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The phone with the name everyone loves to hate – Sprint's Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch – began receiving a minor (and I mean minor) software update over the air today.

The OTA, which carries software build D710.10S.FH13 (for reference compare to the E4GT's Ice Cream Sandwich build D710.10.S.FF18), brings just one thing to the table: battery life enhancement.

Just how enhanced users should expect their battery life to be is unclear as yet, but being able to squeeze just a bit more life out of your handset is never a bad thing.

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If an update prompt hasn't already hit your device, you can always check for the OTA manually by paying a quick visit to your phone's Settings menu and hitting About Phone followed by Software Update.

Source: Sprint Community

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  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    What happens if your rooted? Can you still get this update?

    • http://profiles.google.com/liamname Liam Spradlin

      If you'd like to maintain root, I'd recommend steering clear until a rooted version of the updated software is developed.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        Ok, Thanks!

    • Simon Belmont

      Liam is 100% correct. As a general rule, never accept an OTA update if you're rooted.

      Wait for a rooted ROM from a developer to come out. Then, just flash that over.

      • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

        K... Thanks... Also, do I unroot, then root with the new version? Or is it ok to be rooted and upgrade to the newer root version?

        • Simon Belmont

          No need to unroot. If you're flashing a rooted ROM over top, you're fine.

          The reason I recommend never accepting an OTA when you're rooted is because it can cause problems. There is even a very slight chance of bricking your phone, but that's rare.

          • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            So the new root version comes with the the OTA update? I'm sorry! This is the first phone I've rooted. I haven't even worked up the nerve to install a custom ROM yet...

          • Simon Belmont

            No need to apologize. I like helping folks out.

            The new ROM will come with the modifications contained in the OTA update. It will be as if you'd accepted the OTA, only you're manually flashing it yourself. I would recommend reading up on the basics of rooting and flashing ROMs before you proceed. There are a few steps you should take before flashing a ROM.

          • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

            I have a good idea of things, I just like to confirm things with others before I do them... :) Thanks again!!!

  • Simon Belmont

    It sounds like it's minor, but believe me, it's not. The battery drain on my friend's E4GT after the ICS update was horrible.

    We hung out for about 6 or 7 hours one day last week and his phone went from 85% to dead in about 5 hours and he barely touched it, and no, it wasn't due to low signal or anything else. This is a much-needed update and I really hope it solves the issue.

  • Bradley Leyten

    I've been using FH13 since it was leaked to XDA forums a few days ago, minor or not there is HUGE improvement in battery life!! and there is already a rooted version available :-)

    • Simon Belmont

      That's very good to know. I know it was killing my friend's battery.

      Android OS was always on top and using 65+% of the battery. That is definitely not supposed to happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/supahsoniko Phillip Huynh

      My dad was having issues when I had flashed it for him, his phone wouldn't charge, and his battery would die right away. I have to go back to FF18 for his charging to be normal again, guess he'll have to wait for the official OTA.

  • Richard Lozano

    For all those stating you shouldn't update if rooted. Don't worry. Download Voodoo OTA from Play Store. Run it, create root back up and then accept the update. After device reboots restore root with Voodoo.

    • Neil

      This app does not work with Samsung Galaxy SII phones according to the developer

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9333886 Scott Horowitz

    I ran the leaked version, and my phone would not wake up unless I removed the battery if it wasn't connected to power... currently, i get maybe 5 hours of battery time on my phone. I am hoping the legit version will not have this problem. If it does, I may bug Sprint until I can get an S3

  • Simon Belmont

    Just to follow up. My friend reports that he's noticed an improvement in his battery life as well since applying this OTA.

    I'm glad that Samsung finally addressed this. Although, it seems like it wasn't affecting everyone, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9333886 Scott Horowitz

    my battery life is still awful... update didn't seem to help

  • http://www.facebook.com/cedric9678 Cedric Hettinger

    My battery life still sucks and got the update last week need help please

  • Tony Anderson

    If you think battery life is a Minor improvement, you obviously don't own a Galaxy SII/Epic Touch. The ICE update KILLED battery life, when from a full day, to dead by 2:00p. That, and it broke Wi-Fi. Hopefully they fixed it, but didn't announce it.

  • http://twitter.com/gmtwriter Steve Arrants

    Our two phones are still suffering from 1 to 2 hour battery drain, random reboots, lost connection, etc. Sprint doesn't care. My complaints on Sprints forums got me threatened with banning. Never Sprint again. Never again Sprint.

  • http://twitter.com/CT_Solstice Jeremy Gilliam

    Just recieved this today. Now if my other two S2 phones update, it will be a miracle...

  • Drakefive

    I have been running the black ROM for about a month now and I keep getting this OTA update prompt. Whenever I try to update it, it doesnt work. Should i wipe the rom and unroot then update and reflash? I just want the prompt to stop coming up! Also, does this mean that I cant ever update when a new update comes out?