Sprint announced yesterday in a press release on their Sprint Community site that they will be pushing out the Android 2.2 update to the HTC EVO 4G to a wide-spread audience starting on August 3rd, after some test updates which should be heading out today. Android Central notes that this is the first time a carrier has updated a device to Android 2.2.
Android Central adds that "Sprint says that the OTA will roll out in stages, but they will be providing a manual download link for those of us who just can't wait." The update should come in one part, according to the press release.
AndroidandMe notes that this is a significant accomplishment for Google, handset manufacturers, and carriers:
This update is significant because this is the first time we have seen the carriers, handset makers, and Google work so closely together in order to push these updates out in a timely manner. Android 2.2 was announced at Google I/O in May, released to OEMs in June, and now test builds are in the hands of carriers.
Here is the official press release from Sprint:
Sprint is the first wireless carrier to bring Android 2.2 to customers using the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3
Android 2.2 offers HTC EVO 4G feature enhancements including Bluetooth® voice dialing, built-in Flash, the ability to store apps to the memory card and much, much more
The award-winning HTC EVO 4G just got that much better. We are excited to announce that beginning the week of Aug. 1; Sprint will begin rolling out the Android 2.2 upgrade to its HTC EVO 4G customers.
Sprint will be the first wireless carrier to bring1 the latest version of Android to its customers. The Android 2.2 software release provides a significant number of feature enhancements, including:
• 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.
"Sprint is thrilled with our customers' response to HTC EVO 4G and the innovative and exciting experience it offers," said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development for Sprint. "It is exciting for us to lead the industry in bringing the Android 2.2 update to these customers and improve on the amazing experience they receive with America's first 4G capable phone."
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