While it seems like the entire world has been looking at ASUS regarding the Transformer Prime's GPS issues, there has been another device plagued with GPS problems that seemed to somehow remain under-the-radar (bad GPS pun, I know): the Epic 4G Touch. A quick search of the internet will reveal dozens of threads across various forums where users are discussing (read: really pissed off about) the E4GT's lack of usable GPS. For example, here's one where someone is trying to figure out how to get their E4GT to hold a GPS signal. Here's another where the user has to use a different phone specifically for GPS.
There's no doubt that white phones are (generally) sexy. We know this, and it seems that manufacturers are starting to catch on as well. HTC has a few white phones available, and Samsung has already pushed out a couple of white variations of the GSII on T-Mobile and AT&T. Looks like Sprint's GSII, the Epic 4G Touch, is now getting the snow-capped makeover that we heard about a few weeks ago, and will be available on January 8th for $200 with a two-year agreement.
The E4GT isn't the only Sammy device getting a makeover, either. Word on the street is that an all-white Galaxy Nexus is coming to the UK at the end of February, though we have yet to see any pictures of this potentially beautiful device.
Looks like Sprint started pushing a small OTA update to the Samsung Epic 4G Touch that fixes a couple of quirky issues:
- 4G Sprint Hotspot disconnects when in a phone call
- Radio loses signal and may require power cycle
The update is rolling out in stages and will hit all devices within the next 10 days. To see if the update is available on your device, head into Settings > About phone > Software Update.
One of the biggest fears that many users have before rooting their device is something going wrong with no way to return to stock. Fortunately, we have a brilliant root community behind us, and thanks to Team ACS, we now have an unrooted, stock kernel available to flash via ODIN. This way, if you encounter any issue during or after rooting your device you have a way to restore the kernel back to its factory state.
The process is very simple, and if you have any previous experience using Samsung's ODIN utility, you should be right at home.
One of the best things about Samsung in recent months has been its timely release of source code for new devices -- often times before they even hit the market. True to form, Sammy just dropped the Epic 4G Touch source in its Open Source Release Center.
This is quite exciting news for those picking up this monster device today (or who already have it in-hand), as only good things come from the development community once the source hits. In a matter of days, we should start seeing custom kernels pop out that will push this beast to its limits, making an already awesome device even more awesome.
We've all been waiting for weeks - nay, months - for Sammy to bring the Galaxy S II to the US. Announcement day is finally upon us despite a bit of a delay due to bad weather, but Sammy has already revealed the Sprint version of the GSII, named the Epic 4G Touch, ahead of tonight's event.
The Epic 4G Touch will sport a larger, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, verses the 4.3-inch screen of its global counterpart. This version will also include 4G WiMax connectivity and the familiar 1.2GHz Exynos processor.
While we were hoping for a bump in processing speed up to 1.5GHz, the larger display is definitely a welcome addition.