POSTS TAGGED: Samsung Epic 4G

Epic 4G Receives Official CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies

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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 (not USB).
  • Occassional reboot possibility is present, but it could be days between them, if it happens at all.

Those looking to get their hands on the CyanogenMod 10 nightlies should head on over t. . . READ ON »

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Enable USB Modem/Diag Mode on CDMA Samsung Devices

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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 QPST. However, for many Samsung devices, that is no longer a problem. Now, you can get all this functionality back without flashing back to a stock ROM.

XDA Senior Member autoprime has put a thread that not only gives a profound amount of inform. . . READ ON »

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

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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 recovery-flashable update.zip that completely automates the MTD conversion process for users who are still having trouble getting this right.

With this mod, MTD hits the mainstream for flashers, and the only thing any Epic 4G owner needs to use it is the phone being se. . . READ ON »

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Make Epic 4G A Standalone GPS Device

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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 that in areas and countries lacking CDMA coverage, the Epic 4G doesn’t even get GPS reception. Says RyleyinSTL:

I find the Epic GPS to work very well generally, especially in custom ROMs

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USB Host on the Samsung Epic 4G

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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 enabling USB Host on devices that do not natively support it.

XDA Senior Member earthbound[iap] thankfully has us covered with plenty of extra functionality on the Samsung Epic 4G by means of the aforementioned USB host support. In a nu. . . READ ON »

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

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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 PlayerCaptivate, 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 or Odin packaging is required.   A Heimdall user can simply put their device into Download Mode. . . READ ON »

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Convert Your Favorite Epic 4g ROM From BML to MTD

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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 user who owns the Samsung Epic 4G to change their favorite BML ROM into a MTD ROM.

The process takes a bit and has a few time consuming steps and it is required that you make a backup before attempting, even though the process itself actua. . . READ ON »

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

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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. For the Epic 4G there’s a speaker feedback fix, and some apps are no longer preinstalled, instead pointing to the Android Market. As usual with such updates, they are rolling out gradually. The HTC devices will receive automatic notifications starting on the 24th, or yo. . . READ ON »

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CM7 for Samsung Epic 4G now with WiMAX

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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 does not contain Samsung’s infamous TouchWiz UI, and is instead now an AOSP UI.

All of the usual warnings apply, especially considering this is a RC0 ROM. WiMax works, but the toggle widget to turn it on and off does not, and native tethering doesn’t work with WiMAX. Head on over to th. . . READ ON »

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