Sprint Evo phones finally getting Android 4.0

Posted by Mike Luttrell

The Ice Cream Sandwich rollout is finally hitting a couple more of Sprint's Evo-branded handsets.

Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, is being pushed to the HTC Evo 3D. Specifically, it's Android version 4.0.3, which is the most recent version of Ice Cream Sandwich but is now already outdated in the Android world thanks to Jelly Bean (version 4.1).

The update had previously hit unlocked versions of the device, meaning those who had an Evo 3D that was not tied to Sprint, but now those users are finally seeing the update.

The new version of Google's mobile OS is also making its way to Sprint's less popular Evo Design 4G.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and includes such features as scanning your face to unlock the phone, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC).

Several other manufacturers have pledged support for the new update, and a bunch of phones currently running an older version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now powering a decent amount of active Android devices, despite having a slow initial rollout in the early part of the year.

Google sees Android 4.0 as a big reset button on the mobile platform, since it has much stricter hardware guidelines that it hopes will help prevent fragmentation in the future. This is a goal we've heard in previous rollouts of Android, so we'll see if it actually is realized this time.