HTC EVO 4G Gingerbread Update Causes Netflix Problems

If you like watching Netflix on your HTC EVO, then you may not want to update to Gingerbread just yet. It seems that the current update can cause Netflix to bog down.

We’ve seen and heard many users have problems playing videos on Netflix right after they upgraded to the newer Gingerbread.

Netflix has acknowledged the issue. So, we know that it is aware of the problem. However, they haven’t come up with a fix to the bug. Thus, if you’re lucky enough to not have downloaded and updated your OS yet, it may be a good idea to hold off for just a bit more.

So far, we it seems that the Netflix problem has to do with the playback. Everything looks normal when you click on the app. It starts and loads everything like it should. The app will also let you search through the videos to let you choose which one you want to watch.

Once you do, it will seem like everything’s working fine. But, this is where the problem happens. The video just won’t play. This leaves you hanging at the edge waiting for the video to start showing. But it never does.

What we do know is Netflix saying that the problem lies with the Gingerbread update. It also says it’s currently working on a fix. But, there’s no information on when this will actually happen or be released.

Get Netflix up and running on your new HTC EVO 3D

After waiting in line to get the new HTC EVO 3D, you may be a little disappointed that the device with all its features and niceties doesn’t come with Netflix’s streaming service. After all, that’s one of the things you looked forward to with the better display.

The HTC EVO 3d with its three dimensional display and long running battery are in fact perfect of the running better videos. In addition it also comes with the responsive Sense 3.0 software which makes screen control much easier.

Of course you get with that that the dual stage camera which provides high quality picture taking.

So what’s the deal?

While it isn’t directly obvious to consumers, you’ll actually be able to enjoy the delectable streaming service and the videos on demand. It does take a bit of fiddling around the device to figure out how to get it out and running. But from there, you’ll be able to watch your favorite movies streaming on the EVO 3D. So, relax, sit back and enjoy it.

To run the Netflix apk on your EVO,

  1. Make sure that your phone is able to install apps from unknown sources. You’ll need to have this feature enabled. Otherwise, you won’t be able to download Netflix. To get there, click on the menu button on your home screen.
  2. Then choose settings, and applications. Finally, check the Unknown Sources settings.
  3. Now, download the Netflix app. It is free to get in the Android market for EVO 4G users.
  4. Lastly, install the application. You can do this in one of two ways.
  5. One is to save the download in your phone’s SD card. Then use a file explorer to install the app.

Another option is to send the file as an attachment to your Gmail. From there install it. This saves you space in your SD card.

So there you have it. Once installed you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite movies from Netflix’s streaming service.

Get a Seidio ACTIVE or CONVERT Combo case Free for Your HTC EVO 3D

The HTC EVO 3D is being released today which means that you now have a chance to win two great cases from Seido that nicely fit your new HTC EVO 3D.

The two phone cases work very well with the EVO 3D and they look great as well. The ACTIVE costs around $30 while the CONVERT Combo case retails about $50.

These are two nice cases and you’ll have a change to get your hands on one of them for free. Yes, you heard it right. The Seido cases will be given away to lucky winners who can enjoy their new HTC EVO 3D phones with a new sleek protective case that looks cool as well.

To give you more information about these two products here are some brief information about them.

Seido ACTIVE Case for the HTC EVO 3D

This casing come with an ultra slim design. This makes it nice to look at without being too bulky when you put it on. The case is designed to protect your phone from scratches so that it looks pristine.

Strategic cut outs are also present in the case allowing you to access controls, ports, speakers, microphones and cameras. This let you use your phone while its in the case, so you don’t need to take it out if you want to press a few buttons or use the mic or speakers.

Seidio CONVERT Combo Case for the HTC EVO 3D

This combo case is also designed to fit the HTV EVO 3D to a tee. It comes with a screen guard to make sure that your device’s screen stays safe. The case is also rugged so it can take a bit of a beating while still keeping your phone protected.

HTC EVO 3D vs HTC EVO 4G

You now have your EVO 4G phone for a while now and with the upcoming release of the EVO 3D soon you may want to take a closer look at the two to see which one is a better device.

The two devices are of course made by HTC. So, you’ll obviously see some similarities between the two both in style and features. That said, it doesn’t make sense for a manufacturer to release a new model that’s too close to a top selling one. After all, doing so will only cannibalize your own market.

