HTC EVO 4G to get Android 2.3 and new HTC Sense, but only after new flagship Gingerbread phone is released?
With the upcoming HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G both shipping with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) this summer, the big question for EVO 4G owners is when they'll be treated to the newest smartphone version of the mobile operating system too.
According to an HTC employee at CTIA speaking to Skatter Tech, the cookie is already in the oven and will be served to the EVO 4G "very soon." Along with it will be a tall glass of the newest version of HTC Sense, presumably 2.0 (shown above), which supports landscape home screen orientation, HTCSense.com, sleek skins, and more, though possibly 2.5 or whatever the version seen running on the 3D was. It's expected to be a new version of Sense, in any case.
Nailing down a specific timeframe for the update is tricky, as HTC is allegedly waiting for at least one flagship phone to be released with Gingerbread before pushing the update to the EVO and other older handsets running Froyo. Withholding the update is supposedly "to ensure that customers do not hold back from purchasing newly announced devices."
Assuming that HTC is talking about its own flagship Gingerbread phones, then it's looking like the first one out of the gate could be the EVO 3D. And if that's the case, then it would seem that the EVO 4G will be waiting until "this summer" too. This is all just speculation, of course, and besides, we've already had custom Gingerbread ROMs available for our rooted EVOs since the winter. By the time the official HTC/Sprint-sanctioned 2.3 update is released, we may already be unwrapping an Ice Cream Sandwich.[Skatter Tech]