The Sprint HTC EVO 4G has been having some issues with the SD card, from being fine one second, to showing nothing stored within it, or giving you permission errors. Well, Sprint is looking to patch this problem and is releasing an OTA update to address this issue today. Be warned, though, while the EVO 4G OTA patch fixes the SD card issues many people have been experiencing, it also kills off your root access if you jumped the gun yesterday.
Shortly after we heard about the rooting process, we heard just how vulnerable the rooting method can make your device. Enabling some application developers to gain access to personal data without much trouble at all. So, I’m welcoming this OTA on my Sprint HTC EVO 4G, as I’d rather have a fully function device, than a hackable device I can’t always take pictures with. The 13MB update should address only the SD card issues from what we’re hearing, but there’s no real change log at the moment, so we have no way of finding out. After the OTA, the version number will change from 1.32.651.1 to 1.32.651.6.
If you’d like to hold onto your root access, we’d suggest that you hold off for now. It never takes too long for the XDA devs to get a hold of an update and get it working perfectly for the root users out there. [Update] There’s now a patch that will restore root, but it’s not perfect. See below for the full update.
Some say that the SD card issue is limited to the actually SD cards Google gave out with the 5,000 EVOs they gave out at the I/O, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Replacing the SD card with my Nexus One SD card yielded the same results, eventually.
Hopefully this update reaches all the new buyers of the device today, because this could be a sad way to really ruin the launch of one of the most talked up phones in the industry. The HTC EVO 4G is the first 4G phone, after all, ya know?
If you got a shiny new EVO today, have you receive the OTA yet?
Check out our Sprint HTC EVO 4G review here.
So it seems there’s a patch available to restore/access root to HTC EVO 4G’s that were pushed over-the-air updates. The patch is called unrEVOked (get it?) and it downloads and installs on your EVO just like an app. There are apparently issues with the patch not enabling the WiFi Hotspot feature as well as issues with the custom recovery image manager, so it’s not a perfect solution. Still, if you’re looking to get or re-get root on your EVO after Sprint’s OTA update, simply point your Android browser to unrevoked.com/m/