So, if you’re curious or wondering whether or not you should be getting the EVO 3D take a closer look at what we have below. This will help you decide between the two phones.

To start, both have the same screen size at 4.3 inches. But, the EVO 3D offers a better resolution giving you 960 x 540 whereas you get 800 x 480. The latter is still great as you have seen from the photos we’ve taken with it.

In addition the display itself are different. The 3D comes with super LCD display whereas the 4G uses TFT LCD.

As you would guess the microchips running their CPUs are likewise different. Both use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon but the 3D uses the S3 version while the 4G has the S1 model there. This means you’re able to run the faster 1.2 GHz Scorpion CPU of the 3D compared to the 1.0 GHz model in the 4G.

The difference also increases because of the processing power. You get dual cores running with the newer EVO but only a single CPU core with the 4G.

RAM also doubles to 1GB with the 3D which you’ll need because you’ll be using more graphic and data intensive apps now.

All in all, you can say that the EVO 3D comes up much better in all aspects. You get a bigger screen, more power and RAM. Battery also goes up along with the Wi-Fi. The only one where the change doesn’t happen as much is the camera both having 1.3 MP quality.

Radio Shack confirms HTC EVO 3D price: $199.99 with contract, $499.99 without

According the email ads being sent out by Radio Shack, the price of the upcoming HTC EVO 3D will retail at $199.99 if you get it with a new or upgraded 2 year contract. If you decide to pick up only the phone, be ready to shell out $499.99.

With the prices being confirmed, only the release date is still up in the air. With Radio Shack’s lead, you can expect Sprint and Best Buy to be taking pre-orders soon as well.

The New EVO 3D will also include the $10 premium data monthly fee that’s currently included with your EVO 4G. This will be part of the regular package.

As seen in the previous leaked system dump there will be a 3D version of The Green Hornet included. We’re not sure if this is the movie or game that’s included with the new device.

As for the Radio Shack ad, it offers other exclusives for buyers.

EVO 4G and EVO Shift 4G owners will be able to trade in their phones for $100 against the price of the EVO 3D.

You also get a “Phenomenon” from the Black Eyed Peas as a free song download.

So if you’re looking to get the phone, you can preorder one at either Best Buy, Sprint or Radio Shack.

How to Access the Root File System of Your HTC EVO Wirelessly

In this tutorial we’re going to access the HTC EVO 4G’s data using your computer. To make things more challenging we’ll be doing it wirelessly. This will let you manage all your files that are stored in your smartphones microSD cards via your PC, which is quite cool.

To begin the process, you’ll need to get an FTP server appl installed on your phone. From there, you’ll then have to get it mapped as a network drive in your computer’s window’s explorer.

To start things up, you’ll need to root your EVO first. If you’ve already done that they it’s time to set up the FTP server which will allow you to access your fils

Once you’ve gotten the initial steps finished, start the app on your phone and set the username and password. You’ll also need to set the system to be writable in order to be able to provide you with permissions to change the information.

There’s a bit of a kink in the installation process. So, you may need to try and install a few times to get the installation to go correctly. When you’ve got that done, tap of start again. This will begin running the server. You’ll see the status change to ‘running’ once it does so.

Now, it’s time to map your phone’s SD data into your your PC as a network drive. Depending on how your desktop is set up you’ll need to choose the drive letter and connect to the network location. Once you’ve done so, type in the FTP server location.

This will allow you to see your phone’s drive in explorer.

This is a bit of a process. But, it will let you easily manage your phone’s contents with your computer which is kind of cool.

How to Root the HTC EVO 4G for Free

The HTC EVO 4G is one of the top selling phones around. HTC, Sprint and consumers all love the handset and continue to do so. But, as with all things in technology, particularly mobile, time can make a product grow old really fast.

That may not be totally the case for the EVO 4G. But we’re not seeing more people root the device, make backups and flash new ROM and kernels with them. The reason, to try and pull out all the juice its got.

As newer phones come into the market, what was the latest technology three years ago is now considered slow. It isn’t as powerful nor as fast as the newer releases. So, users are rooting their EVOs to try to get the most power from their devices.

Caution: Before going forward, be aware that rooting your phone may cause problems if it isn’t done correctly. While the warranty won’t be much of an issue not because the EVO 4G is over three years old, you may still ruin the device if you make a mistake somewhere along the process.

With that out of the way, we can now get on to the actually step by step process.

