In a admittedly laudable attempt to teach an old dog new tricks, HTC has announced a rough schedule for its EVO 4G LTE smartphone update. The device, which will be getting upgraded to Android 4.3 by the end of the year, would have gone through three major Android versions, quite a rare feat for a year-old smartphone.

The 4G LTE capable version of the HTC EVO debuted in the first half of last year and, unsurprisingly sports some rather mid-range specs, at least by today’s smatphone standards. It ran on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with 1.5 GHz clock speeds. Its 4.7-inch display supported a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It also had 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. It also sported a unique kickstand, which was particular to some HTC models back then. As you can read in our review of the device, we were impressed with the HTC EVO 4G LTE, and so it’s quite pleasing to hear that HTC has decided to keep this device alive with another major update.

The EVO 4G has been through a lot of updates already. It originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC’s custom Sense UI version 4.0. Then in December last year, HTC rolled out an update for the device that bumped up the software versions to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+. Today, HTC America president Jason Mackenzie announced on Twitter that the smartphone will be updated to the latest Android 4.3, as well as the new Sense 5 interface.


There is no fixed date when the roll out will take place but MacKenzie simply says it will happen by the end of the year, making it almost a full year since the last major update.