HTC EVO 4G Android 2.2 Launcher

One of the things many people who got the new Android update noticed that with Froyo you don’t’ get the native Android Launcher that use to be there. Apparently, Sprint has removed it in this 2.2 version leaving out of luck if you like using it.

That said, if you like being able to load the stock backgrounds and also use the docking that used to be there before, here’s some good news. The ADW Launcher allows you to do just that.

You do need download the .apk file from xda-developers forum. You then will need to root your phone and install the .apk.

Once you’re done, you’ll be able to reinstall the old setups that you enjoy. So, while it isn’t available in the new Android 2.2 update, here’s a quick and simple workaround the problem.

You will notice that there are a few things that may not work including some icons. But, they’re not that big a deal and you can enjoy the application without them. Or, I you wish there are also ways to work around them but using shortcuts.

The best thing about this is that you now have the ADW Launcher fill in the gap that we left when Sprint took out the native launchers from the new Android update. It’s a simple download, root and install to get the apk into your device. And, after that you’ll be able to enjoy your phone customize it more as well as change icons and some apps as needed.

HTC EVO Car Dock Is Available Now

For those of you who like being able use your phone as you drive whether for navigation or checking the weather in the area you’re about to go to, the HTC car dock for the HTC EVO 4G is here.

It’s available at Sprint stores for around $60. This makes it quite expensive considering. The accessory’s official title is Car Upgrade Kit. And, it lets you mount your phone on the dashboard or the windshield. The unit also automatically sets you phone to navigation mode once it’s docked.

This gives you a simple screen control system where you can see the basic functions. To plug into the dock, it comes with a mini USB car adapter. This lets you plug it into your vehicle’s DC outlet while you’re driving.

It has a simple but solid build. The suction cup is also strong and big allowing it to hold the device in place without having to keep sticking it back up.

Depending on how you’ll be mounting the kit, you’ll want to do some tooling around. Playing around with it to see where it fits best in your car is something we recommend. We do like that it’s very sturdy. This not only prevents it from falling while driving, it also lets you press your phone’s screen without jarring it out of place.

3D Gallery App Running on HTC EVO 4G

You’ve probably seen the cool looking 3D gallery app that come with Froyo. But, you’re wondering why is isn’t included with your HTC EVO 4G. Well, that’s because it wasn’t planned to be included.

Let me explain. The 3D gallery we’re talking about is called the Cooliris 3D gallery app. You can see it in action in the video below. It’s a cool looking app made even cooler because it allows you to zoom in to your pictures and albums using a pinching gesture. This is something that’s super cool enough to brag about and show off to your friends, especially if they don’t have anything like it.

The reason that it app isn’t included with your phone in the Froyo update is because of the Sense user interface. So, you’ll have to deal with the fact that you don’t have it and can’t enjoy it.

Or can you?

As it turns out you actually can. You can actually download it and install it onto your phone. Be aware that it comes in .apk format. This means you’ll need to install it like other apps that don’t’ come from the Android market.

How to Double Your HTC EVO’s Battery Life by Calibrating It

The HTC EVO 4G is a popular handset because it’s a magnificent device. It offers a lot of features and you get all the functions you need. The one thing that we and many others don’t particularly like about this phone is its terrible battery life. Once you’ve gotten to use the device, one of the first things you’ll quickly realize is that it’s battery quickly gets drained.

So, there are a few things that you can do that don’t involve having to turn off all the extra features like GPS and WiFi. After all turning all the features cuts down what makes the phone amazing.

While you may not be aware of it, you can extend the life of your HTC EVO’s battery by calibrating it. Calibrating is actually recommended by the manufacturer but is probably not something everyone does.

So, if you’ve had issues with your battery and need to get it performing better, here’s how you can calibrate the battery to extend its run time.

While keepig your phone on, charge it for the next eight hours. Once that’s done, unplug it to stop charging. Then, turn the handset off.

Next plug it back in and let it charge for another hour. Once that’s done, remove the plug and turn the device one. Finally, let it stay on for a couple of minutes then shut it off.

Lastly, plug in back in and charge from another hour.

This will calibrate your phone’s battery and get it back into fighting form.

Gmail App version 2.2.1 Changes for HTC EVO Users

With the newer updated Gmail app you’ll see some subtle changes that you may or may not like. But whichever may be the case, you’ll be seeing the changes soon when you open your mailbox.

One of the changes the look of the header. Now you’ll see all the buttons easily. This makes it simpler to hit the reply and forward buttons. If you do a lot of replying or forwarding you’ll probably be happy with the changes.

This means you’ll see these option at the header or top area instead of having to go down. This is more intuitive for us since we tend to look up rather than down when reading.

Another change is the updated Twitter app. With version 2.2.1 you get an updated authentication support. This isn’t much of a huge change. But it is one of the things you’ll notice.

Other changes are to common apps you’ll find yourself using. Amazon’s app will also get an update. And, if you look at the news and weather, both applications will also have new changes in them.