not the suspected Android operating system upgrade from Froyo 2.2 to the Gingerbread 2.3 OS, but adds other small enhancements. Voice recognition had been a little sketchy in some cases with the HTC Evo 4G and HTC and Sprint assure us that this will handle that problem. There was also a problem when you transfer your contact list via a Bluetooth connection. Some of the images were being cut off in Picasa, and the contacts in your different groups were not showing up in the correct alphabetical order. These will no longer be an issue once the over the air upgrade takes place.

HTC Evo 4G owners were also getting a lot of “unable to send” SMS messages, even though the message went through. “Out of memory” errors were also being reported, even though there was no such issue. Both of those problems have been corrected. So, for all you HTC Evo 4G owners out there who love your handset, you’re effectively getting a new improved handset without having to purchase one. For all those shoppers out there thinking about buying the HTC Evo 4G, the handset obviously just became more attractive.

The software update will roll out over the air in a staggered format, so if you don’t see a notification soon, don’t worry. If you are afraid you may have missed the notification, simply go to Settings on your handset and check the About Phone section. If the download has been made already, you will see version 4.53.651.1 as your current model.

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  1. The real benefit of this HTC EVO 4G upgrade, is that it restores Voice Search (and recognition) broken by the Sprint/HTC Android upgrade to 2.3.3 in early June of this year.

    You can ask Sprint for compensation for this feature that has been broken for almost three months — one of the featuers TOUTED HIGLY during sales of the device. But don’t expect an offer of more thatn $5 per month (or up to a max of $25 if you can legitimately claim that your earlier conversations with Sprint on fixing this regression included suggestions of compensation.

    I would suggest that EVERY EVO 4G user request compensation — the Android 2.3.3 upgrade rolled out in June should clearly have had testing to ensure that the bundled Voice Search by Google (and other interfaces to voice recognition) had not been broken.

  2. I just need to transfer my info from my old HTC EVO to my HTC ONE; no luck; I’ve done everything required. U able to transfer anything from my old HTC; it’s beginning to be frustrating; I do need all my contacts and pictures; that HTC transfer app is not working; it will not even load on my old phone; HELP?

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