As what many would call an inadvertent slap in the face to many HTC Droid Incredible and HTC Droid Eris owners still trying to root their devices, XDA rode into town just a day before the gun-slinging goes down: the HTC EVO 4G’s root instructions are now available.
A couple of days after the Google I/O conference, we learned a developer had already achieved root and was preparing to offer the tutorial sometime later. That sometime is now and it’s available for anyone else that has an EVO 4G already. For those that have to wait for tomorrow, all you can do right now is read it and weep (literally, as I’ve done so myself).
There are a couple of things to note if you’re planning on doing this. Firstly, the method that toastcfh (the user that posted the instructions) is providing will wipe all of your data. He also recommends not using an RUU (ROM) from Sprint or you’ll lose the root. He’ll be making a root-persistent update.zip file with the EVO 4G’s ROM shortly.
Currently, everything you can do with this root method must be done through the recovery utility. We’re not yet sure what kind of functionality this keeps us from enjoying on other rooted devices such as the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One, but he’s noted that you can’t write to the system or recovery while booted in Android.
You can find more detailed information with instructions and download links at toastcfh’s XDA thread here.
[Update]: Another developer has posted their own root-persistent Stock RUU file here. Remember that we’re only reporting here at Phandroid.com. We can take no responsibility for anything that you do to your device, and neither can the developers from whom you download.
[Thanks to Android Central for the visual walkthrough]