Is Sprint rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the HTC EVO 4G LTE now?

December 13, 2012
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EVO 4G LTE

Though HTC and Sprint have always been reluctant to talk about the timing of the Android 4.1 upgrade for the EVO 4G LTE, we’ve suspected for a while this was due before Christmas. Our hunch seemed to turn into reality about a month ago, but unfortunately that proved to be just another unsubstantiated rumor.

Now however we’re 99% certain Jelly Bean is rolling out to the EVO 4G LTE, based on a leak, but also on a mention on Sprint’s website. First, let’s see about the leak.

That very clearly showed an internal Sprint doc saying EVO 4G LTE’s update to 3.15.651.16 will be “customer initiated” on December 13 (today). Of course, we had no way to know the picture was legit, but it looked like a much too elaborate hoax to us.

There was plenty of info in the doc, a lot more than in the one “leaked” back in November, not to mention the link to DARA, an internal Sprint web portal or the new software’s build number, which checked out. As for the actual information, you could see a pretty thorough list of enhancements and fixes there , as well as a couple of updating tips.

HTC EVO 4G LTE

The “changelog” included the actual bump to Android 4.1 and HTC Sense 4+, but also a few mentions of specific bug fixes and enhancements, like improved camera capabilities, Wi-Fi Authentication and Calendar Reminder.

Not included in that list of new features were all the Jelly Bean-exclusive treats, but fear not, because Google Now is definitely coming, as well as Gesture Mode, expandable notifications and so on and so forth.

But if there was still anyone that doubted this leak’s accuracy, Sprint very quietly and unsuspectingly changed EVO 4G LTE’s listing on the company’s website. The device is now said to be coming with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, which can only mean one thing – JB is in fact rolling out to the EVO as we speak.

Of course, there’s still a chance this listing is an unfortunate typo and the leak is fake, but that sounds like a sci-fi scenario that not even Spielberg would touch.

What we’d like now is for you EVO 4G LTE users out there to lend us a hand in getting to the bottom of this and turn that 99% chance of Sprint updating the phone to JB to 100%. So, did any of you get an automatic prompt message encouraging you to download and install a tasty new software pack? How about if you perform a manual check for updates – does that help? Let us know down below.

Comments

  • Doc

    nothing this morning (mountain standard time)

  • Paul Blackwell

    I just checked just a minute ago on my Evo 4G LTE and there is no firmware update nor Jelly Bean update. I was really hoping this would be true, but alas, I think it was just another elaborate hoax.

  • Paul Blackwell

    However, I did just visit the Sprint website and looked up the Evo 4G LTE. They did list in the specs that the phone is running Android 4.1. So maybe I am just in an area that has a weak signal and I will try to update when I get home and can connect to wifi. This looks very, very promising.

  • Brandon Jefferson

    Just tried it a few minutes ago and still nothing.

  • Mitesh Shah

    Nothing as of yet (11:50 EST). I have a very strong 3G signal and have wifi, but still nothing…

  • http://twitter.com/JMLuppino Jon-Michael Luppino

    confirmed…updating as i type…. its about time!!

  • http://twitter.com/JMLuppino Jon-Michael Luppino

    Confirmed…Updating to JB as i type…It’s about time!! :)

  • Jaran

    Downloaded installed and runnin fine. Just tried the android beam to send pics to my wife LTEVO and worked like a charm. Thank u Sprint about time!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.k.adair Sandy Adair

    Got no prompt or push.. I happen to weekly check for updates and delightfully stumbled upon it Tuesday morning.. check your HTC software update under settings it’s hidden there, waiting! Lol enjoy

  • bigboxes

    Thanks for the heads up guys! Been wanting JB for a long time now. Just checked the HTC software updates and voila!