EVO 4G Android 2.2 Review

User Rating: / 5
Thursday, 05 August 2010
Sprint has become the first carrier to offer Android 2.2 by providing the update to HTC EVO 4G users. While Android 2.2 is available on Google's Nexus One phone, the update was provided by Google and not any of the carriers that offer the discontinued Nexus One. This makes the EVO 4G the only current Android 2.2 device that is being sold by any carrier. So what exactly will this upgrade offer EVO users?

New Features in Android 2.2:

  • Significant Performance improvements (Up to 50% faster using the JIT compiler)
  • 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

JIT Compiler - In addition to the new features, Android 2.2 significantly improves the performance of the phone by using the JIT (Just In Time) compiler. JIT a is a new software component in Android 2.2 which takes application code, analyzes it, and actively translates it into a form that runs faster, doing so while the application continues to run. With Android 2.2 installed, the EVO 4G is the fastest Android device available from any carrier!

Performance Benchmark of the EVO 4G running Android 2.2 (top) compared to other Android phones

Native Flash Support - Android 2.2 is the first mobile OS to add native flash support. Once you complete the upgrade, your EVO 4G will have full Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support to allow you to view flash-based websites, play flash games, and more! This is something that not even the iPhone is capable of doing!

Native Flash 10.1 Support in Android 2.2 on the EVO 4G

Numeric Pin & Alphanumeric Security Passwords
- The 2.2 update finally gives Android users the option to use a numeric password or security password to unlock their phone instead of having a security pattern to unlock the device. I'm sure this will come as a big relief to the paranoid users, as many people complained that the unlock pattern could easily be figured out by looking at the fingerprint trails on the devices screen. Fear no more, you can now use a numeric pin between 4-16 digits or a pass phrase that's between 4-16 characters long. That provides a more secure unlock method than the iPhone 4!

Search within application data
- Android 2.2 allows you to search within application data such as financial documents, office documents, spreadsheets etc, so that you can find your personal information more quickly and efficiently!

Android 2.2 Search

Install/Move Apps to SD Card - You can now move large applications to the SD card to free up internal memory, and you can even configure Android 2.2 to automatically install large apps to the SD card when internal memory is low.

What doesn't 2.2 provide? The only disappointment we have with the Android 2.2 update wasn't really a surprise to us. When Google introduced Android 2.2, they indicated that it would provide a "mobile hotspot feature" that would turn the phone into a mobile hotspot for no additional charge, using your phone's existing data connection. This free feature has been disabled by Sprint in favor of their $30 month mobile hotspot feature on the EVO 4G. We expected this to happen as Verizon had already announced that they would be disabling this feature as well when they push out the Android 2.2 update for the Motorola Droid. While you still have to pay for the mobile hotspot feature, getting an unlimited 3G/4G hotspot for an extra $30/mo is a great deal!

Checkout our Video Review of Android 2.2 on the HTC EVO 4G Below!

EVDOinfo Tip Of The Week #59: How To Upgrade Your HTC EVO 4G to Android 2.2

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