Sprint said its Samsung Epic 4G users should begin receiving the Android 2.2 Froyo bump this week over-the-air, along with access to its Sprint ID pack.
21 said it has begun rolling out a software upgrade over the air to let Samsung
Epic 4G users upgrade to Google's Android 2.2 "Froyo" operating
Sprint began selling
the Samsung Epic 4G, its first Galaxy S device, last August for $249.99 with a
two-year deal. Like the Galaxy S devices offered by Verizon Wireless, AT&T
and T-Mobile, the Epic 4G shipped with Android 2.1.
that Froyo is now available for T-Mobile's Samsung Vibrant phone and AT&T's
Samsung Captivate handset, and that Android smartphones are increasingly
shipping with the Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" build, the Epic 4G was
looking and feeling dated.
thanks to this upgrade, which also includes availability of the Sprint ID
application for the Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Sprint ID lets
users customize their devices with applications, wallpapers, widgets and
ringtones based on customers' interests or preferred brands. Popular Sprint ID
pack downloads include Yahoo, MTV Music ID and ESPN ID.
all existing owners of Epic 4G and Galaxy Tab owners will be prompted to accept
the over-the-air software update in their device's notification tab by March
update is installed, users can access Sprint ID in their applications menu.
Epic 4G users will be able to access Froyo, which offers Adobe Flash Player
10.1 access, Bluetooth dialing, better Microsoft Exchange support and other
news came concurrently with the availability
of Google Voice free for all of its phones, as well as the unveiling
of the Nexus S 4G for the carrier's speedy WiMAX network later this spring.
triumvirate followed the deal AT&T struck to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion,
which Sprint CEO Dan Hesse argued
at CTIA Wireless today could limit competition.
became the first Galaxy S provider to offer
users Froyo on its Vibrant in January. AT&T followed in February by
allowing users to access Froyo, albeit by downloading
it from a Web page. Verizon has yet to provide the Froyo bump for its Fascinate
If the pattern
of monthly Froyo availability for first-generation Galaxy S phones holds,
Verizon should roll out its Fascinate Froyo upgrade in April.