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.
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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 [...]
When we learned that the G2 would be coming with an 800MHz processor, many were disappointed, others declared they simply wouldn’t consider the device at all.
Some defended the decision in that the G2 is the replacement for the 500MHz G1, not the 1000MHz Nexus One. Others defended the decision based on the newer processor and claiming that when it comes to speed “megahertz isn’t everything”.
Now that we’ve actually got the device in-hand, how does it actually stack up?
First impressions aren’t everything, but they’re fairly [...]
While Sprint may be looking to add another Samsung Galaxy S to is arsenal by the name of the Samsung Transform, its 4G partner Clearwire may be looking to adopt its Galaxy S model by the name of the Epic 4G and rebadge that handset as the Samsung Notion. The speculated Notion is said to have a QWERTY keyboard–like the Epic 4G–a front facing camera with VoIP integration with OOVOO services, and free hotspot features. Whether the Notion will be an exclusive 4G device or whether it will be a dual-mode 3G/4G device like Sprint’s Epic 4G is unclear. The Samsung Notion is [...]
Forum member dshoem01 on Sprint’s community forums has promised that the carrier will be releasing an update to the Sprint Epic 4G that will be coming tomorrow, September 30th, and will be rolled out over the air over four days. The firmware update should fix the slow upload speeds that Epic 4G owners have been experiencing, which caps their uploads to a measly 150 kbps on Sprint’s 3G network. According to the forum post, “Good news – an update will be released tomorrow 9/30. It will be rolled out over a 4 day period so not everyone will get it on day 1. I will [...]
Some newer Android-powered phones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S, i9000, Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, and Epic 4G) don’t seem to be reporting the battery state-of-charge (SOC) accurately in the notification bar. This can lead to unexpectedly premature power-down.
The Android OS, however, seems to be correctly reporting the remaining battery power, which leads me to believe that the battery-life icon in the notification bar is being optimistic at best, and may be deliberately mis-representing the remaining battery life.
In this video I’ll show you just what I [...]
Are you confused about all the Galaxy S models from Samsung? If so you’re not alone.
The Galaxy S goes by many names.– On Sprint it’s the Epic 4G– On T-Mobile US it’s the Vibrant– On AT&T it’s the Captivate– On Verizon it’s the Fascinate– In other places it’s called the Samsung I9000 Galaxy S
The phone is basically the same across the various carriers. There are, however, some differences. Some have features the others do not and they each have radios specific to their carrier. One of [...]
Along with announcing a slew of Android 2.2 tablets at the New York Galaxy Tab event, Samsung also announced that the company’s Media Hub will be headed to unspecified variants of the Galaxy S. It’s unclear which carriers in the U.S. and worldwide will be enabling the feature, but the State’s sole 4G carrier at this time is committed to bringing Media Hub to its Epic 4G variant of the Galaxy S, complete with sliding keyboard, front-facing camera, dual 3G/4G support, LED flash, and mobile hotspot feature. If you’re an Epic 4G and are impatient, you can perform a [...]
Apparently all versions of the Samsung Galaxy S phones have an annoying little WiFi bug. When WiFi is turned on and you turn off the screen, WiFi does not turn off like you’d expect it to,and that can chew up your battery life.
Reportedly, the WiFi sleep policy that you can configure in the WiFi settings doesn’t seem to be respected by the device. At least not the way you’d think. Rather than turning WiFi off within seconds of the screen turning off, it waits 15 minutes.
Using this hack you can change that to whatever duration you’d [...]
When I talked about the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G not long ago I mentioned the inclusion of a front-facing camera for potential video calling. The phone’s dialer doesn’t include anything to allow video calling over Sprint’s 4G network. Fring, a free app from the Android Market, does offer video calling, but didn’t recognize the Epic 4G’s front-facing camera.
After I contacted Fring and notified them of the problem they went to work. Now just days after the Epic 4G’s release date, an updated version of Fring is available that utilizes the [...]
