Confirmed: HTC EVO 4G Gingerbread update landing on June 3Alex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Are any of you HTC EVO 4G owners a tad jealous that your 4.3-inch brother, the Motorola DROID X, was just updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread? Well don't fret too much, as documents posted by the folks at Android Central have revealed that the EVO 4G's own helping of Gingerbread will be available for manual download starting June 3, aka this Friday. Anyone that doesn't go that route will be notified of the update beginning the following Monday, June 6. So what kind of goodies will be included in the update? Android 2.3 and all of the improvements it brings as well as fixes for the bug that causes to be sent to wrong/random contacts, multiple Gmail account syncing, and the inability to charge an extremely depleted battery.
Usually we advise using a little caution around leaked/rumored release dates, and we're still recommending it here, too. This date isn't totally official and, even if it were, it's not like there haven't been last-minute update issues in the past. That said, the chances of you EVO 4G owners enjoying Android 2.3 by the time that the weekend rolls around look pretty good right now. We'll be sure to update you when we learn more or if anything changes, but in the mean time, feel free to do a little happy dance and shout out your excitement in the comments below.
UPDATE: And just like that, it's all confirmed. Sprint just announced on its forums that the EVO 4G's Android 2.3 update will begin rolling out over the air on Monday, June 6th. Those of you that don't want to wait until then can pull the update down manually starting tomorrow, June 3rd. The full statement from the folks at Sprint:
"HTC EVO™ 4G from Sprint will receive the Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over-the-air maintenance release beginning on Monday, June 6.
Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves. The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.
Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download.?
Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.
Can't Wait Until June 6?
For those who just can’t wait to get Android 2.3, there will be an easy user initiated option to download the upgrade starting on Friday, June 3. To access the update – from the home screen/Menu/Settings/System updates/HTC software Update. This will initiate the upgrade process.
The software release upgrades HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application. It also fixes the devices ability to stream media through certain applications for the device.
Gingerbread restores HTC EVO 4G’s ability to sync multiple Gmail™ accounts, display email attachments in the email client and fixes battery discharge issues."