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HTC EVO 4G rooted, running Android 2.2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 May 2010 16:59 User comments (16)

HTC EVO 4G rooted, running Android 2.2 Last week Sprint announced that the HTC EVO 4G would hit stores on June 4th. The phone will cost $199 USD with two-year contract.
Today, a user on XDA-Developers has posted a video of the upcoming phone rooted and running Android 2.2 "Froyo," which has not been released on any phone except for the Nexus One.

It is speculated that the phone is one of the few that were given out to I/O conference participants, the Google event last week.

The HTC EVO 4G boasts the most impressive specs on an Android phone yet, with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive multi-touchscreen display (with pinch to zoom), Android 2.1 with Sense UI, Google Search, Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Goggles, YouTube, Google Calendar syncing, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability for connecting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Additionally, the device has GPS with Sprint Navigation, a Digital compass, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.5mm headset jack, FM radio, Amazon MP3 store, Qik video sharing, HDMI out a kickstand for hands-free viewing, an 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash (and 720p HD video recording) and an additional 1.3MP front-facing camera for video conferencing.

Under the hood is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB ROM, 512MB RAM, a 1500 mAh battery and an 8GB microSD card.

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16 user comments

130.5.2010 17:12

Amazing.

Too bad it's not coming to EU.

230.5.2010 17:13

im getting it ! =] FTBS

330.5.2010 17:51
bestbuy1234
Unverified new user

I work at a Best Buy store in Missouri. Recently, two Sprint representatives visited our store and actually allowed us to use the EVO 4G. The screen is absolutely amazing, not only is it large but because of the 720p HD on the phone the resolution makes it appear to look even better. The phone is equipped with a brand new phone processor which is also in the Verizon Wireless Incredible. The EVO boasts an HDMI input cable so that you may hook it up to an HDTV. 4G obviously is not online yet, so the internet the phone ran on was simply 3G. Although it was in 3G it ran much more faster than any other iPhone or Blackberry I have ever used, which I think is in part because of the processor. It will be interesting to see how this 4G network is going to work, how well it will work, and how fast the internet will actually be. If you are a Sprint user I would definitely recommend getting it!

430.5.2010 19:20
Jo-Jo
Unverified new user

I'm so picking this over a Ps3. . . .

530.5.2010 20:28

Originally posted by bestbuy1234:
I work at a Best Buy store in Missouri. Recently, two Sprint representatives visited our store and actually allowed us to use the EVO 4G. The screen is absolutely amazing, not only is it large but because of the 720p HD on the phone the resolution makes it appear to look even better. The phone is equipped with a brand new phone processor which is also in the Verizon Wireless Incredible. The EVO boasts an HDMI input cable so that you may hook it up to an HDTV. 4G obviously is not online yet, so the internet the phone ran on was simply 3G. Although it was in 3G it ran much more faster than any other iPhone or Blackberry I have ever used, which I think is in part because of the processor. It will be interesting to see how this 4G network is going to work, how well it will work, and how fast the internet will actually be. If you are a Sprint user I would definitely recommend getting it!
Wow, not surprised you're from best buy. So much wrong in your comment don't know where to begin. HDMI input.. seriously? input? Camera records 720p, though the device can only display up to 480p. It doesn't have enough pixels for 720. "Much more faster"... dude. Let me contact your middle school English teacher so she can smack you. My god.. you know nothing about phones. You should ask to be transfered to home appliances or something.

630.5.2010 20:32
geqo
Unverified new user

"The HTC EVO 4G boasts the most impressive specs on an Android phone yet, with... Google Search, Google Maps, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Goggles, YouTube..." These are FEATURES?? What a load of rubbish! These are not features you should be bragging about in a new smartphone, these are standard! Stop trying to hype up the phone with meaningless facts - stick to the truly cool features (1ghz processor - Hooray! etc).

I hate it when tech reviews assume all the readers are idiots...

