For the people without a device running at least Android 4.4 KitKat, here is a little bit of information regarding Google Wallet. On April 14, people without KitKat running can no longer use Google Wallet’s tap and pay feature. There are also three devices that Google names as KitKat devices that will not be able to use tap and pay regardless: the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, HTC Evo 4G LTE, and Nexus 7 (2012).
HTC said they wanted to get the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint updated to Android 4.3 by mid-February, and they’ve hit that goal. HTC’s VP Martin Fichter posted a link on his Twitter feed to the RUU for Android 4.3 for the EVO 4G LTE.
HTC RUU’s are update utilities that let users manually update a device to a certain software version. In this case, the RUU updates the EVO to Android 4.3, with one catch; it has to wipe your phone to install.
Apparently, HTC wanted to push an OTA update to the device, but due to memory restrictions on the EVO, they had to go with an RUU, evidenced by the mandatory storage wipe. Still, that’s a small price to pay for getting Android 4.3 and Sense 5. If you want to manually update your device, grab the download link below, connect your phone to your computer through USB, then start the EXE and follow the instructions. Be sure you’ve got everything backed up before you proceed, too.
The HTC EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, but HTC and Sprint have been facing difficulties updating the device to Android 4.3. It was supposed to be available by the end of 2013, but it was re-scheduled for this month. However, it looks like HTC hasn’t forgot about this update yet.
Bad news for folks who own Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE. HTC posted a notice on Reddit yesterday that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will not be available as an over-the-air (OTA) update for the device because of its memory limitations. However, HTC is working on a new process which will allow the more “technical customers” to update the device manually.
HTC hasn’t provided further details about the process but if you’re interested in updating your EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3, you can sign up for the new process by shooting an email to HTC at HTCTrial@htc.com.
Looks like HTC hasn’t forgotten about their EVO LTE on Sprint. According to a tweet from Jason Mackenzie of HTC, the 4G Sprint device can expect to see an Android 4.3 update sometime around mid-February. The update should also include Sense 5, which means BlinkFeed and a handful of other visual improvements.
HTC originally planned to upgrade the EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3 by the end of 2013, so they obviously missed the deadline by a few months. But considering how open they’re trying to be with delays and scheduling, it’s hard to be too mad at them.
HTC’s president for their HTC America division, Jason McKenzie, took to Twitter over the weekend and announced the company is preparing an update to the HTC EVO 4G LTE that will take it up to Android 4.3 and Sense 5. The EVO 4G LTE has been out since mid-2012, so it is interesting to see HTC reaching that far back to make sure an update is available. The EVO 4G LTE already runs Android 4.1 and has Sense 4 running on top of that. According to McKenzie’s post, the update is supposed to roll out before the end of the year.
Those watching McKenzie’s Twitter account noted that he was quite busy over the weekend interacting with other posters. Trying to improve the dialogue with customers and showing a commitment to support for older devices may be part of HTC’s strategy to right the sinking ship.
It may be the start of the holiday season, but there are always great deals available for prospective smartphone shoppers looking to grab a sweet phone that won’t break the bank. In fact, there used to be the notion that in order to grab a phone under $100 on-contract, you’d have to settle for an outdated or budget-level device. However that notion is no longer the case as customers across all carriers can easily find a decent (if not great) device for a reasonable price. Of course figuring out which device may be a bit difficult, but don’t fret— Talk Android has you covered as we’ve come up with a solid guide with our recommendations of the best devices for under $100 on-contract for your respective wireless carrier. So without further ado, head on past the break to see our picks of the best devices that won’t break the bank.
According to a few forums, it appears that owners of Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G are beginning to receive a software update. While the update does not include an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), it does provide a minor update bringing it to version 4.0.4. This latest software version, reportedly 2.13.651.1.710RD, also brings with it Sense 4.1 – HTC’s latest custom UI. The update appears to be a minor one encompassing the frequently used “Bug Fixes”, however an official, complete change-log has not been made available at this time. We’ll keep you updated on any official word.
There’s no question that Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is a success. Google and ASUS have managed to create something extremely compelling for such a low price point. Typically, when I spend $199 on a device of this nature, I’m not expecting it to be a premium, high-end device. But the Nexus 7 has proven itself to be not only a serviceable tablet, but something that belies its budget price tag.
Since receiving my Nexus 7 at Google I/O this year, I have noticed a shift in my device use habits as the 7-incher has wedged itself right smack dab in the middle of my daily use patterns. How has adding a device to my daily routine changed how I interact with all my other devices? First, I should list out the devices I use on a daily basis. I currently have an HTC Evo 4G LTE phone, and a Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi 10.1-inch tablet. The use of these two devices in particular has been impacted by the Nexus 7. I also have a Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box, and a Nexus Q.
Hit the break to find out how the Nexus 7 has impacted my Android device usage.
Sprint announced today that four new cities will be getting 4G LTE by Labor Day. So if you’re lucky enough to live in one the following cities, you should have a much speedier network by September 3rd.
- Baltimore, MD
- Gainesville, GA
- Manhattan/Junction City, KS
- Sherman-Denison, TX
These cities are in addition to the original five (Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio) bringing Sprint’s upcoming LTE coverage to 9 cities so far.
Still waiting for LTE to come to the San Francisco Bay Area, Sprint! My Evo 4G LTE is feeling a little pokey on 3G.
Hit the source link for the full press release.
Amazon Wireless has a mid-summer sale going on that you might want to check out. They have the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, the HTC EVO 4G LTE, the Motorola DROID RAZR/RAZR MAXX, and the Verizon Galaxy Nexus all on sale. These deals are only for new lines, whether individual or adding one to an existing account. If you’re upgrading your current contract, pricing will be more. Hit the break for the both sets of pricing.