Looks like the floodgates have opened and pre-orders have started for the Epic 4G. All the usual suspects are offering the device, and all in their own way. As with the EVO 4G, Sprint will be requiring the Premium Data (or 4G) surcharge of $10/month. As always, to get the lowest price, you need to sign a 2-year agreement.
Earlier today, Engadget reported that Sprint would begin taking pre-orders for the Epic 4G later today. Before running with the story, we wanted to fact-check with our Sprint rep, and we’re glad we did - his response:
No plans for pre-order today. As you know, people can however sign up to get additional information sent to them when it’s available - but not pre-order.
There you have it - as much as we wish it was true, looks like we have a bit longer to wait.
Well, the last few days have been pretty crazy, haven't they? Froyo OTAs hit on 2 major phones, one by one. First, on Monday, the final Froyo version came out for the EVO 4G, and today we saw Verizon's 2.2 show up as well.
Now that the dust has settled a bit, I'd like to take a step back and describe some of the EVO 4G specific Froyo fixes and features we've been seeing on our EVOs.
New Features And Fixes
A good portion of these bullets were written by a Quang Nguyen - our brave EVO tester
1. Lock phone after X minutes of sleep.
The wizards at xda-developers have woven their magic once again and solved the woes of those EVO 4G owners who upgraded their handsets to HTC's leaked 3.26.651.3 version of Froyo last Friday.
If you remember, shortly after the .3 leak was posted, HTC announced that it wasn't the final Froyo release. Indeed, a few days later, on Monday, the world saw a new, this time official, OTA with the version number ending in .6. The problem was, however, that there was no way to update from .3 to .6, which left the early adopters empty handed.
Pojoman, one of xda's members, managed to acquire the necessary upgrade file from Sprint (props to his connections there) and made it, along with installation instructions, available to all the EVO pioneers.
This is exactly why I love Android so much and the awesome developer community around it. Case in point: the official Android 2.2 update for the EVO 4G has already been rooted by netarchy over at XDA-Devs. Yea – the update that was just released yesterday… pretty impressive stuff. Be forewarned, though – the update may not play nice with the previous (non-final) update that was released.
You might be able to just flash this over the leaked ota, but I advise doing a full wipe before flashing just to be safe.
f11ac5b0cc1548c722f8df32440a312a - HTC-OTA-3.26.651.6-Final-Froyo-Rooted-Odexed-netarchy-signed.zip
a3d42bf93dce2977748b90d5084d1b44 - Wimax26023.zip
85c7f0e31c66c80397dcc3cece0f5c76 - Radio-2.15.00.07.28.zip
And the updated radios:
Flash these radios one at a time in recovery, you will have to reboot once for each one.
Well, that was fast, although not entirely unexpected – it seems the official (really this time) update v3.26.651.6-1.47.651.1 (let's call it simply .6) for the HTC EVO 4G is being rolled out as you read this, a whole day early.
As promised, it’s coming over the air - just go to your Settings > System updates and force it through.
If the OTA update is not showing up or if you've opted to install the earlier update last Friday (3.26.651.3-1.47.651.1 - let's just call it .3), then you can try downloading it via this direct link below and follow the steps in Friday's article to install.
EVO 4G and would-be Epic 4G owners, rejoice! Sprint has just unveiled further additions to its ever-spreading 4G WiMax network. 4G device owners in the following markets can now expect cellular performance that lives up to their phones' moniker:
- Modesto, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Jacksonville, FL
- Wilmington, DE
- Grand Rapids, MI
This brings Sprint’s grand total to 48 urban hotspots, with more to surely follow. Still no sign of that whiff of 4G we caught in the Bay Area solidifying into something more official, however.
As Sprint’s 4G network expands, be sure to follow its growth on our up-to-date 4G coverage tracker, right here at Android Police.
Awesome ROM dev Flipz has sent out a beta of his newest ROM(Fresh Evo 3.0) to testers. Unlike other FroYo ROMs, such as CM6, Fresh Evo 3.0 is based on the official (but not final) Android 2.2 update (accidentally) released by HTC last night, rather than AOSP (Android Open Source Project) code. Hopefully, this provides an experience close to stock, but with minor improvements.
Fresh ROMs tend to provide better performance (both in terms of benchmarks such as Linpack, and in terms of usability – scrolling smoothness and so forth). They also remove all the bloatware bundled with the phone – such as Sprint Navigation, while adding features such as Wireless Tether and SuperUser.
EVO 4G owners, we have some great news for you today. According to the official Sprint press release that just came out, the Froyo update will be pushed out in waves to your devices starting August 3rd and continuing through the middle of the month.
Sprint will allow *any* EVO to receive the update without waiting for a notification by initiating the update request manually (Settings > System updates).
It's interesting to note that earlier today, Engadget spotted what looked like a slide from the Sprint's internal system, shining some light on the upcoming rollout process. The leak, which promised a press release tomorrow, probably prompted Sprint to release the PR early in an effort to clear up any potential confusion.
A few weeks ago, Samsung was kind enough to send us an Intercept for review. While it may not be of Galaxy S caliber, it’s not intended to be. Rather, it’s more so aimed at the feature phone crowd – those who want something more powerful than a feature phone, but maybe not all the bells and whistles of a high-end smartphone. We spoke (unofficially) with Samsung about what other phones they think people will cross-shop the Intercept to, and they agreed its target is something like the enV Touch.
There are two compelling things about this phone. First, the hardware for mid-level phones has improved tremendously.