The sequel to the original Samsung Epic 4G was rumored to be seen on Sprint‘s network way back in quarter three of last year. However there hasn’t been much in terms of news regarding this device since then. Heck, the phone hasn’t even seen a release since it was first announced. Well it appears that we may actually see a release after all, as the device (SPH-D705) has made a showing in the Cellebrite system (see below). Usually this means that the release is imminent in the near future.
If you check out Samsung‘s open source portal you’ll see that both the Epic 4G and 4G Touch have a new kernel source up. The 4G has both a kernel and other open-source items for update version EL30 ready for download while the 4G Touch has theirs for version EL29. An OTA update usually follows when Samsung posts the source code so be on the look out for that. So for you developer folk out there you can hit the source below to get your hands on the kernel sources right now.
We don’t have details on what these updates encompass but it might be regarding Sprint‘s push to rid their devices of Carrier IQ as it did with the update for the HTC EVO 3D. We will keep you updated as we find out. Stay tuned!
[via Samsung Open Source]
Chances are, the last thing you’ll be thinking about once you get your hands on the Galaxy S II Epic 4G when it’s released this Friday is flipping through the user guide straight away. In light of this, let’s regard the news of Sprint’s leaked user guide as an unexpected benefit and investment your near future. Hit the link below to familiarize yourself, brush-up on its features, maybe pick up a few helpful tips and admire this very photogenic Android device before it becomes your reality.
We heard about the Samsung Stratosphere 4G (SCH-i405) for Verizon Wireless about a month ago. and we knew it had to be the leaked Samsung QWERTY slider that we saw in June. What else could it be since Verizon decided to pass on the Galaxy S II?
If you were looking for something more concrete, than take a look at the above pictures which confirm the Stratosphere 4G will indeed be a variation of the Sprint Epic 4G. Specs are not confirmed, but as we earlier reported, it is expected to sport a Super AMOLED Plus screen, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.4.
If you are a fan of QWERTY sliders, this is a better alternative to the DROID 3 since it supports 4G LTE. It might actually be an affordable LTE device as I am expecting it to come in at $199 with a 2-year contract. We will let you know more as we hear it. Is anyone excited for an affordable LTE phone?
An extended analysis of AT&T’s variant of the Galaxy S II reveals it is rife with NFC. In addition to containing kernel drivers and a pre-installed APK, the system files indicate the device is running in a mode named NDEF (NFC Data Exchange Format). It hasn’t been determined if the handset will be capable of making payments, but the presence of NFC in the Galaxy S II is definitely a good sign.
T-Mobile has released minimal details on its version of the Galaxy S II but FCC filings confirm it will contain NFC as well.
While analysis of the Epic 4G did not reveal any information regarding NFC, it did uncover that it’s using the same WiMAX module (cmc732) as the Samsung Nexus S 4G. If you recall, the Nexus S 4G was plagued with performance issues when originally released (though many of those concerns were eventually resolved in a later update). Let’s hope the Epic 4G will come with improved firmware to ensure customers won’t have to go down that path again.
Will NFC support influence your decision one way or another? Let us know in the comments!
At one time it was thought that Verizon would be the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now it seems as though Verizon has decided to not carry it at all. It has been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokesperson.
We know the Samsung Stratosphere is coming, but it will be an Epic 4G variant. Of course, rumors are that the Nexus Prime will show up on Verizon, and since it will most likely be made by Samsung, this could have contributed to the decision.
Ultimately I think it comes down to Verizon wanting to have the DROID Bionic and the iPhone 5 as their featured phones this fall. Verizon will put a lot of money into the Bionic and they have a strong relationship with Motorola. Many thought that if it weren’t for 4G LTE compatibility, the Bionic was dead in the water. The Galaxy S II has been declared the better phone and their is no question that it would’ve impacted the Bionic’s sales and success. With no Galaxy S II in play, the Bionic gets center stage.
I would love to hear from Verizon customers. What are your thoughts? I am on Verizon myself and was already leaning towards the Bionic because of the 4G LTE capability.
Many hoped the Gingerbread update for the Samsung Epic 4G was going to be here this month, but an announcement by Sprint squashed that. While you are still waiting for official release, you can check out a leaked ROM. This ROM is build EG22 (back in June it was EF02), and it is based on Android 2.3.4. It looks like there are some fixes with this new build, including one for existing sound-related problems
This ROM is flashable with ClockworkMod and is pre-rooted. Head over to the source link to give it a try.
A couple of weeks ago we showed you leaked photos of an unannounced Samsung slider headed to Verizon. We have some more pics, and although it still looks like an Epic 4G, there are some differences with the keyboard. The shift and fn buttons have been moved, the Internet shortcut key is new, and the emoticon key has been moved to secondary status on the space bar.
The screen has been described as “awesome” and it just might be Super AMOLED Plus. The rear camera is a 5MP and the front is 1.3MP. You will notice the 4G LTE in the status bar, which would make this the first 4G slider on Verizon. Remember, the Droid 3 is only 3G.
Another nice surprise is that it has Android 2.3.4, while most phones on Gingerbread are only at 2.3.3.
More pics after the break
There has been a lot of talk that the Epic 4G will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but Sprint has just confirmed that the above screenshot is indeed a typo. Yes it stinks, but typos do happen, I think I might have made one or two myself in the past. Okay, I made a lot more than that, but the good news is that the Epic 4G will eventually get the Gingerbread update, just not out of the box.
For a company that many thought would be in trouble by year’s end, Sprint has seemingly taken the mobile world by storm. In fact, there’s more Sprint coming up in my Android feed than both Verizon and AT&T for the first time I can remember. That didn’t happen even before the release date of the Evo 4G. So what exactly is the littlest of the Big 3 up to now a days? From where I’m standing Sprint has some big plans for the future: