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Welcome proud owners of the HTC Evo 4G. For a lot of people this (including me) this will be your first foray into the world of Android, and I want to help both of us get up to speed with the operating system.

Getting Around
The Evo runs the “Sense” interface overlay on top of the Android OS. This interface layout is unique to HTC devices, and helps significantly lessen the learning curve of Android. The interface features seven “homescreens” that you can customize with widgets, icons, folders, etc. This allows you to create your own experience with the phone and truly make it yours.


Above is the default middle homescreen with the Clock/Weather widget and a few app shortcuts. You'll notice that at the bottom there are three buttons: The up arrow which will display all of the “apps” on the phone, the giant “Phone” button which brings up the phone dialer, and the “+” button which lets you add content onto the screen (I think?), like a widget or app shortcut. These three buttons remain active on the bottom of every homescreen.

To navigate the homescreens, you can simply swipe left or right, or use the “leap” feature, by pinching the screen and you'll see all seven homescreens in small boxes. Simply tap one of the boxes to be taken to the corresponding screen. It makes it quick and easy to see everything at a glance.


Pro tip: You can activate leap by double pressing the Home button!


Android also features a multitasking system, but admittedly it's kind of odd. Currently 2.1 shows the last 6 apps you were running (with 2.2 this increases to 10 I believe). To access your currently running apps, simply hold the “Home” button in and it will eventually pop up the following image. Just select the app and it will resume where you left off.


There is no way to close an application in Android (natively). Update: For most applications hitting the "Back" button will close them - my mistake! The OS instead will automatically close an app when the system needs more resources. However, there are hotly debated apps you can download called “Task Killers” which obviously kill tasks. I won't get into that issue here, but you can find many topics debating them.

Some notes about Sense:
-It only displays in portrait view. When you open an app, they usually have the ability to go into landscape, so that functionality is still there. But the seven homescreens will always be in portrait.

-When operating in landscape mode in an app like the browser, the ear piece will always be to the left. This is an Android thing and is the same across the entire platform (as of now).

-There is no way to further customize the bottom bar (where “Phone” is) to maybe add a texture or change the color. I expect this to be addressed in the next incarnation of Sense, but for now you're stuck with the gray look.

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Customizing your phone
Ah, the fun part – making the phone experience yours and not what some manufacturer tells you it should be. There are four main components to customization: Scenes, Wallpapers, Widgets and Apps (oh my!).

HTC allows you to create different visual profiles on your phones which they call “Scenes”. By default, the phone will come with a scene that has the carbon fiber background and all of Sprint's proprietary apps and widgets on the screen. All of this can easily be changed by pressing menu and selecting “Scenes”. Within three taps you can load up a separate scene for the office, or traveling, or out with your friends. You could have a completely different phone experience every day of the week. You could let your significant other create a scene and title it “jealousy” because they don't have an Evo of their own (applies to me). It's all completely customizable and easy to configure.


Now, you may be saying that Wallpapers are nothing new or exciting (especially if you're familiar with an iPhone – zing!) but Android has a special take on this with “live wallpapers”. In addition to your typical static images, these live wallpapers are animated, and usually have some sort of user interaction by actually touching the background. Some of them are really cool, from interactive coy ponds to games of pong to slowly shifting orbs of light.

To change your wallpaper, again click the “Menu” button and there is an option for “Wallpaper”. You will notice then you get the options for adding a static wallpaper from HTC, your Photos, or Live Wallpapers. When selecting the live wallpaper of your choice, you're generally given a ton of options to configure it how you want. Play around! Find whatever suits you.


Note 1: Live Wallpapers will eat up your battery! You need to decide if its worth it or not.
Note 2: For some examples of more Live Wallpapers from the Marketplace, watch below Android Live Wallpapers.
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The next component is perhaps the biggest feature of Android device, the Widgets. For those who are unfamiliar with them, think of them as mini applications that sit on your homescreens and enable you to get data at a glance without going into a full blown app, or adjust settings on the fly. They are truly what powers Android and makes it so appealing to many.

In most cases, when you tap on a widget it will launch the corresponding full program. So for example, the big giant clock that is the default on the middle homscreen, did you know if you click on the clock it opens a full “Clock” app? If you click on the weather in that widget, it launches the weather app, too. That's what I mean by offering data at a glance...you no longer need to load up a dedicated Twitter application to see what your friends are tweeting, it can all be loaded right onto your homescreen.

Adding and removing widgets is a breeze, and there are lots the come preloaded on the device. To add a widget, simply long press on an empty place on the screen (or “tap and hold” if you prefer) and you're greeted with the following menu. Note that you also do the same thing to add a folder, application, or shortcut. When you select “Widget”, you are greeted with a menu similar to the Live Wallpapers, and also similar is that most widgets have lots of options for you to play with. To remove a widget, simply long press on it and it will turn red, then drag to the bottom of the screen.


