Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

Summary: No word on what caused the bricking, but Sprint is trying again.

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TOPICS: Mobility, HTC, Telcos
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Earlier this week Sprint released an update to the HTC EVO. While the update provided a bunch of enhancements and fixes, including improvements to Wi-Fi and battery performance, it also had one negative side-effect: bricking your phone.

According to reports, some users' phones were left dead in the water after performing the update. Moments after reports started surfacing, Sprint pulled the update. Now the update is back and so far no bricks have been reported.

I updated as soon as the update came out and I think I know what caused the bricking. My phone hung on the "welcome to 4G" screen for a very long time after performing the update, and I almost pulled the battery. Just as I was about to the phone came back to life. My guess is that people probably pulled the battery during the update process, thereby rendering their HTC EVO unusable.

The biggest issue with the HTC EVO being bricked was that Sprint doesn't have any stock available to replace a bricked phone currently. It seems that the phone is selling really well, but unfortunately had one bad update.

If you successfully updated your phone earlier this week, there's no need to grab the latest update.

Topics: Mobility, HTC, Telcos

Joel Evans

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With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • Inexcusable

    The only way to brick an Android is to ruin all three boot images: the main OS image, the recovery image and the SPL image. How in the hell could they have ruined all three at the same time? Did they try to update all three simultaneously?
    Michael Kelly
    • Re: inexcusable

      @Michael Kelly If CDMA phones are anything like GSM, you can easily brick it with interrupting a radio flash. Just look into bricking nexus ones (what I have and love).
      bedwa
    • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

      @Michael Kelly . Sprint Tech guys have told me that different things have happened. mine updated fine but disabled the wifi and 4g! even after a hard reset then wifi ad 4g wont turn on. so im stuck waiting for my replacement... 2 days ... atleast i can use the phone in 3g
      amdivoff
    • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

      @Michael Kelly Matt Miller can speak to this as well, but Palm was constantly sending OTA updates to our phones, and every time they did, there'd be a rash of bricked phones.
      WebOS is much like Android as it is open; with all kinds of patches and 'homebrew' apps out there to load and customize with.
      I really believe that many of the 'bricked' phones were not exactly 'stock'. Palm always suggested we remove any patches before installing an update. Maybe Sprint/HTC/Android should too.
      vailmcc
  • OTA

    The first release of this update bricked people's phones because they were allowed to re-install the update more than one time. The second time they installed it, the system broke. Apparently someone at Sprint or HTC didn't do a check to see if the update was already applied.

    The second update didn't allow for a second installation of this update.

    This update seems to have increased the battery life and apparently the Facebook app that was installed was the reason why the battery life was bad. I am getting 24+ hours on a charge now. Life is good with an Evo :)
    da.bell
  • some problems

    you mean like the iphone 4 had some problems?
    banned from zdnet
  • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

    Is ZNet really unable to stop these annoying solicitaions? Shame on you!
    DalyScott
    • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

      @DalyScott Totally agree. Its one thing to see crap like this on an average joes blog site, but ZDNet, I expect more out of you! Get these solicitations out of here!
      stephen.anders
  • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

    So sick of seeing these stupid spam ads disguised as comments. Sucks having to scroll through a dozen to get to comments that really matter.

    My EVO updated two days ago. I left it alone and let it do it's thing and didn't have any trouble with it at all though it took a good ten minutes. I'm still in my 30 day love-it-or-leave-it window though so I figured if it died, it wasn't out of my pocket. Other than seeing absolutely NO difference in the very poor battery life, I don't see much in the way of changes. But I'm still debating going back to my MotoQ9c.

    *sigh* what to do...
    Tigrisan
  • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

    My update installed fine, but as mentioned it did take a LONG time to complete, but I was watching a movie so I just let it do its thing. I did notice however that my scene (the background pages with all the widgets and app icons) was gone, and all the scenes that were pre-loaded were all blank...no widgets or apps of any kind, but a change in background. Really annoying to have to re-setup my scene from scratch, but whatever, gave me an excuse to move things around for better access I guess. Battery life is SOOOOOO much better now, and seems to run much cooler too (before the update the kickstand would get REALLY hot, I mean REALLLLLLY hot). Still runs warm, but its a 1ghz processor, so what do you expect? Love the phone though, but my girl is getting kinda jealous ;)
    shirles
  • RE: Sprint re-releases HTC EVO update after previous one did some bricking

    What do I think? I think you'll have to devise a way to keep these eBay resellers, or whatever they are, off your site.
    vailmcc