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Last night, XDA user Firon posted a flashable, pre-rooted, deodexed, and zip-aligned version of the Froyo leak for the Samsung Epic 4G. This is good news because the Galaxy S phones are hurting for some Froyo love, and Samsung seems to be taking its sweet time with it.

As with any leaked ROM, the DJ29 Froyo build for the Epic 4G is going to be anything but flawless. We actually first heard about it here at AndroidPolice a little while ago but decided it was much too buggy to unleash on the world. There were camera bugs and force closes all willy-nilly throughout the ROM and it was, frankly, just a mess. Now, it seems, the devs have ironed out many of the issues and, based on the comments, it is ready for public consumption (pretty much).

Here's a snippet from the post to give you an idea of what you'll be working with:

I have been given permission to release this, so here's the leaked Froyo beta out for all of you users to test!
I deodexed, zipaligned and pre-rooted it for your convenience. It's been fully tested and you should not need to clear /data to run this. This flashes a new kernel.
We do not yet have a new modem, so you'll want to use the DI18 modem with this.

Known issues:

  • browsing can be slower than 2.1. also checkerboards a fair bit.
  • audio sometimes skips while using 3G

Changes:
v4.1 - fix some more FCs >:|
v3 - fix Camera FC, add remount script
v2 - initial release
Note: your first boot can take up to 5 minutes!

So, there you have it folks. If you're feeling brave and you're comfortable sitting on the bleeding edge of ROM development, grab your Epic 4G and get to work.

Source: XDA-Developers

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • edog5005

    It's definitely not perfect but so far its worked pretty good for me. It's nice to have all the 2.2 only apps like the new GMAIL, youtube and flash.

    • Brad Ganley

      Good to hear. Any glaring issues you'd like to tell our readers about?

      • edog5005

        The default browser is a bit buggy (sometimes it takes 2-3 clicks on a link before it will open and the checker boarding while scanning pages is more noticeable). I hear you can get around this by installing the dolphin hd browser instead. After flashing 2.2 I had touchwiz crash once or twice but after a day it hasn't happened again. Overall definitely worth the plunge if you can't wait any longer for froyo like me.

  • http://me@GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    whats the quadrant scores on this?

  • Kenny

    A good "HOW TO" for those who want to put the new froyo on their epic 4g: http://briefmobile.com/how-to-android-2-2-on-epic-4g

    OMGrant -- quadrant is ~1050

  • Frank

    I checked out the sprint website and said that the Epic 4G came with android 2.2, is this correct?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, that's absolutely wrong. Where does it say that?

  • Frank

    When I checked using sprint zone on my epic 4g

  • Johnny

    Maybe it's just my phone but I had a major problem with the battery usage. My battery would last almost 2 days on 2.1 When I did the update to 2.2 (doing a complete whipe) my lifespan shot down to less then 12 hours.