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.