Permanent Root For HTC EVO Shift 4G Released

With dozens of new Android handsets being launched in the markets over the past few months, folks at XDA – the premier community for Android and other mobile platform hackers – must be having their hands full. Despite this, the community has announced that a permanent rooting solution for the newly launched HTC EVO Shift 4G has finally been released. The procedure itself is not entirely complicated and according to users who have already tried, the solution works like a charm.

Nevertheless, we must point out that rooting your Android handset can be extremely risky and could potentially brick your device besides voiding the manufacturer warranty. So, you are requested to go ahead with the rooting procedure only if you are a seasoned hacker and are aware of the potential risks. The complete rooting instructions are available on the XDA community here. Please don’t forget to tell us how it goes in the comments below.

Now Buy HTC EVO Shift 4G At Radio Shack, Best Buy & Sam’s Club

After a week or two of speculation, the new HTC EVO Shift 4G is now finally available for purchase over a Sprint network. This FroYo running device can now be purchased at one of the Best Buy, Sam’s Club or Radio Shack stores at the earlier speculated price of $149. This is with a two year contract.

I do not know if this was all a planned leak, but it definitely appears to be so. We first got to know about the price of this new Android handset from a leaked Best Buy inventory snapshot. This was soon followed by a leak from the stables of Wal-Mart that gave us an idea about the tech specs that this device will come equipped with. And finally, the launch date was captured via a Radio Shack memo yesterday. That completes all the three retailers that the EVO Shift will be available on starting today.

HTC EVO Shift 4G On Radio Shack Launch Today?

There have been a deluge of leaks with respect to the upcoming variant of HTC EVO – the Shift 4G. We already know that the device will be a slider keyboard variant of the original EVO with a smaller 3.7″ display and will run on Android 2.2 operating system. The entire specification list was recently made available on Wal-Mart’s partner website when we also confirmed that Sprint is likely to be the carrier for this Android smartphone.

Now, according to a new rumor, the EVO Shift 4G Android 2.2 smartphone could be launching as early as today. According to a leaked memo purporting to be from Radio Shack, the device shall be available on the Radio Shack shelves starting January 6. The memo reads,

“The Shift 4G cannot be offered until January 6, so if you receive inventory before Thursday, please secure it in your backroom and do not sell it or put it on display until that day

Now that we are already on D-Day, why not check out the neighborhood Radio Shack store and let us know if you find the new Android device on display on their shelves in the comments below.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Specs Leaked On Wal-Mart Website

LetsTalk.com; a Wal-Mart partner has published complete specifications and features of the HTC EVO Shift 4G phone – whose details have remained only rumors until now. Interestingly, while this looks like the company published these details inadvertently, the EVO Shift page is yet to be pulled. HTC or Sprint is expected to unveil this new HTC EVO model with a physical keyboard on the sidelines of Consumer Electronics Show this week.

The EVO Shift 4G will be carried by Sprint and will come with a 3.7″ capacitive touchscreen display, Android 2.2 OS and up to 32GB of microSD expansion. Other details include an 8-megapixel camera and up to 312 minutes of talktime and support for 4G WiMax.

You can check out the complete details here (mirror). As always, do let us know your views on this upcoming HTC handset in the comments below.

HTC Sprint EVO Shift 4G

HTC EVO Shift 4G Price On Best Buy Confirmed

Radio Shack has announced the price of the next generation HTC EVO phone. In an official promo launched by the company, the retailer has priced the HTC EVO Shift 4G phone at $149.99. It is worth noting that we had been speculating the same price since last week after a leaked Best Buy screenshot revealed the price of the EVO Shift.

HTC EVO Shift will be available at the aforementioned price after signing up a two year service contract with Sprint. Those looking for SIM-free versions will need to pay up $449.99 for the handset. If you are a fan of the large screen on the current HTC EVO variant, do note that the Shift will come with a relatively smaller 3.6″ display.

HTC EVO SHIFT 4G

The HTC EVO Shift 4G phone is rumored to launch on January 9, 2011 although there is no official announcement as yet. We will await the same.

HTC EVO Shift 4G Price On Best Buy Revealed

There is no official word from HTC or Sprint as yet about this new variant of HTC EVO that is rumored to be launching soon. However, a snapshot of the Best Buy inventory system that has been leaked shows the pricing details of this new Android phone.

From what we see, the HTC EVO Shift 4G could be priced on contract at a price of $149.99. That’s when you sign up with the carrier for two years. If you do not like contracts, then you can get a SIM-free version at a price of $549.99.

HTC EVO Shift 4G is pretty similar to the HTC EVO that is made its debut back in June this year. One crucial difference will be the availability of a physical keyboard on this upcoming device – something that definitely has a market still. The pricing seems appropriate though other important details about this phone are still missing. We will post about them as soon as there is information.