HTC EVO 4G Gets Android 2.2 Thanks to Developers

There's got to be something said about the developers out there, and how serious they take the Android platform. It's a beautiful thing, if you ask us. It should be no surprise to anyone out there that the EVO 4G, manufactured by HTC and heading to Sprint here in under a week, is already getting some Android 2.2 goodness, despite the fact neither the upgraded Operating System, nor the handset it's being featured on here in this article, are officially released to the public. But, sure enough, the developers do what they want, and the rest of us get to reap the rewards of their hard work.

Qik video chat on EVO 4G will be free

After a leak late last week suggesting that video chat on the HTC EVO 4G using the Qik app would be subject to a $4.99 monthly fee, the Qik team themselves have piped up to quell dissent.  According to the company's blog, two-way video calling on the Sprint EVO 4G will be free of charge for Qik users; in fact, the subscription is "for some advanced premium features."
"Firstly, rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE. Yes – this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th – the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches."
Calls will be supported between EVO 4G handsets - if you know someone else with one - together with between other phones running the Qik app and with the company's desktop client.  No word on what exactly these premium features will be, but Qik promise to tell all when the EVO 4G officially debuts on June 4th.

Qik video chat for EVO 4G a $5 monthly extra?

One of the things Sprint didn't have ready in time for our HTC EVO 4G review was Qik video chat functionality, the ability to make video calls to other Qik users via the smartphone's front-facing camera.  Now, according to a leak to AndroidGuys, it turns out the functionality may add even more on top of the EVO 4G's basic monthly costs. They've received a leaked screenshot purportedly from inside Sprint, which tips a $4.99 monthly service charge for the Qik video call system.  That would be paid via Paypal rather than included in your monthly Sprint bill. With Skype video calling for Android expected later on in the year, we're reluctant to start paying Sprint (or Qik) $5 a month for the same service.

HTC EVO 4G rooted [Video]

HTC's EVO 4G smartphone has been rooted - before the handset is even in Sprint stores.  A couple of keen Android developers - one of whom was given an EVO 4G as part of Google IO last week - have put their heads together and cracked open the WiMAX handset in record time.

HTC EVO 4G for Sprint Reviewed by All Things D

You know there's a new gadget hitting the market when all sorts of sites, all over the Internet, start releasing reviews. And, sure enough, the HTC EVO 4G is no exception. The legendary Walter Mossberg has had his hands on the 3G/WiMax handset for about a week now, and his review reflects his tests with the device in two different cities. However, while he does a good job of outlining why people would want the phone, he seems to focus on one thing, and one thing only: the battery.

How To Turn Off Sense on The EVO 4G

One of the best features of Sense UI devices is the ability to turn it off and use Vanilla Android. For some reason there are a few newer Sense devices that don’t allow this. Luckily the EVO isn’t one of them, you can turn off Sense in the HTC EVO 4G.

HTC EVO 4G packaging leaks

A few lucky Sprint employees managed to get their hands on the HTC EVO 4G, luckily for us they was kind enough to show us the packaging. I would’ve preferred an unboxing but we’ll settle for this (for now). As good as the phone looks both internal and externally, we can’t say the same about this choice in packaging.
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