Reports have started coming in that the HTC EVO 4G LTE might get its long-anticipated Jelly Bean update sometime today. As of now, this is unconfirmed, so you should treat it as a rumor. However, evidence is mounting that it is indeed on the way.

Speculation about the update started when a user in the Android Central forums posted an alleged internal Sprint screenshot, showing that that the EVO would be updated to 3.15.651.11 starting on November 15 (today). A subsequent screenshot gave us a few more details about what would be included in this update, including:

  • Wi-Fi Authentication improvement
  • Personalized Ringtone issue fixed
  • Hyperlinks routing to Phone App from Calendar description issue fixed
  • Calendar Reminder Improvements
  • Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)

The last bullet point is what really has people scratching their heads. Is this an obvious hoax, or did someone from Sprint simply copy and paste some incorrect information? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a cell phone carrier’s internal documents are massively mistaken.

Users at XDA and Android Central’s forums have been calling Sprint’s technical support to inquire about this, and they’ve been told that an update to Jelly Bean is indeed on the way to specific regions of the country later today. Interestingly enough, the leaked screenshot says that in the first four days of the update, only 25,000 downloads will be allowed each day. Afterwards, only 50,000 downloads will be allowed until November 27, when the update will automatically be pushed to all handsets without having to manually check.

Hopefully, this turns out to be true, as I know I’m not the only one who is getting very impatient, especially in the wake of a stable CyanogenMod 10 that was just released.

Update: At this point, it’s probably safe to say that this was a hoax, although reports have still come in from people who claimed to have spoken with Sprint technicians that say the update will roll out soon. I was unable to confirm this myself, and so the waiting game continues.

[Android Central forums | xda-developers]