Sprint promises Epic 4G Android 2.2 Froyo update ASAP

Sprint promises Android 2.2 Froyo will hit Epic 4G soon
Sprint promises Android 2.2 Froyo will hit Epic 4G soon

Not to be outdone by T-Mobile and Samsung, Sprint is promising that the Android 2.2 Froyo update is coming soon to the Epic 4G but it declined to be specific about a date.

“Sprint & Samsung are working to release Froyo for Epic ASAP, but only after it meets rigorous testing criteria to ensure quality experience,” the carrier tweeted.

“Epic 4G users: Froyo is still in the works. We’re working closely with @SamsungMobileUS to ensure the best possible customer experience,” read another.

Earlier today, T-Mobile said that the long-awaited Android 2.2 Froyo update will be coming tomorrow, which should end a long-running beef customers have had. The Galaxy S lineup is pretty darn good but it rocks 2.1 Eclair, which is a full two versions behind the latest and greatest little, green robot.

The flames were further stoked when a rumor suggested the delay in updates was due to Samsung demanding payments from carriers, although the world’s second-largest handset maker denied that. This has even led to a class-action lawsuit.

The update delays undoubtedly also have to do with the fact that the Galaxy S lineup runs a customized user interface on top of the little, green robot. The TouchWiz UI is pretty darn good, in my opinion, but not good enough where it should make users stay multiple generations behind the latest software.

As for the Sprint Epic 4G, we’re still big fans of the device. From our review:

The Epic 4G may not be the prettiest of the Galaxy S bunch, nor is it the sexiest Android phone available today, but it sure does pack a punch. If you can get past the niggling build-quality issues and the sometimes unresponsive navigation buttons we mentioned above (and really, we expect most people won’t think twice about a slightly jiggly display), the Epic 4G is one helluva device.

[Via Twitter, Twitter]

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to TMob for being the first US Carrier to deploy it.

    But it should not take this long.

    We shall root the phone and still have the WIFI feature.

    You have the best network. Now provide the best phones, Coverage will come with money.

    Samsung and you should have come clean a long time ago.

    Cant play like that TMob you will increase your churn.

    Samsung we do hope you’ve fixed the GPS!

    • Punwik

      Sprint and samsung are a joke. All they want is our money and then they just leave us hanging with a crappy phone. They are releasing phones quicker than ever now. Instead of releasing new phones every 6 months they are now doing it in 3. Does that tell you anything? I would bet money that froyo will be the last and final update for the epic cause they have better phones coming out and they will leave the epic by the wayside. WAY TO GO Samsung.

  • Nunderwier

    I So like its “ASAP” again. As touch wiz this and have played with my Epic since 8-31, it’s hard to believe that it is taking this long for the update. I played with the leaked 2.2 update in december and it was a whole new machine. Maybe its time for the us carriers to quit trying to squeeze every little penny out of its base and let the phones work as intended. It will be a long time before I purchase another Samsung product. I miss my treo.

  • Guyinkc

    So, Sprint hasn’t changed its message from the Epic’s debut. They said at its release on Aug 31, 2010 that it would be getting the 2.2 update “soon”. Now they’ve clarified that it will be available “ASAP, but only after it meets rigorous testing criteria to ensure quality experience.” But this doesn’t change a thing. They still have not released the update.

    What is important to note is that the “leak” version, Dec 4, 2010, was tweaked by the XDA developers and they had everything working in about 12 hours. Now we Epic owners have been waiting an additional 7 weeks for Sprint and Samsung to get it released, and still nothing. What does this say about these two companies, when the Dev’s just get it done and S&S are left looking like they are sitting on their hands, just waiting…

    This is a non-announcement by Sprint. This is just another way of saying, “soon”. Which, since that is what they said in September when I bought this phone, can only be seen as another lie.

    As I live in Missouri, “show me”. Stop the bulls&!# and give us a date or some real information.

  • Akazulu2

    There are a lot of people waiting for this update:: (1) It was promised when purchased… not the fact it is needed…. We have two large Corps. failing to keep there customers informed, otherwise there would be less confusion… that being said ..waiting…waiting..wwaaiitiniig..

  • firecycle12

    Hey! Samsung made a Froyo announcement…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZf41I8Xq0Y
    …or not.

  • firecycle12

    Hey! Samsung made a Froyo announcement…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZf41I8Xq0Y
    …or not.

  • http://twitter.com/WillieFDiazSF William Diaz ?

    I am certain that Sprint will be releasing a new Samsung Galaxy device in the near future and will not update the Epic until that time, if at all once the new device launches. This isnt just common knowledge, its fact based on how Sprint like to be innovative. Usually launching only ONE or TWO devices ahead of their time. Now that time has passed, the EVO likely wont get Sense 2.0 or Android 2.3 either. The Epic wont get 2.2 since its not a “first” anymore, as the EVO was the first 2.2 phone launched by a carrier.
    As for Samsung, we know their history, look at the Behold line, and Samsung stated they would update the Behold II from 1.6 to 2.0 and then a few weeks later, dropped all support for the phone and updates.

    Anyone with an Epic signed their 2 year contract and paid a $50 premium over an already existing 2.2 Android (EVO) just to be stuck with a nicer screen. Thats all… nothing more. Now I also know that there is no reason for carriers to update any phone if they can still offer them cheaply and still offer some upgrade discounts like Sprint kinda does (till April 1st that is). After that point, there will be some major churn and major customers shelling out just a little more for 1 Year only contracts. I guarantee this will be the year of major competition in the wireless industry centered around fast smartphones and data plans, and carriers going back to 1 year contracts but double the price of the current phone.

    • HelloThere

      Well I agreed with half of this statement. There were several things that made the Epic a better phone than the EVO. I have both and can say that the screen is “nicer” like you said, however, I find it to be more responsive as well. Having a full keyboard and maintaining the same thickness is a big plus as well. DLNA wireless transmit is also really cool. The Hummingbird processor runs circles around the Snapdragon and the 5.0 megapixel camera takes better pictures than the EVO’s 8.0 any day of the week.

  • Macse755

    I have to say everyone complains about the nav controls but I’ve had my Epic for a dwile now and I’ve never had a problem with them

  • PO epic user

    Bug with a percentage of users. OTR on hold until they fix. If Samsung would spend as much time on items already out there instead of coming up with new ways of P.O. new customers (new phones/tab) we would not waiting for an update that is already a version old.

  • Gljoe31

    Man the epic 4g is the best phone i ever had..ive had it for 3 months now and still amazed at what it can do..i watch movies on it and all..i seen the echo and was lke forget about it..this is better..and so far the best.especially since on 2,2 now..its ifficial..when i dont feel like touching i slide down and itd a differnt phone..i love it..

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