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.
A leaked RUU for an OTA update of Android 4.3 has just appeared on the web for AT&T’s HTC One. If you’re up to the task of flashing it, go right ahead and grab it for your phone. But watch out— the update brings an update to Hboot as well, so you won’t be able to access S-OFF via Moonshine or Revone.
We’re not sure what else HTC has added to the update, but we’ll let you know as soon as we get more information. Grab the zipped file in the source link below.
HTC is certainly no stranger to being a friend to the modding community, but it recently laid the smackdown on a custom ROM site that took full advantage of providing custom ROMs and ROM Update Utility (RUU) files to the HTC fans worldwide. The Taiwanese giant apparently sent a cease and desist letter to HTCRUU.com not because of the fact it provided the ROMing community full ROM and restore files, but rather because the website used an HTC domain and official HTC logos as part of its branding:
“The issue with the site in question was NOT that it provided custom ROMs or RUUs. The site used HTC trademarks without a license from HTC. The domain name contained ‘HTC’ and it used HTC logos, making it appear to be an official HTC website. Like any other company, we must protect our trademarks and brand. We cannot risk being associated with, and held liable for, software that we don’t have any control over that’s put onto an HTC device through a third party”.
So in essence, HTC was being proactive in protecting itself should some of you encounter a mishap or two when utilizing the specialized files and ROMs– after all, it shouldn’t have to bear full responsibility for those different snafus and all. This means that none of you should worry about HTC turning its back on the modding community because after all, it “openly embraces the community that chooses to flash custom ROMs onto their devices. The HTC Unlock Bootloader tool on htcdev.com evidences this support” and “the custom ROM community is valuable to the overall health of the Android ecosystem and we have no intention of abandoning them“. Let’s just hope other RUU sites out there are a bit more discreet with its usage of brandings and naming of those oh-so coveted ROM files.
The HTC Evo 4G LTE was finally released from customs jail, and it’s making its way into Sprint users’ hands. For those users who want to root right away, you’re in luck. XDA developer Zedomax has put together everything you need to root and unroot the Evo 4G LTE, including instructional videos. This method does not unlock the bootloader with S-OFF, but you still get root, and that opens up a lot of possibilities. This will give you full root with the SuperSU app and busybox.
Following in the footsteps of the previously released Wi-Fi bugfix for the AT&T HTC One X, users now have the option to manually update to the recently leaked RUU. As it goes with all HTC RUU’s, you will need to download the file to a Windows computer with the proper drivers installed, set your device to “charge only,” enable “USB Debuging” and run the .exe file. We have yet to see any reports on whether or not this improves anything other that a few bugfixes but it does in fact break all current rooting methods so you may want to wait this one out. Not much is known about this update and it’s not likely to be the final version so please proceed at your own risk. If you feel gutsy enough to give it a go, please let us know what you find out! Thanks to BriefMobile, you can grab the file through the links below.
RUU_Evita_UL_Cingular_US_1.85.502.3.exe (mirror 1) (mirror 2)
There’s been a lot of concern in the Android community lately for how OEM’s will improve upon, or ruin, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Thanks to a leaked RUU (ROM Update Utility) for the Endeavor, we have an early preview of what apparent enhancements HTC has planned for the latest Android OS and Sense 4.0. Also, after some sifting through the zip we came across nfc.img, all but solidifying the inclusion of NFC as well as indications that Beats Audio will be on board. Plenty of screen shots featuring the lock screen and home screen widgets await just past the break.
After the recent RUU leak for the Verizon branded HTC Vigor, I mean Incredible HD, I mean Rezound, plenty of perusing has been underway. Nothing especially juicy to report yet, but the “Guide Tour” video, part of Verizon’s bloatware app, has been extracted. At least the video below confirms a SIM card slot for 4G LTE.
A full RUU build has leaked for the HTC Kingdom and the build.prop file confirms similar specs we previously showed you. This device will also be heading over to Sprint at the HTC EVO Design 4G. Here’s a breakdown of the specs:
- Android 2.3.4
- 4″ qHD (540 x 960) display
- 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S2 (MSM7x30)
- 768 MB RAM
- 5 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera
- Bluetooth 3.0 & WiFI 802.11 b/g/n
- Support for 4G HSPA+
This looks like a decent mix of the EVO 4G and the EVO 3D sporting a smaller screen. Call me an Android snob if you must, but it seems silly to have single-core processors in newer devices at this point. This will probably also mean this device will not run Sense 3.0 well, if at all. I can’t help but think these entry level type devices are going to get “stuck” update wise. On the flip side, the single core could make this a more affordable 4G phone for those not necessarily looking for a top tier device. This device is still sure to have enough performance for most yes? What do you think? Hit us up in the comments.
It seems like Gingerbread RUU’s are a dime a dozen for HTC’s Thunderbolt. Just last week it appeared that an official Gingerbread build was closer than ever, however, if the 2.07.605.0 build was official, one would think we would have received it already or at the very least heard of it rolling out on a Thunderbolt near you. As of now, we’re not sure exactly how many builds have hit the ground running for this device, but here’s another one for you anyway. In RUU form, XDA member Football has released build 2.11.605.0. Being an RUU (Radio Unit Upgrade) this means if you perform the upgrade using this build, your device will be completely wiped. And as always, we caution you to do this at your own risk. If you don’t know what you’re doing, get help from a more experienced
nerd tech savvy, phone hacking guru. After all that’s said and done, it’s obvious that at the very least, Gingerbread 2.3 landing on this device is still a pursuit, as developers are clearly still active with it. And hopefully, in no time at all, we’ll see an official bug free build on the handset… soon. Cross those fingers!
I don’t want to get too much excitement going, but with two official HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread leaks out this week we must be getting close right? Just the other day we gave you the leak of build 2.07.605.0 (with install instructions) and now, thanks to Football over at XDA, you can download version 2.10.605.1 right here. Since this is a full RUU, it will unroot and wipe your phone should you choose to try it out. Be sure to hit up the forums over at XDA if you need any help.