Looks like Sprint has made due on their promise to bring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the HTC EVO 3D. While they initially promised an “early August” update, seems as if they’re one day early as several EVO 3D users have reportedly received a notification for the ICS OTA (over-the-air) update.
As we expected, the ICS update will bring Sense 3.6 to your device and not Sense 4.0 that’s found in the HTC One series. Nonetheless, I’m sure this is the news that EVO 3D owners have been longing for, for quite some time now. Here’s a short list of what to expect with this update provided from Sprint:
It’s been quite a long wait for Sprint EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G users for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to officially come to their device. The wait is almost over folks as Sprint has officially released a statement regarding the ICS update for both devices. According to Sprint, both updates for each respective phone will begin in “early August” via an OTA update. Sprint has also released a small change-log of what you should expect with the much anticipated update:
HTC is doing its best to make owners of its smartphones happy, so it’s provided an updated list of devices that will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update. In addition to previously announced devices such as the Rezound, Vivid and EVO 3D getting Android 4.0 and an updated version of the Sense UI, HTC took some time on its blog to add some new devices (some of which will make you jump for joy):
- DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
- HTC Amaze 4G
- HTC Desire S
- HTC Desire HD
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Incredible S
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation 4G
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Raider
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Rhyme
- HTC Thunderbolt
- HTC Vivid
Devices such as the Incredible 2, Raider and especially the Thunderbolt are especially pleasant surprises. In addition to the new additions to the upgrade list, HTC has also announced it is in the early stages for releasing the Android 4.0 update for the Sensation and Sensation XE smartphones. It also added the Sensation 4G and Sensation XL updates will follow shortly after. Please keep in mind as with most global updates, it will take time for it to reach your country and carrier, so if you don’t receive it right away, just be patient and know it’s on its way. If you do get the update, please let us know how it works out for you.
source: HTC Blog
It looks like there’s more to the “security update” feature of the the recent HTC EVO 3D update than we previously thought. There is no longer Carrier IQ according to reports from users. Owners of the device who recently received the update confirmed this by checking in the Manage Applications tab have noticed that “HTC IQAgent” and “IQRD”— both of which were Carrier IQ-related apps– are no longer present on the device after the update.
This development shouldn’t be too surprising considering Sprint announced they would stop using Carrier IQ’s services. The real question now is how many more of Sprint’s devices will see the removal of Carrier IQ with additional updates.
[via Android Central]
HTC made a statement yesterday via Facebook on their intentions for the Ice Cream Sandwich update. A lot of us were wondering what HTC was going to do since Sense will pose a big challenge. If HTC can delivery ICS to these eight devices by early 2012, that would be remarkable. HTC is a dedicated company so I wouldn’t be surprised, and from the title of the post, they are leading us to believe this is just the beginning.
Our first wave of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) updates for HTC handsets
HTC knows how excited our fans are to get their hands on Google’s latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, so we’re thrilled today to announce the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades: We can confirm the brand new HTC Vivid is upgradeable to Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming in early 2012 to a variety of devices including the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Sensation XE, as well as the HTC Rezound, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G through close integration with our carrier partners. We’re continuing to assess our product portfolio, so stay tuned for more updates on device upgrades, timing and other details about HTC and Ice Cream Sandwich.
So maybe you’ve heard that HTC has a bit of a security issue on its hands. Should you be worried? Let us take a moment to explain the situation and asses its severity to you.
Here’s the situation. When you initially set up a Sense enabled phone you’re presented with multiple preference choices. Specifically, your preference on HTC’s right to collect data from your device is the root of the problem, in this case. When you allow HTC to collect data, you give them the right to record things like what apps you use, where and how you use them, your account names, location, and call logs. It’s no secret that apps exist in the market that collect data such as this, but that’s just the problem. It’s no secret because those apps are required to express what permissions they require. In a somewhat similar fashion you voluntarily allow HTC those permissions when you check the box but they aren’t required to be explicitly expressed because Sense is essentially the operating system, rather than just an app. Alright, so despite how all that sounds, that isn’t the problem. The problem is that HTC has failed to sandbox their collected data meaning that currently the data is potentially accessible to other apps without them having to expressly declare permissions for collecting and using it.
We have great news for HTC Sensation and EVO 3D owners. It was just announced via Twitter that the CyanogenMod Team will have an alpha release of the CM7 ROM sometime this weekend.
Apparently there was a camera issue holding up the release, but it is now sorted out. Keyan Mobli (@kmobs) took the below 1080p video with his CM7 Sensation, and as you can see things are working fine.
[via twitter and xda]
A couple of weeks ago we heard that the White EVO 3D would land at Radio Shack. The wait is over, because according to the above document, it will be available starting tomorrow September 9th.
We have no idea how long this will be an exclusive to the Shack, but we are happy that it’s finally available in the U.S.
Switching gears from high-end to low-end, the Kyocera Milano, which was just announced, will be available at Radio Shack tomorrow as well. Talk about opposites.
If you applied the latest update for your HTC EVO 3D, you may have noticed your data speeds took a serious nose dive. The reason for that is the most recent PRL (preferred roaming list) isn’t allowing some users access to Sprint’s EVDO network, forcing you to use the slower 1xRTT network. The PRL version that seems to be the culprit is 50580 and you may check your version by going to Settings -> About Phone -> Software information -> More. To check what network you are truly on, you can use an app like Netmonitor to find out, which you can see in the above screenshot. If this is the case with your current EVO 3D and you’re not willing to wait for a fix, hit the break for a solution to your woes.
So hey, more colors (and by extension, more choices) are good, right? According to Pocketnow, the coveted HTC EVO 3D will be seeing an additional color of not only RadioShack white, but Best Buy purple. While this isn’t too much of a surprise, given Best Buy’s exclusive release of the white HTC EVO 4G, the third color is definitely something of note. Hopefully, this is something we’ll see in the future, as more choice is good for everyone, particularly the consumer. So what do you think? Black, white, or purple? Let us know in the comments!