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 [...]
Sprint’s Epic 4G, is one of the last Galaxy S variants still waiting for an official Android 2.2 Froyo build.
On February 21st we told you about Sprint starting the Froyo rollout, but by February 24th they’d stopped it, and allegedly pulled the update from their servers.
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 [...]
Apparently it was too good to be true, Sprint has pulled the OTA and OTW Froyo updates for their Epic 4G.
According to a post by an admin on Sprint’s Community Forum:
There have been an increased number of calls into Care regarding issues with the Epic following the upgrade. As a result, the upgrade will not be pushed to more devices until a resolution for these issues is in place. The OTW update on the Samsung website will also be taken down.
Sprint and Samsung are actively working to correct these problems and release the update to all devices. I will [...]
Yesterday we told you that Sprint is rolling out the Froyo update to their Epic 4G. Like most major updates, the rollout will come in waves, but everyone should be “eligible” to get the update by the end of the week.
If you don’t want to wait for your turn in line, or if you don’t want to download the update over-the-air (OTA), you can download the update manually, and flash like another other update. If you’re interested, here’s how to do it:
1. Navigate to Samsung’s update page then click on “Software”
Getting Android 2.2 Froyo on Samsung’s Galaxy S phones hasn’t been easy for the major carriers in the U.S. Sprint previously told customers to hold tight, the update is coming to their Epic 4G.
Sprint now has a support page online talking about the Epic 4G‘s Froyo update, dubbed EB13. According to Sprint’s web page the update includes:
– An upgrade of the Google OS from Éclair to Froyo (2.2.1)– Ability to install applications to external storage– Improved Bluetooth device support– Bluetooth Voice Dialing– Flash [...]
Sprint’s been advising users of Samsung’s Epic 4G to keep their patience as the carrier puts the phone’s Android 2.2 upgrade through extensive testing before certifying it for release. The company may be wrapping things up, as rumors indicate that the official Froyo update will go out in about two weeks, on February 21.
A tipster has provided Android Central with an image of the WiMAX phone running a copy of Froyo build EA17, which he identifies as the final revision which will ultimately go out to Sprint users. We’ve been waiting for Android 2.2 to come [...]
As we’ve mentioned in the past, Samsung’s Galaxy S series of devices are a really big deal for the company. They represent the best engineering the company can muster both in terms of hardware and software for a smartphone device.
This is the third installment of Samsung’s Galaxy S superphone (not including the unlocked European version), and reinforces the likelihood that Samsung will have a Galaxy S on every U.S. carrier by the holiday season of 2010. Read on for our full review of the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G!
The box the [...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S phones in the U.S. have had a hard time getting Android 2.2 Froyo deplyed to them. Some of the smaller carriers have already pushed updates to their Galaxy S phones, but the big for (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint) are all lagging behind.
Earlier today we told you of T-Mobile’s plan to start rolling out Froyo to their Galaxy S starting tomorrow. Sprint, possibly caving in to peer pressure, was quick to reassure owners of their Galaxy S, the Epic 4G, that they haven’t forgotten about you, and are working with Samsung to get the [...]
The new year got off to a rocky start over at Samsung’s official Twitter account, where a harmless call for New Year’s resolutions resulted in a barrage of hostile replies that forced Samsung to revisit the nasty Froyo-on-Galaxy-S issue. Probably expecting folks to rehash plans to lose weight or quit smoking, Samsung was instead greeted with numerous responses centering around two themes: pleas for getting Froyo on American Galaxy S variants and vows to never buy Samsung products again. And then there was user @BlackMoonWolf, who probably spoke for many with the suggestion [...]
If you feel like Samsung’s playing a game of keep-away with your Froyo update, we’d understand, as earlier today the company’s site changed its information on several handsets to indicate they’d soon be running Android 2.2, only to revert the edits.
The Epic 4G, Fascinate, and Vibrant – Galaxy S phones – were briefly listed as operating on Froyo; not “set to receive Froyo”, but currently running it. At first, it looked like another inadvertent leak, with some Samsung webmaster accidentally updating the site with information [...]
Samsung Galaxy S is one of the most popular Android devices ever launched and most definitely one of the most successful Samsung models ever. The model was a best seller in both its original shape as well as carrier variants worldwide (and in the U.S. as T-Mobile Vibrant, AT&T Captivate, Verizon Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G).
One of the Galaxy S’ biggest flaws was that it was launched with Android 2.1 Éclair back in June 29, 2010, a time when Android 2.2 Froyo was already one month out (being launched on May 22, 2010). The lack of a software refresh, till recently, made [...]
Today is the day that was rumored to be bringing the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update to the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G. It was somewhat suspicious that an update would be released on a Sunday, let alone the day after Christmas. Regardless, we got word that not only is the Froyo update not coming today, there is no “firm delivery date”, only a target to have it “available in the near future” — we’re not even going to ask about Gingerbread.
Samsung Epic Software Update (Froyo 2.2 Version) Not Available YetDespite what many websites are saying, Android [...]
