It seems like Gingerbread has been just on the tip of Samsung’s tongue for the past few months when it comes to the Epic 4G. We saw an early leak, and then heard that the official update could be going out OTA sometime in July. When Sprint updated the smartphone’s page on its site to show that it was shipping with Gingerbread already installed, it looked like the update might actually be upon us. Unfortunately, that turned out to be a false alarm, but we’ve still been holding the belief that the update would land very soon. We’re still waiting for that official release, but in the meantime a new leaked ROM has emerged that shows plenty of progress.
This new ROM is build EG22, up from the EF02 we saw in June. Samsung is now using Android 2.3.4 instead of 2.3.3, and there’s evidence that it’s been cleaning things up, removing debug code, presumably in preparation for a release. There are also signs of some fixes Samsung’s implemented in this new build, including one to address some existing sound-related problems.
The EG22 ROM is flashable with ClockworkMod, and comes nice and pre-rooted. If you want to take a peek, head on over to the XDA-Developers forum for links to the ROM and instructions on how to get it on your Epic 4G.