Good and EVO

Sprint forgets that it disabled Google Talk video chat on HTC EVO 3D


Last night, I got another one of Sprint's emails that it occasionally sends out to owners of certain devices. The subject line read, "Tips, apps, and more for your EVO 3D," so I opened it up to see what kind of information Sprint wanted me to know about my beloved HTC device.

The first thing I saw was a link to a tutorial that claimed to teach me more about how to use Google Talk to instant message and video chat with my friends.

Wait … what? Did Sprint forget that it (along with HTC) has disabled the video chat feature for all stocked, unrooted EVO 3Ds? Of course, most custom ROMs already have this feature baked in, and we also previously let you know how to enable video chat if you're running a stock rooted ROM.

But I thought Sprint didn't really want people to root their phones. And, even more importantly, this is an example of yet another feature that Sprint and HTC have decided to cripple for no apparent reason. In any case, Sprint really should have been more careful before sending this email – all it does is confuse non-rooted folk, and further justify rooted users' reasons for rooting in the first place.

Oh well!

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John F

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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