A quick rundown of where we are at with Jelly Bean on the HTC EVO series

jb new logo - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereWith the introduction of Android 4.1/Jelly Bean, the number one question has been, “when is it coming to my EVO?” While we don’t have word on when it is coming for the HTC EVO 4G LTE via official channels, there are now ROMs in the root world for the entire EVO lineup that are at various states of functionality.

Here’s a quick rundown of where we stand on AOSP Jelly Bean development.

Original HTC EVO 4G

Unofficial CM10 for Supersonic Nightlies

The official unofficial changelog indicates that the cameras and 4G/WiMAX are broken. Development has continued, and multiple builds have been released later in the thread, but the original post has not been updated for a few weeks.

This is no official continued support from Sprint for this phone, so do not expect anything past Gingerbread from the official channels.

AOSP Ice Cream Sandwich for this EVO isn’t complete, either, so camera and WiMAX drivers still have to be built.

GSM/CDMA HTC EVO 3D

Disarmed Toaster unofficial GSM CM10 build
Ognimnella’s Unofficial CM10 GNex port 

Cameras and 3D are broken on both versions. Additionally, 4G/WiMAX doesn’t work on the Sprint/CDMA version.

WiMAX and camera drivers for ICS exist in CM9 builds and theoretically should be able to be ported without too much issue. However, 3D camera and display not yet working on AOSP ICS builds.

Official support is not discontinued, but we can expect that ICS was the last official update we will see for the EVO 3D based on past HTC and Sprint phones.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE

Deck’s unofficial CM10 for the HTC EVO 4G LTE

I ran this for a night, and the only reason I’m not still running it was some issues with the mail client and my Exchange server. I did not test out Bluetooth, NFC, or LTE (as it is not in my area), although others have mentioned that LTE kicked on when in an LTE-covered area. I also saw it written that NFC with Google Wallet was working, although there was no firm confirmation on that.

The buglist reports that camera video does not work (including video chat applications), that Google Music has issues, and MHL (HDMI) is not working.

Official support from Sprint is expected to continue for a while, since this is a relatively new device, and the upgrade from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean requires much less reinventing of the wheel than the upgrade from Gingerbread to ICS. We can probably expect to see an official Sense-laden update in the future.

In conclusion

Jelly Bean is right around the corner for the HTC EVO 4G LTE. Unless something happens to stop it, I can’t imagine that we’ll have long to wait for some fully-functional, really amazing AOSP ROMs.

The HTC EVO 3D’s future remains uncertain whether progress will get too far past a mostly-working AOSP ICS, as development comes in spurts and blows up every month and a half with developer/HTC issues. It’s close, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. There are a few developers working on ironing out the CM9 kinks, so we can only hope they do and can progress without problems.

The OG EVO is trailing far behind. The last two Android framework updates did a number on a decreasingly supported phone. It’s probably still going to get most things working and running just due to the sheer love of the phone, but it’s not close to being daily driver yet.

There may also be some development going on that I’m not aware of. If you’ve run across anything that gives more hope to the EVO 3D and EVO 4G, feel free to drop a line in the comments. I’d love to see the OG EVO and EVO 3D back at the forefront.

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9 thoughts on “A quick rundown of where we are at with Jelly Bean on the HTC EVO series

  • Avatar of Sledie
    August 13, 2012 at 11:55 am
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    Still OG, looking for a used 3D. Not upgrading to new LTE just because it burst my pocket size, don’t want to carry a tablet or phablet. Same reason I won’t get the amazing SIII.

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    • Avatar of Michael
      August 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm
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      The LTE is barely bigger. It’s the same width, just taller, and is actually slimmer.

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      • Avatar of spencer
        August 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm
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        Yea the of Evo is like a brick. The 4g late is way slim and light weight. Way easier to carry than the og

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        • Avatar of ryan
          August 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm
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          thing is the E3D with all that mass and thickness is a freakin brick! i’ve had to replace both my OG and LTE EVOs because of incidents involving drops and the sort but the E3D i carried around for a good 8 months took the most abuse by far but functions as well as the day i bought it

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  • Avatar of Paul E King
    August 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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    EVO | EVO 4G LTE
    4.8″ | 5.31″ high (.51″ taller)
    2.6″ | 2.71″ wide (.11″ wider)
    .5″ | 0.35″ deep (0.15 shallower)

    Footprint
    EVO | EVO 4G LTE
    12.48SqI | 14.39 SqI
    6.24CI | 5.04CI

    Both bigger and smaller, depending on how you’re looking at it.

    LTE is 15% more surface, or ~20% less mass.

    Average pocket will accommodate the LTE though

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  • Avatar of Richard Davidson
    August 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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    What about the EVO View 4G? There’s Jelly Bean development going on over at XDA.

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  • Avatar of DrizzyGadget
    August 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm
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    What kind of pockets do people have that they can’t hold a phone? Maybe some should just switch to a murse.

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    • Avatar of Odell
      August 20, 2012 at 9:03 am
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      It’s not the size of the pocket that’s the issue, it’s the tightness of the pants/jeans. Those hipster skinny jeans can’t comfortably handle much beyond an iphone. The iphone is actually not that comfortable but it’s tolerated because it’s…well, an iphone.

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  • Avatar of Tony Gross
    August 22, 2012 at 9:24 am
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    I have faith that Evo 3d will get a fully functional JB Rom. We are very close. The only issue for them is camera, Wifi and sound, but i hear sound is working on one Rom

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