Sprint announced yesterday that its official Gingerbread update (version 4.22.651.2) will be headed to HTC EVO 4Gs across the nation on Monday, June 6th, in an over-the-air maintenance release. For those who'd rather not wait any longer for the new features and enhancements baked into Android 2.3, the carrier is making the new software available today for anyone who can tap Menu > Settings > System updates > HTC software update on the phone.
As the most recent version of Android for smartphones, Gingerbread is faster, more responsive, more optimized for better battery life, and offers better app and downloads management than its predecessors. The update also fixes the EVO's media streaming and battery discharge issues, enables syncing of multiple Gmail accounts, corrects email attachment and SMS problems, and presumably contains some niceties that you'll discover during extended use. Sadly (and as expected), a new version of HTC Sense is not included.
So how's it going so far?
I've been running several ROMs based on the leaked test build of Android 2.3.3 on my EVO for a while now and, like most of the rooted and custom ROM-ed community, don't plan to manually update today or accept the official OTA update next week. It won't be long before devs put out a rooted version of the update and start building custom ROMs on top of it, but since the official software will be out first and many of you unrooted EVO-ers will be installing it, please let the rest of us know what's happening out there. Any problems, surprises, or disappointments?