Officially, the aging (and not very popular) HTC EVO 3D might only be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or 4.0 ICS, depending on your location and exact model purchased. Unofficially, the 4.3-incher can have its software as up to date as possible, courtesy of a bunch of Jelly Bean ports coming from several independent devs.
XDA-Developers.com has tracked no less than four Android 4.1-based custom ROMs in its forum threads and, while neither of these is yet fully functional and stable, you can’t possibly say no to all of them. That is if you want to taste some Jelly Bean goodness on your EVO 3D, of course.
The first JB port for the EVO 3D has been posted by recognized developer agrabren a couple of weeks ago and is based on CyanogenMod 10. Although it has already enjoyed a fair number of updates and bug fixes, this port is still a bit glitchy. The current non-working feature list including the phone’s camera, 3D capabilities, HDMI output and the Bluetooth connectivity is unreliable.
Second up, we have a port from senior member ognimnella, also based on CM10, but available for the CDMA version of the EVO 3D (aka the one on Sprint). This ROM is more than a month old and has an even more “generous” non-working feature list. Such glitchy highlights as the sound, Wi-Fi connectivity, Face unlock and even the browser, which works, but has a “messy display”.
Another JB port released for more than a month is the “Jumping Jelly Beans” custom ROM, posted by recognized developer dastin1015. Unfortunately, this particular build seems to have been left in the dust, with no update being released after July 14. As you can imagine, this is by far the glitchiest Android 4.1 port for the EVO 3D, and you shouldn’t flash this for other purposes than purely informational ones or if you are keen on helping the ROM’s development, of course.
Last, but not least, there’s an unofficial AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) port too, released by Team D.I.R.T. and posted by recognized contributor Mazda. This ROM is merely a week old, but the list of issues and bugs is quite short. The camera doesn’t yet work, there are some problems with the 4G connectivity and the Face Unlock feature, but overall this is a very stable firmware. It’s also the one that seems to have engaged the most amount of interest from the independent dev community. Even if you’re not going to flash it right away, you should keep a close eye on it.
No matter which one of the ports you’re going to end up installing on your HTC EVO 3D, please do take all the precautionary methods necessary. Back up your phone’s data, make sure you have a recovery tool near you, and just be careful. Oh, right, and don’t forget to have fun!