A new leak posted at Phone Arena confirms that Sprint will be the first U.S. carrier to deliver Android 2.2 to their Galaxy S phone. The Samsung Epic 4G will begin to receive an over-the-air update starting on December 26th, according to an internal memo.
Sprint is quickly building the reputation of offering the best software support for Android phones. They were the first U.S. carrier to deliver an update to Android 2.2 when the upgraded the EVO 4G back in July. We saw in another internal memo that Android updates were a “high priority for competitive reasons” and Sprint has continued to live up to that.
There are currently four different Epic 4G builds floating around (DI07, DI18, DG27, DK28), so it will take several days for the update to roll out. Sprint says that most customers are on the DI18 build, so that will be the first OTA package that gets published.
Previous statements from Sprint led us to believe that Sprint ID was coming to the Epic 4G, but it does not appear that this will happen with the latest build. Users should expect the same TouchWiz UI with some minor tweaks (see the leaked test build for an idea of what to expect).
At this point it looks like other Galaxy S owners (Vibrant, Captivate, and Fascinate) will have to wait till 2011 to receive their Android 2.2 update. When the Galaxy S first launched in the U.S. we were expecting to see these updates by September, but that never happened and it has been a hot topic of discussion since then.
Benefits of the new Epic 4G update include:
- Upgrade of the OS from Eclair to Froyo (2.2.1)
- Ability to install applications to the external memory
- Improved Bluetooth device support
- Bluetooth Voice Dialing
- Flash Player 10.1
- GPS Enhancements