Update process expected to be complete in 10 days
Sprint has confirmed that it is set to release over-the-air updates for Samsung's Epic 4G handset and HTC's Evo 4G and Evo Design 4G models. The updates primarily focus on removing Carrier IQ's controversial tracking software, though the company suggests it has also "bundled up a few other fixes."
Sprint begins rolling out Android 2.3 for Epic 4G
The Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint has finally received its upgrade to Android 2.3, the carrier announced. The over-the-air maintenance update will be sent out automatically, but only to eligible handsets. The updated OS contains improved download management, giving access to files downloaded from the browser, e-mail or other app.
More than a third of Android devices run on 4G
A study performed by Localytics found 36.6 percent of all Android devices sold in the summer of 2011 in the US offer 4G network speeds. This includes HSPA+, LTE. and WiMAX network compatibility, however. The tally represents an increase of more than 50 percent since the 22.6 percent in the first quarter.
Blackberry Curve & Bold on chopping block as well
Sprint is planning on discontinuing its HTC Evo 4G smartphone by October. SprintFeed reports that the flagship, along with several other phones launched in 2010, will be phased out as well. Sprint will discontinue the white model in September, and other versions in October.
Samsung 4G slider phone leaks out
A Samsung LTE-based phone with a keyboard has been spotted this weekend in an instance of what could be Verizon's first real QWERTY-equipped 4G phone. The SCH-i405 appears to be a superficially close take on the Epic 4G for Sprint but with the faster data and, reportedly, an "awesome" Super AMOLED Plus screen. The Android Central source couldn't identify the processor but said it was faster than the Fascinate.
Claims products copy look and feel of iPhone, iPad
Apple is suing South Korea's Samsung over the look and feel of some of its products, says the Wall Street Journal. Court documents were originally submitted on April 15th in the Northern District of California, and allege that several products in particular are violating Apple's intellectual property rights. These include the Nexus S, Epic 4G and Galaxy S 4G smartphones, as well as the Galaxy Tab, the first tablet considered a serious iPad competitor.
Sprint brings Froyo, Sprint ID to Epic 4G, tablet
Sprint on Monday said it will finally bring its Sprint ID offering to the Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab. First talked about last fall, users can now download ID packs to customize their devices. The over-the-air update will begin arriving throughout the week, and will also include Android 2.2 in the case of the Epic 4G. All eligible devices will be updated by March 24.
Sprint to try Android 2.2 for Epic 4G, fix others
An uncovered memo has confirmed that Sprint is on the verge of retrying its botched Epic 4G update to Android 2.2 and will have some extra fixes in store for the Transform and its version of the Galaxy Tab. The Epic 4G upgrade should be pushed over a four-day period, starting from March 21, with both the promised improvements and fixes for the SD card troubles that cut it short earlier. Among the extras spotted by BGR for the 2.2 update are the expected Bluetooth improvements, the GPS fixes common to all Galaxy S phones, and Flash 10.1 support; Sprint ID is also coming as an option.
Epic 4G, Zio from Sprint to get Froyo on Monday
The Samsung Epic 4G and Sanyo Zio at Sprint will both get the update to Android 2.2 on February 21. Officially, Sprint confirmed on Thursday that the Epic 4G will first get the over-the-air update, and will take four days to reach every user.
Android 2.2 for Epic 4G coming soon, but delayed
The expected Android 2.2.1 update to the Samsung Epic 4G that was supposed to be released on December 26 has been delayed. It's not known why the update was delayed. The leaked internal memo has now been followed up with another one that tells Sprint employees to refute the rumors on the Internet and that a date has not been set.
Samsung Epic 4G getting Android 2.2.1 soon
The Samsung Epic 4G will get an update to Android 2.2.1 on December 26, the day after Christmas, a tipster told Phone Arena. Proof comes from a leaked memo, embedded below. The Android 2.2.1 over-the-air update will begin rolling out on December 26, and all handsets should get it within four days.
Sprint servers pushing OTA update to handsets
The Samsung Epic 4G is the first Galaxy S series phone in the US to receive an Android 2.2 update in the US. Sprint is pushing the official Samsung TouchWiz UI skinned over-the-air (OTA) update through its servers and it is slowly working its way around the country. Despite releasing its iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy S phone after AT&T’s Samsung Captivate and T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S I9000, Sprint has managed to get its official Android update out the door before the other carriers as it did with HTC’s EVO 4G.
HTC files for Evo Shift 4G name with USPTO
A pair of filings with the US Patent Office discovered today have revealed that HTC will call a future 4G smartphone the Evo Shift 4G. The documents were filed on October 21, and provide the first mention of such a device. As with the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, the handset is likely to arrive at Sprint when it's launched.
Sprint takes arbitration steps against Clearwire
Wireless provider Sprint has taken arbitrary action against Clearwire, of which it's a majority shareholder, over a dispute related to money Sprint pays Clearwire for operating its WiMAX-capable smartphones. This includes the HTC Evo 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G and several hundred thousand owners who use them outside of Clearwire's 4G coverage area. Clearwire believes Sprint needs to make monthly payments for these handsets despite this under their wholesale agreement, with Sprint disagreeing.
Sprint ID will be offered on Epic 4G, Galaxy Tab
Sprint has confirmed that its Sprint ID software will come to the Epic 4G smartphone and Galaxy Tab tablet smartphones, in addition to the already planned mid-range Android devices such as the Samsung Transform and LG Optimus S, as originally announced at the fall CTIA show. Sprint hasn't detailed when it will equip Epic 4Gs with the software.
Epic 4G update delayed due to Google server issue
The promised firmware update for the Samsung Epic 4G from Sprint that was due to go live starting Friday has been delayed due to an issue with Google's servers, the carrier said. The issue is claimed as an administrative nature, Sprint continued in a statement, adding that the issue is being resolved and an update on the software's arrival will be sent out as soon as that's done.
Samsung Epic 4G to get firmware update Thursday
The Samsung Epic 4G will get a software update starting on September 30 that will fix the 3G upload issues of the handsets, according to a Sprint administrator on the carrier's official forum. The update will be delivered to all Epic 4G users over the next four days, starting tomorrow, says the source. The issue involved capping the 3G upload speeds at 150Kbps, where users who got their hands on early releases of the build are now reporting uncapped 600Kbps upload speeds.
Sprint to charge more for unlimited 4G in future?
In a Wednesday speech at the EmTech@MIT 2010 conference, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier may consider charging more than the $10 premium for data plans on the two 4G handsets it sells. This would depend on how much data is used up, on average, by subscribers and owners of the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G. The faster network speeds attainable by the 4G handsets command the premium in monthly fees.
Epic 4G to arrive at Sprint at 8am on August 11?
The second 4G network compatible handset with an Android OS will arrive on August 11 in Sprint stores, according to a leak published by BGR on Thursday. This is more than a week earlier than previously hinted by its maker, Samsung. The unofficial Sprint source also says stores will open early, at 8AM, in order to accommodate the expected higher demand.