Jan 20 AT 10:44 AM Nick Gray 45 Comments

Software updates for HTC EVO 4G, Design 4G, Samsung Epic 4G now available


Late last night, Sprint announced the release of new OTA software updates for the HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G. If you’re hoping for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, you’re in for a bit of a disappointment. The latest updates for all three phones bring minor fixes, security patches and battery life improvements.

It’s nice to see Sprint, HTC and Samsung roll out new updates for these three phones, but we’re still wondering when — or even if — these handsets will be updated to Andoid 4.0. It’s probably safe to say that the EVO 4G is destined to finish out its life on Gingerbread, but there’s no reason the EVO Design 4G and Epic 4G shouldn’t see an Android 4.0 update within the next few months.

HTC EVO 4G Software Update

  • Build number: 4.67.651.3
  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client ( to align with Twitter)
  • Battery life improvements

As of January 19, customers can manually download the software update to their phones. To check for the update manually, press Menu > Settings > System updates > HTC software update. Sprint will start sending out update notifications starting January 24.

HTC EVO Design 4G Software Update

  • Build number: 2.12.651.5
  • Security Update
  • Updated Peep client (to align with Twitter)
  • Updated Sprint Zone client
  • Battery life improvements
  • 3LM Enterprise Tool Access (no user interface changes)

Design 4G users can manually download the software update to their phones starting on January 19. To check for the update manually, press Menu > Settings > System updates > HTC software update. Sprint will start sending out update notifications starting January 24.

Samsung Epic 4G Software Update

  • Build number: S:D700.0.5S.EL30
  • Security update
  • Speaker feedback fix
  • The QIK and Asphalt 5 applications are no longer preloaded.

Sprint will be rolling out the update for the Epic 4G in stages and expects all handsets to be up-to-date within ten days. Though the QIK and Asphalt 5 games are no longer loaded onto the phone, users will still see application icons for both apps in their app drawer. Clicking on the icon will launch the Android Market and prompt users to download the apps. All previous data in both applications will be lost after the update.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • spazby

    Um, didn’t sammy already say that original galaxy phones would not be getting ice cream?

    • Matt Yearian

      I think they said they are releasing some kind of value pack instead.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      You are correct, but the US versions of the phone feature slightly different hardware. Samsung has not officially said that the Epic 4G and other US phones will not be getting the update.

      • BiGMERF

        one of the reasons why i will be importing from now on

  • dylan

    Samsung did say that the orginal galaxy s phones would not be getting ics

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    I got my update for my OG Evo this morning.

    Got updated to version 2.3.5
    Removed Carrier IQ
    Also installs new market, if you haven’t already.

    • John

      I just received the ota update I have the evo design 4g. Do you know of any problems so far?(stock phone)
      Thanks for thoughts.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Yep, I updated and ran Lookout’s CIQ detector, CIQ is all gone. Others have been reporting the same with other CIQ detectors as well.

  • Bryan

    Speaking of icecreamsandwhich for the evo4g Evo design and epic, they ALL can handle ICS it’s that the oem and carrier don’t want the device updated.

    The evo4g has icecreamsandwhich on it if you’ll take the ten minutes it takes to root aka administrative access(like on win7). Without crappy sense which ICS does not need sense I loved sense but really like ICS on my touchpad. As soon as a sense ICS update rolls out for one phone they’ll put it on evo4g.

    Unrevoked.com It’s very simple install a program on your pc hookup your device to pc and click. You may have to install drivers but they have videos.

    This really bugs me about android oem’s/carriers, damn devices don’t even get updated through a two year. I know the evo3d won’t OFFICIALLY get the j 5.0? Update to android.

    Even if you don’t like apple products at least they don’t kill a device off until its absolutely necessary. iPhone 3gs(july 2009 launched) got the 5.0 iOS update.

    • Don’t hate

      Apple will update anything, yes, can the hardware support it, not usually, you update then realize you need a new one. So what’s worse?

    • DROID Sam

      Yes, stock Android will work, but HTC and other OEMs are not interested in stock. People need to stop complaining about not getting updates if they continue to buy phones with custom skins. You know what you’re getting into when you buy those phones. If you don’t like it, buy a stock phone next time.

      • Bryan

        I can put ICS on my evo3d right now if I want. Not complaining.

  • glennw

    I don’t mind not getting ICS on my Evo 4G (although it would be nice), as long as they fix the Sense restart issues.

  • RiSKe

    I updated my HTC Evo 4g 3d earlier today and now my text message screen is very glitchy and extremely hard to even type the shortest of messages. Even before the update the swype function had completely crashed after the last update previous to today, leaving me with touch input only. Does anyone know about these glitches? If so, if not, is there anything I can do to improve my phone? What exactly is rooting a phone and its advantages?

    • integersss

      I am having the same problem. My phone alerted me of an update last night; I updated and installed, and now i am unable to answer phone calls – the phone rings but the screen to pick up doesn’t come up, then a pop up shows up “Sorry, com.android.phone has stopped working unexpectedly. Force close” The ringtone continues non-stop until I force close. Then the call doesn’t even show up in my logs/history, so I don’t know who called. I keep losing service (no signal symbol comes on and off). What do I do?!?!??! Can I undo the update?

      Please HELP!

