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jerdog · Apr 5, 2012

AnaKonda for Epic 4G Touch Combines Xperia Launcher with TouchWiz ICS

XDA has a long history of developers searching out ways to bring key features and/or software from one device to another, and hopefully adding value to the user in the process. In that same vein XDA Senior Member VeNuM has put together a pretty slick ICS ROM for the Samsung Epic 4G Touch. The ROM is based on the latest "stable" leak from Sprint and Samsung, and features the Sony Xperia Launcher instead of Samsung's TouchWiz launcher. VeNuM is calling it...

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Former Writer · Mar 28, 2012

Install Debian, Arch, or BackTrack Linux on the Epic 4G Touch

Android phones have undergone a transformation over the last few years. Unlike other platforms that often seem reluctant to change, Android phones have only gotten bigger and faster, squeezing even more awesomeness into every cubic centimeter of each passing new generation. Along for the ride are other fun things such as allowing Android users to run software that isn't actually Android. Many devices can actually run several distributions of Linux. The Samsung Epic 4G Touch is one of the latest to...

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Former Writer · Mar 26, 2012

kTool for Galaxy S II Dumps Kernel and Helps Backup EFS

Most tools help users and developer add things to their Andorid devices---be it themes, mods, or even GUI interfaces that flash kernels and ROMs. However, there's another genre of tool that is just as essential to the Android experience: applications that backup essential system files that can easily be broken when flashing development work. XDA Senior Member HellcatDroid created one such tool for Samsung Galaxy S II, allowing users to perform numerous tasks including backing up and restoring EFS, dumping the kernel, flashing...

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Ian Stacy · Mar 19, 2012

FC15 Spotted for the Epic 4G Touch, Stock Rooted ROM Already Available [Update: Now FC18]

Update: kc_exactly has now updated his thread to house Calkulin's stock, rooted FC18 update. All signs point to this being very close to official release! Owners of the Samsung Epic 4G Touch have been lucky lately. First the bloat removal tool provided by XDA Senior Member Calkulin showed up, seamlessly doing it's job for both Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs. The very same week Calkulin delivered another surprise in the form of the leaked FC14 update for the phone. Lucky, indeed. In an...

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Ian Stacy · Mar 16, 2012

Stock Rooted FC14 Update for the Epic 4G Touch Available

Samsung Epic 4G Touch owners, begin celebrating! XDA Senior Member Calkulin has posted the leaked FC14 4.0.3 firmware, stock and rooted with busybox installed, along with a de-odexed version and the FC14 modem. The developer warns that users installing the update must flash both the firmware file and the FC14 modem in the same ClockworkMod recovery session because after installation and rebooting you will no longer have CWM recovery. The developer also notes that a factory reset and data wipe is...

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egzthunder1 · Mar 15, 2012

Kiss Bloat on the Epic 4G Touch Goodbye Thanks to Bare Rom Converter

We are all aware of a large number of methods to get rid of unwanted bloatware from our devices. Manufacturers really give you no option to rid yourself of software they want you to use as they can potentially bring in revenue for them by selling you products through these. Moreover, without a custom ROM or access to root, you really cannot do away with them as they are normally uninstallable. And even if you could somehow easily uninstall them,...

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liwen · Jan 26, 2012

New OTA Update For Sprint’s Epic 4G Touch Removes Carrier IQ

Sprint has said that it will remove Carrier IQ on all of its devices, and is continuing to make good on that promise with the latest OTA update targeting the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, Sprint's own version of the Galaxy S II. The new update has the version S:D710.0.5S.EL29 with the following changelog: Security update Dismissing multiple calendar alerts Commercial Alert System (CMAS) activation Of course, "security update" is corporate doublespeak for "Carrier IQ removed". The update will roll out in...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 15, 2011

EL13 Firmware for Epic 4G Touch Leaked, Carrier IQ-Free!

Assuming you haven't been living in a cave the last few months, you've heard about Carrier IQ---a baked-in software package that Google CEO Eric Schmidt publicly labeled a key-logger. Thanks to the diligent work of XDA Recognized Developer TrevE, we've brought to light some of the issues surrounding the software package several times in the past. Luckily for us, it now seems as if OEMs and carriers are starting to understand that WE DON'T LIKE IT! Enter the EL13 leaked firmware...

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Sam Caplat · Nov 28, 2011

Ice Cream Sandwich Ports Progress Report

Ice Cream Sandwich ports are highly sought after, given the hype and price of the phone that runs it. However, providing there is support behind development, there is every chance you can run it on your device. This article is here to list the current ICS ports on our most popular  forums and their individual stages in progress. Should your device not be listed below, you can always visit your device's development forum on XDA and search for any ROMs...

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mic_888 · Nov 9, 2011

ICS Dialer v1.0 Now Available For Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Bits and pieces of Ice Cream Sandwich are everywhere, and now Samsung Epic owners can get their hands on the ICS Dialer courtesy of XDA Senior Member ssconceptz. The XDA member has created a clone of the ICS Dialer built off the stock Contacts.apk from the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. Please note that this is not a port and that your tabs will not be ICS tabs (as per the image), since this will reflect the specific ROM theme...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 28, 2011

Development Getting Fired Up On Epic 4G Touch – Partitions Mapping Available

As you may recall, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 US sibblings just got launched into the wild and because we could simply not sit idle with our arms crossed, the devs in our forums have started pounding their Epic 4G Touchs with the fists of development. As you are probably aware by now, there is always a discovery process before true development can actually take place. During this time, information regarding the internals of the device is gathered until enough...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 28, 2011

Check Your Battery Discharge Stats Via Shell (ADB)

For whatever the reason, some people can simply never find what they are looking for and thus, they end up creati.g their own solutions for their problems. This was the case for XDA member xak944 whom apparently wanted to have battery stats regarding power consumption of his Epic 4G Touch. I know what you are thinking, there are tons of apps out there which could provide this information. However, the dev wanted to have one that could be used via shell....

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egzthunder1 · Sep 23, 2011

No More USB Host API Support On KI Firmware

The world of mobile technology is a rather complicated one with lots of strings and intricacies that only the most knowledgeable of business analysts could understand. I say this because for the likes of technology advocates like ourselves, sometimes decisions made up in the higher places of power of manufacturer's companies really make no sense. However, before getting into the nitty gritty of the situation, let me take a step back and remind all of you that manufacturers know and...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 16, 2011

Epic Touch 4G Sources Released – Good Move, Samsung!

Well, we truly gotta give it to Samsung this time as they seem to be making a turn for the better and trying to get close to developers at the same time. XDA member Korey_Nicholson just informed us that apparently the Epic 4G Touch did not get released by itself. It looks like the kernel sources (D710) are also available for download in the Samsung website. So, for all of you who were impatiently waiting to start developing custom work on this...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 13, 2011

Epic 4G Touch Forums Added

Well, it looks like we are just a few days away from the official release of the Samsung Galaxy S2 family of devices here in the US. In order to celebrate this, we have started being proactive and opened the first (of a few) forums which will serve as a home for the different Galaxy S2 variants. The first one up is the much anticipated behemoth, the Epic 4G Touch for Sprint. This device sports a larger screen at a...

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