21
Feb
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Ah yes, Android 2.2 (build number EB13) for the Epic 4G is finally here. Well actually, that's not quite accurate if you're waiting for the official OTA rollout - which won't start until 9:00 p.m. PST - but if you're willing to flash the update as a ROM, you can have it now.

In addition to all the usual Froyo goodies, EB13 brings GPS enhancements, "user friendly" tethering for 3G and 4G, and TouchWiz 3.0 (you can get the full rundown here). Sprint will be rolling the update out in stages, with all Epic 4Gs running Froyo within four days.

Screw that, though - here's how you can obtain the update immediately:

  1. Download the update from Samsung. Hint: Just download the Mac version, even if you have a PC. The file you download will be the update.zip.
  2. Move the update.zip file to your SD card (instructions).
  3. Turn off your phone.
  4. Hold the Volume Down and Camera buttons, then press the power button.
  5. The update should automatically launch itself. Sit back and relax.
  6. Reboot the phone.

    Enjoy!

    (P.S. Nexus S users, please try to refrain from rubbing your fancy Gingerbread OS in Epic 4G owners' faces.)

    Update: EB13 has already been rooted - head over to the Android Central Forums for complete instructions.

    Sources: Sprint, Android Central

    Jaroslav Stekl
    Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

    • annoynamous

      [censored by Artem - watch your language] What about the fascinate huh?

    • Gary

      So far so good - had to highlight the update file (volume up down buttons) and select the home button to kick it off - going for 4 minutes now....

    • ditti

      Followed the instructions and updated.. much better than waiting!
      Even downloaded straight to epic, moved to root sd, and intalled (same as gary, had to select, run then reboot)
      Thx for the tip!

    • MrBlack

      Nexus S users? Surely you don't think they're the only ones with gingerbread, do you? ^_^

    • Tp4ajb

      Froyo is great (minus a few Epic-centric problems...)! Moved some apps to SD card. Used app "SDmove" to help determine which apps should stay on internal phone storage. Am experiencing a few problems after update... Camera, music player and All Share crash...

    • robert

      please help i did everything just like the instructions said and im still having problems when the phone is trying to open the zip file when it gets to verifying package it suddenly aborts it says sd card zip file error and then doesnt install nothing and i did everything just like the instructions said what may be going wrong?? :/

    • Ryan

      Camera crashes when tries to open. Phone won't ring and when you try to open settings crashes as well. Anyone know a fix?

    • MarcInHouston

      Will the update.zip method erase more settings or more fully reformat the phone than the OTA method or is it the same?

    • Ryan

      Wont erase settings but will break some stuff. You're better off backing up your all your data and using the full wipe method. its the only way we fixed the problems associated with this update :( I wish more research was done before releasing this article. My trust level went down.

    • Francisco

      I used the download method and now I'm having multiple problems with my phone. Wi-fi doesn't always work, internet is also having problems. Wtf!?

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