Released way back in July last year, the HTC EVO 3D was stuck for a while on the list of smartphones “in line” for an Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich update. And while several unofficial (and buggy) ICS builds came out from different independent developers, a stable and official update left EVO 3D users hanging.
Fortunately, HTC’s 4.3-incher is no longer left behind, as it seems you can finally enjoy all the Ice Cream Sandwich goodness you have been waiting so long for. An official Virgin Mobile ICS build has been leaked by RootzWiki’s Team Virtuous, and, as far as we can tell right now, the software package is the real deal and is as stable as they get.
The leaked build brings Android 4.0.3 to the EVO 3D with HTC’s Sense 3.6 UI on top. That’ just a little behind the times, with Android 4.0.4 being around for more than a month, but it should not make that much of a difference for the day-to-day user.
The original Android 4.0 build can be downloaded from this RootzWiki link here. If you want to enjoy a fully functioning ROM that you can flash on your phone right away, XDA Developers’ JoelZ9614 was the first one to get everything in place for you. Both the Virtuous developers team and Joel claim that there are no significant bugs and all the phone's features are fully functional, but you should still watch out for kinks anyway.
Also, if you’re not highly experienced with flashing custom ROMs on your phone, you should carefully read the entire thread on the XDA Developers forum and follow Joel’s instructions to the letter. Also, this is a leaked software package – the official Ice Cream Sandwich build should be released very soon, so you might be safer if you give it just a little more time!
So, how about it, EVO 3D users? Are you relieved to find out that there’s hope for your device after all? Will you wait for an official build or have you already flashed the leaked ROM?