How to Manually Install Froyo on Your Epic 4G Now

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Sprint’s Epic 4G, is one of the last Galaxy S variants still waiting for an official Android 2.2 Froyo build.

On February 21st we told you about Sprint starting the Froyo rollout, but by February 24th they’d stopped it, and allegedly pulled the update from their servers.

The reason for stopping the update was reportedly due to problems accessing content on the sdcard and data connectivity issues. It’s been almost two weeks and we haven’t heard anything from Sprint or Samsung regarding when the new update will be released — and some of us are getting antsy.

If you’re one of those, we can help! It seems the sdcard access problem may have been due to the way the “fixed” the proprietary filesystem of their internal storage to eliminate the dreaded “lag” it caused. It’s reported that factory resetting the device solved the problem. If you’re willing to do that, up-front, you probably won’t experience any problems. The data connectivity issues seem to go away with a factory reset as well, though there is no theory why.

If you want to give it a try, and are willing to take the risks, here’s all you need to do:

1. Backup any text messages that you want to keep.

2. Backup the entire contents of your sdcards (internal and external).

3. Download the official update.zip file (which is still on Samsung’s servers) to the root of your sdcard.

4. Factory reset your device by going to Settings, Privacy, Factory data reset, and following the prompts.

5. Turn off your smartphone.

6. Hold down the camera and volume buttons, then press the power button for five seconds.

7. Once you’ve booted into Recovery Mode, use the volume buttons to highlight apply sdcard: update.zip then press the Home button to select it.

The update should begin and take about 5 minutes to complete. Once it’s done you’ll be looking at a very familiar Samsung TouchWiz interface, but you’ll be running Android Froyo 2.2.1. You’ll need to set up your accounts again, but once you’ve done so your previously installed apps should automatically start downloading.

It should be noted that this is Android 2.2.1, not the recently patched 2.2.2 that we mentioned in our article on Android Malware. This version is still at risk, as was the Eclair version that you upgraded from.

Go enjoy your Froyo — and start waiting for Gingerbread!

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Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.