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David Watt · Sep 6, 2012

Epic 4G Receives Official CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies

We recently reported on the growing number of devices receiving CyanogenMod 10 nightly builds. We can now add another device to this list. XDA Recognized Developer CMTeamEpic brings the Samsung Epic 4G to the exclusive group. Considering the Epic 4G originally shipped with Android 2.1 Eclair,  receiving official CM10 nightlies is a very nice bonus for the device. The ROM itself is highly functional with only a few known issues: Headset mic is not working. Phone may enter deep sleep while on a wall charger...

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Former Writer · Aug 20, 2012

Enable USB Modem/Diag Mode on CDMA Samsung Devices

When flashing an AOSP ROM on a CDMA phone, it's a win-some lose-some affair. You gain the functionality that comes with a pure Android experience. However, you traditionally lose USB Modem and Diagnosis Mode on your device. For those who are unaware, USB Mode and Diagnosis Mode are accessed via codes you enter into the dialer. This is not only required to activate the phone on some networks, but also helpful in alleviating some problems like restoring your IMEI using...

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Former Writer · May 21, 2012

Convert Your Epic 4G to MTD Easily with BML to MTD Conversion Utility

The last time we mentioned the Samsung Epic 4G and the MTD partition map, we talked about how you could turn your favorite ROM into an MTD ROM using a tutorial that was a little complicated, but not too difficult. However, as time goes by, things like this often become easier and it's only a matter of time before it becomes so simple that even an amateur flasher can do it. That time is now. XDA Recognized Developer RandomKing has released a...

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Former Writer · Apr 25, 2012

Make Epic 4G A Standalone GPS Device

While most users typically don't base their smartphone purchases based GPS quality and accuracy, very few things get users in a bigger tizzy than when the GPS doesn't work properly. Not being able to check-in to Foursquare or Facebook, Google Maps saying you're going the wrong way, and inaccurate Google local searches will invariably result in user frustration. On the Samsung Epic 4G, those aren't the only issues you may encounter with the GPS. XDA Senior Member RyleyinSTL has pointed out...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

USB Host on the Samsung Epic 4G

We all try to gain a little extra functionality from our mobile devices from time to time. In fact, as I touched upon in our April Fools joke, that's largely why our site exists in the first place. Luckily in our universe, this doesn't involve selling a kidney, our first born, and possibly even our soul to an unnamed fruit company. Thankfully, much of the added functionality that we are looking for can be easily achieved through software wizardry---such as...

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Adam Outler · Apr 3, 2012

Heimdall Suite Brings Linux and Mac Support to Over 50 Million Handsets

Heimdall Suite, an Open-Source Cross-Platform set of tools designed to flash firmware to Samsung devices, has received an incremental update to version 1.3.2. This latest update supports Galaxy S II GT-I9100, Galaxy Player,  Captivate, Vibrant, Fascinate, Mesmerize, Epic 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, GT-I9000T, Galaxy Tab (7 and 10.1 inches) and of course the Galaxy S GT-i9000.  If your Samsung device is not listed here, testing is required. Heimdall has always been a favorite among kernel developers and those who frequently flash the latest kernels because no flashable update.zip...

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Former Writer · Feb 9, 2012

Convert Your Favorite Epic 4g ROM From BML to MTD

For those who don't know, BML and MTD are partition maps that offer tentative control over partition sizes and how space is allocated. BML is proprietary, which means it's basically closed source. MTD is open source, and as such is generally preferred. Big thank to XDA Senior Member AproSamurai for his breakdown, which you can read here if you have any further curiosity. Knowing the advantages of MTD over BML, XDA Senior Member The_Legendary has posted a method for any...

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liwen · Jan 21, 2012

Updates For HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G and Samsung Epic 4G Remove Carrier IQ

Last week, owners of the HTC EVO 3D began to receive an OTA update that, most notably, removed Carrier IQ. As Sprint has later confirmed, it is indeed looking to remove the tracking software from all its handsets, and has now begun to push out further updates for the HTC EVO 4G, EVO Design 4G and Samsung Epic 4G. Besides removing Carrier IQ, the HTC devices are also getting updated Peep clients for Twitter and improvements to the battery life....

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Russell Holly · Jan 4, 2012

CM7 for Samsung Epic 4G now with WiMAX

A constant plague on Sprint users who want their ROM cake and eat it too is whether or not the ROM supports WiMAX. Now, mere days after the CyanogenMod 7 XDA forum for the Samsung Epic 4G became a reality, WiMAX is now a part of the package. Forum Member UberPinguin updated the Epic 4G forum post earlier today with all of the details for RC0 of CyanogenMod 7.2.0 for the Epic 4G. For those unfamiliar with CyanogenMod, this ROM...