731.5.2010 6:05
spary
Unverified new user

Woohoo! thank toastcfh at XDA for the root and port
http://briefmobile.com/froyo-hacked-on-htc-evo-4g

831.5.2010 11:14

Originally posted by nickchop:
Originally posted by bestbuy1234:
I work at a Best Buy store in Missouri. Recently, two Sprint representatives visited our store and actually allowed us to use the EVO 4G. The screen is absolutely amazing, not only is it large but because of the 720p HD on the phone the resolution makes it appear to look even better. The phone is equipped with a brand new phone processor which is also in the Verizon Wireless Incredible. The EVO boasts an HDMI input cable so that you may hook it up to an HDTV. 4G obviously is not online yet, so the internet the phone ran on was simply 3G. Although it was in 3G it ran much more faster than any other iPhone or Blackberry I have ever used, which I think is in part because of the processor. It will be interesting to see how this 4G network is going to work, how well it will work, and how fast the internet will actually be. If you are a Sprint user I would definitely recommend getting it!
Wow, not surprised you're from best buy. So much wrong in your comment don't know where to begin. HDMI input.. seriously? input? Camera records 720p, though the device can only display up to 480p. It doesn't have enough pixels for 720. "Much more faster"... dude. Let me contact your middle school English teacher so she can smack you. My god.. you know nothing about phones. You should ask to be transfered to home appliances or something.
lol amen to that. i tried calling them once ask about certain features of a laptop and they were like " sorry we dont know any more than what is advertised on the website"
DUH you f***ing sell the damn thing!

931.5.2010 11:29

Hehe...I can believe that guy works for bestbuy...those people don't know anything about phones, and if they do, then they get re-assigned to the appliances department. If they know something about everything, then they get fired...because bestbuy employees are not allowed to be knowledgeable or helpful.

1.) Big Screen (not 720p, but bigger than a droid)
2.) 8mp camera (not a big deal; other phones already have it)
3.) Supports WiMax (not 4G...but no one offers 4G yet anyhow.)
4.) HDMI output (only 720p, and not terribly useful...also, HDMI input devices are illegal...so don't expect one on a phone any time soon)
5.) 1GHZ and 512MB ram (just like the incredible already has.)
6.) 8GB MicroSD card (This is downright pathetic...the droid comes with a 16GB; and the Droid is already ancient)

1031.5.2010 15:17
rugbychix
Unverified new user

Originally posted by KillerBug:
(HDMI input devices are illegal...so don't expect one on a phone any time soon)

This is incorrect, HDMI input devices that break or strip DHCP so that you can recorded protected content are illegal. And solutions that have HDMI in and component out accomplish that legally via the analog hole(if you are ok analog of course.) Google blackmagic intensity pro for an example of a PC based hdmi recording solution

1131.5.2010 15:24

killerbug, you really cant compare big screen to the resolution :P

but it actually has less pixel than the droid. the Evo has 800x480 where as the droid has 854x480.

but yeah, it isnt really 4g, its pre 4g, let say 3.5g

as for 8mp camera, just becuase others have it doesnt mean its no good. mp really means nothing in terms of quailty.

its only a mSD card btw, it can be upgraded, no harm.


but yeah WTF that guy durely doesnt work for buybuy, hes a complete idiot when it comes tophones.


1231.5.2010 17:28

Originally posted by bestbuy1234:
I work at a Best Buy store in Missouri. Recently, two Sprint representatives visited our store and actually allowed us to use the EVO 4G. The screen is absolutely amazing, not only is it large but because of the 720p HD on the phone the resolution makes it appear to look even better. The phone is equipped with a brand new phone processor which is also in the Verizon Wireless Incredible. The EVO boasts an HDMI input cable so that you may hook it up to an HDTV. 4G obviously is not online yet, so the internet the phone ran on was simply 3G. Although it was in 3G it ran much more faster than any other iPhone or Blackberry I have ever used, which I think is in part because of the processor. It will be interesting to see how this 4G network is going to work, how well it will work, and how fast the internet will actually be. If you are a Sprint user I would definitely recommend getting it!
I like the phone but unfortunately you work on a sucky store.

