While it’s not perfect, Android 4.4.2 has landed on the original HTC EVO 4G. The device that could, did, and probably will keep doing as long as there are developers for it.
For those wanting to play with it, it’s not something you want to use on an activated and active phone yet. Mobile data is broken, and the thing hasn’t really had much of a life so far as it was born yesterday so more bugs will undoubtedly about.
But it’s possible, and if you’ve ever wondered why there’s a persistent passive dislike of the root crowd from major manufacturers, this is it. Developers have managed to keep a phone alive, useful, and on current software nearly four years after its release date.
For those who have used Evervolv before, the KitKat release is built from it with some tweaks for the OG EVO. It doesn’t appear there are any official maintainers of the phone these days, though so the build for the OG by Captain_Throwback is unofficial.
For anyone running their EVO as a media server or just using it as a backup, due to Google getting their act together and optimizing code, minimizing memory usage through their various projects, newer versions of Android run a lot faster on old hardware than the software that shipped with them.
It’s sort of the opposite effect that Windows had in operating systems.
Anyway, if you want to try it out, you’ll need a SELinux capable recovery for the EVO 4G, which at the moment it looks like this modified version of TWRP 22.214.171.124 is it.
Thanks to devo4g for pointing me to this.