Since the new software update for the HTC EVO 4G seems to have broken/removed more things than it fixed/added, I thought it might be useful to compile a list of all the unwanted changes that G&E readers have experienced after clicking the OK button. I'm sure this isn't the worst update to ever be released for a phone, but it's certainly leaps and bounds away from being the best.
I don't think the fact that many of the issues are fixable excuses their occurrence. It shouldn't have happened. I don't know how likely it is for another update that addresses some of these problems to be released, but it would probably help customers rebuild some of the trust that they may have lost in Sprint when the update bricked their EVOs! As it stands right now, I'm sure many people will be very wary of applying another update.
So here's a list of all the things that were negatively affected by the update. All of the items came from private emails and the comments section of this post. Except for the #1 spot, they are given in no particular order.
- EVO turns into an expensive doorstop and paperweight.
- Many widgets need to be reinstalled to function properly.
- Third-party ShootMe app now requires the EVO to be rooted in order to work. Note: ShootMe has always been a root-only app; there was just a hole somewhere that allowed it work on the EVO.
- Stock Android launcher is no longer available.
- Ringtone and notification sounds are programmed incorrectly.
- Synchronization is automatically turned off.
- Android wallpapers are gone.
- Weather app is behaving abnormally.
- WiFi tethering from the unrevoked root method isn't working.
- Bookmarks aren't correctly linked.
- Hard resets are occurring for no reason.
- 4G connections are unreliable.
On the flip side, many are reporting significantly improved WiFi signal strength, perfectly responsive touch screens, and improved battery life.