1331.5.2010 23:08

Originally posted by rugbychix:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
(HDMI input devices are illegal...so don't expect one on a phone any time soon)

This is incorrect, HDMI input devices that break or strip DHCP so that you can recorded protected content are illegal. And solutions that have HDMI in and component out accomplish that legally via the analog hole(if you are ok analog of course.) Google blackmagic intensity pro for an example of a PC based hdmi recording solution

That's basically what I meant...you can't even record gameplay from a PS3 without HDCP stripping...and analog looks really bad on a good screen.

142.6.2010 3:49

Originally posted by bestbuy1234:
I work at a Best Buy store in Missouri. Recently, two Sprint representatives visited our store and actually allowed us to use the EVO 4G. The screen is absolutely amazing, not only is it large but because of the 720p HD on the phone the resolution makes it appear to look even better. The phone is equipped with a brand new phone processor which is also in the Verizon Wireless Incredible. The EVO boasts an HDMI input cable so that you may hook it up to an HDTV. 4G obviously is not online yet, so the internet the phone ran on was simply 3G. Although it was in 3G it ran much more faster than any other iPhone or Blackberry I have ever used, which I think is in part because of the processor. It will be interesting to see how this 4G network is going to work, how well it will work, and how fast the internet will actually be. If you are a Sprint user I would definitely recommend getting it!
dude come on realy, i cant talk bout the spelling cuz mine sucks (im not saying i rep a biz eather) but don't talk if you don't know your what it is that your talking bout, i now have 5 lines with sprint and am getting the evo, so i walked in to BB and asked the sales rep how much the phone is w/o a contract, of cores she didn't know! so i went to the survise desk and ask them... they asked me what the htc evo was. HA... so now im getting it from radio shack Friday, don't get me started on radio shack... so theirs my rant

155.6.2010 3:33

OK seems everybody wants to bash the best buy guy. I won't though. He had some good information in there.
Those that say it's not 4g, check again, Sprint is the only cell service provider that is offering 4g at this time. I have one of there towers on my property. the 4g service is very limited to major markets and mostly along highways, but the phone also runs on the 3g service also.
On the SD card thing. It supports up to 32 gig although will come with 8 gig.
Camera.... It actually has 2. there is actually a 1.3 megapixel on the same side as the display for video confrencing, while the 8 megapixel will be on the backside
And I think the biggest thing that has been missed and not talked about yet here.....
The phone can be used as a wireless hotspot. Being able to hook up 4 (I believe) computers/xbox/ps3/wii (miss any?) to the internet. Which I believe to be the best feature of this phone.
And before people start bashing, I done gots me mys diplomas son I R dont be karin bout mys spellins or gramer, so don't waste your time ;)
Just my cheap two cents

168.6.2010 12:17

Originally posted by lawndog:
OK seems everybody wants to bash the best buy guy. I won't though. He had some good information in there.
Those that say it's not 4g, check again, Sprint is the only cell service provider that is offering 4g at this time. I have one of there towers on my property. the 4g service is very limited to major markets and mostly along highways, but the phone also runs on the 3g service also.
On the SD card thing. It supports up to 32 gig although will come with 8 gig.
Camera.... It actually has 2. there is actually a 1.3 megapixel on the same side as the display for video confrencing, while the 8 megapixel will be on the backside
And I think the biggest thing that has been missed and not talked about yet here.....
The phone can be used as a wireless hotspot. Being able to hook up 4 (I believe) computers/xbox/ps3/wii (miss any?) to the internet. Which I believe to be the best feature of this phone.
And before people start bashing, I done gots me mys diplomas son I R dont be karin bout mys spellins or gramer, so don't waste your time ;)
Just my cheap two cents
Yes, we have all "checked again" and last time we all checked 4G standards are 100 Mbps while the client physically moves at high speeds relative to the station, and 1 Gbps while client and station are in relatively fixed positions. The EVO's weak ass 3-6Mbps isn't even close. So yeah, 3.5G is. Sprint is being dishonest and jumping the gun on industry agreed upon nomenclature/standards that it's current set up clearly doesn't meet. Sprints use of 4G is and advertising ploy, take it with a grain of salt.

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