Sprint EVO

Review: Sprint EVO first carrier Android to get 2.2 upgrade

July 31, 2010: 11:32 AM ET

The update adds a laundry list of improvements, but will it improve battery life?

Sprint just announced that you can do a manual update to Android 2.2 Froyo on the HTC EVO. The commercial is right, EVO is first at everything. "What will you do with first?"  I installed Froyo 2.2 and it works beautifully.  On two different EVOs.

Before I show you how to do it, have a look at the improvements you'll be getting from Sprint:

This update offers:
- Ability to share applications
- Display events and birthdays from Facebook on Calendar
- Use camera LED as flashlight
- New user interface for the FM radio
- Add unknown users in Facebook as friends in Friend Stream
- Photo Gallery supports Facebook comments function
- Send contact as vCard using SMS
- Addition of MMS slideshow editor
- New pre-loaded widgets including Calculator, FM radio, Message list view, Profile settings and Ringtone settings
- Camcorder can use camera flash so video can be shot at night or in low light
- Flash 10.1 support
- Numeric PIN and alpha-numeric passwords to unlock screen
- Search widget and search bar able to switch to search in different types (web, specific application, or all)
- Adjustable alarm volume
- Android Market widget allows installation of applications on SD card

So what do you have to do to install the update? (btw, I take no responsibility if you brick your phone):

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