A recent analysis was done by BillShrink that details the cost of ownership of a Samsung Galaxy S model made for each of the four major U.S. carriers. The analysis takes into consideration the carrier-subsidized cost of the AT&T Captivate, the Sprint Epic 4G, the T-Mobile Vibrant, and the Verizon Wireless, along with plans for voice and data, and finds that T-Mobile leads the pack due to its low plan pricing options, followed by Sprint. The two largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, trail the pricing survey as the total cost of ownership of the Galaxy S models that they [...]
The latest installment of the Samsung Galaxy S, the Epic 4G, launches today on the Sprint network.
If you haven’t already seen our review of the Epic 4G you can see an unboxing, hardware and software reviews, as well as a look at the 720p video recording capabilities here.
You’ll be hard pressed to find an Epic 4G on release day, pre-orders have been sold out for quite a while. Sprint, realizing that their marketing push has created a shortage, has reportedly been able to free up some HTC Evo 4G’s to help quell any riots that may ensue. Okay, while [...]
Sprint will begin selling its popular, first-generation WiMax handset, the HTC EVO 4G, online once again early next week, according a tweet from the company’s official Twitter account. EVO has proved to be in high demand since its early June release, regularly selling out online only to be restocked days or weeks later. Potential customers may have more success finding the mammoth slab at a local brick-and-mortar store, some of which still reportedly have the device in stock.
Now that Sprint is on the verge of releasing its second WiMax-capable smartphone, the [...]
So, other than a “lag fix” that both Samsung and independent developers are working on, the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G (a Galaxy S phone) is remarkably fast. (We’ll talk more about that in an upcoming article.)
How fast is it? In this video we look at a hacked Google Nexus One running a super-fast Froyo ROM with the stock Epic 4G. We look at overall interface elements (using the same Launcher app and similar widgets), side-by-side benchmarking, 802.11n data speeds, and 3G data speeds. Since the Nexus One doesn’t have 4G WiMax on-board this seemed a fair [...]
Apparently using the same method developed by C skills’ Sebastian Krahmer to root the Motorola Droid 2 and Backflip, members of SDX-Developers have reportedly succeeded in gaining root access to the unreleased Epic 4G as well.
With Sprint’s Galaxy S variant rooted before it has even hit the market, it appears that the Android community may have achieved its long-dreamt dream of a universal rooting procedure. And from there, it’s only a matter of time until even the ZIOs and Loops of the world are blessed with power of root access too.
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Thanks to a watchful reader we’ve learned that the Samsung Galaxy S phones (including the Captivate, Vibrant, and Epic 4G) may not have the previously reported microUSB to HDMI capabilities.
Apparently, someone inside Samsung inadvertantly included the Galaxy S phones on a compatibility chart with the HDMI adaptor that was only intended for the Mondi.
That having been said, when I last checked the accessory page at Samsung’s website there are only two “compatible products” for the adaptor. Both are hard drives, but clicking on the [...]
Sprint’s QWERTY-infused variant of the ubiquitous Samsung Galaxy S, the Epic 4G, is apparently so popular that the wireless carrier has already run through its allotment of pre-order units, accourding to a message on the phone’s landing site. Now, instead of being offered a guaranteed place in line, potential customers are simply given the opportunity to receive a “ready-to-buy reminder” email during the run-up to the $250 Epic’s August 31st release.
Of course folks interested in the carrier’s second 1GHz-powered 4G handset can still purchase [...]
The Sprint Epic 4G is the newest Samsung Galaxy S smartphone (which of course means that it has a Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, solid battery life, plus some cool software) which does a few tricks that its other Galaxy S siblings cannot. First, it has 4G, making it the second 4G WiMax phone in America after the EVO 4G. Second, it has a five-row QWERTY slide out keyboard to help with text entry. The design is also quite different. It has rounded edges like the Vibrant, but oddly, it hides the Android buttons below the screen until they illuminate. While this makes for a [...]