Sprint Epic 4G Froyo update details leaked

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We reported earlier that the Sprint Epic 4G will be receiving an update this week that will bring Froyo 2.2 and enable Sprint ID. The following is the actual text that will be on the Sprint website shortly.

  • A software update to EC05 (Froyo with Sprint ID) will be available beginning Monday, 3/21/11 for the Samsung EPIC 4G via Google OTA.
    • OTA Duration time dependent on current device usage: 10-20 minutes, with installation time of 6-8 minutes.
  • Customers will become eligible for the upgrade across a 4-day period based on their status with the Google servers.
  • Enhancements:
    • Upgrade of the Google OS from Éclair to Froyo (2.2.1)
    • Add Sprint ID functionality
    • Ability to install applications to external storage
    • Improved Bluetooth device support
    • Bluetooth Voice Dialing
    • Flash Player 10.1
    • GPS Enhancements
    • Improved OS performance
  • Fixes
    • Email PIN based authentication
    • User friendly tethering for 3G and 4G

The update begins today and should be completed by March 24.

[via androidcentral]

Sprint ID comes to Sprint Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab this week

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Starting today Sprint Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab owners will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update that will enable Sprint ID. The Epic 4G will also receive Android 2.2 Froyo.

After you have received the update you will see the Sprint ID icon in your applications menu. You will be able to download ID Packs which include apps, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, shortcuts and more. These can be tailored to your specific interests, business needs or favorite brands.

According to the press release:

“Sprint ID launched in October 2010 on three devices – LG Optimus S™, Sanyo Zio™ and Samsung Transform™ – with 16 consumer lifestyle ID packs targeting specific interests including Home Base, Health & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Socially Connected, Business Pro, Golf Enthusiast, Auto Enthusiast, The Big Apple and Entertainment, as well as branded ID packs from Yahoo!, WHERE and Lo2Yo by LatCel. Since launch, brands that have deployed Sprint ID packs include MTV, ESPN and HSN. Select ID packs will be available for download onto Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung Epic 4G.”

“Customers with Sprint ID-capable devices can download up to five ID packs onto their phone and easily switch back and forth between them or swap them out for new ones. Sprint customers currently are downloading an average of two ID packs per device. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan.”

The OTA updates should be completed by March 24th. For more information about Sprint ID please visit Sprint ID. To see the full press release hit the source link.

[via sprint newsroom]

ACE ROM available for the Sprint Epic 4G

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Here’s another ROM out for Android devices, and this time it’s for the Sprint Epic 4G. No doubt because people who have the means are just tired of everyone having to wait for the carriers and manufacturers to get together and put out some updates for us all. Thankfully, AC Forum member Paul627g doesn’t feel like being the patient type, so he’s put out the ACE ROM for the Sprint Epic 4G.

In doing so, this ROM has a long list of tweaks including a deodexed system, all the Samsung bloat-ware removed and a full ext4 compliance. So if you own a Sprint Epic 4G, and don’t feel like waiting for an update, or just feel like getting rid of ‘Car Home’ from your app list, check out the forum here.

[via Android Central]

Boost your 4G WiMax signal in Samsung Epic 4G

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Ever find that your signal just doesn’t seem like a real fast 4G connection on your Sprint Epic 4G? Has your connection dropped, only for it to seem to take forever to pick WiMax up again? If so, you may want to have a look at this fix for your Epic 4G, and although the instructions seem easy enough, as always, take caution when messing around with the original programming.

That being said, XDA-Develop gokuman56 has figured out a way to improve your 4G signal on Sprint’s WiMax. You will need your MSL, Call Sprint or follow this:

Dial ##3282#
It will open a menu, click WiMAX and enter MSL. Note: 4G radio must be on.
Go to extensions and Hold EntryRX and Write Extension
Change the Value to -110 (The Lower the weaker the signal can be for the phone to connect.
Change EntryCINR to 0004

You can find more information in the hack thread.

[via XDA-Developers]

Sprint shaves $50 off the Epic 4G bringing it to $199 with a new 2-year

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It would appear that Sprint has lowered the price of the Samsung Epic 4G from $249.99 to $199.99, a difference of $50. This new price still requires a new 2-year contract, but $50 off for what is still a relatively new phone is a pretty good deal. The Epic is a 4G Sprint device featuring a full slide out QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz processor, dual cameras, and a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display.

If you’re interested in picking up one at the new discounted price, head on over to Sprint’s online store here.

[via Twitter]

Sprint Epic 4G tested against T-Mobile G2

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Comparing the T-Mobile G2 and the Sprint Epic 4G, we can see many similarities, as well as a few differences aside from them being two different manufacturers and carriers.

Download speeds are essentially the same, which was to be expected. Both smartphones have all the features you’d expect for an Android smartphone, but below we’ll highlight what you usually don’t see in feature spec details…processor speed tests and their results.

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Sprint Epic 4G unboxing & first impressions

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Here it is folks, the one you’ve all (Sprint customers) have been waiting for, the Samsung Epic 4G. This is number three out of four of the Samsung’s Galaxy S phones, the other two being the AT&T Captivate and the T-Mobile Vibrant. The fourth US-Galaxy S phone will be the Verizon Fascinate, but not much has been said about the device.

Unlike the Captivate and Vibrant, which are truly the same phone with different shells, the Epic 4G does sport a few features that the others don’t:

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Sprint Epic 4G specs emerge

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Raise your hands if you can’t wait for the Epic 4G to launch around August 20th!!! Yea that’s what I thought, quite a lot of you are. The Sprint Epic 4G, which is one of the four Galaxy S phones coming to the USA (the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant are already here) will boast a few added features compared to the other two Galaxy S phones.

Most obvious is the fact that it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but what’s not immediately evident are the front-facing camera and LED flash that will also grace the Epic. But for a more-detailed rundown of the specs, just check out this spec sheet:

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Sprint Epic 4G and Verizon Fascinate launching in few weeks?

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There has been no official word on when the Sprint Epic 4G and the Verizon Fascinate will join the current Galaxy S family of the T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate, but these tweets from Samsung seem to hint that it will be within a few weeks. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a few weeks would line up nicely with an August launch, so we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed on this one.

[via @samsungmobileus]