Well Evo users, your big day has finally come: the update to Gingerbread, Android 2.3, is available now.
So now that the update is ready, you might be wondering exactly what changes are in store. First and foremost is all of the performance enhancements Google has made to the lastest phone-ready version of Android. If you haven’t already been using Gingerbread on your Evo in one way or another, you’ll be shocked to see just how snappy your device can be. Not only will your device be supercharged, but you’ll also find bug fixes for SMS, battery charging, and multiple GMail account syncing.
Now that you know what the update includes, you’re probably wondering how to get it going on your Evo. If you’re unrooted, you can do one of two things. First, you can go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > HTC Software Updates and check there. If that doesn’t work right away, try connecting to WiFi and checking, disconnecting from WiFi and checking again, or sometimes a good reboot will bring the update option up. If you don’t want to wait for that, you can grab the OTA from XDA, and follow the instructions below, courtesy of Android Police.
-Download the OTA
-Rename the file “update.zip” (the actual file suffix needs to be .zip, make sure .zip isn’t just in the name [eg, not update.zip.zip])
-Place the file on the root of your SD card (the main directory you see when you mount your EVO as a disk drive)
-Reboot into recovery (power off, then hold volume down when you hit then power button to power back on)
-Select recovery from the menu with the power button, then, when the sign with the exclamation point appears, press -Power+Volume Up at the same time, and wait (up to 30 seconds).
-Now, select bootloader with the power button, then scroll down to Recovery and select it with the power button.
-Finally, select “Apply sdcard:update.zip”, wait for it do its thing, then select reboot. The fresh reboot may take a while and several restarts to apply – so be patient.
For rooted users, who want to keep root, get your download on here.
There are a few known bugs in the newest update, sure to be sorted out eventually, that include the following:
-No blinking notification LED (as in, it’s broken)
-Phone constantly says you have a voicemail message (Possible fix: go into Settings -> Call Settings -> Clear Voicemail Notifications)
-Netflix streaming no longer works
-ShootMe won’t work on your non-rooted EVO anymore (it shouldn’t have in the first place)
Just remember, manually installing updates isn’t for everyone, and any damage that happens to your handset is your responsibility. Should you pull or flash the newest update for your Evo 4G, be sure to let us know how it goes in the comments below.
Via Android Police