Sprint to Roll Out Froyo for EVO 4G


Sprint is preparing to roll out Android 2.2 (Froyo) to the EVO 4G beginning Aug. 3. I am happy with my EVO 4G, but having been exposed to the improvements in Froyo, I can’t wait to get it installed on my EVO. Sprint will roll out the Froyo update in waves beginning Aug. 3, and it should be available to all EVO owners by the middle of August.

According to Sprint, the Froyo update for the EVO 4G will bring these improvements:

  • Voice Dialing Over Bluetooth.
  • Application Storage on External Memory, giving users more storage room for all their apps.
  • Camera 4-way rotation allows the camera icons to rotate with the camera.
  • Improved Browser Performance including a faster JavaScript engine and Flash 10x Support improving the user’s ability to view videos and available content associated with web pages.

I tested Froyo on the Nexus One, and the overall phone operation was quite fast due to the better handling of Java. The Flash 10.1 support adds to the desktop-like browsing experience on the Android phone. Sprint is the first carrier to provide the Froyo update; currently only the Google Nexus One has received the update from Google.

EVO owners will receive a notification on the phone when the upgrade is available to download. Those who can’t wait for the notification can go to Settings Menu > System Updates > HTC Software Update and start the upgrade process manually.

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