February 22, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
We reported yesterday that the Samsung Epic 4G update to Android started yesterday and would continue in stages throughout the week. But after waiting days, then weeks, and several months for Froyo to arrive, who the heck wants to sit around and wait even more days?
Samsung’s got you covered since there are now options to manually update your Epic 4G to Froyo right now. PC users can download a Windows XP/Vista/7 .exe file a Windows XP/Vista/7 .exe fie that will upgrade your phone while tethered to the computer. If you have a Mac OS 10.5-10.6 computer or want to apply the update the old-fashioned way, follow these steps.
Warning: as always, we assume no responsibility if something goes wrong. Make sure that your phone is charged at least 75% before starting to prevent any issues while loading.
How to update an Epic to Froyo
- Download the update.zip (click Software and look for the Mac OS 10.5 file)
- Copy update.zip to the root of your SD card (not within in any folders) – follow steps 1-3 in this tutorial for help
- Turn off your phone
- Reboot into recovery by pressing the Camera, Volume Down, and Power buttons at the same time
- Press Volume down to select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” and then press the Home button
- Allow the update to load (do not interrupt) then reboot the phone once complete
If you need additional help, read the manuals Samsung has posted along with the download links. Things should run fairly smoothly provided that you follow the directions. Here’s a list of what’s new according to Samsung.
SAMSUNG EPIC 4G ANDROID 2.2 IMPROVEMENTS via Engadget
- New Home screen tips widget assists users on how to configure the home screen with shortcuts and widgets and how to make use of multiple home screens.
- If you zoom in with two fingers in the home screen, all panels are shown in one screen and the end user can remove the panel and/or add. The max panel number is 7.
- The Phone, applications launcher, contacts and messaging now have dedicated shortcuts on the Home screen, making it easy to access them from any of the 7 home screen panels.
- Improved security with the addition of numeric pin or alpha-numeric password options to unlock device. Exchange administrators can enforce password policy across devices.
- Remote wipe: Exchange administrators can remotely reset the device to factory defaults to secure data in case device is lost or stolen.
- Auto-discovery: you just need to know your user-name and password to easily set up and sync an Exchange account (available for Exchange 2007 and higher).
- Global Address Lists look-up is now available in the Email application, enabling users to auto-complete recipient names from the directory.
- Dalvik Performance Boost: 2x-5x performance speedup for CPU-heavy code over Android 2.1 with Dalvik JIT.
- The graph to the right shows the performance speedup from Android 2.1 to Android 2.2 using various benchmark tests. For example, LinPack is now more than 5 times faster.
Kernel Memory Management Boost: Improved memory reclaim by up to 20x, which results in faster app switching and smoother performance on memory-constrained devices.
- New device policy management APIs allow developers to write “device administrator” applications that can control security features on the device, such as the minimum password strength, data wipe, and so on. Users can select the administrators that are enabled on their devices..
- Apps can participate in data backup and restore, to ensure that users maintain their data after performing a factory reset or when switching devices.
- Device supports Flash Player 10.1
- Lock Screen
- New lock screen mode for entering a numeric pin or alphanumeric password
- Application On External Storage
- Ability to store and run non-forward locked apps on the SD card
- New media framework (Stagefright) that supports local file playback and HTTP progressive streaming
- Kernel Upgrade
- SDIO scheduling and BT improvements
- Email: Now able to download & open attachment from RTF formatted email. Also, default email size changed
- Qik: 90 degree rotation is now supported.
- Hotspot: Added timeout setting (Menu>Advanced>Power Mode). Furthermore, added more authentication methods.
- Calendar: A dialer can now be launched to call phone numbers within a calendar event when a number is selected. In addition, action is now able to be taken on received meeting invites
- Default Email Sig: Changed default email signature to “Sent from Samsung Mobile”
- Data Roaming: Data Roaming is now set On by default.
- Browser: Zoom button now appears. In addition, Autofit is defaulted
- Alarm: Snooze option defaulted when alarm is created
- Trash: Changed veribage as there is no Trash folder on server
- Media Hub: Application doesn’t work at times. New application release corrected problem.
- EAS OOO: Meeting responses were not working.
- Lock-up During Gmail: When syncing (sending a picture through Gmail, would cause phone to lock up.
- Dialer SK: Sometime during in-call state, softkey wouldn’t respond.
- Bluetooth: Corrected a couple of Bluetooth related problems regarding volume & pairing.
- Barcode Apps: Barcode applications would crash frequently.
- Unsolicited Power-Off: Device would power off due to low battery.
- Force Close: Resolved several force close problems relating to creating email folders, moving through fields, etc…
- Document Saved: When attempting to edit a saved doc, shift and function would not work. The Viewer has been updated.