The Samsung Epic 4G one one of the original Samsung Galaxy phones released. The Epic 4G, with its slide-out keyboard and Sprint 4G radio, has been one of the more difficult of the Galaxy’s for custom ROMmers.
Today Sprint announced an official OTA for the phone, which they’re calling FC09. Included in the update are fixes for Force Close errors when receiving a call and the “Sprint Connections Optimizer”.
This OTA brings the software version up to S:D700.0.5S.FC09 and will be released in stages, with all devices getting the update within [...]
Back in June of last year, we looked at a leaked Sprint roadmap claiming to tell the tale of devices planned for release over the following few months. Not everything on that list made it out, though, including the Samsung Epic 2, to follow in the steps of the Epic 4G. Now it looks like the phone may finally be getting a chance to surface, with signs pointing to plans for its release on Sprint.
The phone shows-up in some of the latest Cellebrite software, used for transferring data between handsets, tied to model number SPH-D705. That’s one we’ve seen before, also [...]
Users of the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint recently received an update that, amongst other changes, removed the controversial Carrier IQ software from their phones. We knew that Sprint was going to be making clean-up from this whole Carrier IQ fiasco a priority, and that we’d start seeing such updates arrive to strip the carrier’s phones of the offending software. We’re not sure if they’ll be the very next to see the same treatment, but a rumor says that Samsung’s Epic 4G and Epic 4G Touch will be on the receiving end of updates before the month is out, with at [...]
Right as we wrapped-up 2011, we caught wind of an important milestone for the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint. After months and months of spotty, unofficial support, the Android finally earned itself an official release of CyanogenMod 7. While that was fantastic news for owners of the QWERTY slider, there were still several problems remaining with the build, including a pretty major one for most users: broken WiMAX support. Still, it was progress, and we were happy to see it released, even in that state. Now, just a few days later, WiMAX has already been fixed.
The important thing is [...]
Way back in March 2011 we told you of an early alpha of CyanogenMod 7 for the Samsung Epic 4G (SPH-D700). Unfortunately, the smartphone wasn’t officially included as a supported device, it was just a port of the insanely popular CM7 source made to work on the Epic 4G — and progress since then has been very slow.
Recently the Epic 4G was officially welcomed into the CyanogenMod fold, complete with its own forum and github repositories, though it’s not currently on the “Devices” page.
The first official build is 7.2.0 RC0. The following [...]
We’ve already seen the recent Bit9 study which unveiled popular Android smartphones being vulnerable to malware exploits and hacking attempts and now it’s time for a North Carolina State University research to raise a couple of questions regarding pre-installed software.
Researchers Michael Grace, Yajin Zhou, Zhi Wang, and Xuxian Jiang at NCSU analyzed popular smartphones: HTC Legend, HTC EVO 4G, HTC Wildfire S, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Epic 4G, Google Nexus One and Google Nexus S. The research found that while the model implementation of Android on [...]
You’ve been reading about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint for a couple of days now and we even told you how to install it if you don’t want to wait for Sprint to flip the switch.
If you decided to wait for the official release you’ll be happy to find out that it’s now official. What does it bring aside from the new platform? Audible Sprint AIRAVE notifications when answering call, SMS messages sent without area code, Bluetooth headset sound improvements, fully visible date on device lock screen and more. The version [...]
As we predicted yesterday, Sprint has reportedly begun rolling out the LONG awaited Android Gingerbread update to the Samsung Epic 4G! Yay!
Not only do you get the latest-and-greatest version of Android (remember, Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t been released — yet), you also get some bug fixes:+ Airrave notification fixes+ SMS area code fix+ PRL and Profile update fix+ EAS HTML Tagging fix+ Bluetooth headset quality fix+ Lock screen date fix
You should be getting the update over the next few weeks, but if you simply can’t wait (and I can’t [...]
Software updates bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the Samsung Galaxy S started heading out to users this past spring. Of course, that was for unbranded models, and all the carrier-specific Galaxy S variants have been a whole lot less lucky at getting some Gingerbread of their own. We’ve got some good news for Sprint subscribers who have been keeping the faith, as a leaked doc suggests that Gingerbread for the Epic 4G will start to go out to users tomorrow.
Gingerbread for the Epic 4G is nothing new; we’ve seen plenty of leaks of in-development software, but have [...]
What does the future have in store for Sprint? Some information from what This Is My Next believes to be a trustworthy source has some idea, revealing some tidbits about what smartphones Sprint could be planning to release over the course of Q3 2011.
Some of the models the source mentions we’ve heard of already, or at least we likely have. He mentions a “full touch 4G” Samsung that’s on the horizon. While that doesn’t definitively nail it down as any one particular model, we are expecting Sprint to release the Galaxy Within in the next month, its [...]
Back in June, we heard an assortment of rumors about upcoming smartphones on Sprint. Samsung’s Galaxy S2 was obviously mentioned, along with a sequel to the Epic 4G. We had no clue at the time that those two might end up being one-and-the-same device, but that’s how the case seems now, after the claim has arisen that the Galaxy S2 will launch on Sprint as the Samsung Epic Touch 4G.
