How to update HTC Evo Shift 4G to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) [Custom ROM]

Written by Fridza. Posted in How To

Published on January 17, 2012

The chance for HTC Evo Shift 4G (aka Speedy) to get ICS updates getting smaller, since to this day HTC promised an Ice Cream Sandwich update only for Android smartphones that released in late 2011 and several other high-end phones, it seems Gingerbread update was the last official update received by these android phone. If you want to run Android 4.0 on the Evo Shift 4G the only way is install a custom ROM (unofficial firmware), fortunately started last year CyanogenMod Team has supported this phone to run the CyanogenMod 7 (CM7) ROM based Gingerbread. So, we can expect HTC Evo Shift 4G will be able to run CM9 (ICS) .

HTC Evo Shift 4G Ice Cream Sandwich ICS

Guide Updating HTC Evo Shift 4G to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) [Unofficial]

By installing the new ROM will erase all existing data on your phone’s internal storage, for contacts and Gmail you can sync it with Google accounts. But if you want to backup the installed apps, SMS, MMS, call logs, you need an additional application to complete this, you can download MyBackup Pro to handle this task. And you have to remember we are not responsible if your phone warranty will void or your phone will bricked in the process of installing the update.

In order to install custom Android 4.0 ROM (AOSP or CyanogenMod) make sure your HTC Evo Shift 4G running stock ROM (Android 2.2), you can see the version of Evo Shift 4G Android version in settings> about phone> software information. In case you have a newer version or 2.3 you can follow a guide in this thread to downgrade Hboot and go back to stock 2.2.

After fulfilling the ROM version requirements, now you need to get root access and S-OFF using visionary tools, if you have previously installed it on HTC Evo Shift 4G you have uninstall it first, you can follow the guide here to obtain root access. After getting root access, the next step is flashing the engineering HBoot, please be careful when flashing HBoot, when you take wrong action it can hard brick your android phone, make sure you go through this guide.

After successfully gain root access and install engineered HBoot in on your android phone, the next step is to install custom Android recovery image, we utilizing the latest version of ClockworkMod recovery, and you need a fastboot on your PC to install CWM, you can learn more here. When finished installing the CWM recovery in HTC Evo Shift 4G, you need a custom Android 4.0 ROM to be installed on your phone. However, currently there are no stable custom ICS ROM, CyanogenMod Team also still in the process of building a CM 9 and take time before being released to the public. But we will notify you when the CM Team officially released CyanogenMod 9.

How to install ICS in HTC Evo SHift 4G via ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery

To enter the CWM Recovery in android phone, you must turn off your phone first and then turn it on by pressing and holding the volume down key simultaneously with the power button. After entering the bootloader then select RECOVERY menu and you should enter the CWM main menu.

CWM HTC Evo Shift 4G

  1. Previous backup ROM image (Nandroid backups) by choosing “backup and restore” menu.
  2. Wipe everything from previous ROM by choosing “wipe data / factory reset” and also “wipe the cache partition” menu.
  3. Additionally you can wipe the Dalvik cache, wipe the battery stats etc. by selecting “advanced” menu.
  4. Install a ROM you have downloaded before, select “install zip from sd card” and then “choose zip from sd card” and the flash process will begin.
  5. After the flashing process is complete select “+ +Go back+ +” menu and “reboot systems now”.

We understand the process to update the HTC Evo Shift 4G to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) custom ROM requires skills, so it is only recommended for advanced users. For novice users you will have to upgrade your phone to HTC Evo 3D or maybe HTC 4G Evo Design with 4-inches and 768 display RAM for only $599 $0.1 here, both device planned to get official Android 4.0.

[Source : CyanogenMod]
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