The final thing to talk about are the Android applications. This has been the Achilles's heel of Android, but as most things it takes time to progress, and has made big strides, boasting over 50,000 apps. To access Android's version of an “App Store”, launch the application called “Marketplace” There is nothing ground breaking here and is pretty self-explanatory. However the one thing I want to highlight is that Google let's you buy an app and within 24 hours (I think) you can return it for a full refund if you aren't happy with it. Really cool feature that let's users buy with confidence.

There are several app management tools, like Astro Manager (which I'm not familiar enoguh to comment on). One thing I'd like to highlight is the website called AppBrain. This let's you browse the Marketplace on the internet, and you can even create “lists” of apps you want ahead of buying the phone. AppBrain has an app (that's a mouthful) that you can grab off the Marketplace that will automatically transfer the list you saved on the web onto your phone. To see an example, here is my list I made called “Wanted”. On launch day, I can simply grab the AppBrain app and it will do the dirty work and get the applications I've saved. Pretty slick. Also, remember there is an entire forum dedicated to applications and one for games too - use them!


Finally, if you want the visual version of this guide, watch the following video. It is by far the best video I've seen that showcases the Sense UI, and is the inspiration for this guide. Yes, it's for the HTC Desire, but the Evo will have the exact same interface.

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So this is a basic guide I'm working on which aims to help Android newbies get quickly acclimated with their Evo.

And suggestions/criticism is welcome!
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Yes, thank you! It's almost funny how little I actually know about how to use it once I get it!
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Tonight (I think) I'm going to go into customizing your phone.

Not sure if there will be a part three to this post - will have to see where I stand after tonight I guess.
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Thanks for this, nice little something to get myself familiar with it. This isn't only my move into Android but to a.. good phone haha, I've been on cricket and virgin mobile since I can remember but now that I can afford my own service I'm picking this bad boy up thanks!
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Nice thread premise, SF... thanks!
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Thanks for taking the time to do this. I've benn doing tons of research since I first heard about the evo but this will be my first android device so i'm sure I'll still have questions
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I've stickied my own thread, because basically it's awesome

This is all I am going to write until I have the device in hand and am more familiar with it and Android. Highly suggest to watch the bottom video I put in post #2!

Hope everybody finds it useful - it should provide a good boost to us noobies!
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hi .. good job..
I have a Hero.. and I think I see a few small errors.. but it is close enough.

example "hold the HOME button to get the last 6 apps selection to show up".
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WOOHOO I appreciate the shot out SF! LOL You didn't leave me hanging! HAHA

I posted this in the "how to make these forums more usable" thread but I would love to work on this project with you if it gets approved SprintFun. I will repost here so you can check it out in case you haven't seen it yet.

Here you go:

Bek, SprintFun, & Twospirits I appreciate your hard work and thought process behind making this forum a more pleasurable, and insightful place for noobs like me lol

I have one suggestion and although it may be a long shot, I figured what the hell. I am not sure if this has been discussed previously, but if so, mods please delete...

Kevin from crackberry.com has a blackberry 101 lecture series that I used to follow religiously and it really made my experience as a bb user a very smooth transition from symbian. I was wondering if you guys could somehow put together the same type of learning series but for android of course.

I know many members would follow it and I for one found it extremely helpful and exciting as a bb user, to know that every week I would learn something new. It was very intuitive and definitely made the challenge of learning a new OS a great one.

Although I am a noob, I for one would love to assist you in any way, shape, or form if this idea is even possible. I have provided you a link from crackberry.com in case you weren't familiar with it:

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Look forward to being a part of this project if possible!

Please let me know what you think SF...

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hi .. good job..
I have a Hero.. and I think I see a few small errors.. but it is close enough.

example "hold the HOME button to get the last 6 apps selection to show up".
I couldn't remember if it was home or menu - will edit - thanks!
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@evoman: Truthfully I am not an experienced Android user to the point where I could know all of the intricacies, more so than what I already posted here. I've never even used Android, so my knowledge is limited to things I've picked up by watching videos and reading. I would be willing to help where needed, but I'm no where knowledgeable enough to lead the charge so to speak.
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here is a little tid-bit...