BGR cites unnamed sources for this information, which seems to disprove earlier assumptions that Sprint’s Galaxy S2 would be the Galaxy Within. This is a bit of a surprising move for [...]
Over at Sprint, the times, they are a-changin’. We’ve already seen a leaked roadmap revealing some upcoming smartphones for the carrier; now we can see which are nearing the end of their time with us, thanks to another leak, this time of the carrier’s end-of-life schedule for the next few months.
According to these EOL dates (which could always end up shifting around, especially the further-off ones), Sprint’s clearing some serious BlackBerry house, dropping the Style 9670 in just a few weeks, followed by the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G in September. With new [...]
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 [...]
Oh, Sprint, how you confound us! Yesterday we looked at the carrier’s page for the Samsung Epic 4G, noting that it had been updated to now show the phone as shipping with Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed. That sounded promising, since we were expecting the OTA update to arrive later this month, but apparently it’s all a big misunderstanding. Android Central reached out to Sprint for clarification, and the carrier responded that the Epic 4G is still shipping with Froyo.
So what gives, Sprint? If you go to the Epic 4G’s page today, it still shows Android 2.3; if [...]
A rumor last week said that Samsung’s Epic 4G on Sprint WiMAX would soon be getting a long-overdue Gingerbread update, with the target window for release sometime in late July. We didn’t get to see any documentation in support of the claim, so we’ve been on the lookout for something to help back it up, or at least redirect us onto the right path. Well, Sprint has gone ahead and left one big clue for us, suggesting that for some users at least, Gingerbread may already be officially available for their Epic 4Gs.
That lucky group would be brand-new Epic 4G owners; [...]
Today has been nothing if not inundated with rumors of Android updates. The most recent to land on our radar is for another taste of Gingerbread, this time on the Samsung Epic 4G.
We’ve seen Gingerbread for the Epic 4G on Sprint before, with one build leaking a few weeks back for the adventurous among you to try out on your own smartphones (if you don’t just run CM7, that is). That was build EF02; we haven’t heard just what revision this pending OTA update will bring, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Samsung has made a few changes since [...]
Back in April, a leaked internal document originating from Sprint hinted a Google Android Gingerbread update to hit the Samsung-made Sprint Epic 4G and now build EF02 has been leaked all over the forums.
Before you quickly hit the source link, download and install, hold back for a couple of days to see whether the update is stable and most important, whether it is rootable or not. If you can’t/don’t want to wait, you’ll have to use Odin to make it work so be careful and follow the instructions. You can find more details over at XDA Developers.
Earlier this year Apple considered that Samsung is ripping it off by copying its iPhone design and applying it to a couple of its own smartphones. Cupertino claimed to take a look at Samsung’s upcoming models and the Korean company instantly responded demanding the same, plus adding in a couple of patents to raise the stakes.
If the original complaint referred to designs of the Samsung Captivate, Continuum, Vibrant, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Indulge, Mesmerize, Showcase, Fascinate, Nexus S, Gem, Transform, Intercept, and Acclaim smartphones, Apple has amended it to add an [...]
In our second set of speed tests, we wanted to find out just how fast Sprint’s 4G is compared to T-Mobile’s HSPA 3G. This video answers that with a side-by-side comparison.
In the video below I use the FCC Test app, which is free in the Market (but crashes after running the test more than a couple times). Running this app, setting your server to the closest one to you and the speed in kbps, run the test a few times and report your network and speeds in the comments below!
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S series of Androids is about to get a shot in the arm, thanks to the the development efforts of the coders working on CyanogenMod. While experimental builds of the custom ROM replacement have existed for the Galaxy S and its carrier-branded cousins, the smartphone hasn’t been officially supported by the project. Now it looks like that will finally be changing, starting with AT&T’s Captivate getting its first official CyanogenMod nightlies.
These nightly builds mark the Captivate’s progress towards a stable CM7 release. It [...]
One of the things I like most about the Samsung Epic 4G is the physical keyboard. One of the things I like least about it is also the physical keyboard.
For some reason, Samsung has a type of “key-press timer” which forces you to slow down why keying anything in on the physical keyboard. Supposedly this helps reduce typos due to multiple keys being pressed at the same time — unfortunately, doing so means means you have to type slower, which defeats the purpose of the physical keyboard.
Luckily, the XDA community has a patch that “optimizes” [...]
We may take it for granted that smartphones share certain aspects of their appearance and functionality, but the companies behind these products don’t always see these similarities as the organic result of smartphone evolution. Having icons on a home screen that you tap to launch apps, for instance, may seem like something inherent to smartphones as a whole when it’s you who’s considering it, but to these companies, it can represent half a dozen patents held by disparate entities, all enforceable and actionable upon if illicitly copied. It’s this sort of bashing [...]
Sprint‘s Samsung Epic 4G is going to receive its Android 2.3 Gingerbread update, at least according to bits from a leaked internal document from the carrier.
The key references are “OSName GoogleAndroid” and “OSVersion Android 2.3” while the build tested appears to be build ED12. With Samsung already committing and hopefully preparing the Gingerbread updated for the Samsung Galaxy S, the Epic 4G — being such a smartphone — should receive it’s Android 2.3 update without any hassle. It’s just a question of when it will be [...]