Update: HTC Evo to get Android 2.2 August 3rd

Following hot on the heels of news that the HTC Desire and other devices are receiving Froyo soon, it's been pinned by Engadget that the HTC Evo may also get the Froyo update as soon as tomorrow, though they say the date may not stick.

Engadget's gotten hold of internal slides that show the planning for the release, and there are some huge changes in addition to general Froyo goodness. The update is said to include a flashlight mode for the LED flash, new widgets, light-assisted 720p video and improvements to the quality of video capture. Apparently, Sprint is due to make a press release today, and users might be seeing Froyo hit their Evos as soon as August 1.

The update will be welcomed by HTC Evo owners with open arms, and will be done OTA (Over the Air) but may only hit a small, select group of users at first, just to make sure everything goes as planned. Froyo also brings a host of new features, including a 400% speed increase, Flash 10.1 integration as well as wifi and hotspot tethering, an improved javascript engine, the ability to install applications to SD.

Do you own a HTC Evo? Did you get the OTA update? Thoughts? Screenshots? Let us know in the comments!

Update: Sprint has now announced the availability of the HTC Evo OTA update, on August 3 and even offers a way for users to "opt-in" to the update. Just go to the Settings Menu > System Updates > HTC Software Update and click "Check now" anytime after the 3rd of August and you'll be able to get that Froyo goodness.

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Update completed and my phone is way faster online with the web. Like the flashlight option, the app sharing feature, and my favorite is the speed it runs now which is incredible and I also like the new text message interface. I have also noticed the mic option to speak what you want it to text someone recognizes words better and easier. Hope everyone is trying to get the update as it is well worth it.

For the most part, HTC Sense seems a much more radical change from stock Android than TouchWiz. So how come HTC have surpassed all expectations and pior announcements and are upgrading to Froyo from this weekend, and on that note Samsung have according to some news reports decided to announce the Galaxy S isn't getting the update for another 62 days! (end of September) not cool Samsung, not cool at all

Ive got a Hero on orange, and cant work out what the delay is with their updates, they dont brand it as far as I can see (apart from a few entries in the phone book and bookmarks).

I know HTC have to sense it up (I'm talking in general here not just hero) but orange add theiir sweet little time to the process for very little effect!

Finally decided I had enough of AT&T's prices and restrictions and switched to Sprint and got me an HTC Evo. So far I'm in love with the phone and the service itself is not bad at all. I hope this update makes my experience even better.

I hate the image used on the main page for this article. Every time I visited Neowin today, I had a sudden urge to go out and get strawberry ice cream.

Maybe it's me, but the image says a PR Announcement on 7/30, and that they will begin pushing it out on the week of 8-1. That doesn't sound like "tomorrow" to me...

snelson said,
Any word on when the HTC Incredible will be getting 2.2?

A near completed rom leaked out and there are pictures posted on the internet so very soon.

thealexweb said,

A near completed rom leaked out and there are pictures posted on the internet so very soon.


I can't wait for the official release.

Good to see. Still gonna stick with rooted. A rooted stock 2.2 will be out 24-48 hrs after the initial Sprint updates.

This phone, imo, is without a doubt the best phone on the market. I'm pushing strong for my work to switch from Blackberries to Android phones and hopefully get away from ATT.

Troll said,
Good to see. Still gonna stick with rooted. A rooted stock 2.2 will be out 24-48 hrs after the initial Sprint updates.

This phone, imo, is without a doubt the best phone on the market. I'm pushing strong for my work to switch from Blackberries to Android phones and hopefully get away from ATT.

I had the choice today.... Get Evo, or get a payment plan and have a HDTV and ps3... the Evo did not win But I sure still want one! Can't wait till 2.2 is rooted for Hero. It will be, just give it a lil bit.

shakey said,

I had the choice today.... Get Evo, or get a payment plan and have a HDTV and ps3... the Evo did not win But I sure still want one! Can't wait till 2.2 is rooted for Hero. It will be, just give it a lil bit.


I thought that Hero already has some Froyo ROMS?

Biglo said,
Good to see htc rolling out these updates so fast
Over 2 months after Froyo was released to the Nexus One. Fast indeed.

Elliott said,
Over 2 months after Froyo was released to the Nexus One. Fast indeed.

Google has access to the code before the rest of the Open Handset alliance, so they can push updates out faster,

thealexweb said,

Google has access to the code before the rest of the Open Handset alliance, so they can push updates out faster,


That, and they don't bother with Sense.

Owen Williams said,

That, and they don't bother with Sense.
That's the issue right there. All of the vendors had access to Android 2.2 on May 22nd. Actually, even earlier, and could've deployed it quite quickly. The problem is that HTC is clinging onto Sense like it's some sort of great differentiating feature.

Elliott said,
That's the issue right there. All of the vendors had access to Android 2.2 on May 22nd. Actually, even earlier, and could've deployed it quite quickly. The problem is that HTC is clinging onto Sense like it's some sort of great differentiating feature.


....Maybe because it IS a great differentiating feature and "naked" Android looks like complete ****?

LiquidSolstice said,

....Maybe because it IS a great differentiating feature and "naked" Android looks like complete ****?

What does that tell you? I really wish Google would start working on the UI for the Android out of the box experience...