The Samsung Epic 4G had an early bite out of Gingerbread with the occasion of a leaked ROM related to which Sprint quickly came forward and warned users not to apply the DK28 build as it was “not approved software for Sprint production devices”.
PhoneArena has published a screen grab courtesy of one of its tipsters according to which the Samsung Epic 4G will receive a Froyo update on December 26. It refers to the DL11 Froyo update which will start rolling out the second day of Christmas with a target of hitting all devices this year. You should receive a notification [...]
If you own a Galaxy S device and have been waiting for the Froyo update to hit, you’re not alone. Galaxy S owners in the US, and around the world, have had to deal with repeated unfulfilled promises from Samsung as to when the Android 2.2 update would be available. While Epic 4G owners came close with a leak, Samsung made it clear that the leaked update wasn’t final. Over on XDA, the 2.2.1 update for the international Galaxy S has been leaked, and owners are reporting that it’s “very fast”. The leak won’t work on other variants of the Galaxy S, but [...]
SRS Labs Dolby Labs has been working with smartphone makers for years to improve audio quality by including virtual sound processing. Turning on the sound processing can mean the difference between flat music and lively audio with bright highs and boomy lows (assuming you’re using good headphones). The upcoming Desire HD is one such device that will benefit from the advanced audio processing. Also including the 5.1 virtual surround is the line of Galaxy S devices, including the US-facing Captivate, Fascinate, Vibrant and Epic 4G. To turn on the processing, hit the [...]
According to a press release from Sprint, the DK28 Froyo update for the Epic 4G that was leaked late last week is not approved and should not be used. DI18 is the current, but not necessarily the final, version, but there is no official release date for that build — yet.
“Sprint is working on a software package for the Samsung Epic4G that will upgrade it to the Froyo version of Android. Over the weekend, some users were able to access and download a test build (DK28) for the Samsung Epic from some 3rd party developer sites.
“Unfortunately, this is not [...]
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 [...]
One of the more advertised “features” of the T-Mobile myTouch 4G is video calling via the built-in Qik app. Qik is supposed to be better than Apple’s FaceTime because you can make and receive calls anywhere you’ve got a data connection — not just over Wi-Fi.
How does it work in practice? When I say “not that well”, that’s a compliment. How bad was it? Watch the video below.
I took the myTouch 4G connected over T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, and the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G connected to Sprint’s network, and tried to [...]
The Android patent war has a new front in the form of a lawsuit against South Korean manufacturing titans LG and Samsung. The two firms, plus a California company called Interwoven, are being sued by multinational software developer Vertical Computer Systems, Inc, which accuses them of violating a pair of patents covering a “system and method for generating websites in an arbitrary object framework.” The second of the two patents is said to be a continuation of the first, adding 32 new claims to the original 53. Vertical specifically cites LG’s Ally and [...]
According to a thread over on XDA-Developers, not only is there a beta Froyo ROM available for Samsung’s EPIC 4G, it’s 2.2.1, and it’s been leaked, hacked, rooted, and made available to flash for people who have rooted their Epic 4G and installed Clockwork Recovery.
There are reports of some bugs and other minutia with the build, so I’d suggest holding off on flashing this ROM unless you’re especially adventurous.
Whether you end up flashing this beta or not, the fact that it’s an actual beta (not just a release candidate or internal [...]
Samsung made their Q3 2010 results public on Friday and the Company has recorded a 19% increase in units shipped to bump the number to 71.4 million phones, a number reached, according to the press release, thanks to its flagship smartphones, Galaxy S and Wave which “were the primary drivers of continued sales growth amid a global demand recovery”.
Samsung declared sales of 7 million Galaxy S models, devices which are available in 90 countries running on 210 carriers worldwide. In a bold but target oriented thinking, the world’s second largest mobile [...]
Some people would claim that the keyboard on the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G is superfluous — the phone comes with Swype — and only adds bulk to the device.
Others might see that keyboard as a challenge to turn their phone into a handheld game console, complete with slide-out controller!
That’s just what Cary Golomb did to his defenseless Epic 4G.
WARNING: This isn’t the for those with weak stomachs — and this will void your warranty in many, many ways.
If you have a desire to run video games the way they were meant to be [...]
After hearing news that Sprint would be rolling out an OTA upgrade for the Samsung Epic 4G that will give the device faster 3G upload speeds, users were disappointed that the company had decided to put the upgrade on a temporary hold, citing administrative problems with Google’s servers and that the problem will be rectified shortly although no timeframe was given. Now, it seems that Sprint may have worked out any problems that the Epic 4G may have presented previously as some users are reporting that the DI18 is now floating out over the air to some users.
Neither Sprint [...]
We had earlier reported of an update for the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G that was slated to start rolling out on September 30th, but it seems that the effort has been placed on hold due to a problem with Google’s servers. Sprint had issued a statement and the carrier says that it hopes to have the update back out soon, though an exact date was not given until the administrative issues are resolved. You can read the Sprint statement below:
We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this [...]