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Sprint delays Froyo serving for Samsung Epic 4G

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Sprint delays Froyo serving for Samsung Epic 4G
Reports of a December 26th upgrade gave hope to users of the Samsung Epic 4G that the model would be upgraded to Android 2.2 before the ball drops in Times Square. Now, a leaked internal message to Sprint insiders makes clear that there is no specific date for the upgrade which basically means that no Samsung Galaxy S device in the U.S. was upgraded to Froyo in 2010.

No Froyo means, of course, no Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and with Android 2.3 already powering the Nexus S, it could leave the popular Galaxy S devices lagging behind the most up-to-date Android models by not one, but by two builds. The carrier did not give a reason for the delay in upgrading the Epic 4G but said it hope to have Froyo on the device "sometime in the near future".

While the Samsung Galaxy S line has proven to be a very successful one for the manufacturer, it will be hard for phone buyers to justify buying a handset that is using an OS that has been replaced-not once, but twice.

source: ubergizmo via AndroidandMe

Sprint's internal memo makes it clear that the 
Samsung Epic 4G will not be getting Android 2.2 soon

Sprint's internal memo makes it clear that the Samsung Epic 4G will not be getting Android 2.2 soon


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posted on 28 Dec 2010, 21:00

1. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


That's why I switched from android. Way to many inconsistencies in updates. Great os but terrible updates.

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 21:49

3. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


Oh yeah because that's andriod's fault and has nothing to do with the carrier.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 01:56

4. clevername (Posts: 1431; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


It doesn't matter who is at fault to the end user. If a customer sees inconsistencies as a reason to switch the problem overshadows who is at fault. Who should fix it? "Who cares, I just want my phone to be supported." is the mindstate of the customer. And that's all that matters.

posted on 28 Dec 2010, 21:34 1

2. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


The people that do wait for the parent company to release updates should consider doing some research. I have the Epic and i have 2.2 for a while now. Havent had any problems with the update and its not a beta version also its the real thing.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 03:30

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1123; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Samsung should just admit that they are planing to kill off the Galaxy S devices, or come out and say that they are going to skip Android 2.2 and go straight to Android 2.3. Kind of like they did with the Samsung Moment by skipping from Android 1.5 to Android 2.1.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 10:41

6. ceroley (unregistered)


Sprint and Samsung had better get us Flash support soon! It is beyond ridiculous that a "flagship" handset such as the Epic 4G is now two OS versions behind, has NO Flash support, AND we pay an additional $10.00/mo for 4G coverage that is not available in most areas in which the handset is sold.

I was cool with the $10.00/mo Premium Data fee until all my friends' and associates' Android handsets with other carriers started getting OTA updates to Froyo months before there was even much talk about dates for mine to be updated. And, still I am waiting. I hope the Sprint loses its class action lawsuit involving the 4G/Premium Date fee. To top it off Sprint lied and continues to lie about why the Premium Data fee is required on only the 4G handsets. I hope they successfully renogotiate their contract with Clear, so they can stop charging the fee in areas unserved by 4G service. We have now surpassed the point of ABSURDITY!

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 12:19 1

7. Goofy1 (unregistered)


Sprint and Samsung and both full of Sh__!!!!!!!! They lye about everything and make products that are crap i have the epic, traded in my EVO for it sory i did taht and sorry i left Verizon doe Sprint. have had 3 different Samsung product and all had poblem that samsung refused to stand by and fix. If not for Best buy i would have been F__ked on my TV and refrigerator. i have been hearing about froyo on the Epic since October. I called Sprint yesterday and they were going to update it to froyo and called back today and they said NO. sprint and Samsung can go to HELL.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 14:26

8. You'reatool (unregistered)


Correct. Because Sprint makes cell phones. You are a tool.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 19:17 1

9. dldreyes (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2010)


This is crazy for the amount of money spent on the Epic, this may be the last straw for me as a 12 year Sprint customer with 3 phones on my account. Needless to say, I'll never buy another Samsung product.

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 01:17

13. bzzy93 (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


i second that.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 20:25

10. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Honestly, I cannot blame Sprint here. I own both an EVO and an Epic and my EVO has been updated to 2.2 for a few months now. I am sure Sprint would LOVE to get the Epic updated to 2.2 and 2.3 eventually and keep their customers happy, but as we all know, this is CLEARLY a Samsung issue as proven by their Android update track record. They are just not a customer focused company, as soon as they have your money, they move on and forget about their customers, and people are quickly noticing this, as evidenced in most forums. HTC on the other hand is much more customer focused and has been working diligently with carriers to puch OTA updates to their customers.

posted on 29 Dec 2010, 20:26

11. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Keep in mind that as frustrated as I am, it is not only the Epic that hasnt gotten the 2.2 update, it is ALL Galaxy S phone accross all 4 major US carriers.

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 01:15

12. bzzy93 (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Dec 2010)


real fucking talk. if samsung or sprint dont fucking push the android i will make a video of me breaking my epic 4g. honestly its ben to long i loath samsung now. i wish i would have gotten the evo. samsung is pushing me to just hack my phone and get 2.2 myself. if i dont get the update when the ball then dam it my epic will be come shattered pieceses

posted on 02 Jan 2011, 11:49

14. sprintfuckingsucks (unregistered)


Sprint and samsung are both terrible companies... 2.2 wont ever drop because that was the plan all along, samsung wanted to sell its galaxy S and now they are making a Galaxy S 2 which will have froyo, just get over it... it was a big ass scam.

posted on 09 Jan 2011, 09:02

15. scirdan (unregistered)


90% of android phone users don't know or care what OS they are using.. ask 100 people what version of android their phones are running and 90+ will say "I have no idea"..

Not sure why not getting the 2.2 upgrade is a reason to "switch from android". If one phone has the 2.2 and one has 2.3 and one still has 2.1, does that matter? I think the bigger problem would be if Sprint was pushing 2.2 and it didn't work right.. That would be a reason to "switch from android" and I suspect that's the exact reason Sprint isn't pushing it..

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