By Stephen Schenck | March 14, 2011 7:37 PM
Sure, you could follow our guide to hooking your Epic 4G up with a nice Froyo install, but maybe you’re craving some even fresher Android goodness for your Samsung smartphone. The community over at the XDA-Developers forum keeps churning out the latest ROM images, this time bringing CyanogenMod 7 to the Epic. While this isn’t based on the latest CM7 version, and has its own share of compatibility problems, it still looks like it’s work a test run, at least to see what coming up next.
This alpha version of CM7 is nearly there, with most of the phone’s key hardware supported. That means you’ll have voice and data connectivity (both cellular and WiFi), but peripheral systems like GPS, video acceleration, and the digital camera aren’t yet functional. While those are likely to be the most annoying, keep in mind that Bluetooth is also half-working, with only music profiles supported, and there are problems with lags in data from the phone’s physical sensors.
Reports from users who have tried out the code praise its stability, in spite of the hit-and-miss hardware support. If you’re not afraid to stray from the path of official Android updates, the relatively straightforward installation process is available in the release’s thread at XDA-D.