Last Updated: July 31st, 2012

Well, E4GT owners, today is the day you've been waiting for (unless you've rooted and flashed a custom ICS ROM, in which case, you're no longer waiting for anything): the official ICS update is now rolling out to your device. As expected, the update brings a host of new features:

  • A refined, evolved user interface that is simple, beautiful and useful
  • Face Unlock: use state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to unlock your phone with a smile
  • Redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, effects like silly faces and background replacement, and a powerful photo editor
  • Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together
  • Web browser now lets you sync Google Chrome™ bookmarks, request full desktop versions of sites, see your open tabs in a new layout and even store web pages for offline reading
  • People: browse friends, family and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution and check their latest status updates from Google+
  • Improved keyboard with incredibly accurate typing, an inline spell checker and improved copy and paste support
  • New Calendar app that lets you add events quickly, sync with Google Calendar™ or Microsoft Exchange and even pinch to adjust your calendar display
  • Redesigned Gmail™ app that now lets you swipe between conversations to catch up quickly, and search for emails even without a data connection
  • Google+ integration that lets you hangout and video chat with up to 10 friends using your front-facing camera

Notice the part in italics up there? Yep, it says "NFC-enabled phones" - but the E4GT doesn't even have NFC! Good job, Sprint.

The update started its rollout today, and should hit all users' phones within "the next month" according to Sprint. You can see if it's available on your device now by heading into Settings > About phone > System updates > Update Android.

Oh, and don't forget that Samsung published the kernel source code for this build yesterday, which should make thing a lot more fun for users still running the stock build.


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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • UniBroW

    "Android Beam™: quickly share web pages, apps, contacts and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping two Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled phones together"

    Sprint is trolling all the android news sites

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Ha! Nice catch, I just added a blurb about that.

  • Marc

    It figures, I just rooted and flashed CM9 alpha 6. It is very stable and concidered alpha because they didn't have that kernal source code that was just released.

  • yankeesusa

    I cannot believe that this phone got ics before the evo 3d. The original evo had updates faster than any other phone. I will definitely be selling my 3d and buying an epic touch till I upgrade to the gs3 in december. I'm done with htc for now.

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      Didn't the Evo 3D come out with froyo, then got updated to gingerbread? I never seen a phone other then a Nexus get more then one update...

      • Simon Belmont

        It debuted just over a year ago with Gingerbread. It never had FroYo.

        I share the guy's irritation about this. But, then again, I've been rocking ICS ROMs for months now. It would be nice if Sprint went official on the update though for the EVO 3D. I mean, it's obviously done because the Virgin Mobile version has had it for weeks.

        • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          I could be wrong... I remember people bitching about phones coming out with froyo, when gingerbread was already out. And this phone was just announced around the same time that was going on...

      • Simon Belmont

        The ORIGINAL EVO 4G, went from 2.1 to 2.2 to 2.3 in under two years. Sprint and HTC were REALLY dedicated to the OG EVO 4G.

        I'd like to think the EVO 3D might see a Jelly Bean update eventually since it's such a small change from ICS, but I won't hold my breath. Oh well, ROMs to the rescue.

        • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

          Didn't know the OG Evo got two updates... HTC is good for updates...

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Do you need kies desktop to update?

  • yankeesusa

    I wish it had nfc. I would use this phone all the way till next year. But I guess I will have to get the gs3 then. But I'm still selling my evo 3d and getting this one in the meantime. Its too bad you can't install an nfc chip or activate one that was in the phone.

  • Prospero424

    Looks like it's pushing out both OTA and through Samsung Kies, which is getting slammed so hard by demand you can't even download it.

    Alert on Samsung's site: "Due to the high demand for the Android 4.0, Ice Cream
    Sandwich update, we are experiencing high traffic on the Kies server. If
    you are experiencing problems accessing the update via Kies, please try again
    later. We are sorry for any inconvenience this might have caused."

    • Angry Galaxy S2 owner

      Your post is partly incorrect I contacted Samsung and the phone will receive the update by OTA. And Sprint has no information on when the phone will receive the update.

      • Prospero424

        Well, all alerts from Samsung (mentioned above) aside, people have been updating through Kies for other updates to Samsung phones on the Sprint network, I don't see why this would be any different. But as I can't actually use Kies because of the massive load on it today, I can't confirm for the time being.

        No, a random Sprint rep won't tell you when you should be getting an update 'cause it could be anywhere from hours to nearly a month from now. They just gave you the usual canned and noncommittal response. To be expected.

        But yes, the update is out and some people are apparently getting it OTA already. I installed it manually as discussed in Tim Schofield's post above and it works fine.


    • Jeffrey Stimson

      The main question is was something done to support Kies updating all of a sudden? The E4GT has never been supported to update via Kies since it came out. Not all Samsung phones support updating through Kies. I uninstalled it in February when the Samsung leaks came out and once again pointless now that I have been on CM9 last couple months. Only thing I used it for was backing up stuff but I do it from android now.

  • Angry Galaxy S2 owner

    I just got off the phone with Sprint and they stated that theirs no plans at this time the Galaxy S2 Epic 4g Touch will receive the update. The rep I spoke to said to continue to check back she couldn't even confirm if the phone would ever receive the update.

    • Jeffrey Stimson

      One, they are incorrect and two dont call them for update news lol. Not even a part of their job. Updates been dumped you can do it manually if you do not wish to wait.

  • http://twitter.com/qbking77 Tim Schofield
    • Prospero424

      Nice! Just went through that procedure and it seems to have worked like a charm. Thanks for the link! Now more waiting. Finally...

    • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

      Worked like a charm!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/sarrants Steve Arrants

    My phone updated around 3pm eastern. Took about 15 minutes. Only weird thing is that it tells me I'm roaming when I know I'm not--I'm near a tower.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sarrants Steve Arrants

    Swype no longer works as originally configured. No instructions or notice on this either.

    • Aaron F

      What do you mean Swype no longer works as originally configured? Meaning it doesn't work at all or?