Start by downloading the bootloader from HTC’s developer site http://www.htcdev.com/bootloader. In addition to the boot loader, you’ll also need the 4G’s root package that’s available in zip format.

Once you have both files ready, extract them into your computer. Then reboot your phone into the bootloader mode. You’ll then need to choose Fastboot to be able to get the next steps done.

Once you’ve done this it’s time to connect your smartphone to your PC. Here you’ll need to run the flash recovery using the DOS prompt.

Once this process is completely click on bootloader then select recovery. This will allow you to see the EVO 4G in your PC’s explorer window. It will let you do the rest of the recovery through the sdcard.

Once flashing is done, all you need to do is reboot your phone and it will be rooted.

Official Gingerbread update for the HTC EVO 4G Coming Mid Year

It looks like the HTC EVO 4G is going to get its Gingerbread update after all. The update is scheduled for the second quarter of 2011. This allows the EVO owners to possibly get their versions mid to later in the year.

The entire process does take time because upon release from HTC, it will still need to go to the carrier, in this case Sprint. Spring for its part will review and test the system before loading it onto it devices. Only after all these steps will it be rolled out to the public.

So, you’re more likely to see the update come around mid year at around June or July. This is even if the company does mention 2nd quarter which could at the earliest mean April.

The update is set to fix some of the bugs and add more features, effectively moving up your Android software to Gingerbread. If you aren’t a fan of waiting, they’ll probably offer a manual update you can do yourself. This is often available earlier for download. But, you’ll need to spend a few hours at least fiddling with your device to get everything up and going.

Among the things we expect the update to offer are:

  • Android 2.3, which is the Gingerbread.
  • SMS fixes
  • A fix for the battery discharging issue.
  • Download management application for easier downloading.
  • Some streaming media fixes.

With the update, things should run smoother and faster. It should also let you control your tasks much easier.

How to Unroot Your HTC EVO 4G

Most of the time you hear about rooting your EVO to be able to do cool things. That’s often what you hear about since you’ll need to do that in order to change the factory settings or add certain custom things that other people don’t have.

But, in some rare instances, you may need to do the opposite. That is, the unroot your phone and get it back to the old settings. This may not always happen for everyone. But, it may.

And for those moments, we’ve come up with a step by step tutorial you can follow to unroot you HTC EVO 4G.

I’m sure that many will ask why in the world would I need to unroot my phone. After all, I put in all the work to root it in the first place.

So, here are a few of the main reasons.

  • You ran into problems while rooting your device. Let’s face it, a lot of the modifications and additions you’ll be doing follow steps from others who’ve hacked their phones. Along the way, there’s going to be quite a bit of trial and error. When you make mistakes and things get messed up, one of the best ways to get back is to unroot. This gets rid of the mess ups during rooting.
  • If you want to start with a clean slate. After a while and all the changes, you may want to revert back to a clean canvas to start over. Unrooting lets you start clean.
  • To be valid for warranty. In cases where you want to bring your device into the manufacturer to get the warranty, you can’t bring in a modified phone. This is a no-no when it comes to warranties.

To begin unrooting you’ll need to have a Windows PC ready as well as your rooted phone.

Once you’re ready, you’ll start by downloading Fastboot and the relevant stock RUU to your PC. You’ll be using both files.

Next, you’ll extract the files from Fastboot and use a USB cable to boot into bootloader.

Finally, lock the bootloader.

Once the bootloader has been locked, it’s time to get into unrooting your HTC EVO 4G proper.

Using the USB cable, run the Stock RUU as administrator. Next flash the firmware and then reboot your phone.

When you’ve done this, your EVO is now unrooted.

Depending on what you want to do, you can reroot your phone once again if you wish. And, redo the unrooting over whenever you want.

HTC files for “HTC EVO View 4G” trademark

It’s confirmed. HTC is filing a trademark on its View 4G technology. This paves the way for a potential unveiling of the HTC EVO View on the upcoming CTIA trade show. While still a rumor, it definitely puts more proof into the talks that have been swirling around.

To check out the filings, you can take a look that them here and here.

What this means is that the EVO View table will soon be coming into Sprint’s Network. We’re assuming that the partnership will continue from their previous association.

The EVO View 4G will likely be linked to the HTC’s Flyer which is a 7 inch Android table running on Gingerbread.

Of course, all this is still speculation although the information looks to be confirming everyone’s suspicions. To make sure though, you’ll need to look out for the official announcement when the CTIA actually comes around.