Sprint has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G. The update comes weeks after Google announced the much awaited successor to Gingerbread, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The European version of the Galaxy S also got its Gingerbread update nearly 5 months ago. Better late than never, eh Sprint and Samsung?
Apart from the bump in the Android version, the update also brings some bug fixes, and other Gingerbread goodies like a Download manager app, improved copy & paste functionality and much more.
Below is the full change-log for the update -:
– Upgrade of the Google OS from Froyo to Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
– Audible Sprint AIRAVEâ„¢ notifications when answering call
– SMS messages sent without area code
– PRL and Profile update
– EAS (Exchange Activesync) email displaying HTML
– Bluetooth headset sound improvements
– Fully visible date on device lock screen
Sprint is the first U.S carrier to roll out the Android update for its variant of the Galaxy S. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy S are still stuck with Android 2.2 (FroYo), with no official time frame as to when they will get the update. An Android 2.3.4 based firmware did leak for the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile’s Vibrant, confirming that the update is under works for these handsets.
The folks over at SamFirmware have managed to get their hands on the Android 2.3.4 firmware for two popular Galaxy S series phone in the United States Sprint’s Epic 4G and the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G.
The EG22 Android 2.3.4 firmware for the Epic 4G brings an overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. The usual lag’ associated with the Galaxy S phones are pretty much absent in this firmware. However, the GPS performance on this new firmware is wonky at best. Users reported that they were able to lock to only 2 satellites even under clear skies.
The KG4 firmware for the Galaxy S 4G also brings overall improvement in performance and stability of the phone. Sadly, both the firmware for the handsets does not include the video chat capable version of GTalk.
The sources of SamFirmware are also reporting that apparently Samsung has stopped working on firmware updates for the T-Mobile Vibrant.
The leaked firmware for the Galaxy S 4G and the Epic 4G can be downloaded from here.
A few days ago an Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware for the AT&T branded Samsung Captivate leaked on the Internet.
Today, Gingerbread firmware for two U.S. variants of the Galaxy S have leaked on the Internet. One of them is the T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G, and the other one is the Sprint’s Epic 4G. This time also, the credit for the leak goes to the folks over at SamFirmware.com.
Galaxy S 4G owners over at XDA forums, who flashed this firmware on their phone, are reporting an improvement in performance and stability of the phone. There are also reports of huge improvement in battery life, with a little bit of tweaking like freezing all the bloat ware etc.
The Epic 4G Gingerbread leak solves most of the graphical issues which was present in the previous leaked Gingerbread firmware. There is also an improvement in performance compared to the previous leak. However, there is a lag of 2-3 seconds while rotating the phone from portrait to landscape mode or vice-versa.
Epic 4G users are also reporting an improvement in network reception, and data transfer speed. This leaked firmware also includes the latest version of Swype (v3), along with TeleNav navigation app.
Samsung Galaxy S 4G owners should head over to this link to download the leaked firmware, while Epic 4G owners need to click here.
It was only in the first 3 months of 2011, that the different variants of the Galaxy S in the U.S got the Android 2.2 Froyo update. Galaxy S owners in Europe got a taste of Froyo way back in October, and tasted Gingerbread recently!
Up until now it was unclear whether Samsung will update the Galaxy S series of handsets in the U.S. to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because of the huge Froyo update controversy.
Now, it looks like Samsung indeed intends to release the Gingerbread update for the at least one Galaxy S branded handset the Sprint’s Epic 4G.
The folks over at ACS forums are reporting that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G has leaked on the Internet. The ROM has already been rooted and de-odexed and is available for Epic 4G owners to download and test. Notable features of the ROM include working Netflix app, working FM radio, and Google Talk with video works as well!
I hope Samsung will sort out the bugs and issues and release the official Gingerbread update for the Epic 4G soon. Hopefully, other Galaxy S branded handsets in the U.S. will also get the Gingerbread update.
Sprint and Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 OTA update for the Epic 4G, back in late February.
However, the update was pulled back within 3 days of its release due to many issues including corrupting a user’s SD card, bricking phones etcetera. Now, the folks over at Android Central have got their hands on some leaked internal Sprint document.
The document states that Sprint and Samsung will be rolling out a new Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G owners.
Along with the Epic 4G, the Samsung Transform and the Galaxy Tab will also get OTA updates. The Transform will get the Android 2.2 update (EB28), while the Galaxy Tab will get a minor software update. All the updates will be rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air) by Sprint, and hopefully won’t lead to any issues this time.