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liwen · Dec 30, 2011

CyanogenMod 7 For Samsung Epic 4G Becomes Official

There are many CyanogenMod-based ROMs available, but not all are officially supported, that is, listed on their website. In particular, you'll notice that the Samsung Epic 4G, Sprint's version of the bestselling Galaxy S isn't there yet. But that's only a matter of time now, since Decad3nce, the developer of the CM7 port, announced a few days ago that the "Samsung Epic gets officially forked into Cyanogenmod". And, sure enough, UberPinguin has now opened a forum thread for the new ROM,...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 26, 2011

The UnBrickable Mod – Spreading Like Butter On Hot Toast

This has to be one of the best project across our site in terms of usefulness, complexity, and potential for devices across the world. The UnBrickable mod by XDA Recognized Developer AdamOutler. In case you are not familiar with either the dev or the project, this basically is an attempt at trying to make Samsung devices into immortal devices capable of rebirth even after being bricked beyond repair. You can think of this as JTAG but without the expensive equipment and...

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orb3000 · Sep 25, 2011

Download Stock Kernel For Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Having problems after rooting your Samsung Epic 4G Touch? This is one of the main concerns for new comers into the Android rooting world. Now, thanks to XDA member bubby323 we now have an un-rooted stock kernel available to flash via ODIN. If you get any issue during or after rooting your phone, you will have a way to restore the kernel back to its original state. The process is simple if you have any previous experience using ODIN. Let...

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egzthunder1 · Apr 8, 2011

Improve Your Typing Experience in Your Epic 4G With Impaled Keyboard Patch

If the keyboard on your Samsung Epic 4G performs less than par and gives you a hard time to type anything on it, then today is your lucky day. XDA moderator theimpaler747 along with the work of XDA member user_none, has come up with a patch that will make sure that typing in your device is not a hassle but a joy! The patch is simply an optimization of the key timer, which according to the dev will ensure or at...

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Will Verduzco · Mar 14, 2011

CyanogenMod7 Alpha 1 Released for the Samsung Epic 4G

This may seem a little late considering many devices are already rocking CyanogenMod 7 RC2, but for owners of the Sprint's keyboard-laden superphone, it's likely a breath of fresh air. Alpha 1 has just been released thanks to the efforts of XDA developers Dameon87, nullghost, and DevinXtreme, who ported the widely acclaimed ROM to the SPH-D700. Before you go about flashing, be warned that it is still in the Alpha stage, so not everything can be expected to work. Here's...

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mic_888 · Mar 7, 2011

Patch For EB13 Hardware Keyboard Dropped Key Press

If you're an owner of the Epic 4G, and you're running the EB13 firmware, you may have experienced the dropped key press annoyance that XDA forum member mkasick has confirmed exists. The issue is that EB13 often drops twice pressed letters on the hardware keyboard, for example typing 'hello' often outputs 'helo'. The XDA member also discovered that the EB13 keyboard driver delays 1/10th of a second between reporting 'key_press' and 'key_release' events. This means that when folks press the...

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mic_888 · Feb 28, 2011

Wired Tether For Samsung Epic (EB13 Froyo)

If you're a Samsung Epic owner running EB13 (Froyo) on your Android device, you might have been one of the many folks experiencing issues with the built-in tethering. Issues reported include only being able to tether to WiFi and attempts to tether to 3G results in error. This modded Wired Tether client by XDA forum member mkasick bypasses these errors. Wired Tether v1.4 is modified to support RNDIS (USB tethering) on Froyo EB13 running Epics. Essentially this is an update...

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egzthunder1 · Jan 28, 2011

Get Better 4G Signal in Your Epic 4G

Are you a happy 4G (WiMax) user in the US? If not, it may be because of your Epic 4G's WiMax radio's performance. However, not all is lost because XDA member gokuman56 has written up a guide to improve a few things that have kept you from thanking your carrier for 4G. The guide will show you how, by modifying a few parameters in the WiMax programming section can improve both the quality of the signal that you obtain from...

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egzthunder1 · Dec 29, 2010

Custom Battery Meters for Epic – Taking Requests

XDA moderator theimpaler747 just let us into a project that he is currently working on. As it turns out, he decided to make custom battery meters for the Odex DK28 roms for the Samsung Epic 4G. So far, the project only has 3 designs to choose from. However, the dev mentioned that he is taking requests to make new meters. So, do you have an idea for a different meter? Maybe you would like to see one that you saw...

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ElCondor · Dec 5, 2010

Update Your Epic 4G to Android 2.2.1 Froyo

Have an Epic 4G? Then, this guide by XDA member kennethpenn may be something for you. It helps you to flash the new Android 2.2.1 ROM using a detailed guide, the necessary downloads and instructions. You will lose root by flashing this, so keep that in mind. After the update, you can use the one-click root utility again to gain root. Make sure you select the right packages according to the firmware you are currently using, there are different packages for 2.1...

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