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All Sprint HTC EVO devices are now receiving OTA security update [Updated]


Earlier this morning, we got a tip from G&E reader Paul G. that the HTC EVO 4G was finally getting a security update OTA to correct that horrible security bug that was discovered earlier this month, which affects all HTC Sense users. In case you missed it, this bug basically allows any app that requests internet permissions free reign over some of your most personal information, including call logs and text messages.

But now it looks like Sprint and HTC were able to successfully work together and push out a fix for this bug to the HTC EVO 4G, the EVO 3D, and the EVO View 4G tablet.

With this latest update, the EVO 4G is being bumped to version 4.54.651.1. The EVO 3D is now at 2.08.651.3, and the EVO View is at 1.22.651.2. The release notes for all devices only mention the security update and no additional enhancements.

If you are rooted, it is not recommended that you apply this update the traditional way. I have confirmed that Superuser acts wonky afterwards on both the EVO 3D and the EVO View and does not properly grant superuser permissions. You should wait until a developer has rooted the latest update and go from there.

If you are not rooted and want to apply this update, you can check if it's available for you by pressing Menu > Settings > System updates > HTC software update. And please let us know if you notice any additional enhancements or bugs with this latest OTA.

Update #1: I just confirmed that the EVO Design is also receiving this OTA update. It is now at 1.19.651.1, with no other enhancements in the release notes other than the security update.

Update #2: It seems that if you are running a stock rooted ROM and install this update, you must reflash the latest Superuser in recovery for it to function correctly. (Advanced users only!)

Update #3: Article revised to correct previously inaccurate information regarding the EVO 4G update.

[Sprint: EVO 4G | EVO 3D | EVO View | EVO Design] Thanks, Paul!

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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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