Apparently, the Epic 4G Android 2.2 update is scheduled to roll out to the general public starting from March 21st. Updates for the Galaxy Tab and the Transform will be rolled out soon after.
Hopefully, this rumor will turn out to be true and Epic 4G owners will finally get a taste of FroYo on their handset.
Samsung is well known for not pushing out Android updates well in time. By the time any Samsung handset gets an Android update Google probably might have already released next two iterations of the software.
Sprint and Samsung finally released Froyo/Android 2.2 update on Samsung Epic 4G a couple of days ago and it turns out they had to pull it down due to issues faced after the upgrade. People have been complaining about data connectivity issues and some SD card issues while attempting to access photos, videos, etc. on the SD card. Here’s the official statement -:
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.
The issues being reported are related to data connectivity following the upgrade and SD card issues when attempting to access photos, music, etc. If you are experiencing these issues, a hard reset has been reported to resolve the problems. A hard reset will wipe out all the data on your device, so a backup should be done first.
So if you are wondering why hasn’t your Epic 4G received the Froyo update yet count yourself as lucky and not messing up the device. Sprint and Samsung are said to be working together to push a bug free update as soon as possible.
As reported earlier by us, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 2.2 FroYo update for the Sprint branded Epic 4G. Originally, the FroYo update was supposed to come in an OTA form. However, Samsung went ahead and released an exe file that will help Epic owners update their handset to Android 2.2.
The EB13 software build version is available in an exe form for Windows users, which will allow them to easily update their handset to FroYo, irrespective of the current firmware the handset is running on. For Mac owners, Samsung has an update.zip’ file which will only work with the DI18 software build or above.
However, users should keep in mind that updating via the above method will wipe their handset clean of all their data including contacts and SMS. Thus, users are advised to make backups of their important data present on the phone before proceeding with the firmware update. Epic 4G owners can download the update from here.
The Android 2.2 update for the Epic 4G will include support for Flash 10.1, ability to install apps in the SD card, better memory management, improved battery life, a kernel update and some bug fixes.
Samsung has already started rolling out Android 2.2 update in various parts of the world. The roll out is expected to be completed by the end of this month. However, Samsung has not mentioned when the U.S. variants of the Galaxy S will be getting the Android 2.2 update.
The Vibrant and the Captivate have already had their taste of Froyo thanks to some leaked firmwares. Yesterday, the Epic 4G joined that list thanks to Firon.
Firon has released a new ROM for the Epic 4G based on a leaked Android 2.2 firmware (DJ29). The ROM is a pretty basic one (deodexed, zip-aligned and pre-rooted) and only contains the usual Froyo goodies.
The catch? Browsing performance is actually slower than what it was on Android 2.1 based firmware and the audio sometimes skips when on 3G. Epic 4G owners can download the ROM from here.
Samsung has rolled out a minor software update for the Sprint Epic 4G. The DI07 update should be available for all Epic owners at the time of reading this article. The DI07 software update fixes some bugs present in the software and optimizes it as well. This software update also adds Media Hub’ functionality to the 4G handset from Sprint.
Media Hub provides Epic owners access to the most popular movies and TV shows. Here is the official change-log from Samsung :
* Optimized – HotSpot in 3G idle mode to help conserve battery power
* Optimized – Applied Qualcomm patch for performance enhancement
* Added – Media Hub
* Modified – WiMAX exit delay
* Modified – UI “Noisey” One to “Noisy One”
* Fixed – 32GB mSD card is not recognized when formatted in device
* Fixed – When playing video, the playback is paused if a headset is connected/disconnected
* Fixed – Sorry popup when DRM file is selected in the Gallery
* Fixed – Hotspot registration/deregistration
The Epic 4G belongs to the Galaxy S series of handsets from Samsung. The phone features a 4-inch touch-screen with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Hopefully, the Epic 4G will get its Android 2.2 update soon as well.
Another variant of the Samsung Galaxy S the Samsung Epic 4G has hit the U.S shores and is available on the Sprint network. The Epic 4G is the second handset from Sprint to make use of its 4G network, the HTC EVO 4G being the first. The Samsung Epic 4G is the most distinct from its others Galaxy S siblings. The phone features a 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen with a WVGA (800×480) resolution. The Epic 4G is powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and packs in 512MB of RAM.
The phone also has a five row slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device is available on the Sprint network for $249.99. The HTC EVO 4G costs a whole lot $50 less than the Epic 4G.
Another sibling of the Galaxy S the Samsung Fascinate will be hitting the U.S shores on September 9 on the Verizon network. The device is already up for pre-order at Best Buy.