Ben Elliott · Nov 11, 2010 at 06:00 pm

Try the Leaked Froyo Update on your Epic 4G!

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S Android device family has brought some serious competition to market-leaders such as HTC and Motorola. The hardware found on these phones is among the best, including a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 512MB RAM, two cameras and 8/16GB of storage space.

Sprint’s exclusive variant, the Epic 4G, is arguably the best available. Packing a nifty qwerty keyboard along with all of the hardware found on the other models, the Epic is also designed to work with the same super-fast internet bands as HTC’s own EVO 4G.

However, the more-than-satisfactory hardware has been hampered by software problems since the phone’s release. Those eager to make the most of their Samsung have been unable to flash custom ROMs due to issues with the recovery process, and – surprisingly – the Epic 4G only runs the Eclair 2.1 build of Android out of the box.

Now, things have finally started to change. XDA member Firon and team have been hard at work on making the leaked beta build of Samsung’s official Froyo update for the Epic safe to flash and pre-rooted for the masses. Having an official Froyo-based ROM to work from is great news for the developing community as it means that a lot of the tricky elements of the porting process are already done. Sprint and Samsung should also have included some bug fixes and optimisations in the release.

To pick it up and flash it yourself, visit the project thread.


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Ben Elliott

ben_duder is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Hi! My name's Ben, and I'm proud to be one of the news writers at xda-developers. I live near London and have spent the last ten years wasting all the money I get my hands on on new gadgets with which to fulfil my technolust. I first got into HTC phones when I found a Lobster 700TV (the HTC Monet) at a very good price, and I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't have cared less about what operating system the phone was running as long as I could watch The Simpsons on the bus. As fellow Monet owners might know, the 'TV' part of the phone's alternate title was somewhat deceiving and was completely abandoned by the service providers in England. However, by then I had already fallen in love with the freedom Windows Mobile had given me. After the Monet came a Universal, with a Touch Pro following that. I've just bought a G1 (yeah, I know, get with the times!) because I'm really interested in Android as a budding operating system and don't think I could ever cope with a 'dumbphone' now that I know what's on offer. Although I haven't contributed much to the site in terms of programming or cooking help, I hope that I can give a bit back by letting you guys know what's new through my articles. If you have any questions, suggestions or complaints about those articles, feel free to get in touch with me via PM using the URL above. View ben_duder's posts and articles here.
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