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HTC EVO 4G receives OTA update to 5.07.651.1, along with Sprint Connections Optimizer

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Original HTC EVO 4G owners, rejoice! You've got an update waiting for you that bumps you up to version 5.07.651.1 and includes a new app, the Sprint Connections Optimizer. The update is being released in stages over the next six weeks, but it should be waiting for you if you manually check right now.

The Sprint Connections Optimizer is actually a nice little addition; it acts much like Locale in automatically turning on and off various network connections depending on your location. According to Sprint:

  • Wi-Fi and 4G radios on your device will be automatically turned on at pre-specified locations and times of day.
  • Your device will then scan to identify available Wi-Fi networks and automatically connect to those you’ve previously specified
  • In a small number of locations,  the feature may automatically connect to the 4G network for faster connection speed

Sprint says this will help battery life, improve data coverage in buildings, and reduce mobile data usage for devices that don't have unlimited data plans anymore (like the EVO View 4G). To me, it sounds like this is just another push to off-load as much data traffic as possible onto other networks, so Sprint can keep data plans unlimited – and there's not really anything wrong with that.

Right now, it seems like the EVO 4G is the only EVO device to get this, but Sprint says it's coming to the rest of the lineup soon in the form of future OTA updates. Be sure to let us know if you notice any other changes with this update!

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49 thoughts on “HTC EVO 4G receives OTA update to 5.07.651.1, along with Sprint Connections Optimizer

  • Not manual available yet in the DC Metro area.

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  • Not visable in the Tri-county are, Midland, Bay City, Saginaw.

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  • Nor Florida (Tampa Bay Area).

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  • Could this have some form of spyware?

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  • Nothing for Long Island, NY yet either

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  • Nothing in Indianapolis, IN, yet

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  • The thing I’m curious about is if it changes the H-boot. Not that it really matters anymore i guess with the HTC Dev rooting method nowadays

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  • Nothing in Cleveland, OH

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  • not in Monterey,CA yet…

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  • Apparently it is ONLY available to the area of whoever posted this in the first place. No one else has it.

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  • Not in WI (Milwaukee Area)

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  • Even tried updating my PRL and Profile and still no dice…

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  • Now, let me get this straight, I refuse this since I’m newly rooted…. correct?

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  • probably a safe bet, i have been on asop roms so long that i forgot about all that oem rom rooting stuff

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  • nothing in NJ greater nyc area

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  • If you take an OTA on a rooted phone you will most likely end up with a very expensive paperweight. It probably should have been mentioned in the OP since many rooted users read this forum. Wait for the devs to cook something up.

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  • Nothing in the Staten Island,
    New York Area.

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  • If you’re rooted wait patiently.. Your roms developer’s will need to update. (however this usually takes no time at all) It probably won’t brick your phone. Considering if your completely stock and just unlocked or if your running a custom made but still (sense based) rom you’ll be the only ones with even the option to manually update or ck for updates. AOSP ROMS however do not and if you happen to just have the file for download…. Danger! That may become a problem. Typically though normally all that will happen is your phone being un-rooted and in stock condition.

    Again. No worries if your rooted. A patch or update will be available in no time.

    I’m just glad to see that sprint/HTC are still developing for our beloved OG evo4g! Good stuff

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  • If you’re rooted wait patiently.. Your roms developer’s will need to update. (however this usually takes no time at all) It probably won’t brick your phone. Considering if your completely stock and just unlocked or if your running a custom made but still (sense based) rom you’ll be the only ones with even the option to manually update or ck for updates. AOSP ROMS however do not and if you happen to just have the file for download…. Danger! That may become a problem. Typically though normally all that will happen is your phone being un-rooted and in stock condition.

    Again. No worries if your rooted. A patch or update will be available in no time.

    I’m just glad to see that sprint/HTC are still developing for our beloved OG evo4g! Good stuff

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  • Not in Denver…yawn…so ready for a new phone.

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  • Does it come with updated radios

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  • Great, so in order for this to work we have to have GPS on all day.

