Today Sprint has confirmed that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update will be rolling out to the Samsung Epic 4G. This OTA (over the air) update will bring the Samsung Epic 4G to build number S:D700.0.5S.EI22. The update to the Epic 4G was confirmed in Sprints forums this morning.
Samsung Epic 4G Gingerbread Update Features:
Upgrade from Android Froyo to Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Audible Sprint AIRAVE notifications when answering a phone call
SMS messages will be sent without area code
Profile and PRL update
Exchange Activesync email displaying HTML
Sound improvements to Bluetooth Headsets
Device lockscreen now has fully visible date
As always Sprint will be rolling out the update in phases over the next 10 days. If you don’t see the Gingerbread update pushed to your device you can always manually check from “Settings -> About Phone -> System Updates -> Update Android”. Of course there is still a chance that even manually you will not see the update but don’t worry you will over the next week or so.
According to the screenshot below we were all excited about the Epic 4G coming with Gingerbread although Sprint has confirmed that this was a typo and that the device will not have Gingerbread out of the box.
Samsung Epic 4G Shipping with Gingerbread?
Sprint has however stated that the device will get an Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in the future that time is not now. Too bad we can’t hold them to the screenshot.
Samsung Epic 4G Gingerbread Update
The Samsung Epic 4G will be receiving the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by the end of this month. Samsung has been slow at updating its devices over the last few years since pushing Froyo updates to their US Galaxy S devices. Finally they are getting the Gingerbread updates to the Epic 4G after much anticipation.
We can’t say that the update will come smooth as the Epic 4G had a hiccup when being updates to 2.2 Froyo with Sprint having delay after delay. When they finally did puch the update they pulled back fast and now its time to try again with Gingerbread.
From what we’ve heard the update will come some time between July 24th and August 1st. Good luck this time all of you Epic 4G users.