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We’ve just gotten a deluge of tips that EVO 4Gs are starting to get blessed with the official update to Froyo — a few hours prior to the promised August 3 rollout — so if you’ve got one handy, you’re going to want to start checking it right this second. Seriously, now that it’s got a trick flashlight app included in ROM, what could you possibly be waiting for? On a related note, if you happened to apply that early update that HTC posted and pulled late last week, the company’s working on a fix so that you aren’t out of the over-the-air update loop and promises to “get back” in “the coming days.”

Japan’s Mugen Power Batteries has released one of he largest ever extended batteries for the HTC Evo 4G. The HLI-A9292XL battery has a capacity of 3,200mAh, or more than double the Evo 4G’s 1,500mAh unit. The Evo 4G has been criticized for its short battery life, but the new pack potentially solves the problem almost immediately.

The company released an 1,800mAh battery for the handset in June, though it only provided a 20 percent boost over the stock version. The new battery does add 20mm to the thickness of the Evo 4G handset, however.

The new, 3,200mAh battery will ship on August 13, priced at $97.

Uh-oh. It seems that HTC have gotten a little carried away with creating lustable phones, with another of their flagship phones suffering from shortages.

Demand for Sprint’s larger-than-life EVO 4G has outstripped supply, with the phone now being listed as delayed without a shipping date.

The shortage is being blamed on Samsung’s inability to produce enough touch-screens — the same reason behind the delay in Verizon’s Droid Incredible.

This has upset Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, who said in the Wall Street Journal “we thought we would have more of a head start than we’ll end up having”, regarding Sprint’s move into the world of 4G.

The really bad news? Samsung won’t be able to keep up with demand until they finish their new display factory in 2012. That’s right, you can expect phone delays from now until the apocalypse.

[via Daily Tech]

Jumping Ship from iPhone to Android: A Switcher’s Guide.

Sprint and HTC this morning released the expected software update for the Evo 4G. Said to be improved in Version 1.47.651.1 are Wifi signal strength reporting, improvements to the Exchange ActiveSync security policies, and network improvements to address battery life.

The update takes just a few minutes to download and install. You can get it by going to Settings>System update>HTC Update.

Not wanting to be left out, Sprint announced this morning that it’s working on the Android 2.2 update, and that the Evo 4G will get it.

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

No exact date on when we’ll start seeing  updates roll out — they say “in the near future — so we’ll all have to sit patiently and wait. Let us know how that works out for ya. [Sprint]

The tales surrounding the launch of the EVO 4G have been intriguing, to say the least. On June 4th, the device launched. By June 7th, Sprint was touting the phone’s sales as mammoth, claiming that it had broken their previous one-day sales records (as held by the Samsung Instinct and Palm Pre) by as much as 3 times. Just two days later, they recanted that story, declaring that they had “erred” in their original estimations, and that the sales numbers were inline with those of their previous top sellers.

There was, however, a bit of the story which we didn’t see: the part where a Sprint employee used the inventory system to figure out exactly how many EVO 4Gs were sold and posted that number online, resulting in a speedy investigation by Sprint HQ and the employee’s immediate termination.

We’ve reached out to Sprint for a comment on the matter, but here’s the story as we’re hearing it so far from a trusted source: On the afternoon of June 6th (before Sprint had released any sales numbers), a Sprint retail employee posted a note to the growingly infamous phone hacking forum, XDA-Developers, with sales figure details gleaned from their system. The post has since been removed, but bits of it are still lingering in Google’s cache:

“according to sprint we as a [company] have sold 66,483 theres a whole bunch of stores though that dont have any more inventory i dont think any major city sprint does”

According to this employee’s perusing, Sprint had dished out roughly 66.5 thousand EVO 4Gs after a little more than two days following launch. (Note that, as far as I know, this number onlyaccounts for Sprint stores — not third party sellers like WalMart, RadioShack, etc. Even then, this number could be incorrect, depending on how the employee uncovered the number and any updating latency involved. I doubt Sprint’s going to confirm its accuracy, so take it with a grain of salt.)

Now, this post went mostly unnoticed by blogs and other media outlets — but it didn’t go unnoticed by Sprint HQ. As leaks are becoming more and more prevalent, carriers and manufacturers are dedicating more resources toward keeping an eye on forums like these for any breadcrumbs leading back to the source. Unfortunately for this given leakster, the breadcrumbs were all there.

Within a few days, an internal Sprint team (which, we’re told, is known around the carrier as “Forensics”) had traced the employee back to his Florida store. One of Sprint’s internal security task force members was immediately flown from Kansas to Florida; the employee was pulled in, their posting habits literally laid all out on the table, and they were terminated on the spot.

We see leaks each and every day; they are, after all, the lifeblood of any good gadget blog. Just because they’re a regular occurrence, however, doesn’t mean that employers are going to let them slide. They’re well within their rights to let any red-handed info-leakers go — and if any NDAs are involved, there very well could be some litigation involved. If the breadcrumbs are there, they’ll find’em.