Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Android 2.2 Froyo Rollout Has Begun
Sprint has beaten all other US carriers to the punch by rolling out the Android 2.2 Froyo upgrade to its Samsung Galaxy S variant, the Samsung Epic 4G, before any of its three main rivals. Users on XDA are reporting that the Flash 10.1-enabling update is now available in certain parts of the country over the air, with a full nationwide deployment expected over the next several hours. Sprint’s accomplishment is all that more laudable considering the fact that variants released prior to the Epic, including T-Mobile’s Vibrant and AT&T’s Captivate, have yet to receive the highly-anticipated refresh.
According a recent report, 43.4% of active Android handsets now run Froyo, with 39.6% on the slightly older Eclair build. If Android 2.3 Gingerbread is indeed launched tomorrow as expected, the Epic 4G will end up being the only US Galaxy S variant to get 2.2 before 2.3 begins rolling out to Nexus One developer handsets.
Samsung has had a world of trouble bringing Froyo to the millions of international Galaxy S units, having pushed back the release window several times, even going so far as to seed the update into its Kies system only to pull it down shortly thereafter.