when the phone rings, you can..
- flip it over (face down) to make it shut-up.
- pick it up and it will reduce its volume.
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@evoman: Truthfully I am not an experienced Android user to the point where I could know all of the intricacies, more so than what I already posted here. I've never even used Android, so my knowledge is limited to things I've picked up by watching videos and reading. I would be willing to help where needed, but I'm no where knowledgeable enough to lead the charge so to speak.
I'm with you SF! I'm a noob myself but as you mentioned the best part of being new to android OS is finding out all the intricacies and challenges we face ourselves and overcoming them by research and practice. Let's do it! lol

Who can we appoint to lead the project?
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Excellent guide! Thank You!
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Coming from Blackberry, here's something that took me a bit to learn about Android:

Programs: Are programs you install on your phone and run. You can run several programs at the same time. You can add icons to programs on your homescreens through the "programs" menu on the Add to Homescreen screen. These icons are static (i.e., they do not change or display data). All installed programs appear in the all-programs list.

Widgets: Are utilities that you add to your homescreen and usually display interactive information. You do not run widgets. You add widgets on your homescreens through the "widgets" menu on the Add to Homescreen screen. Some widgets come in multiple sizes. Sizes can range from single-icon size all the way to full screen. You may be given setup options at the time you add the widget to your homescreen; some widgets can only be configured at the time you add it to the homescreen (so if you want to change the setup, delete the widget and re-add it). Widgets may or may not appear in the all-programs list, and often do not. Therefore, sometimes the only way to confirm that a widget was successfully installed is to try adding it to a homescreen. Some widgets will launch programs when you tap them (i.e, they will work like shortcuts).

Programs with Widgets: Some programs also have widgets built in to them. Installing the program also installs the widget. For example, installing the Weatherbug program also installs the Weatherbug widget. The program will appear in the all-applications list; the widget will not.

Shortcuts: Are icons that launch programs with specified data pre-populated. For example, a browser shortcut will launch the web browser and automatically open a specified URL. A phone shortcut will launch the phone application and automatically dial a specified phone number. A map shortcut will open the maps application and automatically display a specified address. You must specify the pre-populated data at the time you create the shortcut, and you cannot change it once it is created.

Folders: can hold program icons and shortcuts only. They cannot hold widgets.
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here is a little tid-bit...

when the phone rings, you can..
- flip it over (face down) to make it shut-up.
- pick it up and it will reduce its volume.
Does it have to start face up to work? If the phone is face down and you turn it face up does it silence it? Does it just silence it or does it send it directly to VM?
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Another correction...

You can close an app... using the back button.. will close most applications. Using the home button will leave the program running in the background.

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You can turn off Sense and run stock android.
Just delete the data cache from Sense in the... mange applications in the main menu / then hit the home button. You will then be given a choice to choose which you want....or just download an app called 'home switcher'

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I would defineatly tune in if that 'Android Class' gets going. Gonna have to keep an eye on that.
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Does it have to start face up to work? If the phone is face down and you turn it face up does it silence it? Does it just silence it or does it send it directly to VM?

if it is already upside down... it will still ring (so you dont miss a call), but it does reduce the volume.
flipping it over again (face down).. will silent it.

silencing it will only turn off ringer.. it will ring till voicemail picks up.
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Yeah die I hope it gets approved. I will keep nagging TS and SprintFun so don't worry
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Coming from a Blackberry (storm...uugghh) and getting the EVO as my first ever android device I can't thank you ENOUGH for this topic! I am trying hard to not let the android os intimidate me...and this really helps!!! THANKS AGAIN!!!

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This has been very helpful, looking forward to learning more!
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Thanks for that tip timmy.

hope this helped people, and I still am learning new things. If people want to keep posting stuff I think I'm going to make the third post about user submitted tips
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Thanks for that tip timmy.

hope this helped people, and I still am learning new things. If people want to keep posting stuff I think I'm going to make the third post about user submitted tips
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here is another that a lot of people dont know....

Market apps purchase...
you can try the app for 24hrs ...
if you dont like it, return it within 24 hrs of purchase..
full refund..just uninstall it... thats it! automatic refund.

if you ever load it again.. automatic charge..NO 2nd refund!
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here is another that a lot of people dont know....

Market apps purchase...
you can try they app for 24hrs ...
if you dont like it, return it within 24 hrs of purchase..
full refund..

if you ever load it again.. automatic charge..NO 2nd refund!
That is huge!! Thanks!

There have been a lot of apps for purchase that I've been interested in, but didn't wanna waste money on in case I don't like it!
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Sprintfun, I like your OSU Andriod!!! Go Bucks!!!
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great overview! i have a question (i'm coming from a blackberry). does anyone know if there is a site (like crackberry.com, but for android) where you can download ringers directly from the site to your phone?
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I downloaded battery pro and don't find it anymore useful than the standard one. I'm not too concerned about a refund (I paid $ .99 cents) but don't know how to delete apps just yet.

