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