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  • as long as the gps is actively being called on it doesnt waste much battery. Im pretty sure you’ll be able to specify the location check time to bring it down to something tolerable

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  • can someone please edit my email addy out of there?

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  • Will this update fix the ‘not being able to stay connected to WiFi’ for more than 1-2 minutes if I’m lucky?

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    I don’t think it makes use of GPS for this. It probably uses network location services.

    I have a similar app that accomplishes something similar and that’s what it uses. Technically, this SHOULD net some pretty decent battery savings.

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  • Hey I was living that same nightmare but changed the DHCP settings on my router from “forever” to “2 weeks”. I don’t know anything about that stuff but googled how to do it and it took no time at all. Problem solved. My WiFi is back to normal. Good luck!

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  • Did anyone else actually get this update yet?

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  • More Bloatware…YAY!!! 0_o

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  • Nothing here. I’m starting to think its not true:(

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  • Not in Los Angeles yet either.

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  • Avatar of DrizzyGadget

    I got a PRL update, but that’s it.

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  • is there anyway to get this update other than downloading straight to the phone..?

    in other words, can i download it to my computer then install it using SYNC..?

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  • I was able to update today in Indianapolis, finally. Talk about a slow rollout.

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  • just got the update, wifi hasnt shut itself off in 10 minutes. finally fixed!

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  • I got it this morning, it give you the option to disable apps that cant be uninstalled like Nova, Qik etc. Battery life is a little bit better after the update like an hour more of power, the update is about 13mb if i remember. Im not an expert on this stuff just a fan of this site, you guys comments help me a lot. I hope this help.

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    • Avatar of ZzyzxzDude

      Thanks for the link! Been having issues with slow download even with a 9 Mbps wi-fi connection …

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  • Avatar of DrizzyGadget

    Just checked this morning and I finally got it.

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  • Just got it here too, as did a friend of mine.

    Anything negative about this update?

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  • Avatar of Ytsejamer1

    I just got this update this morning. I hadn’t caught this article so I really wasn’t sure what was included. I don’t want to take credit here, but someone on the sprint forums had some observations:
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    1. Sprint Connections Optimizer (Settings > Wireless & Network > Mobile networks > Automatic Connections).

    Wi-Fi and 4G radios on your device will be automatically turned on at pre-specified locations and times of day to help save battery life, increase performance, etc. (I haven’t really played with this yet, but will sure give it a good going over.)

    2. App associations (Settings > Application > App associations).

    Let’s you set a default app to certain tasks. How this varies from the “Complete action using” box and checking “Use by default for this action” is unclear, but it’s something that has to be looked at–if it’s “out-of-the-box” settings are different then what you want (like which email app or browser you want to use as a default) then your phone may appear to be acting strange. A quick change to the “App associations” will get the behavior back the way you want it.

    3. Disabling Pre-installed Apps (Settings > Application > Manage applications > app name).

    Instead of a deactivated “Uninstall” button for pre-installed apps, it is now labeled “Disable”. Apps like Sprint Football Live, Nova, Blockbuster, Nascar, etc. can be disabled, which removes their icon from the app drawer and, I’m guessing, stops them from being loaded into runtime memory. UPDATE (Forgot to mention this earlier): If the pre-installed app you want to disable has updates, you will have to uninstall the updates first, then you can disable the app.

    4. Frees up internal memory.
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    After restoring the bloatware and going through the update process (tried and true for last several updates… http://forums.androidcentral.com/htc-evo-4g-rooting-roms-hacks/115541-update-4-24-651-1-4-53-651-1-without-losing-root-apps.html), I found I went from an average of 50-70mb free to hovering around 210mb free.

    Seems snappy and clean.

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  • Avatar of jace520

    Ever since this “upgrade” my battery life sucks – it’ll drop to 38% before lunch. I have to charge it twice a day. Never had battery issues until I downloaded the upgrade… I wish I could un-install it. I’ve now turned this stupid optimizer off – it sounds good in theory, but ever since I updated my phone, it automatically turns on WiFi AND 4G… 4G kills the battery & I only want to use it when I don’t have WiFi access. I hope by turning it off, it will solve the problem

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