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to help off set the cost of the phone and service.. here is a way I have been able to save $$ on my other purchases

go download "shopsavvy"

when you are out shopping for anything.. most things 99% have barcodes. Use this software to scan the product's barcode. It will give you reviews of the product. I will also give you best place to purchase the product and best prices available. Both online and at local stores.

I have used this many times to have the store match the lowest price at LOCAL stores. It will give you the phone number of the local store and you can call them to confirm; or go to the online store and order it there!!!!

and it is a free app!!!!!
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Thanks a lot - awesome overview - Coming from WM this is a entire new thing. I did my own flashing of custom roms on wm but even when I first got WM I went months on stock just to get a feel for it.
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great overview! i have a question (i'm coming from a blackberry). does anyone know if there is a site (like crackberry.com, but for android) where you can download ringers directly from the site to your phone?
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Download an app called "ringdroid" - it allows you to create a custom ring tone from any song on your phone, right on the phone. Not exactly what you asked, but I find its a viable or even better option.
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I hate to ask this but what is the difference between between uptime and awake time?

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great overview! i have a question (i'm coming from a blackberry). does anyone know if there is a site (like crackberry.com, but for android) where you can download ringers directly from the site to your phone?
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Download an app called "ringdroid" - it allows you to create a custom ring tone from any song on your phone, right on the phone. Not exactly what you asked, but I find its a viable or even better option.
You actually don't even need ringdroid. There is something just like it that is already part of the phone. When you are listening to the song you want to use just press Menu and set as ringtone. Then you can either set it as is or you can cut it down just like ringdroid!
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I hope this thread is not dead. I just ordered my EVO today and hoping to get it soooon. Does anybody have any tips or can point me to the right direction of things to do after I get the phone such as Hard Reset for battery improvement that way I won't reset/delete the entire setup/data 1 week down the road... Hope that makes sense. I am new to a smartphone and android so please forgive my ignorance/weird questions.
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I hope this thread is not dead. I just ordered my EVO today and hoping to get it soooon. Does anybody have any tips or can point me to the right direction of things to do after I get the phone such as Hard Reset for battery improvement that way I won't reset/delete the entire setup/data 1 week down the road... Hope that makes sense. I am new to a smartphone and android so please forgive my ignorance/weird questions.

It wouldnt hurt to do the hard reset when you first get it (Iv never done it so just search the forum for how to, there are plenty).

Once the hard reset is complete update the phone to the current HTC build. Hit the menu button->Settings->System Updates->Do an Update PRL and once complete do the "HTC software update".

From here its just a matter of your own personal taste and customization.

Dont like the wallpaper? Then hit menu and go to Wallpaper. Choose from the list of Live, HTC or gallery (Which will prob be empty since its new).

Not knowing if this is mainly business phone or a personal media fun toy but there are custom profiles you can set up. To look at some presets of different layouts you can hit menu->Scenes and then choose one. Your layout will change. Dont like those then customize it.

I could seriously go on and on about it but this shoudl be a good start and keep you busy for an hour or 2.
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How do I set up Transdroid?
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Thanks for the info and support! Mine is a personal/fun/productive phone
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Once the hard reset is complete update the phone to the current HTC build. Hit the menu button->Settings->System Updates->Do an Update PRL and once complete do the "HTC software update".
Enjoy your EVO everyone!
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Got My evo heres a couple of screen shots, I used Handbrake for the video, Lock 2.0 and Beautiful home weather, with custom clock skin downloads.
And a rotating Galaxy live background.
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hi .. good job..
I have a Hero.. and I think I see a few small errors.. but it is close enough.

example "hold the HOME button to get the last 6 apps selection to show up".
On the Evo this is correct. Holding the home button makes your recent apps appear.


Sidenote. Evo has a resident app killer. All the debate about it and the recent versions of evo have app killers installed. Live wallpaper will eat your battery.
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I don't have an issue w/ live wallpapers hurting my battery. I easily get a full day + w/ pretty decent usage on the phone.

It has better battery life than my Palm Pre did.
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I don't have an issue w/ live wallpapers hurting my battery. I easily get a full day + w/ pretty decent usage on the phone.

It has better battery life than my Palm Pre did.

WHAT?????!!!!!!

How is that possible? Every review Ive read rant about the battery. By noon my battery is past half gone w almost NO use.

Im constantly checking for running aps to save battery life. Ive been pricing second batteries already.

Will you do me a favor? Will you write your battery specs here? I wonder if yours came with a better battery....
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Sidenote - iphone will soon brick the phones of any iphone user who downloads non-mac apps! : D Go droid for open sourcing.
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