HTC releases Froyo EVO update for those that couldn’t wait

Right around the 30th of last month, some info about HTC’s EVO Froyo update leaked to the interwebs. It looked as if HTC EVO users were finally getting update that they have been waiting for. Froyo was officially announced and made available via OTA updates in the coming days after the leak. Shortly after the leak of Sprint releasing the update some crafty Android users found a direct download of the update from HTC’s website. Shortly after that HTC let the communities know not to download the version posted on their site as it was not an official update and was missing a few things.

So the early adopters that manually updated to Froyo then found themselves in a pickle, a Froyo pickle. The early updaters have a non-finished version of the Froyo OS update and have been praying since then that HTC would help them out. From the gate it was known that HTC would put out the update, just was not confirmed up until now. If you manually download the update from HTC site your working version should read, 3.26.561.3 this is the ‘unofficial’ version of the update as the final version reads, 3.26.562.6. The update has gone live already and should be available to anyone that is running the unofficial version. So if you manually updated, go check your settings for the OTA upgrade.

And just in case you haven’t heard the news about the goodness that Froyo brings to an EVO here is a refresher;

Application Sharing:

  • Share Applications which are installed on SD cards

Calendar:

  • Display events and birthdays from Facebook

Flashlight:

  • Use camera LED as flashlight

FM Radio

  • New user interface.

Friend Stream

  • Local Search
  • Add as friend for unknown users in Facebook

Gallery:

  • Support Facebook “comments” function

IME:

  • Language switch key
  • Remove keyboard dismiss key
  • Capitalization intelligence when correcting/modifying a word

Mail:

  • Groups tab-Auto save draft when users press back key
  • Save outgoing email into outbox when no data connection is available

Message:

  • Larger (auto-enlarge) compose area with clickable animated Attach icon
  • MMS slideshow editor
  • Send contact as vCard via SMS

People:

  • Updates and events tab- Allow users to link contact to a Plurk and Twitter contact

Phone:

  • Rich phone canvas with social networking status

New preloaded widgets

  • Calculator widget x4
  • FM radio widget
  • Message list view widget
  • Profile settings widget
  • Ringtone settings widget

Camera:

  • Rotation in 4 orientations

Camcorder:       

  • 720p camcorder supports up to 24 fps-LED flash enabled, so that video can be shot at night or in low light environment

Browser:

  • Built in Flash 10.1 support- JavaScript engine V8 support- Animated GIF

Lock Screen:

  • Numeric pin and alpha numeric password to unlock the device (Exchange administrator can also enforce these password policies)

Search:

  • Search widget or search bar is able to switch to search different types (web, a specific application or all) on the fly- Searchable types includes: All, Web, Apps, Calendar, Footprints, Mail, Messages, Music, People, Settings, etc.

Settings:

  • Adjustable alarm volume

USB Tethering:

  • Being renamed from Internet Sharing

Android Market:

  • Android Market Widget- Installing application on SD card
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