EVO 4Gs start getting 'Froyo' updates over the air

Android 2.2 (Froyo) is officially rolling out for EVO 4G owners, and it’s even a little early. Engadget is reporting that users have begun getting the updates a few hours prior to the promised 3 August update date (although it’s midday in Australia).

Apart from Android 2.2 (which brings various improvements – including the ability to install applications to removable storage), the update also brings various updates and fixes including a nifty little flashlight application – which is sure to come in handy for some people, and will provide momentary amusement to others. Other Android 2.2 notables include: voice dialing, USB tethering, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and support for Adobe Flash 10.1.

 

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For those of you that manually downloaded the premature, and quickly removed update last week – you won’t be in the “over-the-air update loop”. HTC promises to get you the update in the coming days, yet it's unclear yet as to whether that update will be over-the-air or

Have you received the update for your EVO yet? If so, tell us how it's going in the comments below!

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The new changes that come with 2.2 are subtle, but great IMO. Like the added ease of attaching photos and videos to your text messages. I haven't gone through everything yet, but there seem to be really nice touch-ups here and there. I'm a happy camper.

I don't see the new hotspot. anyone know where that is? I just see sprints hotspot. None of the screenshots that I have seen look like what I have on my phone.

Jajajajajaj same thing happened to me, when I saw the screen go completely black I said my phone has gone to heaven. But it then came back on and so far it works flawlessly. Wonder how much are they going to charge for the USB tethering.

Biotoxic_hazard_835 said,
Jajajajajaj same thing happened to me, when I saw the screen go completely black I said my phone has gone to heaven. But it then came back on and so far it works flawlessly. Wonder how much are they going to charge for the USB tethering.

Costs nothing if you root the phone.

I downloaded the update OTA at 9PM EST and it installed in like 20-25 minutes after download. Didn't take too long, only thing was after the download it reboots after you tell it to go ahead and install the update now. Once its done installing the phone will turn off for like 1-2 minutes then act like its off then it comes back on. This scared me at first cause I thought I had a very expensive paper weight. Once the phone booted the first time after the install it did a final update to the install and all was good. The phone acts way better than before and the speed of the web browser is like night and day from the previous 2.1 software. Everything that was installed before is in tact and all is well. So all in all if you have a more than half battery charge download and install 2.2 its worth the upgrade trust me.

mrmckeb said,
Have you used the flashlight app? That's what excited me the most
As handy as the flashlight app sounds I'm actually concerned about it, I've heard you can burn out the LED flash because it's not designed to be on for more then a few seconds and even the 3rd party flashlight apps I've seen come with such a warning, is this true? it would make the flashlight somewhat pointless if you can only use it very briefly.

Xerxes said,
As handy as the flashlight app sounds I'm actually concerned about it, I've heard you can burn out the LED flash because it's not designed to be on for more then a few seconds and even the 3rd party flashlight apps I've seen come with such a warning, is this true? it would make the flashlight somewhat pointless if you can only use it very briefly.

I don't think HTC would risk putting it in if there was a chance of it burning out the LED

Xerxes said,
As handy as the flashlight app sounds I'm actually concerned about it, I've heard you can burn out the LED flash because it's not designed to be on for more then a few seconds and even the 3rd party flashlight apps I've seen come with such a warning, is this true? it would make the flashlight somewhat pointless if you can only use it very briefly.

Is this just for any phone where you can use a flash as a flashlight, or just the EVO? Motorola is the developer of the Droidlight app. It works on my Droid and says supports Droid X also. I can't remember if it came preinstalled or if I downloaded it, but I wouldn't think Motorola would release it if it could damage the phone.

Firethorne said,

Is this just for any phone where you can use a flash as a flashlight, or just the EVO? Motorola is the developer of the Droidlight app. It works on my Droid and says supports Droid X also. I can't remember if it came preinstalled or if I downloaded it, but I wouldn't think Motorola would release it if it could damage the phone.

Any phone really, I'm just concerned because all those flashlight apps (that use the LED flash) on the marketplace (well the ones I've seen anyway) warn you it can burn out/severely reduce the life of the LED flash and is why I've avoided them like the plague on my Desire.