Gingerbread Update for EVO 4G Now Available

June 5, 2011
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Sprint has already made available for manual download the latest Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for users of the HTC EVO 4G. The manual download can be performed on the HTC EVO 4G by navigating to Menu > Settings > System Updates > HTC Software Update > Check Now > OK > Yes.

Reports say Sprint will start sending out notifications of the update to HTC EVO 4G users on Monday, June 6, although the update is already available for manual downloading.

The updated Gingerbread for the EVO 4G includes an app for easier access to downloaded content. It also fixes several issues with GMail, SMS, email attachments, battery discharge, and media streaming. These issues were present in the previous update, and this maintenance release is expected to resolve those issues.

The file size of the update is only 110 megabytes, and Sprint’s press statement clearly noted that the download will not include updates to the HTC Sense UI. This means that HTC EVO 4G users will still be stuck with the look and feel of HTC Sense UI 1.x.

Users who still have Android 2.2 Froyo on their HTC EVO 4G phones can expect to see a lot of performance improvements after upgrading to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, although not much change has been made to the visuals. Users report that their HTC EVO 4G phones have been running faster and smoother than ever with Gingerbread.

Users who have installed the Sprint update for the EVO 4G, however, have reported some issues after doing the upgrade. One problem commonly reported was that of a voicemail notification that doesn’t go away even if the user doesn’t have any voicemail messages waiting. A possible fix for that might be to clear all voicemail notifications.

Another commonly reported problem was that of the Netflix app no longer working. The issue probably has something to do with digital rights management (DRM). Netflix has already been notified of the issue and users can expect the issue to be remedied soon.

Has your HTC EVO 4G tasted the delicious Gingerbread already? If so, tell us what it was like for you.

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