Android Phones

Samsung Epic 4G Froyo update starting right now

February 21, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Samsung, Sprint

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Samsung and Sprint are finally delivering the Android 2.2 upgrade to owners of the Epic 4G. After months of waiting and several delayed false starts, Sprint has confirmed that an over-the-air update that will move the Epic from Android 2.1 (Eclair) to version 2.2 (Froyo) is set to begin today.

Epic 4G users will receive a notification to download the Froyo update at some point this week, with all users receiving the download by Friday, February 25. The update will be delivered according to a queue, so you won’t be able to use the old manual check to speed-up the process. Just be patient and hope for the best because we’ve already received word of someone getting the update.

UPDATE: To heck with patience. Here’s how to download and apply the update right now.

According to Sprint’s announcement, Epic users should receive the following enhancements once the Android 2.2 update is applied:

  • Upgrade of the Google OS from Eclair to Froyo (2.2.1)
  • Ability to install applications to external storage
  • Improved Bluetooth device support
  • Bluetooth Voice Dialing
  • Flash Player 10.1
  • GPS Enhancements
  • Improved OS performance

The T-Mobile Vibrant was the first U.S. Galaxy S handset to receive the Froyo update, so that leaves only the AT&T Captivate and Verizon Fascinate to get similar treatment.

Thanks, Santo!