      • George

        man, I have the EXACT same problem on my Samsung Epic. Very annoying, the only solution sprint can think of is wiping my phone back to the original state, which is ridiculous. Hopefully this will be fixed very soon

        • integersss

          YES – I also have a Samsung Epic. I forgot to mention that.

          I did a little bit of research and it seems that a lot of people on the Epic 4g are having this problem after the OTA update a few days ago.

          I hope someone (or ideally, Sprint/Samsung) can offer some kind of solution!

      • JR

        Try going to Menu > Settings > Phone Settings > Reject with Message. If you have more then 5 messages, you will get a force close message. Delete your messages until you only have 5 reject messages left. According to some other forims, this has helped others with similar problems.

        • Brian

          That solution worked!!! Thank you. I had the same problem with being unable to answer calls. Had 8 reject messages. Deleted down to 4 and the problem was solved.

          • kb

            This worked for me as well. Why in the hell don’t the sprint customer service folks tell you this. They told me to restore the phone which would wipe out everything.

            Thanks for sharing JR and Brian!!!!

      • Chantae

        You guys with the Samsung Epic 4G should just reset your phones n it’ll fix the problem . You’ll have to back up everything u want to save but it fixed all of my problems .

  • james

    Hey, this site is messing up right now and sending out free ipads to people without having to do anything. I don’t know how long this will last so dont miss out.


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  • Richard Yarrell

    Fiddle sticks the granddaddy of all 4g devices from june 2010 that started this 4g craze.my beloved Evo 4g will never see another update. Matter of fact the epic 4g won’t see ics

    • squiddy20

      1. “my beloved Evo 4g will never see another update.” You apparently can’t read as even the title clearly states that the Evo 4G is getting an update. You really need to go back to grade school and and learn a few things.
      2. “Matter of fact the epic 4g won’t see ics” …neither will your “beloved” Evo 4G, which came out a few weeks before the Epic. What the hell was your point?

      • Red bones

        Apparently u need to go back to grade school or something because u don’t have sense enough to figure out that he’s saying that he’s not putting the update on his phone nitwit. Think before you post stupidity.

        • squiddy20

          Ummm since he doesn’t even HAVE an Evo 4G, you’re wrong bud. Haven’t you seen/heard about Richard’s current device, the “pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus? Or the “legendary” Evo 3D he had before that? Didn’t you know he ditched the Evo 4G the very day the Evo 3D came out? If you’re going to call me out for being a “nitwit” or “posting stupidly”, at least make sure you’re not the one who’s wrong.

  • Kerb

    Where is the DROIDX 2 upgrade? I have a dual core processor why can’t we get update?

  • Madtechnician

    Will ota update work with a rooted phone? (just asking)

  • Madtechnician

    Will ota update work with a rooted phone? (just asking) EVO 4G s-off rooted

  • Rage

    Hey since the update I have no weather info. Will not update.

  • jay

    just updated around 1:30am pacific time. i’m able to receive calls perfectly, epic 4g.

  • Emily

    I received the update push this morning for my Sprint Samsung Epic, and now I can not answer my phone. Called Sprint and they weren’t able to fix it, but created a ticket so I could got into a Sprint store for them to look at it. Apparently others Samsung Epic owners are having this problem too.

  • megan

    Since the wonderful update this morning (for security reasons) , my phone is so secure I can no longer get phone calls or access my voicemail. WAY TO GO SPRINT/SAMSUNG!!!!

  • Shortybreal

    ever since i updated the firmware on this, I can’t even get calls so wtf!?


    Ok ya, I did the update on my Epic 4g w/keyboard. MINE WORKS PERFECT. I wasn’t going to do it because of everyone not being able to accept calls and due to my past experience on the gingerbread update that crashed my phone and it had to be reset. Well since the gingerbread update, my phone has done nothing but freeze up. I had to take my battery off 1 or more times a day. I figured what the heck of the new update cuz was tired of pulling my battery off. Well my phone works perfectly!!! And the new way to answer is really cool. So, I suggest…if ya have already done the gingerbread update or if you phone has the gingerbread when you bought it, then the new update should be fine on your phone. So far my phone hasn’t froze up once. I’m very happy.

    • ROBIN

      and those of you who cannot receive calls, try this. I know it sounds crazy but I heard this works. Go to Menu, Settings, Call Settings, Reject with Message and create a new reject message. I don’t know cuz I didn’t have to do it. But I heard it works and don’t know why.

      • ROBIN

        oh, make sure you only have 5 reject messages, delete the ones you dont like. just keep 5 or less

  • Cookz

    I updated my epic 4g and had no problems with answering calls or freezing up, i think there’s only a few people that arent having problems with their phone after the update

  • G funk

    You are all monkeys.

  • Nickie Beach

    Dude you are soooooooo FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!! that worked. sprint should pay you for that comment…… Your smarted than the mofo’s at the damn store i almost deleted everything but you saved my phone.

  • shannon

    I did a update on my HTC EVO 4G shift a month or so ago and I continuously get a low storage message and have to delete damn near all my apps…lots of pictures unimportant phone numbers and so forth. Finally with little to nothing left in my phone it is now telling me another update is available .I’m not sure what to do because I am afraid to do it. I might end up with a empty phone. Any suggestions. Thanks in advance

    • Donald Ross

      Usually, try to update anything the phone offers. Just make sure u R on wi-fi and don’ t interrupt or stop the sequence!!! Hope it helps. Go into settings, scroll down to updates and ucan find what needs to be updated.