06
Oct
Epic 4G
Last Updated: October 10th, 2010

Well it isn't CyanogenMod 6, but according to our tipster, it's close - one of the Epic 4G's first ROMS has just gone live on xda-developers, and it looks... promising, if nothing else.

While we haven't had a chance to test this ROM out ourselves, the forum post states that the ROM's standout features include:

  • Deodexed
  • Sprintware Removed
  • Modified MMS/SMS app
  • Bootup/Shutdown sounds ported from the Samsung Galaxy S I9000
  • Changed shutdown display screen
  • Choice of 4 launchers
  • ADW Launcher
  • LauncherPro
  • Launcher (Vanilla)
  • TouchWiz

AOSP apps:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Clock
  • Car Home
  • GenieWidget (News & Weather)
  • AOSP Lockscreen
  • EVO YouTube App
  • Spare Parts
  • Superuser
  • Google Maps & Google Street View are up to date
  • Pandora Compatible

Live Wallpapers ported from the Samsung I9000 & Samsung Fascinate:

  • Aurora
  • Blue Sea
  • Connection
  • Dandelion
  • Flow
  • Forest
  • Layers Of Light
  • Luminescence
  • Ocean Wave
  • Spark

As with most other ROMs, a full wipe of both the data and cache partitions is required, but since one of my wife's main gripes with the Epic has always been its lack of an option to play YouTube videos in HQ (something my EVO is capable of), I think the Epic Experience ROM might just be worth a try.

05
Oct
samsung-galaxy-s-gorilla-glass

Looks like Gorilla Glass is fast becoming the trend among tablets and smartphones - not only is Samsung slapping it on their Galaxy S devices, but the Tab as well. What's so great about Gorilla Glass? To quote Wikipedia:

Corning attributes the choice of Gorilla Glass superiority not only for "unparalleled damage resistance and protection" but:

  • "Thinner form factor: Gorilla Glass retains its performance advantage over standard chemically strengthened substrates even when used in thin form factors.

04
Oct
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 The invasion continues! Development of CyanogenMod 6 for the Epic 4G is clearly coming along nicely, as a picture of it running has just been released as a quick "status update" on the CM forums.

The fact that it is actually running on the device is encouraging, but we could still be pretty far away from a testable version: no downloads are available yet, and if you look at the notification bar, you'll see a pretty significant bug in this build.

04
Oct
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Last Updated: July 24th, 2011

Recently, I got ahold of Verizon's Samsung Fascinate and shot the following video review (and yes, I have a capacitive stylus - start getting jealous):

For a quick refresher, here, once again, are the specs of the Fascinate:

  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 5MP camera wih LED flash
  • 4" Super Amoled capacitive multitouch (5 point) screen
  • 2GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth 3.0 (with stereo output)
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Supports HD (720p) video recording

Here are those pictures I promised.

01
Oct
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Over at XDA, user designgears got this leak from an anonymous source and, while we were initially skeptical of its authenticity, it does appear legit, according to the users who have flashed it. The instructions to install it are fairly simple for even inexperienced users:

    • Download the leaked file I897UCJI6-OCD-REV02-Low-designgears.exe (hit the source link at the end of this post).
    • Turn off your Captivate.
    • Launch the I897UCJI6-OCD-REV02-Low-designgears.exe file you just downloaded.
    01
    Oct
    Samsung-Epic

    Aw, snap! That update Sprint was supposed to deliver to the Epic 4g yesterday didn't happen due to "administrative issues" per this announcement from Sprint:

    We learned this evening that there were administrative issues getting this software loaded to Google's servers.  We don't yet have an expected time when this will be available but will update you as soon as possible.  Please see the statement below that was sent by the Sprint Product Management team: 

    We  were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30.   The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this  afternoon, we learned that an administrative issue prevented Google from  releasing the update as we had planned.  We are working to resolve the  issue and will provide an update as soon as we understand the new  delivery schedule.

    01
    Oct
    DSC_07911

    Lest you were under the impression that the only way to get your hands on one of Samsung's hot new 7-inch Android tablets would involve letting around $1,025 trickle out of your wallet, Telenor Sweden has just unveiled its pre-order page for the Galaxy Tab, which prices the device at the magical price of FREE!

    Of course, there are some complications, such as the fact that this deal requires you to sign up for a new two-year contract and that you'll be coughing up 369 SEK (about $55) every month thanks to Telenor's Surfa Bas plan.

    30
    Sep
    Epic 4G

    To offset the not so successful news of the Samsung Vibrant's supposedly (but not actually) GPS-fixing update, Samsung has just rolled out software version S:D700.0.5S.DI18 for the king of the Galaxy S ring, the Epic 4G for Sprint. It isn't FroYo, but it does introduce a number of important fixes, including:

    • an issue where the battery would drain as a result of the cell modem continuously searching for available networks while on standby
    • an issue with 3G upload speeds
    • an issue with Amazon not being able to download music over 4G
    • an issue where large emails would be slow to upload

    The update will be rolling out over the next few days and will be available in typical over-the-air fashion, with Sprint citing download times of around seven to eight minutes.

    30
    Sep
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    All of Samsung's Galaxy S family have the same 4.0" Super-AMOLED screen, share a common iPhone-esque UI, and ... well, that's about it. The disparity between features in the SGS line has certainly caused some frustration with users; two have a flash, one has a keyboard and 4G, one has Bing (not really a feature worth crowing about), and two have front-facing cameras. Those two are the appropriately-named Epic 4G and the mothership, the Galaxy S i9000, which is mainly sold in Europe and Korea.

    30
    Sep
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    If you just can't wait one more day for a GPS fix for your Samsung Vibrant... you're out of luck, because the recent update through Samsung's sync app Kies, which was supposed to fix all GPS issues, is raising problems of its own, according to T-Mobile.

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    No word on what the new issues actually are, but hopefully T-Mobile delivers an OTA update "soon" like they've promised. Of course, if they don't, there's always the simpler solution of hacking.

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